Summary: Let’s look at one of the best known passages in the Bible!
• SLIDE #1
• Can you tell me the one verse in the bible everyone seems to have memorized?
• How many times have we just taken a look at another person and made a judgment about them. We take one look at them and we think that we know everything about them?
• Have you ever felt the sting of being unfairly judged by another person when they did not even know you?
• What about the times when we find out a person has done something and we sit back and think how terrible the person is when all the while we forget about what we have done?
• It is so easy to look around us and make judgments about people while we conveniently forget about our own struggles.
• It reminds me of a story told by Kathy Plate of Orlando Florida. She said, “While visiting a neighbor, five-year-old Andrew pulled out his kindergarten class picture and immediately began describing each classmate.”This is Robert; he hits everyone. This is Stephen. He never listens to the teacher. This is Mark. He chases us and is very noisy." Pointing to his own picture, Andrew commented, "And this is me. I’m just sitting here minding my own business."
• We are most always the one who is just sitting there minding our own business.
• I want us to spend our time together today looking at what Jesus has to say about judgment.
• During Jesus day the religious leaders had a tendency to judge a person by their social standing or their race. We do not do this today do we?
• Jesus makes an interesting shift in thought going from encouraging us to rely on God for our needs to a prohibition against being judging others.
• This passage is one that many people quote, but few people really understand or want to understand what Jesus is forbidding us to do.
• Let’s begin with verse 1.
• SLIDE #2
• Matthew 7:1 ( ESV ) “Judge not, that you be not judged.
• Let us begin by looking at:
• SLIDE #3
I. AN EXAMINATION OF THE COMMAND. (V 1&6)
• What does this mean?
• There are three possible meanings of the word “judge”. In order to be able to do what Matthew 7:1 says. We must understand which of the meanings Jesus intends for this passage.
• Let’s begin by looking at the first possibility
• SLIDE #4
A. Judge as in a court setting?
• Civil court judgments are not prohibited.
• Church discipline.
• In Matthew 18:16, a judgment is required to know if church discipline is needed to be exercised.
• In Titus 3:10 a character evaluation is needed in order to determine if a person is a factious (a person who causes division) person.
• In 2 Thessalonians 3:6 we are told to determine if a person is leading an unruly life.
• In 2 John 1:10 we are told to make a judgment concerning the teaching of another person.
• Is Jesus is condemning judgment in a judicial sense? Apparently not since we are given instances where this judicial type of judgment is used.
• There is a second possibility
• SLIDE #5
B. Hypocritical judgment?
• Let us look at Romans 2:1-4