I love fruit. Living in a big city as I do, there are few fruits that cannot be purchased somewhere in the city year round. But I prefer to eat seasonally. The other day, I went out to buy my lunch at a nearby chain grocery store that offers a surprising variety of ready-to-eat foods at reasonable prices. While there, I picked up a few apples and multipack of yogurt, for snacks at work.
I recently discovered a new (to me) variety of apples called Red Prince. They are similar to Empire and are firm, crunchy, slightly tart and quite juicy. One of my favourite snacks is apple slices with peanut butter – a satisfying, delicious and healthy snack.
Sitting at my computer at work later, I impulsively Googled “which fruit has the most varieties” and learned that apples do – over 7,500 different varieties. It is widely believed that the apple was the “forbidden fruit” on the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil that Adam and Eve disobediently and sinfully sampled, at serpent Satan’s urging. Read all about it in Genesis, the first book of the Holy Bible.
Among the other stories listed on the search page was one about Sam Van Aken, an Art professor from Syracuse University who grew up on a farm before turning to art. In 2008, he heard about an old orchard at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station that was going to be shut down for lack of funding. He took action and did something quite amazing. You can read his story here: https://www.sciencealert.com/this-tree-produces-40-different-types-of-fruit.
This got me to thinking about God and the human race. The Israelites were God’s Chosen People, in the beginning. Later, after Jesus Christ lived, died, was resurrected and returned to his eternal home, that special position of favour with God was opened up to every race on planet earth. Seemingly, like Mr. van Aken’s tree of 40 fruit, God lovingly and gracious grafted branches of every nation onto his Tree of Life, which is rooted in Jesus Christ.
Pretty amazing, isn’t it?
So the answer to my title question is “yes” and “no”. God created each type of tree and, in His own way, he grafted the branches to create new kinds of trees. He gave humans the knowledge and ability to do the same in a small way. Like Sam Van Aken, and his tree of 40 fruit.
Maybe not a deep or profound or even unique thought, but still, kind of neat, isn’t it?