“Then saith he unto them, my soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death; tarry ye here and watch with me.” Matthew 26:38
As we know, Jesus spent a lot of time in the Garden of Gethsemane praying. Gethsemane means olive press. I took some time to study the processing of the olive. There are 3 processes of extracting oil: rendering, pressing and extracting(separating). There is so many similarities as to the process that Jesus endured on that day that he prayed. Prayer: Jesus rendered himself as a sacrifice in prayer, praying until he sweat. The pressing process as it pertains to the olive, involves cell wall being broken by grinding, flaking, rolling or pressing under high pressures to liberate the oil. The pressing gets the olive one step closer to becoming the end product of oil. Betrayal(pressed): Jesus was then processed even further by the betrayal of his own disciple. The last and final part of the process is the extracting (separation). Arrest: Jesus was separated from his disciples, delivered unto those that desired to kill him and the greatest power and glory was left for the saving of many through the blood shed on the cross.
How are you being processed?
Even before an olive goes through the initial extracting process, it must be washed. Washing the olives, reduces the presence of contaminants. Allow the Lord to wash you and purify you. “Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.” Psalm 51:7 Proper cleaning produces higher quality of oil.
Olive oil quality is equally dependent on the quality of the olives themselves and on the time they have to wait from harvesting to extraction, in addition to the extraction method itself. With technology each stage of the process can be performed using different methods, however the processes produce the same results.
How are you being processed? Is it through your singing, writing, preaching, serving of others, prayer, etc? However the Lord desires to process you allow him, for after the processing comes the oil(anointing).
My spirit has been pressed these past few weeks and I have asked for prayer from friends. I truly understand the process by which God is preparing and refining me. Prayer is the key to keeping me focused and encouraged to continue to press on. “And when he was at the place, he said unto them, Pray that ye enter not into temptation.” Luke 22:40 The temptation came and prayer was the difference.
“We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair, Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the Life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.” 2 Corinthians 4:8