The Parables of Jesus
Matthew 7:24-27; Luke 6:47-49


The Parable of the Wise and foolish builders

Matthew 7:24-27
  24. Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man,
         which built his house upon a rock:
  25. And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not:
         for it was founded upon a rock.
  26. And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man,
        which built his house upon the sand:
  27. And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and
        great was the fall of it.

Luke 6:47-49
  47. Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will shew you to whom he is like:
  48. He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the
f        lood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a
        rock.
  49. But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth;
        against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great.


Verse 24 - Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which
  built his house upon a rock:

  [A] Here in Matthew 7: we find Jesus making his closing statements in his Sermon on the mount. Notice what he says
          in verse seven
          [1] Whosoever heareth my sayings
          [2] Whosoever doeth those things I taught
          [3] I will liken him to a man who built his house on a rock

  [B] In Luke six forty-seven he adds to it
          [1] Whosoever cometh to me
          [2] Whosoever heareth my saying
          [3] Whosoever doith what I taught them
          [4] I’ll show you what he is like

  [C] Both passages point out one thing:
          [1] It is not enough just to hear what Jesus said
          [2] After one hears – one has to do what he taught us.

  [D] Questions
          [1] First – What does it mean to come onto Jesus?
                  [a] To draw near to him
                  [b] To listen to him
                  [c] To be attentive to what he says and teaches
                  [d] To be sheltered and protected by him
          [2] Why isn’t hearing what he says enough?
                  [a] Hearing only, is like going through the motions, but having no conversion
          [3] Why is it important to be a doer of his word?
          [4] If one is not a doer, can they be considered to be a true follower of Christ?
          [5] Is not obedience to Christ a sign of truly believing in him?
 
  [E] Verse seven goes on to say that those who truly heard and did what they had been taught were like a house
          built on a rock.
          [1] I like the way it reads in Luke 6:48
                 
Luke 6:48
                 48. He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock:
          [2] When one builds a building, it is important that the building is on solid foundation,
                  [a] The footers are dug lower than the frost like, so the freezing and thawing of the ground will not affect
                          the foundation        
                  [b] The footers cannot have rocks that protrude into it, for the ground elsewhere might settle and the rock
                          will not, so the foundation will break
                  [c] Although I don’t believe the county would allow you to build a house on a solid rock, that is the case
                          here in this story
          [3] That solid rock represents a solid foundation, one which will not settle, nor give away when the storms
                  come.        

Verse 25 - And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not:
  for it was founded upon a rock.

  Luke 6:48 says
 48. He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when
the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was
founded upon a rock.
                 
 [A] The rains came, the floods rose, and the house was tried,
         [1] Because the house was build on a solid rock, the storm could not cause it to fall apart

 [B] We know what this parable is talking about don’t we.
         [1] Jesus said if a person draws near to him, if they hear what he says and than does it they would
be like a house built on a solid rock        
         [2] Questions
                 [a] What does the house represent?
                         [1-a] The house represents our walk with God
                         [2-a] It represents our faith
                         [3-a] It represents all that we believe
                         [4-a] It is what others see in us
                         [5-a] Our faith in Jesus
                         [6-a] Our commitment to what he taught
                         [7-a] Our dedication to serving him
                 [b] What does the Rock represent?
                         [1-a] It represents Jesus
                 [c] What does the storms and floods represent?
                         [1-a] The trials and tribulations each of us has to face
                         [2-a] All the hardships we face in our lives
                         [3-a] The wicked one temptation’s
                         [4-a] Sickness
                         [5-a] Financial difficulties
                         [6-a] Anything that tries or test us

 [C] Jesus said if the house was build on the solid rock, if we build our life and faith on Jesus Christ, we
will be able to stand in times of trials, and will be able to withstand the trials Satan throws
against us.
[1] The truth is, we are going to have problems
[2] We will be tested
[3] If we are following Jesus there will be those who hate us
[4] We will have hard times.
[5] All this is a part of life

Verse 26 - And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish
man, which built his house upon the sand:

