THE PRECIOUS APPLE TREE

The Precious Apple Tree

Merry Monday by Parris Bailey-
“As an apple tree among the trees of the forest, so is my beloved among the young men.With great delight I sat in his shadow, and his fruit was sweet to my taste.” (Song of Solomon 2:3 ESV)

Ahhhhhh the apple tree in the midst of the woods! There is nothing like it. It’s funny how we can spend our whole lives circling around all the trees of the field and yet miss the one which has been there our whole lives. Why didn’t we ever notice its refreshing shade, it’s fruit that’s so satisfying before? What were we rushing around doing that was so important? Why we were consumed with our own agendas, our dreams and our adventures. Have you ever noticed how a tree can just stand there saying nothing but look so amazing, so quiet yet majestic? If you step in closer it’s branches seem to hug you protecting and concealing whatever that’s within. Even the atmosphere changes under its branches almost as if it wants to tell you a story. The world becomes a barren tree to the soul next to this apple tree. Gill said, “It is not enough to pass by this shadow, but we must sit down under it (here will I dwell, for I have desired it); and we shall find it not like Jonah’s gourd, that soon withered, and left him in a heat, both inward and outward, but like the tree of life, the leaves whereof were not only for shelter, but for the healing of the nations. We must sit down under this shadow with delight, must put an entire confidence in the protection of it (as Judges ix. 15), and take an entire complacency in the refreshment of it. But that is not all: 2. Here is pleasing nourishing food. This tree drops its fruits to those that sit down under its shadow, and they are welcome to them, and will find them sweet unto their taste, whatever they are to others. Believers have tasted that the Lord Jesus is gracious (1 Pet. ii. 3); his fruits are all the precious privileges of the new covenant, purchased by his blood and communicated by his Spirit.”
Christ is to believers “as the shadow of a great tree, of a great rock in a weary land”. Isa. 32: 2; He perfumes our prayers- Christ is full of fruit which are to be reached out to by the hand of faith. For “they that dwell under his shadow shall revive and grow”. Hos. 14:7
The Targum renders it, “the pome citron, or citron apple tree; which is a tree very large and beautiful; its fruit is of a bitter taste, but of a good smell; always fruit on it; is an excellent remedy against poison, and good for the breath, as naturalists {m} observe; and so is a fit emblem of Christ, in the greatness of his person, in the fulness, of his grace, in the virtue of his blood, and righteousness and grace, which are a sovereign antidote against the poison of sin; and whose presence, and communion with him, cure panting souls, out of breath.”
Christ becomes a “tree of life” to those that find it. What is taking you so long?

2 Replies to “THE PRECIOUS APPLE TREE”

  1. What took me so long? The scripture Mark 10:24 comes to mind. It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.
    To better frame the problem I also add 1 Timothy 6:10. For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
    Some of the trappings of this world are, but not limited to, comfort and stuff. I found that Matthew Henry said; “The evil of covetousness. Those that will be rich (that set their hearts upon the wealth of this world, and are resolved right or wrong, they will have it), fall into temptation and a snare. It is not said, those that are rich, but those that will be rich, that is, that place their happiness in worldly wealth, that covet it inordinately, and are eager and violent in the pursuit of it. Those that are such fall into temptation and a snare, unavoidably; for, when the devil sees which way their lusts carry them, he will soon bait his hook accordingly. He knew how fond Achan would be of a wedge of gold, and therefore laid that before him. They fall into many foolish and hurtful lusts.”
    I was consumed with things, pleasure and good times. I found my source of these in the world. I tasted and it tasted good but never completely satisfied. It left me wanting for more and in so kept my attentions away from Jesus. Besides, what would God do for me? I was here and He was up there, far away. Then He interrupted my life and I found rest for my soul. \o/ Empty hands raised high

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