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The Lord is dealing with the Pharisees on the matter of judging and hypocrisy (v. 1). They were judging Christ because He was not offering the kind of kingdom they anticipated or the kind of righteousness they were exhibiting. Jesus was not teaching that judgments should never be made. The person who believes all that he hears, and accepts everyone who claims to be spiritual will certainly experience confusion.
The point being made here is that we are not to judge the inner motives of another. The first principle of judgment must begin with ourselves. The Pharisees “played God” as they condemned other people, but never considered that God would one day judge them (v. 2). The purpose of self judgment is to prepare us to serve others. Living by this simple guideline would eliminate the vast majority of the squabbles and conflicts we endure. Would we want to be judged by the standards we judge others? The Pharisees judged and criticized others to make themselves look good.
The Lord uses the “mote” and the “beam” as an illustration of His point (v. 3). He pictures a man with a two-by four stuck in his eye, trying to remove a speck of dust from another man’s eye (v.4-5). If we do not honestly face up to our own sins; and confess them, we blind ourselves to ourselves and will not be able to see clearly enough to help others. Don’t give what is holy to unholy people (v. 6). In other words don’t give pearls to swine. They will trample the pearls, then turn and attack you. It is futile to try to teach holy concepts to people who do not want to listen and will tear apart what we say. This does not mean we should stop giving the Gospel to unbelievers.
Have I ever been guilty of trying to judge another person when I had things in my own life that needed to be judged? How would I recommend approaching people who need help or correction?
"Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. 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? 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? 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. "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."
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Matthew 4:18-25Ministry in the Synagogues
Matthew 5:1-12Sermon on The Mount
Matthew 5:13-20Fishing For Men
Matthew 5:21-26Anger is Murder in The Heart
Matthew 5:27-32Divorce And Remarriage
Matthew 5:33-42Unfair and Unreasonable Treatment
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Matthew 6:1-4How to Giving?
Matthew 6:5-18Practice of Prayer
Matthew 6:19-24The Love of Wealth
Matthew 6:25-34Do Not Worry
Matthew 7:1-6Judging And Hypocrisy
Matthew 7:7-12The Golden Rule
Matthew 7:13-23A Professing Christian vs a True Christian
Matthew 7:24-29Building on the Right Foundation
Matthew 8:1-17Healing Miracles of Christ
Matthew 8:18-27Motives of Service
Matthew 8:28-34Jesus Transfers Demons to Pigs
Matthew 9:1-8Jesus Heals a Crippled Man
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