Summary: You cannot always trust what you see, because our eyes were not designed to see everything there is. The spiritual world holds much we cannot see.
Don’t Trust Your eyes. Joke:
a. A woman walks in a store to return a pair of eyeglasses that she had purchased for her husband a week before. "What seems to be the problem, madam?" "I’m returning these glasses I bought for my husband. He’s still not seeing things my way."
b. Never lie to an x-ray technician. They can see right through you
3. Last week, when I talked about not “trusting reason” or “understanding” I mentioned that the weakness of reason lies with the problem that it does not always have all of the facts.
a. Reason is limited by perspective or by the amount of information available to it.
b. It is the same with our eyes.
i. No one prior to the invention of the electron microscope could SEE things that existed at the atomic or subatomic level.
1. Just because we couldn’t see them, did that mean that they didn’t exist?
2. No, it simply means that our eyes have limitations in regards to seeing small objects.
ii. Prior to the Hubble telescope, most people had never seen a photograph of a nebula, because they are too far away to be seen by the naked eye.
1. Did that mean they didn’t exist?
2. No, it simply means that our eyes have limitations when it comes to the distance an object is from them.
iii. Before World War II, no one could ever imagine being able to see in the dark. Scientists since then have learned to energize photons so that through specialized equipment, you can see objects at night. Some of you have video cameras that have night-vision. You can actually see in the dark.
1. Before you had this technology, your eyes were limited by the amount of light that they had.
iv. Your eyes have another limitation, that is they cannot see into the spiritual realm.
1. It is not discernable to the human eye.
2. Does that mean it not exist just because you cannot see it or we haven’t invented something that can peer into it and take a photo of it? Of course not!
4. My major premise this morning is that “You can’t trust your eyes because they can’t see what is unseen”
a. On the contrary, we must learn to look to and to trust God, who is unseen:
b. 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed; day by day. 17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”
i. This is a very odd statement because we are told to fix our EYES on what is unseen – even though they cannot see the unseen.
1. Fix our eyes: (Skopeo): observe, contemplate, to fix one’s eyes upon, direct one’s attention to.
2. Seen: (blepo – 4x in this verse) - to see with the mind’s eye, to have the power of understanding, to discern mentally, perceive, understand.
ii. What is it that we are told to fix our attention on, to perceive and understand?
iii. These instructions seem to contradict everything our world seems to tell us:
iv. Every day our attention is grabbed by things that are visual.