PART ONE – YOUR EYES
What you see or look at will affect you – David saw Solomon’s mother Bathsheba – 2 Sam 11 and got himself into a lot of trouble. If one was to witness a murder, surely, one would be affected negatively for a long time. And I can imagine that if one was to go to a wedding, the beauty of the venue, will be such, that one would also remember it for a long time.
EYES – The faculty of seeing; power or range of vision; hence, judgement or taste in the use of the eye, and in judging of objects; as, to have the eye of sailor; an eye for the beautiful or picturesque. The action of the organ of sight; sight, look; view; ocular knowledge; judgement; opinion.
Gen 3: 7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves. Once the woman’s and the man’s eyes were opened, they saw that they were naked.
Matt 6:22-23 The light of the body is the eye if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light; but if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness; if therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness. We are being told in this verse that if we have blessed eyes, then our bodies will not be filled with darkness. It is essential as a child of God, that we are mindful of what we look at and what we see. But if the eye is bad, the body will be full of darkness. In other words: How you see reality determines whether you are in the dark or not.
When Jesus healed a blind man, he asked him, “Do you see anything?”The man replied, “I see men as trees walking”. He could see, but he was confused . Jesus touched his eyes again; then he saw clearly; he had not only sight, but insight, to make sense of what he saw (Mark 8:22-26). Seeing without insight is seeing without understanding. It is seeing without discerning significance, and that is not really seeing at all.
The most important kind of seeing is the seeing of spiritual realities. Many people are blind to these. They see well enough with the physical eye, but their inward eye is blind, so their perception of this world is faulty. The physical picture is clear, but the spiritual insight is dim. This darkness of heart results in spiritual death. Paul wrote, in Eph 1:18″I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you may know the hope to which God has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints“.
In 1 Jhn 2:16 For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. In this verse, we are warned against anything that would entice us, through our eyes.
The Bible warns us about haughty eyes, which the Lord hates – proverb 6:17; flirting eyes – Isa 3:16; eyes full of adultery – 2 Pet 2:14; etc…
A “good eye” is a valuing eye, a discerning eye, a treasuring eye. It doesn’t just see facts about money and God. It doesn’t just perceive what is true and false. It sees beauty and ugliness, it senses value and worthlessness, it discerns what is really desirable and what is undesirable. The seeing of the good eye is not neutral. When it sees God, it sees God-as-beautiful. It sees God-as-desirable.
Recognize the value of eternal things by seeing through your spiritual eyes; don’t be derailed by temporal and physical distractions.