THE OLIVE TREE

 

MESSIAH REVEALED

by David Chambers

 

 

For thousands of years, the olive tree has stood as an enduring symbol to the people of Israel. Its leaf represents peace. Its oil has been used for food, for fuel and to anoint prophets, priests and kings. The olive tree also serves as a marvelous metaphor for Messiah.

In the New Testament the Apostle Paul, addressing the Gentile believers in Rome, writes:

"But if some of the branches were broken off, and you, being a wild olive, were grafted in among them and became partaker with them of the rich root of the olive tree, do not be arrogant toward the branches; but if you are arrogant, remember that it is not you who supports the root, but the root supports you. You will say then, "Branches were broken off so that I might be grafted in." Quite right, they were broken off for their unbelief, but you stand by your faith. Do not be conceited, but fear; for if God did not spare the natural branches, He will not spare you, either. Behold then the kindness and severity of God; to those who fell, severity, but to you, God's kindness, if you continue in His kindness; otherwise you also will be cut off. And they also, if they do not continue in their unbelief, will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again. For if you were cut off from what is by nature a wild olive tree, and were grafted contrary to nature into a cultivated olive tree, how much more will these who are the natural branches be grafted into their own olive tree? For I do not want you, brethren, to be uninformed of this mystery—so that you will not be wise in your own estimation— that a partial hardening has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in; and so all Israel will be saved; just as it is written, "THE DELIVERER WILL COME FROM ZION, HE WILL REMOVE UNGODLINESS FROM JACOB." "THIS IS MY COVENANT WITH THEM, WHEN I TAKE AWAY THEIR SINS." " Romans 11:17-27

Paul's olive tree metaphor is a picture of belief versus unbelief. Wild Gentile branches have been grafted into Jesus the Olive Tree because of their faith in Him.  Natural Jewish branches abide because they too believe.  Those natural branches that have been broken off because of unbelief will be grafted back in again because God has promised to take away their sins.

The Bible is God’s progressive revelation of Messiah. He is the reason for the covenants. He is the one of whom the prophets speak, the psalmist sings and the apostles testify. We see Him in His many wonderful names. We know Him by His miraculous works. He is God’s gift to all man-kind—to the Jew first and also to the Gentile.

The Olive Tree – Messiah Revealed is not intended as an exhaustive treatise on the identity of Messiah. Rather, it is hoped that this book will whet the reader's spiritual appetite to desire a greater, more intimate relationship with God. After all, “This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” John 17:3.

 

David Chambers

October 2009

 

 

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