Proverbs 30:13, There is a generation, O how lofty are their eyes! and their eyelids are lifted up.
God is his wisdom paints for us what pride looks like.
We are drawn to focus our eyes on the eyes of a generation with lofty eyes!
A generation with eyelids that are lifted up.
This is a generation that is proud of pride.
This generation makes no apologies for being proud.
On the contrary this generation is proud of being proud.
And their eyes are given to reveal that pride.
God lets the wise know the proud.
The eyes of the proud are lifted up in arrogant pride.
Their eyes attempt to lift them up over their neighbor and in so doing they think of themselves more highly than they think of their neighbor.
With lofty eyes comparing themselves among themselves their conclusion is naturally in their favor.
God's word is clear as to what he thinks of lofty eyes.
Psalm 101:5 .... him that hath an high look and a proud heart will not I suffer. (Suffer means to endure or tolerate)
Proverbs 21:4, An high look, and a proud heart, and the plowing of the wicked, is sin.
God has no patience with those of lofty eyes, he has no patience with a person of pride.
God will always save the humble but he has no mercy for those of the generation of high looks.
Psalm 18:27, For thou wilt save the afflicted people; but wilt bring down high looks.
Jesus Christ justified the publican, who, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, (his eyes were not lofty) but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.
God does not refuse the request of the humble but those of high looks, those of lofty eyes who depend upon themselves, those that exalt themselves, he says, shall be abased.
They will be abased who compare themselves among themselves as the Pharisee who stood and prayed thus with himself,
God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican.
It is interesting that the Pharisee prayed with himself.
He is so proud of himself it is not unreasonable for him to think of himself as the one to answer his prayer.
Note that his standard of righteousness was other men.
I am not as other men are! So what! What's your point Pharisee?
So what that you are not like other men!
Does that cut any slack with God?
Does God save a man or show favor because he compares favorably to other men?
Where does it say that God sets up this kind of economy?
Pharisee! What word of the LORD verifies this idea?
Don't you suppose the Pharisee prayed with lofty eyes and high looks?
Isn't he filled with esteem of self?
He is of the generation that are pure in their own eyes and naturally his eyes are lofty.
It comes with the territory of self esteem.
Esteem God and he will lift you up but esteem yourself and you will be brought down.
This is shown over and over in the word of God.
Prince of Tyrus what did you learn from your lofty eyes?
The LORD said to me through Ezekiel: Son of man, say unto the prince of Tyrus, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because thine heart is lifted up, and thou hast said, I am a God, I sit in the seat of God, in the midst of the seas; yet thou art a man, and not God, though thou set thine heart as the heart of God:
Ezekiel 28:6, Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Because thou hast set thine heart as the heart of God;
Ezekiel 28:7, Behold, therefore I will bring strangers upon thee, the terrible of the nations: and they shall draw their swords against the beauty of thy wisdom, and they shall defile thy brightness.
Ezekiel 28:8, They shall bring thee down to the pit, and thou shalt die the deaths of them that are slain in the midst of the seas.
Ezekiel 28:9, Wilt thou yet say before him that slayeth thee, I am God? but thou shalt be a man, and no God, in the hand of him that slayeth thee.
Ezekiel 28:10, Thou shalt die the deaths of the uncircumcised by the hand of strangers: for I have spoken it, saith the Lord GOD.
The LORD had his way with the Prince of Tyrus
How about you King Nebuchadnezzar?
What did you say to earn the loss of your kingdom?
Was it your humble and contrite heart that resulted in your fall?
Didn't I read in God's word that you said "Is not this great Babylon, that I have built for the house of the kingdom by the might of my power, and for the honour of my majesty?"
Nebuchadnezzar! There is one I and two my's in that sentence.
No honor to God in that sentence. Were your eyes lofty and lifted up?
No humble and contrite heart here O king Nebuchadnezzar!
And: While the word was in the king's mouth, there fell a voice from heaven, saying, O king Nebuchadnezzar, to thee it is spoken; The kingdom is departed from thee.
Nebuchadnezzar! God received no glory.
But how did you like eating grass as the oxen?
Did you get used to the wetness of the dew of heaven?
Your lofty eyes turned your hair into hair as eagles feathers and your nails like birds' claws.
But in the end God received glory when, at the end of the days I Nebuchadnezzar lifted up mine eyes unto heaven, and mine understanding returned unto me, and I blessed the most High, and I praised and honoured him that liveth for ever, whose dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom is from generation to generation:
His lofty eyes turned into humble eyes when he lifted up his eyes to heaven.
But Herod had no chance to lift up his eyes to heaven.
Herod learned nothing from Nebuchadnezzar's experience and paid no attention to the scripture of Daniel.
He believed not the word of God.
His heart of pride blinded him to lift up his lofty eyes when he accepted the worship of the people as they shouted
"It is the voice of a god, and not of a man."
God did not suffer him a moment! And immediately the angel of the Lord smote him, because he gave not God the glory: and he was eaten of worms, and gave up the ghost.
The worms obeyed their creator and did their duty in the body of Herod.
God does not waste much of his resource to smite a man who accepts worship as god.
Lofty eyes are tender morsels to worms obedient to their maker!
Worms could also have been used to consume the lofty eyes of that wicked Haman who was interested only in Haman.
But God had a rope reserved for Haman!
Imagine the eyes that were lifted up in pride as Haman told his wife Zerish and his friends:
of the glory of his riches,
and the multitude of his children,
and all the things wherein the king had promoted him,
and how he had advanced him above the princes and servants of the king.
Oh how he boasted of the banquet that he alone would attend with Esther and the king.
Little did his pride reveal to him what await him.
But how his lofty eyes were lifted out of his head as the rope from the gallows that he had prepared for Mordicai, choked his neck from life giving air.
The lofty eyes of the Prince of Tyrus, Nebuchadnezzar, Herod and Haman are but preludes to the lofty eyes of the one to come.
Daniel tells about the one to come who will deceive the world with his lofty eyes and his pride as the declares himself God.
He shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvelous things against the God of gods, yet he shall come to his end, and none shall help him, so says Daniel in the word of God.
Lofty eyes and eyelids lifted up are the eyes of the Antichrist.
They are the eyes of the generation of the Antichrist and are not to be found in the child of God.
They are the mark of the one who is against Jesus Christ and ought never to be found in one who desires to follow Jesus Christ.
We are to give our eyes to God as a living sacrifice and by his grace they will never be found lifted up with pride in our own selves.