Weekly Devotionals by Pastor Steve Rowitt, Th.M., Ph.D.
September 2, 2012 – Eyes that Truly See
When Darwin published his book, On the Origin of Species in 1859, he was completely unaware of the enormous complexity of even the most simple single-cell life forms. The Messiah often prefaced His teaching with the following admonition:
He who has ears to hear, let him hear! Matt. 11:15; Mark 4:9; Luke 14:35.
The clear meaning was you may have perfectly good eyes and ears, but you might still be spiritually blind and deaf, Is. 6:9-10. Without divine intervention, human beings will inevitably come to the wrong conclusion where God and His creation are concerned.
The eye is a remarkable invention of the Creator and a very good example of irreducibly complexity, e.g. the theory that states that some structures in nature appear to be so complex and intricately designed that the removal of any one part of the structure renders it inoperable. The major work on this subject uses a mousetrap as an example of irreducible complexity (IC). Leave any part of the mousetrap out, and it ceases to function.
In his book, Darwin’s Black Box, Dr. Michael Behe shows us the bacterial flagella of a single cell microorganism. This structure, seen in detail only under the magnification of an electron microscope, is an excellent example of irreducible complexity in nature.
Behe describes IC as “a single system composed of several well-matched, interacting parts that contribute to the basic function, wherein the removal of any one of the parts causes the system to effectively cease functioning.” These incredible structures are known as molecular machines and they are common in the nature.
Given the fact that we can have perfectly functional eyes and still be blind to spiritual truth, we should take a lesson from the pages of Behe’s book and look for the spiritual truth that underlies and upholds our material world. We should pray along with the Apostle Paul that:
…the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, Eph. 1:18.
September 9, 2012 – God is the Giver of Sight
Another good example of irreducibly complexity is the human eye. The many individual parts, the iris, the lens, the optic nerve, the cones and rods of the retina, etc. all function together to make an organ that is more complex and more advanced than the best HD camera man can produce. Darwin, in his book On the Origin of Species (1859) said, “To suppose that the eye [...] could have been formed by natural selection, seems, I freely confess, absurd in the highest degree.” He then went on to explain that his theory was true so this must have happened by natural selection. A statement made without any real evidence at all.
The Lord God has much to say about sight. In fact, you can have functional eyes, but still remain blind to spiritual truth. Being the Creator of everything, God has much to tell His children about what constitutes true sight, e.g. eyes that can discern between light and darkness, falsehood and truth. God is the Giver of Sight. He has created the seeing eye and the hearing ear:
The hearing ear and the seeing eye, the LORD has made them both, Prov. 20:12.
Do You have eyes of flesh? Or do You see as man sees? Job 10:4
Because God is the Creator, He sees and hears everything. When Isaiah proclaims, But your iniquities have separated you from your God; And your sins have hidden His face from you, So that He will not hear, Is. 59:2, he does not mean that God cannot hear you, but only that He will not respond to the requests of the unrepentant. A hearing ear responds.
He who planted the ear, does He not hear? He who formed the eye, does He not see?
September 16, 2012 – The Carnal Eye is Blind to Spiritual Truth
When someone is born again, John 3:3, they are now capable to seeing and hearing correctly. They still have the treasure of the new creation, II Cor. 5:17, in an earthen vessel, II Cor. 4:7. This makes us totally dependant upon the Holy Spirit to discern reality from God’s perspective. Our carnal mind (left over from the person we used to be before we were born again) is prideful and spiritually blind. The natural man rationalized away his guilty conscience and justifies sinful behaviors.
All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes, but the LORD weighs the spirits, Prov. 16:2.
Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, but the LORD weighs the hearts, Prov. 20:12.
Do you see a man wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him,
Only God can open blind eyes. Once we enter into the New Covenant, Jer. 31:31-37; Ez. 36:26-27; John 3:3, we are given eyes that see and ears that hear. This is the new creation, the inner man that is created in the image and likeness of the Messiah, Eph. 4:23-24, and is without condemnation, Rom. 8:1-9.
The LORD opens the eyes of the blind; The LORD raises those who are bowed down;
The LORD loves the righteous, Psalm 146:8.
