via Daily Prompt: Eyes
The eye is called the window of our soul.
Beauty lies in the eye of the beholder.
Smiles that reach the eyes are the best kind.
These are some of the sayings that came to my mind when I saw today’s prompt. Then I thought about what the Bible says about the eye. So I went to my Bible on my computer and did a search. The search returned 96 verses!! 96 verses on the eye! This small little part of our body. I don’t think the eye accounts for even a fraction of a fraction of our total body mass! And yet it has so much importance. Not just to us but also to God. It’s so important in His sight that He said, “An eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot,” (Exodus 21:24). So if anyone is the cause for another’s sightlessness, God would avenge one by taking away the eye of the oppressor! He even goes on to say, “The eye that mocketh at his father, And despiseth to obey his mother, The ravens of the valley shall pick it out, And the young eagles shall eat it.” (Proverbs 30:17) Wow! Woe on the children of then. No wonder parents and elders were respected. Today it’s common practice for a child to look down on his parents, especially once the parent is old and dependant on him. It’s obvious that God knows best. A maid or servant could even get their freedom if their master causes them to lose their eye! “And if a man smite the eye of his servant, or the eye of his maid, and destroy it; he shall let him go free for his eye’s sake. (Exodus 21:26)
Knowing the importance of the eye, the psalmist asked the Lord to ‘Keep me as the apple of the eye; Hide me under the shadow of thy wings,’ (Psalms 17:8)
Below are some of Solomon’s wise sayings on the importance of the eye.
He that winketh with the eye causeth sorrow; But a prating fool shall fall. – Proverbs 10:10
He that hath a bountiful eye shall be blessed; For he giveth of his bread to the poor. – Proverbs 22:9
Eat thou not the bread of him that hath an evil eye, Neither desire thou his dainties: – Proverbs 23:6
He that hath an evil eye hasteth after riches, And knoweth not that want shall come upon him. – Proverbs 28:22
All things are full of weariness; man cannot utter it: the eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing. – Ecc 1:8
And then we have the words of Jesus, Wisdom personified! These are just a few that stood out for me.
And if thy right eye causeth thee to stumble, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not thy whole body be cast into hell. – Matthew 5:29
The lamp of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is the darkness! – Matthew 6:22-23
Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart. – Matthew 5:27-28 (Not exactly using the word eye but the concept is the same, right?)
And even Paul jumped on the bandwagon!
Servants, obey in all things them that are your masters according to the flesh; not with eye-service, as men-pleasers, but in singleness of heart, fearing the Lord: – Collosians 3:22
From all of the above and many more verses we now know that “Beauty” is not the only thing that’s in the eye of the beholder. Our very blessings lie in our eyes! Our eyes can lead us to heaven or hell. The wide way or the narrow way. Gives a new meaning to the saying, “The eye is the window to our souls”, doesn’t it??!!