"And God saw"

The first mention of sight made in the Bible occurs in the first chapter of Genesis. There it is written: "And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good." Usually, and quite naturally, this passage is read in its entirety. But occasionally it is helpful to pause and ponder the full significance of that first phrase, "And God saw." Even faulty human judgment cannot conceive of God's sight—sight which beholds all as "very good"—being less than good. Not only is this the first Biblical statement about sight, but this sight is in truth the only real sight, and it continues perfect and unchanged forever and ever, as does the one and only original creation, which God beholds.

It is worthy of note that in the foregoing Bible passage no mention is made of material eyes—the usually accepted organs of sight. God's sight is undivided. But in the third chapter of Genesis, in the allegorical account of the serpent's conversation with Eve regarding the forbidden fruit, the serpent is supposed to say, "For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil." Is not this second, or counterfeit concept of sight, that which causes mankind to believe it sees materially instead of spiritually, the very one which, by implication, we are Scripturally urged to pluck out, since it offends and beclouds the heaven-sent gift of spiritual clear-sightedness?

"The hour is come"
August 6, 1938

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