This verse comes at the very end of the famous story of Noah and the flood. For 40 days and nights, endless storms brought unbelievable amounts of rain to the world, thus destroying the wicked within. Only Noah and his family, along with pairs of each animal that lived, were merited to be saved from the torrential downpour. When the storm finally let up, Noah sent a dove to explore whether there was any dry land to embark upon. When she brought back a simple olive branch, Noah knew the time had come to leave the ark that had protected them for so long. The olive branch not only represented an end to destruction, but brought with it a spark of hope, a chance to renew the world. Throughout the Hebrew Bible, olive oil is used to annoint leaders, in the Holy Temple, or even to accompany meals, showing this message of renewal and of promise should be a part of our every day.
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