March 2019 Newsletter - "Conjunctivitis and Eyes to See" by Roni Burton, MD
Conjunctivitis a common patient condition and the “most likely diagnosis in a patient with a red eye and discharge” (1). It’s limited, easily treated, and has two types:
1. Infectious: bacterial or viral.
2. Non-infectious: allergic or nonallergic.
Some of the conditions associated with conjunctivitis can lead to loss of vision, which is the most significant consideration (2). The infectious forms are highly contagious, being spread by touch of the secretions (discharge) of the eye(s) to the other eye or objects. Like false teachings and mindsets, conjunctivitis, is like a bad report (consider the 10 “conjunctivitis” spies in Numbers 14) that spreads rapidly.
As with many diagnoses, there are signs and symptoms that say something is out of order. Something is wrong. In conjunctivitis, red, itchy, watery eyes or sticky pus-like secretions where the eye may be “stuck shut” along with other signs and symptoms say, something is obviously wrong.
Consider conjunctivitis in the spirit. Paul reminds us that the natural is first then the spiritual (1Cor 15:46). Many of us when we came to Forerunner International had spiritual conjunctivitis and many other soul conditions, blocking our ability to hear and see. The apostolic truth preached will always and forever heal, deliver, and set us free. In Matthew 13:11-17, Yeshua/Jesus is answering a question regarding a case of “spiritual conjunctivitis” that has progressed to the loss of vision, threatening the soul. Without proper treatment, there is no healing. The disciples had received the Word to the point of knowing. The medicine in the word “know” is amazing!
ginōskō G1097 Know
A prolonged form of a primary verb; to “know” (absolutely), in a great variety of applications and with many implications: - allow, be aware (of), feel, (have) known (-ledge), perceive, be resolved, can speak, be sure, understand.
1) to learn to know, come to know, get a knowledge of perceive, feel
1a) to become known
2) to know, understand, perceive, have knowledge of
2a) to understand
2b) to know
3) Jewish idiom for sexual intercourse between a man and a woman
4) to become acquainted with, to know
There are even more wonderful nuances in other related Hebrew words for “know.” The great Physician gets to the “heart of the matter” in Matthew 13:5. The spiritual conjunctivitis is a heart matter! “For this people’s heart is waxed gross…” If they would open their eyes and ears, which would allow them to “understand (know, emphasis added) with heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.”
Symptomatic care of conjunctivitis with antibiotics if needed can relieve the symptoms of redness and discharge. In the natural, ruling out other sight threatening conditions that can mimic conjunctivitis is critical. However, in the spiritual, not having eyes to see, which is also to hear and know Yeshua intimately at the heart level, is terminal. It is my prayer that no purulent, gross discharge will wax up the heart from knowing the Mystery that is Christ our hope of glory in the Father.
Until next time, walk in Divine health.
1. Conjunctivitis, Author: Deborah S Jacobs, MD. UpToDate
3. All Scriptures from King James Version of Bible
4. “Know” Strong’s and Thayer’s definitions