David Jay Jordan's
'Judge' or 'Judge Not'
Do we judge or are we suppose to judge not ? Why, because some people say that the Bible tells us not to judge and
others say we are suppose to judge. So what's the truth about judging and judgment ? For as the Psalmist said 'The
judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.More to be desiired are they than gold, yea, than
muchfine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. Morreover by them is thy servant warned: and in
keeping of them there is great reward. (Psalms 19)
And so, as it says, we are to value the Judgments of the Lord, and not be afraid of them if we are choosing Him. And
we shouldn't be confusion on this very important principle. about judgment. Right? So maybe the answer in this
case, avbout whether to judge or not, springs from semantics and linquistics, because there are surely no
contradictions in the Bible..
So first, let's hear what Jesus, himself said ..
John 7:24 Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.
Well that's clear enough, Jesus tells us to judge the situation and discern what's happening and where people are
at, just as He did in this chapter of John towards the Pharisees. He judged them; meaning figured out they intended
to kill Him and therefore said the right thing and did the right thing. Why, cause His final judgment, or court
proceedings at the Great White Throne Judgment isn't until much later.
So Jesus told us to judge not after the flesh or after appearances or the outside trappings whether rich or poor,
young or old, male or female, intelligent or not, but according to the spirit and what's really going on in someone's
heart. We can't tell that you should be saying to yourself, we can't mind read?
Oh Yes we can, for as Paul said....
Hebrews 4: 12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing
even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is discerner of the thoughts and
intents of the heart.
In other words, if we know the Lords words and principles, then Yes we can discern the thoughts and intents of
people's hearts according to what they say, if we have heard enough of their speech and seen enough of their
actions and heard from the Holy Spirit I mean that is the whole point of the Bible, to give us wisdom on what to do
and when to do it. The Lords Words aren't decoration or a social bond but real live words of discernment that can
and should lead and guide us, and teach us to judge righteously. Right ? So how do we get wisdom, we study the
Lord's Words. It doesn't come magically, it takes study as we have to seek to find, and read to get FAITH and
Why then do people say we shouldn't judge ? Well a few verses seem to indicate thatâ€¦â€¦.like â€¦â€¦â€¦
Mathew 7: 1 Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with
what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.
But wait a minute, this judgment verse is not talking about discernment but about condemnation. Why because we
are to judge that we are ALL alike and all saved by grace and therefore we can't CONDEMN anyone, for there is a
possibility for all to be saved. No matter how hard they are. Right ?
For even in Luke it quotes this same conversation of the Lord in a slightly different way â€¦..
Luke 6: 37-38 Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned forgive, and
ye shall be forgiven:
Ahaaaâ€¦. so there's our answer, we are not to condemn, but we are to discern. So each in their own time and place
is surely right, if we can just get it right. I mean sometimes discernment will tell us to tell it like it is, and
sometimes to avoid the devoid. Sometimes we are to tell them about the Grace of God and sometimes about the
judgments of God that "we all reap what we sow."
But we always suppose to fight for the lost, forsaken, and the hurt., this is always our duty For as the prophets said
Jeremiah 5: 28 They are waxen fat, they shine: yea, they overpass the deeds of the wicked: they judge not the
cause, the cause of the fatherless, yet they prosper; and the right of the needy do they nott judge.
Isaiah 1: 23 Thy princes are rebellious, and companions of thieves: every one loveth gifts, and followeth after
rewards: they judge not the fatherless, neither doth the cause of the widow come unto them.
So we better judge that we should help and not by-pass those that need our help, and judge those that would hurt
the Lord's sheep and yet judge that those that are sorry can always receive the Lord's Grace and forgiveness,
because we also are only saved by His Grace.
So let's judge wisely !!
Don't you agree ?
David Jay Jordan