Scripture Reading: Luke 6:35-end
Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.
26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.
Wise—intelligent, prudent, careful. Took time to dig. Fool—dull, stupid, heedless, hasty, no forethought or care. Rain from above, floods from below, wind from across. Great fall—total, sudden and swift.
He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock.
--not only didn’t fall, it didn’t even shake.
But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.23 For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass:24 For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.25 But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.
Be doers—systematically and regularly, as if this were your day to day job
Not a hasty hearing, but an understanding of what to do without the doing.
Beholdeth—contemplate, observe fully. Forgetteth—all the seriousness is gone, other things crowd in. His excuse is that he forgot.
Looketh law—lean over, examine closely. Law of liberty—love.
Want to be blessed? Do what God says. Want to be miserable? Do what your flesh says.
As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him:7 Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
Received walk—use what you have, not just teachings about Christ, but Christ Himself.
Rooted—firm, fixed position. Built up—layer added to layer into a massively solid structure, strengthened, reinforced. Continual action.
Spoil—take you away captive, enslave you, make you their spoil.
Not after Christ—comes from people, has no authority, no power to establish you.
Fullness of godhead—all divine character is in Christ, whom you received! Why exchange that for listening to people’s goofy ideas?!
1 Timothy 6:3-5—pride goes before destruction
If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness;4 He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings,5 Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.
Consent—draw nigh, approach, give assent to. Hear and do.
Wholesome—sound, healthy, lead to life and growth, as opposed to human ideas that destroy.
Proud—literally wrapped in mist or smoke. Head in the clouds, blinded to truth.
Doting about questions—love to ask questions and argue about words. Continually focused on words and phrases rather than the whole of the teaching.
Gain is godliness—getting money andtemporal success is their foundation, their proof they have God’s blessing. Turn religion into a way to get rich off others.
Conclude with this:
And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine:29 For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.
Astonished—struck with amazement, the manner and matter of His teaching smacked them upside the head!
Having authority—the lawgiver, the Word Himself preaching the Word, not as the scribes who just read stuff and made things up.