Day Seventeen – Tappuah – Apple
“…the king of Tappuah, one.” Joshua 12:17 NKJV
What possible enemy can be at a place called Tappuah or Apple?
The Hebrew word “apple” refers to a sweet fragrance, as from a tree, or the center of an eye – the pupil.
Tappuah is from the Hebrew word naphach. One of the meanings of Tappuah is to “give up” and to “lose hope in life”.
Simply put, Tappuah is the enemy of hope.
I wonder if Joshua every felt the daily battle was too much, and some days he felt hopeless wanting to give up? All energy gone fighting the enemy of Tappauh.
“He found him in a desert land and in the wasteland, a howling wilderness;
He encircled him, He instructed him, He kept him as the apple of His eye.” Deuteronomy 32:10 NKJV
I can’t help thinking, as Joshua and the people traveled, they must have been encouraged seeing fruit trees, and “…the pomegranates and figs” in the land. The sweet fragrance in the air been must have refreshing and gave them hope to continue their journey.
I can now see the way to victory! When I find myself in the place of giving up with no hope, breathe deeply, refocus, and see as God sees me, as the apple of His eye! His sweet fragrance refreshes and renews my hope!
Thank You Father for seeing me.
Keeping me safe in Your hand.
For when I lose my focus, I’m an easy target of man.
Extend Your sweet fragrance upon me in the middle of my fight.
For I know Your eye is ever towards Hope,
And You make all things right.
May you always remember how God sees you, as the apple of His eye!
“Keep me as the apple of Your eye; hide me under the shadow of Your wings.”Psalm 17:8 NKJV
(Isn’t He the sweetest! David’s Psalm Seventeen is right in step with Joshua’s Day Seventeen. Lord, thank You for keeping us in the center of Your Love today!)
From The Joshua Journals of denisebalog©2020
Poem by denisebalog©2020
Photo by denisebalog©2011
Photo capturing almond trees in their first bloom of the season. I can remember seeing the petals floating through the air, and hearing our guide explain, those who see the first blossom of the year receive an extra blessing. We were like maidens in bridal procession enjoying the favor of the center of His eye. A hillside in Sephoris, a town located an eye’s distance from Nazareth, Israel 2011