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The Apple of His Eye
by Erin Coss
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Psalm 17:8 Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings.

I have to be completely honest with you. Many times I may hear a teaching or be in a circle of Christian friends discussing a piece of scripture and have absolutely no idea what they're talking about. Have you been there? Sometimes I give a slight chuckle that gives the impression that I'm in the know. Sometimes I just sit quiet and let the teaching pass me by without gaining understanding. But sometimes I speak up and say "Hey, I just don't understand." I think I should speak up a little more often.

I recently heard a teaching in which the teacher declared "You are the apple of God's eye." I thought to myself "That's nice." It made me feel good. But then my next thought was "What does that mean anyway?" I'm sure you may have heard the saying and may possibly have understood it, but if you haven't please bear with me as I explore this coined phrase.

In Psalm 17, David cries out to the Lord and asks to be kept as the apple of His eye. David thought that must be a significant place to be, but why? There are 5 pieces of scripture that I found that referenced this saying.

In Deuteronomy 32:10 we find Moses speaking of how the Lord cared for Jacob. He says "In a desert land He found him, in a barren and howling waste. He shielded him and cared for him; He guarded him as the apple of His eye," The definition of apple used here found in the original Hebrew means "pupil of the eye" 1. Ok this makes a little more sense. Apple in this scripture is not used in the form of a fruit.

As I continued, I came across a scripture found in Zechariah. Chapter 2 verse 8 and 9 reads "8 For this is what the Lord Almighty says: "After he has honored me and has sent me against the nations that have plundered you--for whoever touches you touches the apple of his eye-- 9 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."

A commentary related to verse 8 stated "You are so dear to God, that he can no more allow your enemies to hurt you, than a man can endure to be thrust in the eye;"2 I can appreciate that type of love. If someone was attacking me and trying to poke me in the eye, I'm sure I would protect my eye to the best of my ability.

There is another place where this phrase is found. Proverbs 7:2 says "Keep my commands and you will live; guard my teachings as the apple of your eye."

The word of God is so cool isn't it? After further examination we find that we are the pupil of God's eye, or the center of His eye or vision. Could we say we are the center of His attention? He loves us so much He protects us as He would someone trying to poke His eye out, with fervent passion! The Lord in return asks us to think the same of His word. I think we owe Him that at the very least, don't you?

Thank you so much for bearing with me as I explore these verses. I hope you've gained insight and a deeper love for the Lord like I have. I pray today that you will "guard (His) teachings as the apple of your eye".

Praise You O Lord! Keep us as the apple of your eye!



Written by Erin Coss © 2007

1 Brown, Driver, Briggs and Gesenius. "Hebrew Lexicon entry for 'iyshown". "The KJV Old Testament Hebrew Lexicon". .

2 Beza, Theodore. "Commentary on Proverbs 7". "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". . 1600-1645.

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