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If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.           1 Peter 4:11

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Bulletin - Dated 20th December 2013

 

 


 

 
THE EYE
 
The eye is a marvellous organ. In its perfect state it can see things near and things far off. “The light of the body is the eye.” Jesus was not emphasizing a physiological fact but speaking a parable. Using the eye as a symbol, the areas of vision are twofold - the near view and the distant one which is bounded by the horizon. The near view embraces the present - “the daily round, the common task,” and while that can furnish all we ought to ask it can be exasperatingly monotonous or undeservedly engrossing to weak human nature.

The physical eye naturally seeks the horizon. The traveller along the road instinctively scans it as he emerges to the openness of a hillside. Most of the prisoner’s punishment is confinement to a cell, and much of the tedium of work is due to the restricted area of its operation. Those whose activities embrace a literal horizon - the farmer, or the traveller - are often the most content though their work is none the less arduous. For them the near prospect is imbued with the freedom of the greater.
It can be so with the spiritual outlook. Wisdom lies in the ability to explore both fields of vision: not to concentrate on the one to the exclusion of the other. “Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof,” is the Lord’s warning to those concerned only with present things. “Mary has chosen the good part,” he said of the woman who preferred hearing his words to preparing a meal.

“Where there is no vision the people perish.” Abraham was a man of vision. With physical eye he saw the vast distances of Mesopotamia; through the clear semi-tropical night he gazed upon a profusion of stars. Later, from Hebron he looked to the distant hills of Moab beyond the Dead Sea. These realities became relevant to the promises because God took hold of them to illustrate the gospel to him. “I will make your seed as the dust of the earth ...” “Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars ... so shall your seed be.” “Lift up now your eyes ... northward, southward, eastward and westward ... to you will I give it, and to your seed for ever.” The stars and the horizon confirmed the gospel.

Once “Abraham lifted up his eyes and saw the place afar off” (Gen. 22:4). The place was Mount Moriah, and at that moment it was for him an awful reality, the dreadful place where he had to kill his son. But he looked at it with another eye also, and that alone made the prospect bearable. He saw God’s promises to him fulfilled in an Isaac raised from death. God’s provision enabled him to see much more, and he named the place “Jehovah-jireh,” meaning “In the Mount of the Lord it shall be seen.”

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