Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | September 20, 2017

“he who touches you, touches the apple of His eye.”

Today’s devotion comes from Jeremiah 49:1-6.

“Concerning the sons of Ammon. Thus says the Lord:

“Does Israel have no sons?
Or has he no heirs?
Why then has Malcam taken possession of Gad
And his people settled in its cities?
“Therefore behold, the days are coming,” declares the Lord,
“That I will cause a trumpet blast of war to be heard
Against Rabbah of the sons of Ammon;
And it will become a desolate heap,
And her towns will be set on fire.
Then Israel will take possession of his possessors,”
Says the Lord.
“Wail, O Heshbon, for Ai has been destroyed!
Cry out, O daughters of Rabbah,
Gird yourselves with sackcloth and lament,
And rush back and forth inside the walls;
For Malcam will go into exile
Together with his priests and his princes.
“How boastful you are about the valleys!
Your valley is flowing away,
O backsliding daughter
Who trusts in her treasures, saying,
‘Who will come against me?’
“Behold, I am going to bring terror upon you,”
Declares the Lord God of hosts,
“From all directions around you;
And each of you will be driven out headlong,
With no one to gather the fugitives together.
“But afterward I will restore
The fortunes of the sons of Ammon,”
Declares the Lord.”   Jeremiah 49:1-6.

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The LORD protects His people and destroys their enemies.

We see it in today’s Scripture which contains the prophecy against Ammon for taking away land from Israel.

“Concerning the sons of Ammon. Thus says the Lord:

“Does Israel have no sons?
Or has he no heirs?
Why then has Malcam taken possession of Gad
And his people settled in its cities?”  Verse 1.

We saw it in Deuteronomy 23:3-4.

No Ammonite or Moabite shall enter the assembly of the Lord;  none of their descendants, even to the tenth generation, shall ever enter the assembly of the Lord, because they did not meet you with food and water on the way when you came out of Egypt, and because they hired against you Balaam the son of Beor from Pethor of Mesopotamia, to curse you.”  Deuteronomy 23:3-4.

As one protects his own eyes, so the LORD protects His people.

For thus says the Lord of hosts, “After glory He has sent me against the nations which plunder you, for he who touches you, touches the apple of His eye.”  Zechariah 2:8.

Keep me as the apple of the eye;
Hide me in the shadow of Your wings
From the wicked who despoil me,
My deadly enemies who surround me.”  Psalm 17:8-9.

Here is another figurative description of how the LORD protects His people.

“Like flying birds so the Lord of hosts will protect Jerusalem.
He will protect and deliver it;
He will pass over and rescue it.”  Isaiah 31:5.

I can particularly appreciate this description, because I take my dog Rush for a walk around Azalea Park near my home almost every day.  In the spring, flying birds “buzz” us when we get close to a tree where their nest and their baby birds are.  The birds are very protective and don’t like it when we even come close to their trees even though we make no threatening move toward their tree and babies.  

But, there is hope for Ammon like there was hope for Moab. 

“But afterward I will restore
The fortunes of the sons of Ammon,”
Declares the Lord.”  Verse 6.

Right after the foregoing “apple of the eye” Scripture in Zechariah 2:8, we read:  “Many nations will join themselves to the Lord in that day and will become My people. Then I will dwell in your midst, and you will know that the Lord of hosts has sent Me to you.”  Zechariah 2:11. 

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