Verse 1 – “Judge not, that you be not judged.
Verse 2 – “For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the same measure you use, it will be measured back to you.
This doesn’t mean Jesus condemned all acts of judgment, because elsewhere (15:18; 15:20), He commanded believers to discern the actions of others. What Jesus condemned is hypocritical judgment that focuses on people’s faults of others while failing to examine themselves.
Verse 3 – “And why do you look at the speck in your brothers eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye?
Verse 4 – “Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck out of your eye; and look, a plank is in your own eye?
Verse 5 – “Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck out of your brothers eye.
We can’t help or correct a brother for a fault if our fault is the same thing or larger. Harsh words about others will not change their behavior. We better make sure that we have removed the sin or bad habit before we go after someone else.
Verse 6 – “Do not give what is holy to the dogs; nor cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you in pieces.
It is futile to try to teach someone sacred teachings of Jesus if they won’t listen. In Jesus’ allegory, the sacrificial meat (what is holy) symbolized His own sacred teachings. The dogs symbolize the wicked who disregarded the value of His teachings. The same is true of a pearl, which is of high value. The pigs represent those who have only contempt for the gospel and Jesus teachings. As Christians, we have to know the difference of someone really wanting a change and those who don’t care to hear the gospel of Christ.
Verse 7 – “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek and you sill find; knock, and it will be opened to you.
Verse 8 – “For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.
Too many people start out their Christian walk on fire for God, but after a while, they stop. Maybe because a prayer didn’t get answered; maybe because of how someone treated them; but any circumstance that they didn’t agree with, they assumed God wasn’t going to help them, so they stopped even trying. With diligence perseverance, we are to seek God, and Jesus says we will find answers and doors will be opened to us. Sometimes people wait years for an answered prayer, but they never lost faith and hope in the God who is able to make all things possible.
Verse 9 – “Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone?
Verse 10 – “Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent?
Verse 11 – “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!
In other words: A father that doesn’t know God, doesn’t act or think like Him, has no concept of God’s standards will give his own children good things, how much more will a good and perfect Father give to His children? Don’t be afraid to ask. God doesn’t give bad gifts, He only withholds that which will harm or destroy us!
Verse 12 – “Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.
Wouldn’t it be a much better world if everyone followed this rule. Before you do something to another, ask yourself if you would want that same thing done to you.
Two Ways of Life
Verse 13 – “Enter by the narrow gate, for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it.
Verse 14 – “Because narrow is the gate and difficult the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.
Christ compares the way to life, through a gate. Diligence is required to enter this narrow gate. Just because things are available to us, doesn’t mean they are beneficial. The choices we make in this life will and does effect our eternity. Choose wisely which gate you chose to enter. There is no turning back after death, as some might think.
False and True Teaching
Verse 15 – “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves.
Verse 16 – “You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thorn-bushes or figs from thistles?
False prophets are those who teach incorrect doctrine, or one falsely and unjustly laying claims to divine inspiration. Then Jesus give us instructions on how to test ones character. A true disciple will bear the fruit of good works. You will see the fruit of good works. You will see what their true character is by their actions and behavior.
Verse 17 – “Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit.
Verse 18 – “A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit.
Verse 19 – “Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.
Verse 20 – “Therefore by their fruits you will know them.
A bad tree produces nothing useful, so what good is it? These verses go much deeper than what they appear. Our lives are to bear the results of Jesus teachings, good works, kindness to others, showing mercy, and loving even the unlovable. How much effort does it really take to be kind to someone? Our heavenly Father is always watching what we do and that attitude behind our actions.
True Way into the Kingdom
Verse 21 – “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord; shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.
Verse 22 – “Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’
Verse 23 – “And then I will declare to them, I never knew you, depart from Me, you who practiced lawlessness!’
Many, on the day of judgment, who may have been endowed with powers of prophecy, or miracles, or even to preach the gospel, will assume because they did these things in the name of Jesus will have eternal life. However, what about their moral character? God can choose anyone to perform miracles, but where is that’s person’s heart, is the true question.
There will be a day of judgment where all pretenders will be exposed for what they truly are.
Verse 24 – “Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock;
Verse 25 – “and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.
Verse 26 – “Now everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand;
Verse 27 – “and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on the house; and it fell. And great was its fall.”
I relate these verses to “The Sower and the Seed.” Some stick with God, even in crises, hardships, or huge disappointments. They have built their lives on the solid foundation of Jesus Christ, no matter what testing or trials come their way. They never stop believing in the One who promises to deliver.
Then there are those who never stayed with Christ long enough to build a solid relationship with Him, and are blown away when the trials and testing comes.
Verse 28 – And so it was, when Jesus had ended these sayings, that the people were astonished at His teaching,
Verse 29 – for He taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.
The teachers of the law (religious scholars) often cited traditions and quoted others in authority to support their arguments and interpretations. But Jesus, had no need to quote another, because He was the original WORD.