Christ and His Church – The Apple of God’s Eye

 

Shew thy marvelous loving kindness, O thou that savest by thy right hand them that put their trust in thee from those that rise up against them. Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of thy wings” – (Ps.17:7,8).

As the apple tree among the trees of the wood, so is my beloved among the sons. I sat down under his shadow with great delight, and his fruit was sweet to my taste. He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me was love. Stay me with flagons, comfort me with me apples: for I am sick of love” – (S.of S.2:3-5).

 

   The Song of Solomon is a picture of Christ and His church. The church is the bride of Christ. In this book God uses a picture of human love to convey to our dull minds and dead hearts, His so great love. He uses the very best of human love to show us the wonderful love He has for us in His beloved Son. This book pictures the love of Christ for His church. Christ loved the church and gave Himself for it.

 

   The “Apple of God’s eye” speaks of one who is highly loved and cherished and precious and speaks of God’s dearly beloved Son: He is the “beloved” in the Song of Solomon. Three times in the New Testament God spoke to man from heaven in a voice like thunder – “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased” – (Mt.3:17). The Lord Jesus Christ is the apple of His Father’s eye: He is highly loved and cherished and precious by His heavenly Father. He is the fruitful One, filled with the fruit of righteousness and truth.

 

   And when we’re saved and born again by Christ we become one flesh with Christ, we become the bride of Christ – Christ in us, the hope of glory. Then we also are the apple of God’s eye – “Husbands, love, your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it. For no man ever yet hateth his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church: for we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones” – (Eph.5:25,29,30). When we are saved by God’s beloved Son then we also are especially loved of God the Father. Christ’s Father becomes our Father as we are born again into God’s family. We are the ‘apple of God’s eye’ the especially loved of God. He loves us because we love His beloved Son – “For the Father himself loveth you, because ye have loved me, and have believed that I came out from God” – (Jn.16:27).

 

   As it is written in my text verse – “Shew thy marvelous loving kindness, O thou that savest by thy right hand them which put their trust in thee… keep me as the apple of the eye…” – (Ps.17:7,8). God’s love that saves by His right hand, and His right hand is Christ. And when we put our trust in Him we are saved and become the apple of God’s eye. Christ is the apple tree that produces Holy Spirit fruit in us after we’re saved. Sin started on a tree in Eden, and forgiveness of sins comes by the blood of Christ on the tree of Calvary“Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree…” – (I Pet.2:24). “For the fruit of the spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth” – (Eph.5:9). When you are saved by Christ on the tree-cross, then and only then can you produce godly, Holy Spirit fruit. You were an evil, sinful tree, but now you are a good tree bringing forth good fruit. “Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit… Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them” – (Mt.7:17,20). “Which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty” – (Mt.13:23).

 

   God uses only the apple tree of all the fruit trees, to symbolize the tree cross of His beloved Son. “As the apple tree among the trees of the wood, so is my beloved among the sons.” Yes, God’s beloved Son, the apple of His Father’s eye. “Comfort me with apples” and the only true and everlasting comfort is Christ who will give you the Comforter, which is the Holy Spirit, if you get saved and born again. “And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever” – (Jn.14:16).

 

   Apple pie means (excellent, perfect – apple pie order). And Jesus Christ on the tree is God’s perfect, sinless, supreme sacrifice. Apple cider vinegar is the best vinegar of all and vinegar points right to the tree cross – “They gave him vinegar to drink mingled with gall: and when he had tasted thereof, he would not drink” – (Mt.27:34). Apple pie also means (traditional American values – as American as apple pie). Our nations’ traditional values were once upon a time, traditional Christian values, but now we’ve become the ‘Apple of Sodom’ – (something that looks pleasing but proves disappointing). Our good apple fruit nation of righteousness has become an evil fruit nation and we’ve accepted the abomination of sodomy as a lifestyle.

 

   The apple tree is of the rose family. Apple blossoms are much like wild rose blossoms. Apples are mostly red, yellow or green and the most valuable of all fruits that grow on trees. It is also more widely grown than any other fruit. They grow everywhere except in the very hottest and coldest regions of the world. It’s the king of fruits. There are 7,500 varieties in the world and 2,500 kinds in the U.S. And certainly Christ, the Apple of God’s eye, is the most valuable of all and the King of Kings. Over His head on the tree, it was written – “This is Jesus the King of the Jews” – (Mt.27:37).

 

   It is claimed that the tree of man’s first sin in Eden was the apple tree, but it is not called that, only the tree of knowledge of good and evil. But it has it become that symbol to the unsaved as they gorge themselves on the same tree of worldly wisdom and knowledge today and reject God’s wisdom and knowledge in Christ. – “In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” – (Col.2:3). Every public teacher’s desk in America has an apple on it attesting to this, while God’s Book is rejected. The devil loves to see this ‘apple polishing’ as it reminds him of his great and deadly deceit in Eden. That’s why the larynx is called the ‘Adam’s Apple’ because Adam supposedly ate this forbidden fruit and our whole country is gorging themselves on it and becoming more and more wicked – rotten apples, amen.

