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The Apple of His Eye 9.17.2017
Good morning, dear friends!

It is apple season and the harvest is plenteous! You better lock your car, or it might be filled with apples today! But did you know that you are the apple of Gods eye? Really! And when we get it, that we are the apple of His eye, He is the apple of our eye! Let us talk about that today for a bit, so grab your coffee, get comfortable and we will chat about our being the apple of Gods eye and what that means for us in our lives. ( I am giving credit to Pastor Steve Craig, of Los Angeles, CA, for much of the content of this message)

The human eye is an amazingly complex organ. The eye, the optic nerve and the visual cortex are separate and distinct subsystems, yet together they capture, deliver and interpret up to 1.5 million pulse messages a millisecond! The eye allows us to see the fiery colors of a sunset or the pinpoints of light in the night sky.

We use the word eye to talk about perception of many kinds. When our attention is attracted to something, we call it eye-catching, or an eye-opener. If you‚€™re watching something carefully, you're keeping your eye on the ball, or your eyes are peeled. If you excel at something you have an eye for it and when you and I agree about something we see things eye to eye.

You are the apple of my eye. It‚€™s a familiar line‚€¦a clich√© even; but how many of us knew it was more than three thousand years old, a phrase that comes from the pages of the Bible; a phrase that speaks not just of human love, but of a love that can heal our deepest hurts and fulfill our deepest longings? What does the phrase really mean?

The apple of my eye refers to the pupil of my eye. Why? Well, probably because an apple was one of the most common sphere-shaped objects around, the central aperture or opening of the eye, the dark center, was referred to as the apple. The apple or pupil of the eye, is the gateway through which visible light passes and is converted by the brain into three dimensional images

I want you to look deep into someones eyes right now. Can you see your reflection? When we stand very close to someone, we can actually see a tiny reflection of ourselves, in the center of the other persons eye.

The Latin word pupil actually means little doll which is why a pupil often refers to a school child. Once again, it refers to the fact that you can see a tiny version of yourself in the eye of the beholder. When you are in the apple or even just the pupil of my eye you are close to me, in more ways than one, because‚€¦

To be the apple of someones eye is to be cherished by that person above all others. From the day of our birth, we have a deep need to be seen, to be noticed, valued, and ultimately cherished. Eye to eye and face to face contact with our mothers is second only to touch when it comes to the bonding process. In the hospital, babies receive all kinds of medical attention after birth; but never anything that might hinder their ability to clearly see the mother for an extended period of time (like silver nitrate drops that cause a film to form over the eyes, dimming vision).

At infancy, the optimal distance for eye to eye contact is about 10 inches, which just happens to be the distance between a baby and its nursing mother. This simple interaction encourages brain development, release of critical hormones, and reinforces a sense of emotional and spiritual well being. You are the apple of my eye. It is a phrase that a mother could easily use to describe how she cherishes her nursing baby. But the root meaning of this phrase is found not in the expression of human love but a love that is not of this world, the love of God.

In Deuteronomy 32: 9-11 Moses describes how God sustained and cared for his people. He sustained him in a desert land, in a howling wilderness was he shielded him as the apple of his eye. Therefore, to be the apple of Gods eye is to experience God‚€™s love and protection.

Also, knowing that God loves his people, David asks the LORD in Psalm 17:7-8 to Wondrously show your steadfast love, Guard me as the apple of your eye. A moment ago we were talking about the importance of eye contact between mother and baby during a childs first weeks of life. But what if a child did not receive such reassuring love? What of those who were not seen or touched in a loving way by their mother or father?

David knew something profound and it gave him great peace. In Psalm 139:13-16 we read, It was you who formed my inward parts; you knit me together in my mother‚€™s womb. I praise you for I am fearfully and wonderfully made....My frame was not hidden from you when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth, Your eyes beheld my unformed substance. Before any human eye beheld you, before any ultrasound peered into your mother‚€™s womb, it was Gods privilege to be the first to see you, the very first to love you, the very first to welcome you into this world; and it is Gods promise to guard you like the apple of his eye!

Perhaps you have wondered, Does God in fact truly love, guard, and protect me? I have come to rest in that great promise, believing and trusting that he guards me as we would guard and protect our eyesight. This does not mean that I can walk off a tall building and expect God to magically catch me before I fall.

It means that my life is lived within the bounds of His sovereign grace, that nothing can happen to me apart from his sovereign will; that when all is finished and I face the power of death, I will fall into the hands of God and the greater power of the Risen Christ; knowing that nothing that happens to me will ever separate God from me or his love.

