Posted on Apr 23, 2016 | 0 comments

Many times in today’s circles of ‘religiosity’ – no matter what flavor it happens to be – we always tend to wind up on the biblical paradox subject of “judge” vs “judge not”. Which side of the fence do you usually stand on….righteously of course. It seems as if there is a contradiction in the Bible doesn’t there?

Whenever there seems to be an apparent contradiction in the scriptures, it’s wisdom to at least take another look don’t you think? Either we are not reading it in context or we are imputing a modern definition to an ancient concept…..or….. maybe there are two ways of looking at something. Now, isn’t that a novel idea?

Scripture sharply condemns the type of judging when it comes to condemning the individual’s heart motive. This is denounced – over and over and over in scriptures. Yeshua, Paul and James come against this consistently when it is the judgment of the heart. Why? Simple. Because this is when a mere man removes the Holy One from His throne…and sits down with scaffold in hand. That mere mortal looks menacingly down his nose at the other person and looks upon his actions (real or alleged) and pronounces that the subject had evil intent in their hearts. We have learned through the centuries that what one preaches against constantly is most likely their own private sin.

So….we can quite clearly see that our Master did NOT endorse this type of self-righteous, critically haughty individual – in fact steering clear of such people is paramount to a joyful and peace filled life! These so-called righteous judges are simply self-anointed trolls. And yes…as they judge…so they are judged.

“Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you.” Matthew 7:1-2

Unfortunately, this type of ‘judging’ is seen constantly by those who call themselves believers and followers of the King Messiah Yeshua. They whip out their swords (supposedly of truth) and cut off the heads of anyone that they render useless, judging hearts and imputing bad motives to those they find guilt in.

But scripture tells us that this is not what it meant by judging. this … is simply a judge-not requirement.

Ask yourself if you have ever found yourself being the holy inquisitor in these types of scenarios. Have you judged the heart of another? Have you judged the speck of dust in your brother/sister’s eye and neglected the log in your own? Are you guilty yourself of what you accuse in others?

Well, then we come to the the scriptures that DO tell us to judge! Now what? We have seen what it means to not judge – let’s examine some of the types of judging that is appropriate, if there are any. The context of the scriptures implores us to judge correctly an action or right of statements, teachings or the morality of an action. However, this isn’t done by your own definition, your own moral understanding or conscience or by your own personal denomination. This type of judging can only come by the Word of God. One must lay aside their own personal preferences and yes, judge by the merits of an action based on what Scripture teaches. Maybe you are the one that is misunderstanding…. never know.

Judging specific actions that are listed in scriptures as immoral or against what the Holy One has dictated is right is what a brother/sister is supposed to bring to the table. Condemning the heart of the individual, or the individual himself is when one chooses to rip off the mantle of the Holy One and put it upon their own shoulders!

So if you have done your own self-examination and you have rightly divided the truth and error needs to be confronted….how is that done? Well, by now you know that stomping the individual into the ground with your self-righteous indignation is not the way! Only with love and humility and a desire to return the person to walking with His King in obedience should be the rule of thumb. Doing this, after you have the full story and all the information at hand is the only way to approach a fellow believer. Again, it’s all about the heart.

Consider some of the popular and age old sayings…and compare them with some of the scriptures that have been pulled up … they speak for themselves. Place them deep into your heart and reflect on them the next time you begin to reach for that sword.

Judge not…

In the Ethics of the Father’s Rabbi Hillel said, “Do not judge your fellow until you have stood in his place.”

or the Native American motto: “Never criticize a man until you’ve walked a mile in his moccasins”.

“Judge not, so that you may not be judged; for you will be judged by the same standard by which you judge others, and the same measure you measure out will be measured out to you.” ~ Yeshua – in Matthew 7:1-2.“

“Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.”  Yeshua in Luke 6:37

“Do not judge according to appearance.” Yeshua in John 7:24a

“Therefore you are inexcusable, O man, whoever you are who judge, for in whatever you judge another you condemn yourself; for you who judge practice the same things.” Paul in Romans 2:1

“Who are you to judge another’s servant? To his own master he stands or falls. Indeed, he will be made to stand, for God is able to make him stand.”  Paul in Romans 14:4“But why do you judge your brother? Or why do you show contempt for your brother? For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.  Paul in Romans 14:10

“There is one Lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy. Who are you to judge another?” James in James 4:12

“Therefore let us not judge one another anymore, but rather resolve this, not to put a stumbling block or a cause to fall in our brother’s way.” Paul in Romans 14:13

“Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord comes, who will both bring to light the hidden things of darkness and reveal the counsels of the hearts. Then each one’s praise will come from God.”  Paul in 1 Corinthians 4:5 (see also Romans 2:16).

“Do not speak evil of one another, brethren. He who speaks evil of a brother and judges his brother, speaks evil of the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge.”  James in James 4:11

Judge as He commands…

“Therefore I judge that we should not trouble those from among the Gentiles who are turning to God.”  Acts 15:19“Judge with righteous judgment.” Yeshua in John 7:24b

“Why don’t you judge for yourselves what is right?  Yeshua in Luke 12:57

“But Peter and John answered and said to them, ‘Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you more than to God, you judge.’”  Acts 4:19

“Let two or three prophets speak, and let the others judge.”  Paul in 1 Corinthians 14:29 

“Do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world will be judged by you, are you unworthy to judge the smallest matters?”  Paul in 1 Corinthians 6:2

“I speak as to wise men; judge for yourselves what I say.”  Paul in 1 Corinthians 10:15

“For if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged.”  Paul in 1 Corinthians 11:31

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