Ecclesiastes 2:14 The wise manís eyes are in his head; but the fool walks in darkness.
This verse contrasts the wise man and the fool. They are opposites. So when it says that the fool walks in darkness, then the wise man, being opposite, obviously walks in light. And when it says that the eyes of a wise man are in his head, then the eyes of a foolish man are not in his head.
The wise man spoken of here is not one that is wise according to worldly standards. Listen to what the apostle Paul has to say about worldly wisdom. For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent. Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this world? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? I Corinthians 1:19-20. The wise man, then, is not one who leans upon his own understanding, but he trusts only in God. Trust in the Lord with all your heart; and lean not unto your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. Be not wise in your own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil. Proverbs 3:5-7.
The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. Psalm 14:1. The fool walks in darkness because he doesnít acknowledge God in his heart. Notice that it doesnít say that the fool denies God with his mouth, but he says in his heart that there is no God. Thus, one who admits God is real verbally may still be a fool that walks in darkness. Even among those who worship God there may be fools walking in darkness. Such were the Pharisees. You hypocrites, well did Isaiah prophesy of you, saying, This people draws nigh unto Me with their mouth, and honors Me with their lips; but their heart is far from Me. But in vain they do worship Me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. Matthew 15:7-9. Their worship of the Lord was vain worship. They were fools walking in darkness. The Pharisees are a good example of what the word ďreligiousĒ means. And, like the Pharisees, many Christians today are religious, walking in darkness because they have substituted man-made teachings for God. The Word never says that God is religious; it says that He is Spirit. And those who worship him in spirit are not religious but spiritual. God is Spirit: and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth. John 4:24.
The wise manís eyes are in his head. Letís connect this with Proverbs 3:7, Be not wise in your own eyes. Obviously, when the Bible says that the wise manís eyes are in his head, it is not speaking of his natural head.
It is necessary sometimes to regard what is written in the singular as plural. The Body of Christ, for example, is made up of many members, and within the Body are many companies with differing ministries (I Corinthians 12:12-20). So when Christ is mentioned in the Bible you must determine whether it is speaking of the singular, Jesus Christ, or the plural, the Body of Christ with Jesus as its Head.
The wise man of our text is the same man found in Ephesians 4:13, Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect MAN, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ. The head of this wise man, or perfect man, is not a natural head. It is the fool that leans upon his own wisdom. The head of this wise man (Body of Christ) is the Lord Jesus Christ, for He is the Head of the Body (Colossians 1:18). So the spiritual man, the Body of Christ, has his eyes in his Head, the Lord Jesus Christ. For that reason, he sees things from a different perspective than the fool who walks in darkness. Where are your eyes? Are they in your head or in your Head?
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