The Eden Walk

Olive Trees

Experience 1

My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations. 

Isaiah 56:7

1. New Beginnings

In the story of Noah’s Ark, after the rains and flood had ended, Noah ‘sent out a dove to see if the water had receded from the surface of the ground’ (Genisis 8:8). When the dove returned, there was a freshly picked olive leaf in its beak. God then places a rainbow in the sky to signify His promise to renew and restore the earth. A new day began, bursting with potential and promise. And the signpost to this new beginning was a leaf from an olive tree.



2. Learning

Jesus loved teaching. Throughout the Gospels, we see Jesus constantly sharing lessons about God and teaching others how to live empowered lives, caring for and including others. Jesus’ teaching style was fun, humorous, and engaging and he used lots of different props and settings to explain things. 

Jesus’ love for teaching and learning continued throughout his entire life. In fact, even on the cross, Jesus was sharing the most important lesson for all humankind – receive God’s forgiveness and forgive one another.

One of the many places Jesus taught was the Mount of Olives. This was on a mountain ridge outside Jerusalem. It was named this because of the many Olive groves growing at the mountain’s base. Jesus shared many significant lessons on this mountain (Matthew 24-25). Whenever we see an Olive Tree, we can remind ourselves that Jesus was inquisitive, encouraged others to learn, and was always ready to teach others about the things of God.

3. Prayer

Jesus also went to the Mount of Olives regularly to pray (Luke 21:37, 22:39). On the night He was betrayed and arrested, Jesus went to a specific section called The Garden of Gethsemane to pray (Mark 14:31). The literal translation for this place is ‘olive press’. It is where people would gather olives from the trees, crush them in a stone press, and collect the olive oil. When Jesus faced His greatest task, He went to an Olive Tree Garden and invested time in prayer. He knew that by connecting with God in prayer, He would receive help and the strength needed to persevere and complete the task before Him. The next time you see an Olive Tree, pause and reflect on this timeless truth: Jesus never outgrew prayer.

Healthy Living

Did you know Olive Oil is known for its health benefits all over the world? Here are some fun recipes to try out at home:


Spicy salad dressing with Lemon infused Olive Oil 


Margherita pizza with olive oil