But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going because the darkness has blinded his eyes.John 2:11 (ESV)
In verse 11 John offers the contrast to his statement in verse 10 with what it looks like to walk in darkness rather than walking in the light with the preposition but. He leads again with whoever and now tells us those us he is speaking of those who hate his brother. Hate is the Greek word miseó and is often used to express hate, to detest, love less, or esteem less. it is not just to detest but also to place a lesser value on someone or something else. In this case John is talk of our brothers. This is one who is also a fellow-Christian. God is their Father also, so what he is saying if you hate your brother you are in darkness. The Greek word here again is scotia which is not only a literal darkness but a spiritual darkness which leads to sin.
The next statement is joined with the use of and, which is a simultaneous effect. This is the statement, does not know. This is the Greek word eidó which helps explains as follows:
1492 eídō (oida) – properly, to see with physical eyes (cf. Ro 1:11), as it naturally bridges to the metaphorical sense: perceiving (“mentally seeing“). This is akin to the expressions: “I see what You mean”; “I see what you are saying.”
1492 /eídō (“seeing that becomes knowing“) then is a gateway to grasp spiritual truth (reality) from a physical plane. 1492 (eídō) then is physical seeing (sight) which should be the constant bridge to mental and spiritual seeing (comprehension).
This in essence is failure to understand what God truly says. We are to love our brothers as God clearly tells us over and over. Jesus is our model to what this love looks like.
The next phrase is where he is going. The where John is speaking of is the Greek word hupagó and is translated as he is going. It is also used in the sense of to go away, depart, begone, or die. This is because the darkness has blinded his eyes.
Blinded here is the Greek word tuphloó which is to blind or make blind physically or mentally. This is akin to having a cloudy perspective or clouded vision which causes spiritual blindness. And again John is here referring to the mind’s eye. It is essentially the fact of knowing.
|Observation: John is again repeating the themes he has built upon. He has told us what it means to walk in the light and is here telling us what it means to walk in darkness. He tells us that this person has spiritual|
blindness and is walking in sin. This because he does not value his brother equally. It is a place of pride to think more of yourself and can cause you
to see with clouded vision. God does not give us shades of grey, but rather is clear on these matters. Jesus is the way, the truth and the life. We are to walk in love and not in hate, lest we lose our way and fail to follow our
Lord and Savior. He loved in the ultimate way, laying down His life for
you and I. If we know this, see this and understand this how can it not
cause a heart changed and a love overflowing from gratitude.
Father, we humbly ask that You would remove an darkness form our eyes and gives us clarity. Clarity of who You are and what You have called us to do. In Christ we are a family of Your children. We often see each other through our own perceptions and our own understanding, but we need to see each other as You see us. We are all fallen sinful creations redeemed by the Your mercy and grace. You have began a good work in us and will finish what you have started. Holy Spirit fill us with mercy and grace and let us be overflowing vessels of that grace and mercy. That as God is shaping us we would be tools in His hands to help build and shape one another in truth and love. Father forgive us when we think more of ourselves than we ought to and less of our brothers. May we never forget the cost of our redemption. The blood shed by your only begotten Son, Jesus Christ. May we live for Christ’s sake and to Your glory, amen.
God bless you,