Zachariah 2:8 – For this is what the Lord Almighty says: …for whoever touches you touches the apple of his eye.
Psalm 17:8 – Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings.
In Chapter 3 of Ruth, she says, “spread your garment over me,” to Boaz. The word for garment is the Hebrew word for wing (also in Ezekiel 16:8). This word is used only one other place in Ruth—namely, in the key verse from chapter 2:12, where Boaz says to Ruth, “The Lord repay you for what you have done, and a full reward be given you by the Lord, the God of Israel, under those wings you have come to take refuge.” The desire and the need to find refuge in Yahweh was ultimately the reason why Ruth came with Naomi to Bethlehem. However, whatever her initial expectations might have been regarding God’s refuge, what is actually unfolding is a story of incredible grace, mercy, and blessing. For Ruth was now on the precipice of having even her widowhood being redeemed. This is what it means to find refuge under the wings of God. For we are kept as the apple of God’s eye (the most sensitive area), the ones whom the Lord has chosen and redeemed to be His beloved and chosen people.