Tuesday Re-mix –
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” …