In this episode, David and Chris discuss the issue of “judging” and making judgments about people. We start in Matthew 7:1-5 and discuss Jesus’s message against hypocrisy in how we treat and view others, making reference to 1 John 4:20. We mention the contemporary context of the use of “judge not” and try to understand what people are trying to say when they quote this verse. We turn to John 7:24 where Jesus says “judge righteous judgment” and discuss the concept of righteous judgment according to Jesus, judging not by appearance but by the word of God. We talk about how the standard we use to judge others will also be used against us, and how this can prevent hypocrisy. We move to John 7:45-52 and see an example of unrighteous judgment and a response from Nicodemus, then we finish by reading and discussing 1 Corinthians 11:31-32.
“Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.” (Matt. 7:1-5)
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