22 The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is [a]good, your whole body will be full of light.
Today’s Inspiration: Matthew 6:22, the Lamp of the Body is the eye. If the eye is good, the whole body is full of light. What does scripture tells us about the eye? Eyes in scripture represent mirror or window of the soul. A person’s thoughts can be determined by looking at his or her eyes. The eye is also the gateway into the soul- moral conscience, light, vigilance and truth. Eyes also represent judgement and authority. Hence it is interesting that when John wrote in 3 John 2 that when the soul prospers, so shall our health and everything we do prospers. Hence the soul that is pure and free from defilement, free from fear and bitterness, light will shine our way.
Scripture also says God’s eyes are watching over us daily and does not slumber. Psalm 121:3 and He preserves our soul in v7. The eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole Earth to show Himself strong on behalf of those who are loyal to Him. 2 Chronicles 16:9. Walking right with God will not be subject to warfare. We should therefore be careful how we walk. Nevertheless in God’s eyes there is redemption for those who truly repent. Genesis 49:12 color of the eyes are red with wine symbolising redemption of man.
Hence when you want to see what a person is going through, you look at the eyes, since it’s the gateway to the soul. Matthew 7:1. Jesus told us not to judge lest we be judged. Before we comment on others’behavior and attitudes, we must check ours first. V3-4. Sometimes we need people to check our heart sins.
2 Samuel 12:1-5 illustrates an example of heart sins. It’s a parable tantamount to a parable of a rich Shepherd stealing a pet lamb from a poor man and eating it for dinner. On hearing this, David was outraged and pronounced death penalty on this man. David could not see his sin with Bathsheba through this parable and in order to possess her, sent her husband Uriah to die in the battle. He was shocked to the core when Nathan pointed out that he was talking about him. He being a man after God’s own heart truly repented. You can imagine how devastated he maybe due to his secret sins.
This parable illustrates three lessons – it takes boldness for a prophet to point out the secret sins of the King and it takes humility of the King to recognise the sins and repent. There are some Kings in the Bible who put prophets to prison when their sins are exposed because of pride and arrogance that led them to go on their own ways. But David being a man after God’s heart recognised the sins and repent. David cannot bear hurting God’s heart and immediately repented for his folly. Secondly it tells us the flaws of men even if God says he is a man after God’s heart and thirdly we need to check our sins when God convicted us of other’s sins before we point out other’s sins.
Let us be mindful as we read the scripture and allow the Holy Spirit to point the plank of our eye before we check the speck of others.
Matthew 7:5. Jesus reminds us to remove the planks of our eyes first so that we can see clearly to remove the speck from our brother’s eyes. However if they don’t listen, don’t cast pearls before swine in v6.
Let us learn from Jesus’ teachings today that there might be peace in the house. God be praised!