The Sermon on the Plain

A Critical Devotional Reading of the Sermon on the Plain

Summary: Critical and Devotional Reading

  We’ve worked through Matthew’s Sermon on the Mount, and followed it up with Luke’s Sermon on the Plain. These were my objectives during the Lenten devotionals and those that followed: To show that critical reading and devotional reading can … Continue reading

Inner and Outer Light

  People don’t light a lamp and then put it in a closet or under a basket. Rather, they place the lamp on a lampstand so that those who enter the house can see the light. Your eye is the … Continue reading

How Would You Treat Your Children?

    Everyone who asks, receives. Whoever seeks, finds. To everyone who knocks, the door is opened. Which father among you would give a snake to your child if the child asked for a fish? If a child asked for … Continue reading

“Asking for a Friend”

    He also said to them, “Imagine that one of you has a friend and you go to that friend in the middle of the night. Imagine saying, ‘Friend, loan me three loaves of bread because a friend of mine on … Continue reading

The Sermon on the Plain: Dig Deep

  Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord’ and don’t do what I say? I’ll show what it’s like when someone comes to me, hears my words, and puts them into practice. It’s like a person building a house by … Continue reading

The Sermon on the Plain: The Inner Self

A good tree doesn’t produce bad fruit, nor does a bad tree produce good fruit. Each tree is known by its own fruit. People don’t gather figs from thorny plants, nor do they pick grapes from prickly bushes. A good … Continue reading

The Sermon on the Plain: A Splinter in Your Eye

Jesus also told them a riddle. “A blind person can’t lead another blind person, right? Won’t they both fall into a ditch? Disciples aren’t greater than their teacher, but whoever is fully prepared will be like their teacher. Why do you … Continue reading

The Sermon on the Plain: Karma

  Don’t judge, and you won’t be judged. Don’t condemn, and you won’t be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. Give, and it will be given to you. A good portion—packed down, firmly shaken, and overflowing—will fall into your … Continue reading

The Sermon on the Plain: The Flip Side

  But how terrible for you who are rich,    because you have already received your comfort.How terrible for you who have plenty now,    because you will be hungry.How terrible for you who laugh now,    because you will mourn and weep.How terrible for you … Continue reading

The Sermon on the Plain: Happy are YOU

Jesus raised his eyes to his disciples and said: “Happy are you who are poor,    because God’s kingdom is yours.Happy are you who hunger now,    because you will be satisfied.Happy are you who weep now,    because you will laugh. Happy are you when … Continue reading

The Sermon on the Plain: The Setting

Jesus came down from the mountain with them and stood on a large area of level ground. A great company of his disciples and a huge crowd of people from all around Judea and Jerusalem and the area around Tyre … Continue reading

The Sermon on the Plain: The Audience

During that time, Jesus went out to the mountain to pray, and he prayed to God all night long. At daybreak, he called together his disciples. He chose twelve of them whom he called apostles: Simon, whom he named Peter; … Continue reading

The Sermon on the Plain: The Backstory

In Luke’s Sermon on the Plain, Jesus doesn’t talk about hypocrisy explicitly as he does in Matthew’s Sermon on the Mount. But “acting religious” is still in the background. Just before Jesus delivers his sermon, he has two disputes with … Continue reading

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