Dear Student of the Word,
I hope you benefit from these online studies. I have begun to prepare some of my past studies for publication, Acts being my latest project. In the meantime, I want to continue to edit the studies that I have completed, and that is why you are receiving these studies in Luke. Thank you for your help in prodding me to get these finished. In this week's installment from Luke, we read about the leaders accusing Jesus doing His good works because He was in partnership with the devil. In part six of this seven-part study, this is what I wrote (you can download the entire study below):
Part Eighteen: Day Six
33 "No one lights a lamp and puts it in a place where it will be hidden, or under a bowl. Instead he puts it on its stand, so that those who come in may see the light. 34 Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eyes are good, your whole body also is full of light. But when they are bad, your body also is full of darkness. 35 See to it, then, that the light within you is not darkness. 36 Therefore, if your whole body is full of light, and no part of it dark, it will be completely lighted, as when the light of a lamp shines on you.”
11:33 – Notice the context in which Jesus made this statement. Jesus did His good works for all to see. In ancient times, it was said that someone who had evil in mind would light a candle and then hide it under a bushel. Then when all were asleep, the person would take off the cover and have light to do evil deeds. Jesus wasn’t doing evil deeds by casting spirits out of people. He was doing good deeds—lighting a candle so to speak—so that there would be light in a dark world.
11:34 –The Jews had an incorrect perspective on some spiritual things and this caused them to see the good that Jesus was doing as evil. There is a popular word in modern circles and that word is paradigm (PAIR-a-dime). It means the model or mindset which one uses to interpret the events in one’s world. The Jews had an old and incorrect paradigm, and that caused them to misinterpret the current actions that Jesus was doing. Because they had a “bad eye” or wrong way of seeing things, then they could not correctly interpret what Jesus was doing.
It is easy to do what the Jews were doing. One can adopt a certain assumption about how “things are” and that is the way it is, no matter what other evidence presents itself. At one time, man’s paradigm was that the world was flat and that the sun circled the earth. When men came forward with evidence to prove those views incorrect, they were ignored or persecuted. Do you have any paradigms that are keeping you from seeing the truth about someone or something? If you do, Paul had the remedy for a “bad eye.”
Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God-this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is-his good, pleasing and perfect will (Romans 12:1-2).
11:35 - Do you need a mind change that will help you see new things in new ways? If so, then ask the Spirit to renew your mind and that renewal will transform your whole being. This will make your eye (paradigm) good, and will enable light (right perspectives) to fill your body. Jesus said to see to it that your eye is filling your body with light. That means that you may have to change your mind and admit you were wrong about certain assumptions or conclusions you have held.
Someone once said that he no longer put his views in concrete, but rather tacked them to a bulletin board. He did that so it was easier to change his mind when he was wrong. Are your views in concrete, having to be blasted out to change, or are they loosely held on the bulletin board of your mind?
11:36 – A correct mindset of spiritual things and Jesus will cause your whole body to be full of light. I hope that is the situation in your life. If not, then make up your mind to get your eye right.
As always, I welcome your comments to this week's study. For additional Bible studies, check out my website archive, which contains a complete collection of all my verse-by-verse New Testament studies, along with the daily devotional entitled A Daily Taste of Proverbs. Thank you and I hope you continue to enjoy this study of Luke's gospel from God's word.