Proverbs 20:8, A king that sitteth in the throne of judgment scattereth away all evil with his eyes.
Kings of old had absolute authority to decide for life or for death.
That authority was well known by the subjects of the king.
It was fearful to be in the presence of a king because of that authority.
Esther, the queen, went into the presence of her king with the possibility of dying because of the law which said anyone who came into the inner court uninvited would be put to death except such to whom the king shall hold out the golden scepter.
Esther loved God's people and she chose to go into the court of the king in spite of the law's consequences, saying to Mordecai, if I perish, I perish.
She was ready to pay the ultimate price in behalf of God's people.
The king being the king did not wish to be disturbed unless he chose to be disturbed.
Anyone who came to him uncalled was in jeopardy of his or her life.
His edicts, once proclaimed, could not be reversed even by the king himself.
His word established truth in the kingdom and thus his authority was not to be questioned.
What the king said was truth as far as his subjects were concerned.
The king could say that the color blue was now to be called orange and that would be truth as far as his subjects were concerned.
And truth could not be reversed.
Living under that kind of authority taught much about the authority of God and the preeminence of God's word.
Because of the democratic culture in which we live we do not know the importance of "word" in our country.
Word is distained in favor of feelings, emotions and image.
We think of word not in black and white, yeas or nays, but in grays and in maybes.
Word perhaps is a target not an absolute.
When word is given it is not given with the expectation that it is to be carried out literally, but perhaps it may, hopefully it may, maybe something will happen close to the word given.
There is little authority behind the word and therefore the word is not elevated as truth.
In order for anything to be established as truth the authority behind it must be known.
How does a child know that the word of the father is truth.
By the authority he communicates with the rod.
A child's first primer on authority is to be a rod on his bare bottom.
That switch is designed as the instrument of God to elevate the father's word as word to be obeyed.
As a light switch turns on the light so too does a switch on the bottom turn on the light of understanding that the father's word is something to be honored.
The rod is designed to imprint in the mind of the little ones that authority has power; authority has strength, authority has the ability to enforce its will.
Is not your will wiser than the will of a child?
Ought not it to be carried out instead of the will of the child?
If you do not have the ability to enforce your will then you do not have authority!
We do not know raw unvarnished authority in our country.
There is fear of using authority in all areas of life in our country as if using authority is tied to being better than someone else.
The theory of evolution contributes to this idea in that if all are evolved then all are equal and if all are equal then no man should be over another.
You canít tell me what to do because you are no better then I am.
But that is the wrong idea of authority.
Having authority does not indicate that one is better.
There is an intense move toward egalitarianism which is a social philosophy advocating the removal of inequalities among men.
And with this removal comes the belief that authority should also be equal.
But authority is not to be tied to equality, but to responsibility.
Authority is directly proportional to responsibility.
God has all responsibility and he has all authority to execute that responsibility.
He is responsible for everything and he therefore must have all authority.
Without authority responsibilities cannot be met.
You can not make someone responsible without giving them the authority to ensure that those responsiblities are carried out.
Authority sometimes is thought of as a benefit, as some inequality among men to be distributed equally or to be destroyed so no man is higher than another.
But authority cannot be distributed equally because authority is tied to responsibility.
And different people have different responsibilities.
Such is a king.
A king is made to have great majesty in his countenance.
A king is always presented in a fashion that displays and projects his authority.
A king is high and lifted up not because he is better than anyone else but because he has the greater responsiblity to carry out.
A king wears a crown and carries a septre to announce one who is greatly responsible and therefore has great authority.
A king's very being is authority and his eyes project that authority.
Our proverb says that, A king that sitteth in the throne of judgment scattereth away all evil with his eyes.
This is what a throne of judgment is to convey.
This is what a king is to convey.
Authority is to be so respected as to promote truth and to condemn evil.
We are to so fear the Lord as the one who has power to cast into hell.
We are to so fear the Lord whose eyes are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.
This is the responsibility of those in authority.
Their eyes are to be in every place beholding the evil and the good.
As the king who sits in the throne of judgment scattereth away all evil with his eyes so too must anyone given authority by God develop his eyes to project that authority over whom he has responsibilities.
David in Psalm 32:8 recorded the mind of God when he wrote, I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.
The idea is that of one who is telling another what way he is to take in order that he may reach a certain place.
He says he will watch him, or will keep an eye upon him; he will not let him go wrong.
If we refuse to be guided by the eye, God will find it necessary to restrain us by the hand.
The eye is a powerful device and it is to be used to project authority.
It is to be in every place beholding the evil and the good.
Fathers, mothers, teachers, supervisors are to project their authority with the eye.
Their eye on the evil and the good is to condemn evil and to promote good.
Supervision means a vision that is super.
It is SUPER VISION: the ability to see everything that is going on.
Supervision means to inspect.
A teacher who is a seeing teacher will have a class where evil will scatter.
A seeing teacher has less trouble in his or her class because evil loves to exist in a blind place.
Evil looks for a place without eyes; it loves darkness.
It does not like to operate while being seen.
Projecting authority with the eye can be done by a person with the eye of faith who believes the word of God.
A person who does not use their God given authority is a faithless person for they refuse to use that which is given to carry out their responsibilities.
They are like the faithless servant who hid the one talent under a tree.
God gives the eye for a purpose and the purpose is to project authority.
A parent who refuses to use the rod is not a person of faith for they reject the tool that is to be used to project their authority and thereby elevate their word and eventually God's word.
And so too is the tool of the eye to project their God given authority.
Both are given to insure success to those given responsibilities.
Both are to be used in faith believing that they are given of God.