Sunday’s Word –24Jun12

 “No one lights a lamp and puts it in a place where it will be hidden, or under a bowl. Instead he puts it on its stand, so that those who come in may see the light.  Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eyes are good, your whole body also is full of light. But when they are bad, your body also is full of darkness. See to it, then, that the light within you is not darkness.  Therefore, if your whole body is full of light, and no part of it dark, it will be completely lighted, as when the light of a lamp shines on you.”

Luke 11:33-36

2 thoughts on “Sunday’s Word –24Jun12

  1. This is a most interesting passage when examined from a Hebrew perspective. The scene opens with Jesus declaring that the present generation is “evil” because they seek a “sign” (Luke 11:29). To be more specific, their evilness is their lack of exercising the measure of faith that God has given each of us (Romans 12:3). Even though they possess the same standard of faith as the next two examples Jesus compares them with, they choose not to use it by desiring a sign. The “Queen of the South” believed in the Wisdom of Solomon and trusted in that belief by traveling a great distance. The people of Nineveh trusted in the words of Jonah by repenting. Then Jesus draws an interesting comparison for the sinful audience He is addressing by showing how no one who lights a lamp is going to hide it or cover it up. What use of the lamp would that be? Hence, what good is the faith that God has given you if you do not use it? Jesus’ brother James says pretty much the same thing about not using the faith given to us in his letter later on.

    Then Yeshua uses a Hebrew idiom to drive home His message to these people. “The eye is the lamp of the body. Thus if your eye is whole, all of your body will be illuminated. And when it is evil, your body will grow dark as well” (v.34; Delitzsch Translation). Now we see how Jesus has equated our God-given faith with a lamp, and in this verse, He equates the use of that faith with the eye. I might add here that I believe Jesus equates the “body” with our life. Now to the Hebrew idiom, someone with an “evil eye” is someone who is stingy. Therefore, one with a “whole eye” would be someone who is generous. Stingy or generous with what, our faith, or I should say the USE of the faith that God has given us. When we are stingy with the faith given to us by hardly or never using it, then it is reflected in our life as darkness – as being a doubting Thomas. However, when we put that faith to work, our life is a bright light for all to see!

    • This is most excellent, Fred! Thank you so much for sharing! I like how you mentioned stingy faith. When we hold back our faith, not exercising it forth, trusting in God completely, this impacts not only our walk with Him, but those we are sent to reach.

      Thank you again for sharing! 🙂

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