Day 21: Saturday, April 25
“Watch out for false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are voracious wolves. You will recognize them by their fruit. Grapes are not gathered from thorns or figs from thistles, are they?
In the same way, every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree is not able to bear bad fruit, nor a bad tree to bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. So then, you will recognize them by their fruit.
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter into the kingdom of heaven—only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven. On that day, many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, didn’t we prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many powerful deeds in your name?’ Then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you. Go away from me, you lawbreakers!’
“Everyone who hears these words of mine and does them is like a wise man who built his house on rock. The rain fell, the flood came, and the winds beat against that house, but it did not collapse because its foundation had been laid on rock.
Everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain fell, the flood came, and the winds beat against that house, and it collapsed—it was utterly destroyed!”
When Jesus finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed by his teaching, because he taught them like one who had authority, not like their experts in the law.
The Scriptures quoted are from the NET Bible® http://netbible.com copyright ©1996, 2019 used with permission from Biblical Studies Press, L.L.C. All rights reserved.
COMMENT & QUESTIONS
This is the end of the Sermon on the Mount. We have been reading it through for the past week. Without turning back to the previous pages, try to list as many parts of this sermon as you can.
Jesus concludes this sermon by talking about people who listen and people who do. Jesus’ brother James wrote to the church about this too. “But be sure you live out the message and do not merely listen to it and so deceive yourselves” (James 1:22). Is there anything in your life that you might ‘do’ differently after hearing this sermon?
Perhaps there are some parts of the sermon that we find difficult to hear. Perhaps we know that we are retaliating when we ought not to. Perhaps we know that there are some things in our life that we aren't getting right. Maybe there's something I can do right now to make things right with someone I'm having a disagreement with.
Pray that the words of Jesus can impact you and help change the way that you live Pray that your faith will be laid on a solid foundation Give thanks for this incredible sermon and for our great Saviour who lived it