Sermon on the Mount: Blindness

1“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 2For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. 3Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 4How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? 5You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye. 6Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.” ~Matthew 7

Each of us longs for it

To be taken by the hand

Led away like sheep.

The path is always shrouded in darkness—

Oh, if only someone would tell me

The direction I am to go!

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Each of us has it

The pride we have that we

We are the center of this universe.

We take someone by the hand and say

“Follow me through this dark place

I’ve passed it before, I’ll lead you in the right way.”

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In the end it is a long string of the blind leading blind

And none see the chasm—each fall down.

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Measure up! Measure up!

Who is to blame?

That one drinks, another over thinks.

That one keeps to himself too much

The other controls not his tongue.

This one is too complying

And that one judges too much.

You are too full of anger to be regarded well

And I am too sensitive to be taken seriously.

And yet in the end who is to blame?

What measure can measure the wrongness of who we are?

I’m sure your fault outweighs my own—

This isn’t my fault.

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Blind leads blind

Straight to the Judgment Seat

And the LORD opens His Book

And the LORD sees

All the failures matched up

In each of us—

What law have I not broken?

What have you not kept?

The LORD sees

The LORD measures

The LORD judges.

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We will each receive what we have sown.

So sow what is right, brother.

Let me speak when I see you falling

And let you speak when you see it in me.

In the truth is the LORD pleased.

Let Him lead us in the straight and narrow way—

He alone, after all, can truly see.

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Luke 6:37-42

37“Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. 38Give, 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.”

39He also told them this parable: “Can the blind lead the blind? Will they not both fall into a pit? 40The student is not above the teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like their teacher.

41“Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 42How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when you yourself fail to see the plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

1 John 5:16a

16If you see any brother or sister commit a sin that does not lead to death, you should pray and God will give them life.

1 Corinthians 5

12What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside? 13God will judge those outside. Expel the wicked person from among you.”

John 8:7

When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.”

Romans 2:1

You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge another, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things.

Romans 14:10

You, then, why do you judge your brother or sister? Or why do you treat them with contempt? For we will all stand before God’s judgment seat.

Romans 14:13

Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in the way of a brother or sister.

1 Corinthians 4:5

Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time; wait until the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of the heart. At that time each will receive their praise from God.

James 4:11

Brothers and sisters, do not slander one another. Anyone who speaks against a brother or sister or judges them speaks against the law and judges it. When you judge the law, you are not keeping it, but sitting in judgment on it.

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