Scripture Reading: 1 John 2:1-17
Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law.
Open—remove barriers, unveil, uncover. Wondrous—marvelous, extraordinary.
Psalm 119:37—just like feet can’t follow God and sin
Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity; and quicken thou me in thy way.
Vanity—empty, temporary, frivolous, things not worthy of trust.
Psalm 119:82--Mine eyes fail for thy word, saying, When wilt thou comfort me?
Psalm 119:123--Mine eyes fail for thy salvation, and for the word of thy righteousness.
Eyes fail—long to see, desire, effort to not lose sight of. Comfort—have pity, console.
A desire to see the fulfillment of all that God has spoken. Promises realized.
Rivers of waters run down mine eyes, because they keep not thy law.
Rivers—abundant tears and sorrow. God is dishonored and people are hurting themselves.
Judgmentalism is easy; sorrow though? Nor is it self-glorying, in his own obedience. It’s like Jeremiah, the weeping prophet.
Mine eyes prevent the night watches, that I might meditate in thy word.
Prevent—anticipate, wait for, stay up for quiet alone time.
Meditate—ponder, converse with ones self!
There is no fear of God before their eyes
Not looking to God, if you saw Him, fear would be immediate and change your walk.
Fear of God is beginning of wisdom. Wisdom is written in God’s Word.
1 John 2:10-11—eyes and walking. Context light=love
He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him.
11 But he that hateth his brother is in darkness, and walketh in darkness, and knoweth not whither he goeth, because that darkness hath blinded his eyes.
Stumbling—if you hate your brother you will stumble. Hateth—opposite of loving him. Walketh—manner of life, continual action. Blinded—not just external, after a while the darkness is in you, blinds you. you will stumble yourself—you can’t see.
1 John 2:16
For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
Lust of the eyes—what the eyes contemplate, settle on. Mental as opposed to physical gratification. Relishing what is grand, new, or beautiful. Satan showing Christ the kingdoms of the world.
2 Peter 2:14
Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin; beguiling unstable souls: an heart they have exercised with covetous practices; cursed children
Full of adultery—as or of an adulteress, foolish, adulterous woman in Proverbs.
Beguiling—entice with bait.
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:18 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,19 And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,
Eyes of your understanding—of your heart/mind. First work of Spirit is enlightenment.
First thing to know is hope—eternal inheritance waiting for you. Enlightened—shine light so you can understand what was previously hidden in darkness.
O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you?
Bewitched—fascinate, get you to look at the flashy thing and forget the cross of Christ.