 

   Don’t follow after these Bible commentators who change apples to oranges and think they are smarter than God and so don’t get any spiritual truth. Never, never change one word in the KJ Bible and don’t follow anyone who does. One commentator wrote that apples are not grown in Israel because apples require a colder climate. He said the ‘apple’ referred to here is probably an orange tree. This article was on the WEB dated May 18, 2006 – ‘Apple diplomacy in Damascus’ – “Though they are technically at war, Israel and Syria made a deal that brought 10,000 tons of Israeli apples to Syria. This is the second straight year that Israeli apple growers have sold their surplus crops to Syria. The apples are grown on the Golan Heights. With an elevation of 3,600 feet comes a cool climate, perfect for the cultivation of apples.” Israel has more apples than they need – amen. Apples of love not war on the Golan Heights.

 

   When Adam and Eve sinned by eating of the tree of knowledge, we saw the beginning of the battle between God’s knowledge and the knowledge of the devil and the world. We see this conflict with the scientist Isaac Newton and his knowledge of gravity. He was drinking tea in his garden in 1666 and saw an apple fall from a tree and this started him thinking of gravity. He fell for the same temptation by Satan as Eve did to eat from the forbidden tree of knowledge and become wise as God. He should have started thinking about the fall of man and the ‘gravity’ of death and the grave. Now that’s the wisdom of God for man, studying the Word of God and the wisdom of God. God’s Word speaks of ‘gravity’ – “One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity” – (I Tim.3:4). This is a qualification for a church leader, to be serious – minded and grave. Because man is a lost sinner heading for death and the grave and that’s the gravest problem facing man. And Christ is the cure – “For the wages of sin is death: but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” – (Rom.6:23). John Newton, the preacher who gave us the song ‘Amazing Grace’ had a million times more true knowledge than Isaac Newton.

 

   And then there’s the computer, man’s knowledge machine. Apple computer made their first Apple 1 computer in 1976 that sold for $666.66. Their first logo was of Isaac Newton sitting beneath the apple tree thinking about gravity. Then they changed to a new logo – an apple bitten into. The bite symbolized the apple that Adam and Eve bit into of the tree of knowledge and committed the first sin. The bite could also become the ‘byte’ of computer digits. We cannot fail to see the Mark of the Beast with this – 666. The year 1666 of Newton and the price of the first apple computer - $666.66. The Mark of the Beast will be a computer digit branded in the forehead or right hand under penalty of death. The knowledge of the world brings forth death. God’s wisdom gives us Christ to conquer death and give us eternal life. The ‘Leopard’ is the name of the new operating system of Apple’s Mac line of computers due out in October 2007. And the Beast looks like a leopard – (Rev.13:2). People will ‘gravitate’ toward this beastly strong leader, and the Beast is coming soon. Follow after the wisdom and knowledge of Christ, not the wisdom of the world that leads to eternal death – (Rev.20:14,15). The U.S. has crossed a Red Delicious with a McIntosh Apple and has created an Empire Apple. We are the last empire of Antichrist before Jesus comes as Emperor over His kingdom of righteousness and rules forever. The U.S. is an imperial Beast preying upon weaker nations, bad fruit – amen.

 

   We have a saying,An apple a day keeps the Dr. away,” meaning good health and long life comes from apples. And it is true that Christ, the Apple of God’s eye, gives eternal life to all who receive Him and get saved. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever beliveth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” – (Jn.3:16). Jesus came to planet earth to defeat man’s greatest enemy – death, and to offer us eternal life through Him. “And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son – He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life” – (I Jn.5:11,12). Christ brings saving health to all nations. If you get saved, the tree cross of death becomes the tree of life – “… on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bear twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations” – (Rev.22:12).

 

   God is showing us the tree of eternal life with 12 kinds of fruit, a different kind each month, and certainly apples will be one of them. “He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto her churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God” – (Rev.2:7). The born again church, the bride of Christ, will be the only ones that will eat the fruit of the tree of eternal life – they are God’s overcomers. “For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith” – (I Jn.5:4). Christ and His church – the Apple of God’s eye, loved and cherished by their Father.

 

   Are you the apple of God’s eye? Are you saved and born again through the precious blood of Christ? If not, repent of your sins and by faith believe on Christ in your heart for forgiveness of sins. Christ’s Holy Spirit will now be in you and you will be one flesh with Christ, part of the bride of Christ. You will be a new creature in Christ producing Holy Spirit fruit, a godly tree producing the fruit of the Spirit. You will be a witness for Christ and gather other human fruit to Christ - the fruit of the womb. We plant the seeds of God’s Word in human hearts, even the gospel of salvation in Christ, and gather in the fruits of the human harvest. Spiritual fruits of the Holy Spirit symbolized by apples.

 

Be saved by Christ – the fruitful one

He is the fruitful tree of life.

 

Pastor Mike Storti

5000 N. LaCholla- Lot 76

Tucson, AZ  85705

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