“Hell and Destruction are never full; So the eyes of man are never satisfied” (Psalm 27:20).
Today Jesus says, “The lamp of the body is the eye. Therefore, when your eye is good, your whole body also is full of light. But when your eye is bad, your body also is full of darkness.” Jesus is warning us to be careful what we allow to come inside us through our eyes. He knows that what we see impacts our minds and hearts and consequently our actions. Remember at the beginning of the Story when Seth’s descendants laid eyes on beautiful Cain’s daughters who were not walking with the Lord? It ended disastrously. And remember the Judges Era which was defined by everyone doing what was right it their own sight? Yep, again total chaos. And when King David was on his roof and he made a decision based upon sight? Yet another epic fail. Throughout the Story we see examples over and over again of people making decisions based upon sight that leads to pain and destruction instead of trusting the Lord and walking by faith. We should guard our hearts and minds by being careful about what we expose ours eyes to and making decisions based on those sights. Jesus has said, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life” (John 8:12). To follow Jesus we must know the Word of God which is a lamp to our feet and a light to our path (Psalm 119:105). The more we keep our gaze fixed on Jesus through worship, prayer, and time in Scripture the brighter our light will shine. And our appetites for worldly lusts will grow dimmer and dimmer.
Jesus continues to explain that what is on the inside of a person is what matters; not an outward performance. So when a Pharisee is appalled that Jesus didn’t wash His hands before eating, Jesus responds, “Now you Pharisees make the outside of the cup and dish clean, but your inward part is full of greed and wickedness. Foolish one!” Jesus calls out the Pharisees for being all about the show, with the best seats in the synagogues, public tithing, and greetings in marketplaces but inwardly possessing no justice or love of God. The showy Pharisees may impress everyone else but they don’t impress the One that matters, Jesus.
Jesus tells His disciples, “Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. For there is nothing covered that will not be revealed, nor hidden that will not be known…do not be afraid of those who kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear Him who, after He has killed, has power to cast into hell; yes, I say to you, fear Him!”
“Also I say to you, whoever confesses Me before men, him the Son of Man also will confess before the angels of God. But he who denies Me before men will be denied before the angels of God.”
We all have a choice to make…confess Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior or deny Him.