Zechariah 2:8: “For thus says the LORD of hosts: ‘He sent Me after glory, to the nations which plunder you; for he who touches you touches the apple of His eye.'”

September 11th, 2018 by Pastor Ed in devotional

This statement, “He sent Me after glory,” predicted the New Testament revelation of Father God sending God the Son to glorify Him. Jesus displayed Father God’s fullness, or weight, to exonerate Him to the nations who had spoiled Israel. God calls His children the apple of His eye, or in another translation the pupil of His eye, both of which mean something greatly attractive to God and carefully protected by Him. This same phrase is often repeated in the Old Testament:

For the LORD’s portion is His people; Jacob is the place of His inheritance. 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. (Deut. 32:9)

In English we sometimes hear, “Daddy’s little girl is the apple of his eye,” a phrase used to convey how much someone loves another person and how special that person is to the one saying it.

Here, the Lord was being protective of His people. So this was a warning, something like, harming God’s chosen people is similar to striking the pupil of His eye. Any nation in the past, whether it was Babylon during Zechariah’s day, or Magog in the future (Ezekiel 38–39), is attacking God’s eye when they attack His people. This Scripture and others like it should be important to any political leader in the world to understand.

“LORD, You have taught us to pray for the peace of Jerusalem and the salvation of the Children of Abraham so we do that this day, in Jesus’ name.”