Proverbs in 365 Devotions

August 2

Proverbs 13:9 The light of the righteous rejoices, but the lamp of the wicked will be put out.

Treasure Of The Eye

Robin Aylor

So what is Solomon referring to here? Is he really talking about lanterns? Can the lantern in the house of a righteous person jump for joy? And will the lantern in the wicked  household damper down and fizz out?

In the New Testament I think Jesus sheds his light on this verse.

In Matthew 6:22 he says: “The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, 23 but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!

It seems Jesus words as well as Solomon's are not our normal way of talking… They might be a little difficult to understand. They require pondering I think… and that’s good. Pondering means asking the Lord for help and thinking about the parts of this scripture that we do understand and possibly seeing what truth is being unveiled.

Ok, so Solomon talks about the lamp of the wicked and also he refers to the light of the righteous. I expect the Jews in Jesus day who studied and memorized the scriptures were familiar with this proverb of Solomon.

 

And now Jesus has come and says that the lamp of the body is the eye. He says how if you have a good lamp or eye your whole body will be full of light… Solomon said that light will rejoice. Jesus said if you have a bad lamp or eye, your whole body will be full of darkness… whereas Solomon agrees saying the lamp of the wicked will be put out.

Alright, so now we can  see some commonalities between these verses and also some extra information I believe because Jesus has said this lamp which either shines light or darkness depending on whether a person is in wickedness or righteousness… this lamp is they eye.

I think we can get more insight from the verses surrounding Jesus words we read in Matthew 6:22-23…


In verse 21 Jesus had just said: For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

This indicates that it is the thing that we set our eye on that defines what we treasure. You see, it is our hearts desire that determine if it a bad eye or not.

Then in verse 24 Jesus gives another example of a healthy and bad eye.

24 “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.

We actually could go back to the previous chapter 5 verse 14 where Jesus said: “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.

So in todays text Proverbs 13:9, Solomon has told us: The light of the righteous rejoices, but the lamp of the wicked will be put out.

What does this mean for me?

If your eye is set on Jesus as your treasure, then you are going to be full of joy! If your eye is not healthy but bad and it is set on the treasures of the world then you will not find joy but your light will be put out.

Whats your treasure? What does your eye go to?

In Matthew 13:44 Jesus said it like this:
“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.

Pray



2nd Corinthians 4:6 For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

 



Jesus goes on in that chapter to say that no one can serve two masters and then he tells us to seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness.

As a believer even though God has given us the light of his righteousness through Jesus. It is now our mission to walk in that light with the Holy Spirits help, on a practical level every day.

2nd Corinthians 4:6 For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
 

It has been said: "The eyes are the window to the soul.” . If someone took a gaze deep into our soul would they see the light of Jesus and his righteousness shining forth?