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? 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. Matthew 7:4-5
How are you at removing splinters from children’s fingers? Yeh, me neither. It is quite an ordeal, even under the best of circumstances. It takes a steady hand, a soothing voice, and really good eyes. As I write this, I am just now realizing how cool it is that so many of us did not need reading glasses until after our kids were old enough to get their own splinters out. Isn’t God smart? I can still remember feeling all medically superior one day when one of my girls came to me with a splinter in her finger. I brought her into the bathroom (where the light was the brightest), got some tweezers, picked up her hand and examined the finger closely. “Wow, this must be a tiny one” I told her, “I can’t even see it! Where is it?” And she answered, “It’s right here”, as she held up her free hand!
Being able to clearly see the splinter, it seems, is pretty critical to the entire process of removing it. And so it is with helping a brother with the “Speck” in his eye. Notice: Jesus’ aim in this lesson is for us to “see clearly”…that is the goal, so that we can help our brother. When you cannot see clearly, you simply are not capable of being any help.
It appears to me that commentators are all over the board regarding what, exactly, the “log in your eye” …
Tuesday Re-mix – This is a popular post from last year, updated and resubmitted for your consideration and comments.
I was 40 years old the first time I put on a pair of reading glasses. I had stubbornly defied all the predictions that I would never make it out of law school without needing glasses (presumably due to all the reading law school requires…this is where some of my law school friends who read this blog will surely make some wise crack about how little reading Blake actually did in law school). It was one evening during my 41st year when I was at my parents’ house and they noticed I was squinting as I read the paper. Dad handed me a pair of reading glasses and my life changed right then and there. I could not believe how much they helped! I had a whole new outlook on life…literally.
That is what glasses are supposed to do, cause us to see differently. Thus we have little sayings such as “She sees the world through rose-colored glasses”. The glasses we wear have everything to do with our outlook.
I have been a Bible teacher for almost 30 years now. Clearly, there are some books and passages in the Bible which are a sheer joy to teach and there are others which…well, let’s just say they challenge my ability to “keep it fresh”. One of the passages I LOVE to teach is in Matthew: the sermon on the mount. I know many scholars and commentators believe this “sermon” is actually just Matthew’s compilation and summary of many lessons Jesus taught over a period of time. I understand that theory and I am not nearly enough of a Bible scholar to debate it. But personally, I don’t like it. I very much …