Part Thirteen, Jesus’s teaching continues. Do Not Judge.
One of the ways Jesus taught was to use parables [stories] what is interesting is how most are still relevant 2000 years later?
Matthew chapter 7 verses 1 to 6
Do Not Judge
1] “Do not judge so that you will not be judged. For by the standard you judge you will be judged, and the measure you use will be the measure you receive. Why do you see the speck in your brother’s eye, but fail to see the beam of wood in your own? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye,’ while there is a beam in your own? You hypocrite! First remove the beam from your own eye, and then you can see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.
Luke chapter 6 verse 37 and 38
Do Not Judge Others
37] “Do not judge, and you will not be judged; do not condemn, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven. Give, and it will be given to you: A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be poured into your lap. For the measure you use will be the measure you receive.”
We are all guilty of having preconceived views on people, actions of others, even sometimes before we have met them, or have obtained all the facts to come to a reasoned judgement. Would we like to be judged by the standards that we judge them by?
I suppose we are seeing a classic example now between the way our government is dealing with the latest crisis in Salisbury and the more dangerous crisis developing in Syria. Will it won’t it escalate? We condemn the alleged actions by Syria, not proven. A terrible action if it is true by anyone whichever faction is behind it. [it is a proven fact that ISIS/DAESH have this capability]
Yet we ignore the fact we have supplied weapons to other regimes that have used these weapons against civilians [including children]. Are not our leaders being hypocritical?
Luke chapter 6 verses 39 to 42
39] He also told them a parable: “Someone who is blind cannot lead another who is blind, can he? Won’t they both fall into a pit? A disciple is not greater than his teacher, but everyone when fully trained will be like his teacher. Why do you see the speck in your brother’s eye, but fail to see the beam of wood in your own? How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me remove the speck from your eye,’ while you yourself don’t see the beam in your own? You hypocrite! First remove the beam from your own eye, and then you can see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.
This is a repetition of Mathew but; verse 39 and 40 gives us a different slant.
39] He also told them a parable: “Someone who is blind cannot lead another who is blind, can he? Won’t they both fall into a pit? A disciple is not greater than his teacher, but everyone when fully trained will be like his teacher.
We need to learn and be certain of our facts. These facts can be gained from both our own experiences and our teachers. Two things of note we are always learning, my views now are different from when I was in my teens and twenties. Teachers who teach must be willing to continue to learn from their experiences and maybe modify their own teachings if needs be. I have found that in teaching you learn much from the person being taught.
Lastly on a lighter note; Peanuts was a comic character who used to comment on issues, both funny and informative. Https://www.peanuts.com/comics/
In one cartoon strip, Linus asks Lucy, "Why are you so anxious to criticize me?"
Lucy responds, "I just think I have a knack for seeing other people's faults."
To that Linus snaps, "What about your own faults?"
Lucy in her self-righteousness responds, "I have a knack for overlooking them."
In the end we shall all be held to account for our own actions