Episode 048 – Little Man in the Eye

The New Year is underway and many of you have made resolutions, but do any of them pertain to the Bible? In this episode, we explore one of the coolest Hebrew expressions (that often gets lost in translation) that depicts our relationship with God and His Word in a way that inspires us to dig into His Word in order to truly thrive this next year. And it all has to do with a little man in the eye. Enjoy!

Discussion Questions

  • What was your biggest takeaway from the teaching? 
  • In this teaching, we talked about how God desires a personal, intimate relationship with you. Do you believe this to be true, and do you desire the same? Why or why not? 
  • Is there something holding you back from seeking a deeper relationship with God?  
  • What are your goals for 2019? Specifically, what are you doing to engage the Bible this year? 
  • What is one step you will take this week to keep God’s teachings at the forefront of all you do?
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  1. Bill Black January 8, 2019 at 8:27 am - Reply

    First 10 MIN wow!!! wow! wow! wow!
    Prov 7:2 are we talking only about the 10 or the relevant 613 minus the blood ordinances here?
    Millions of people engage the bible and wind up still lost or confused or seeking other denominations etc so one needs clarity about seeking the bible for the year-if we get it your way we progress but if we wallow in the same old same old we are in a quagmire for ever, thus being neutralized in ones walk. Help!!

    Is there a difference about seeking Gods word as opposed to living like Jesus cause we’re being taught to focus only on Jesus mostly the Marcion one?

    So glad you offer those plans like the TORAH readings, same as the Jews?

    Thanks for being here Brad!

  2. Tru Jackson January 8, 2019 at 8:53 pm - Reply

    Brad, you are truly gifted. I mean that way how you took the verse “apple of my eye” explained it in depth “little man of the eye.” I had to pause the video and take it all in. WOW!!!! I would have never known that. Your teachings are amazing. I plan to go further with my Bible study with your teachings. You have taught me so much. I actually will read a passage and once I noticed that the Bible mentions a place of significance. Then I will Google what may have taken place during that era to see why it was so important to mention. I would have never done that before, all thanks to you. You taught me that!
    Can’t wait for the next series.

    • Brad Gray January 10, 2019 at 4:27 pm - Reply

      I bless God for your encouragement, Tru!

  3. Sue Christian January 9, 2019 at 8:06 am - Reply

    Loved that teaching and need that reminder daily to draw closer to God.
    A quick question. The Israelites when they were in Egypt I am assuming would have stayed together in a group. When they were working as slaves most likely would not have had much interaction with the Egyptians. How would they have learned about the Egyptian gods and practices?

    • Brad Gray January 10, 2019 at 4:27 pm - Reply

      Hi Sue, yes, the Israelites would have been together, but would’ve had daily interactions with the Egyptians. In fact, their neighbors were Egyptians. Notice Exodus 11:1-2 … “Now the LORD had said to Moses, “I will bring one more plague on Pharaoh and on Egypt. After that, he will let you go from here, and when he does, he will drive you out completely. Tell the people that men and women alike are to ask their neighbors for articles of silver and gold.”” Furthermore, the Egyptian gods and associated practices infiltrated every aspect of Egyptian society.

      • Susan Christian January 18, 2019 at 12:10 pm - Reply

        Thank you Brad.

  4. Emanuel January 10, 2019 at 6:54 am - Reply

    Great teaching. Not exactly new but was good to hear you teach it and learning some new nuggets to it, especially the first 10 min. So looking forward to your series on the Sabbath. You are right, so much misunderstanding around it and I know I will learn a lot from this series. Blessings and Shalom!

  5. peninah January 14, 2019 at 7:50 am - Reply

    Hi Brad, I got into walking the text when I was in need of understanding what was happening in my life. You put it so well in Psalms 23. Then it finally dawned on me that it was God “leading me into green pastures”. The teaching was profound and so is ” Little man in the eye”. I intend to be deliberate about interacting with God’s word slowly.
    Can’t wait for the Sabbath! God bless.

    • Brad Gray January 17, 2019 at 5:10 pm - Reply

      Really appreciate your comments, Peninah. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Doug January 16, 2019 at 8:02 am - Reply

    My takeaways from this week’s teaching?


    * Design a slower rhythm for walking through & with the text
    * Be more intentional when walking through & with the text
    * Ask deeper questions of the text when walking through & with it
    * Notice things about the text I previously missed when walking through & with it

  7. Crystal Lorenzo June 24, 2019 at 4:24 pm - Reply

    I know it’s 6 months behind, I am still catching up. But Pastor Craig’s wife and another associate at Central Wesleyan here in Holland, MI are doing a Summer challenge of reading the entire Bible or just the New Testament in 90 Days. So fellow Walking the Text family if you’re interested, please check it out. I believe it will be offered online as well. Awesome episode Brad, Thank you.

  8. Claire Polar January 7, 2024 at 7:50 am - Reply

    Hi, Brad! Excellent episode, as always. I started WTT with Ep. 1 Summer ’23. Coincidentally, I’m actually “in time” with the series, just 5 years late! Currently, it is the beginning of January ’24, and your teachings have greatly enriched and inspired my Christian experience. A dormant goal of mine I’d like to bring back to life has been to the read the whole Bible. Do you have a recommended approach from the ones you mentioned in this episode? Chronologically, thematically, etc? Grateful for you and WTT!

    • Brad Nelson January 11, 2024 at 10:55 am - Reply

      Hi Claire,

      Your words are a gift. We’re beyond grateful for the ways God has used the work here to enrich and inspire your faith! One of the very best tools for reading through the whole Bible is THIS READING PLAN from Bible Project. If for some reason you find that it doesn’t work for you, you can find an endless list of reading plans on the YouVersion Bible app. Click Plans on the bottom of the app, and you can find a plan that works best for you.

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