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May 18 – Jesus, the apple tree

“Like an apple tree among the trees of the woods, So is my beloved among the sons. I sat down in his shade with great delight, And his fruit was sweet to my taste.” – Song of Solomon 2:3

Scripture reading: Song of Solomon 2

Song of Solomon’s love can be interpreted as earthly love. However, there are good reasons to interpret the book with a focus on Jesus’ love for His church. And if we consider it that way, perhaps, we find a not so well-known title for Jesus, or should we say, picture of Jesus as the Apple Tree.

Some interpreters think it might actually have been an orange or apricot tree, but whichever type of fruit tree it was, it clearly stood out among all the other trees in the forest. This one is incomparable with any other. So it is with Jesus. Jesus is incomparable. He is the perfect sinless Son of God, both God and Man. He stands out in His self-sacrifice on the cross. The value and power of His blood are incomparable!

Not only is Jesus incomparable, but He also provides a place of rest for weary sinners. The text says: I sat under his shadow with great delight. Finding a leafy tree on a hot and sunny day brought great enjoyment and delight. Think about Jesus, Who not only invites those who labor and are heavy laden to find rest, but Who especially shelters us from the just wrath of God over our sins.

Thirdly, Jesus is a source of refreshment: and his fruit was sweet to my taste. Believers really know Jesus; they don’t just know about Jesus, they really enjoy Him. They have tasted that the Lord is good! Have you?

Suggestions for prayer

Praise the Lord for Christ, Who is incomparable, gives rest to weary sinners and brings delight to our souls.

 Rev. Pieter van der Hoek served the Heritage Reformed Church of Burgessville ON Canada since May 2017. This year he took a call to the Heritage Reformed Church of Hull, Iowa USA. Get this devotional delivered directly to your phone each day via our RP App. It is also available in print, for purchase, at  

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