“His .... beauty shall be like an olive tree and his fragrance like Lebanon” (Hosea 14:6).

Of all the trees in the world, the Olive tree is the most special one. The leaves and the stem of this tree are filled with a special kind of oil. It is the sign for the Holy Spirit. The oil which is the Holy Spirit, is placed in it.

When the entire universe was destroyed by the flood, all the trees became rotten but the olive trees were able to show their leaves above the water level. It is a sign of victory. It appears as though it is declaring that “I will not be upset even if I am hard-pressed from all directions and I will stand erect.” The dove which flew out of Noah’s Ark came back to Noah in the evening plucking an olive leaf in its mouth.

In India, when a boy goes to fix a girl in marriage, he would be asked by the girl’s family, to give the details about his land holdings, his remuneration and so on. But in Israel, the first question from the girl’s father will be whether the boy has any olive grove as his own. Only after this question, details of fig trees and grape gardens will be sought. The reason is that only the olive groves bring so much of blessing, prosperity and income.

When Jesus went to pray He went to the Garden of Gethsemane which was located in the Mount of Olives and filled with the olive trees. There He poured out His heart in the presence of God. Dear children of God, what is your beauty? What is your greatness? Let it be a life filled with anointment. Let it be your earnest prayer. The Psalmist said, “Your testimonies are very sure; Holiness adorns your house, O Lord, forever” (Psalms 93:5).

In the following portion, God compassionately says that his fragrance is like that of Lebanon (Hosea 14:6). Here, the fragrance indicates the worship. “Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place” (II Corinthians 2:14).

There are many kinds of fragrances in the Scripture. They are the fragrance of a good ointment (Song of Solomon 1:3), the fragrance of the garment (Song of Solomon 4:11), fingers with liquid myrrh (Song of Solomon 5:5) and in the fear of the Lord. (Isaiah 11:3). Dear children of God, let your fragrance be the fragrance of Salvation and the fragrance of anointment. God blesses you by saying “Let the fragrance of your garments be the fragrance of Lebanon” (Song of Solomon 4:11). Inherit these blessings.   

To meditate: “And he ....smelled the smell of his clothing ....and said: “Surely, the smell of my son is like the smell of a field which the Lord has blessed” (Genesis 27:27).