February 25, 2010

The Apple of God's Eye

Deuteronomy 32:10
He kept them [Israel/chosen people] as the apple of His eye.

God clearly does not have a physical eye. This reference to God's eye is clearly an anthropomorphism which means it is a statement that gives human attributes or characteristics to something that is not human. The figure of speech the "apple of the eye" means the pupil of the eye. He [God] kept them as if they are/were the pupil of His own eye.

One of the fastest reflexes in the human body is the eyelid covering the eye to protect it from damage. When objects approach the eye the body's reaction intuitively is to blink or close the eye. According to Wikipedia the average length of a blink is 300 to 400 milliseconds.

So we need not worry about things because on the eternal scale. We are covered and secure as believers.

Fear is to the Devil what faith is to the Lord. Satan responds to, takes advantage of and delights in fear the way the Lord responds to and delights in faith. This contrast is on direct display when Jesus walks on the Sea of Galilee and has Peter get out of the boat. It was a dsiplay of faith overcoming fear in the presence of the Lord. When Peter believed he walked on the water. When he became afraid even in the presence of Jesus, anxiety grabbed him and he began to sink. Faith needs to be a constant that is exercised continually or it atrophies.

Deuteronomy 31:6
Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the LORD your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.

Psalm 27:1
The LORD is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The LORD is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid?

As a believer our salvation is assured. Fear not.

John 6:38-40
For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will but the will of him who sent me. And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day. For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.”

[items in brackets are my emphasis]


gene said...

The "apple of the eye" is based on a memory dating back to a time when ancient peoples throughout the world which state that the planet Mars was positioned within the eye of God, which many attribute to the planet Venus. As far-fetched as it sounds, the ancient peoples testify that there was an alignment of these planets which created the basis for this phrase "Apple of the Eye". It had nothing to do with God, but instead was a celestial phenomenon which no longer exists today.

Andy Pierson said...

As it is obvious that your worldview deems any secular observation is preferable to a biblical observation, I am not surprised you would post this comment.

Considering you've framed your argument wrong I will need to correct it.

My short reply to this is:

You say this had nothing to do with God? Who do you suppose made the planets and the people seeing them?

My long reply is this:

This is part of Deuteronomy (The Second giving of the Law from Moses). Even with the errant liberal theological dating of this book it is, at the latest, 1500-1600 B.C. As for the possibility that the Egyptians knew about this astronomical data before Moses...which I believe is your real point...why should that surprise me? The whole idea of the calf-god in the Old Testament is clearly borrowed from the pagan nations. God used Moses to release the Hebrew slaves from who???? Egypt. Moses was raised by who??? Egyptian royalty. You statements bolster my position, not yours.

Why? The Bible outside of Genesis 1:1 makes no claims to being the first religion or the only existence or actions of God in the world by God. It only makes claims that it is the Word of God to man in theological and salvational areas and the necessity of man to have a sanctified relationship with God. A God that is unique and singular entity consisting of three divine Persons or The Trinity. In addition the Bible, thereby God, makes claims to the fact that God entered history AGAIN and AGAIN after departing it the first time to in The Fall of man to make a Suzerain-Vassel Covenent with the semitic people known as the Israelites on or about the 3 millenia B.C.

As for the Astronomy of the Far East, It clearly post-dates the Egyptian.

It is clear you are confusing the phrase in this post with an errant worldview that presupposes God either does not exist or has no role in the world. 'Tis a shame. The arrogance of this position makes you look silly.

I would never assume to know whehter or not Moses borrowed this terminology from his Egyptian education and culture that he was clearly raised in but it would be a good guess that he did.

So why would that preclude that it didn't actually come from God when the Bible clearly says that God's Spirit is clearly on Moses and took Him out of Egypt in the Exodus?

BTW, Where can I see the testimonies of these ancient "people" you mention, I'm fascinated. And who were they?

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