The Weekend Word
Judging Others – This is probably, if not the most misunderstood passages in the NT, it is the most misapplied.
7 “Judge not, that you be not judged.
- Can we ever judge others?
- Think about this – these are the disciples – the ones traveling with Jesus who were taught to love their enemies.
- We live in a world that judges 24/7/365
- We judge how people dance (DWTS) – we judge how people sing (Idol)
- Look at the show Fashion Police – where people are judged (and dissed) by what they wear and how they look.
- Raising kids, one parent will judge the parenting skills of another (we don’t let our kids walk alone from school)
- The Church wants to judge abortion, homosexuality etc.
- In many cases, the church today is known more for what it is against than what it is for.
- So who can judge? Jesus and civil judges.
- There is a judge and all will be judged.
2 For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you.
- Why can’t we judge? What were we just taught in the previous chapter – to forgive … continually and generously.
- Now, pointing back to the church – what / who is the church for?
- For us sinners, a safe place to come and confess our sins and to seek absolution. All the things we judge other sinners for
- What is a proper way to judge? – Paul limits it to those in the church;
- 1 Cor 5:12-13 – “12 What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside? 13 God will judge those outside. “Expel the wicked person from among you.”
- Proper judging is opening people’s eyes to the gospel.
- The Law always works in service to the gospel – so the judging (presenting the law) has to be with the purpose of driving people TO Jesus – NOT – away from the church.
- I cannot state this enough – we are to be forgivers and reconcilers.
3 Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?
- Isn’t it easy to see the smallest sin in others and not even notice the grossness of our own?
- What is this saying? The one who is a perpetual sinner cannot point out sin in the seldom sinner? I don’t think so – however there may be a more uncommon thought that Jesus is pointing out.
- Think on the other side – How best can I a sinner forgive another sinner?
4 Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye?
- We are not to be judging to condemn – but to say to others (to ourselves) you are condemned already. It’s not about your sin, but that you are rejecting God
- It’s not that you are stealing – but you are rejecting God’s will for your life.
- Today we live too much in a FOXnews. CNN world where when we disagree with each other, we scream at each other and call down condemnation on each other.
5 You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.
- You hypocrite – who is the hypocrite?
- Here is the proper way to judge others – first fix yourself.
- Then you will be too busy working on yourself to work on others.
- Look at yourself before you judge others and then determine if you still want to judge them.
- If you are judging others, just think, your plank is larger than their speck.
- Jesus condemned sin but did not reject the sinner.
- What did he do? He forgave them.
- Hypocrite example #1 – Matt 23:1-3 = “Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples, 2 “The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses’ seat, 3 so do and observe whatever they tell you, but not the works they do. For they preach, but do not practice.
6 “Do not give dogs what is holy, and do not throw your pearls before pigs, lest they trample them underfoot and turn to attack you.
- Now this is interesting. Don’t you first need to judge who is a dog and who is a hog?
- What is the difference? We are told to judge fruit – not to judge motivations.
7 “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.
- I think this may still be a part of the “how to pray” section in chapter 6
- I am a professional asker – Do we see God as a celestial vending machine?
- What is it we are to ask for – the red Corvette?
- Or forgiveness and salvation
- Ask for those things that have been promised and you will get 100% positive answer.
8 For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.
- This is a sure thing. This is a direct promise from Jesus to us.
- Has this been your experience?
9 Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone?
10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent?
11 If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!
- You who are evil? Is he talking to you and me?
- It is a description of our comparison to God.
12 “So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.
- This is called The Golden Rule – Is it Law or is it Gospel?
- This is NOT – treat others like they treat you
- NOT – do to others before they can do it to you
- It is so obvious and clearly stated – but so confused.
- Help others get what they want and need.
- I think v.12 is a part of the Ask, Seek, Knock passage – help others get what they are asking for.
13 “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many.
- All roads do not lead to Rome .. I mean heaven
- People always want to take the path of least resistance.
- Note the comparison, the narrow gate / road – the wide gate / road
- What is narrow? “I am the door – I am the way – no one comes to the father – except through me. Narrow? Narrow minded?
- How well do you do explaining to unbelievers the narrow exclusive clains of Christianity?
- Making generalities about God – Billy Crystal at the Oscars, in an attempt to give comfort to his peers about the death of Robin Williams.
- Alluding to Robin Williams being in heaven – but never mentioning that heaven comes through Jesus Christ.
14 For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.
- Notice that Jesus does not say, the road / gate is narrow but I make it easy
- No, he says “hard” – but the reward is great.