Previous Context: devotion:Matthew:7:1-6 Judging Others
This is a very popular passage with the cherry pickers. It can be used to give them open license and many bountiful returns without there needing to be any change or transformation done to their souls. What would it mean however if we kept it in context with the previous passages?
Well it would mean that without petitioning God for it, without seeking it from beyond themselves, without finding it out by a poor/mourning/meek/hungry/pure/peacemaking/willing spirit a man cannot make himself to be an impartial/non-hypocritical/uncorrupted judge; one will never be a true evangelist of God's holy pearls because he/she will always look down on poor sinners.
The key indicator that we have not moved on to another subject is the word "therefore" at the end of this present passage. What would doing unto others "as you'd have them do to you" have to do with an all inclusive answered prayer fest if it didn't have to do with the changes required in a man's heart to become exceedingly righteous, having the beam removed in his eye, seeing clear enough to mercifully be used of God for removing the splinter in another's eye?
We have said it plenty already, God is doing but one thing: bringing about the fulfillment of HIS garden promise through Christ. A new car and high commission career for Randy is not at the top of HIS list (though HE knows I've need of reliable transportation and a meaningful job). The provision for my daily needs such as these has already been discussed in the seeking of HIS kingdom and righteousness first, as a result of that these things being added unto me. This present passage does not trump HIS previous generous offer.
"How much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?". In view of what God is doing (that one great thing), wouldn't it be good of God to bring the changes about in a truly seeking saint's soul needed in order for him to be a reliable vessel of the kingdom's continuing establishment here on earth? Wouldn't it be good of HIM to set man's heart on the treasures above that do not rust or get eaten away? Wouldn't be good of HIM to change and gather us together into the kind of substance that unified becomes the salt of the earth and the reflection of HIS glory like a city on a hill. Wouldn't it be a good gift for HIM to break us of the corruptions that make us to be all these unpleasant things the sermon has listed (like angered/lusting/divorcing/oath breaking/self righteous hypocrites/etc...)? Well yes certainly all these would good things for HIM to give us, but woe we are not asking for that, nor are we seeking that, nor are we looking to find any of that, because the priorities on our list are much different than HIS.
You "know how to give good gifts unto your children". There is enough in us that hasn't been totally corrupted, at least our parental instinct, that we are capable of knowing the right wholesome sense of this concept. We are not going to give our children something that will knowingly harm them and we are going to encourage them towards asking for these things so as to not just steal or take them. God takes this concept to the absolute highest plane.
However, we do not see God doing it that way. Just like children do, we see HIM as stingy and controlling and unfair. We resort to throwing tantrums. There is another that is willing to offer us what we think we want (what we've been made to feel like we want). He operates a very elaborate world system; except when we actually receive it is no more than a stone or serpent to eat. He is like that evil foster dad that our custody has long been handed over to. He is not God; it is his works Christ is proceeding to destroy. Why would God help Satan by giving us the things this Satan's world has made us to feel that we want, made us to feel as if we can demand from God?
"Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you". Ask God. Not this world. Not Self. Not that old subtle serpent. Ask God for and seek for HIS divine provision and you will find it. Ask to be changed to not do this, to not be that, to not treat HIS holy things in these corrupt human ways, seek the changes HE would have for you and you will find that by HIS direction and influence you have been changed. Don't just seek it once though, seek it everyday because HIS answer is not a one time/one day process. It does not come without patience and obeying the steps that it takes to get you where you need to be to find it.
"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". I would that men would see me as an incomplete man but on the right track toward being a soon to be completed work of God. I would that men know that I do not trust myself our my own resource to bring about this completion, I so hope that I am trusting Christ my savior to bring this about, that if my words/judgments/actions suggest something different that you bring me to this beloved gospel and show me where I yet need to be changed. Do this to help me and so this I can do to help you!
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