Judge not so that you will not be judged
[00:00:00] This let’s pray right now. Lord we we.
[00:00:04] Bring in Christian Marje to you and the rest of the family. Joshua’s daughters. It’s unspeakable grief. It’s a time that that. We as parents and grandparents and daughters and sons and siblings.
[00:00:26] Don’t know even how to pray. You tell us that the Holy Spirit prays. For us when we have no words to say.
[00:00:37] Our hearts are broken. Grieving. The days will never be the same in the future. So Lord we just pray you’re super abounding. Comfort and Grace on the family today. We pray this in Jesus name amen.
[00:00:58] As we continue this morning I am just whenever these occasions arise. And just not those whom we love and know and are close to. But whenever I read in the newspaper. Of someone being killed. In a car accident or maybe even if they are elderly of just. Old age and cancer and young people who who die too young. It just. Burdens me. That we get out and tell people about Jesus. Even as we were just talking about this car wash coming up. If there is one person just one person who responds to the Gospel Jesus Christ even even in the midst of May be all we are doing is planting the seed.
[00:02:04] Or maybe they’ve already heard of Jesus and we are watching the seeds see. We have the hoses out that morning. So even if we are our waterin the see this already been planted. God is the one that causes the growth and the increase in the harvest and we can be part of that. We can be part a matter of fact that should be on our waking thought. Every morning. God. How do you want to use me today. And it may not be in presenting the Gospel and may be showing by our actions and our love it may be showing to others. Jesus.
[00:02:50] Sometimes they say that our lives speak louder than our words. And so may we be about doing God’s business. And not just sharing the gospel taking those opportunities but loving people to Jesus is.
[00:03:10] Because that’s what he did and what he calls us to do we are His ambassadors.
[00:03:15] And I guess death is a stark reminder at least to me. That not everybody.
[00:03:24] Who we know whom we love whom we even fellowship with here we may even see tomorrow or next week.
[00:03:33] And there are many that we work with. There are many of our families. That do not know Jesus as their Savior. I can only think of that mother father grandmother grandfather even praying. Maybe are separated miles away from their loved ones and they’re praying God please send somebody. To my loved one to tell them about Jesus. And you and I or that somebody maybe. So please. Take life. And the opportunities that God gives us and do not squander. Those opportunities but live a life. That’s pleasing and honoring to our Lord Jesus Christ. As we continue this morning in the Sermon on the Mount we come to actually we’re coming to the last probably last.
[00:04:34] Four weeks or so here in the Sermon on the Mount where we’re in Matthew chapter 7 where Jesus starts addressing Christians relationships. Having described our the Christians character and influence and righteousness. Piety ambition now Jesus concentrates on the Christians relationships and here and in Matthew chapter 7. These relationships can be generally described as follows. We’ll be looking at today. And the first is our relationship with our brothers in whose eyes we may discern a splinter but whom we have the responsibility to help. But not to judge. Our relationship to a group Jesus designates as dogs and pigs whom we are not to share spiritual things with which we’ll be talking about later this morning and then our relationship to our Heavenly Father to whom we come in prayer confident that he will give us nothing but good thing for our good for His glory. And then our relationship to everyone in general. This is where we’ll be talking about the golden rule. And how it should guide our attitude and behavior towards towards everybody. And then our relationship to our fellow pilgrims who are walking with us along this narrow way we’re going to talk about the narrow way and the wide way in our relationship to false prophets whom we are to recognize and of whom we are to be aware of them and what they are teaching. And then lastly our relationship to our Lord Jesus Christ. Whose teachings we are commanded to heed and to obey.
[00:06:43] Let’s look at these first two relationships that Jesus addresses before Jesus winds up the Sermon on the Mount remember these many weeks that we’ve been months even that we’ve been going through the sermon on the Mount.
[00:06:58] This all was laid upon these people all at one time.
[00:07:03] I mean this is kind of heavy stuff.