Deal bountifully with Your servant, that I may live and keep Your word. Open my eyes,
that I may see wondrous things from Your law, Ps. 119:17-18.
Pray the prayer Paul wrote out in his letter to the body of believers in Ephesus:
…that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height— to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God, Eph. 3:16-19.
September 23, 2012 – If Satan Opens Your Eyes You Become Spiritually Blind
The Bible teaches us that Satan’s ‘method of operation,’ His M.O. is always the same. He is a liar, John 8:44-45. This is the way Satan deceived Eve in the Garden of Eden. He lied to Eve, contradicting the instructions that He gave to Adam, prior to Eve’s being created, Gen. 2:17.
“You will not surely die,” the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil,”
Because Adam succumbed to the lies of the Devil, mankind and the entire creation was cursed, Gen. 3:14-19. Sin and death entered into the universe causing Adam and Eve (and all who would be born naturally) to be spiritually blinded. The only cure for spiritual blindness is the gospel of Jesus Christ, I Cor. 15:3-4; Rom. 1:16-17.
There is a story related to us in the Gospel of Matthew about a time when Jesus took three of His disciples up on a high mountain, Matt. 17:1. It was there that Jesus allowed just some of His glory to shine through His mortal body. Along with Him appeared Moses and Elijah (the representation of the Law and the prophets), two of the greatest saints of the Older Testament appeared with Him. We can only speculate what they were discussing, perhaps it was His upcoming sacrifice, but Peter becomes overwhelmed and begins to plan a building project. He wants to construct three booths (Sukkot) to commemorate the event. He is stopped cold in his tracks by God the Father’s pronouncement, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear Him!”
They immediately fell facedown to the ground terrified, Matt. 17:6. This is the proper response when recognizing you are in the presence of the Almighty, Is. 6:5; Rev. 1:17.
When God opens our eyes we should see Jesus only!
When they had lifted up their eyes, they saw no one but Jesus only, Matt. 17:8.
In the New Covenant, Jer. 31:31-37, God opens our blind eyes so we can see the Savior , Yeshua, high and lifted up, crucified for our sins and raised from the dead for our justification.
…but for our sake also, to whom it will be credited, as those who believe in Him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead, He who was delivered over because of our transgressions, and was raised because of our justification. Rom. 4:24-25.
It would truly be wonderful if we would purpose in our hearts to see Jesus only. See only Him in the lives of our loved ones and our brothers and sisters in the Lord. And see only Him in our own words and deeds. That may be the ideal goal, but we have been supernaturally empowered to do just that.
I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me, Gal. 2:20.
September 30, 2012 – Only the Saved Can Choose What to See (Good or Evil)
The Word of God instructs us to protect ourselves from evil. We should take to heart the instruction of King David. He was both “a man after God’s own heart” as well as a “sinner from his mother’s womb.”
I will set before my eyes no vile thing. The deeds of faithless men I hate; they will not cling to me, Psalm 101:3
Turn away my eyes from looking at worthless things, and revive me in Your way,
When we are redeemed by the blood of the Lamb, we are set free to choice to do that which is right in the sight of the Lord. Prior to being born again, we might choose to do right, but we could not sustain a godly lifestyle, we were powerless over the world, the flesh and the Devil.
When we come to know the Messiah personally, we are set free from the law of sin and death by the law of the spirit of life in Messiah;
There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death Rom. 8:1-2.
Jesus told His disciples (and all who would place their faith in Him) that we would see and hear what the prophets of old and the Old Testament saints all desired to see and hear.
But blessed are your eyes for they see, and your ears for they hear; for assuredly, I say to you that many prophets and righteous men desired to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it, Matt.13:16-17.
Now we have seen Jesus, the Crucified One. We have entered into the New Covenant, by grace through faith, Eph. 2:8-9. Now that we have been so greatly blessed, Eph. 1:3, we should look to the Word for an answer to the following question, “As God’s adopted children, where should we be looking?”
I will lift up my eyes to the hills—from whence comes my help? Psalm 121:1 Unto You I lift up my eyes, O You who dwell in the heavens, Psalm 123:1.
Let us purpose, along with the saints who have gone into glory before us, to follow in their faith-based footsteps:
…looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God, Heb. 12:2.