A Better Way Part 6 | A Better Rule

A Better Way Part 6 | A Better Rule
July 15, 2018
Passage: Matthew 7:1-12
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A Better Way Series Study of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount Part 6

A Better Rule

Matthew 7:1-12

The sermon on the mount as taught by Jesus is undoubtedly one of the greatest speeches ever given in man’s hearing.  The sermon teaches a better way to live with our fellow man, to live through the difficult times. And, a better way to serve God and worship Him.

Contrast this teaching, with the corrupt, crooked religion of the first century Scribes and Pharisees who viewed themselves as better than others. They were harsh in their judgement and treatment of those they viewed as inferior, Luke 18:9-14.

Jesus came and taught a better way to exercise righteous judgement. He illustrated how the Father gives what His children need. He summed these teachings up with the golden rule of Matthew 7:12.

A Better Judgement

Matthew 7:1-6

  • Judge not that ye be not judged…
    • Favorite verse of Sinners EVERYWHERE!
    • The #1 most misused verse in the Bible.
    • Does this mean that Christians must never judge at all?
    • Judge = *Greek word at root of English word “critic” = “habit of censoriousness, sharp, unjust criticism”
    • John 7:24

We should not impute wrong motives, put the worst construction on the words and actions of others.” -Guy N. Woods

  • For with What judgement ye judge, ye shall be judged.
    • We condemn ourselves by judging others while guilty of the same sin.
    • Romans 2:1
    • Luke 6:37-38
  • "Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye." - Matthew 7:3-5
    • Mote = saw dust
    • Beam = large wooden plank
    • Points out how ridiculous it is to try and judge another on a small matter, when you cannot see clearly because you have a beam sticking grotesquely out of your eye!
    • Luke 6:39
    • …If the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch…” Matthew 15:14
  • The Bible tells us that we ought to help those who are in need spiritually.
    • Galatians 6:1-2
    • In order to do so, there is a need to use our human judgment to see that a brother has been overtaken in a fault.
    • Using judgment is not for condemnation – it is to help us bear their burden.
  • But sometimes we are unable to help those who are unwilling to be helped. Matthew 7:6
    • Pearls before swine.
    • Paul encountered this several times with the Jews.
    • Antioch of Pisidia. Acts 13:44-48
    • Human judgment again must be exercised to know the difference between those who are willing or unwilling to hear.
    • Matthew 10:13-14
    • We cannot be in fellowship with those who walk disorderly.
      • 2 Peter 2:20-22
      • 2 Thessalonians 3:6
  • We owe it to our fellow man, especially our brethren, to exercise judgement graciously.
    • God is gracious to us.
    • He does not want any to perish.
    • He wants us to return to Him.
    • He wants the same for our fellow man.
    • So we should treat our fellow man accordingly.
    • Exercise judgement in righteousness.

A Better Persistence

Matthew 7:7-11

  • God is gracious to us.
    • Romans 8:28
    • He knows better than we what we need. Matthew 6:8
    • While He is gracious to us, we need to go to Him fervently in prayer.
  • Matthew 7:7
    • “‘Ask’, ‘Seek’, ‘Knock’ imply distinct degrees of intensity.
      • ‘Ask’ in the spoken words of prayer.
      • ‘Seek’ in the efforts and labors which are out forth in carrying out prayer.
      • Matthew 5:6

"Knock’ at the gate with urgent importunity.” - Guy N Woods

  • Matthew 7:8
    • God answers our prayers.
    • He will give us what we need, spiritually.
      • Remember the importunate widow? Luke 18:1-8
      • Our persistence, perseverance, and stick-to-it-iveness in seeking God shows our faith.
      • James 1:6-8
  • Matthew 7:9-10
    • Jesus’ illustration.
    • If son asks for bread, his father will not give him a stone.
    • If son asks for fish, his father will not give him a snake.
  • Matthew 7:11
    • If mere men know how and are able to give to their children the things they need, then surely God who is infinite in knowledge and wisdom and who is mans creator knows how and is able to give to His children what they need.

A Better Rule

Matthew 7:12

  • Therefore…” (What’s this there for?)
    • Because we owe it to others to exercise righteous judgement regarding them
    • And because God treats us in the way he does, providing what we need when we persistently and consistently ask, seek and knock…
    • Because of these things, we need to consider how we treat our fellow man.
  • Whatsoever things ye would that men should do to you…
    • See also Luke 6:31
    • How do you want to be treated?
      • Do you want men to judge you unfairly?
      • Do you want to be treated harshly?
      • Do you want to be denied the things you need?
      • Do you want to be denied the help of your fellow man?
    • Do you want to be treated like the poor man who was robbed on the road to Jericho.
      • And have the Priest and the Levite “pass on by on the other side” ?
      • Luke 10:30-32
  • “Do ye even so to them…”
    • How should we view our fellow man and how shall we treat him?
      • Treat others with fairness.
      • Don’t be harsh in your judgment of others,
      • Give to those who are in need.
      • Help those who are struggling.
    • Be like the Good Samaritan.
      • He helped one who was his enemy. Luke 10:33-37
      • Luke 6:27-36
  • For this is the Law and the Prophets…
    • The person who truly lives by the Golden Rule will certainly be fulfilling every requirement toward his fellow man.
    • Jesus calls this the Second Great Commandment. Matthew 22:36-40

We need to love God and our fellow man. Let's seek the kingdom of God and His righteousness. Let us do the will of the Father, Matthew 7:21.

Jack McNiel, Evangelist, Oak Grove Church of Christ

*Resources Consulted:

  • Guy N. Woods Commentary
  • Linguistic Key to the New Testament
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