Jesus’ Words 15 – Judging – Matthew 7:1-6

Matthew 7:1-6 Judging

Did Jesus judge other while on this earth?

Judging – better be correct, fair, expect identical in return


Matt 7

“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.

( Luke 6:36-38 )

Context – Jesus shockingly confronting since the start of the BEATITUDES.

Speaking to a people living in daily expectation of judgement of enemies.

Challenging thought – judge not?!


Matthew 7

“Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.


Get illustrations –

   Sawdust = dust, splinter

   Log/beam = joist, rafter

We don’t see well ( BLIND) w/ log in our eye.


Brothers, Hogs, & Dogs:

Matthew 7”

“Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.

Hogs & Dogs: filthy, trash prowling, savage and threatening. Place of demons,

= application of law and gospel , judgement and mercy, unrepentance and repentance.


Matt 10:(1-15) 13-15 leave your peace vs. shake dust

Not Judging and approving are not the same…  ( woman found in adultery Loved, not approved )

Does not mean: to be endlessly uncritical.

Does mean : deal with self first.



Lord’s Supper – examine himself.

1 Cor 11:27-32



Once you have been fully transformed by grace, only then you are able to measure out correctly mercy A N D justice.

According to the teaching of some rabbis in Jesus’ time, God had two measures that He used to judge people. One was a measureof justiceand the other was a measureof mercy.Whichever measureyou want God to use with you, you should use that same measurewith others.