â€œAnd thou shalt command the children of Israel, that they bring thee pure oil olive beaten for the light, to cause the lamp to burn always.â€
Exodus 27:20 KJV
In reading this evening, I found myself intrigued with the scripture above. It seemed curious to me that there was a specific designation for the oil that was â€œbeatenâ€ for the light. In study, I found that this was not the oil which was pressed out of the olive, but it was the oil that appeared at the bruising of the outer skin. The oil that first appeared at the simple transfer from the tree into the vat where the oil was made, before the pressure came, there was this most pure oil that was produced in the transfer from the tree to the next place.
The oil that was produced by bruising the outer skin. This is the oil that was used for light. Is it not interesting to consider that this is still the oil that produces light in our world? To consider that many times the hard press of life takes place in the dark pressure-filled moments of the soul, however it is the minor bruises of our transfer from one place to the other that the Lord uses to power the flame of His spirit in our life so others can see.
Let your light shine before others. Let me remind you that when you are bruised, there is an anointing just below the surface that is a liquid commodity which God will use to bring light to those who sit in darkness.
If youâ€™re feeling bruised, be confidentâ€¦ it is producing oil for light in the darkness around you.
The Oil is flowing, so Shine!
Scott Phillips is pastor of New Birth Pentecostal Church .