The N Commandments: Judge Not

  • Things Jesus taught in the gospels
    • Fear Not
    • Sin Not
    • Doubt Not
    • Worry Not
    • Judge Not

 

This series picks up right after the resurrection

  • Resurrection religion
  • All they had were the teachings of Jesus

 

Judge Not

Most often quoted

  • One of the things that Jesus said that people who are not Christians throw back in the face of Christians.

 

Matthew 7:1-5 (page 738)

Do not judge others

Thou shalt not size me up and right me off.

 

Why are religious people so judgmental?

Two reasons:

  1. Jealous – others enjoying sin
    1. Craig Groeschel – “If sin isn’t fun, you’re doing it wrong.”
    2. Christians that are happy there’s a hell
  2. Self-Righteous
    1. Ignorant and arrogant
      1. Compare themselves to others but keep God on a leash
    2. Dumb down God’s holiness and elevate their own
    3. Rarely self-aware

 

Do not judge others

Don’t criticize, don’t’ compare, don’t confront me because ultimately it’s none of your business.

  • Do not judge was not all Jesus said.

 

Do not judge others, and you will not be judged.

  • What’s he saying here? That we can have a judge free world?
  • He expands on this idea in his next sentence.

 

For you will be treated as you treat others. The standard you use in judging is the standard by which you will be judged.

  • You bring it then I’ll say what I need to say

 

Initial Summary – Judge others the exact same way you want them judging you.

 

So – how do you want to be judged?

  • I want to be judged not
  • If you have to judge me, judge me mercifully
    • Take into account family, history, temptations, experiences,
    • My entire story

 

And why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye…

  • Confirms there is something wrong with them

 

when you have a log in your own?

  • The reason I would rather look at the speck in my friends eye rather than the plank in my own eye is:
    • It’s more fun to look at the sawdust in your eye than the plank in mine.
      • Feel better about ourselves
    • I didn’t notice I had a plank

 

How can you think of saying to your friend, ‘Let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye,’ when you can’t see past the log in your own eye?

 

Hypocrite!

  • Jesus’ definition of hypocrite.
    • Somebody who is more fascinated with something wrong with someone else then they are with themselves.
    • Someone more interested/preoccupied with fixing other people then fixing themselves
    • Want to fix other people but won’t face up to what is broken in them.

 

Incorrect Lesson: Mind your own business!

  • But Jesus doesn’t stop there. In fact, this is where he begins the lesson.

 

Hypocrite! First get rid of the log in your own eye;

 

Better Lesson: When I’m tempted to pass judgement on you, I should stop and check for logs in me.

  • Your issues help me with my issues.

 

First get rid of the log in your own eye; then you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend’s eye.

  • Following Jesus doesn’t stop with what’s in it for you
  • Leveraging what God has done in me and for me.

 

Matthew 22:36-40 (page 753)

36 “Teacher, which is the most important commandment in the law of Moses?”

37 Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.”

 

Love one another

  • Love forbids me to size you up and write you off
  • Love forbids me to size you up and walk away

 

Jesus on Judging – Take the log out of your eye in preparation for removing the speck from your friend’s eye.

 

Three audiences:

  1. You size up people and write them off. (self-righteous) – Jesus really hated this
    1. Response: Repent of the sin of self-righteousness.
    2. If the sin of others doesn’t break your heart, it’s probably because your heart has never been broken over your own sin.
  2. You size people up and walk away.
    1. But by the grace of God, that could be me…
    2. I’m not going to talk to him, it is your business
    3. Confronting people is not insensitive, it is what love requires of you.
    4. You see clearly for the sake of people around you
    5. Response: Confront
  3. You’ve been sized up but you refuse to listen.
    1. You have no right to judge me
    2. But in your heart you knew they were right
    3. Defensiveness ensures that your past will continue to show up in your future.
    4. Response: You need to listen.
      1. They took a risk to love you in the way Jesus asked them to love you.

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