It is written of me – Part 6
The Good Samaritan was able to show his compassion by administering oil. And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him. Luke 10:34
The olive oil is also used for cooking; it is used to make salad dressing and provides many nutritious food factors to our diets. In the Bible days, olive was an important part of the diet of God’s people.
And behold, I will give to thy servants, the hewers that cut timber, twenty thousand measures of beaten wheat, and twenty thousand measures of barley, and twenty thousand baths of wines, and twenty thousand baths of oil. 2 Chronicles 2:10
The heartiness, ruggedness and strength of the olive tree made it an ideal symbol of the righteous man. But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God: I trust in the mercy of God forever and ever. Psalms 52:8
Thou prepareth a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Psalms 23:5. And wine that maketh glad the heart of man, and oil to make his face to shine, and bread which strenghteneth man’s heart. Psalms 104:15
The olive tree understood its uniqueness and difference. To produce according to its mandate was a greater success and achievement than to occupy a throne that will de-robe him of his purpose. Its uniqueness is what defines the olive tree, it is what makes the olive the olive, and anything short of this is an alternative, a photocopy or a counterfeit. Also, perhaps the olive tree knew that when you occupy a position you are not made for, you struggle to achieve what you should ordinarily achieve with ease and grace. God pours His grace upon a man according to his purpose.
The fig tree
Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? Either a vine, figs? So can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh. James 3:12.The above illustrates the difference in the different trees. It is not possible for the fig tree to bear olive berries, neither can the vine produce figs. Every tree has its uniqueness. The tree requested the rulership of the fig tree and the fig replied,
And the trees said to the fig tree, come thou, and reign over us. But the fig tree said unto them, should I forsake my sweetness, and my good fruit, and go to be promoted over the trees? Judges 9:10-11
• The fig tree appreciated the mandate of its sweetness.
• Also the production of its fruits.
• The promotion of being a king was not an option as against his mandate.
The nature of the figs
The fig is a modest tree, low in height and spreading with irregular, ungraceful branches. The leaves are large, dark green and deeply lobed. A marked peculiarity of the tree is that it bears fruit without visible flowers. The fruit is sweet, nourishing, full of seeds and possessing soothing and healing powers. The fig tree symbolises the knowledge of good, sweet and works of kindness, while the olive represents the knowledge of the Lord’s goodness and how to bring forth His love in good works.
The fig represents knowledge of natural kindness, which is not to the noble character of the olive, but obediently bears abundant fruits of sweet benevolence.
Every tree is known by its fruits. Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit. Matthew 12:33
The tree is good and its fruit good, when it works according to its mandate on earth. It becomes corrupt when it works otherwise, just like a man and his mandate.
The fig tree takes pride in the sweetness of his fruits. The fig adds sweetness to life. The fig was an instrument of healing for Hezekiah’s boil.
For Isaiah had said, let them take a lump of figs, and lay it for a plaster upon the boil, and he shall recover. Isaiah 38:21.It is an anti-inflammatory agent, analgesic, emollient, laxative, astringent, expectorant and also lowers blood sugar. It is a major component in medical science.
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