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What did Jesus mean when He said the eye is the lamp of the body?


Matthew 6:22

ESV - 22 The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light.

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Shea S. Michael Houdmann Supporter Got Questions Ministries
Jesus said, "The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are good, your whole body will be full of light" (Matthew 6:22). Here our Lord describes the eye as a lamp which lights the entire body. O...

July 01 2013 2 responses Vote Up Share Report

Stringio Vincent Mercado Supporter Skeptic turned believer, Catholic, father of 3
Good Eye (Hebrew: Ayin Tov) is a Hebrew idiom meaning "generous person". Having a good eye essentially means "having the ability to be generous when the opportunity is needed". 

Basically, what Jesus is saying is this - If you are generous to those in need, people will see Christ in you (i.e. you will be filled with light).

November 04 2013 1 response Vote Up Share Report

Mini jose francisco
"The light 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 that darkness! No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon." (Matt 6:22-24)

The way we view things in life, whether according to God's Word or according to the principles of this world, will guide the way we live. The principles we hold in our lives are our light. If it is accdg to God's Word, our lives will be full of light. If not, our light (principles/belief system) is darkness. Some Christians take human philosophies on equal footing with God's Word. We should not do this. We should hold God's Word as supreme authority in our lives.

November 03 2013 2 responses Vote Up Share Report

1619385181.648658 Vivian Lindsey Hi School teacher ret widowed with one daughter 2 grandkids
I believe it means that your attitude and your heart is reflected in what you see in life as important and necessary. I believe that what we see in others and what others see in us, goodness or pride or greediness or hate or any of the different natures of men and women, reflects in our outward appearance and speech. Do we see the goodness in people and beauty and humility and do they see that in us. We reflect God in our actions and attitudes toward others. Do they see God in you and me?

November 03 2013 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

Mini Darline Wilson
If we can see others through the eyes of Jesus, we will see beyond their appearance, their social status, or their color. Then, I believe that the light of the holy spirit will shine within us bringing true agape love for one another.

November 03 2013 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

Image Tim Thornton Bible student, unprofitable servant
The verses that speak to this subject are sandwiched between:
Matthew 6:21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Matthew 6:24You Cannot Serve God and Riches..........
The first has to do with what we wish to posses,"treasure" the second with who or what we are LOOKING to acquire or keep it.

A good eye is an eye that sees Jesus as the Purl of great price the treasure hidden in the field and the word of God as map to find Him
The bad eye is the eye that sees the word as a means to an end other than finding Jesus to have Him.

Gaining a good eye begins with an awareness of spiritual blindness 
“ Blessed are the poor in spirit,
For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
And ends with an encounter with Jesus John 9:39
And Jesus said, “ For judgment I have come into this world, that those who do not see may see, and that those who see may be made blind.”

November 03 2013 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

Jai Joseph Santhappan
if your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light; but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness” (Matthew 6:22-23). It’s an interesting saying to study, because it requires us to look carefully at the context, at the Old Testament background, and at some unusual Greek and Hebrew idioms. More importantly, once the passage is understood clearly, it illuminates a key kingdom principle.

First, we need to look at the two key phrases that make Jesus’ saying so mysterious. The evidence is good that “evil eye” (Greek ophthalmos poneros) refers to stinginess or greediness. Jesus later uses the phrase to describe the laborers in the vineyard who begrudge full pay to those who work less (Matthew 20:15). The Old Testament warns against the man with an “evil eye” (Hebrew raa ayin), who is selfish and greedy (Proverbs 23:6, 28:22). The Law commands the person with wealth not to have an “evil eye” and thus withhold help from a needy brother (Deuteronomy 15:9).

In contrast, “good eye” (Greek ophthalmos haplos) refers to generosity. Although haplos (and its cognate forms, haplous and haplotetos) can also refer to singleness or simplicity, neither of those meanings makes as much sense in this context. The haplos word group is used to refer to generosity several times in the New Testament (Romans 12:8, 2 Corinthians 8:2, 9:11, 9:13, James 1:5). A parallel idiom is found in the Old Testament: “He who is generous (Hebrew tov ayin, good eye) will be blessed, for he gives some of his food to the poor” (Proverbs 22:9; see also 11:25).

February 01 2014 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

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