Olive Oil’s History and Spiritual Significance

Olive Oil’s History and Spiritual Significance


Olive oil is an oil obtained from the
olive, Olea Europea, a traditional tree crop of the Mediterranean Basin. It is
commonly used in cooking, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals and soaps as well as a
fuel for traditional oil lamps. Olive oil is used throughout the world but
especially is a favorite in the Mediterranean countries. The first
recorded oil extraction is mentioned in the Bible which took place during the
exodus from Egypt. During the 13th century BC it was during this time that
the oil was derived by hand squeezing the berries and then stored in special
containers under the guard of the priests. A commercial mill was for
non-sacramental use of the rule which was in use during the time as far back
as 1000 BC during the Fertile Crescent and an areas consisting of present-day
Palestine, Lebanon, and Israel. Over 100 olive presses
have been in Akron where the biblical Philistines
also produce till these presses were estimated to have an output of between
1,000 and 3,000 tons of olive oil per season. At the time of the Egyptians
before 2000 BC olive oil had been imported from Krait, Syria and Canaan as
an oil that was very important as an item of Commerce and wealth. Remains of
olive oil have been found in jugs dating back over 4,000 years in tombs on the
island of nekros in the Aegean Sea. Today olive oil is used as a carrier oil
the Bible clearly states that the only grade of olive oil for holy anointing
purposes is the first oil. The Bible mentions this in Leviticus 24: 2 it
reads command the children of Israel that they
bring unto the pure oil olive beaten for the light to cause the lamps to burn
continuing. Today the first oil is called the sweet old virgin olive oil has a
wonderful fragrance and flavor it is not pressed from the fruit but it is drained
from the crushed fruit their first store or virgin oil serves as a spiritual
picture of the bride and Messiah she is the first to come out of Babylon
on her own and is drawn by the Holy Spirit or the ruach ha’qodesh. The bride
has a fragrance the world recognizes is different the second oil or pressed oil is
inferior as its food has been crushed stamped and squeezed to get every drop
of all this old was not acceptable as an offering to the temple
as this had no fragrance or flavor. Believers who are sluggish and foolish
have to be beaten endure fiery trials like the second world to come out of the
world the choice of course still remains theirs
will a believer be a fragrant offering to heaven or have to be hard pressed and
remain tasteless to the world. 2nd Corinthians 2:14-15 tells us now thanks
be unto God which always causes us to triumph in Christ and make it manifest
the savor of his knowledge by us in every place for we are unto God a sweet
savour of Christ.

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