Jesus tells us to have clear eyes so we might be filled with light. Bad, diseased eyes will fill you with darkness. The problem is that people with bad eyes don’t know what it is they aren’t seeing!
Jesus then says,
“If thy whole body therefore be full of light, having no part dark, the whole shall be full of light, as when the bright shining of a candle doth give thee light.”
Jesus wants us to be filled with all light, NO PART DARK. What fellowship has light with darkness? Isaiah warned many years ago about false teachers who put darkness for light, and light for darkness.
People twist the truth. They sometimes do this deceitfully, knowing full well they are fooling you. Others just don’t know any better.
Regardless, we must be careful that we are filled with the light so we will be able to detect and drive off the dark.
Jesus then mentions a candle. This is interesting because a couple verses before this (go here for the context), Jesus mentioned a candle.
“No man, when he hath lighted a candle, putteth it in a secret place, neither under a bushel, but on a candlestick“
Candles give light. It makes no sense to put a light where it does no good to drive off darkness. What’s the point of a candle under a basket? This is Jesus warning us about the coming antichrist’s CFL’s that don’t work. What’s the point of lightbulbs that don’t light?
Right after these verses, Jesus goes off on the Pharisees and their inability to get over their meticulous rule keeping. They wash the outside of the cup but not the inside.
In other words, here are the Pharisees, all kinds of truth was given to them. They had the prophets, they had the Law, the covenant, the promises, the whole nine yards. They had the light.
What did they do with the light? They turned it into darkness. They thought for sure they had the point of the Law. They thought they nailed it. Boom! Been there, done that! We are awesome!
Instead, they nailed Jesus Christ to a cross. They killed Him. They rejected their Messiah while dividing up their mint into titheable offerings. Their light was darkness.
Romans 11 describes how Israel has been blinded, and because of their blindness, God is cutting them off. Paul then warns Gentiles not to do the same thing.
How well are we doing with God’s light? Are we using what we’ve been given to know God? Or are we wallowing in darkness all the while assuming we have it all figured out?
Sobering truths. These things were written for our learning so we don’t do the same stupid stuff.