[00:07:05] You’re sitting here listening to Jesus preaching he’s going on and and he’s talking about how a Christian should live in our relationship with the father and how we are to to respond and love other people.
[00:07:19] And the warnings about hypocrites and Pharisees and stuff. So before he winds up the Sermon on the Mount he warns us against three dangers. And the first two this morning we’re going to be looking at are cast in negative terms they are telling us not to be judgmental and yet we are not to be undiscriminating. So let’s look first this morning at the danger of being judge mental. In Matthew 7 verses 1 through 5 Jesus says Judge not that you be not judged.
[00:07:59] For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged and with the Major you use it will be major to you.
[00:08:09] 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.
[00:08:18] Or how can you say to your brother let me take that speck out of your eye when there is a log in your own eye. 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. So first. Let me look at what this text is not saying it does not. Jesus did not command his disciple to be and discerning. You never and who under no circumstances whatsoever hold any opinions about right or wrong. He’s not saying that we should judge that are we to say nothing about the rights and wrong of a Hitler or Stalin or adultery. Human slavery laziness deceit. He doesn’t say that we should not be discriminating judging that a few days a few verses on here the Lord Himself alludes to certain people as dogs and pigs and some sort some degree of judgment has certainly taken place here and even a little further on Jesus warned to watch out for the false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. And by the words he is not just labeling these certain teachers with the most damning amputates but demands that his followers Recognize these. Recognize these teachers for who they are and what they are teaching. And that certainly we use discriminating judgment to determine there and elsewhere. The apostle Paul. If he’s prepared to turn a certain promiscuous man over to Satan. If you remember in the book of Corinthians there was a man who was living with his father’s wife.
[00:10:24] And he tells the church to do church discipline. To turn that man over to. Satan. And in Galatians 1 8 Paul calls down an anthem. A curse. On all those who preach some version of the Gospel that’s different than the true Gospel that he’s preaching Philippians 3 to use his strong words to warn the readers against certain false teachers. This is what Flipkens 5:57 is watch out for those dogs. Those are men who do evil. Those mutilators are the flesh now and that’s mild compared to Galatians 5. Well in the end even John demands some kind of judgment when he writes this in first. John for one. Dear Friends do not believe every spirit but test the spirits to see whether they are from God.
[00:11:22] Because many false prophets have gone out into the world.
[00:11:27] So see we are to test the spirits and all of these occasions is talking about judging and we’re going to talk about what the word here actually means that has different meanings. But we are we are to look. We are to see and make a judgment in all these cases so what does Jesus mean.
[00:11:50] In this command and in Matthew 7 1. We are not to judge. Or you will be judge. Much of the confusion here I believe is is around understanding what the Greek word translated judge here is to judge can mean to discern. Just to discern. Or to judge judiciously. To be judge rental. To condemn judicially or otherwise so it can have all of these meanings. But the context here and what he says in the context in which he say it says I believe the precise meaning that he talks about here is do not be judge mental.
[00:12:45] It’s not that we are not to judge a matter of fact he doesn’t say don’t take the speck out of your brother’s eye. Does he.
[00:12:54] What he says is take the log out of your your your eye first.
[00:12:59] Then he said you can see to take this back out of the other person’s eye which in other scriptures tells the attitude we will look at in which we are to have when we take that aspect out so so in the context of what he’s saying here he’s not even saying that we are not to take this back out but he’s talking about this judge mental attitude in which so many Christians have when they judge another person. It’s this attitude.
[00:13:32] That before you can take this fact out of your brother’s eye you need to deal with that wog. That’s in your eyes.
[00:13:42] So you’re not a critical spirit a condemning attitude the same verbiage is actually found twice. With an identical meaning. Here in Romans 14 we’re starting in verse 10 it says why do you pass judgment on your brother or you.
