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Scripture Reading: Zechariah 2:1-9

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

In the original Hebrew text of Zechariah, the phrase “the apple of his eye” is more literally translated “the little man of his eye.” If you look deeply into someone’s eyes, you actually see a tiny reflection of yourself in their pupils. (Our word “pupil” comes from the Latin “pupilla,” which means “little doll.”) At some point in our language development, the “little man” or “little doll” became the “apple” of the eye, possibly because pupils are round.

The amazing reality behind this image is that, figuratively speaking, when believers look into God’s eyes, they see their own reflection. Why? Because the Father is always looking at his children. “The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous … but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil” (1 Peter 3:12; see Ps. 34:15-16). Sin turns our eyes away from God, but whenever we look back to God we are reminded of the steady gaze of his love. We see ourselves in God’s eyes.

All this is true because of what happened on the cross. If anyone was ever the apple of God’s eye, surely it was Jesus, God’s Son. But he closed his eyes in death so that being the apple of God’s eye could become a reality for us forever. God turned his face away from his Son for our sake, and now the eyes of the Father are focused, because of Christ, on us.


Thank you, Lord, for showing us so beautifully in your Word how much you love us. Help us always to look to you and to tell others how much you love them too. Amen.

Peter Hoytema

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Comments (3)
abraham tee 11:36 PM March 24th, 2010

My precious Lord, when I thinking the Word in Scripture telling me the Lord how to sacrifice on the cross showing me your love to the world. That’s really touch my heart and knowing that you are really died on the cross for my sin and your precious blood clean my sin. Thank you Lord for all you have done. Amen.

Michele Posey-Porter 5:38 AM March 25th, 2010

Thank you Lord Jesus for loving me and showing me how much you love me by dying on the cross for my sins so that I will have eternal life. In Jesus’  name Amen

VANESSA 8:34 AM March 25th, 2010

Dear God; I know you have been extra, extra, good to me in my life yet, I could have done, and do better by you, I thank you for loving me so….......very much. Your love endures forevermore. Being the apple of your eye tells me to examine myself deeper daily for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Thank you Abba Father God for your awesome love. In Jesus Name! Now I shall love more day by day expressing my love through obedience unto your will for my life this I declare In Jesus Name!


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