37 ¶ "Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.
38. "Give and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you."
39. And He spoke a parable to them: "Can the blind lead the blind? Will they not both fall into the ditch?
40. "A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone who is perfectly trained will be like his teacher.
41. "And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not perceive the plank in your own eye?
42. "Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me remove the speck that is in your eye,’ when you yourself do not see the plank that is in your own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck that is in your brother’s eye..
I. Censorious Judgment : Mt 7:1-2
1 ¶ "Judge not, that you be not judged.
2. "For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you.
I learned a new word: Censorious ---means highly critical, finding fault.
1. Judge not, that ye be not judged—To "judge" here does not exactly mean to pronounce condemnatory judgment, nor does it refer to simple judging at all, whether favorable or the reverse.
2. The thing here condemned is that disposition to look unfavorably on the character and actions of others, which lead invariably to the pronouncing of rash, unjust, and unlovely judgments upon them.
3. , we are not only warranted to sit in judgment upon a brother’s character and actions. It is the violation of the law of love .that ye be not judged"—confirms this: "that your own character and actions be not pronounced upon with the like severity"; that is, at the great day.
II. Judged by the word
He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.
Revelation 20 pronounces the judgment of Sin and the great white throne judgment where by according to our works.
A. Condemn not you shall not be condemned
B. Forgive and you will be forgiven
He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
III. Characteristics of Generosity
"Give and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you."
a. Known as givers and not judgers
b. Boundless generosity-limitless kindness to sinner and saint
the bosom of a garment, i.e. the hollow formed by the upper forepart of a rather loose garment bound by a girdle or sash, used for keeping and carrying things (the fold or pocket)
c. Over and above abundance- when you give much, your will receive, much, when you give little you receive little.
Ga 6:7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
IV. And he spake a parable unto them:
1. If you be my followers- refrain from being judgers
I will show you something here:
a. Can the blind lead the blind? Shall they both fall into a ditch? With a censorious spirit you lead others because the blind man sets him self up as a guide and those that follow will both land in the ditch.
b. The disciple is not above his master: but everyone that is perfect shall be as his master.
Listen the blind lead the blind and then he says these mistaken men can not be expected to be wiser than their teacher. Every one that has been perfected shall be as his teacher/master.
40. "A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone who is perfectly trained will be like his teacher
Now here it is: The students of these censorious, evil judging, narrow-minded, bitter men will grow up as they become perfected in this teaching, equally narrow-minded and bitter as their masters. Jesus is saying to us: But my followers must be something different to these: a nobler spirit and be more generous must rule first in their hearts.
c. 41. "And why do you look at the speck/mote in your brother’s eye, but do not perceive the plank/beam in your own eye?
Always finding something wrong in someone else and considering the wrong in you own life.
There are defects in all of us.
V. The Duty of charitableness
Look at verse 42:
42. "Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me remove the speck that is in your eye,’ when you yourself do not see the plank that is in your own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck that is in your brother’s eye.
Verses 41-42 ‘Brother’ here does not mean a close relative. It means another member of the Christian family of God’s children.
A man cannot see if he has a big piece of wood that sticks out of his eye. His offer to remove the tiny bit of dust from his brother’s eye is stupid. Jesus’ humorous picture showed that it is impossible to correct another person’s mistake before one has corrected one’s own. The other person’s wrong actions may be very small when compared with one’s own.
The word ‘*hypocrite’ comes from a *Greek word which means that someone is acting. A *hypocrite is a person who pretends to be something that he is not.
Censorious thinking / finding fault and been highly critical never leads to correction of another. We first must show the love of Christ in our own hearts before trying to help others.