Matthew Challenge- FIVE

What was meant by Jesus when he spoke of “EYES AND DARKNESS” ????v   Consider:

Matthew 6:22-23 (NIV)
22  “The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are good, your whole body will be full of light.

23  But if your eyes are bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness! 

This is a great example of the need to study the Word of God in CONTEXT!  In verse 19 Jesus warns against storing up treasures on earth; then in verse 25 he reminds them that no one can serve two masters.  Right between these teachings is this matter of the eyes.  Here is my sense of the passage: if we place our eyes and energy upon our treasures and if we serve the false god of wealth…we will be filled with a type of darkness that will be VERY dark indeed!  It helps to understand that the word “bad” in verse 23 is actually the Greek word “poneros” meaning evil.  So my eye is evil if it is filled with the darkness that comes from putting the world and success and possessions first.  Ironically, the person doing that may rejoice in success but grow darker all the time.

Did Jesus not say…? Mark 10:23 (NIV) 23  “How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God!” 

Thus, the eye passage is about  WHERE WE PLACE OUR EYES [MEANING OUR PASSIONS]…and we are reminded that many people who think they see clearly are actually in the dark because they are serving the flesh….with focus on treasures and wealth. But if the Kingdom of God is real…and it is….they are actually in TOTAL DARKNESS!

 

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5 responses to “Matthew Challenge- FIVE

  1. Paulette

    This is helpful, Pastor-thank you!

  2. Thank you, Pastor Alberta. I got a lot out of verse 21, too: “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (NIV) 21: “Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will be also.” (NIV). The desires of the heart matter so much and tell a lot about where we’re focused.

  3. I’m getting so much out of this study. Thank you!

  4. We cheated. One of us is challenged w/ the English language so in lieu of ‘reading’ we will ‘listen to’ the chapters aloud. One time thru we use ESV, another RSV/ ASV/ and so on. Once we even watched a pastor on Youtube read Matt 5,6,7 at the sea side site where possibly this greatest sermon ever was preached. Besides, the conviction of the content is so great when spoken aloud. Hmm. It seems tonight ‘we read’.

  5. lauramuhleck

    Every time I read this, I questioned what was meant by verses 22 and 23. Thank you for shedding some light of this. That really added congruity to the whole passage!

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