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Do Not Judge (4 of 5)
Series: The Sermon on the Mount
Good morning. We're taking six weeks to walk through the Sermon on the Mount, which is found in Matthew chapter five through seven. And I mentioned a few weeks ago that the Sermon on the Mount contains some of the most quoted teachings of Jesus. And that's definitely true of today's passage. In fact, even people who aren't believers in Christ like to quote this; even people who don't believe in God at all like to quote this.
You know that quote I'm talking about, right? What is it? Do not judge. ''Judge not, lest ye be judged.'' People love that! It's a conversation stopper! It's a way to put someone in their place and tell them to shut up…with the authority of Jesus behind you.
So here's what we're going to ask today: What did Jesus actually mean by that? And what would it mean for us to live according to that teaching?
So let's read this whole passage-Matthew chapter seven, verses one through five:
1 ''Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 2 For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. 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? 4 How can you say to your brother, 'Let me take the speck out of your eye,' when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye.
Alright. Let's start by talking about what this doesn't mean. A couple of weeks ago I was driving by a school in this area. And there was a message on the sign-the marquee sign in front of the school-it said, ''The Highest Goal of Education is Tolerance.'' And I slowed down to make sure I read it right. And I just thought, ''Really?''
So it's not about equipping kids to make a difference in the world-to serve their communities ...
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