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The Single Eye, The Simple Intention.

The Single Eye, The Simple Intention.

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
REV. E. A. STAFFORD, D.D., LL.D.



" The light of the body is the eye ; if therefore thine eye be
single, thy whole body shall be full of light. But if thine eye be
evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness." MATT. vi. 22, 23.
REV. E. A. STAFFORD, D.D., LL.D.



" The light of the body is the eye ; if therefore thine eye be
single, thy whole body shall be full of light. But if thine eye be
evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness." MATT. vi. 22, 23.

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THE SIGLE EYE, THE SIMPLE ITETIO.REV. E. A. STAFFORD, D.D., LL.D." The light of the body is the eye ; if therefore thine eye besingle, thy whole body shall be full of light. But if thine eye beevil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness." MATT. vi. 22, 23.THIS is a strong metaphor, " If thine eye besingle," that is, if it be whole, or well, or inperfect health. In that case it will see objectsnaturally and as they are. Or it may also be takento mean if the eye be fixed steadily upon onedefinite point, there will be no confusion in the impression received. The object will be distinctly discerned. When in either of these senses the eye issingle, the " whole body is full of light." Thatmeans that each portion of the body acts and performs its part as well as if it were itself an eye. Thetraveller looks along the path in which he desires togo, and his feet walk straight on in that path. Theykeep to it as well as if they saw it for themselves.The builder sees the nail he would hit, and the handbrings the blow down upon it with as much precisionas if the hand itself saw the nail. The eye takes inthe true condition of things, and the tongue speakswords appropriate to that condition. It is the8114 THE SIGLE EYE, THE SIMPLE ITETIO.student who finds his library all in confusion, andhis tongue directs that order be restored. It is alady who meets one child crying in the street, and
 
speaks words of comfort and encouragement to him ;but seeing another breaking a window, she warnshim that he will be punished for his trespass. Trulywhen the eye sees correctly, every part of the bodydoes its special work as well as if each organ sawfor itself. "The whole body is full of light."This is something which we are proving in the experience of every day. It is so common that wehave to stop and think before we can realize the fact.But now, what if the eye be evil ? This meansdiseased. In some affections of the eye it sees thingsdouble. Sometimes it cannot fix correctly the distance of an object from the observer, or, perhaps,it is impossible to keep it bent steadily upon anyone thing. It is all the time roving from one thingto another. Under these circumstances the wholebody is full of darkness. Its movements will be unsteady, or they will not be directed as though theperson understood the real condition of things. Thehand will move as if it does not know what it wantsto touch, or it will strike at a man who is perfectlyinnocent, mistaking him for another near by who isguilty of some ofience. The tongue will begin a sentence in one vein and end it in another, or it willupbraid a sick man for not being at work. It willaccuse a man of drunkenness when he is perfectlysober. Certainly such words appear as if the tongueTHE SIGLE EYE, THE SIMPLE ITETIO. Hocould not see. It is in total darkness when it speaksso far aside from what the circumstances justify.And so in equal darkness the foot will begin to walk towards one object, and will bring up at another.When the eye is thus out of health, there is no evenness in any movements of the body. The person
 
seems like one who does not know what he wants todo, or who does not know his own mind. All theway through, the body is like one who has no guiding light. The whole body is full of darkness, because the eye is not right.ow, this is the physical side of this metaphor.But it has a spiritual side. What is there in ourmoral or spiritual life that may be taken as the analogue to the facts just described ? It is plain thatthe eye stands for the intentions of the heart. Aman s intentions are to his soul what the eye is tothe body. This statement has very strong support.In one sermon Mr. Wesley says, " The eye is the intention ; what the eye is to the body, the intentionis to the soul/ (Sermons, Vol. L, 256 p.) He musthave said this upon thorough conviction, and as asettled truth with him, for in another sermon hesays/ What the eye is to the body, that the intention is to all the words and actions." (Sermons, Vol.I, 104 p.) Dr. Adam Clark gives us the same idea.He says : " Our blessed Lord uses the sound eye asa metaphor to point out simplicity of intention."If then we are to carry out in the spiritual lifethe figure of the eye used in this text, we must11G THE SIGLE EYE, THE SIMPLE ITETIO.begin with a single intention. The meaning of thepassage is better expressed by the word simple. Itis the same idea conveyed by the Latin simplex, thatis, unmixed, uncompounded, simple, as when achemist speaks of a simple substance, or a musicianof a simple sound.

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