[00:14:02] Why do you despise your brother for we will all stand before the judgment seat of God for it is written as I live says the Lord. Every knee shall bow to me and every tongue shall confess to God. So then each of us will give account of himself to God. Therefore let us not pass judgment. Let us not be Judge Mental on one another any longer but rather decide never to put a stumbling block or a hindrance in the way of a brother. So what what fundamentally he’s talking about here is our attitude. It’s not that we are not to help correct a brother but the attitude in which we are to do their.
[00:14:56] We are to speak the truth in white in love. Are we not.
[00:15:03] And so it’s this attitude that Jesus is talking about and it can clearly be seen in this kind of critical spirit.
[00:15:13] This is the type of spirit that we have those who go around gossiping and have it. It’s not always the case that that was being bantered about is even untrue. It may even be the truth. But it it’s the way it’s been said. It’s why it is being said is this being said maliciously.
[00:15:40] Are we trying to build somebody up. Are we trying to draw them back to the Lord or are we trying to puff ourselves up.
[00:15:51] Or is it something that that that we are trying to be heard or enhance our own reputation or demean the other person you know. A lot of people. Say nasty nasty things about people especially children. Children and.
[00:16:11] Too bad that many who are 30 40 50 60 70 years old still act like children. To elevate ourselves because we feel. That we need elevating. In our pride.
[00:16:28] And we we see somebody else and in order to elevate ourselves above that person we have to take that person down. So you me any little bit.
[00:16:43] Somethin on this person.
[00:16:49] I see it all over. The church is infiltrated with these kind of attitudes.
[00:16:57] I see we happen to be talking to some young men that used to be in our softball league that years ago. What started out to be an argument over a certain call ended up almost into a fist fight because people started getting personal. In some way and one way of elevating myself or one way of taking you down.
[00:17:30] It with a jagged metal spear to say something about you personal Harf. And this is a Christian.
[00:17:41] Ball league. You know how is it.
[00:17:49] Whether it be women or men. How is it that we are almost. Fighting on the field.
[00:17:59] Well since these things are not to be so. I mean is that kind of obvious to the world we are crucial. Jesus would do that I’m sure. So it’s not. That someone might have a speck in their eyes. Matter of fact inhalations 6 1 6 1 say that when you. Find a brother or sister in San you who are spiritual and I don’t mean that I don’t believe that it means some supernatural spiritual person but I also don’t believe it means every single Christian. But you who are being controlled who are being being led by the Holy Spirit.
[00:18:53] Go to a brother or sister. For what purpose. To really tear them down and let them know. What God or that they are really and. Know. What’s what is the purpose of glacial 6:1. To restore. Such a person. And what is the attitude that we are to have in restoring that sinning brother sister. Meekness gentleness.
[00:19:25] Looking to ourselves.
[00:19:28] That we might not fall into imitation of ourselves either. See it’s an attitude.
[00:19:36] And Jesus says deal with the log in your own eye first. Jesus goes on to say in. Verse 2 here for the judgment that you pronounce.
[00:19:53] You will be judged with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged and with the Major you use it will be measured to you.
[00:20:06] How would you like. I liked it when I think of measurements I think of little measuring cups and cookies and stuff. You know. In the way and in the. Measuring cup that you use. To judge or not to judge people to give mercy in that same way. That same. Measuring cup. Gov’t will use.
[00:20:39] For you. The Major we use the point is. Not that we should be moderate in our genes.
[00:20:49] So it’s not like Why want to use a little half a teaspoon to Major other people to be moderate towards other people and judge you so that they will be moderate towards us.
[00:21:03] That’s not what Jesus is talking about but rather that we should abolish judge mental attitude lest we stand condemned before a Holy God.
[00:21:15] The thought also is found in chapter 5 7 Chapter 6 verse 14 and following where it says Blessed are the merciful for they will be shown mercy. Remember when we went over those passages where if you forgive men when they sin against you. Your Heavenly Father will also forgive you.
