The bride compares him to the apple-tree among the trees ( Song of Songs 2:3) of the because he has the two eminent things of trees, which the residue of them have not:—
1. Fruit for food; 2. Shade for refreshment.
Of the one she eats, under the other she rests; both with great delight. These are desirable things, to an hungry, weary soul (such alone seek for shade and fruit). “In Christ,” saith she, “there is fruit, fruit sweet to the taste; yea, ‘his flesh is meat indeed, and his blood is drink indeed,’ ” John 6:55. “Moreover, he has brought forth that everlasting righteousness which will abundantly satisfy any hungry soul, after it has gone to many a barren tree for food, and has found none. Besides, he abounds in precious and pleasant graces, whereof I may eat; yea, he calls me to do so, and that abundantly.” These are the fruits that Christ bears. They speak of a tree that brings forth all things needful for life, in food and raiment. Christ is that tree of life, which has brought forth all things that are needful unto life eternal. In him is that righteousness which we
hunger after; — in him is that water of life, which whoso drinks of shall thirst no more. Oh, how sweet are the fruits of Christ’s mediation to the faith of his saints! Shades for refreshment and shelter; — shelter from wrath without, and refreshment because of weariness from within. When the heat of wrath is ready to scorch the soul, Christ, interposing, bears it all. Under the shadow of his wings we sit down constantly, quietly, safely, putting our trust in him; and all this with great delight. Yea, who can express the joy of a soul safe shadowed from wrath under the covert of the righteousness of the Lord Jesus! There is also refreshment in a shade from weariness. He is “as the shadow of a
great rock in a weary land,” Isaiah 32:2. From the power of corruptions, trouble of temptations, distress of persecutions, there is in him quiet, rest, and repose, Matt. 11:27, 28.