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The Methods of God

February Letter 2023

It’s common to refer to someone as being “the apple of my eye” which expresses that they are someone very important to us. This phrase traces its origin to the Bible! In Deuteronomy 32:10 the LORD speaks about His people figured as their forefather Jacob/Israel and says, “He found him in a desert land and in the wasteland, a howling wilderness; He encircled him, He instructed him, He kept him as the apple of His eye.” Years ago, my sister Robin Heiskell did an insightful study into this phrase. The phrase literally translated reads, “He kept him as the (little man of His center of His eye).” This phrase means that God kept Israel so close to Himself that if He had a physical body, they could see their own reflection in God’s eye. God keeps His people before Him, and is always attentive, always watching, always knowing.

As we continue moving through the Word of God, this time in the final phases of Moses’ work, let’s consider carefully how much God cared for Israel and how much He cares for us. His plan of redemption and His covenants with humanity reveal large aspects of His character. This is the time and season to be serious seekers of God. We must be seekers of true meaning, not driven by our feelings but by our need to know and understand God. May we keep Him ever as the apple of our eye.

Pastor Rod Hembree, ThD, DE is the founding pastor of Good Friends Fellowship in Ontario, Canada. He brings his extensive production background and Biblical training together to serve the Body of Christ as the daily host and Executive Director of Bible Discovery. He also hosts a YouTube channel for live prayer and difficult questions.