[00:21:37] But if you do not forgive men their sins your father will not forgive your sins. For in the same way you judge others you will be judged. Now Judge what we’re talking about here is not the judgment in relation to eternal salvation. Jesus Christ paid the penalty for my sin. He took my punishment on himself on the cross. A substitute. What we’re talking about is is like when we went through talking about the vine and the branches abiding in Christ. This flow of fellowship pain and God empowering and using me and that when we are in sin that that empowerment that fellowship that life.
[00:22:27] With God is restricted because of our sin. That’s why God gives believers first on 1 9 If we confess our sins He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness that re-establishes the flow. In and what we need to do is to keep short sinless not ones that we go weeks upon weeks and then all of a sudden we decide to get right with God and we have more of the tools of sins to confess and ask forgiveness and to get right with God and and to live and cleanse our lives we should keep short sinless. You know some of the most godly people men and women that I know. Are those who the very. Smallest of sins. Would cause them to go before God and say God forgive me of this pride. Forgive me of this and that. Jesus then and verses three to five sets forth an example of what he is talking about.
[00:23:46] Why do you see the spec that is in your brother’s eye but do not notice the log that is in your own eye or how can you say to your brother let me take that speck out of your eye. When there is a log in your own eye. You hypocrite first take the log of your own eye and then you will see clearly to take this back out of your brother’s eye. So so what we’re talking about here. I mean this really this depicts a scenario that is so common. In Christian circles today.
[00:24:17] That the contrast between the speck in a brother’s eye of sod and a plank a log in our own is not exaggerated at all.
[00:24:29] Perhaps the most obvious example set forth in the Bible is that of King David in second Samuel chapter 12 where you know the accounts I will not read the be big. King David steals another man’s wife. This far. Despite his large harem of wives and concubines he laughs after this particular woman Bathsheba seduces her and later discovers that she’s pregnant with his child. So with his her husband being on the front the military front he has him killed so now he’s guilty of both adultery and murder. And the prophet Nathan comes to the Royal Court and instead of confronting King David outright he he tells him the short story of a poor farmer that has one little lamb which has been stolen by this rich powerful neighbor that has a large flock of his own.
[00:25:37] But this neighbor wanted this one little lamb and took it.
[00:25:43] And David is incensed and in seething indignation he pronounces judgment and says this man ought to die. And Nathan replies. You are this man. Somehow. King David incredibly spiritually blind has been unconscious of the playing the log in his own eye as he fumed over the speck of sawdust in this supposed rich farmer’s eye. It is terribly easy.
[00:26:24] To imitate David’s conduct in one way or the other we see it happening all the time. When we did not look to ourselves.
[00:26:36] To see God or anything like the Psalms is there anything God search my heart. Is there anything any wicked in wrongful any sinful way in me or is show it to me.
[00:26:51] So I can be in a right relationship and then those who were spiritual. Restore a brother or sister in sin. Then with the right attitude speaking the truth in love you can go. To your brother or sister and talk to them about the speck.
[00:27:13] That is in there. I.
[00:27:18] Luke records another occasion. I will not read the Scriptures but. You can find it in Luke 18 verse 10 and following the story of the two men who went to the temple. One was a fair sea and one was a tax collector. As a Pharisee stood there.
[00:27:38] He looked at this the sinner and he said God I thank you that I am not like this man here. Unjust adulterers even this tax collector.
[00:27:47] And he talked about fasting twice a week and goes on and on. Look at these things I have done for you. God. And Jesus says.
[00:27:59] I tell you because the tax collector says God be merciful. To me a sinner.
[00:28:07] I will read to you what Jesus said in verse 14. I tell you this man. Went down to his house justified rather than the other. For everyone who exalts himself.
[00:28:22] Will be humbled. But the one who humbles himself.
[00:28:26] Will be exalted. Sometimes we would love to to focus on certain public sins.
[00:28:39] Which others are prone to commit. You know we each of us feel that we do this with gusto.
[00:28:47] When we are oblivious to the sin in our own lives. You know we have many Christians have these pet sins these abominations that we love to to exhort and to to tell people how much sin that you’re in.
