The King’s Valley, or Kidron Valley, is a sacred piece of real estate that separates the Temple Mount and the Mount of Olives, located on the eastern side of the City of Jerusalem. It drops 4000 feet, and is 20 miles long. This location became well-known in biblical times as a place where kings would hide, walk, and be buried.
It is believed by many—due to various biblical passages—that the King’s Valley garden may have been designed and built by King Solomon himself. In spite of no current physical evidence of King Solomon’s creative touch, he did speak about his love for gardens throughout his biblical writings.
There is also mention of the garden existing during King Hezekiah’s lifetime (2 Kings 25:4, Jeremiah 39:4, Nehemiah 3:15). Solomon was also known for crafting pools to water gardens and groves, and such an irrigation system would have been required for the King’s Valley garden to flourish.
The King’s Valley garden, as in many of Solomon’s gardens, would have resided the seven species (Deuteronomy 8:8): wheat, barley, grapes, pomegranates, figs, date palms, and olives. Also woven into the garden scenery would have been lilies, hennas, and roses—many of which, Solomon spoke of in his proverbs and songs.
The Symbolism of Gardens
Gardening is one of those activities that can be calming yet involves quite a bit of work and patience. This almost seems counterintuitive—patience that has a calming effect. However, this divine design had a bigger purpose. In the beginning, when humanity was placed in the Garden of Eden, they were incredibly blessed not only by the fruit produced, but also by the work completed.
The earth was an instrument God used for humanity to harness its potential, multiply their efforts, and literally enjoy the fruits of their labor. This mind-set of sowing a seed that multiplies and using its fruit as nourishment that gives strength to those who work the land still remains—although not as exactly as it did in our ancient past.
God’s intention was full-circle provision. Have you ever thought about the intricate ecosystems of our planet? That, if we keep to our roots grounded as intended, everything would be contingent upon everything else and be in perfect harmony? Our bodies are nourished by the fruits of the earth, which are planted and harvested by the works of our hands.
God wastes nothing, and we are to enjoy His blessings and be good stewards of His creation. His gardens are a symbol of life and prosperity. They provide for us as we care for them and the cycle continues.
“Then the Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it.”—Genesis 2:15
The Symbolism of Olive Oil
Biblical significance of olive oil flows throughout the Bible. Used for everything from lighting lamps and offerings to anointing, this precious oil has its place in biblical history.
The Preparation for Jesus’ Return
In the parable of the 10 virgins, Jesus spoke of oil as a symbol of wisdom and readiness for His return. The 5 wise maidens were prepared for the Bridegroom because they took oil in their vessels with their lamps. Though there was a delay in the Bridegroom’s coming, they were prepared to act at any moment.
- “Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the son of Man is coming.”—Matthew 25:13
The Anointing of the Holy Spirit
Oil symbolizes the anointing of the Holy Spirit, which equips and empowers us to do God’s work.
- “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives…”—Luke 4:18
- “…how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.”—Acts 10:38
Olive trees and their oil are unique. Much like gardening mentioned above, growing and making olive oil takes patience and perseverance. It takes several years of growth before the trees are ready to be harvested.
It takes hours of picking and thousands of olives to produce enough oil to fill a bottle. In an average year you can typically expect that the olives produced from a single tree will yield about 4 liters of oil.
However, the miraculous beauty of growing these patience-teaching trees is that they live to be 500-600 years old on average.
You see, the perseverance and patience pay off. You are left with a perfectly designed provision, for both the nourishment of your body and your spirit.
The King’s Valley and the Olive Oil Come Together
Imagine a blooming garden, full of colorful plants and flowers. A garden that holds the perfect balance of harvesting fruit that sustains our bodies according to God’s design—this once was, and will be again. The King’s Valley garden laid barren for centuries, but has recently been brought back to life.
This garden, where King David found refuge—where Jesus walked with His disciples, and where He will reign as King of kings and Lord of lords—is beginning to bloom and thrive, just as God designed from the beginning.
The young saplings have turned into mature olive groves and are now ready for the harvest—this is the King’s Valley Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
Think about the rich history of the Kidron Valley. The sacred olive trees mentioned throughout the Bible are now planted in this ancient soil. The olives grow and ripen in the hot sun and withstand the harsh elements, just as we are to do as we mature in our faith, work, and life.
The oil from My Olive Tree’s King’s Valley Extra Virgin Olive Oil is more than a cooking or anointing oil—it takes you back in time to a land said to flow with milk and honey, and gives you a gift of nourishment for today. When you take in the oil, a part of God’s garden resides in you.
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