This is another lesson I offer during my God’s Word on Canvas classes. For more information on the classes and contact information, click here.
The blue background of this painting supports and compliments the rest of the picture. Although it takes the least amount of time to paint, the end results hinge on the rendering of the background.
Similarly, our hope of resting in the Apple of God’s Eye hinges on our understanding of the term and how to achieve the status.
The concept of the apple of the eye stems from an understanding of what that black dot in the center of the eye actually is. In the early 1600’s people thought it was an object such as a black disk rather than a hole. Someone called it the apple of the eye. Then the apple of the eye meant nothing more than the pupil of the eye.
The branch stretches across the canvas like a path, not necessarily a straight line. It carries the nutrients to the buds and blossoms.
Psalm 17:8: Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of thy wings.
David sees God as his protector and provider in times of trouble and during the rage of the enemy. David trusted God to defend, provide, and protect him in all circumstances.
The Buds and Blossoms
indicate life and growth within a tree. Likewise our desire to be in the Apple of God’s Eye indicates life. And the way we fulfill that desire produces growth. We grow through God’s word.
Proverbs 7:2: Keep my commandments, and live; and my law as the apple of thine eye.
King Solomon reminds us to remain within the apple of God’s eye—Keep His commands and live accordingly. And we are commissioned to keep God’s law as the apple of our eyes. We are to hold God’s law in high esteem, honoring it in every aspect of our lives. Then God will keep us as the apple of His eye. Think of how delicate and sensitive our eyes are and how we take all precautions to protect them. That is the importance we are to place on God’s word, protecting and cherishing it.
See you in a twinkling,
Brenda K. Hendricks