Jesus and Judging

“Do not judge…” A portion of scripture that is often taken out of context and misinterpreted by both believers and unbelievers alike. What is judgement? Are we supposed to judge and if so, whom are we to judge and why? Join us as we study through Matthew 7 to see what Jesus has to say about judging, what it truly looks like, why a proper view of judgement matters and how to judge properly. #itsallaboutjesus

Date: January 21, 2018
Speaker:  Jason Jordan
Series: Jesus Uncensored

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Thank you so much for listening in here at West Side. We often say that we love the word of God because it points us to the son of God. We hope these messages encourage you and equip you to love Jesus more. We also want you to be apart of a local church, we believe these messages are only supplemental, being apart of a local church is essential. Blessings.

Jason G Jordan

Lead Pastor, West Side Church

Sermon Notes

Jesus Uncensored: Jesus and Judging Matt7:1-12

INTRO> I remember taking my first bible school class, they teach you before anything else the difference between two words: exegesis and eisegesis. The history of the word exegesis comes from a Latin word that means “to lead out from”. The word eisegesis comes from the Latin word that means the opposite “to lead into” So when you approach the bible you only have two options, you can draw principles “out of the text that are there” that’s exegesis or you can “lead principles into the text” that aren’t there and that’s called “eisegesis”. The passage that’s before us is probably one of the most misunderstood verse in all of that bible and most people study the passage like this (Pic).

I think there are two primary reasons that Christians and Non-Christian alike misuse this and wrap this verse.

        • Non-Christan = Self Defense
        • Christian = Self-Righteous

What’s the common theme in both of these, self. Jesus is teaching us that life is his kingdom isn’t about you and he gives us ways we can live to show us and protect us from a self centered life. By Judging correctly.

CONTEXT> I know what you are saying Jesus just said don’t do it, well let’s let Jesus speak from these very verses.

        • “log in your own eye” v3 -Jesus just judged
        • “ you hypocrite”- v5 Sounds judgmental to me
        • “dogs and pigs” v6 wow Jesus really? harsh.
        • “false prophets” v15

APP> So then what is Jesus telling us here, How can we live lives connected in the kingdom by the king? He will show us Poor Judgement, Proper Judgment and Principles for Judging.

  1. Poor Judgment happens when:
      1. You are more concerned with other peoples sins than your own sins. why do you see the speck in your own eye..”
      2. You treat people like problems. “Let me take the speck out of your eye..” People are not problem’s though we create them. People are people. *ILL> Magnifying Glass.
      3. You hold non-christians to a christian standard.

“do not give to DOGS what is holy.. or pearls to pigs..” Jesus is saying a very Jewish statement here. These animals where considered unclean. Jesus is saying, “Why are you surprised they acted that way?” The apostle Paul would say the same thing, For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge?” 1 Corinthians 5:12

APP> Jesus is telling us if these are markers in your life, you are judging wrongly, worldly. Before we get into what it looks like to judge properly, there are things that we have no jurisdiction in.

We can’t judge: *(Credit to James Macdonald Blog)

      • Motives. “Therefore do not pronounce judgment before the time, before the Lord comes, who will bring to light the things now hidden in darkness and will disclose the purposes of the heart. Then each one will receive his commendation from God.” 1 Corinthians 4:5
      • Appearances. Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgment.” John 7:24
      • Harshly. “ So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.” Matthew 7:12 *ILL> Francis Schaeffer, tape recorder  “Then God would simply say to the man, though he had never head the Bible, now where do you stand in the light of your own moral judgments? The Bible points out . . . that every voice would be stilled. All men would have to acknowledge that they have deliberately done those things which they knew to be wrong. Nobody could deny it.”

2) Proper Judgment happens when:

      1. I evaluate my own sins first. “First take the speck out of your own eye..” Do you see what Jesus is doing here, he is engaging us first. *ILL> Just recently Courtnee and I flew in a plane. If you have ever flown no one ever listen to when the fly attendant give the speech. This time, they showed a video (which says more about us than them) But this pictured popped up (PIC). APP> How in the world could you ever save some one from drowning when you yourself are sinking. APP> A proper view of Jesus produces humility.
      2. I engage my brothers sins second. “then you will see clearly to take out the speck in your brothers…” Do you see the logic behind Jesus words here. We have to be careful, Jesus isn’t calling us to be head hunters he is calling us to be heart searchers. This isn’t an issue of acceptance, its an issue of obedience. How are we suppose to do this? *ILL< June of 1938, J.R.R. Tolkien (PIC)  In 2008, The Times ranked him sixth on a list of “The 50 greatest British writers since 1945”.[7] Forbes ranked him the 5th top-earning “dead celebrity” in 2009  who books have sold more than 150million copies wrote a letter to his editor Stanley Unwin explaining why he was behind schedule finishing the final draft for The Hobbit. Tolkien told Unwin that instead of drafting more material, he decided to start over and rewrite the first three chapters. What motivated Tolkien to go back and start the whole thing over again? He had received “excellent criticism” from his readers and a friend…….. C. S. Lewis”

3) Principles for judging.

      • Most scholars believe that these next verses should all be taught together, Jesus is giving us the how to our what.
  1. Carefully. v6
  2. Prayerfully. v7-11
  3. Tenderly. v12

Correct him not as a foe, nor as an advisory exacting a penalty, but as a physical providing medicines.” – John Chrysostom

Big Idea> Unity within the kingdom of God is the responsibility of the people of God.

Close>

“By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:35

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;  it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth.  Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.Love never ends…” 1 Corinthians 13:4-8

Big Idea> Unity within the kingdom of God is the responsibility of the people of God.

  • Do you have these people in your life?
  • Are you this person in someone else life?
  • How different would your life look if you did?

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