|Olives on the Tree|
2 Corinthians 4:8-9
I'd been told it would happen.
The scriptures are coming alive for me. I honestly didn't realize how significantly it would change my reading.
It's like that for me here. As we learn about olive trees and talk about the process of pressing oil, the meaning of so many verses intensifies.
Today's verse is one of those.
The first pressing is done by hand, yielding the most valuable oil used in anointing and lighting the Temple menorah. The beaten, hand cracked olives are then processed using a commercial press to yield cooking oil. The mud colored mash that remains is not discarded, but is pressed harder still under heavy stones to yield oil for lighting - light for the world.
Our hearts, like olives, are hard and must go through a process of softening and pressing before yielding their most valuable qualities. And the very hardest pressed bring the most light to the world.
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