January 24, 2020 – Friday
Luke 6:47-49 NIV
47 As for everyone who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice, I will show you what they are like.
48 They are like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built.
49 But the one who hears my words and does not put them into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. The moment the torrent struck that house, it collapsed and its destruction was complete.”
Wednesday the comments were on God’s words to Ezekiel about how His people were not putting His words, given to Ezekiel, into practice. Thursday the comments were on Jesus’ concluding remarks on the Sermon on the Mount about putting His words into practice. Today the comments will be on Jesus’ concluding remarks from His Sermon on the Plain shown above.
If you read through the Sermon on the Mount and the Sermon on the Plain as well as the concluding remarks of each you will note a great many similarities. However, the along with a great many similarities are some very key differences, especially in the concluding remarks.
Consider how Jesus introduces the verses above when in verse 46 He says Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say? Clearly He is talking about putting His words into practice and if any one of us is not doing so, why are we calling Him Lord, Lord? He is calling out our hypocrisy if we call Him Lord, Lord, but do not do what He says, i.e. put His words into practice.
Let’s look at the difference between the two sermons concerning the man building his house on a solid foundation. In both the man who puts Christ’s words into practice is like a man building his house on a foundation of rock. However in the Sermon on the Plain the man who laid the foundation on rock for his house, dug down deep. In digging down deep the man wants to be absolutely sure of the solidness of the foundation he will lay for his house. In doing so when the bad times come and the waters rise his house will be able to cope with the hammering of the rain and wind against his home. At the same time this man who hears Jesus’ words and puts them into practice will be able to stand firm against all that can throw at him and against all the attacks of the enemy. He is essentially unshakeable.
If we come to a time in our lives when we are having difficulty believing, we need to examine our lives. The likely problem is in how we are living instead of our faith or lack of it. The house, our lives, is being shaken because it is no longer on the rock. We know what we have to do to put our life back on the rock, we have to once again put Jesus’ words into practice.
What about the man or woman who does not put Jesus’ word into practice? In Matthew the one who does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. Here in Luke Jesus said the one who hears my words and does not put them into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. What could be worse than building a house on sand? Building a house without a foundation is the epitome of foolishness. Basing your life on anything other than what Jesus had said in both sermons is like building a house without a foundation. You may know someone like this whose values are always in flux changing constantly because they have no real foundation and there is no foundation more real than the one provided by Jesus.
I can think of no better conclusion to these word than those of Matthew Henry: Those who take pains in religion, found their hope upon Christ, who is the Rock of Ages, and other foundation can no man lay. In death and judgment they are safe, being kept by the power of Christ through faith unto salvation, and they shall never perish.
It’s Friday and I hope you have a Great Weekend. Also hope you avail yourself of the opportunity to go to church and hear the words of Jesus or His apostles or even look at the Old Testament where we have example after example of living with or without God’s word directing our lives.