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Who Art Thou That Judgest? (3 of 19)
Series: The Book of Romans
Sunday, June 14, 2009
TEXT: Romans 2:1-29
INTRODUCTION: Last week, we looked at vv. 18-32, and Paul's discussion of man's rebellion against God and his rejection of God's truth. He speaks about the condition of the Gentile world, as it was before the flood and as conditions continued to exist following the flood…up to the present day of his writing. Remember, he is writing to both the Jews and Gentiles at Rome.
Chapter 2 deals with Paul's reminder to the Jews. He had just given a thorough rebuke to Gentiles for their apostasy and immorality. Israel was a self-righteous nation, steeped in Old Testament law and self-imposed tradition. They thought they were better than the Gentiles, and would, therefore, tend to be critical and judgmental.
Let me give you our outline…
I. THE JUDGMENT OF MAN (VV. 1-5)
A. The Hypocrisy of Man (vv. 1-3)
1. Here, we find the hypocrisy of Jews. They were
quick to judge someone else for the same things they are guilty of. God said, "Thou art inexcusable…for thou that judgest doest the same things." We need to always be careful about pointing a finger at someone else. When we accuse someone else of gossiping, are we guilty of gossip? When we pass judgment on someone for their choices in life, do we have similar things in ours? Jesus said in Matthew 7:3, "And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?" In Romans 14:4, the Bible says, "Who art thou that judgest another man's servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand." And, so, the Jew was being hypocritical in their judgment of the Gentiles. Yes, the Gentiles were guilty, but the Jews were just as guilty for many of the same things.
B. The Hardness of Heart (vv. 4, 5)
1. God had been very patient with the Jews. His
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