Judge not the Eye Matthew 7
Posted by adventbiblestudy on May 30, 2010
KJV Matthew 7:1-5
1. Judge not, that ye be not judged. 2. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. 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? 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? 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.
This parable is a story about two people, each having a foreign object in their eye. A physical object in your eye causes severe discomfort. It may also effect vision. If the object is not properly removed, it may cause permanent damage.
This parable directly addresses a common problem, the lack of spiritual vision. Notice, the person offering help had a larger defect than the person he is offering to help. This indicates the person offering help is less spiritual than the person he is helping. To understand exactly what each person was lacking, we need to rely upon the Holy Spirit and turn to God’s word for an explanation.
KJV Numbers 33:55. But if ye will not drive out the inhabitants of the land from before you; then it shall come to pass, that those which ye let remain of them shall be pricks in your eyes, and thorns in your sides, and shall vex you in the land wherein ye dwell.
This verse identifies a source of problems with spiritual vision. To gain a full understanding a complete study of the lives and habits of the original inhabitants of the promised land would have to be assembled. Don’t rely upon your own memory or imagination, study the short comings from the Bible. Other texts containing the word eye identify a number of these problems.
KJV Deuteronomy 16:19. Thou shalt not wrest judgment; thou shalt not respect persons, neither take a gift: for a gift doth blind the eyes of the wise, and pervert the words of the righteous.
KJV 1 Samuel 12:3. Behold, here I am: witness against me before the Lord, and before his anointed: whose ox have I taken? or whose ass have I taken? or whom have I defrauded? whom have I oppressed? or of whose hand have I received any bribe to blind mine eyes therewith? and I will restore it you.
KJV 2 Peter 2:14. Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin; beguiling unstable souls: an heart they have exercised with covetous practices; cursed children:
KJV 1 John 2:11. But he that hateth his brother is in darkness, and walketh in darkness, and knoweth not whither he goeth, because that darkness hath blinded his eyes.
KJV Proverbs 27:20. Hell and destruction are never full; so the eyes of man are never satisfied.
KJV Proverbs 28:22. He that hasteth to be rich hath an evil eye, and considereth not that poverty shall come upon him.
KJV Deuteronomy 12:8
8. Ye shall not do after all the things that we do here this day, every man whatsoever is right in his own eyes.
KJV 1 John 2:16. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
Bribes, adultery, wrongful desires, greed, pride and hatred are a few traits that cause spiritual blindness.
KJV Psalms 36:1. The transgression of the wicked saith within my heart, that there is no fear of God before his eyes.
KJV Matthew 6:23. But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!
Possessing any of these traits effects the entire body. In this case the body may be used to represent an attitude. To illustrate this point, God uses a number of metaphors to represent spiritual blindness.
KJV Acts 28:27. For the heart of this people is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes have they closed; lest they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.
Have you noticed the fact this is where most lessons end. Many people think their job is finished the moment they identify the problem. If you see a family stranded on the side of the road, what do you do? If you pull over and tell them, “it looks like your stuck,” your actions do nothing to solve the problem. Stating the obvious is never appreciated, seldom does it help to correct the problem. God never stops at identifying a problem, leaving us to figure a way out on our own. God supplies the solution. The Bible is the only source to find a solution to a spiritual defect.
KJV 1 Corinthians 2:9. But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
KJV Ephesians 1:18. The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,
KJV Acts 26:18
18. To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.
KJV Deuteronomy 11:7. But your eyes have seen all the great acts of the Lord which he did.
KJV Deuteronomy 11:18
18. Therefore shall ye lay up these my words in your heart and in your soul, and bind them for a sign upon your hand, that they may be as frontlets between your eyes.
In this case the solution is obvious, Love God, know and understand His word, stay away from evil and turn away from Satan. These are the beginning of understanding. Look to God and His word for answers. Through His word we are shown the works He has done. Nature also testifies to the greatness of God. The intricate design of the human body, created in the image of God, also testifies of His knowledge and power. All of these enhance your spiritual vision.