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Devotion for Thursday in Lent 3

Luke 11:29-53

34 Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eye is healthy, your whole body is full of light, but when it is bad, your body is full of darkness. 35 Therefore be careful lest the light in you be darkness. 36 If then your whole body is full of light, having no part dark, it will be wholly bright, as when a lamp with its rays gives you light.” —  Lk 11:34–36.

I was just visiting some backpacking blogs and such last night.  It seems one of those indispensable pieces of gear is a LED headlamp.  headlamp lanternThe  idea is to be able to have your hands free.  And one of those great hacks is that you can strap it to a water jug shining in and it becomes a lantern.  I think it’s just shot up to the top of my gear list.

Jesus seems to be using a similar idea but the wrong way around.  The eye is the lamp that shines inside a person.

I preached a sermon last night based on Ephesians 5:1-9, the old Epistle from the one year series for Lent 3.  “But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints.”  Is this even possible in our world when billboards for diet pills and cool laser body sculpting are taking eyes off the road?  Or have we simply said, “God’s Word is not important on this matter.”

Long ago I stumbled across an image someplace, that depicted greed as the eyes sprouting hands and grasping out.  It was an unsettling image but captures the idea of greed quite well.  For all of Google’s ability to organize the world’s information, I’ve never been able to find the image I saw.  But Paul puts lust in this category, covetousness.  I think that changes our perspective on what sexual sins really are, a form of greed.

Lent leads us to the cross of Jesus.  A horror of man’s inhumanity to man and yet, we say, it is our salvation.  Is the cross not a better sight for us to gaze upon?  Or would we rather be greedy?

See from His head, His hands, His feet,
Sorrow and love flow mingled down!
Did e’er such love and sorrow meet,
Or thorns compose so rich a crown?  (LSB 425:3

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