Planks, mirrors and the pointed finger
22nd March 2017
This week I have been reading Luke. This is the third book of the New Testament and is an account of Jesus’ life. In chapter six Jesus taught his closest friends (the disciples) all about God’s way’s. The teaching was profound! A ‘large crowd’ joined in listening to everything Jesus said. He tackled the issue of judging other people...
“Why do you notice the little piece of dust in your friend’s eye, but you don’t notice the big piece of wood in your own eye? How can you say to your friend, ‘Friend, let me take that little piece of dust out of your eye’ when you cannot see that big piece of wood in your own eye! You hypocrite! First, take the wood out of your own eye. Then you will see clearly to take the dust out of your friend’s eye.
Luke 6:41-42 The NCV Bible
The culture in Israel seems no different from ours today! People then were quick to judge to others about what they did and did not do. In fact the punishment for some really bad behaviour was death by public stoning...yikes! Jesus faced this head on by challenging people to look and judge themselves first before ‘pointing the finger’ at others. Someone’s personal integrity was and still is more important to Jesus. We too should not be quick to judge others but first look at ourselves and see how we are actually living!
Gary Bastin - TC church leader