Pastor’s Letter – August 25, 2020 – The Splinter vs the Beam

And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but perceivest not the beam that is in thine own eye?

Luke 6:41

Dear Church and Friends,

We live in an age of rights, privileges, free choice, and personal liberty that has gone off the rails. We have politicize rights and choice to the extreme; whatever anyone does is sanctified by their right to do it.

Wrongs no longer exist and if you point out a poor choice, then your rights are endangered. This is especially true with the sexual revolutionaries who campaign for the normalization of perverse sexual behavior. If you say their behavior is in error, then passages such as Luke 6:41-42 are used to declare your hypocrisy.

However, that is not the meaning of Jesus’ teaching. Let’s break down the passage and find the essential elements.

  • The subject: sight represented in both by the eyes.
  • The problem: wood in the eyes (in both sets of eyes there is wood) one as a larger problem than the other.
  • The goal: to remove the wood. In one it is a splinter and in the other a beam.
  • The challenge: Only one notices the splinter. Only the one that notices the splinter can address both the brother’s splinter and his own beam.
  • The call to action: Jesus tells the one who notices the splinter to deal with his beam first, then he can treat the splinter.

If we can’t see clearly then we cannot help others and sin is the problem that blinds both. We are called on to repent of our sins. Our brothers’ need should demand clear sight in us so that we can help a blind world wandering into the ditch. For the believer this is a daily duty, to pray and seek his face and turn from our sin.

However, it is not an injunction against helping the brother with his sin problem. Jesus said, ” . . . cast out first the beam out of thine own eye, and then shalt thou see clearly to pull out the mote that is in thy brother’s eye.” (emphasis added) Let us go forth with clean hands and pure hearts in love proclaiming the truth of God’s Word.

Music: I saw the Light by Ransomed Bluegrass.

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Prayer Request: Please pray for the following.

  • Chris Mills, New York City, N.Y. Chris MIlls planted One Community Church in New York City | Hell’s Kitchen. Lately crime and drug problems have been on the rise in our neighborhood. While there are multiple factors, a major reason is that the city moved more than 3,000 homeless people from shelters into hotels in our community. This overwhelmed the neighborhood. As a church plant valuing to locally contextualize ministry, this presents unique challenges and opportunities along with the issues of COVID-19 and racial tension. Pray for our core team as we live missionally and invite others to join us in Jesus’ kingdom work.

Catechism: Craig’s Catechism (1581) [The Second Part of God’s Honor.]

  • Question 156: What purpose do these titles serve? Answer: Hereby is expressed His office, and how He saved us.
  • Question 157: Expound that more plainly. Answer: He saved us by His Kingdom, Priesthood, and Prophetic Office.
  • Question 158: How can this be proved? Answer: By the anointing of kings, priests, and prophets, who were figures of His anointing.
  • Question 159: Was Christ anointed with material oil? Answer: No, but He was anointed with the gift of the Spirit without measure.

All my best.

Can the blind lead the blind? shall they not both fall into the ditch?

Luke 6:39

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Published by David B. Smith

Author, podcaster, pastor, and Big Pappa to my grandchildren.

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