Preached in August at Harvester reformational Church, Cape Town
“The lamp of the Body is the eye. When you eye is in single focus, sound, and fulfilling its function, also your whole body is well lighted. But when it is pernicious also your whole body is full of darkness.” Luke 11:33-36 Wuest’s Greek New Testament.
Depth of field helps one to focus on either a subject in the foreground, middle or background.
In photography, we learn:
“Sometimes you’ll want to use an extensive depth of field in order to keep everything sharp. A classic example is when you’re photographing a landscape, where generally the most desirable outcome is to capture detail from the foreground to the horizon.”
Other times, a shallow depth of field will be preferable. It enables you to blur background and foreground details, causing distractions to melt away and allowing you to direct viewers to the focal point in a picture.”
“In a nutshell, wider apertures and closer focusing distances lead to a shallower depth of field.”
Have a look at the examples on the following web site: http://www.digitalcameraworld.com/2013/07/17/what-is-depth-of-field-how-aperture-focal-length-and-focus-control-whats-sharp/
So there is a time to focus on the future and a time to see the next step in focus. Failure to discern the next step will affect our walk of faith. Vision can be described in various spheres.
The eye is an entry point for light. So how we see things affects our whole being.
Apostolic perspective is one of the most important tools in an apostle’s toolkit.
A good question in a moment of crisis is “what are you focussing on right now?”
If you are focussing on the failure then your whole being with be dark. But maybe at that point the depth of field should be deeper and more extensive in order to see the spiritscape perspective from God’s point of view.
Making a mistake can be compared to the negatives obtained from old photographic film. The roll of film needs to be soaked in an agent that will expose the right areas of light and darkness. Form How Stuff Works we learn:
If you used black-and-white film in your camera, the same latent-image formation process would have occurred, except the silver-halide grains would have been sensitized to all wavelengths of visible light rather than to just red, green or blue light. In black-and-white film, the silver-halide grains are coated in just one or two layers, so the development process is easier to understand. Here is what happens:
1. In the first step of processing, the film is placed in developing agent that is actually a reducing agent. Given the chance, the reducing agent will convert all the silver ions into silver metal. Those grains that have latent-image sites will develop more rapidly. With the proper control of temperature, time and agitation, grains with latent images will become pure silver. The unexposed grains will remain as silver-halide crystals.
2. The next step is to complete the developing process by rinsing the film with water, or by using a "stop" bath that arrests the development process.
3. The unexposed silver-halide crystals are removed in what is called the fixing bath. The fixer dissolves only silver-halide crystals, leaving the silver metal behind.
4. In the final step, the film is washed with water to remove all the processing chemicals. The film strip is dried, and the individual exposures are cut into negatives.
When you are finished, you have a negative image of the original scene. It is a negative in the sense that it is darkest (has the highest density of opaque silver atoms) in the area that received the most light exposure. In places that received no light, the negative has no silver atoms and is clear. In order to make it a positive image that looks normal to the human eye, it must be printed onto another light-sensitive material (usually photographic paper).
From this process we see a few phrases that are worth transferring into our Human Experiences as Steps in God’s Process of converting our negatives into positives.
We need a developing agent to soak our experiences into first. The Holy Spirit is the ultimate developing agent, the reducer or Comforter of all our thoughts and emotions that settles all our silver ions into silver metal.
1. The Holy Sprit is the ultimate developing agent – the great reducing agent will convert all the drifting tendencies and doubts into substantial silver metal that will absorb God’s Light every time we read the word and are exposed to revelation in other believers.
2. We are rinsed with water, or by using a "stop" bath that arrests the development process. We stop our old nature through the baptism of repentance and at the same time we are baptized completely into God’s ‘fixing bath’ that fixes our tendency to the old nature and renews us into Christ’s resurrection power.
3. Our Spiritual Visionary senses or film of our spirit is washed with water to remove all the processing chemicals. The film strip is dried, and the individual exposures are cut into negatives. – We are cleansed with the washing of water of the word – you are already clean because to the Words I have spoken to you. John 15; Ephesians 5
4. Experiences that seem negative draw the most light from Jesus the Light of the World: in the sense that it is darkest (has the highest density of opaque silver atoms) in the area that received the most light exposure – in our darkest hour the Word’s Light shines brightest. John 1:4 “In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.”
Revelation 21:23,24 – the glory of the Lord lights up the heavenly Jerusalem.
5. In order to make it a positive image that looks normal to the human eye, it must be printed onto another light-sensitive material – Jesus’ Laws written in hearts and minds as we read in Hebrews. Hebrews 8:10-13
Doing a short scripture search on silver reveals how much silver Abraham had – amazing riches. The Israelites had to ask for gold and silver form the Egyptians as they left Egypt. Exodus 3:22
Also silver was used extensively in the Tabernacle. Exodus chapters 26-38. Silver pockets and hooks for the gold furnishings in the Tabernacle.
Psalms 12:6 The words of the LORD are pure words, Like silver tried in a furnace of earth, Purified seven times.
From Friends working with precious metals we have learnt that silver can be polished ot reflect a mirror-like image, making us consider the mirror of God’s Word as James teaches. As we observe our true natures in the mirror of God’s word we should not be forgetful hearers but doers of the work, continuing in the lasting impression of who we are in Christ – remember who you are! You are a child of the Most High God, washed in Jesus’ Blood. You are redeemed, you ware bought with a price and your Vision is restored!
Your Spiritual Eyes are in single focus, sound, and fulfilling its function, also your whole body is well lighted