A Sweet New Year – Apples and Honey

One of the traditions of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year,  is to eat apples and honey.  I decided to look up these two foods in Scripture and saw they had prophetic value to the Feast of Trumpets and the coming ‘day of the LORD.’

First, the apple.  Elohim says that whoever touches Israel touches ‘the apple of His eye.’  The ‘apple of the eye’ is symbolic of the pupil which means that God keeps His ‘eye’ on Israel.  He is always focused on His chosen people, their safety and well-being.  The nations who plunder Israel will reap the consequences and be plundered by their own slaves. 

“For this is what the Lord Almighty says: “After the Glorious One has sent me against the nations that have plundered you—for whoever touches you touches the apple of his eye—  I will surely raise my hand against them so that their slaves will plunder them.  Then you will know that the Lord Almighty has sent me” (Zechariah 2:8-9).

Individuals are also protected by Elohim as the ‘apple of His eye’.  Being hidden in the ‘shadow of His wings’ is a reference to the cherubim on the Ark of the Covenant whose wings cover His mercy seat.  Being in the ‘shadow of His wings’ is symbolic of divine protection especially when there are wars, famines and pestilences that are all part of the Great Tribulation (Psalm 91). 

“Protect me like the apple of your eye, hide me in the shadow of your wings” (Psalms 17:8).

Second, honey.  When a small Jewish child starts learning Torah in Hebrew school, there is a tradition to place a little honey on the letters of the alef bet for them to lick.  This teaches the child to see Torah as sweet to the ‘taste’ making the commandments ‘desirable’ for a way of living.   There is great reward in the obeying the commandments and like honey that never spoils, the rulings of the LORD are righteous and eternal. 

“The rulings of Adonai are true, they are righteous altogether, more desirable than gold, than much fine gold, also sweeter than honey or drippings from the honeycomb. Through them your servant is warned; in obeying them there is great reward” (Psalm 19:9-11).

Eating apples and honey for a ‘sweet new year’ on Rosh Hashanah is Biblically appropriate for celebrating the ‘head of the year.’  Those who love the sound of the shofar at the Feast of Trumpets join Israel and become the ‘apple of Adonai’s eye’ and understand the sweetness of His promise for a returning King Yeshua to rule and reign from Jerusalem.

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