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It is written of me – Part 5


Lawrence Achudume

In the book of Judges, the trees were summoned to a meeting to choose a king amongst them. The first tree that was given the privilege was the olive tree.

The trees went forth on a time to anoint a king over them; and they said unto the olive tree, reign thou over us (Judges 9:8)
And the olive replied (Judges 9:9);
But the olive tree said unto them, should I leave my fatness, wherewith by me they honour God and man, and go to be promoted over the trees?
• The olive tree acknowledged its mandate i.e. to produce fatness.
• This fatness, according to the olive tree, is what makes man to honour God through him.
• To become a king over the tree, the olive tree knew it was not the reason for his existence, not his mandate.
The Mystery of The Olive Tree


The Hebrew word for olive tree is es shemen, which literally means tree of oil. It is from a primitive root meaning ‘to shine’ – which means richness, anointing, fat, fruitfulness, oil, ointment. It is related to the word shemesh, ‘to be brilliant,’ which also is the Hebrew word for ‘sun.’

The olive tree may look like any other tree in appearance and size, but it is very unique in its product and reason for existence. The olive produces the anointing oil used to enthrone kings and priests. The olive tree is associated with royalty and rulership, as depicted by the usage of the oil in anointing kings and priests favoured by God (Ps 89:20, 1 Samuel 10:1, 1Kings 1:39, 2 Kings 9:1-6).

The olive oil is a symbol of joy and gladness.
Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness: therefore God, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows (Psalm 45:7)

To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the painting of the LORD, that he might be glorified (Isaiah 61:3)

It also serves as oil for lamps, to lighten our paths and reveals the way to go.

They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them (Matthew 25:3)

The lamp is a symbol of the word of God. Which means without the oil, there is no illumination or revelation of the word of God for the benefit of men.


Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path (Psalms 119:105)

For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way to life (Proverbs 6:23)

Since the olive oil represents anointing, it can be used to be a symbol of the power of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 5:14-16).

The infilling of the spirit makes our spiritual light to shine brightly and gives radiance to the environment. No wonder a carrier of the oil is a light to the world.

Olive oil is also used as a medicine to heal wounds.

And they cast out many devils, and anointed with oil many that were sick, and healed them (Mark 16:13)
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