22 “The eye is the lamp of the body; so then if your eye is clear, your whole body will be full of light. 23 But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light that is in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!
The Sermon on the Mount is now talking about treasure & the light of the kingdom of heaven. Jesus tells His followers that the eye us the light of the body. As I was asking the Lord how to teach this passage, I remember my knowledge of Christian hymns. Fanny Crosby (née Crosby; March 24, 1820 – February 12, 1915) Was a famous Christian hymn composer of her time & only people who study church history & music know who she was. She was the only of her parents John Crosby and his second wife Mercy Crosby. At six weeks old, Crosby caught a cold & developed inflammation of the eyes, but was blinded by quark doctor . Her youth had more sadness other than her blindness, her father died when she was six months old, after that she was raised by her Christian mother & grandmother. They raised her by word of God. She learned to memorize scripture & began to write poems based on her love for God’s word. She never felt sorry for her condition & wrote this poem;
Oh, what a happy soul I am, although I cannot see! I am resolved that in this world ,Contented I will be. How many blessings I enjoy That other people don’t, To weep and sigh because I’m blind, I cannot, and I won’t!
This is the reason why I put Fanny Crosby’s troy with Matthew 6:22-23, Fanny had no eyesight. No light entered her eyes to help her see, but yet her love for the word of the Lord, put her classical hymns in mostly any many Christian’s church of different denominations. She had light from Jesus & no darkness of sinful world that told her she was blind. In the modern world where people sing more songs about the darkness, we Christians can still open our hymnals & sing Fanny Crosby songs about how to see the light of Jesus & not feel sorry about anything, cause, Blessed Assurance Jesus is mine & yours. God bless you all, the Lord loves you & so do I. Sam H.