Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings – Psalm 17:8
Apples have had a very interesting connotation in our society. So often the apple is portrayed as the fruit that Adam and Eve ate, even though the Bible never mentions the type of fruit.
You’ve probably heard the term “bad apple” referring to a person of bad character. Then there’s the old adage “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.” While it’s not a bad thing to eat an apple every day, I don’t know if that statement is entirely true.
God seems to like apples as well, and he uses it to describe you and me as the “apple of his eye.” Let’s explore what that really means, and four reasons God sees you as the apple of his eye.
What Does 'Apple of My Eye' Mean?
Another way of thinking about this is as the object of my affection, the thing that you hold in highest regard, or the one you love the most. When you come to this verse in Psalm 17:8 this phrase can also be translated as the little man of the eye.
When you consider this phrase, think of it as God seeing you and watching over you. You can consider it as a term of affection but also as one of protection. If you can imagine a parent looking at their child and the child reflecting in the eyes of the parent, this will give you a small glimpse of what this means.
The Treasury of David Bible Commentary tells us: "No part of the body more precious, more tender, and more carefully guarded than the eye; and of the eye, no portion more peculiarly to be protected than the central apple, the pupil, or as the Hebrew calls it, "the daughter of the eye." The all wise Creator has placed the eye in a well protected position; it stands surrounded by projecting bones like Jerusalem encircled by mountains. Moreover, its great Author has surrounded it with many tunics of inward covering, besides the hedge of the eyebrows, the curtain of the eyelids, and the fence of the eyelashes; and, in addition to this, he has given to every man so high a value for his eyes, and so quick an apprehension of danger, that no member of the body is more faithfully cared for than the organ of sight."
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