The parable of the speck and log: a teaching of humility

“A disciple is not elevated above his rav. It is sufficient for the disciple to be like his rav.
Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but the log in your eye you do not notice?How do you say to your brother, ” My brother,permit me, and I will remove the speck that is in your eye”, but you do not see the log that is in your eye.Hypocrite! First remove the log from your eye, and afterward you will surely see to remove the speck that is in your brother’s eye.”
Delitzsch Hebrew Gospels, Luke Chapter 6, verses 40-42

Yeshua begins by making a very important statement: “A disciple is not elevated above his rav.”

It is a true call to always remain very humble at heart when we consider that the King of the Kings chose to serve as the Suffering Servant. He was the greatest of all and became the last.

This implies that we should by any means do our best to imitate our rabbi.

Therefore we should be very cautious in our way to look at others. We must avoid being judgmental, because we are far from perfection. Instead of listing other people’s sins, we should be eager to correct our own ways.

May I gently remind you that the second most important commandment is to love our neighbor?

Blaming, pointing an accusatory finger at a brother or a sister’s sins is not an act of love.

You are not supposed to do that. On the contrary, you are supposed to show loving kindness to a person who is in a situation of weakness and exhort her-or leave her alone, so that she can settle herself with Hashem.

If you are unable to help this person, prayer is always an efficient tool.

Hashem listens to the prayers and supplications of the righteous.

Slating is becoming an accomplice of the devil. Who is the accuser, but Satan?

Yeshua’s goal is always to repair the broken and restoration of the soul.

Shouldn’t you, if you claim to be a disciple of His, be so eager to show mercy to your brothers and sisters in the same way?

I will reiterate it, no matter if people like it or not: hatred is of the devil. If you slate or blame your brother or sister, you are acknowledging that the devil is your father.

Whoever had a true encounter with Yeshua, has our Savior’s loving heart.

-” But Paul said that I must judge!”

-“Really? Paul?  I don’t care what Paul says, to tell you the truth! This might shock you a lot, but let me give you some food for thought: who suffered and died for you on the Cross? Who redeemed yous soul?  Tell me, WHO do you think you should be obedient to? Whose words matter over anybody else’s words?”

Yeshua forbids you to judge unless you are perfect.

Are you perfect? No, you are a sinner and you deserve a death sentence from Hashem, like all of us! You are saved by Yeshua’s grace only!

So to all of you who are keen on judging others on public forums to make yourselves look important, make sure that you are perfect when Yeshua returns, because He will use the same measure that you are using to judge others! He said it. Are you deaf and blind?

It is never to late to do your Teshuva. Return to Him while it is time.

“O gladness of the compassionate, 

For they will be shown compassion” 

Matthew 5:17

Tell me, my friends, how can you expect mercy from Hashem if you don’t show mercy yourself in your actions?

For by your words you will be justified and by your words you will be condemned.” Matthew 12:37

It is obvious that we should either use our words to heal or simply remain silent.

Our judgment is to discern between good and wrong, and to show the good example.

By truly walking on the path of our Messiah, we can bring others to Teshuva rather than blaming and accusing others. You may not be aware of it, but your own words will judge you before the King of Righteousness, Yeshua our role model, our rabbi.

A disciple is not elevated above his rav. It is sufficient for the disciple to be like his rav.”


May these words penetrate into you and touch you deeply. I’d like to advise you to also meditate on the parable of the unmerciful servant as an additional reflection.

Be merciful as our Father in Heaven is merciful!

I do pray that the Spirit of God brings many judgmental people to true Teshuva.

May you all follow Yeshua’s path of loving kindness. In Yeshua’s Name I pray, Amen.

Copyright© by Isabelle Esling

Published by Isabelle Esling

follower of Yeshua-trilingual published author-independent languages tutor for English speakers.

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