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“An interpretation, explanation and analysis of holy scripture found in Luke chapter 6 verses 36-42, the words of Christ, the son of God”

 

My dear colleagues, thinkers, readers, and men and women of the Christian faith and all faiths and opinions ideas and thoughts, I bid and ask you to join with me in another voyage of intellectual discovery. I welcome you all in this quest and task of obtaining and coming to know intellectual honesty and honest discernment. Join me in this voyage of discovery to get at and find what is valid and authentic in the present world of great confusion. Come with me in tearing apart the curtain of lies and darkness that hides from all of us what is truth and facts.

Today I will be attempting to analyze, understand, interpret and explain one of Jesus’ most profound sayings and series of thoughts found in the gospel of Luke, chapter six verses 36-42 as follows:

 

“Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful. Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven; give, and it will be given to you. Good measure pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”

He also told them a parable: “Can a blind man lead a blind man? Will they, not both fall into a pit? A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone, when he is fully trained, will be like his teacher. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but does not notice the log that is in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take out the speck that is in your eye,’ when you yourself do not see the log that is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take out the speck that is in your brother’s eye.”

 

There is a great deal to be understood and grasped here. Jesus makes clear that it is not for us to judge any other person or human being. He tells us not to condemn and we will not be condemned, and to forgive and we will be forgiven. The key of what Jesus says here is that what we give will be given back. Jesus tells us here he wants a world of forgiveness, non-condemnation and not judgment. In a word, he wants a world of love and forgiveness without judgment, without rancor and without treasured hostility. He advises self-knowledge where, rather than looking at the supposed faults and failings of our brother, we should take a close look at ourselves, look to the log in our own eye rather than focusing on the speck in our brother’s eye. The issue and advice of Jesus is not to attack or be critical of others but first look at our own faults before focusing on some supposed failings of our brother.

Jesus, I think, advises us to have self-knowledge of our sins and sinful nature rather than speaking of the sins of others, and tells us not to judge. The model is the kingdom of God where God forgives us all. If there is any condemnation, it comes from God alone, and if there is to be judged, it comes from God alone. We human beings, we are told here, are in no position to judge or condemn. The parable here means that to be a good guide, one must exercise self-criticism. Only good disciples can produce converts and not a blind man without knowledge.

I hope I have given some valid thoughts and insights into the deep and profound meaning of these words of Christ. Most of all, I urge you all to return to the biblical text which alone can provide you with the truth and meaning and insights of what Jesus tried to tell us here.