Genesis 37-39; Matthew 7

Matthew 7:1 “Stop judging that you may not be judged.”  This verse is alongside “Turn the other cheek” as a highly misunderstood Scripture.  “Stop judging” has perhaps more serious social consequences, gleefully interpreted by relativists as blanket approval for any moral misbehavior that “doesn’t hurt anybody”.  I will quote the annotation directly: “This is not a prohibition against recognizing the faults of others, but against passing judgment in a spirit of arrogance, forgetful of one’s own faults.”  The Biblical support for this that comes to mind is God’s warning to Ezekiel of the consequences of not counseling the sinful; another are James’ words at the end of his letter regarding the conversion of sinners.  And of course Jesus was not shy about pronouncing judgment on the Pharisees’ arrogant judgments and blindness to their own grave faults.  Lord teach me humility every day, keeping my faults and weaknesses ever before me, so if I counsel others it is out of love and desire to be with them in Heaven.  Amen.

GOD’s ANSWER: Yes, you will be held to that.  If you shrug your shoulders as a brother or sister falls into a pit, saying they should have known better when you knew better, there will be an accounting.

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One Comment on “Genesis 37-39; Matthew 7”

  1. Stan Sikorski Says:

    Nice interpretation and commentary Tom.

    Stan


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