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 one of the many parables that Jesus used on his sermon on the Beatitudes in Matthew’s Sermon on the Mount (7:24-27). In Luke’s version it is referred to as the sermon on the plain. Jesus is introducing to his followers through a parable, how a person should live and conduct himself in his religious activities. This section of scripture is one of many parables connecting material things with the way a Christian should act and apply himself to the teachings of Jesus Christ. This teaching fits into the role where a person hears the word of the Lord taught to him, and it is his responsibility to act (Luke 6:46) on the teachings and apply them to his spiritual walk and everyday lives. Why do you call me Lord? Lord is from the Greek “Kurios”, meaning a person of dignity, teacher, authority, or master (Zodhiates, 901). Christ himself assumed the title apparently through the intention of its higher sense of use as master and at the same time suggesting Old Testament association (Vines, 379). The use of Lord in the first verse where it is stated “Lord, Lord” repeatedly means not only teacher, but shows that he is the teacher of teachers and with the other translation of “Kurios” is master of masters. Jesus is teaching that you have to acknowledge him as Lord, but you also have to apply the word to you lives. Outward conformity will not be enough to inherit the Kingdom Of God. Calling Jesus “Lord” would be an empty statement if it did not have an impact or make a difference in someone’s life (Abington New Testament Commentary). This is an application verse, to have you use in your life to serve and follow the master in all of his teachings. In Matthew (7:21, HCSB), Jesus states that many will call him “Lord, Lord” and he will say depart from me, I never knew you, you workers of iniquity. This equates to one, who knows and acknowledges Christ as a teacher, and prophet, but did not follow his teachings or follow his commandments. The person would have to also submit to the teachings and apply them to his life. If a person used his name “Lord” and then did not act upon the teachings imparted to him, then it was in vain. The person who hears his word and acts upon it is like a person that builds his house on a good foundation. This means obedience through hearing the word and acting upon it. This is indicated by the simile of the two houses (Broadman Bible Commentary). When the person applies the word to his life, the house is his church life, religious life, and religious activity. The foundation is how the person has applied what he hears about the scripture and teaching to his actual life. The person is to use this knowledge to better their lives, better understand the teachings, and apply them to help others learn of Christ and his teachings. The foundation of the New Testament is Jesus Christ, upon who you build your spiritual life (NKJ, 1 Corinthians 3:11). The storm that comes is related to storms that occurred during biblical times in that area. Luke places the homes in an area like a dry creek bed or along the side of a river bank or in the area of a flood plain. The dry bank area is overtaken when the rains come and the creek or river swells over where the banks would be. In...