Dear Student of the Word,
It has been much too long since I have posted an edited installment of my study of Luke's gospel. It's not that I haven't been writing. In fact, that's the reason for the delay - my publishing business is going so well that I have been devoting time to those endeavors. That is not your problem, however, so let me send along Study 11, which covers some teaching by Jesus, but also His encounter with the centurion who had faith and the widow's son who was raised from the dead. This week I wrote in part two of this seven-part study attached below:
Study Eleven, Part Two
46 "Why do you call me, 'Lord, Lord,' and do not do what I say? 47 I will show you what he is like who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice. 48 He is 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."
6:46 – Talk is cheap when it comes to following Jesus. It is not enough to pay God homage and acknowledge His existence. Your objective should be to do what He commands.
"If you love me, you will obey what I command” (John 14:15-16).
“You are my friends if you do what I command” (John 15:14).
Is there anything that Jesus has told you to do that you aren’t doing? What are you prepared to do about that today?
6:47 – Jesus was an excellent teacher. Don’t ever underestimate the spiritual power present when you are teaching others the things of God. Teaching is one of what’s referred to as one of the five-fold ministries (apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor and teacher) that will equip the saints for the work of service (see Ephesians 4:11). Here Jesus the Teacher gave a helpful illustration to help the people understand obedience. If your heart is to understand the will of God, God will help you understand it because it is in His heart to teach His children.
6:48&49 – Jesus borrowed an example from the building industry. If you want a building to survive bad weather, you must dig a deep foundation that will enable the building to rest on solid ground. That is what it is like to obey God’s commands. You are building your life on something solid and firm. If you choose not to obey God’s commands, then you are building on something that will give way in stormy times.
I always think of this passage when some area in California encounters severe rains that cause mudslides. Often there are homes that are swept away with these slides. Most often these are beautiful homes, but they weren’t on secure enough of a foundation to withstand the storm. Storms will come in your life—financial, relational, business and family. When they come, have you based your life on something that is solid? Have you built in obedience to God’s word? If not, then what you think you have built well may be swept away.
Maybe it’s time to check your foundation. Do you need to obey in any area? Are you behind on your giving? Do you have your priorities out of order where family is concerned? Are you cutting corners in your business at the expense of your integrity? If any of that is happening, then start digging deeper! Find the bedrock of God’s commands and walk in obedience. It may not be easy, but it is definitely safer in the long run.
As always, I welcome your comments to this week's study. For additional Bible studies, check out my website archive, which contains a complete collection of all my verse-by-verse New Testament studies, along with the daily devotional entitled What Would Jesus Ask You Today? Thank you and I hope you continue to enjoy this study of Luke's gospel from God's word.