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Summary: The term ‘law’ is used in various senses in the Bible. Sometimes it means that which was written on the two tables of stone; sometimes the ceremonial law given to Israel by God through Moses; sometimes the five books of Moses in distinction from the books

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THE EYES OPENED TO THE LAW OF GOD

“Open Thou mine eyes that I may behold wondrous things out of Thy law.”

Psalm 119:18.

In this discourse I shall show —

I. IN WHAT SENSE THE TERM LAW IS USED IN THE TEXT.

II. THE MEANING OF THE REQUEST — “OPEN THOU MINE EYES.”

III. WHAT IS IMPLIED IN MAKING THE REQUEST.

IV. THE CONSEQUENCES OF RECEIVING AN ANSWER TO THE REQUEST.

V. THE CONDITION OF AN ANSWER TO THE REQUEST.

I. WHAT SENSE THE TERM LAW IS USED IN THE TEXT

The term ‘law’ is used in various senses in the Bible. Sometimes it means that which was written on the two tables of stone; sometimes the ceremonial law given to Israel by God through Moses; sometimes the five books of Moses in distinction from the books of the prophets and the Psalms, etc.; and sometimes it means the whole revealed will of God. This last is its widest sense, and this I suppose to be the meaning in the text; to wit: the whole Old Testament Scriptures — that is, the whole revealed will of God. The prayer of the Psalmist is as if he had said — Open Thou mine eyes to behold wondrous things in the Bible.

II. THE MEANING OF THE REQUEST — “OPEN THOU MINE EYES.”

1. It does not mean create new eyes for me. Nor,

2. Does the Psalmist pray for any physical operation as removing a cataract, or taking away a film from the surface of the eye; for it is not the natural eye with which we see spiritual things. But,

3. The Psalmist does intend to pray for spiritual light. A man may have good eyes, bodily and mental, and yet he will perceive nothing if light be wanting. I suppose the Psalmist to pray for spiritual light, the medium of spiritual vision, by which, supplied by the in-dwelling Spirit, he may apprehend the wondrous things really revealed in the Bible. Many will inquire — What is this spiritual light? I answer, that I cannot tell what it is, any more than I can tell what natural light is. Ask me what natural light is, and I cannot tell. I can tell what philosophers speculate about it, and that is all. I know this, that in its absence I cannot see, and that in its presence I can see. So there is spiritual light. What it is I know not, but that there is such a thing I do know, (and what Christian does not know it?) Every man enlightened by the Spirit of God knows the fact full well.

He may be ignorant of its nature of the manner of its operations, as we doubtless are of both natural and spiritual light, but of the fact of the existence of both we may be perfectly sure; and of the existence of spiritual light, he upon whose eyes it has shone, is as certain as any man

can be of the existence of the sun in the heavens. He knows that in its presence he can discern spiritual objects, and that in its absence they are hid from his eyes. Now I say, that the Psalmist in the text, expresses his desire to have spiritual light — his desire for the Spirit to shed his light

upon the Bible, without which, he could not see and apprehend the truth of the Bible, and by which, they might be made to stand forth as actual realities to his soul. I pass to show


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