Motes And Beams (Matthew 7:1-6)Simon Schrock, November 16, 2014
Part of the Sermon On The Mount series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
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The sermon today was taken from Matthew 7:1-6 where Jesus is teaching about how to judge each other (and how not to judge). We should guard against making judgments that tear each other down and promote ourselves.
Jesus used a practical application to teach a principal. He spoke about a mote, which is a speck of dust or chaff, and a beam or ridge pole. Imagine a person with a ridge pole sticking out of his eye trying to get close enough to another person to help him remove a speck of dust out of his eye. Not a picture of success!
In Joshua we read the story of the children of Israel after they crossed the Jordan and the other tribes crossed back to claim their assigned land. The people of Israel saw that an altar was built and they assumed this altar was for worshiping the gods of the land. They sent men over to investigate and discovered that the altar was built as a reminder to worship only the God of Israel.
In Matthew 7 Jesus is teaching that we use discernment in our judgments. We are quick to judge small faults in others without dealing with the big issues in our own lives.
Judging is a close relative of slander. We can speak and think things in a derogatory way. Before we speak, we should ask ourselves questions like this: Is it kind? Is it showing love? Is it true? Is it helpful to the other person?
Our judgments can lead us to wrong expectations of other people. When we don’t know all the facts of the situation, but make judgments, we expect people to respond in a certain way.
Things in regard to Christian judgments:
1. Not taking revenge
2. Not based on insufficient evidence
3. Not based on hearsay
4. Not hypocritical
5. Not condemnation
6. Not out of wrong motives
Judgment should have the goal of restoration:
1. Discern good from evil
2. Prove all things
3. Mark those who cause divisions
4. Reprove, rebuke, exhort
5. Have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness
If I’m the one receiving judgment, I need to remember that we are all capable of making mistakes. I should not put the blame on others for my own mistakes.
7:1 “Judge not, that you be not judged. 2 For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. 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? 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? 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.
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. (ESV)