Fall Bible Reading Plan Week 8: Luke 6:46-49
Luke chapter 6 gives us a long block of Jesus’ teaching. Much of Jesus’ teaching is counter-cultural and counterintuitive. What Jesus teaches here is in line with the heart of the law to love God and love your neighbor, but Jesus applies it radically to situations like loving enemies and sharing with those in need. Jesus’ words here are rich with application for daily life even for us today. But Jesus ends his teaching with a parable to illustrate why applying his counter-cultural teaching is so important. His teaching is not merely good advice, following his teaching is a life or death matter.
“Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you? Everyone who comes to me and hears my words and does them, I will show you what he is like: he is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when a flood arose, the stream broke against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built. But the one who hears and does not do them is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. When the stream broke against it, immediately it fell, and the ruin of that house was great.” (Luke 6:46-49 ESV)
Questions (Luke 6:46-49)
- In Jesus’ day many called him their teacher but didn’t fully apply his teachings to real life. Why is it easy for us to do the same thing in our own lives?
- What happens when we hear and apply Jesus’ teaching? What does Jesus’ story illustrate in real life? Have you seen this happen?
- What happens when we hear Jesus teaching and don’t apply it? What does the other example illustrate? Have you seen this happen?