Oh Be Careful Little Eyes! Part 2
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Bill Kochman

Published On :
July 29, 2002

Last Updated :
January 3, 2009


King Herod's Dance And John The Baptist, We Are All Sinners
Spiritual Vision, Breaking Our Communion With God, Light Of
The Body, Diseased Vision, Ministry To The Blind, Spiritual
Blindness Of The Jews, Jesus The Great Light, Refusing The
Light, Paul's Dramatic Conversion, Loving Chastisements,
Israel's Continued Blindness, Promise And Anointing Of Holy
Spirit, Blind Without The Spirit, Keep Your Eyes On Jesus




While we have discussed some of the great men of the Old
Testament who yielded to the sin of the lust of the eyes,
they were not the only ones. Turning to the New Testament,
we discover that it was as a result of evil King Herod's
lust for his very own daughter-in-law, which climaxed at a
birthday party where the lovely lady performed a very sexy
dance, that John the Baptist lost his head:

"But when Herod's birthday was kept, the daughter of
Herodias danced before them, and pleased Herod. Whereupon he
promised with an oath to give her whatsoever she would ask.
And she, being before instructed of her mother, said, Give
me here John Baptist's head in a charger. And the king was
sorry: nevertheless for the oath's sake, and them which sat
with him at meat, he commanded it to be given her. And he
sent, and beheaded John in the prison. And his head was
brought in a charger, and given to the damsel: and she
brought it to her mother. And his disciples came, and took
up the body, and buried it, and went and told Jesus."
Matthew 14:6-12, KJV

So whether they be good or evil, we have seen that quite a
few Biblical personalities yielded to the lust of their
eyes. And lest we begin to think in our pride that perhaps
we are not quite as bad as they were, or not quite as guilty
as they were, let us not forget the words of our Lord who
said:

"Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou
shalt not commit adultery: But I say unto you, That
whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath
committed adultery with her already in his heart."
Matthew 5:27-28, KJV

"...He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a
stone at her." John 8:7b, KJV

Truly then, as King David, the Prophet Isaiah, and the
Apostle Paul all wisely wrote, we are all sinners saved only
by the Grace and Mercy of God:

"...They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there
is none that doeth good...They are all gone aside, they are
all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good,
no, not one." Psalms 14:1b, 3, KJV

"But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our
righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a
leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us
away." Isaiah 64:6, KJV

"As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one...
For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;"
Romans 3:10, 23, KJV

While we have thus far discussed the sin of lusting with our
eyes, and the serious consequences which can result from it,
the Bible speaks of an even greater sin which we can commit
with our eyes; not with our physical eyes, but rather with
our spiritual eyes. I am referring to the loss of spiritual
vision. In the Book of Proverbs we find the following very
interesting verse:

"Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that
keepeth the law, happy is he." Proverbs 29:18, KJV

Obviously, the writer is not simply speaking of physical
vision, being as losing one's physical vision does not
necessarily result in death. It is for this reason that he
clarifies his statement by adding "he that keepeth the law,
happy is he". In the original Hebrew, the word used here for
"vision" is "chazown", pronounced khaw-zone', one of the
meanings of which is divine communication.

In other words, when we take our eyes off of the Lord, when
we withdraw ourselves from spiritual communion with Him,
when we neglect His Word and fail to live by it, then we
truly do become spiritually blind, and we are headed for
serious trouble if we don't straighten out quickly. Isn't
this exactly what happened to Adam and Eve in the Garden of
Eden? They broke their spiritual communion with the Lord
when they chose to listen to Satan's lies instead. They took
their eyes off of the Lord, and they lusted after the fruit
which Satan had promised them would make them as wise as
gods. They broke God's Laws, and they soon suffered for it,
and we have also been suffering for it ever since.

