The Sermon on the Plain can be broken down into three sections: the blessings and woes (20–26), Ethics (27–38), and the Parables (39–49); each section can be further broken down. Starting with the blessings and woes we see four blessings along with four concomitant woes. However, the last blessing and the last woe seems not to fit well with the first three blessings and woes. First we have the rhythm of the text. The first three blessings read:
One of the most fascinating passages in the Bible for me is the sermon on the Plain in Luke 6. This sermon is one of the most radical, and difficult sections of the New Testament when it comes to ethics. I specifically want to focus on verses 34 and 35. These 2 verses are within the section of the sermon that seems to make impossible demands, the 2 verses I’m looking at deal specifically with lending and borrowing. Very often these passages are read as just being about a condition of the heart or a general attitude. I think, however, that Jesus actually means what he says, I don’t think this is about a general condition of the heart or about an attitude. I think it’s about real social and economic relationships. Let’s take a look at the whole passage in question but focus in on verse 34 and 35.