May 25 - Blind leading the blind and the speck issue

Opening Prayer Thoughts. 
Praise God.
Praise God for the privilege of public worship.  Praise God that Christ is your Mediator King. Praise God that as such, he is destroying; and one day he will bring an end to all his and our enemies – Sin, Satan, and Death. Praise God that Jesus has the authority, power, knowledge, wisdom, dignity, integrity, humility, and gentleness to fulfill his role as Mediator King, perfectly and completely.  
Acknowledge sin.
Confess your sin of not fully understanding and comprehending just who Jesus is as Mediator King, and the wonderful implications for your life. Pray that God would give you an insatiable desire to know more about Christ in his gracious Kingship; that you might wisely submit to his rule in your life. 

Let's read Luke 6:39-42 – Blind leading the blind and the speck issue.
Ask God the Holy Spirit to help you in your understanding of his Word.
V39. The Blind leading the Blind.
Again, we find a saying which is part of our everyday language, "the blind leading the blind". It shows how much the Word of God was used in the English language in the 17th and 18th Centuries. But what does it mean? In a sense, it's self-explanatory. Blind men cannot lead other blind people. If you have young children (this is just a suggestion, nothing more) why not ask two of them to hold hands and close their eyes. Then ask the older child to take them both to their bedroom without peaking. I know I am setting up a mini-disaster, but by way of mitigation, this is a parable we are looking at after all.  
The blind leading the blind; no one gets very far. So it is in life. If the man leading his family or the church cannot 'see' any further than those he is called to lead, where will they go? It won't be too long until they are all bumping into a chair or two, the kitchen table, etc. By 'seeing', it means understanding, knowing, and being wise. That's why dads have to be ahead of the game when it comes to leading their family spiritually. And if Dad is not yet in love with Jesus, then it is Mum who has to be the spiritual head of the family. Whoever is the spiritual leader in the home,  there can be no excuse for not leading one’s family in the worship of God.
V40. The teacher and disciple relationship.
Jesus commented on this relationship several times and in different ways during his public ministry; Luke 22:27, Matthew 10:24, John 13:16. What is the point Jesus is making? Yes, it does mean that the student is only going to go as far as the teacher teaches him. If the math teacher only can teach that 2+2 = 4, then the pupil is not going to go any higher than that, at least initially. Therefore, the lesson is that we need to be constantly instructing ourselves so that we can teach our families and others beyond 2+2. Of course, with time, and the internet, those we teach can, and will, often go beyond our level. That is not a threat; it is a good thing. I have always had a strong desire that my children would go beyond me. I am thankful that each of them has done so – some of them in multiple areas of life. 
So, what is the point Jesus is getting at? I think he is talking about 'attitude' as well as level. The idea of being fully trained alludes not just to the attainment of knowledge but also, and significantly, to the attitude acquired. Every teacher teaches information through attitude. There are certain teachers you will remember and look back on with fondness. At least, I hope there are. What was it about them that you liked? Was it not their attitude? How they loved their subject, and that communicated itself to you? Yes, teaching is about the communication of information so that the student will attain, and benefit from, that knowledge. But a lot of teaching has to do with, 'I want you to know this because it will be great for your life', as opposed to 'I am teaching you this because I have to'. Jesus is saying to his disciples that the key thing is that the student should aspire to the same attitude as the teacher. And that is on both the teacher, to convey the right attitude, and the student, to desire that same attitude. 
Leading our families, if we have a family, in worship, is not merely a matter of communication of truth to their lives; it also involves the communication of a passion to their minds and hearts – a passion for God himself. That passion will come across as we invest in these times. That doesn't mean you have to spend a long time doing it. The investment I am referring to is one of desire, of hunger, to come before God. If your family senses that being with God and worshiping him is important to you, then that attitude will convey itself to them. It is not easy; I know only too well. After a hard day working, it can be difficult to raise oneself to convey such a hunger, but please, for the sake of those you love, take a moment before God and ask for his help. Then, lead your family into his presence as though it were the most important thing in your day. Keep it simple; keep it straightforward; but above all, keep it filled with love for God. Do it knowing that it will reap an uncalculatable reward for you and those you love, both in time and eternity. 
V41. The speck and the beam.
In Matthew's gospel, this parable follows immediately after the instruction on judging, i.e., Luke 6:37. This is serious stuff that Jesus is talking about, but it is interesting how humorously Jesus expresses it. Possibly a deliberate response to the cold, lifeless, rigidly thoughtless, unengaging teaching of the Pharisees and scribes? 
The point is that clear, don't go telling other people their faults until you have given your own heart and subsequent actions a thorough going over. Of course, that does not mean that we should be hesitant to address a brother or sister living in public sin. James 5:19,20, instructs us otherwise. Our problem is that the perceiving of faults in each other is something that comes easy to us, while the addressing of public sin is a case of, 'but, we're not allowed to judge, are we.' (That was addressed last Friday.) I think a read of James 3:5-12 would do us no harm. "So, also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things. How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire!  And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life, and set on fire by hell. For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by mankind, but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.  With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God.  From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so. Does a spring pour forth from the same opening both fresh and saltwater?  Can a fig tree, my brothers, bear olives, or a grapevine produce figs? Neither can a salt pond yield fresh water."

A Psalm to Sing.
Psalm 27D. Link to the words. Link to it being sung. Sing with joy in your heart to God.

Memory Verse. 
'Hiding' the Word of God in your heart will bless you in ways you will never expect.
Ephesians 1:3,4
"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, " 
Truth for the Mind and Heart.
Westminster Shorter Catechism, Question 41. Where is the moral law set out briefly?
Answer. The moral law is set out briefly in the Ten Commandments.
This is taken from where you find proof texts.
Thank God.
Thank God that we have an excellent teacher in the Lord Jesus, one whom we will never be able to surpass in knowledge and wisdom. Pray that we would learn from Jesus every day, and grow in our love for him, God the Father, and God the Holy Spirit.
Take care in Christ,
Rev. Dr. Andrew Quigley