The Doing Knowing Gap
Text: Matthew 7:24-27
Date: 20th May 2008
A few things in here:
1. A phenomena in business, where companies know what it is that they need to do, possess the skills, but still fail to do it, and the ironic observation “that this never happens in humans”.
2. The the two most important parts of a sermon are the beginning and the end, but which of the two is it that preachers spend the most time on.
3. Illustrations about the difference between knowing a thing (like not to worry, and not to lust, and loving your enemies) and doing it.
4. The whole Dallas Willard thing about this being the rule of God amongst us. A strong retelling of the Divine Conspiracy here. The interpretation of the Sermon, that this is what life is like for those ruled by the kingdom of the here.
5. A nice quote from Rabbi Nathanael (25:25)
“Whoever studies Torah and does good works may be likened to one who lays the foundation of stones and bricks that rising water cannot overturn”
Ortberg notes that Jesus says something no Rabbi would ever say, not “the one who builds on Torah”, but the “one who builds on my words,”