Gouge Your Eye Out – Crazy Things Jesus Said – Mt.18:9
It wouldn’t seem like the start to a great day when Jesus tells you to ‘Gouge Your Eye Out’.
Gouge Your Eye Out… Really?
I’m not making this up. Your dear sweet baby Jesus actually said, “gouge your eye out.” Perhaps your Sunday school mind is thinking that I must be some kind of wacko trying to start a new eye gouging cult. Just hang in there with me for a few minutes, and I think you’ll still be able to snuggle with Jesus during your next devotion time.
The real truth is though that Jesus did say it. He even said it more than once. In three separate passages and in two different gospels, Jesus says the same thing. Matthew 18:9 – Matthew 5:29-30 – and Mark 9:47
How it Really Applies To Us
I personally love the notion that Jesus liked to shake things up. He wasn’t always the warm and fuzzy Jesus that is portrayed in the paintings. He was even offensive at times, but he never offended for the sake of being offensive. Jesus was passionate about life and love, so he passionately fought against those things that tried to destroy them.
In Mt. 18:9, Jesus didn’t say to gouge your eye out because he had suddenly developed a morbid bent. He was just trying to verbally smack us into reality. It seems that too often believers tolerate the things in their lives that continually jack them up and knock them off course.
And if your eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into the fire of hell. – Matthew 18:9
The reality is that Jesus understood that some of these vices have the potential to keep you out of heaven. Well, more accurately, what He really said is that they’d get you thrown into the fire of hell, but that’s not so popular these days…
We immediately think of the obvious sins that some other people might be guilty of, but Jesus didn’t say if ‘sleeping with your married neighbor causes you to stumble‘, He said if ‘your eye causes you to stumble’. If you’re sleeping with your neighbor’s wife or husband, you probably already understand that the pearly gates aren’t exactly calling out to you.
Jesus was talking about those things that lead us into sin. He was talking about the daily habits or routines that consistently cause us to walk headlong into the snares of the enemy.
I know I’m being brash, but when you’re looking at eternity, sometimes we need a good old-fashioned kick in the ‘A Double S’ to bring us back to center. Jesus said that our prayer should be, “lead us not into temptation.” He understood that we haven’t got it all together yet, and there are some situations that have the potential to wreck our lives.
Our responsibility is to not walk straight up to those temptations and invite them home for dinner. If your eye offends you, then go on and gouge it out. It’s better to walk into heaven partially blind than to high dive into hell with our eyes wide open.
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— Jeremy Binns (@Jeremy_Binns) November 14, 2012
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