MY EYES HAVE SEEN THE GLORY OF THE COMING OF THE LORD
By Dr. Lalith Mendis
Eye is the light of the whole body – true for a person & true for the Body of Christ, the Church. What we see fashions our life – vision, mission & passion. Hagar said I have seen the One Who Sees ME. El La ha Roi. This is a great vision to live in. With this vision she also saw the fountain in the desert. Hagar & Ishmael do not have to die. He can become a great nation. Prophecy converts Baca, Berechah, Ps 84:9,10, Is 35:7 – 8, If the eye becomes dark – sad indeed, the whole body will be dark. Mat 6:22 "The eye is the lamp of the body; so then if your eye is clear, your whole body will be full of light. Mat 6:23 "But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light that is in you is darkness, how great is the darkness! In this season satan attempts to darken the eye of many Christians. If the eye becomes evil, the whole body will be evil. Ophthalmitis can threaten life because the eye is connected to the brain. Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. Out of the abundance of the heart the eye looks. Eye is an organ to receive and to communicate – love, mercy, compassion, anger, envy, lust. What a powerful instrument. We have a certain look for certain people. Some people are pleasant to our eyes. Some people we do not like to see. We need to see more of what Christ has for me. We will be impeded with the beam in our eye trying to pull out the moat in our brother’s eye. This is peculiarly a Pharisees’ problem. Mt 7:3-5. The Master paid the servants who worked from the beginning and those who came late the same amount. The former were displeased. He asked, “Is your eye evil that I am generous”. Mat 20:15 'Is it not lawful for me to do what I wish with what is my own? Or is your eye envious because I am generous?' We want to remain single eyed devoted only to the one whom I am espoused. 2 Cor 11:2,3. Satan tried to entangle the Lord with the eye. He took the Lord to the pinnacle of the temple to give him the temptingly elevated view from the pinnacle. Jumping for greatness & adulation that would come were pictorially created in the mind’s eye. No doubt his was the view & temptation that precipitated his fall from Mt Zion. Many who work in the Church get this evil eye for personal greatness using the temple, using the pulpit, using their gift. A good balance is to see the lost sheep out in the world needing tending, tortured & torn. Mt 9:36. Jesus said, “lift up your eyes & see the harvest”. Vision from the Pulpit over the people – though the numbers be 30 or 3000, is elevating, prideful, filled with selfish ambition to arrogate to oneself the glory of people gathering unto the Lord. Glory of any number of people gathering for any purpose, is an eye entangling heart corrupting experience.
Jesus saw early the cross stretching from earth to heaven on Calvary. What are you seeing on Mt Moriah? David saw the ideal place for God’s temple and provided for it with all his might. Solomon saw the grandeur of his palace and provided for his palace with all his might. The temple took 7 years to build. The Palace took twice that time. Where your eye is there your heart, money and talk will be. It certainly is a time for eye salve – that we may see what we need to see and would be kept saved from what we should not see. Rev 3:18. Eye salve helps us to see where we are naked. We ask for better & safe clothing of righteousness. Always among believers there will be stragglers who become a target for Amelek arrows. Deut 25:17. We should cover all holes in our covering that these arrows in which even believers deal in will not strike us. Eve saw that the fruit was good to eat. There are believers who move between darkness & light. We need to be well clothed that we do not become targets for their arrows. Same eye salve helps us to see gold as gold & straw as straw. We are not deceived building with straw. 1 Cor 3:18-20. Poor faithful believers will become precious living stones. Our eyes are clean to see the worth of the poor as building blocks for KOG. Gaze on the beauty of Jesus – Ps 27:4. We have seen the Star. We follow the Star till we see Jesus. We recognize no other stars. Jesus is the star. Looking unto Jesus, the Author & perfecter of our faith
Seeing Jesus when stoned - Stephen Jesus saw what His Father did – he did the same Jn 6:19. When people persecuted Him He saw the Father working thru it. Elisha saw fiery chariots. Gehazi saw enemies. We see enmity from brothers easily. We see sinners as enemies. We have sectarian eyes. “Are you f0r Paul or Apollos”. Peter walked out seeing Jesus. Peter sank looking at waves. When accepted we are tossed on waves of human applause. When rejected we toss on waves of defeat. There have been various conjectures concerning the manner in which God revealed his will, not only to the patriarchs, but also to the prophets, evangelists, and apostles. It seems to have been done in different ways. 1. By a personal appearance of him who was afterwards incarnated for the salvation of mankind. 2. By an audible voice, sometimes accompanied with emblematical appearances. 3. By visions which took place either in the night in ordinary sleep, or when the persons were cast into a temporary trance by daylight, or when about their ordinary business, 4. By the ministry of angels appearing in human bodies, and performing certain miracles to accredit their mission. 5. By the powerful agency of the Spirit of God upon the mind, giving it a strong conception and supernatural persuasion of the truth of the things perceived by the understanding. Pluck out your eye is strong language. Let my eyes heal O Lord. Let my eyes spread your glory. Mat 5:29 "If your right eye makes you stumble, tear it out and throw it from you; for it is better for you to lose one of the parts of your body, than for your whole body to be thrown into hell.
Vision Defects 1. Myopia 2. Distal Vision 3. Tunnel Vision 4. Blinkers on 5. Double vision 6. Seeing men as trees 7. Seeing upside down 8. Squint vision 9. Nelsonian eye â€“ Prov 10:10 10. Shifty eye 11. Sly eye 12. Guilty eye 13. Ashamed eye 14. Pure eyes 15. Unclean eyes 16. Seductive eyes 17. Hurt eyes 18. Proud eyes 19. Suspicious eyes 20. Acquisitive eye 21. Greedy eyes
22. Mocking eyes - Pro 30:17 The eye that mocks a father And scorns a mother, The ravens of the valley will pick it out, And the young eagles will eat it. 23. Dissatisfied eyes - Ecc 1:8 All things are wearisome; Man is not able to tell it. The eye is not satisfied with seeing, Nor is the ear filled with hearing. 24. Hasty eye - Pro 28:22 A man with an evil eye hastens after wealth And does not know that want will come upon him.
Momentum of familiar sight – we need to see nether lands. What God has more for us. Familiarity breeds contempt. We need to see the Lord anew again & again. Lord, please stop the momentum of the familiar. 1Co 2:9 but just as it is written, "things which eye has not seen and ear has not heard, and which have not entered the heart of man, all that God has prepared for those who love him."
Equality of all organs Job 42:5 "I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear; But now my eye sees You; Catching the Lord’s eye Psa 32:8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go; I will counsel you with My eye upon you. Psa 73:7 Their eye bulges from fatness; The imaginations of their heart run riot. Pro 7:2 Keep my commandments and live, And my teaching as the apple of your eye. Pro 20:12 The hearing ear and the seeing eye, The LORD has made both of them. When Jesus saw the sinful woman he saw God possibility. But all else said, she is a sinful woman. Let our eye’s gaze change. Man whose eyes the Lord has opened – Balaam
My eyes have seen the Glory