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Whose Fault Is It?

"Why do you pay attention to the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?" (Matt.7:3).

From Jesus' Sermon On The Mount, we get one of His epic teachings about the judging of others. If have seen a caricaturist's rendering of the scene portrayed in today's verse, and I always have to keep from laughing. There's nothing like a satire of a satire to set me off. I think I will do a short series on Matt.7:1-6 this week. At the center of Jesus' teaching is the faultfinder, who He calls a hypocrite. Of all the things one might be refer us to be, a hypocrite could be the most distasteful... First of all, lets get a thing or two out of the way... Jesus is not teaching that one has to be perfect to see when someone is doing something wrong and try to correct it. If this was so, there would be absolutely no corrections ever done, because man at his best is still sinful. "If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us" (1 Jn.1:8). Also, Jesus is not forbidding us to decide as to the personal merit of those we would help. If so, verses 6 & 7 would be moot... I believe the bottom line of Jesus' teaching here is the question He directs at the faultfinder in today's verse. To add to a bit of spice to the satire, some Bible versions refer to the plank as a beam and others a log... Any way we look at it, Jesus satirized the sin by using the figure of a man with a whole log in his eye, attempting to extract a tiny speck from his neighbor's eye.... Delicious... With a log protruding from his eye, a man approaches his neighbor as says; "Pardon me sir, But I detect a tiny speck of dust in your eye. May I help remove it?" How ridiculous! For a few days, we will all do a bit of introspection. When things are going along smoothly, we might get the tendency to act in a sanctimonious manner. I hope that Jesus' teaching here puts all of that to rest...

Have a great day.... Let His light shine through you... Love mark Phil.4:11

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