A Full Double Dip
There is a Braum’s in Cedar Hill, only 12 miles north of Midlothian. On our way back from Home Depot, Mary will say, “Dave, let’s stop and get some ice cream.” Actually, she’s a lot more practical and wants to get a gallon of their excellent 2% milk. I’m the one who takes the lead in the ice cream line. “I want Cherries, Pecans and Cream, double dip, in a waffle cone.” Then I watch as the server digs deep with the scoop and fills it full of that heavenly ice cream, then pushes the cream down in the cone gently, and then goes back to dig for another full scoop. When he hands it to me, the cone is jammed full and flowing over the edge. If it’s summer time in Texas, the cream melts and runs down on my hand before I can get the first lick. This is as close as I get in my life to what Jesus was talking about when He spoke about a measure, pressed down, shaken, and overflowing.
“Don’t be constantly judging and you will not be judged. Don’t be always condemning others and you will not be condemned. Let it go and you will be set free as well. Give and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over—that’s what will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you measure it will be measured out to you.” Luke 6:37-38
Jesus pictures not ice cream cones, but a person sitting with a sack between their legs. The seller begins to pour barley into the bag. When it gets a third full, the seller says to shake it all down and then pours more grain into the sack. When it’s full and shaken down, he then presses it down farther and pours more grain until it’s running over the top. Jesus says that’s how His Father will pour out forgiveness and blessing on us if we don’t go around judging and condemning others. When I remember how much He forgives me, it’s not hard to forgive others.
LORD, protect me from having a judgmental, critical, condemning spirit like the religious leaders Luke has been telling us about. Help me remember that You’re the Judge, not me, but help me not to take Jesus’ words out of their setting and fuel the idea that He was saying there were no divinely revealed moral standards.
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