1. to be the apple of Gods eye is to experience God‚€™s love and protection.

Secondly, as the apple of Gods eye, we are ones who abide in God‚€™s Word.. One very important way that I experience God‚€™s protection and loving care is through his word. To be guarded like the apple of his eye does not mean that we sit around passively waiting for him to reach down and save us whenever we mess up.

In Proverbs 7: 1-3 God says, Keep my teachings as the apple of your eye. Read my word, study it, know it, cherish it, obey it. Your word is a lamp says David. Our eyes are fantastically complex, but for all their complexity, they are useless to us without light. What a tragedy to go through this life without knowing God, or the illuminating truth of his word.

1. to be the apple of Gods eye is to experience Gods love and protection.

2. Secondly, as the apple of Gods eye, we are ones who abide in Gods Word..

And thirdly, to be the apple of Gods eye, is to value others as he does you. Through the prophet Zechariah the LORD says these words: ‚€œThe one who touches you touches the apple of my eye‚€Ě (Zechariah. 2:8).

That when I touch another child of God, whether gently or harshly, I am daring to touch a person whom he loves, the apple of his eye. Perhaps you know that you are the apple of God‚€™s eye, but do you know that you are not the only one; and that God wants you to value others as he values you? You know, it is possible to live our lives intentionally blind to other people. Weve all heard the expression, I only have eyes for you. That can be true in a positive sense when it means fidelity‚€¦

but it can be true in a negative sense when it means that we shut out the people around us; when we have eyes for ourselves, when we have eyes for our children, but not for anyone elses; when we have eyes for our own comfort and success, but not for those who suffer or who do not know the love of Christ.

But this is also a love song that God sings to us.

YOU are the apple of his eye. God wants to open the eyes of your heart, he wants

1) to surround you like the strength of a mother‚€™s love;

2) he wants to guide you with his Word and Spirit;

3) he wants you to value others as he values you.

You are the apple of my eye, says the LORD, but I will not, I can not, rest until I am the apple of yours.

So, dear friend, open your heart to His love today, bask in it and shout for joy at being loved by Him.

Here is a song that has been one of my favorites over the past few years, and just recently our congregational musicians, the Kingston Wingers, have learned and have been singing it for our joy and thanksgiving‚€¦..

APPLE OF HIS EYE

HE'S THE ONE WHO LOVES YOU MORE
THAN YOU WILL EVER KNOW
HE'S THE ONE WHO DRIES THE TEARS YOU CRY
HE HAS FORMED YOUR VERY SOUL AND
KNOWS YOUR EVERY NEED
HE WILL GUIDE YOU THROUGH
YOUR DARKEST NIGHT

FOR YOU STILL CARRY INSIDE YOU HIS LIGHT
THAT NEVER DIES
AND YOU ARE ALWAYS BEFORE HIM
THE APPLE OF HIS EYE
HE'S THE ONE WHO HOLDS YOU CLOSE
WHEN NO ONE WILL COME NEAR
THE ONE WHO SEES WHAT NO ONE ELSE CAN SEE

HE'S THE ONE WHO KEEPS YOUR BURDEN
LIGHT ENOUGH TO BEAR
HE WILL BE YOUR STRENGTH
WHEN YOU ARE WEAK
FOR YOU STILL CARRY INSIDE YOU HIS LIGHT
THAT NEVER DIES
AND YOU ARE ALWAYS BEFORE HIM
THE APPLE OF HIS EYE

NOTHING IN THIS WORLD
COULD EVER KEEP HIS LOVE FROM YOU
AND HE GAVE HIS LIFE
TO SEE THIS PROMISE THROUGH
HE'S THE ONE WHO LOVES YOU MORE
THAN YOU WILL EVER KNOW
AND HE HAS COUNTED EVERY
TEAR YOU CRIED
HE WILL TAKE YOUR TEAR STAINED HEART
AND MAKE IT LIGHT AS SNOW
AND HE'LL BECOME YOUR WINGS
SO YOU CAN FLY
FOR YOU STILL CARRY INSIDE YOU HIS LIGHT
THAT NEVER DIES
AND YOU ARE ALWAYS BEFORE HIM
THE APPLE OF HIS EYE
YES, YOU'RE THE APPLE OF HIS EYE

One of the many many apples of God‚€™s eye,
Pastor Orval Wirkkala
Posted on 17 Sep 2017 by Pastor Orval Wirkkala
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