Matthew 7:1-14, January 5, 2020
Judging, Condemning, Deciding
Review – 6:25-34 Look at where these verses are placed – right after the danger of possessions! Jesus chooses to deal with those who have little or much worrying.
Worrying they don’t have enough or how to keep or increase what they do have.
In fact Jesus says 3 times (v25, 31, 34) do not worry as your worry leads to distraction from and distrust of God, away from faithfully doing His will. Worry/Anxiety about things beyond our immediate needs or capabilities does us no good and is the direct opposite of carefulness, cautiousness, and faith – especially faith.
The choice is to 1) live in perpetual insecurity or 2) live in daily knowledge of the blessings of God.
Choose! Look at v27; it asks a rhetorical question – we know the answer!
Jesus makes it clear in v30, worry results from little faith or results in causing you to live a life of little faith.
That is His concern!. Then v33 summarizes His direction, seek first His kingdom with seek meaning a constant ongoing seeking. Our seeking, growing, walking in faith does not end.
Three warnings: Do not be judgmental (7:1-5), be discriminating (7:6), and persist in pursuing God (7:7-11)
7:1-5 Judge/Judge not. But are we to not judge at all? Here are three examples that show we are to judge.
However, we are not to judge motives, pretend to be mind readers, nor to judge someone’s salvation.
And about that splinter or speck – we should treat a splinter or speck in our own eye as if it were a plank as it can surely grow to become one.
So what are we to judge or not to judge?
Judge actions, not people or motivations. We are not mind readers.
Ellicott’s Commentary give four good guidelines.
Then we have Matthew Henry’s Commentary
along with Barne’s Notes as well
And finally we end with Gill’s Exposition as our summary.
We should truly pray for those we are prone to criticize and judge – something that does them and ourselves good.
7:6 Pearls Here we see we are to judge. Dogs and swine refer to those who have deliberately rejected the gospel of Jesus. The use of dogs and swine is because Jews found both to be repulsive or repugnant as unclean.
7:7-11 Ask Seek Knock This is about prayer and God promises to answer all prayer (v7-8). Evil in v11 is about us and our sinful nature. Then in v12, instead of judging others, we are to treat them as we would like to be treated! When we look at v12 it is intended as a summary of the second tablet of the law, commandments 5-10: in summary form we have
Honor your father and your mother.
You shall not murder.
You shall not commit adultery.
You shall not steal.
You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
You shall not covet.