If you had asked me ten years ago what an evil eye was I wouldn’t have known. Not correctly, at least. It wasn’t until I became destitute did I finally understand.
We see Yeshua mention it in Matthew:
‘Is it not lawful for me to do what I wish with my own things? Or is your eye evil because I am good?' - Matt 20:15
I wasn’t really grasping the meaning from what He said.
And then we have a verse in Proverbs:
"A man with an evil eye hastens after riches,
And does not consider that poverty will come upon him." - Pro 28:22
That verse makes it clear that a person with an evil eye likes money, but it wasn’t until I read Deuteronomy that I understood that a person with an evil eye loves money more than people. Here are the verses I’m referring to:
Deu 15:9 - “Beware lest there be a wicked thought in your heart, saying, ‘The seventh year, the year of release, is at hand,' and your eye be evil against your poor brother and you give him nothing, and he cry out to YHVH against you, and it become sin among you."
The two verses preceding 15:9 make it even more clear.
Our Father has ways of teaching us valuable lessons. Throughout my whole adult life I have been self sufficient, even during marriage. His money was his and basically mine was mine. It worked wonderful. But my Father knew it was time to learn to wholly rely on Him and it has been a hard lesson. On me and on one other person that was the other half of the lesson. This person needed a lesson in sharing and being generous because he loves his money and abhors “giving”. His eye is evil.
The person with an evil eye can look at a poor person with utter contempt, rationalizing that it is completely the poor person’s fault that they are destitute. The poor person didn’t try hard enough or maybe they deserved being homeless, thereby rationalizing in their own mind why that poor person shouldn’t receive any help from them. “I worked hard for this money.” “Twenty dollars is a whole hour I worked; it’s mine.”
They never consider that the Father holds their very life in His hands. That it is He that provides for every single need and makes it possible for them to have a job or income in the first place.
In closing, here are some verses to encourage the destitute, the poor. Those who are in a learning phase of faith in our Father’s provisions.
Take heart. Your Father cares for you.