What's This About Judging? (18 of 21) by Daniel Rodgers
This content is part of a series.What's This About Judging? (18 of 21)
Series: THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT
March 15, 2006
INTRODUCTION: In the first few verses of chapter 7, the Lord discusses that matter of judging one another. Of course, we know that there is really only one judge, and that's the Lord Himself. However, there are times that even He expects us to judge certain things and certain people...we'll look at that in a few minutes.
Let's follow along together as we look at four things: First, there is...
I. A GENERAL STATEMENT (VV. 1, 2)
A. Judging has a sewing and reaping effect
1. The Lord is saying that when we judge others, we can expect that we will be judged: "For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged." It's like the law of sowing and reaping, isn't it? If we would stop and think about that for a minute; we might give serious pause before we pointed the finger at someone else.
ILLUS: In his little book Illustrations of Bible Truth, H.A. Ironside pointed out the folly of judging others. He related an incident in the life of a man named Bishop Potter. "Bishop Potter was sailing for Europe on one of the great transatlantic ocean liners. When he went on board, he found that another passenger was to share the cabin with him. After going to look at the accommodations, he came up to the desk clerk and asked if he could leave his gold watch and some other valuables in the ship's safe. He explained that ordinarily he never used the ship's safe, but he had been to his cabin and had met the man who was to occupy the other berth. Judging from his appearance, he was afraid that he might not be a very trustworthy person. As he placed the man's valuables in the safe, the desk clerk remarked, 'Not a problem bishop, I'll be very glad to take care of them for you. The other man has been up here and left his for the same reason!'" --Our Daily Bread
2. Let's follow the Lord's advice, "Judge not, that ye be not judged."
II. A RHETOR ...
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