Tradition says that the Tree in the Garden was an apple, but we are only ever told that it is a fruit. That aside, I think God really likes apples.
David prayed that God would keep him as the apple of his eye. (Psalm 17:8)
God encourages us to keep his teachings as the apple of our eye. (Proverbs 7:2)
Song of Songs 2:5 says that apples are refreshing.
Zechariah 2:8 declares that whoever touches us touches the apple of His eye.
Anyway, it wasn’t about the apple/fruit. It was all about Eve taking her eyes off God and hobnobbing with the serpent instead. The fallout for her disobedience included banishment from the garden, marriage issues and hard work.
One good thing from this story is the punishment for the serpent, who gets his comeuppance as a downer, so to speak.
And the Lord God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life. (Genesis 3:14, KJV)
Still if sin’s only good thing is a downer for the bad guy, it seems a huge price to pay doesn’t it.
Prayer – Lord, help us to think before we speak and act. We confess that we can only do this if our eyes are on you! Amen