August 7, 2016: Bad Judgement

Posted on : Aug 4th, 2016 | By | Category: This Sunday's Service

The Judgement Cafe

A question about self-examination:

“Why do you see the splinter that’s in your brother or sister’s eye,

but don’t notice the log in your own eye?”

Oh boy, Jesus gets feisty here. Wouldn’t you love to know who he’s talking to?

Take a deep breath, because the answer is: YOU.

This question Jesus asks, “Why do you see the splinter that’s in your brother or sister’s eye, but don’t notice the log in your own eye?” is part of a much longer section in the Gospel of Matthew, that most of us know as “The Sermon on the Mount.” Most of us know “The Sermon on the Mount” as that lovely teaching that begins, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, those who mourn, the meek, those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, the merciful, the pure in heart, and the peacemakers.” But “The Sermon on the Mount” doesn’t end there. It continues on. (If you’d like to read the entire Sermon on the Mount, it begins with Matthew 5, verse 1 and continues through Matthew 7, verse 27.)

What becomes clear in this collection of Jesus’ teachings is that not everyone who followed Jesus was all sweetness and love. There was more than a little bit of jealousy and judgement going on in people’s lives, especially “religious” people.

The beginning of this story is one of the most quoted pieces of scripture in the world: “Don’t judge others, or you yourself will be judged. Your judgment of others will be the judgment you receive. The measure you use will be used to measure you.” We’re often fond of quoting that to other Christians who judge us. But Jesus reverses the traditional way in which we use this saying, putting the focus not on the other person but on ourselves first. “Why do you see the splinter that’s in your brother or sister’s eye, but don’t notice the log in your own eye?” The rest of the story is “eye” focused; or rather “I” focused.

The question Jesus presents us with is not about others, but about ourselves.

More on Sunday.

Blessings,

Dan

 ~ This Sunday’s Scripture ~

Matthew 7:1-5

A question about judgement

(Jesus taught:) “Don’t judge others, or you yourself will be judged. Your judgment of others will be the judgment you receive. The measure you use will be used to measure you. Why do you see the splinter in brother or sister’s eye, and never see the log in your own eye? How can you say to your sister or brother, ‘Let me remove the splinter in your eye,’ when the whole time there is a log in your own eye? Hypocrite! Remove the log from your own eye first; then you’ll be able to see clearly to remove the splinter from your sister or brother’s eye.

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