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Re: Parables of Jesus bit by bit
« Reply #52 on: June 14, 2021, 09:54:01 am »
The Lamp of the body...
Matthew 6:22 “The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light. 23 But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. So if the light within you is darkness—how deep is that darkness!
   I expected when I did this one to find it exceptionally easy.  The problem was that grief overtook me as to those who are living in this darkness, a darkness they don’t even realize they are living in.  So I took extra time to not only pray for them and to examine myself to look for any hidden darkness, but also to look for ways to combat it.  There is a saying, ‘there are none so blind as those who will not see.’  This saying applies here.  For the one who willingly allows himself to be blind, it’s a double whammy which we ware about to find out. 
   My grandfather became blind later in life. One day after Christmas, it was my job to lead him to the car while we waited for my grandmother and  aunt to finish their business at a lock department store (chain store)  The crowds were so massive that even though I held his hand, he ended up on one side of the door and I on the other, desperately trying to hold on so he knew I was there while the crowds pushed on through without caring or helping us to be together so we could get out of their way.  Deuteronomy 27:18 tells us that the one who leads a blind person astray is cursed.  More times than not, the willingly blind is the one who thinks they are not blind but furthermore they think they are great teachers who cannot learn anything.  Romans 2:17-24 talks about the blind who are hypocrites because they do not learn from what they teach to others.  Meanwhile, like the Pharisees, many of the blind presume it is their job and calling to teach. (Matthew 23:1-39)  God takes them seriously. (Matthew 18:6) leading others astray is not tolerated and will be punished.
   So who are the blind? Isaiah 29:9-24 talks about the blind being those that worship God with their words but their hearts are far from Him, but remember it is from our hearts that our actions flow, so they are the hypocrites that say do this, follow that, but then act as if they themselves are above the law. (Luke 6:45)  It goes on to say that the blind person is the one that worship man made rules.  They are legalistic and follow teachers rather than the One True Teacher, Jesus Christ.  They try to hide what they are doing from God, doing their works in darkness all the while blaming God and making excuses.  The Pharisees are a perfect example of the willfully blind. (Matthew 23:16-17)  II Peter 1:9 adds to our understanding of who the blind are when it talks about the blind are those that lack faith, goodness, knowledge, self control, endurance, godliness, brotherly affection, and Love. There are all things the faithful will be growing in but are found lacking in the blind.  It further says that the blind have forgotten the cleansing they had from their past sins.  The blind hate their brother. (I John 2:11) The darkness has blinded their eyes and they cannot see because of the hate they harbor in their hearts.  Likewise the blind see themselves as the provider of their needs. (Revelation 3:14-22) They are those who knew God but neither glorified Him as God or showed any gratitude to Him.  (Romans 1:21)
   The blind stay blind because they love darkness more than the light since their deeds are evil. (John 3:19) Sometimes it is because of ignorance or hardened hearts that keeps them blind, (Ephesians 4:18) which takes us back to the  previous teaching on the need to be humble. If they/we stay in darkness, it will overtake us like a thief. (I Thessalonians 5:4-5)  As sad of a state of blindness is, these have a hope and that hope is the Lord Jesus Christ.  (Matthew 4:16)  If however, they remain in their darkness, they themselves will be thrown into outer darkness. (Matthew 8:12) 
The problem is that we need to have our whole body full of light and this is an ongoing thing in which we are to work it out daily. (Luke 11:36; Philippians 2:12; John 1:5; John 12:46)  Jesus Christ is the light that we need to chase the darkness from within.  (I John 1:5-6)  When we follow Jesus, (John 8:12) when we believe in Him and the power of His Love, (John 12:46) the blindness sees the light.  Sometimes we need someone who is sent by God Himself to share Christ with us. (Acts 26:12-23) It takes discarding the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light that chases away the darkness that causes our blindness. (Romans 13:12) Those in the light, walk with decency, putting off the things of the world. (Romans 13:11-14) If we are the one’s living in darkness, we need to be rescued from the darkness by Christ, no one else can do it for us. (Colossians 1:13; I Peter 2:9)
Finally, the one living in light will live in an open display of truth. (II Corinthians 4:1-6) We not only will walk as children of the light, but we will expose the darkness around us. (Ephesians 5:8) We are not fighting a battle of this earthly making but of the spiritual. (Ephesians 6:12) and as such, we live in the Light of Christ. (I Peter 2:9)
I think the last line of this teaching is a haunting reminder of why this is so important.  So if the light within you is darkness—how deep is that darkness!  Indeed there are few things in this world that are sadder than those who have deceived themselves in their pride, to think they have the light when the darkness within is so consuming that they no longer look to or for the light.  This is a consuming darkness that they willingly accept and live in.

 

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