Scripture Reading: Matthew 7
Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations.2 For one believeth that he may eat all things: another, who is weak, eateth herbs.3 Let not him that eateth despise him that eateth not; and let not him which eateth not judge him that eateth: for God hath received him.
Romans 13 ends with not making provision for the flesh. What about people who think provision of the flesh is different from yours?
Doubtful disputations—scruples, questionable minor issues, the deciding of doubts, judging thoughts, don’t receive them with intent of passing judgment on them.
Receive ye--Don’t base admission into fellowship on meeting scruples.
Herbs—plants, thus avoiding all the food laws involving animals.
Despise—look down on, throw away, view as superstitious or inferior
Judge—contempt for the stronger,
Received—accept them as God has, don’t keep them out on account of your high falutin opinions. Romans 15:7—last verse on the subject:
Wherefore receive ye one another, as Christ also received us to the glory of God.
Who art thou that judgest another man's servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand.
Another’s servant—implying the servant of Christ. If Christ receives him, why do you not? You’re not his master or judge. Stand—make him take his place in the Christian fellowship.
Judgest—pick, choose, separate, approve, esteem,
One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded [assured] in his own mind.6 He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord; and he that regardeth not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it. He that eateth, eateth to the Lord, for he giveth God thanks; and he that eateth not, to the Lord he eateth not, and giveth God thanks.
Own mind—everyone has a conscience they have to keep clear, let each deal with their own conscience before God. Regard to the Lord—conscience before God.
For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself.8 For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord's.9 For to this end Christ both died, and rose, and revived, that he might be Lord both of the dead and living.
Live to himself—we are living sacrifices, we’re not living for us but for Christ.
IN life or death we serve the Lord. Thus others don’t have to serve your scruples and Christ says you should take other’s scruples into account!
Lord over—this was the purpose of Christ death and resurrection, that He would be Lord and we His servants. Literally lord over or rule.
But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.11 For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.
Set at naught—despise, going back to verse 3 addressing both the strong and the weak.
Judgment seat of Christ—God, 2 Corinthians 5:9-10
Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him.10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.
Every knee--The one who judged and the one judged, the one who despises and the one despised will all stand there and acknowledge that God alone has the right to judge.
So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.13 Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his brother's way.
Account—logos, you’ll give a word, a speech, a report.
Not judge—because who are you? You’ll be judged!
Don’t judge what others are doing; judge what you are doing to others as one who will give an account as to how one treated others!