Psalm 52:8, “But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God: I trust in the mercy of God for ever and ever.”
Everything mentioned in the Bible is significant and relevant. In fact you cannot change even a dot from the Bible without changing its meaning.
Few days ago while listening to the sermon in our local Church, I got stuck at the verse, “but I am like a green olive tree…”
Felt a nudge from the Holy Spirit to explore a bit more about the Green Olive Tree and when I did it just blew me away. No other tree could have the same meaning or the impact in this verse which Olive Tree has.
Hence for this blog, let’s explore few facts about the Olive Tree and how it is significant in the life of a believer.
1. LONGEVITY – Olive trees can live for thousands of years. There are many trees in the Mediterranean region that are scientifically verified to be as old as 2,000 years. Bible is full of examples of people who have lived for hundreds of years and the same is true now as well. A true Christian believer can live a long and healthy life!
2. PROLIFIC – The olive tree starts bearing fruit at around 5 years of age. A tree in Croatia that is radiocarbon-dated to be 1,600 years old still produces abundant fruit today. Both of these facts agree with what the Bible says in Acts 2:17, “In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams.”
Both young and old should bear fruit if they are Christian. A tree is known by its fruit and it does not matter what the age of a believer is, he/she should keep bearing fruits which show that you follow Christ.
What are these fruits? Let’s turn to Galatians 5:22, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness”
3. INDESTRUCTIBLE – The root system of the olive tree is so robust that it’s capable of regenerating itself even when the above-ground structure of the tree is destroyed by frost, fire or disease. In Tuscany in 1985 a severe frost destroyed many productive and aged olive trees, ruining the livelihoods of many farmers. However, when new shoots appeared in the spring and the dead wood was removed, they soon became new fruit-producing trees.
Just like Job, if a Christian life is well rooted in Christ then even if all things fail and all seems lost, hope will rise again and things will be restored to him. Job’s life in the Old Testament is a prime example of how his deep rooted faith in Jehovah ensured that he remained true against all odds and had double of all that he had restored unto him.
4. UNPARCHABLE – Olive trees are drought friendly. Just like the Olive Tree a Christian life also need to be ready to face drought like situation in his/her life and yet continue to abound / grow.
5. GENEROUS – Large olive trees produce on average about 400 pounds of olives annually. Older and larger trees can produce more. A true Christian follower is a generous giver, a generous helper and not a miser!
6. SACRED – Olive oil has long been considered sacred. The olive branch was often a symbol of abundance, glory and peace. The leafy branches of the olive tree were ritually offered to powerful figures as emblems of benediction and purification, and they were used to crown the victors of both games and wars.
Every part of Olive Tree is pure and sacred and the same is true for any believer!
When David said that he is like a green olive tree in the house of the Lord he knew what he was talking and he was proclaiming that his life has these six attributes imbibed.
Can we like David say that “I am like a green olive tree in the house of the Lord!”
If not, then I encourage that all of us surrender our lives to God and cry out to Holy Spirit to shape us and make us like the green olive tree.
God bless you
Your brother in Christ