[00:29:07] But they ignore the sins that they are practicing themselves many of which are abominations to God. Matter of fact Proverbs has a lot to say about what.
[00:29:18] Is abominable. What is an abomination to God. Talk about being devious using false balances line using an equal weights and measures all these are abominations to God and then.
[00:29:33] Speaking of the issues of the heart are also declared an abomination to God. In Proverbs 6 start in verse 16 There are six things the Lord hates. Seven that are an abomination to Him. Heidi I. Know what that is. Pride.
[00:29:55] A lying tongue. You lie. That’s an abomination to God.
[00:30:03] Hands that shit shed innocent blood a heart the Devizes wicked plan. Feet that make haste to run the evil. A false witness.
[00:30:13] Who lays out lies. And a person one who sows discord among brothers. All of these.
[00:30:24] These are an abomination to God. But but we don’t think about those.
[00:30:31] Because we participate in some of those.
[00:30:36] And then you had your doctrinal critiques that can be among the most offensive in this regard. A Doctrinal critic may agree that there is another person and not a brother or sister in Christ. Who has been significantly used of God is thoughtful and sincere in their submission to the Scripture but because the critic focuses on one area of doctrine in which the two people disagree. This other brother may be painted publicly as an apostate that Christians.
[00:31:13] Are to demonstrate observable love is lost to view while a critic defends the truth.
[00:31:23] We need to take these things seriously. And then the second danger. Is we come too close. Is that danger being undiscriminating.
[00:31:33] Jesus talked about not being judgmental. And he said Do not give dogs what is holy do not throw your pearls before pigs lest they trample them underfoot and turn to attack you.
[00:31:46] Now this is essentially the opposite. The converse danger of being judgmental. That’s the danger of being undiscriminating not not discerning the disciples of Jesus been told to love your neighbor as yourself to love your enemies.
[00:32:03] We are a mirror mere God’s graciousness. He just got done telling him that you should not have a judge mental attitude. So after warning us against all this judge mental ism Jesus warns us against being undiscriminating especially when it comes to the choice of people whom we share spiritual things with. Orgies said Do not give to dogs what is holy. Don’t grow your pearls before swine.
[00:32:30] Now now the dogs here I’m sure her are not the cuddly little furry pets that we have in our home that was always scratched behind the ear and now if you go over to other countries you’ll see dogs in packs.
[00:32:51] They’re vicious they’re violent. They attack people.
[00:32:57] Especially younger and smaller people and children. They’re vicious. They’re semi-wild hounds. And the Palestinian domestic pig is not necessarily the pig you see in our pictures and our kids books the farms out in Iowa and stuff that they may have been closer to a wild boar but with the two animals together serve as a model of people who are savvy and vicious held an abomination.
[00:33:31] These two are brought together again in second Peter 2:22 within equally native context where it says of them certain people. The Proverbs are true. A dog returns to its vomit and a scowl is washed goes back to her wallowing in the mud. So so so Jesus sketches a picture here of a man holding a bag of precious pearls and confronting a pack of hulking hounds and maybe some wild pigs you know. And it’s like.
[00:34:07] Here in North America a lot of people like to go out and go camping.
[00:34:12] And the one thing you go to Yellowstone or whatever and what’s the one sign you see a lot. Do not feed him the bear. That’s right. Do not feed the bait now you can feed the squirrels. And feed the raccoons and maybe feed the coyotes. I don’t know but the one thing you are not to do is to feed the birds.
[00:34:34] If you start feeding the bears and they become dissatisfied guess who the next meal is. They’re not satisfied with what they got. You draw them in. You don’t feed the bear. They
[00:34:49] aren’t satisfied they’ll turn on you or tell you to pieces.
[00:34:53] And in metaphorical language here Jesus is telling his disciples not just share the richest parts of spiritual truth with persons who are persistently vicious. You’re responsible and unappreciative just as the pearls.
