Wednesday 07-22-20

“And He will delight in the fear of the Lord, and He will not judge by what His eyes see, nor make a decision by what His ears hear; but with righteousness He will judge the poor, and decide with fairness for the afflicted of the earth; and He will strike the earth with the rod of His mouth, and with the breath of His lips He will slay the wicked” (Isaiah 11:3-4).

In the Messiah, we observe the requisites necessary to rightly judge others. Since we are lacking in the full knowledge of God, and incapable of the resulting objectivity; offering only subjective speculations based upon what we hear and see, the judgment of others is a practice best avoided (Matthew 7:1-2); and all the more in our speculations regarding the plight of the poor, the helpless, and the outcast—those to whom God has accorded special protection. In the arrogance of our prosperity the lens of grace, through which we are called to view the world, is often clouded.

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