“apple of his eye”
(A name God uses for his people – Cherished)
First time used in the Bible: Deuteronomy 32, verse 10.
“He found him in a desert land, and in the waste howling wilderness; he led him about, he instructed him, he kept him as the apple of his eye.”
Another use in the bible: Zechariah 2, verse 8:
“For thus saith the Lord of hosts; After the glory hath he sent me unto the nations which spoiled you: for he that toucheth you toucheth the apple of his eye.”
The term “apple of his eye” is used to indicate something that is the center point or focus of one’s eye. So, God is saying that his people are the center of his attention, they are cherished uniquely above other things. The term is used at least 5 times in the Old Testament with slight variations. The Hebrew translation for this phrase was “‘iyshown ‘ayin (אישון עין)”. This literally means “little man of the eye”, which is a reference to the tiny reflection of yourself that you see in other people’s pupils. From this, we can see that God truly made us in his own image. When God looks at his people, through the saving blood of Jesus, he sees his people as the “apple of his eye”; they are cherished and receive great attention.
WHAT IT MEANS TO OUR FAMILY
We are not just numbers or names on a page somewhere. God cherishes us, each and every one of us. To be cherished by God is something wonderful that we should never forget. Being so cherished, we can feel confident in speaking to God, through prayer, and that he, not only hears us, but is interested in our needs. We should not take advantage of our place in God’s eye, but we can rest easy knowing that no matter how terrible our sin, God, through Jesus blood, considers us the apple of his eye.
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