Larry R. Ping II
Eyes appear in every corner of the Bible. They help to describe and define individuals. What sort of eyes do you have? Consider.
1) Pleasure-Seeking Eyes. Eve was in possession of just these sort (Gen. 3:6). The devil uses this avenue of temptation quite well (I Jn. 2:16). Others in God’s Word were led astray by pleasure-seeking eyes, such as Achan (Josh. 7:21) and David (II Sam. 11:2).
2) Consumed Eyes. A failure to listen to God and His law would result in “terror, consumption, and the burning ague, that shall consume the eyes” (Lev. 26:16). May we always heed the Savior’s command, “He that hath ears to hear, let him hear” (Matt. 11:15).
3) Law-Filled Eyes. Regarding His law, God said it should be as “frontlets between thine eyes” (Deut. 6:8). This is the equivalent of the Psalmist’s words in Psalm 1:2, “But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.” This requires us to read God’s Word (Eph. 3:4), study God’s Word (II Tim. 2:15) and be as Jesus and “do and teach” (Acts 1:1).
4) Self-Righteous Eyes. Twice, in the book of Judges, it states “every man did that which was right in his own eyes” (Jdg. 17:6; Jdg. 21:25). This activity resulted in the sin cycle notated in Jdg. 2:16-19. The same cycle occurs today for the same reason, men doing that which is right in their own eyes, which leads to the “ways of death” (Prov. 14:12; Prov. 16:25).
5) Grace-Filled Eyes. Ruth wondered aloud to Boaz “Why have I found grace in thy eyes” (Ruth 2:10). Boaz had shown the young widow favor, and was thankful for it. Noah “found grace in the eyes of the Lord” (Gen. 6:8). We, too, are offered this saving grace (Eph. 2:5). All men have access to it (Tit. 2:11), but few have accessed it “by faith” (Rom. 5:2; Eph. 2:8). We certainly should extend grace to others, and are overwhelmingly thankful God has shed it upon us (Neh. 9:31).
6) Covenant-Making Eyes. Job uttered “I made a covenant with mine eyes; why then should I think upon a maid” (Job. 31:1)? This man of faith and endurance made an agreement with his eyes not to look lustily upon women (Matt. 5:28). Sounds like a great pact, does it not?
7) Fastened-On-Jesus Eyes. In the synagogue, on the Sabbath, Jesus read from Isa. 61:1-2. Once finished, the Bible records “the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him” (Lk. 4:20). May our eyes be fixed firmly on the Lord, knowing He is “the Shepherd and Bishop” of our souls (I Pet. 2:25). What say ye?