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Luke 6:37-42


"Judge not so you won’t be judged"

Luke 6:37-42

 

Introduction:

1. She is a really nice person. "Yeah, but she sure doesn’t know how to dress very well."

 

2. He is very generous with his money. "Yeah, but he could be more generous if he didn’t drive such a fancy car and live in that very expensive house."

 

3. They have both come a long way in their marriage. "Yeah, but the way I figure it, once you’ve committed adultery you always wear a scarlet ‘A’ on your forehead."

 

4. That church has a wonderful ministry to elderly people. "Yeah, but do they have any members under 100?"

 

5. Jesus said:

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."

He also told them this parable: "Can a blind man lead a blind man? Will they not both fall into a pit? A student is not above his teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like his teacher.

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."

6. That sounds nice, but probably could never work. If we can’t judge another person, how can a teacher grade papers, a citizen serve on a jury, a woman decide if a man is right to marry, or a social worker save a child from abuse?

 

7. We’ll come back to those questions in a few minutes. For now, let’s just listen to Jesus’ advice for treating people right while still coming out ahead.

 

I. Don’t put people down Luke 6:37-38

A. Judge not/condemn not

1. Jesus started out with one of his most quoted and misquoted lines:

"Do not judge, and you will not be judged."

2. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve heard that line quoted by people who didn’t like what they were being told.

A man is about to leave his wife for another woman and he defends himself with "Judge not, that you be not judged."

A woman is told that as a Christian she should not marry a man who does not have personal faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. She answers" "Who are you . . . who am I to judge whether he is really a Christian or not?"

3. Jesus was not telling us to be stupid or undiscerning. He fully recognized the necessity to make judgments all the time about good and evil, right and wrong, guilt and innocence.

4. Jesus was telling us not to be critically condemning of other people. In other words, Christians should never put other people down.

5. Here’s how life works:

Like chickens in the barnyard, we humans often have a pecking order.

We rate others and ourselves according to age, wealth, occupation, physical appearance, gender, and hundreds of other characteristics.

Whether we are correct or incorrect, we often peg ourselves as higher or lower than other people. Most of us prefer to be higher. We like to be as close to the top as possible.

One way of trying to get there is to work hard at subtracting other people’s points.

The condemning person thinks and talks about anything that will lower others in order to make self look better.

Some of us do this very directly and others do it very subtlely. We say things like "He’s too old. She’s fat. They are always late. She gets poor grades. She cheats. He’s too slick. They don’t have much money. They have too much money for their own good. Sounds like a woman. Look at the color of his skin. Have you smelled him lately? Her voice is so irritating. She still speaks with an accent."

By stealing points through criticism, we seem to make others look worse so that we can look better.

6. Jesus says, stop this right now! "Do not judge. Do not condemn." Do not put other people down. The issue is not truthfulness. The issue is love. The issue is not making necessary judgments but making unnecessary criticisms.

7. But what about all the time when judgments about other people seem to be essential? Jesus is not forbidding us from evaluating and making needed decisions about employees, students, criminal and civil court cases, the competency of physicians, the validity of religious leaders or who to marry. However, it is possible to make judgments about other people without being judgmental about those people.

You may decide that an employee is cheating on an expense account and fire her. You may conclude that an employee does not have the potential to do the job that needs to be done and transfer him to another office and position. At the same time, you can avoid thinking of yourself as superior, and not say bad things about that person behind his or her back.

She may have stolen from the company because of a financial crisis at home which is rooted in a dysfunctional family growing up. God only knows all the background and issues. It is not your place or mine to condemn with inadequate information, but we do have to make difficult personnel decisions in order to run a business.

8. Jesus announces that there are great benefits from this better way. "Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned." There are two parts to these benefits. If we are not critical of others, they will be less critical of us. More important, God will not criticize us. If we have a generous and gracious attitude toward others, God will not need to humble us and put us in our places. It’s a win-win situation.

 

B. Forgive/give

1. Jesus takes this a step further when he tells us to forgive others and we will be forgiven. Again there are two parts - - - those of us who forgive others are more likely to be forgiven by others, and we will be forgiven by God.

2. This is almost word for word the same as that line from the Lord’s Prayer. Some people have called it the most frightening prayer we could ever pray: "Forgive our sins as we forgive those who sin against us." Because, if we don’t forgive others, we are directly asking God not to forgive our sins.

3. Take a quick inventory. Who have you not forgiven? What have you not forgiven? If you can think of anyone or anything, I suggest skipping that line of the Lord’s Prayer until something changes.

4. But let’s not linger with a negative approach. Let’s take Jesus’ positive approach: "Forgive , and you will be forgiven."

5. Jesus takes all this a step further. He not only advises us to be forgivers but to be givers: "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."

In other words, give and you will get. Be generous to others and God will be generous to you. In fact, God will be extra generous:

"A good measure" - - which is full, not short or skimpy. Like a "good raise", not just a raise.

