Matthew 7

Matthew 7

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Judging Others

“Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? 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.

“Do not give dogs what is holy, and do not throw your pearls before pigs, lest they trample them underfoot and turn to attack you.

Ask, and It Will Be Given

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!

The Golden Rule

“So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.

“Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.

A Tree and Its Fruit

“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus you will recognize them by their fruits.

I Never Knew You

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’

Build Your House on the Rock

“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.”

The Authority of Jesus

And when Jesus finished these sayings, the crowds were astonished at his teaching, for he was teaching them as one who had authority, and not as their scribes.


Matthew 7 Commentary

by Hank Workman

As Jesus finishes His sermon, He has done a remarkable thing.  He’s taken the Law and made it practical or deeply personal.  Often in His teachings, He would open with, “You have heard it said…but I say…” making His statements of ultimate authority.

Once again He hits a wide range of behavior and actions motivated from the heart and the results of from the various points given.  He speaks of criticism of others, rounds back to prayer again.  He talks of looking for fruit in others’ lives and ultimately commissions people to build on the rock rather than the sand.

In all these things, He circles back to obedience.

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father.”

There are people today who can talk a good game.  But when the rubber meets the road, do they actually do what was right and needed?  Jesus is far more concerned about our walk than our talk.  He wants us to do the right thing rather than just talk about it with the right sounding words.  In the end, it’s about our accepting Jesus as Savior and our obedience to the things He asks that will matter.  This relationship is what brings about a difference in our daily lives and yes, our daily obedience.  There is no doubt that obedience can be tough.  There are things we sense God asking of us that are just downright hard.

Consider Noah who had never seen rain or for that matter seen an ark.  Yet God asked of him to build one and he did it.  He followed in extreme obedience even though on some levels none of what God had spoken to him made sense.  The same is true with Joshua taking the city of Jericho.  It made no sense and their military plan was strange. 

But they followed God’s instruction and took the city.  Even for Peter who was called to go after the Gentiles was a remarkable ask.  Any good Jew would never have done that.  They had rules and regulations of even associating with a Gentile.  Yet, God called him on the roof that day to go to Cornelius’ house and he did what was asked.  The Gospel of Jesus went out to the unreachable and marginalized.

The point is, when God calls us to obedience – He looks for us to follow through.  And when we follow through – God responds.

For each of us, I’m sure there’s been something here the Spirit of God has brought to our attention through the past 3 chapters of Jesus’ sermon.  There are things He’s asking of us and we can feel those thoughts pressing in our thoughts concerning our response to another, the way we carry ourselves, the way we’re following.

The question is – what will we do now?

Matthew 7 Commentary

by Brad Boyles

Judge not so you will not be judged. What was Jesus getting at here?

This is a quote that is so often misrepresented, in my opinion. Was Jesus saying we should lower our standard of morality? Was He advocating that judges and juries cannot and should not do their job? What about our bosses? Should Christian supervisors pass on holding their employees accountable for their actions?

This can’t be what Jesus is communicating. We long for justice in this life. It’s difficult to go one day without wondering when evil and wickedness will be destroyed forever.

The problem we face today is that people interpret Jesus’ words here as meaning that judgment is always wrong, but that’s not the point of His teaching. The key here is not blind acceptance, but hypocrisy. If you are judging others without taking an honest look at your own behavior, that’s a problem.

Jesus himself didn’t avoid judging, but He did it with tremendous grace and love. He did it with a mentality of encouraging growth. Jesus will certainly judge everyone in the end, but He offers grace through His sacrifice for those who trust Him.

We need to be careful not to misrepresent Jesus’ words in this passage. We can’t throw judgment out the window and just use His statement flippantly to approve all types of behavior. But we also can’t go around in a spirit of hatefulness, judging others without taking an honest look at our own issues. When we consider what Jesus has delivered us from, the way we hold others accountable will come through as love instead of judgment.

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