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John 7:24

Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.


Jesus was at the Feast of Tabernacles on this occasion, which commemorates and celebrates the children of Israel’s forty years of journey through the wilderness after they were delivered from bondage. The people begin to murmur and talk about Jesus as they were upset that He had healed someone on the Sabbath day, which they considered to be a violation of their law. It was at that point that Jesus spoke these words, “Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.”


The Jews had for many years lived under the Old Testament law and the fulfilment of that law, namely Jesus Christ, was there in their midst to usher in the dispensation of grace and the new and better covenant. In doing so and as a teaching moment He had healed a man on the Sabbath day. The church people of that day failed to recognize that Jesus was the new covenant and they were angry that He had violated their law. They were judging by the appearance of the thing because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath day, instead of looking at the fruit of that healing which was that a man was healed and made whole so that he too could keep the Sabbath day.


Matthew 12:33 says, “Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit.” Thee tree is known by its fruit. If the tree is producing pecans, it is a pecan tree. If the tree is producing peaches then it is a peach tree and if the tree is producing thorns then it is a thorn tree.


Don’t judge by the appearance or by tradition. Is what you are doing bringing healing and a greater relationship with Jesus Christ into your life and others lives or is it bringing bondage and producing unrighteous judgment?