Lent 2015, Led to the Cross: What Jesus says about judging

Galatians 1

This is the lent series and we’re reading through Luke, from the 40-days Jesus spent in the in the desert triumphing over temptation to His crucifixion and resurrection. We have read through Luke 4 and 5 and today will finish chapter 6. In our reading we learned that: Jesus grace triumphed over temptation and evil;  He was persecuted in Nazareth for not performing miracles in his home town; He suffered to relate to our suffering; He came for sinners (tax collectors, fishermen, and us!); Jesus called the 12 disciples; showed us how we are to cast our crowns before the throne, living our lives for His plans. We understand that His miracles illustrate how we are to trust Him and live as a testimony.  Yesterday we read about Jesus’ direction to love our enemies, to bless them and to pray for them. Today we’ll finish Luke chapter 6 and read about Jesus’ direction regarding judging others, and our requirement to act on His directives- it’s not enough just to know what they are.

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 and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” (Luke 6:37-38) 

We ought to be very candid in our censures of others, because we need grains of allowance ourselves. They that are merciful to other people’s names shall find others merciful to theirs. -Matthew Henry.

Treat people with the compassion that you want to be treated with, be the example.

 He also told them this parable: “Can the blind lead the blind? Will they not both fall into a pit?  The student is not above the teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like their teacher. (Luke 6:39)

Those who put themselves under the guidance of the ignorant and erroneous are likely to perish with them. Can the Pharisees, who are blinded with pride, prejudice, and bigotry, lead the blind people into the right way? Those that ignorantly, and at a venture, follow the multitude to do evil, follow the blind in the broad way that leads the many to destruction. -Matthew Henry

 “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, ‘Brother, let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when you yourself fail to see the plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye. (Luke 6: 40-42)

Those with a very ill grace censure the faults of others who are not aware of their own faults. It is very absurd for any to pretend to be so quick-sighted as to spy small faults in others, like a mote in the eye, when they are themselves so perfectly past feeling as not to perceive a beam in their own eye. -Matthew Henry

When you point the finger at someone, notice that your four other fingers are pointing back at yourself.

No good tree bears bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit. Each tree is recognized by its own fruit. People do not pick figs from thorn bushes, or grapes from briers.  A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of. (Luke 6:43-45)

The heart is the tree, and the words and actions are fruit according to the nature of the tree. The heart is the treasure, and the words and actions are the expenses or produce from that treasure. You may, if you please, stick figs upon thorns, and hang a bunch of grapes upon a bramble, but they neither are, nor can be, the natural product of the trees; so neither can you expect any good conduct from those who have justly a bad character. If the fruit be good, you may conclude that the tree is so; if the conversation be holy, heavenly, and regular, though you cannot infallibly know the heart, yet you may charitably hope that it is upright with God; for every tree is known by its fruit. -Matthew Henry

You can put lipstick on a pig, but it’s still a pig.

Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?  As for everyone who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice, I will show you what they are like.  They are like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built.  But the one who hears my words and does not put them into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. The moment the torrent struck that house, it collapsed and its destruction was complete.” (Luke 6:46-49)

It is not enough to hear the sayings of Christ, but we must do them; not enough to profess relation to him, as his servants, but we must make conscience of obeying him.

Tomorrow we’ll read through Luke 7; about John the Baptist, miraculous raising of the dead, and an alabaster flask of faith.

 

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