Bible Talk: “The Apple of My Eye”

Thursday, 25 August 2016 17:40

appleofmyeyeOpening question: What are some things that people watch extremely closely?

  • Toddlers

  • The stock market

  • Magicians

  • Their enemies

Here are some passages that discuss how we are the apple of God's eye and what each use of the phrase is referring to.

Zechariah 2:8-9: "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—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."

  • Hollowed out, pupil – to be so close to someone that you can see your reflection in the pupil of another person. That is how closely God watches over you and me.

Deuteronomy 32:10: "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..."

  • This is used by Moses in a poetic retelling of how the Lord chose and raised up Israel

  • Little man – God's protective eye over his children

Psalm 17:8: "Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings"

  • Daughter – How closely we dads watch over our daughters!

Proverbs 7:2: "Keep my commands and you will live; guard my teachings as the apple of your eye."

  • Little man

So, in Scripture, the phrase means that either God watching us closely, we are watching one another closely, or we should be looking into God's Word closely. We'll look briefly at all uses of the word.

I. God watching over us as the apple of his eye

Question: For what reason does the Lord watch over us?

Question: Do most people believe that the Lord is watching over each one of us every moment of every day? What evidence would you use to support your answer?

  • The level of trust would skyrocket and we would be confident that we could handle anything that was thrown our way because Scripture teaches that the Lord doesn't give us anything we can't handle.

  • Far fewer sins would be committed because we would be aware that our heavenly Father is there with us.

  • Can you imagine what this world would look like if everyone trusted that the Lord was watching over them every moment of every day?

According to Ephesians 5:1, we are to be imitators of God. If God watches over us so closely, then we should watch over one another just as closely? There are a host of passages that talk about our responsibility to watch over one another. (My favorite is Col. 1:28-29).

Question: In what ways can we watch over one another?

  • We need to be cognizant of how one another are doing?

  • If we are really watching over one another in the way that God watches over us, then we will always be ready to help out by praying together and sharing helpful Scriptures.

Question: In what ways can we make it easier for others to watch over us?

  • We need to be open, humble, and vulnerable about the things that are going on within our hearts.

Question: Do we always want someone to watch over us? Why or why not?

  • Of course not! It's scary to be open and vulnerable.

  • There is a level of trust (both in God and in one another) that we need to have in order to allow others in.

  • 1 Corinthians 13 says that love always trusts. It is a sign of pure and perfect love to be open with our brothers and sister.

II. Guarding his teachings as the apple of your eye

Question: In what ways are we to guard his teachings?

  • If we put the Scripture back into its context, we get a more complete picture

  • Proverbs 7:1-3

  • God's word is supposed to be written within us, written upon our hearts.

Question: How does that line of thinking fit in with the fact that the original Hebrew of this word is "little man"?

  • John 1:1-2 "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning."

  • John 1:14: "The word become flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only who has come from the Father full of grace and truth."

  • Think about it! Could Jesus is that "little man"?

  • The Scriptures are all about him and so looking so closely that you see Jesus' reflection in God's Word!

  • When we are able to have the Word of God written upon our hearts, we are able to see Jesus more clearly from within our hearts and then live them out in life.

Conclusion: It is assuring to know that our heavenly Father watches over us as the apple of his eye. Although there are many things in life that we watch closely, the apples of our eyes should be God's Word and one another.

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