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Matthew 7:1-5 in New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)


Do not judge, so that you may not be judged. For with the judgment you make you will be judged, and the measure you give will be the measure you get. (vs. 1-2)


Why do you see the speck in your neighbor’s eye, but do not notice the log in your own eye? Or how can you say to your neighbor, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ while the log is in your own eye? (vs. 3-4)


You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your neighbor’s eye. (vs. 5)





This passage is not typically taught in Workshop Rotation Model churches, so we don't have a lot on it. Why not typical? Because in Rotation we spend 4 to 5 weeks in a row on a single story, and thus, have to prioritize which stories we teach in elementary Sunday School. Therefore, this particular story doesn't often make the final cut.


But, feel free to add your lessons and ideas in this post! (Perhaps you are a "non-Rotator" or you are using it for your mid-week or other program.) 


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This is a great passage, but one I've not done in Rotation. Rather, I've done it in children's sermons and fellowship groups.  It's short and sweet.

Brainstorms that come to mind:

1. Game -- "Judging" ...create a game where kids try to figure out what's in a paperbag by feeling it. Try to guess what it is, what it's worth, etc. Kids write down their answers and move to the next subject. Point: your own judgement isn't always the best. We look at God's judgment to determine a person's worth.  (I did this in a children's sermon.)

2. Art project:

Make a take home display plaque showing a speck and a log and an eye. Jesus created a VERY vivid image to remind us of the folly of judging others before dealing with our own faults. Make a vivid display item with the scripture on it to go home.  You can make the "log" by cutting carpet tube and having the kids glue crumpled paper bags "bark" to it.   The speck should be extremely small so that it requires an arrow to point it out!

3. Drama/ Video
Have kids/teachers create a bunch of large LABELS that hang around the neck. These get worn by actors as they create on video a number of 20 second vignettes.

Vignette example: "Kid Who Lies to Parents about Drugs" is seen getting angry at a friend who lied to them about who they were hanging out with over the weekend.  

Vignette example: "Teacher Who is Nasty to Own Kids" berates a student for not being nice to a fellow student.

...And so on....

4. Computer Lab
This is the perfect verse for learning as a Memory Verse using Cal & Marty's Scripture Memory Game CD.


The Project I Always Wanted to Do:

Create a Log that attached to a headband which the kids could wear out of the class. The verse gets printed on the side of the log.

Theological Point:

Notice in the Bible story that Jesus doesn't say to IGNORE the speck in your friends eye, you need to help them with it he says. But you do it not thinking you are perfect, but rather, humbly admitting you have your own issues.  Everyone has logs and specks.

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We're getting ready to teach this lesson on specks and logs (do not judge) in our Wednesday night program as part of a unit on Jesus' teachings.


Years ago I was in a continuing education class and we used a short video that was sooo good. It was called "Log Eye" (I think) and had these two characters -- one was wearing glasses with a big stuffed log coming out of one lens. Of course he was focused on the speck in the other character's eye. And they used the song from the old TV show Rawhide to have a song called Log Eye. I have tried and tried to find this video to no avail! Anyone know what I'm talking about?


Or have an alternate short video that could be used?



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