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Topic: Fruit (10/10/05)
TITLE: The Apple of My Eye
By Pat Sciancalepore
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The old expression “apple of my eye” refers to someone who is precious to us. It brings to mind the way someone would describe a dear grandchild.
Did you know this expression originally came from the Bible? In fact, this expression is used five times in the Old Testament to describe God’s loving protection for his people.
But when God uses it to describe how he feels toward us, it is so much more than a cute expression of warm, fuzzy feelings.
The “apple” actually refers to the pupil of the eye. The original Hebrew word translates literally as “little man of the eye” because it is the part of the eye in which one sees his own reflection. It is also the part that lets in light.
Can you think of any part of the body we take more care to protect than the eye? Given a choice, most people would chose to give up any of the other senses or even parts of the body before giving up the eyes. We shade them, mask them, and shield them lest even one speck of dust might enter and do harm. Sometimes our eyes need to be corrected to see things more clearly.
Likewise is God’s meticulous, loving attention toward us. He takes care of us with the same painstaking consideration as we take care of our own eyes. In describing the depth of His feelings toward us, our loving Lord chose the imagery of the pupil of the eye so we could understand the intensity of His love and the extent He will go to keep us secure from harm. God does not say we are his little toe or his kneecap. No, dear friends, we mean much, much more to Him than that. We are his very own reflection, created in His image. We take in His light and spread it to the world for His glory. His devotion to us is overflowing with grace, mercy, and kindness, and, yes, even sometimes correction to keep us in focus.
How do we know this is true? “…God demonstrated his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8
Is He also the apple of your eye? Shouldn’t He be?
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