THEIR EYES WERE OPENED!
[Mrs. Manjula Premraj]
Occasionally throughout the Bible we read phrases like ‘Theireyes were opened’, ‘God opened their eyes’, etc. This raises a seriesof questions in our minds. ‘Does it mean that their eyes were closedtill then? If so, how and when were they closed? And for what reasonwere they closed?… and so on. Genesis 1:27 says, ‘God created man(and woman) in His own image.’ So in the beginning man and womanwere created flawless and perfect in God’s image, whereas ‘the godof this age’ has blinded the minds of people. ‘God of this age’ is noneother than Satan. He has blinded the eyes of people so that theywould not see the glory of God, the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ who is the image of God. (II Corinthians 4:4) But, praise God!He did not allow men to be ruined by Satan. He opened their eyes forvarious reasons – to make them reconcile with Him and enjoy Hissweet fellowship once again.
Firstly, He opened the eyes of Adam and Eve to reveal theirsinfulness: (Genesis 3:7)
Since Satan’s idea was to cause rift in the relationship betweenmen and God, he started playing his tactics on the very first couplewhom God created. He disguised himself in the form of a serpent andentered the Garden of Eden. He thus blinded Eve and deceived hercunningly, who fell pathetically in his trap. Having succumbed toSatan’s temptation herself, she enticed her husband Adam also toyield to sin. And when both of them knew that they had trespassedGod’s commandments
their eyes were opened
. They realised for thefirst time that they were naked. The glory with which God had clothedthem departed from them, and their sin was exposed! They witnessedthe immediate effects of sin – viz. shame and guilt. They were ashamedbecause they were naked and they felt guilty for they disobeyedGod. So they hid from God. But God being a merciful Father clothedthem and at the same time He being a righteous judge punishedthem by driving them out of the Garden.
Secondly, the Lord opened the eyes of Hagar to remind her of Hispromise and give her hope. (Genesis 21:19)
Hagar with her son Ishmael was wandering in the desert of Beersheba, with no water to drink and no human help. She was in anutterly hopeless condition and was afraid that her son would die. Asshe sat there forsaken and helpless she must have recollected asimilar incident that happened in her life years ago – how she waswandering as a pregnant woman in the desert and how she met theliving God personally, who talked with her regarding her future andher son’s future as well. But now… her mind was so much troubledthat she seemed to have apparently forgotten the promises God hadmade. But God is gracious, kind and faithful. He remembered Hispromise made to Hagar,
opened her eyes
to see a well of water andrescued them both from the jaws of death.
Thirdly, the Lord opened Baalam’s eyes to caution him of hisrebelliousness and disobedience. (Numbers 22:31)
When Balak, king of Moab, sent some men with a large sumof money to Baalam, the Gentile prophet to curse the Israelites,