Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.
And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.
Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.
Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent?
If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?
Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.
Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.
And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.
And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine: For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.
When we consider how revolutionary Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount was, this last part of the continuing teaching had to be just mind blowing. Not only was (is) teaching those who follow Him how to be, He is doing it with more authority than any other religious leader. “Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them…”
There were plenty of false teachers back then as there are in our time, and for someone to come right out and say “do” what He says, took a lot of guts, especially considering the things He is telling the people to do goes completely opposite of human nature.
It’s in the first part of this chapter where maybe one of the most misused verses is found. If I had a dollar for every time I heard someone (Christian or not) say “Don’t judge” yet don’t consider that the judgement whether right or not, is something we all do- but Jesus is warning people about judging without considering that the same judgement may be made against us if we do judge harshly. While we’re not to judge non believers, we are warned in this same chapter a few verses down to watch for false teachers, and even given the tools in which to judge them by: their fruits. In other words, their words and deeds are judged whether they are true or not. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them…
Another thing about that verse that’s interesting is, we are warned of the wolf in sheep’s clothing- not the wolf in plain sight. Why worry about the wolf we know, when the one who’s disguised as a sheep is much more dangerous in their deception.
For a long time I read these words and didn’t understand them all. There are so many things that when I read a passage that I’ve read multitudes of times before when suddenly it just hits me, what He means. Casting pearls before swine was one that I wrestled with and just couldn’t understand for a long time. (Sometimes I’m a little slow).
I used to belong to a co author blog years ago which we witnessed to self proclaimed atheists and agnostics. Back then most were decent folks who even if they disagreed were willing to discuss things. But after a couple of years things started changing and the discussions weren’t as civil, and it was apparent that most were only there to mock anything Biblical. I didn’t know the “pearls” reference yet, but understood that these people didn’t care at all about the Bible or that God’s Word was something they felt fine about trashing. It wasn’t worth it anymore to try.
God’s Word is priceless, and it’s not worth casting it into the mud.
I sure am glad for Sjmom’s suggestion of doing the Gospel chapters. I’ve been getting so much out of these, and hope everyone else is too.
Have a blessed day all!