Sunday AM, November 21, 1993
Vs. 22, 23 Single eye - evil eye
I think the word thine, v. 23, is a key word.
As we mentioned at the start of this section, the Lord's instructions
here are for His people of all ages. I was going to give the bad
first and then the good, but we will look at it as given by the
Lord: good first then the bad.
Let me give a very brief overview of some word meanings of
The first light in v. 22, means full of light,
well lighted. The word is only used here and in the parallel passage
in Lk 11:34, 36.
The next word is eye in v. 22 means the faculty
of knowing. Such as, "Oh! Now I see what I should do in this
confusing situation." The reference is to the minds understanding
The next word single means good, fulfilling
its office, sound. Such as a person fulfilling the office or calling
that they have been given by the Lord.
The second light of v. 22 is not the same
as the first light. The second light
means like to a "lamp" which shows
the body which way to move and turn. The light here is referring
to the OT prophecies which pointed to the glorious return of Christ.
Peter refers to this light:
2 Pet 1:19. 19 ¶ We have also a more
sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed,
as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn,
and the day star arise in your hearts:
The second light of v. 22
is like the brightness of a lamp that students see in a teacher
even though they may be unwilling to comply with his instruction:
Jn 5:35, He was a burning and a shining light: and ye were
willing for a season to rejoice in his light.
Mat 6:22, then, and especially with its context, refers to
the illumination of His followers, who are members of His kingdom
on earth, and the genuine, inner joy they will have as they follow
the illuminating instructions of the word of God and the indwelling
Spirit of God.
The context shows our Lord telling His disciples the importance
of having only one, unconfusing goal, and that goal is to please
the Heavenly Father.
The Lord here urges His disciples to love the Lord their God
with all their heart, soul and mind. He warns them not to let
their love get side-tracked onto the god of this world. The Lord
warns His followers to serve their God with singleness of heart
and not be double minded.
Pro 15:30, gives us the basis of our Lord's
The light of the eyes rejoiceth the heart: [and] a good report
maketh the bones fat.
The single eye light of the body...
The Lord is dealing with the false teaching of His day that the
Kingdom of God included great earthly splendor and wealth; we
could call this similar to the prosperity gospel.
The Lord is countering the temptation toward covetousness.
The Lord is telling His followers that joy and happiness will
not come from serving the gods of this world. As the saying goes,
"Money will not buy happiness."
The Lord again exposes the motives of the heart, and He will
go on to develop the thought: Where does the desire of the heart
lie? What are we in love with?
What makes our heart rejoice? our family, money, person, place,
WHAT IS THE Single eye?
1) the single eye is Divinely
enlightened, and God becomes its all-absorbing object and His
glory the chief concern.
2) the single eye is content
with the things God has provided. It does not look and lust for
the things around it.
3) the single eye can see
the things that are far off, and it makes present decisions accordingly
Heb 11:13, These all died in faith, not having
received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were
persuaded of [them], and embraced [them], and confessed that they
were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.
Notice that faith is identified as making decisions today based
on what would please the Lord and not on the financial gain involved.
4) the single eye has one
simple goal: to please the Lord Jesus Christ and the heavenly
Father. The Lord had already told His followers that they could
tell where their treasure was by where the affection of their
heart was. We say, "My treasure is in heaven," but let
me ask, "What makes our heart rejoice?"
Does our heart rejoice when finances go our way or does our heart rejoice when someone is influenced for the kingdom of God?
Where is our time placed?
The Lord here identifies Godly light with
seeing our responsibility to God and to our fellow man and doing
it. If our eye is rightly focused onheavenly treasure,
the Lord says that our whole body is full of light.
As we fulfill that responsibility, the Lord says that we are
filled with light.
WHAT IS THE evil eye?
1) the evil eye rejoices
because of some worldly treasure or possession. It is blind to
the true treasure in the service of King Jesus.
2) the evil eye has goals
other than the cause of Christ on earth, eg., self, money, &c.
3) the evil eye lives after
the things which please the flesh; it is blinded to the proper
purpose of life. The evil eye finds gratification
in the things that please the flesh; therefore, self-gratification
is the goal of those with an evil eye.
4) the evil eye equates happiness
with the accumulation of outward things and earthly treasure.
