Job 31:1 “I have made a covenant with my eyes;  how then could I gaze at a virgin?… 4 Does not he see my ways and number all my steps?

約伯記 31:1「我與眼睛立約,戀戀瞻望處女呢?…4  神豈不察看我的道路,數點我所有的腳步嗎?

In Job’s final appeal to God regarding his innocence, Job points out that he has even  “made a covenant with [his] eyes [not to] gaze at a virgin”. The eye is a key sense organ through which we encounter the outside world, but it is also the organ which most makes us vulnerable to falling. Eve “saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes” (Gen. 3:6) She then took action to eat the fruit  that God had forbidden. David first “saw” Bathsheba bathing, took action based on his desire, then committed a series of crimes to cover his wrongdoing. If Eve and David fell in response to what their eyes saw, then we live in a time during which there is even a more desperate need to “make a covenant with our eyes”. The subtitle of Philip Zimbardo’s book The Demise of Guys vividly points out the “eye problem” of our times: “Are video games and pornography ruining America’s young men?” 

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said, “The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light.” (Matt. 6:22) Let us beware of allowing our eyes to “eat a buffet” because “the eye is not satisfied with seeing.” (Eccs 1:8) Let us “make a covenant with our eyes” and feed our eyes with “healthy food” that brings light to our whole being!

約伯在就他的無辜向上帝發出的最後申訴中,約伯指出他甚至“與眼睛立約,[不]戀戀瞻望處女”。眼睛是我們與外界相遇的關鍵感覺器官,但它也是使我們最容易跌倒的器官。夏娃“見那棵樹好作食物,又悅人的眼目”(創世記3:6),然後她採取行動吃了上帝所禁止的果子。大衛首先“看見ㄧ個婦人沐浴,這婦人容貌非常美麗“,就根據自己的意願採取了行動,然後犯下了一系列罪行以掩飾自己的不法行為。如果夏娃和大衛都因他們對眼睛所見作出的回應失敗,那麼我們生活在一個更加迫切需要“與我們眼睛立約”的時代。菲利普·津巴多(Philip Zimbardo)的著作《男孩的滅亡》(The Demise of Guys)的副標題生動地指出了我們這個時代的“眼睛問題”:“電子遊戲和色情影片是否正在毀掉美國的年輕人?”

耶穌在登山寶訓的講道中說:“眼睛是身體的燈。你的眼睛若明亮,全身就光明。” (太6:22)讓我們提防自己的眼睛“吃到飽”,因為“眼看,看不飽”。 (傳1:8)讓我們“與我們的眼睛立約”,並用“健康食品”餵養我們的眼睛, 使我們整個生命帶來光明。

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