“God Winked”

When Jesus left His heavenly home for a short time on earth, He put on human flesh (Php 2:7-8) and became “…like His brothers in every way.” (Heb 2:17)  However, it is much more difficult to imagine the Father and the Holy Spirit with human features because they are Spirit. (Jo 4:24) Nevertheless, the Bible speaks of God as having a heart, a face, hands and eyes.  Although we are created in the image of the Godhead, (Gen 1:26) we assume that image was in the sense of having some of the same traits that they have such as love, compassion and an eternal soul.

Many Bible verses refer to God’s hands.  He brought the Israelites out of Egypt with a “…mighty hand.” (Ex 13:3) King Solomon attributes a “…mighty hand and outstretched arm …” to God in His help to foreigners. (1 Ki 8:42)  David and Isaiah speak of God’s hand of love and protection. (Ps 37:24) (Isa 64:8) After His resurrection, Jesus sat at the right hand of God. (Mk 16:19) (Lk 22:69) An often quoted verse tells us that David had a heart like the Lord. (1 Sam 13:14)  Our heart is said to have eyes. (Eph 1:18)

We sing a song about the Lord making His face to shine upon us. (Nu 6:25) David urged the people to “Look to the Lord and His strength;” and to “seek His face always.” (1 Ch 16:11)   Jesus taught that the “…angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven.” (Mt 18:10) God Himself warned Moses that, “…you cannot see my face, for no one may see me and live.” (Ex 33:20)

The Lord said through Jeremiah, “My eyes will watch over them for their good…” (Jer 24:6)  David believed that the Lord’s eyes saw his unformed body. (Ps 139:15-16) Peter declared, “For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous…” (1 Pe 3:12) Many other verses mention God’s eyes. (2 Cor 8:21) (Dt 11:12) (Dt 12:25)

In Paul’s sermon in Athens at the Areopagus (Acts 17:22-33) he says that in the past God winked (KJV) at people’s ignorance, but now commands all people everywhere to repent. (v 30) Other versions say overlooked the ignorance.  People of today therefore can be sure that God is not winking at their apathy and rebellion with His “eyes” nor with His supernatural vision. (Eph 1:18) (Ps 139:15-16)

                                                                                 –Jim Bailey