I wonder if this is a way of tell a herding culture to mind their own business. How many times have you had people that you don’t even know give you advice about a part of your life? Some might try to tell you how to discipline your children. Some might tell you the best way to make chili. And they might be right. The point of this verse is not to get us to stop listening to others but to stop us from butting into their business before they get into ours.
We all know school teachers who have children that are a total mess. We see pastors who have marriages that are falling apart. I always love it when I have young, single women trying to tell me how to live the life of an older, married father of two grown children.
If you have ever flown on an airplane you know the pre-flight routine. One has to do with the oxygen masks. Put on yours first, then the child’s. It won’t help the kid if you pass out in the process. Also, consider the verse everyone likes today that says, “Judge not”. They miss the point which is a little further on.
(Matthew 7:5 KJV) Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye.So? Get our own act, fields and herds in order before you start trying to run the lives of others.