Matthew 18:15-17

“Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother. But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established. And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican.” (Matthew 18:15–17, KJV 1900)

 Thou shalt not hate thy brother in thine heart: thou shalt in any wise rebuke thy neighbour, and not suffer sin upon him. Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the Lord.” (Leviticus 19:17–18, KJV 1900) “

“ ‘You shall not hate your brother in your heart; you shall surely rebuke your fellow citizen, so that you do not incur sin along with him. You shall not seek vengeance, and you shall not harbor a grudge against your fellow citizens; and you shall love your neighbor like yourself; I am Yahweh.” (Leviticus 19:17–18, LEB)

Failing to follow scripture’s instruction, yea, command has an effect on:

offender              – Does he know his fault? Will he repeat it? With same person? With others?

offended             – Can he not grow bitter, estranged? Has he not lost his brother?

assembly             – Division among and/or loss of members? Damage to the testimony

church                  – Division and bitterness, lack of effectiveness in the world (salt/light)

The Godhead    – The bride of the Son is distressed by offence and disobedience

 “A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city: And their contentions are like the bars of a castle.” (Proverbs 18:19, KJV 1900)

 

Delaying following scripture’s instruction, yea, command has an effect on:

offender              – Does he know his fault? Will he repeat it? With same person? With others?

offended             – Can he not grow bitter? Has he not lost a brother?

assembly             – Division among and/or loss of members? Damage to the testimony

church                  – Division and bitterness

The Godhead    – The bride of the Son is distressed by offence and disobedience

Because sentence against an evil deed is not carried out quickly, the heart of humans fills up within them to do evil.” (Ecclesiastes 8:11, LEB)

 

Being faithful to follow scripture’s instruction, yea, command has an effect on:

offender              – He knows his fault. He is not so likely to repeat it?

offended             – Has he not gained his brother?

assembly             – Unity restored

church                  – Division and bitterness averted

The Godhead    – Honoured by obedience and a good testimony

And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;” (2 Timothy 2:24–25, KJV 1900)

1 Corinthians 6:7 Now therefore there is utterly a fault among you, because ye go to law one with another. Why do ye not rather take wrong? why do ye not rather suffer yourselves to be defrauded?

Who is exempt as an offender or offended? NOONE!

 

My Dad’s artificial eye

 

My father had an artificial eye. On the lighter side; I remember him working shift work. Usually Mom was home and would try to keep us kids quiet while he slept. On rare occasions when mom had to go out and dad was on the night shift, he would try to get some sleep while looking after us. His artificial eye, if a little dry would not close fully. He would tell us “I will be watching you.” Other times he would hold out his hand for us to see what he was holding. When he opened his hand, an eye would be looking up at us. Later in life he got a bit of metal in his other eye. After having it removed, the doctor said he would cover it for a bit. Dad responded “If you do you will need to drive me home”

But there was the darker side that we can apply to our scripture here at Matthew 18

While chopping wood as a man of about 20 years old, my father had a wood chip fly up and embed itself in his eye.

Some of it may have been extricated, but not all of it. After a while it festered, and eventually my father lost that eye.

An artificial eye was installed, and he spent the next 70 years with only one eye to depend on. Depth perception was mostly lost, and his field of vision diminished.

Just as the impurity that was allowed to remain in my dad’s eye affected his whole being and life, so with an unresolved offence among Christians. An offence left to fester will affect the assembly and the church which is His Body.

 

Judgment Between Brethren – Matthew 18:15-17

2 thoughts on “Judgment Between Brethren – Matthew 18:15-17

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