Judging Matt 7:1-5
Introduction • This is one of the most misinterpreted, misapplied, and misused Bible verses. • When people want to justify and insulate themselves from criticism and accountability. • Jesus Christ is the Judge of all men. • Christ discriminates between right and wrong, sin and evil. • John 5:22, 27; Acts 10:42; Acts 17:30-31; II Cor 5:10; Rev 16:7 • Equally true is the Christ is a merciful judge. • Anyone who desires mercy shall receive it. • John 6:37 • Jesus was a friend to those who the world despised and rejected. • Matt 11:19 • To understand this passage we must understand who Jesus is and what he expects from us. • Jesus is the ultimate judge and it is wrong for us to overlook and tolerate sin! • It would also be wrong for us to go to the other extreme and become judgmental people.
Reciprocation v1-2 • The word translated judge means to separate and discriminate against (do it all the time). • It means to evaluate something on the basis of right and wrong. • Many people insist that no one has the right to judge things pertaining to morality. • When people are confronted with a particular practice or behavior they are quick to quote this verse. • Could you use this tactic when pulled over for a speeding ticket. • As a believer in God, Christ, H.S. and the Bible it is not my duty to create standards of right and wrong. • It is my duty to evaluate right and wrong based on the word of God. • Calling sin, SIN is only pointing to the judgment that has already been made by God. • John 7:24---I Thess 5:21 • Read Matt 7:15-20. • The church has a duty to discipline sin • Rom 6:17
Reciprocation v1-2 • This is the reason why we are forbidden to judge. • The judgment here is not referring to righteous judgment but a judgment based on a personal preference rather that the word of God. • Ex: Waking up at a certain time. • A standard not based on the word of God but is used to evaluate and condemn. • Read James 2:1-4. • Jesus is not forbidding judgment based on rightly evaluating what a person does or says in comparison to the word of God. • Jesus is forbidding judging someone based upon a standard that is not according to the word of God. • The reason why we should not judge people by our own standard because we put ourselves in a position to be judged by others the same way. • Read Matt 7:12. • Also we must consider Jesus being our judge at the end of time. • How we treat others will affect our evaluation before God in this life and at the judgment. • James 2:13.
Review v3 • Looking at others • To behold comes from the word that means to stare at, to observe with scrutiny. • Mote is a small piece of dry stubble, a blade of grass, a splinter, a speck of dust. • Jesus asks the question “why” • The question we have to ask ourselves is why do you look at others and point out faults. • Is it to help them or to bring them down? • Gal 6:1 • Looking at yourself • Beholding someone else and not considering yourself is wrong! • Beam is made from the same material as the mote(Rom 6:23). • A beam is a piece of wood used for building, a floor joist • The idea is that of a person trying to get a speck of saw dust out of someone else's eye and they have a 2x4 stuck in their own eye • We must look at ourselves before we begin to be a faultfinder of others • Does not rule our righteous judgment, but must not be a faultfinder only.
Reaction v4 • Helping others • How can a person help someone with their problem when they are guilty of the same thing in magnified form. • Before we can help others we must be on the right path. • Yes, we must help others, but we cannot influence others if we are doing right. • Helping yourself • Though we want to help everyone we must first make sure we are doing all we can do please God • I Tim 4:16 • We must take care of self before we can take care of others! • Acts 2:40 • Two drowning men in the ocean cannot save one another. • It takes someone who is already in a state of safety to lend a helping hand.
Rejection v5 • Hypocrite! • A person who has two faces. • That is who you are when you are guilty of the same thing that you are condemning someone else of doing. • Rom 2:1 • There is a divine order. • First take care of yourself so that you may see clearly. • A person living in sin cannot see clearly. • Pro 4:19 • Second try to help others. • You cannot help someone else (judge or evaluate someone else) when you are guilty of the same sin.
Conclusion • Jesus does not condemn judging. • Jesus condemns judging someone according to your own standards and not the word of God. • We must make “righteous judgment.” • We must look at ourselves. • If we are guilty of something we have no right to condemn someone of it until we stop doing it ourselves. • Jesus is the ultimate judge. • He will judge the world according to righteousness Acts 17:31. • He will judge the world according to his word John 12:48. • Must be a Christian to be judged righteous.
Judging Matt 7:1-5