Judging – Sermon on the Mount 9

Sermon on the Mount 9 – Judging

Sermon on the Mount 9 – Judging

William Stout / General

Sermon on the Mount – 9 – Judging / Hypocrisy; Judging


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Matthew 7:1–6 NKJV

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.

3 And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye?

4 Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye’; and look, a plank is in your own eye?

5 Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

6 “Do not give what is holy to the dogs; nor cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you in pieces.


Judge Not, That you be not judged

  • There are few verses quoted more often than Matthew 7:1
  • And few verses more misunderstood
  • This verse must be read in context; vs. 1-6 go together
  • The theme here is avoiding hypocrisy
  • Jesus is not instructing us to be neutral in our values and morality
  • It is not an instruction to suspend human observation, reasoning and wise decision making
  • In fact, Judgement is a dominant theme of chapter 7
  • It is rather an admonition to be aware that in the same way we judge others we also are judged
  • So we could read: Judge not if you don’t want to be judged likewise
  • Imagine someone offering you rotten, obviously contaminated food
  • You consider rejecting it but then remember: I am not supposed to judge
  • Imagine selecting a spouse without judging his or her suitability

John 7:24 NKJV

24 Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment.”

With what judgement you judge you shall be judged:

  • the measure you use will be measured back to you
  • The same standards you use to judge others will be used on you
  • the same measure, of judgement or grace that you apply to others will be applied to you

James 2:13 NKJV

13 For judgment is without mercy to the one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment.

  • This is a tremendous problem among people: we are very quick to condemn others, to be angry with others, to hold grudges for the very things that we ourselves do
  • how many people are angry and complain about others doing
  • do you slack at work and then complain about poor service you receive?
  • Do you take advantage of others but complain when you are cheated?
  • Do you get angry when others make mistakes and then expect mercy when you do the same?
  • We so rarely see ourselves through the same lens we judge others

Remove the plank from you own eye

  • So Jesus gives us this preposterous example
  • and optometrist with a 2×4 protruding from his eye

Hypocrite! first repent of your own sin!

  • So the point is hypocrisy.
  • We must first repent ourselves before we can correct others
  • We must not condemn others for doing the very things we have been forgiven for
  • Remember the story from Mat. 18
  • So many people once they are saved despise the people they used to sin with
  • we must despise the sin, without condemning the people

Do not Give what is holy to the dogs!

  • We must make a judgement in order to comply with this instruction
  • Jesus keeps the teaching in context, so should we
  • Just because we do not condemn the sinners does not mean we agree with them
  • We must depart from wickedness
  • Rom 6:2

Romans 6:2 NKJV

2 Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it?

  • Have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them
  • Eph5.11

Ephesians 5:11 NKJV

11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them.

  • So we speak the truth in love, always in love
  • But we must Judge (discern) between good and evil
  • heb 5:14

Hebrews 5:14 NKJV

14 But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.

  • must discern who are the “dogs” He is referring to, and what is Holy

Judge with Righteous Judgement!

  • Those claiming “Only God can Judge me” are declaring an awesome truth
  • It is amazing they declare such a truth, and then live as though they will not be judged
  • We shall all give an account for the things done in this body
  • Do you look forward to judgement? Or dread it?
  • 1 Thes 5:3-10

1 Thessalonians 5:3–10 NKJV

3 For when they say, “Peace and safety!” then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape.

4 But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief.

5 You are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness.

6 Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober.

7 For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk are drunk at night.

8 But let us who are of the day be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet the hope of salvation.

9 For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ,

10 who died for us, that whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with Him.




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