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October 29 - Evening

"You, then, why do you judge your brother or sister?
Or why do you treat them with contempt? For we will
all stand before God’s judgment seat.
 It is written:

'As surely as I live,’ says the Lord,
‘every knee will bow before me;
    every tongue will acknowledge God.’

So then, each of us will give an account of
ourselves to G

- Romans 14:10-12

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Inept Judgment of Other Believers    

Paul asks two emphatic questions in Romans 14:10. First, “why do you judge your brother?” This first emphatic question emphasizes the “you” who is the less mature brother who doesn’t understand that eating meat (or, whatever non-issue is the current fad or rage in the church) is not a sin, yet is judging a fellow believer for doing so. And, second, “why do you treat them with contempt?” This emphatic question emphasizes the “you” who is the mature believer treating the younger, less mature believer with contempt for their lack of understanding. Paul’s point is they are both wrong for this baseless judgment of each other.

Take note that Paul is rebuking believers for passing judgment that is based on two types of faulty criteria. One, Paul is rebuking believers with less understanding for advancing non-important issues as being major issues of sin and morality when they are not. And, two, he is also rebuking someone for passing judgment on a younger believer who is still developing. This second case would be similar to an older sibling making fun of a younger brother or sister in first grade for not understanding high school math.

Paul is rebuking believers for a faulty standard of judgment, he is not saying never judge and never evaluate others, since this would contradict his other teachings that clearly tell us to “mark those who cause division” (Romans 16:17 ; Titus 3:10), judge false teachers (Galatians 1:8-9, 1 Timothy 1:3; 1 Timothy 6:3; 2 John 1:10), identify lazy Christians who do “not live according to the teaching you received from us,” (2 Thess. 3:6), take note of the man who disregards Paul’s teaching and “do not associate with him,” (2 Thess. 3:14).

Our motivation for restricting inept judgment of each other today is identified by Paul.  Each of us will stand before the Lord for judgment and “each of us will give an account of ourselves to God.” The phrase “give an account” is a phrase used to refer to a financial record. Even as saved and redeemed believers we will be called upon to explain our records of behavior, attitudes, words and actions before the “bema” seat, or  “before God’s judgment seat.” This is not a judgment to determine our eternal destiny in heaven or in hell, but it is instead an evaluation of our performance as believers.

  Christian Quote from Church History

"The perfect church service,would be one we
were almost unaware of.
Our attention would
have been on God."
- C.S. Lewis




Something to Ponder??

Council of Verona (1184) - instituted the inquisition
of heretics

Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information


Doxa (Gr) - Glory (Eng) - the Greek word doxa means glory. The secular Greek meaning of
before it was used in the translation of the Hebrew scriptures into the Greek Septuagint
(LXX) was "opinion, view, estimate, fame, honor, praise." In the Septuagint the word doxa was
used to translate the Hebrew word kebod ("honor, glory, majesty, wealth") into Greek. The New Testament use of he Greek word doxa altered its Greek meaning forever to capture the idea of "radiance," "glory," "divine, heavenly radiance," "majesty of God," and "the being of God."


These ancient cultures have a Flood story in their history or fokelore: Tanzania, Egypt, China, Syria, Babylon, Chaldea, India, Australia, Fiji Islands, Hawaii, Greece, Inca, Peru, Mexico, Aztec, Cree Indians (Canada), Ojibwe Indians (Minnesota), Deleware Indians, Cherokee and, of course, the Israelites.

Confession to Action   Facts and Information
Do I judge other believers with a faulty judgment scale?
Or, is my ability to discern truth from error and right from wrong lacking so greatly
that I can't judge anything correctly?
I will seek to be discerning, yet supportive of others.
I will be as wise as a serpent and as harmless as a dove.(Matthew 10:16)
  "Do you see a man who speaks in haste?
There is more hope
for a fool than for him."
- Proverbs 29:20
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