Sunday AM, November 21, 1993
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Evil Eye

Mat 6:22, 23

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 Mat 6:22:

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 being opened.

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 words here:

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, thing.

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 this world

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 him.

6) the evil eye is regulated by carnal reason; money becomes the motivator of the life of the "evil eye."

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 heaven.

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 of men?

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 repenteth.

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 treasure:

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 substance.

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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