22 “The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, 23 but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!” (Matthew 6:22–23 (ESV)
The metaphor Jesus used of the eye and the body builds upon the previous context of Matthew 6:19-21. Observantly, Jesus used several plays on words to convey a deep meaning and understanding concerning the subject of treasuring treasures.
The eye provides an individual vision in which to see where to go and what objects to avoid. Therefore, the eye provides health and well-being for the entire physical body.
However, if an individual’s vision is bad, or there is blindness, it also affects the entire body. In the ancient world, blindness often resulted in begging as the only means of financial support or income if an individual had no family.
“The Pharisees had this problem because their spiritual eyes were diseased (Matt. 6:22). With their eyes they were coveting money and wealth. Thus they were in spiritual darkness. They were slaves to the master of greed, and their desire for money was so great they were failing in their service to their true Master, God,” explains Dr. John Walvoord.
“Our Savior’s warning against the love of money brackets His teaching on good eyes and bad ones (Matt. 6:22–23). This shows us that an unhealthy eye, one full of darkness, is a metaphor for an attitude of greed and covetousness. In fact, in Jesus’ day, the rabbis described those who love money more than God as those with bad eyes. A healthy eye would then refer to one who is generous with his resources. Such persons reflect the Lord’s own generosity and have light. By the Holy Spirit they see rightly and follow the straight path of righteousness,” explains Dr. R. C. Sproul.
How is your spiritual vision today? What issues of life threaten to blur or darken your vision of the Lord’s glory? Have your vision checked by the Word of God. Scripture provides a prescription for healthy and clear eyes.
Turn your eyes upon Jesus
Look full in his wonderful face.
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim
In the light of his glory and grace.
Soli deo Gloria!