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Tuesday, November 6th, '18

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EYE SURGERY

"...then you shall see clearly to cast the speck out of your brother's eye" (Matthew 7:5)

 

The word here for "speck" or "mote" as it says in the old version, is iota, the smallest possible particle, a tiny speck. Very few men or women are trained in such delicate procedures. Picking around another's pupils with tweezers is business best left to the optometrist, however, Jesus says anyone can qualify as eye surgeon providing that he "first removes the beam" out of his own eye. Jesus was the master at hyperbole, this being most illustrative, much like the proverbial camel trying to squeeze head, hoof and hump through the eye of a needle. We catch the humor. It is hard to yield to a toothless dentist or a physician that is constantly wheezing and sneezing, the same with a blind eye doctor. The plank in his eye becomes a definite distraction to the patient.

 

So to qualify as eye surgeon you must first set your own house in order. Second you must win the patient's trust. We get tense, flinch, squirm, squint, when people mess around with our eyes and for the obvious reasons. "A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city" (Proverbs 18:19). It is like saddling an unbroken horse; a trust factor must be established. Third, you must have calm hands. The surgeon can't have the shakes. Can you picture the absurdity? "Nurse, quick, I need something to steady my nerves!" No, the eye surgeon has to work under stress free of stress. And we in ministry must also roll with the punches, keep our cool no matter what opposition we face, and maintain a steady hand. Fourth, it is vital that the operating room has plenty of light. To "see clearly" as our text states we cannot operate in the dark. God's word is "a light unto my path". It illuminates the speck making it easy to define and remove.

 

What that all means is that each has little specks that need removing and that little speck can be a terrible nuisance and irritation. Simply putting a patch over the eye Captain Hook-style doesn't alleviate the irritation; it just ignores it. The ministry of speck removal is legitimate and greatly needed in the church though there aren't very many such spiritual eye doctors that are trustworthy enough to make a business of it. Oh yea, there are thousands who feel it is their job to pick specks, but they are doing so without credentials. When Jesus said, "Judge not that ye be not judged", He was speaking of exactly that. To have perfect spiritual vision, which should be the goal of us all, we will have to have the specks removed as well as the two-by-fours. That requires that we yield ourselves to a mentor, a pastor, a prophetic voice of some kind. The key word there is "yield". We must yield to the tweezers just as the appendicitis victim must yield to the knife. In a few minutes the surgery is over, irritation gone, sight restored. The eyes are symbolic of spiritual perception. We have a ministry one to another regarding perfecting that perception and that requires at times the use of tweezers. Don't fear when you are on the receiving end, but neither fear when called upon to handle the tweezers. If you keep the beam out of your own eye and operate on others in love and compassion, then the results will always be positive.


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