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  Northfield, NJ 08225


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"Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, 'let me take the speck out of your eye,' and behold, the log is in your own eye?" (Mt. 7:3-4)

At the beginning of our vacation, we traveled from Dublin, Ireland to Holyhead, Britain on a boat aptly named the Jonathan Swift, which is the "fast boat" across the Irish Sea. Swift was the brilliant satirist who wrote Gulliver's Travels, but his satire couldn't hold a candle to Jesus' in today's verses. The picture of a man with a log in his eye trying to help a man to remove a speck in his is a ridiculous sight to imagine. So, just what is Jesus teaching here with this delicious piece of satire? First I would submit that he is not teaching that one has to be perfect before he can attempt to correct the fault of others. If that were the case, there would never be any correction because we all sin and have faults. I also don't think that the Lord is forbidding us to decide as to the personal merit of those we would try to help... If so, we couldn't obey the command which requires us to reach the conclusion of verse six about not giving what is holy to dogs or casting pearls before pigs... Jesus' satire is aimed squarely at the faultfinder himself, and the wonderful and ridiculous picture Jesus artfully paints for us makes it clear and indelible. Verse 5, "you hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will be able to see clearly how to remove the speck from your brother's eye," lets us know how it is supposed to work... Since helping our brothers is so important, lets look at how we should do this over the next few days. Jesus' teaching is so "spot on," that we will all become better at helping others and ourselves....

Have a great day... Do good and give God the credit.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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