The demand to judge, to decide, runs through the Hebrew Scriptures and the writings of the New Testament. One cannot live well without judging wisely, and following through on right judgment. Often one hears people say unthinkingly, “You cannot judge.” Simply stated, these are highly misleading, foolish words. A human being cannot decide the ultimate fate of another’s soul, but one must make many proper judgments in order “to enter the Kingdom of God.”
More fully: Each of us must monitor our own thoughts, words, and actions, and judge whether or not we are in truth acting for and with God, or against the LORD. We would be fools indeed if we assumed that our thoughts were indeed “God’s thoughts,” and that all that we said was in accordance with the mind of the LORD. On the contrary: It is precisely the chosen people, Israel, and by implication, the Church itself, that comes under the very serious warning of the prophet and of Jesus. We are the ones being scrutinized by God’s Word.
You and I are the ones who have been tended by God, but may well not have yielded the fruit—the good actions—which the LORD requires. It would be so easy and “cheap” to find in the parables of Jesus a condemnation of Israel, but fail to apply the words to one’s own soul.
“LORD, I am not worthy…” Do you mean that, or are you just uttering familiar words? Have you—have I—truly lived in accordance with God’s will, with “the perfect law of liberty,” or have we given lip service and done just what we wanted to do? Has each one of us truly brought forth the deeds demanded by God, and for which the LORD is longing? In the words of the Apostle, "Judge for yourself"!