"Pressed down" - - think of buying grain. The merchant pushes on the top to make sure there are no air pockets.

"Shaken together" - - -no empty spaces. Full as full can be. The most the container can possibly hold.

"Running over" - - that is, heaped high and spilling on the floor.

"Poured in your lap" refers to the way ancient people used to make a pocket out of the front of their clothes. Your pockets will be full.

Jesus says that generous people will receive with the same size shovel they use to give to others. (Some people are really cheap - - - if they give anything away it is with a teaspoon. Others use a snow shovel. Some are so generous they need a front end loader.) "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."

 

II. Follow the right kind of leaders Luke 6:39-40

Jesus next talks about the kind of leaders and teachers who will help us treat other right and still come out ahead. Some Bible scholars wonder what this has to do with what Jesus is talking about. Actually, I think it is connected but I take some delight that there are people who have trouble following Jesus’ sermons. Even Jesus sometimes got off the topic and chased down a few rabbit trails while he was preaching!

 

A. Leaders who see where they are going

1. Jesus wants us to treat people right. He knows that the leaders we follow will help or hurt us in the process. This makes sense - - - whether a person chose to follow Adolph Hitler or Mother Theresa makes a big difference in the treatment of others.

2. The analogy Jesus uses is based on blindness and sightedness: "Can a blind man lead a blind man? Will they not both fall into a pit?"

3. In other words, if you want to treat people right, follow a leader who treats people right.

 

B. Teachers you want to be like

1. This is even more so with teachers: "A student is not above his teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like his teacher."

2. I’ve been writing a new book. One of the privileges of an author is to dedicate the book. I’ve already written the dedication page - - - honoring seven mentors who have significantly influenced my life. They are people I wanted to be like. Not one on the list is perfect. That’s one of the advantages of having seven - - I can take the best from each.

3. Who are your leaders? Who are your teachers? Who do you want most to be like? Jesus says that Christians should choose those who will lead and shape you to be non-judgmental, uncondemning, forgiving and giving.

 

III. Look in your own eyes first Luke 6:41-42

In Luke 6:41-42 Jesus gets back to his main topic, and adds a little humor. Do you think of Jesus as being funny? Do you imagine the crowds laughing when he talked to them? While he was often serious to the point of intensity, he used lots of humor when he taught. One of his most frequent and popular approaches was with hyperbole - - or exaggeration. He once talked about trying to get a camel through the eye of a needle (think about it - - -that would be really tough to do!). Here he talks about getting foreign objects out of the eye.

 

A. The other eye’s speck

1. Jesus imagines one of us going up to another person and saying: "Excuse me, but I think I see a speck of dirt in your eye and that’s really bad. Here, I have cue tips I always carry for an emergency like this and I’ll get out that speck for you. So, please - - - just come over here in the bright light, hold your eye lids open, look straight ahead, I’ll get the speck out of your eye."

2. Jesus says that this is the critical condemning person who sees the sins and faults of others and volunteers to do something to clean them up. Not that the person doesn’t have a speck in her eye. She probably does and it might even be good to get it out.

 

B. Your eye’s plank

1. The trouble is, you have a plank in your eye! A board. At timber. A two by six. It’s ripping your cornea open. It’s distorting your face. Your vision is completely blocked. And you can’t see it?

2. By this time the crowd is howling with laughter as they try to visualize the scene Jesus is describing. But in their laughter and in Jesus’ humor they can see themselves. He was talking about them. He was talking about us. We really need to deal with our own sin before we get so worked up about the sins of other people.

3. "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."

 

Conclusion:

1. We have a lake cabin in north central Minnesota where we have lost a few trees this summer. The most recent was a beautiful white birch right along the shore line. It snapped off about three feet above the ground and came crashing down. I was saddened because I love trees and regret losing even one. But I knew what I had to do - - - get out the chain saw and cut it up.

 

2. So with regret, I cut up the white birch. It was the right thing to do. But I will tell you something about chain saws. Those of you who have and use one already know what I’m going to say. Those of you that have never operated a chain saw may have trouble understanding. Chain sawing is addictive. There is a sense of power and importance. The more you cut down the more you want to cut down. If you don’t watch it you’ll fell every tree on your lot and start working on your neighbor’s trees. If you’re not stopped you might take down a whole forest.

 

3. Judging and condemning others is much the same. If you don’t watch it, you can become addicted. You start sawing pieces off another person’s life and you feel important and powerful. When you finish cutting that person down you’re ready to start on another. If you’re not stopped you’ll chain saw the lives and reputations of everyone in your path.

It’s not the Christian way. That’s why Jesus pulls the plug on our chain saws of criticism, condemnation and self-righteousness. He shows us a better way -- to be godly Christians who plant and build rather than chain saw Christians who cut others down.

 

 

8/9/98 Wooddale Church, ęCopyright, Leith Anderson, 1998. ´╗┐


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