When I read about David, I am always in wonder how God called him the apple of His eye, and would whisper to myself, “Wow…what a blessing.” Like, how special do you need to be to be called the apple of God’s eye?
Then I got to wondering- what does the ‘apple of my eye’ even mean? I know it means to cherish or adore, but what does an apple have to do with the price of eggs? I mean if I’m going to choose a fruit to describe how I cherish someone, I’m gonna go with a pineapple – tastiest of all! So I decided to dig a little. I think God purposely left these little hidden treasures in Scripture for us to find. Little golden nuggets to dig up and devour. I find this the most exciting part of Bible study!
I came to find that the Hebrew word for apple is actually ‘pupil’ – the hole located in the centre of the iris of the eye that allows light to enter the retina.
So – vision only occurs when light enters the eye through the pupil.
This makes it probably the most important and fragile part of the eye. It is the part of the eye that we protect and ensure does not get injured.
That is how God sees us!
“He found him in a desert land, and in the howling waste of the wilderness; he encircled him, he cared for him, he kept him as the apple of his eye.” Deuteronomy 32:10
He tenderly cares for us, cares for our hurts and protects us with fervent passion. When we are hurt, He is hurt (Acts 9:5). Just as our pupil and eyes are valuable to us, we are just as valuable to God.
We are to keep God as the apple of our eye as well:
“keep My commandments and live; keep My teaching as the apple of your eye;” Proverbs 7:2
We are the lights of the world (Matt 5:14). As we keep God’s Word on our hearts, and not watered down, we bring vision to a lost world through the gospel and the saving grace of Jesus Christ.
I think that pretty much makes you a principal member of God’s body, don’t you think?