Judging Character in Hebrew

2 Kings 1.7:

NIV: The king asked them, What kind of man was it who came to meet you and told you this?

The Hebrew wording in this verse reveals some interesting details of how the language is connected to a deeper Gospel reality.

The Hebrew literally has it: “What [was] the judgement of the man who went up to meet you…?”.

The implied meaning of this however is seen in the English translation above: “What kind of man…?”.

So, the way Hebrew works, you can judge a man from his judgement. How a man judges says something of the man.

This is what Jesus teaches all along. If you are too quick to judge others, you may not realize that you are not faultless either…

In Jesus’ words of Mt. 7.1-3:

1“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 2For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.3“Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 4How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? 5You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

If we are not gracious to our fellow men, we scorn the fact that God has been gracious to us while we were sinners.

I must call other people to repent from sin, absolutely – but only after realizing that I am the greatest sinner of all, savedĀ  only by grace through the blood of Jesus.

That will say something about me as a Christian. In this way the Gospel judges character.

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