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  1.  Oil was used to prepare food and became a symbol of nourishment
  2. Oil was used to light lamps. There was no gasoline or kerosene. You lit your home with oil. Oil became a symbol of guidance
  3. Oil was cosmetic. Oil softened dry skin in a dry climate where people didn’t shower everyday. Oil came to represent comfort and prosperity.
  4. Oil was a means of refreshment. When receiving a guest in their house and they would massage their feet with olive oil. They might also put it on their head and hair.
  5. Oil was used for medical treatment. Oil was a soothing salve for an open wound (Luke 10, Good Samaritan).
  6. Oil was used for burials. Oil and spices was a symbol of respect that you would place on a person’s body for burial.

Rick Warren

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