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Don’t Judge, Our Good Father, The Choice Before You – Matt 7:1-29 PDF Print E-mail
Written by John Tsang   
Wednesday, 11 July 2018 09:58

 

 

The Sermon on the Mount (SoM) concludes with three major sections in chapter 7:

 

Do Not Judge, 7:1-6 The image of the speck in your brother’s eye and the plank in your own eye has got to be one of the most memorable word pictures from Jesus’ teaching! We cannot possibly go through life without making some sort of judgment or evaluations on people. In fact, just a few verses later, we are instructed to discern between a true and false prophet (7:15-20). The best way to understand this in the context of the SoM is:

 

In the realm of interpersonal relationships and in the community; do not judge or condemn a brother or sister’s devotion to God based on what you see and what you don’t see.

 

 

Ask, Seek, and Knock, 7:7-12

This is another portion of the SoM that people often use out of context. God is not a vending machine. But if you ask God for help in staying pure, staying true to your word, not to let your anger turn to rage and vengeance, or to forgive your enemy, God would indeed delight in giving you all the necessary spiritual resources to do so. God is a good, benevolent, kind, and merciful God.

 

The Choice Before You 7:13-29

Finally, Jesus concludes the SoM with a series of four stories – Narrow and Wide Gate (13-14), True and False Prophets (15-20), True and False Disciples (21-23), Wise and Foolish Builders (24-28). The common thread among them is for the listener to choose to follow Jesus in the way of the SoM. It is the narrow way, it is seen in the fruit of one’s life, it is the way of obedience, and it is the one who follows Jesus. Ultimately, I believe that God wants us to choose to follow Him willingly and not to do so because it is law or out of obligation. It is our act of thanksgiving, our act of worship for His love for us.

 

Peace and grace, John

Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 July 2018 10:06