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Gospel Meditations are both biblically and theologically intense and complex—they are not for everyone. For those who are beginners in the Faith, these might be difficult to grasp. The discipline of examining Scripture and internalizing it requires some spiritual maturity. So then, if at first the going is rough, keep at it and grow in your understanding of both the Bible and theology, while we ask the Holy Spirit to do a “deep” work in us.

So I invite us all to meditate upon, reflect on, contemplate, and consider afresh the Word and Work of our Triune God. Each Gospel meditation will center on a passage of Scripture, and a method of reflection will be outlined each week. Perhaps early in the morning we may rise up and seek Him, as David did, and rejoice at the wonder and beauty of God our Savior.

Matthew 7:1-6
"Judge Not!"

"Judge not, that you be not judged. 2 For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. 3 Why do you see the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? 4 Or how can you say to your brother, 'Let me take the speck out of your eye,' when there is the log in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother's eye. 6 "Do not give dogs what is holy, and do not throw your pearls before pigs, lest they trample them underfoot and turn to attack you.

1.   Find a quiet place, alone and apart from distractions.

2.   Be comfortably alert, still and at peace.

3.   Say the Lord's Prayer.

4.   Sing or cant the Jesus Prayer

5.   Pray for family, friends, neighbors, and yourself.

6.   Slowly and carefully read the passage of Scripture.

7.   Reread it.

8.   From memory, determine the central points.

9.   Questions: Who is the judge in the "be judged?"  God, others, ourselves? Not simple to answer and maybe all three.

10. The passage may be viewed in light of missions and evangelism; this is instruction for Jesus' disciples. They would be tempted to judge others, and each other, if they adopted the mentality of the scribes and Pharisees. The Apostles would be less likely to be concerned about judging other people when they see the first priority is to examine their own sinfulness.

11. Dogs and pigs were considered unclean and forbidden to be eaten by the Jews. These were also references used of Gentiles like their Roman conquerors. 

12. Judging others and continually presenting the gospel to those who consistently reject it are to be avoided. To do so is an invitation to disaster and is thus counter-productive.

13. The gospel is to be preached to all the world, but there is a time to "shake the dust" off one's feet and move on (Mt.10).

14. To get caught up in judging, criticizing, and forcing the gospel upon people—these are distractions to the primary calling.

15. Our work is to present the message of Jesus and the cross; it is the work of the Holy Spirit to bring conversion.

16. Being quiet now, seek God in the secret places.  

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Last Update: 2016-09-01 12:11