Several thousand years later, Jesus would come explaining
the importance of maintaining our spiritual vision, and
keeping our eyes on Heaven. In one of His sermons He said:

"The light of the body is the eye: therefore when thine eye
is single, thy whole body also is full of light; but when
thine eye is evil, thy body also is full of darkness."
Luke 11:34, KJV

It is interesting to note that in the previous verse, in the
original Greek, the word "single" is derived from the word
"haplous", pronounced hap-looce', which also means whole or
sound. In similar fashion, the word "evil" is derived from
the Greek word "poneros", pon-ay-ros', which also means
diseased or blind. In other words, when our spiritual eyes
are no longer sound; when they are diseased and our vision
has become impaired, we in fact become spiritually blind,
and we walk in darkness. Having now better understood what
Jesus meant by the above verse, it is also much easier to
understand some of the other things He said throughout the
four Gospels. Consider the following examples:

"The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed
me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal
the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives,
and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them
that are bruised," Luke 4:18, KJV

"And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest
thou unto them in parables? He answered and said unto them,
Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the
kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. For
whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have
more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be
taken away even that he hath. Therefore speak I to them in
parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear
not, neither do they understand. And in them is fulfilled
the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall
hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and
shall not perceive: For this people's heart is waxed gross,
and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have
closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes,
and hear with their ears, and should understand with their
heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them. But
blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they
hear." Matthew 13:10-16, KJV

"Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if
the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch."
Matthew 15:14, KJV

"Woe unto you, ye blind guides, which say, Whosoever shall
swear by the temple, it is nothing; but whosoever shall swear
by the gold of the temple, he is a debtor!...Ye blind
guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel."
Matthew 23:24, KJV

"And he charged them, saying, Take heed, beware of the
leaven of the Pharisees, and of the leaven of Herod. And
they reasoned among themselves, saying, It is because we
have no bread. And when Jesus knew it, he saith unto them,
Why reason ye, because ye have no bread? perceive ye not
yet, neither understand? have ye your heart yet hardened?
Having eyes, see ye not? and having ears, hear ye not? and
do ye not remember? When I brake the five loaves among five
thousand, how many baskets full of fragments took ye up?
They say unto him, Twelve. And when the seven among four
thousand, how many baskets full of fragments took ye up? And
they said, Seven. And he said unto them, How is it that ye
do not understand?" Mark 8:15-21, KJV

"Then Jesus said unto them, Yet a little while is the light
with you. Walk while ye have the light, lest darkness come
upon you: for he that walketh in darkness knoweth not
whither he goeth. While ye have light, believe in the light,
that ye may be the children of light. These things spake
Jesus, and departed, and did hide himself from them. But
though he had done so many miracles before them, yet they
believed not on him: That the saying of Esaias the prophet
might be fulfilled, which he spake, Lord, who hath believed
our report? and to whom hath the arm of the Lord been
revealed? Therefore they could not believe, because that
Esaias said again, He hath blinded their eyes, and hardened
their heart; that they should not see with their eyes, nor
understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should
heal them." John 12:35-40, KJV

As we all know, Jesus was, and is, that Great Light, of whom
John spoke at the beginning of his Gospel, which had been
prophesied since Old Testament times. He was, and is, the
Great Light, who not only restored sight to the physically
blind, but who also restores sight to the spiritually blind
as well, as we see here:

"The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light:
they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon
them hath the light shined." Isaiah 9:2, KJV

"In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the
light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it
not...That was the true Light, which lighteth every man
that cometh into the world. He was in the world, and the
world was made by him, and the world knew him not. He came
unto his own, and his own received him not."
John 1:4-5, 9-11, KJV

So Jesus was in fact the Great Light who shone in the midst
of darkness; that is, in the midst of the spiritual darkness
of His very own Jewish brethren who refused to receive Him
as their Messiah. Thus, Jesus would say a few chapters later:

"And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the
world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because
their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth
the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds
should be reproved." John 3:19-20, KJV

While many of the Jewish Elders remained spiritually blind
until the very afternoon that Jesus was crucified at the
place known as Golgotha, the Bible does indicate that a few
of them, such as Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimaethea, were
secret Disciples who accepted that Jesus was in fact the
promised Messiah. But of all of the Jewish Elders who were
converted to the Christian faith, the one who had the most
dramatic conversion, was as far as we know, the Apostle
Paul. As I explain in "A Biblical Cafeteria Or The Whole
Course?", Paul went from being an enraged, blind Christian
persecutor, to becoming one of the most celebrated Christian
evangelists of the First Century, who ultimately gave his
very life for the cause of Jesus Christ.

