You probably know that the pupil is the tiny black hole in the center of the colored part of your eye. But did you know that you can see a tiny reflection of yourself in someone else’s pupil?
This is why the pupil is called אישוןעין, “the little man of the eye” in Hebrew and “pupilla”, a diminutive form of boy or girl, in Latin.
Because of its shape it is also referred to as “the apple of the eye”, an expression we sometimes use to describe our favorite person or our most precious possession.
But when God speaks of Israel as the apple of His eye He is being neither biased nor sentimental. He is saying that He has singled out the Jewish people to be the channel of His love to the world. He is promising that He will jealously protect them, just as the eyelid protects the eye from the smallest of threats. For whoever touches Israel touches the apple of His eye.
And when God looks into the eyes of the Jewish people, He sees himself as Yeshua* their Messiah who is coming back to reign as the King of kings.
* Yeshua is the Hebrew name of Jesus.