Summary: This is one of the most misunderstood verses in the Bible. What did Jesus mean, "Do Not Judge?"
Do Not Judge
Jesus looks out across the people…mixed multitudes
I.(vs 1) Do not Judge
a.Vs 1 is not telling us to endorse….Call sin sin
b.Infact, the Bible teaches us to judge
·Matthew 7:15 – false prophets/fruits
·2 Thes. 3:6
c.Jesus meant a certain kind of judgment
·There is a difference between exercising judgment and a judgmental attitude. One can be good, the other is destructive criticism.
d.Who was he talking to? Pharisees, disciples and believers
e.Why do others have a judgmental attitude and criticize others?
·To make one’s selves look good by pointing out another’s failures. Pride
.Some people enjoy tearing down another person and watching them suffer. Murder.
.By criticizing what one has or what one does, they feel that their own lives are better than the person who failed. Envy
·Criticism helps one justify the decisions they have made and the things they have done throughout our lives. We rationalize our decisions and acts by pointing out the failure of others. Justify Sin
·Criticism points out to our friends how strong we are. Criticism gives good feelings because it gives us opportunity to prove how good we are based upon the failures of others. Self Righteous
·Criticism is an outlet for hurt and revenge. We feel he deserves it. Subconsciously, if not consciously, we think, “He hurt me so he deserves to hurt, too.” So we criticize the person who failed. Unforgiving
·Some people have to be the center of attention and know if they criticize another person, many people will listen. Gossip
f.Why did he speak to the multitude this way
·Pharisees, followers, disciples
II.(vs2) The criticizer will be judged
a.justice or mercy?
b.“If you judge harshly God will judge you harshly, If you judge generously and mercifully, God will judge you generously and mercifully.
III.vs. 3) The criticizer fails to examine himself
a.Look at word “beholdest” (serching for something)
IV.vs. 4) The criticizer is deceived about himself
a. A criticizer is in no position to help another
b. A criticizer reveals the truth about himself to others
V.(vs. 5) The criticizer is a hypocrite
a. Why did he call them that?
·Full of pride
·Do not put others before themselves
·Are not meek
·Fail to bear one another’s burden
b.There is no place in this church for destructive criticizers
c.There is no place in the Christian life for destructive criticizers
d.If you are one who criticizes, maybe because something was not done the way you would have done it or another person or group does not meet up to your standards, then you need to either grow-up spiritually or get saved. (1 Cor 3 and Gal 5)
e.What if another is living in sin, then here is the Bible’s instructions:
·2 Cor. 13:5
The person you criticize may have an influence in leading your son, daughter, family member, or someone else to Christ; but they do not take that person or their presentation of the Gospel serious because of your words – then some of their blood will be on your hands.