“At thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore” (Ps. 16: 11)
The Basket Case Chronicles #147
“And if they were all one member, where were the body? But now are they many members, yet but one body. And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you.” (1 Cor. 12:19–21).
Paul has been arguing for the interdependence of the various parts of the body. In this previous illustration, he talks about a member exiling himself from the body simply because he was not another member. The foot cannot separate itself from the body because it is not a hand. The ear cannot separate itself because it is not an eye. This separation might occur because a member thinks that it is not worthy enough to be with the others.
But in this next round of comparisons, Paul has parts of the body becoming proud. He has established the principle that one body is made up of many members. And in the false understanding of this, he now rejects the pride that makes one part say to another member that the other member is unnecessary. The eye cannot say to the hand that the hand is not needed. The head cannot say that to the foot.