Apple pie has been a part of our American culture for as far back as anyone can care to remember. Most of us would argue that “my” grandmother made the best apple pie and would also be willing to defend her cooking with our life. Some of you may recall your grandmother saying, “An apple a day, keeps the doctor away.” Apples have long been a part of our American way of life.
If you were asked where the first mention of the word apple is in the Bible, would you be tempted to say the Garden of Eden? Often that is our thought, but far from the truth. The first time the word apple is used in scripture, is in Deuteronomy 32:10 where it says, “He found him in a desert land, and in the waste howling wilderness; he led him about, he instructed him, he kept him as the apple of his eye.” Obviously, this is referring to something other than an actual apple grown in an orchard. It is in reference to the pupil of the eye. The next time we find the word apple is in Psalm 17:8, which says, “Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of thy wings.” Additional study reveals that the phrase “apple of the eye” is a colloquialism and actually means “the little man of the eye.”
Chaps, you lost me. Well then, try this as a way of demonstrating what is meant. Have a friend stand 15 feet apart and face each other. Can you see a reflection of yourself in their pupils? Now walk closer until you are only a foot apart. Can you see a small reflection of yourself in their eyes? That reflection is the “little man of the eye.”
What the Psalmist desires is for God to keep him so close that he can see a reflection of himself in the eyes of the Lord. The third mention of apple is found in Proverbs 7:2 which says, “Keep my commandments, and live; and my law as the apple of thine eye.” Now we realize what is being expressed. The intent is for God’s word to stay close enough to be reflected in the eyes of the believer.
By God’s grace, make it your prayer to stay close to the Lord and to keep His written word ever before your face.
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