The FaithOfJesus2 Daily Devotional


kjv@Revelation:14:12 @ Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.

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Today's Verse:


kjv@Matthew:7:1 @ Judge not, that ye be not judged.

kjv@Matthew:7:2 @ For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.

kjv@Matthew:7:3 @ And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?

kjv@Matthew:7:4 @ 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?

kjv@Matthew:7:5 @ 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.

kjv@Matthew:7:6 @ 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.

Today's notes: Measure Ye Mete

Quoted index: FAITHOFJESUSAUDIO - Matthew:7:1-6:

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Note: Not to over extend the present context's stay, but intellectuals of a different mindset than Jesus should not be able to come to Jesus' intended conclusion. If the universal conclusion is not to judge anyone/anything at all then the Bible's frequent conclusion that God has and will judge us for not judging or falsely judging is at immediate contradiction to Jesus. What type of judgment based on whose form of righteousness needs to be our focus. Who is the "you" that He is addressing?

What is man believing/doing?:

What we have here is one man judging what another man sees as being right in his eye by what is right in his own eye, all the while neither eye is right nor has the slightest notion what is right in God's eye. Neither man would likely be any more guilty than the other were it not that God now is actively present revealing HIS right to be known in Jesus; otherwise for the most part all would simply be relative. Having now knowledge of God's righteousness because of Jesus, to continue judging men by what is right in your own eye is much more egregious then it was before ever knowing; it is now a large plank. You are not only judging by your righteousness, you are judging knowing your judgment to be faulty.

What the majority counsel gathers from this is not to judge at all. What the disciple of Jesus is being asked to do is to not judge by their own judgment, but by God's only after they likewise have examined and judged themselves by God's as well. How many of us have ever first judged ourselves by God's judgment? I mean judgment as HE HIMSELF has revealed it? And not just one time over the day of our repentance, but everyday in every situation? Not many (if any) yet!

You'll remember Jesus' opening statement "blessed are the" continuing with "poor in spirit/meek/pure of heart/hungry+thirsty for righteousness"; right? Most people ask them selves what this "meekness" is suppose to mean. What we should be asking is what this "righteousness" means. By realizing the vastness and weight of God's righteousness the best use of our own righteousness would be proven to become a whole lot more meek with it and to get more fully on board with HIS.

What is making man to believe/do as he is doing?:

We have previously considered that the Law was given to make our sin known to us not to keep us from sinning. Oral Traditions have taken that truth then and reversed the equation. The Pharisee is nearly sinless (he thinks) because he interprets the Law down to a form that he thinks that he is able to keep. A man without religion is a law unto himself. He too has reduced a higher consciousness down to a form he is mostly able to keep. Both adjust the mark accordingly to their need, prescribe the appropriate action, place the same or higher expectation upon others then judge the others not matching their expectation. In so doing they are able to elevate their own worthiness by deflating everyone else's worth. So we can say that the Law has achieved exactly what it set out to do: reveal to us our sin.

We can watch this revealing human behavior in the remaining gospel to come as the many hostile and not so hostile factions of self righteousness pursue Jesus on His determined course to His own cross. We can watch this revealing human behavior as the many others try to explain these gospel passages in deceivingly self righteous ways even in our day. When it is said "that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light" (kjv@John:3:19) it may well speak of the stark division between HIS righteous eye and what we see right in ours.


kjv@John:7:24 He calls us to judge righteous judgment. kjv@Matthew:23:23 Pharisees omit weighter matters of judgment. kjv@Mark:6:11 Disciples to shake dust off feet as testimony against the inhospitable villages. kjv@Isaiah:5:20 woe to calling evil good and good evil.

Judgment typically is better suited to established counsels. The church is no different as long as the counsels are clear and of sound judgment. The universal church took after itself throughout the Reformation and a great measure of injustice was mete out.

The inability to judge ones own matters correctly in clinical terms is called insanity. The inability to help others to judge matters they've yet to correctly judge is called heartlessness. Likewise, the ability to help others in unproductive ways is called foolishness.

The holy and pearls to be withheld certainly are not the righteous judgments of God, nor the weightier matters often left behind, nor the godly definitions of evil and good. Failure with these ordained responsibilities is handing ourselves over to God's righteous judgment. The holy and pearls must then refer to the pearls of revelation and insight that has so deeply influenced us into the surrender of our own righteousness into moving forward with HIS. The dogs and swine believe not that a God other than his is capable of revealing these things and that these things from HIM. His image of God is as a puppet that entertains his amusement and indulgences.

Key Messages:

    What does this say about our present condition?
  1. Unfeigned judgment is nearly impossible without the Lord's work upon us. Not knowing that may well be the larger beam in a great many eyes. Knowing that and not allowing it to have any difference makes it even bigger. Even nonjudgmental-ism is rigorously judgmental as is holding right and wrong as equals.
  2. A recent group of high schoolers was asked what was the worst thing one of their friends could do. They overwhelming responded "ratting out someone else (tattling)". The crime was not the guilty deed, it was the exposure of it to someone that might do something about it. This is what the foolishly young see as being non-judgmental.

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