Paul, then known as Saul of Tarsus, was so blinded by his
own spiritual pride as a Law-abiding Pharisee, as well as by
his deep hatred towards the fledgling Christian Church, that
he couldn't even begin to see the error of his ways. Thus it
was that the Lord chose to teach Paul a lesson which he
would never forget. He decided to give Paul a very graphic
example to demonstrate how spiritually blind he really was;
and thus Paul was smitten blind for a period of three days,
as we see by the following verses:

"And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter
against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high
priest, And desired of him letters to Damascus to the
synagogues, that if he found any of this way, whether they
were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem.
And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly
there shined round about him a light from heaven: And he
fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul,
Saul, why persecutest thou me? And he said, Who art thou,
Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest:
it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks. And he
trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me
to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the
city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do. And the
men which journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a
voice, but seeing no man. And Saul arose from the earth; and
when his eyes were opened, he saw no man: but they led him
by the hand, and brought him into Damascus. And he was three
days without sight, and neither did eat nor drink."
Acts 9:1-9, KJV

But, as we already saw in part one, our God is also a very
merciful God; and after He was certain that Paul had learned
his lesson, He sent dear brother Ananias to heal Paul's
eyes:

"And there was a certain disciple at Damascus, named
Ananias; and to him said the Lord in a vision, Ananias. And
he said, Behold, I am here, Lord. And the Lord said unto
him, Arise, and go into the street which is called Straight,
and enquire in the house of Judas for one called Saul, of
Tarsus: for, behold, he prayeth, And hath seen in a vision a
man named Ananias coming in, and putting his hand on him,
that he might receive his sight. Then Ananias answered,
Lord, I have heard by many of this man, how much evil he
hath done to thy saints at Jerusalem: And here he hath
authority from the chief priests to bind all that call on
thy name. But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is
a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the
Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel: For I will
shew him how great things he must suffer for my name's sake.
And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and
putting his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord, even
Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest,
hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be
filled with the Holy Ghost. And immediately there fell from
his eyes as it had been scales: and he received sight
forthwith, and arose, and was baptized." Acts 9:10-18, KJV

As I have pointed out before, I find it rather interesting,
that in describing Paul's miraculous healing, Luke uses the
phrase "there fell from his eyes as it had been scales". Why
is this point significant? Because in describing the ancient
sea serpent, Leviathan, who I personally believe is symbolic
of Satan, (please see "Leviathan: An Ancient Sea Dragon?"),
we are told the following:

"His scales are his pride, shut up together as with a close
seal." Job 41:15, KJV

Who can possibly doubt that Paul lost a great deal of his
pride and vanity following his direct encounter with the
Lord?

Considering the life-changing ordeal which he had been
through, during which he felt the full wrath of an angry
God, is it any wonder that Paul would later write the
following to his brethren:

"For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every
son whom he receiveth...It is a fearful thing to fall into
the hands of the living God...For our God is a consuming
fire." Hebrews 12:6, 10:31, 12:29, KJV

Surely, Paul was speaking from firsthand experience. As it
is also written in the Book of Proverbs in the Old Testament:

"Open rebuke is better than secret love." Proverbs 27:5, KJV

Later, when Paul was sharing his personal testimony with
King Agrippa, regarding how he had been called to serve the
Lord, and to preach the Gospel of Salvation, Paul stated the
following. Please notice how the Lord emphasizes, just as He
did in Luke chapter four when He quoted from the Prophet
Isaiah, that He was sending Paul to restore sight to the
spiritually blind, just as Paul himself had been healed of
the same:

"And I said, Who art thou, Lord? And he said, I am Jesus
whom thou persecutest. But rise, and stand upon thy feet:
for I have appeared unto thee for this purpose, to make thee
a minister and a witness both of these things which thou
hast seen, and of those things in the which I will appear
unto thee; Delivering thee from the people, and from the
Gentiles, unto whom now I send thee, To open their eyes, and
to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of
Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins,
and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith
that is in me." Acts 26:15-18, KJV

So Paul was miraculously transformed from being a blind
leader of the blind, to becoming a bearer of the Light of
God's Word. Later, when writing to the brethren in Rome,
Paul again brought up the issue of how his own brethren, the
Jews, had become spiritually blind, in fulfillment of Old
Testament prophecy, as we see here:

