Monday, March 09, 2009

Pray for Blessed Eyes

(by John Piper)

When the disciples asked Jesus why he spoke in parables he said:

To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given. (Matthew 13:11)

The parables were part of God’s judgment on blindness.

This is why I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see. (Matthew 13:13)

And the judgment he rendered on blindness was more blindness.

To you it has been given to know.... To them it has not been given, (Matthew 13:11)

But to the disciples he said,

But blessed are your eyes, for they see. (Matthew 13:16)

Do you have “blessed eyes”? The new birth is the gift of “blessed eyes.” This is what Paul was sent to do in the power of Christ: “I am sending you to open their eyes” (Acts 26:18).

And once we have “blessed eyes,” we pray for the fullest use of them every day.

Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law. (Psalms 119:18)

Nothing is more important for joy and love and worship than the gift of “blessed eyes.” O pray for blessed eyes.

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