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Gethsemane was an orchard or garden, meaning, "oil press", the place olives were crushed, providing the rich ancient oil for the anointing of the High Priest in order to enter the presence of God to make atonement, with oil Kings were anointed by prophets to rule the people of God, olive oil provided light, warmth and food. Ezekiel proclaims it to be a sign of God's blessing upon His people, 16:13.
Olives were harvested by beating the olive tree, Deut 24:20 just as our Lord Jesus was beaten by our hearts at the hands of Roman authority. Micah speaks of treading the olives by foot, Micah 6:15. 1 Kings 5:11, 2 Chronicles 2:10, olive oil was an indication of great wealth. The olive tree was considered a symbol of peace, Gen 8:11
Gethsemane, was the place, the fruit would be crushed.
Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsemane... And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee.... and began to be sorrowful and very heavy.... My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death:... And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt. And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour? Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak. He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done. And he came and found them asleep again: for their eyes were heavy. And he left them, and went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same words. Matthew 26: 36-44
And he was withdrawn from them about a stone's cast, and kneeled down, and prayed, Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done. And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him. And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground. Luke 22: 41-44
And they came to a place which was named Gethsemane: and he saith to his disciples, Sit ye here, while I shall pray. And he taketh with him Peter and James and John, and began to be sore amazed, and to be very heavy; And saith unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful unto death: tarry ye here, and watch. And he went forward a little, and fell on the ground, and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him. And he said, Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee; take away this cup from me: nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt. Mark 14: 32-36
"Sorrowful and deeply depressed"
" heavy", (distressed or sore troubled.)
" Exceeding sorrowful"(intense sadness or deeply grieved)
"sore amazed" (The root word signifies, to render immovable, and associated with "terror" or to be "struck in mind".)
Being in an " agony", (severe emotional strain and anguish.)
"Great drops of blood" (literally, large thick, drops of clotted blood,
The word is etymologically akin to "curdle")
Gethsemane is the press crushing our Saviour, I can only calculate, and quite inadequately, His sufferings based upon the evidence of His physical pain, being thoroughly unable to comprehend the sufferings at the Hand of the Holy God. We see our Lord Jesus anticipating the press, crushing from Him sweat, great drops of blood.
What did He feel there? Facing the press to be crushed.
The fruit has been crushed and the Holy Dove presents us with the olive branch, His Peace,and notification the Lord Jesus has procured an habitation, in His Fathers house for us. The waters of judgement having exhausted their fury upon Him and the regeneration is ours for Eternity. I am astonished as I consider what He has accomplished.
"He hath done this"
There is a place where mercy sheds
The oil of gladness on our heads;
A place than all beside more sweet--
It is the heavenly mercy-seat.
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