"What then? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh
for; but the election hath obtained it, and the rest were
blinded (According as it is written, God hath given them the
spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears
that they should not hear;) unto this day. And David saith,
Let their table be made a snare, and a trap, and a
stumblingblock, and a recompence unto them: Let their eyes
be darkened, that they may not see, and bow down their back
alway...For I would not, brethren, that ye should be
ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own
conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel,
until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in."
Romans 11:7-10, 25 KJV

Paul was so burdened by the spiritual blindness of his own
people, that we find him mentioning it in a few more of his
Epistles. For example, in communicating with the Church at
Corinth, he wrote the following lines:

"Seeing then that we have such hope, we use great plainness
of speech: And not as Moses, which put a vail over his face,
that the children of Israel could not stedfastly look to the
end of that which is abolished: But their minds were
blinded: for until this day remaineth the same vail untaken
away in the reading of the old testament; which vail is done
away in Christ...But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them
that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded
the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the
glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should
shine unto them." 2 Corinthians 3:12-14, 4:3-4, KJV

In writing to the brethren at Ephesus, Paul again expressed
his desire that their spiritual eyes would be opened, and
that they would understand the message of the Gospel, and
that they would not walk blindly as other Gentiles walk, as
we see here:

"That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory,
may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the
knowledge of him: The eyes of your understanding being
enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his
calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance
in the saints, And what is the exceeding greatness of his
power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of
his mighty power, Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised
him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the
heavenly places, Far above all principality, and power, and
might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only
in this world, but also in that which is to come: And hath
put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head
over all things to the church, Which is his body, the
fulness of him that filleth all in all...This I say
therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk
not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind,
Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the
life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because
of the blindness of their heart:"
Ephesians 1:17-23, 4:17-18, KJV

If there is one thing which the Bible makes clear, it is that
the only way that anyone can truly understand the things of
God, the only way in which our spiritual eyes can be opened,
is through the anointing of His Holy Spirit, which God offers
to all men freely, if they will only ask. As Jesus had said
to His own Disciples sometime earlier:

"If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto
your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give
the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?" Luke 11:13, KJV

"But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father
will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and
bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said
unto you." John 14:26, KJV

Without the Spirit of God working in our lives, and without
receptive hearts to receive the things which God wishes to
reveal to us, we would all be as spiritually blind as the
examples we have seen in this article. In fact, as Paul also
tells us, we might even consider the truths of the Bible to
be utter foolishness, as so many people do today:

"But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit
of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he
know them, because they are spiritually discerned."
1 Corinthians 2:14, KJV

So what about you? How is your vision? Are you still walking
in spiritual darkness? Are your eyes only on the temporary
things of the flesh of this current wayward world? Are you
still blinded to the truth of God's Holy Word, or have you
received the Light of Jesus Christ? It is my hope that your
eyes have indeed been opened, and that they are stayed upon
Jesus Christ and His Eternal Promises, for as it is written:

"Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith;
who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross,
despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of
the throne of God." Hebrews 12:2, KJV

As we are told in the Book of Revelation, God wishes to
anoint our eyes with the eyesalve of His Spirit, in order
that we might truly see, and truly understand, the great
things which are revealed in His Word, beginning with His
wonderful Plan of Salvation:

"I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that
thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be
clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear;
and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see."
Revelation 3:18, KJV

If you have not yet received Jesus Christ as your Lord and
Savior, and if you are still walking in spiritual darkness,
then my prayer for you, in the wise words of King David, is
that your eyes will finally be opened to the truth, and that
you will recognize Jesus Christ as the only Truth, and the
only Way to Eternal Life:

"Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out
of thy law." Psalms 119:18, KJV

"Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity; and quicken thou
me in thy way." Psalms 119:37, KJV

If you have already accepted Jesus Christ, or if this article
leads you in that direction, then please also consider this:

"But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard,
neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which
God hath prepared for them that love him."
1 Corinthians 2:9, KJV

With these wonderful words, I will bring this article to a close.
I pray that it has been a blessing to many.


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