The Two Builders

Matt 7:24-27, Luke 6:46-49

This parable concludes the Sermon on the Mount. A standard of Christian living and Discipleship.

A parable on the importance of practicing what He just taught.

Who are the characters?

  • Wise man – Believer
  • Foolish man – Unbeliever
  • House – Faith, hope, trust
  • Rock – Christ, Word of God
  • Foundation – The Cross (1 Cor 3:11)
  • Sand – Religion, prosperity, self value
  • Storm – Tribulation & persecution, Day of Judgment

v24. Luke says dug deep. Dig deep into the Word. Acts – obeys.

v26. Doesn’t obey the Word. Outwardly the houses looked the same.

v27. When the builder needed it most, to be a shelter of refuge, the house fell and he had no benefit in it. It let him down like material and temporal things in this world. (Gal 6:14) Solid foundation, not the house that keeps it from falling.

What human beliefs are shattered?

  • Not an outward profession of religion that gets you into Heaven
  • Storms come to believers and unbelievers

What divine wisdom is revealed?

  • Christ is the only way to the Father and the obedience of faith is our only way to Christ (Gal 1:8-9)
  • If our faith is not grounded on Christ and Him crucified, we will fall during struggles and sufferings
  • Hearing and knowing God’s will is not enough (Ez 33:31)
  • We must be doers of the Word so we will be blessed in our deed. Obedience takes action (Lk 11:28, Jn 13:17)

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