“HE IS LIKE A MAN … WHO DUG DEEP” Thoughts from today’s Bible readings – Sept 14th
What a vast array of thoughts came to mind as we read through today’s chapters. First the lesson of the good king Hezekiah, and his inter-action with Isaiah; he pleaded that his life should not be cut short; finally his prayer was answered (2 Kings 20 v.6-9) and confirmed by a remarkable miracle; but, as we will see in tomorrow’s chapter, the son then born to him is a disaster! In Ezekiel, we saw in ch. 10, how this prophet was given visions that illustrated the all-seeing eyes of God! And then how challenging is our chapter in Luke (6)! It is full of lessons for us.
Those who are blessed with some form of wealth have already “received their consolation” [v.24] says Jesus. This brings to mind the closing verses of Acts 2, and how the wealthy converts when the church was first established, put their wealth into a common pool.
Jesus makes some more challenging statements! Those who really believe in him are to “love” and “pray for those who abuse you” [v.27/28]. He says ” “If you love those who love you, what benefit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them.”[v.32] It is what we are in our hearts that matters, says Jesus; “for out of the abundance of the heart … [v.45] we do things that show what we really value in our lives. What a bad example the Pharisees were! What example do you and I set?
The chapter ends with a telling parable that likens our lives to the way in which houses are built; whether they will stand firm in times of trouble. Jesus says, “Everyone who comes to me and hears my words and does them … ” (and we can add, who reads my words and does them) … 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.” [v.48]
God will surely soon send a “flood” against our godless world (and maybe very soon) so may we all be “like a man … who dug deep” and have developed the faith and convictions that arose when we began to dedicatedly read his word.
That is “the foundation” we laid. Let us make sure we apply the lessons we gain from God’s word to all the facets of our daily life – and build upon that foundation in coming days, weeks and years.