Here’s some of the notes from our sermon this past Sunday.  I didn’t take time to edit anything, so I apologize for grammatical errors;)

Luke 11:33-36 [the Single Eye]

33“No one lights a lamp and puts it in a place where it will be hidden, or under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, so that those who come in may see the light. 34Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eyes are healthy,g your whole body also is full of light. But when they are unhealthy,h your body also is full of darkness.35See to it, then, that the light within you is not darkness. 36Therefore, if your whole body is full of light, and no part of it dark, it will be just as full of light as when a lamp shines its light on you.”

  • Jesus is saying a good eye is: clear, single, good, unclouded, sound, sincere, simple, healthy
  • Jesus is saying the eye is the lamp of the body. The purpose of a lamp is to allow you to see what is in the physical world.  It would make no sense at all to light a lamp and cover it.  No current housing codes allow you to install a light bulb under your bed.  That would make no sense!  The purpose of our eye is to see God in everything.
    • What we let in our eye gaze affects our whole body, mind, soul and spirit. What are we gazing at?
    • A clouded eye could be
      • Things of this world (besetting sins, or just mindless activities that dominate my time and distract me from seeing Jesus)
      • Religious things that I rely on to prove my worth (I am focusing on myself to accomplish what only Christ can do)
      • Unbelief (I don’t think He’s able or willing to interact in my life)
    • Whatever the cause, the cure is the same
      • We are not seeing as sharply as we could because we are “doing too much.” The simple gospel says: “I resolve to know nothing but Jesus and Him crucified!”[1 Cor 2:2)
        • I don’t count on my own works of righteousness. Jesus alone.
          • and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ–the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith. Phil 3:9
          • Gal 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. 21I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!”e
          • Rom 10:3 3Since they did not know the righteousness of God and sought to establish their own, they did not submit to God’s righteousness.4Christ is the culmination of the law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes.

Isaiah 6:9 [Ever seeing, never perceiving]

8Then I heard the Lord asking, “Whom should I send as a messenger to this people? Who will go for us?”

I said, “Here I am. Send me.”

9And he said, “Yes, go, and say to this people,

‘Listen carefully, but do not understand.

Watch closely, but learn nothing.’

10Harden the hearts of these people.

Plug their ears and shut their eyes.

That way, they will not see with their eyes,

nor hear with their ears,

nor understand with their hearts

and turn to me for healing.”b

  • Why? Why was this the message sent to Isreal? I would think God would say, “Repent! The time is nearer now! Hurry…I’ll send miracles to prove myself…but please! Hurry into the Kingdom!!!”
    • Something severe about God’s heart here. He knows who are His.
      • There’s a story of Jesus in John 5-6. 5,000 men were fed by a miracale, and began searching for Jesus throughout the countryside.  When they find Him, they begin a dialogue about sending more bread from heaven.  Christ’s response is not normal: “eat my flesh.  Drink my blood.”[john 5:53-68, many disciples turned back…it was a difficult teaching…]
      • Our tendency is to seek after flashy things. When things don’t move or shine, we think they aren’t right.  Jesus is saying; you aren’t using your senses correctly.  You aren’t even looking at the right things…the eyes of your heart are set on the things of this earth, not on things of heaven.  So when I tell you heavenly things, it won’t make any sense to you at all.
        • Jesus knows our hearts.
        • When we hear a confusing message or are going through times of difficulty; what is our response? Do we disengage?  Or do we press in to know Him more?
          • The secret of the Kingdom is given to you…[luke 8:10, mark 4:11]
            • Mark 4:21-25~ consider carefully what you hear…the measure you use will be measured back to you
              • The measure of our listening and discernment will increase our knowledge of Jesus in difficult times.

Gal 3 You foolish Galatians!

1You foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? Before your very eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed as crucified. 2I would like to learn just one thing from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by believing what you heard? 3Are you so foolish? After beginning by means of the Spirit, are you now trying to finish by means of the flesh?a

  • And Gal 1: I am shocked that you are turning away so soon from God, who called you to himself through the loving mercy of Christ. You are following a different way that pretends to be the good news, but is not the good news at all…
  • The way that is twisted and the eye that is tricked begin to look for other ways of reconciliation and righteousness beyond Christ.
    • It’s the simple eye that is clear. Jesus saved me.  I enter His rest through faith. [Heb 4]
      • Repentance and rest is salvation. Quietness and trust is strength. [Is 30:15]

Rev 6: 17 Purchase eye medicine from me

But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked.

  • Wretched: in a very unhappy or unfortunate state.
  • Pitiful: very small or poor; inadequate.
  • Poor: lacking sufficient money to live at a standard considered comfortable or normal in a society; of a low or inferior standard or quality
  • Blind: unable to see lacking; perception, awareness, or discernment.
  • Naked: without clothes; exposed to harm; unprotected or vulnerable.

Advise you to buy gold from me; gold that has been purified by fire

  • How would they buy this gold? What could they sell to have it?  It must be costly!
    • What would you give in exchange for your soul? Son of man will reward each one according to what he has done…
    • It will cost you your life! Set aside former things. Pursue Jesus.
    • Then you will be RICH! [blessed are poor in spirit…kingdom is theirs]
  • Jesus offers us the cure and it is found in repentance and getting to KNOW HIM.

 

  • Also buy white garments so you will not be shamed by your nakedness
    • Mal 3:2 But who can endure the day of his coming? Who can stand when he appears? For he will be like a refiner’s fire or a launderer’s soap.
  • Ointment for your eyes so you will be able to see
    • Our vision is out of whack. We need healing and it’s our eyes that are sick.  Jesus has medicine to heal.  It’s not impossible to get better, but you must repent!
  • I correct and discipline everyone I love. SO BE DILIGENT! TURN FROM YOUR INDIFFERENCE!! (REPENT)

The Thing we focus on matters!

So, how is our eye sight lately?  Are we seeing Jesus in the difficult areas of life?  Are we only looking for material blessing and worldy success?  Or, are our eyes fixed on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith?  If not, the way to get good eye medicine is to ask Him.  Jesus is the one who supplies our healing and deliverance, not trying harder or our human effort.

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