by Rick White

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What Did Jesus Say about Judging Others (12 of 15)
WWJD: The Series
Rick White
Matthew 7:1-5

(Mat 7:1-6 NIV) "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.

Introduction: When I was growing up one of my favorite TV shows was Wyatt Erp. It starred Hugh O'Brien. He was the well-dressed gentleman marshal. He always wore a flat-brim hat, white shirt and tie, and always wore a vest. His most famous trademark was his gun. It was a butline special. Obviously like most westerns of that day Marshal Erp was always the hero of each and every episode.

There seemed to be a reoccurring theme in the storyline of the show. Marshal Erp was always trying to bring law and order to a town that had only known vigilante style justice. Vigilante justice is when people take the law into their own hands. When a crime was committed they acted as judge and jury with no questions asked. The end result was generally some poor guy dangling from a rope.

Vigilante justice is fast, it's uncomplicated, it certainly sent a message to other would be offenders, but it also laced something called due process. It was always Marshal Erp's job to convince the lynch happy cowboys to slow things down a little and allow time for due process. Questions needed to be asked and evidence needed to be gathered before there could be any type of judgment rendered.

What has this got to do with the Sermon on the Mount? This is exactly what Jesus is doing in Matthew 7. He wants His followers to move away from a ...

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