THE APPLE TREE. “An apple a day keeps the doctor away’. So goes the old adage. We are not sure if that is true, but one thing we do know is that Jesus Christ is pictured as an apple tree in the Bible (Song 2:3). The apple tree is a notable picture of Christ.
Its Singularity. It is one “tree among the trees of the wood.” There are many trees in the wood but they cannot sustain life. An apple tree can provide both food and drink. There are many philosophies in the world, but they cannot satisfy the hungry soul, but the living Christ alone can provide spiritual food and drink for the soul.
Its Shadow. In a hot and barren land what a delight to find shelter under the foliage of the apple tree. Elizabeth Clephane, in her wonderful hymn, Beneath the Cross of Jesus spoke of the “shadow” of the Cross. What a blessing to be able to sing, “I sat down under His shadow with great delight.”
Its Sweetness. Louisa Stead wrote, “Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus, just to take Him at His word.’ How sweet it is in times of crisis just to rest upon the “exceeding great and precious promises” of the Word of the Lord (2 Peter 1:4). The apple tree in the Song of Solomon is not fenced in an orchard setting, but is outside and available to all. Christ is available to all, and able to satisfy the cravings of your soul. “O taste and see that the Lord is good”. (Psalm 34:9).