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2 Builders and 2 Foundations

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The Wise and Foolish Builder.

Matthew 7:24–29 ESV
“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.” And when Jesus finished these sayings, the crowds were astonished at his teaching, for he was teaching them as one who had authority, and not as their scribes.
Matthew 7:24
1. Both are building a house.
1. Both are building a house. (Cp. .)
1 Corinthians 3:11–13 ESV
For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw— each one’s work will become manifest, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done.
When I lived in Tucson, we started looking at some newer houses (Mom was in the process of deciding whether to buy her brother’s house, instead of renting it from him or to completely get a new house). We would spend most Saturdays looking at the new housing subdivisions and the various floor plan options on each slab.
Having lived there for a couple of years, we knew one area that was being built up was definitely one that we didn’t want…it was built on a landfill area and not all that long ago (when we lived there). Many houses in the area (since then) has had tremendous foundation problems.
You have to have a solid foundation!
2. Both choose a foundation: there is one supreme difference—the foundation.
1 Peter 2:6–10 ESV
For it stands in Scripture: “Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone, a cornerstone chosen and precious, and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.” So the honor is for you who believe, but for those who do not believe, “The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone,” and “A stone of stumbling, and a rock of offense.” They stumble because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do. But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.
3. Both experience rains, floods, and winds beating upon their house.
3. Both experience rains, floods, and winds beating upon their house.
Life “rains” on the just and the unjust alike.
There are storms of...
• sickness
• sorrow
• nervous stress
• neglect
• loneliness
• sin
• suffering
• disappointment
• disease
• emotions that are out of control
• tension
• poverty
• pain
• rejection
• accidents
• handicaps
• complaints
• mistreatment
• pressure
• misunderstanding
• doubt
• gossip
• hospitalization
• temptations
• failure
• loss
• abuse
• death
4. Both heard the instructions.
a. One heard and obeyed: experienced a great deliverance.
1 Timothy 6:19 ESV
thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life.
2 Timothy 2:19 ESV
But God’s firm foundation stands, bearing this seal: “The Lord knows those who are his,” and, “Let everyone who names the name of the Lord depart from iniquity.”
2 tim
Psalm 32:7 ESV
You are a hiding place for me; you preserve me from trouble; you surround me with shouts of deliverance. Selah
b. One heard and did not obey: experienced a great fall.
b. One heard and did not obey: experienced a great fall.
He hears the instructions of the Master Builder. That means that he is in the church and he has some Christian influence from someplace. He receives the seed, the Word,
Matthew 13:4 ESV
And as he sowed, some seeds fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured them.
He is in a most dangerous position. He knows HOW to build, but he chooses not to build according to instructions.
I’ve stood on the coastline of the Pacific Ocean and felt the sand beneath my feet “fall away” with the outgoing waves. Granted that that is a very minor versions of the constant barrage of waves upon the shore, but it didn’t take long to figure out that sand isn’t nearly as stable as standing on a boulder on the same shore.
Proverbs 11:28 ESV
Whoever trusts in his riches will fall, but the righteous will flourish like a green leaf.
Proverbs 28:26 ESV
Whoever trusts in his own mind is a fool, but he who walks in wisdom will be delivered.
Isaiah 47:10 ESV
You felt secure in your wickedness; you said, “No one sees me”; your wisdom and your knowledge led you astray, and you said in your heart, “I am, and there is no one besides me.”
Jeremiah 17:5 ESV
Thus says the Lord: “Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart turns away from the Lord.
Ezekiel 13:11 ESV
say to those who smear it with whitewash that it shall fall! There will be a deluge of rain, and you, O great hailstones, will fall, and a stormy wind break out.
Ezekiel 33:31 ESV
And they come to you as people come, and they sit before you as my people, and they hear what you say but they will not do it; for with lustful talk in their mouths they act; their heart is set on their gain.
There is no middle ground: either we build on a solid foundation or we don’t.
We will not neither can we find lasting joy in things that we know will not last.
Let’s build on a foundation that will last for all of eternity.
James 1:22–25 ESV
But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.
james 1 22-2
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