The name Gethsemane in
Hebrew is "Gat Shmanim," meaning "Oil Press." It is the place where
olives are brought and crushed; the skin and pit are strained and
separated. The result is pure olive oil. Oil is a consistent biblical
symbol for the anointing of the Holy Spirit. There is little doubt
that Yeshua chose this place with this name on purpose.
We all want the oil; we want the anointing; the power of the Holy
Spirit. The anointing oil brings protection, provision and prosperity
(Psalm 23:5), wisdom and authority to rule (I Samuel 16:13), joy
(Psalm 45:7, Hebrews 1:9), healing and deliverance (Mark 6:13, James
5:14), light and revelation (Exodus 25:6, I John 2:27, Revelation
3:18); ability to preach and prophecy (Isaiah 61:1), intimacy in
worship (Song of Solomon 1:3, Matthew 25:3, Mark 14:3), and much
There is a dynamic relationship between the oil and the press. They
are opposites that balance out one another. At Gat Shmanim Yeshua
embraced the cross. He forced His will to submit (Matthew 26:39). It
is a place of darkness, depression and difficulty (Matthew 26:37). It
is a place of self denial (Matthew 16:24); a place to be crushed; to
obey unto death; to be tested; to pass through humiliation and
suffering; to intercede to the point of blood, sweat and tears.
The oil certainly seems more attractive than the oil press. Yet there
is no oil without the press. The oil is produced at the oil press.
There is no other way to produce true oil. On the other hand, the
purpose of the press is to obtain the oil. To suffer in obedience
without obtaining that oil is not according to the heart of God. The
press is for the oil. The oil comes from the press.