I was going through this chapter, trying to understand and process all of this information in a relatively short period of time, and i was struck by this first couple of sections. First off, Christ talks about not judging lest we be judged. I was thinking about what that means. I know that i do not want to be judged by God, but how does one go about not judging others? Then we hit verse 6 that says, “Do not give what is holy to dogs, and do not throw your pearls before swine, or they will trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.” So, we are not to judge, but in order to not give what is holy to dogs and not cast our pearls before swine, we must judge and discern that they are dogs or swine. How do we do that? Do not judge lest you be judged, yet judge lest you cast truth before those who can not accept it.
So we need to judge whether someone is able to handle the truth, but we must be careful in judging as we will be judged in the same way. Later on, Jesus talks about knowing a person by their fruits. If you need to judge someone you can understand who they are, and the truth about them by looking at what they produce. If they produce life, they are people of life. If they leave a path of destruction behind them, chances are they are a bad tree.
Later in the chapter Jesus talks about how the road is broad that leads to destruction, and narrow that leads to life and many who seek it will not find it. So many who pursue truth and life will never find it. Those are pretty strong words in our “all inclusive” culture. Yet, those are Christ’s words.
So in understanding all of these things, it is important to build a strong foundation. When you do not have a strong foundation, the troubles of life WILL sweep you away. The only way to remain strong is have a strong foundation and strong roots.
Do you understand? I’m pretty sure i MIGHT understand… “When Jesus had finished these words, the crowds were amazed at His teaching; for He was teaching them as one having authority, and not as their scribes.“