In the scriptures, the eyes are sometimes used to refer to the physical organ of sight. Jesus’s touch gave sight to blind eyes (John 10:21, 11:37) and the young shepherd boy David had beautiful eyes (1 Samuel 16:12).
Many eye-related idioms have their origins in the scriptures. The term “good looking” has its origin in David’s beautiful eyes, in contrast to the unloved Leah, whose eyes were weak (Genesis 29:17). An “evil eye” represents the wrongful attitudes of greed, judgement or covetousness. (Mark 7:22, Pr 28:22, 23:6) The expression “the apple of one’s eye” means something precious and tender in the view of its beholder. (See Proverbs 7:2, Psalms 17:8, Zechariah 2:8).
Most often however, the opening of one’s eyes refers to the receiving of spiritual insight.
When Christ walked upon the earth, His eyes looked upon the individual — and the masses — with compassion. (Mt 9:36, 15:32, 14:14, 20:34, Mk 6:34, 8:2, 9:22, Lk 7:13). He saw man’s outward need and inward condition and He responded with tenderness, mercy and love.
If the eyes of our heart were opened, would we be more kind, understanding, and forgiving? Would we be moved with compassion? Would we do something? Would we stir up one another to love and good works? (Heb 10:24)
If we saw people through His eyes, our view of them would change.
STACY KEELIN may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org