Thursday, September 30, 2010

A Fruit not Forbidden

Honey Hill Orchards
Jonathan and Cortland apple trees
 When the woman saw that the tree was good for food,
and that is was a delight to the eyes,
and that the tree was desirable to make one wise,
she took from its fruit and ate;
and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate.
Genesis 3:6 nasb

Somewhere in history, an artist depicted the above scene in this way:  Eve (head shot only, of course) stands in front of an exquisite apple tree and marvels at its beauty.  Delight shines in her eyes as she reaches out to brush her fingertips along an apple, and a slight smile appears as she anticipates that this fruit will taste wonderful.  And beholding the incredible radiance of this tree, Eve contemplates that she surely will become wise by eating the delectable fruit.

Apple tree at Honey Hill Orchard

Maybe that first artist used an apple tree for its red symbolism.  Red is the color of blood, and symbolic for sin--we see that in Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter.  A cloud of green leaves dotted with bright, inviting spots of red would certainly reflect the delight Eve beheld in the tree in Eden.  Apples have been placed in Eve's hand from that first artist's rendition through today's descriptions.

I can happily say with utter confidence that the Bible doesn't state which fruit Eve ate.  Someone simply took a guess.  Which means the apple is just another fruit which happens to be my favorite.  :)

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