The evil eye invests in the broken cisterns of
Jer 2:13, For my people have committed two
evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, [and]
hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.
The broken cistern is referred to by Jesus in Mat 6:20.
5) the evil eye desires more
worldly goods than it has; it is willing to compromise the responsibility
to God and man to gain more earthly treasure.
Pr 28:22 He that hasteth to be rich [hath]
an evil eye, and considereth not that poverty shall come upon
6) the evil eye is regulated
by carnal reason; money becomes the motivator of the life of the
7) the evil eye, in the context
of Mt 6, honestly believes that it can serve two masters, the
God of heaven and earth and the god of this world,mammon,
v. 24. The evil eye here sees no conflict
between the Lord god and mammon; it is able to justify compromise.
"So what if I am not able to do what I know I should before
God, just as long as I can make more money."
I am fully convinced that NAFDA is a direct
result brought about by God upon the evil eye
of this present generation of Christians: they have shamelessly
compromised their responsibility to the Lord Jesus Christ for
the god of this world, mammon. The Lord Jesus
promised that He would have no other gods before Him, and I believe
that He has just dealt a death blow to the American Christian's
god of mammon.
8) the evil eye cannot see
the truth or the end of their choice to place their responsibilities
to the Lord and man after their own desires
Deut 28:19, And it come to pass, when he heareth
the words of this curse,that he bless himself in his heart, saying,
I shall have peace, though I walk in the imagination of mine heart,
to add drunkenness to thirst:
9) the evil eye is quite
content with its relationship with God, even though that relationship
is condemned by the Lord Himself:
Deut 28:20, The LORD will not spare him, but
then the anger of the LORD and his jealousy shall smoke against
that man, and all the curses that are written in this book shall
lie upon him, and the LORD shall blot out his name from under
The evil eye believes it will be the exception. The evil
eye believes that it sow to the flesh yet avoid the corruption
promised in Gal 6:7, 8 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for
whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. for he that
soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he
that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.
The Lord concludes His comparison of the single and evil eye
with a statement about darkness, how great is that darkness...
The Lord says here that the one who rejoices in his heart over
"earthly treasures" is filled with darkness. (My cross
ref gives Rom 1:21.)
2Pe 2:20 For if after they have escaped the
pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and
Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome,
the latter end is worse with them than the beginning.
Notice Mat 6:22 & 23: light and great darkness.
In other words, just as Peter said, when a child of God turns
from serving God to serving mammon, he is in worse shape than
he was before he came to Christ.
Rev 3:14-22, is the Lord Jesus Christ's instruction
for those who have eye problems, and He describes the average
church goer of our day.
Where do the affections of the heart lay?
Have our eyes been enlightened so we can determine what is of true value?
Can we "see" the kingdom of God over the kingdoms
Does our heart rejoice over serving God or serving money?
Does our heart rejoice at the thought of a good retirement account?
Does our heart rejoice over our occupation?
Does our heart rejoice because we are assured we are doing the Father's will and we are advancing the cause of Christ on this earth?
Does our heart rejoice over what the Father rejoices over?
Lu 15:10 Likewise, I say unto you, there is
joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that
Let me make one last point to be sure that everyone is offended:
Psalms 84:10 For a day in thy courts [is]
better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house
of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.
The pagans consider Sunday as just another day to do what they
want to do and pursue their own goals.
Where would we rather spend our time on the Christian Sabbath?
In the house of the Lord or on the job? This is a sure indication
of where our heart is.
Rom 8:5, 6 For they that are after the flesh
do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit
the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded [is] death;
but to be spiritually minded [is] life and peace.
The Lord is very clear: Mat 6:21, For where
your treasure is, there will be your heart also.
Notice the attitude of the early church toward their earthly
He 10:34, 34 For ye had compassion of me in
my bonds, and took joyfully the spoiling of your goods, knowing
in yourselves that ye have in heaven a better and an enduring
Our attitude toward earthly goods reveals our attitude toward our heavenly treasure.
Where is our heart?
What makes our heart rejoice?
Do we have an eye that is full of light or is our eye evil?
Where are we investing our time, talents and finances? There will be our heart and treasure.
What kind of treasure will we have waiting for us in glory?
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