025004 Finding God in the Mystery of every day.
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Matthew 7 “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 2 For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.
3 “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 4 How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.
6 “Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces
At first blush this passage seems rather confusing. Verse 6 seems to be the very antithesis of verses 1-5. So, what does it all mean? Jesus was challenging the disciples to be better than the pharisees who were in the habit of dismissing other people as worthless and condemning them out of hand. Jesus is telling the disciples to take another look. See the faults of others through the filter of their own weaknesses. Verse 6 is an admonition to be and actually pray for discernment. There are times and seasons to speak, and times and seasons when we should keep quiet. Knowing when to speak, and to whom is a Word given from the Holy Spirit.
A word given before its time will not be heard. A word given at the prompting of the Holy Spirit will bear much fruit.
Holy Spirit be my guide
Holy Spirit my door’s open wide
Make me to know Thy will divine
Holy Spirit be Thou mine
Mildred Cope 1963 Lillenas Publishing Company (Admin. by Music Services, Inc.)