My wife learned to sew at an early age. At one point in her career she owned a window treatment workroom: a place where drapes, curtains, cornice boards, lambrequins, headboards, etc. were manufactured. Handling many yards of fabric, one of the most important tools she used was a yardstick. The yardstick was used to measure the hundreds of yards of fabric she handled every year…and occasionally she would whack me with it!
Jesus used measurement terminology on several occasions. Most often we hear the word “measure” from Luke 6:38 where Jesus tells us two things about our giving:
1) after we’ve given the phrase good measure is used to describe how things are given back to us; and
2) with whatever measure we employ in our giving, the same tool (i.e. spoon, cup, shovel, wheelbarrow, dump truck, etc.) will be used to measure back to us. This scripture is most often quoted when offerings are received at church.
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Jesus used this same measurement terminology in Matthew and Mark’s gospels each time describing a different subject. In Mark’s gospel Jesus spoke of hearing. He indicated that we should pay attention to what we hear. He reasons that the weight and consideration we give to hearing the Word stands us in good stead to receive more of the Word. I suppose that the converse of this is also true. If we give more weight to something other than the Word of God, these things will “choke out” the Word in our lives.
Finally, Jesus used this terminology in speaking about judging others. It is difficult to miss the point Jesus makes here. Our system of judging others is exactly the same system that is used to judge us. This thought should cause us to “measure” people less severely. Let’s all pause and calmly think of that!