Like a Green Olive Tree

October 23, 2017

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We ask and are often asked, “How are you?”, or “You doing ok?” or “How you doin?”. We usually answer without thinking, “Good, fine, ok, etc.” But at times like these maybe you are not sure how to answer, or maybe you are not ready for how people answer you. I asked someone a couple of weeks ago and they said, “I wish people would stop asking that”.

So, what I want to do today is give you an answer to the question, “How you doin?” I am not saying you need to say it out loud, but when you are asked I want you to at least think it because I think it will be a comfort to you.

OK. So, let’s get to the answer for the How you doin question.

You ready for it?

“How you doin?” “Like a green olive tree.”

Scripture Reading

Psalm 52:8-9 (NKJV)
8 But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God; I trust in the mercy of God forever and ever. 9 I will praise You forever, Because You have done it; And in the presence of Your saints I will wait on Your name, for it is good.

I told you that God often gives me visuals and things when He is trying to get my attention. We have been making a lot of food around here since the storm. One of the things we had was jars of green olives, and I was putting them in everything and they tasted really good. People were commenting about how good it was and how much they like green olives. So, when I read the Psalm from our scripture reading during my quiet time, it just really jumped out at me.

1. What is a green olive tree?

The green olive tree is one of the most remarkable trees there is. Most of us are not too familiar with olive trees because they don’t grow near where we live.

Green olive trees grow in almost any condition: on terraced hills or in valleys, in rocky or fertile soil. They can thrive in great heat with a minimum of water, and are virtually indestructible. Some grow from root systems 2,000 years old.

Olive trees were planted in and around vineyards throughout the ancient world. Olive trees help shelter grape vines against strong winds that can disrupt pollination.

After the flood, it was an olive leaf that a dove from Noah’s ark brought to Noah.

Genesis 8:11 (NIV)
11 When the dove returned to him in the evening, there in its beak was a freshly plucked olive leaf! Then Noah knew that the water had receded from the earth.

Even after the flood, the green olive tree was still alive.

2. Jesus liked to hang out among the green olive trees

Luke 22:39 (NIV)
39 Jesus went out as usual to the Mount of Olives, and his disciples followed him.

The Mount of Olives, which is located just east of the Old City of Jerusalem, is where Jesus spent much of His time in Jerusalem with His disciples.

Like a green olive tree, Jesus likes to hang out with us. We enjoy the fellowship of Christ.

3. The green olive tree is a source of light

Exodus 27:20 (NIV)
20 “Command the Israelites to bring you clear oil of pressed olives for the light so that the lamps may be kept burning.

Like a green olive tree, we are a source of light for the world.

Matthew 5:14-16 (NIV)
14 “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.

Philippians 2:14-16a (NIV)
14 Do everything without complaining or arguing, 15 so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe 16 as you hold out the word of life…

The word of life is the Good News, the gospel.

1 Corinthians 15:3-4 (NKJV)
3 For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures,

4. Faithful and fruitful

The green olive tree symbolizes faithfulness and fruitfulness.

Psalm 52:8 (NKJV)
8 But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God; I trust in the mercy of God forever and ever.

Like a green olive tree, this Scripture passage reminds us that no matter what the circumstance, we should remain steadfast as the olive tree in the presence of God – evergreen (faithful) and bearing fruit by living by doing the next right thing and holding out the word of life.

“How you doin?” “Like a green olive tree.”


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