The Requirement of the Command

thumbnailCATEVTDFJesus said in v. 5, “You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.”

In John 8, John wrote about a woman who was caught in adultery.

3 The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery, and placing her in the midst

they said to him, “Teacher, this woman has been caught in the act of adultery.

Now in the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. So what do you say?”

This they said to test him, that they might have some charge to bring against him. Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground.

And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.”

And once more he bent down and wrote on the ground.

But when they heard it, they went away one by one, beginning with the older ones, and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him.

10 Jesus stood up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?”

11 She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more.”

We have the same problem of the Pharisees. We do not see the log in our own eye. We only see the speck in a brother’s eye.

What is the solution? Jesus said the solution is to first take the log out of our own eye. After we take the log out of our own eye, then we will see clearly. After we see clearly, only then can we take the speck out of our brother’s eye.

We should look at our own faults first, before we go looking at the faults of others. We should examine our lives first, before we examine the lives of others. We should be critical of ourselves first, before we criticize others.

What is the big log in your life today? What is the big sin that blocks you from receiving God’s blessings? What is the big sin that makes your life miserable? Deal with that sin first. Repent that sin first. Judge yourself first, before you start judging others. Then you will see clearly.

In v. 3, Jesus said, “you see.” But in v. 5, Jesus said, “you will see clearly.” Look at others. You see only but their sins. But look at yourself. Then you will see clearly. Only after we judge ourselves, can we see clearly.

If we can only be more aware of our own faults, then we will be more loving in our judgment of others. If we can only see more of our own shortcomings, then we will be more gracious in the shortcomings of others. If we can be more rigorous in judging ourselves, then we can be more generous in judging others. (Hagner)

Therefore, judge not, that you be not judged. For God will judge us the way we judge others. Evaluate your life first. Deal with the bigger sin in your life first. Take your bigger sin out first. Only then can you see clearly. Only then can you deal with the sin of others.


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