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APPLES…are widely known for various reasons. A proverb states; ‘an apple a day keeps the doctor away.’ Well, research has confirmed it. The health benefits of apples are: prevention of dementia; decreased cholesterol level; decreased cancer risk in lungs, colon and prostrate along with prevention of overweight. That must be why teachers are so healthy; all those apples from their students. But one of the dangers is bobbing for apples at Halloween. Being very competitive, I nearly drowned several times as a child staying down too long with open mouth. Truly, I can never remember getting one.

The apple is a part of the rose family. The tree originated in Western Asia and was brought to America by the early colonists. No, the Aggies did not create them! There are more than 7,500 known cultivars with a wide variety of characteristics.  I love the Granny Smith green apple. Tart and tasty! Over 60 million tons were grown in 2010, half in China. Apple juice, ciders, pies, cobblers, strudels, sliced, diced and candied; anyway you want them. Had cream of apple with chicken soup today. Worms seem to love them also as well as birds, pigs and horses. Worse than biting into one and finding a worm, is to find half of one! Yuk! Some people are referred to as a ‘bad or rotten apple’. We all know that ‘apples do not fall far from the tree’ when it comes to children and their dads. Most kids have played: apple core, Baltimore, who’s your friend-you know the rest!

Scientifically, we owe a debt of gratitude to the apple that fell on Sir Isaac Newton’s head, if in fact it really did. Gravity was his conclusion. I wonder if it was a similar one that attracted Eve and then Adam? Probably not. The computer on which I am typing has as its symbol a partially eaten apple. Even our speech; “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver” (Prov. 25:11). So, this fruit is not without influence.

We see in scripture that His people are “the apple of His eye”. The psalmist pleads with God. “Keep me as the apple of Your eye; hide me under Your wings” (Psa. 17:8). What is it about an apple and its attraction to our eyes? Proverbs speaks of wisdom in a similar manner. “Keep my commands and live, and my law as the apple of your eye” (Prov. 7:2). So, apparently it is a two-way street between Him and us relative to the ‘apple and the eye’. That’s comforting! Of course, the true and original ‘apple of God’s eye’ was and is Israel, His chosen people. ‘For thus says the Lord of hosts; “He sent Me after glory, to the nations which plunder you; for he who touches you touches the apple of His eye”‘ (Zech. 2:8). They may seem far from the orchard now because of their disobedience, but that won’t be forever. We gentiles have been grafted into the branch. We are hybrids so to speak. But apples nevertheless!

Solomon describes the relationship beautifully. “Like an apple tree among the trees of the woods, so is my beloved among the sons. I sat down in his shad(S. of Sol. 2:3).   As early as the beginning in the Garden and as late as Jesus’ return and the New Jerusalem, we see this fruit playing a role in God’s description of His kingdom and its joys and delights. “And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations” (Rev. 22:1,2).

My thought is that one of those twelve fruits is the apple. Just guessing! While being attractive, especially polished, tasty and healthy; it reflects God’s love and provisions, both now and for eternity. I wonder if Sir Isaac got that message? I hope you do, even without one falling on your head! For, in Christ you are the “apple of His eye.” Taste and believe!

Copyright 2012

bill@abidingfathers.org

www.lifespeakstous.com

Scripture taken from the New King James Version
Some information on the apple comes from Wikipedia, the free dictionary

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