[00:35:14] Were unappreciated by savage animals. This only enraged them made them dangerous. So also many of the riches of God’s revelation are appreciated by many people. So as painful as it may seem. These rich True’s may only serve to enrage. These people. So the new testament there are several examples of this.
[00:35:43] Principle in action. In Matthew 15 Jesus speaks of certain Pharisees and he tells his disciples says leave him.
[00:35:51] They are lying guides. Just leave them alone. They are blind guides and if a blind man leads a blind man most both will fall into a pair.
[00:36:01] In Acts Chapter 18 Paul Paul abandons his ministry to the Jews in corn because they oppose him become abusive. That’s how God changed him to have a ministry to the Gentiles.
[00:36:16] And then Paul recommends a similar course of action to Titus concerning divisive people within this professing Christian community. He says war on a divisive person once and then warning him a second time after that have nothing to do with him. You may be sure that such a man is warped and sinful and he is self condemned. So he has tobe. Go go to go to him once. Or twice but after that.
[00:36:51] Leave it alone leave him alone. Well let me close. With this one story. A check out clerk once wrote.
[00:37:04] To the columnist Ann Landers. Any of you remember Ann Landers do you. Well who is the other one. DEAR ABBY I think there’s two of in our newspaper but this clerk the store clerk wrote a letter to Ann Landers a letter of complaint. She had been seen seen shoppers. With food stamps. By luxury items like birthday cakes and bags of shrimp. And the angry woman went on to say here’s what she said she said.
[00:37:38] People on welfare who treat themselves to non-necessities were lazy and wasteful. A few weeks later Ann Landers column was devoted entirely.
[00:37:53] To those letters in response to this lady’s letter. One woman wrote this.
[00:38:00] I didn’t buy Kay but I did buy a big bag of shrimp with food stamps. So what my husband had been working at a plant for 15 years when it shut down. The shrimp casserole was for our wedding anniversary dinner.
[00:38:20] And lasted three days. Perhaps the grocery clerk who criticized that woman would have a different view. After walking a mile in my shoes Another woman wrote.
[00:38:36] I’m the woman who bought the 17 dollar cake and paid with food stamps. I thought the checkout woman would burn a hole through me with her eyes. The cake was for my little girl’s birthday. It will be her last. She has bone cancer and will probably be gone within six to eight months. When you make such judgments.
[00:39:06] Do you know what people are going through.
[00:39:11] Do you really. Are you God.
[00:39:14] Do you know what has brought them to where they are today in their lives.
[00:39:22] No you don’t. Neither do I.
[00:39:25] But isn’t it so easy to judge other people.
[00:39:32] Is it so easy to just kind of move that log to the side in our own eyes and criticize and judge someone else for their Spack in our eyes.
[00:39:44] And maybe it’s not even a speck.
[00:39:47] Maybe it’s because of the prejudice and the biases that we have against people. I think. That the admonition that the one woman gave in and actually I’ve been told that it started out. From a Native Americans with the old saying says. Before you judge a man. Walk a mile in his moccasins. Will spray. Lord we.
[00:40:22] We don’t know what goes on in people’s lives. What has brought them to where they are today. And yes. There are obvious issues. When people live publicly or in sin publicly.
[00:40:42] And maybe there is a reason as you tell us in Galatians 6 1 that we need as brothers and sisters in Christ to to go and to restore for the purpose of restoration restore such a brother or sister in sin. But you do what you tell us to do it with gentleness kindness looking into our own selves.
[00:41:05] And and they’re looking to our own selves I believe is is examine ourselves as Jesus is telling us here to look to see is there any log is there something in my life in my that I need to take care of first. And then when we clear that log out of our own eyes when we deal with that area in our life then we are prepared then we are a fit vessel for you to use as you want. To help a brother or sister to restore them to to help them with the aspect that in there I saw Lord I pray that as as we leave here that we may take this truth that we may examine ourselves we may ask you through your work to examine ourselves and make sure.
[00:41:58] That there is no log in our eyes so then you can use us to restore a brother sister and I pray this in Jesus name Amen.