Luke 6-46-49 Essay

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New Testament Research Paper

Luke 6:46-49

Scott Carter


But why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do the things which I say? Whoever comes to me, and hears My sayings and does them, I will show you whom he is like: He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently against that house, and could not shake it, for it was founded on the rock. But he who heard and did nothing is like a man who built a house on the sand without a foundation, against which the stream beat vehemently; and immediately it fell. And the ruin of the house was great.

This passage is from Luke 6:46-49 and is his interpretation of
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This storm figuratively represents trails or judgment that will come in our life. The storm will come in the form of a flood overflowing the rivers (Abington New Testament Commentary) banks. The test may come in this life or on the Day of Judgment. This parable teaches that one must be prepared for any trail that may come into our lives, so that we will be able to withstand the torrent that may otherwise wash us away spiritually. The person who hears the word and does not take action upon it is like the man who has built his house without a good foundation or on the sand (Matthew, 7:26 HCSB). A mere hearing of the word of God (New Bible Commentary) is not enough to provide the secure foundation to keep us safe during the final judgment. It is most definitely necessary for us to become a person who acts upon the word when we hear it, because the one who has heard and not acted upon the word, the torrent burst against the house and immediately it collapsed and the ruin of the house was great (Luke, 6:49). Both of the houses described are religious houses, built apparently in the same way, at least upon looking at them from the outside and constructed in the same area. The storm and torrent in the verse affects the both of them. Jesus is addressing the crowd and teaching them to turn away from Judaism and follow him in Christianity. Jesus is picturing Judaism as the house without a

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