4. Why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye?

Matthew 7:3 And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye?

Read: Matthew 7:1-5; Luke 6:40-42

Setting: same hillside near Capernaum (Luke 7:1), near beginning of formal ministry

continuing the first formal “Bible School class” for the Disciples – Jesus the teacher (Matt. 5:2), they the students (Luk. 6:20)

class took place in hearing of “great multitude of people”

appears to be same setting in both Gospels

Person(s) being questioned: the Twelve… directly (Matt. 5:1-2; Luke 6:13ff), but for all present to hear

will be going out on ministry in pairs, representing Jesus, carrying his message, having some measure of authority

greatest need: knowledge tempered with humility

Question behind the question:

are two levels of inquiry – personal and “professional”

personal: why do your own shortcomings annoy you so much in others?

“professional”: are you a skilled diagnoser and fixer of spiritual problems? (see Luke 6:40)

Expected response:

What are you talking about?

to question behind the question:

because they annoy me in myself

I guess not

Jesus’ point:

start with self-examination

check your motives

“Sin we may rebuke, but not if we indulge it! We may protest against evil, but not if we willfully practice it!” CHS

remember your “place”

only God can bind conscience

21.2 God alone is Lord of the conscience,1 and he has left it free from [obligations to] human doctrines and commandments which are in any way contrary to his Word or not contained in it.2
(1) Jas 4:12; Rom 14:4; Gal 5:1
(2) Act 4:19; 5:29; 1Co 7:23; Mat 15:9Modern Application:

is not our task to point out / fix behaviors in other believers

is our task:

to declare truth from God’s word – about sin and righteousness

to live in light of that truth

to build others up in Christ-likeness

remember: we are not God’s “enforcers” – that is the job of the Holy Spirit


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