BSF Matthew Lesson 8 Day 2

3.  a. Judging—maintaining an arrogant, critical, and harsh posture toward others

b. Truths about judging:

  • it tears down rather than building up

  • it is focusing on the insignificant imperfections in others

  • it leads us to ignore our own “issues”

  • it is hypocritical

  • The way we judge others, determines the way we will be judged.

  • If we truly want to help others mature, we must first deal with our own junk.

c. Thoughts included in Luke 6:37-42

  • Don’t condemn and you won’t be condemned.

  • Forgive and you will be forgiven.

  • Given and it will be given to you—”A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”

  • The parable about the blind leading the blind—and they both fall in the ditch.

  • “The student is not above the teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like their teacher.”

4.  a. Things or people we SHOULD judge:

  • Matthew 18:15–17— a brother or sister’s sin (speak to the person privately)

  • Galatians 1:8—anyone who preaches a gospel contrary to the one shared by Jesus and the apostles

  • Galatians 6:1–5—ourselves

  • 2 John 7–11—anyone who does not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh

b.

  • Fellow believer caught in sin—Go and speak directly to the person, privately.  If they listen, restore them gently. If he or she does not listen to you, try again with the aid of one or two other believers.  If he or she still does not listen, tell the rest of the church and shun them, I suppose. Although, Jesus was criticized for associating with people the Pharisees shunned. We should win the lost, but the difference here must be because a believer is in rebellion.Most importantly, guard our own heart so that we don’t follow the same path.

  •  Deceiver—Do not take them into our house nor welcome them. If we hang out with them, we are sharing in their wicked work.

  • Most importantly in either case, guard our own heart so that we don’t follow the same path.

5.  Challenge questions concerning Matthew 7:6:  The dogs and pigs reference seems to refer to those who are hostile toward the good news. The admonition not to cast your pearls before them applies to their behavior after the gospel has been presented. Their rejection releases us to shake off the proverbial dust and move on.

Revelation  22:15 further defines the behavior of those who reject the gospel: “Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.”

This reminds me of behavior that is no longer politically correct to call sin. In my opinion, it is not correct to behave in a punitive way toward the dogs as at least one highly visible group is doing. Jesus prayed for and forgave those who crucified Him. So did Steven.