The ap­ple of His eye

The Philippine Star - - OPINION -

Who­ever touches you touches the ap­ple of his eye. — Zechariah 2:8

A friend’s baby was suf­fer­ing seizures, so they sped to the hos­pi­tal in an am­bu­lance, the mother’s heart rac­ing as she prayed for her daugh­ter. Her fierce love for this child hit her afresh as she held her tiny fin­gers, re­call­ing too how much more the Lord loves us and how we are “the ap­ple of His eye.”

The prophet Zechariah em­ploys this phrase in his word to God’s peo­ple who had re­turned to Jerusalem af­ter their cap­tiv­ity in Baby­lon. He calls them to re­pent, to re­build the tem­ple, and to re­new their hearts of love for the true God. For the Lord loves His peo­ple greatly; they are the ap­ple of His eye.

He­brew schol­ars sug­gest this phrase from Zechariah 2 de­notes one’s re­flec­tion in the pupil of an­other’s eye, with the word “ap­ple” emerg­ing be­cause it’s a com­mon spher­i­cal ob­ject. So with eyes be­ing pre­cious and frag­ile, they need pro­tect­ing, and that’s how the Lord wants to love and pro­tect His peo­ple — by hold­ing them close to His heart.

The Lord who dwells in our midst pours out His love on us — even, amaz­ingly, far more than a lov­ing mother who does all she can for her ailing child. We are the ap­ple of His eye, His beloved. — Amy Boucher Pye

Fa­ther God, You love us so much that You gave us Your only Son to die that we might live. May we re­ceive Your love this day and live in it.

READ: Zechariah 2 A par­ent’s love for a child re­flects our Fa­ther’s love for us. Bi­ble in a Year: 2 Samuel 3-5 and Luke 14:25-35

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