[A] Jesus says in verse twenty-six that anyone who does not hear of follow what he teaches, is like a
foolish man
         [1] We saw in an earlier parable that a fool is a man or woman who does not believe there is a
God
         [2] A fool is also a person who does not follow the teaching of God
                 [a] There are a lot of fools in this world today

 [B] He likens this man to someone who builds a house on sand or as he says in Luke is like a man that
without a foundation built an house upon the earth;                
         [1] When I think of sand I immediately think of the ocean
                 [a] I am always bewildered when I see the houses that are build along the oceanfront.
                 [b] Wooden pilings are driven into the ground down a long distance, and the house is
build on the top of the pilings
                 [c] The Lighthouses of old, were build on a wooden foundation, which was placed deeply
in the sand surprisingly they stood.
         [2] Jesus spoke in Luke of a house built on a shallow foundation, with the foundation sitting on
the earth.
[a] I am surprised at the many old homes that were built, even log ones which sat on a
foundation of only stones piled up on the corners.
[1-a] Many of those old houses stood a hundred years, but about all of them
settled and got plenty crooked
                 [b] When Jesus was talking to the Israelites he was speaking to people who lived in desert
land, they would not have been able to build a house on top of the sand for it
would not have stood.
         [3] When I read of both these foundations, one on the sand and one in shallow earth, again I
think of a place along a river, or along the oceanfront. Even so, there are place where
water will wash against a house, and dig away the foundation which is not along water
                  
Verse 27- And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it
fell: and great was the fall of it.

[A] We know what the foundation is, and why it is important to build it on the Lord Jesus Christ

 [B] Jesus tells us here when the trials of life came against the house built on the sand, or against he
house that was built on a shallow foundation, the house fell.        
         [1] How true this is – when on has only a little faith and has mixed the things of the world with
their belief of God, they are on shaky ground, like the sand
         [2] When the storms come, and they will, they beat against the foundation, and start undermining
everything that’s good in it.
         [3] When time get rough, instead of calling out to God, they begin to look inwards, or turn to
drugs, violence, and alcohol for help
         [4] As a result, they are worse than they were before,
                 [a] They give up on God
                 [b] They blame God
                 [c] They sink deeper into sin

Conclusion
 
 One of the biggest successes that Satan has had in his battle against God is in the way he has undermined the
foundation of God. The foundation of God is found in the first six chapters of Genesis, and is the foundation on which the
gospel, and all the teaching of God stands. For instance

1.        If Satan can discredit the Creation – he can make people doubt God
2.        If he can convince them that the earth just happen to be instead of being created by God – again there is no need
for a God
3.        If he can make people stop believing in the creation account of the earth being only six thousand years old, and
get them to believe that it is six billion, years old, than he can get them to believe that sin has been a part of mankind for
millions of years, that violence has been on the earth for millions of years, and so on.
4.        If he can discredit creation, he can discredit the fall of man and original sin, therefore making the need for a savior
unnecessary for us.
5.        If he can discredit the account of the flood, a flood that destroyed all man with the exception of the eight on the
ark, and the animals with them then he can discredit the sin that man was punished for, and the God who judged them
6.        If he can discredit all these things, telling us that ice caused the many things the flood caused, than we will not
believe the bible and will deny Christ.
7.        If he can convince man that Christ did nod die on the cross, and instead married and had children, than we do not
have a savior, and he was not who he said he was.
8.        If he can get man to say the body of Jesus was stolen out of the tomb, than we don’t have a risen savior
9.        If he can get man to look at the world instead of listening to and adhering to the teaching of Christ, than they will
be building their house on the sand and he can sweep them away
10.        And so on and son on

The foundation God laid for us to build our houses on has been corrupted and has become to many shifting sand. I say
shifting sand, because of the way their minds shift from one thing to the other. Others have built their spiritual homes on
a shallow foundation, with very little holding them to the place they ought to be. If they hear the word of God, they refuse
to obey it. If they obey, it is only those things that suit them at the time to obey. These are the one that bother me the
most and I believe bothers Jesus the most as well.

1.        They have a form of godliness – but deny the power thereof
2.        They are lukewarm
3.        They want to have both God and the world
4.        They want to go to heaven but don’t want to do anything to get there
5.        They are in a frightful state
What does building your house on the Rock mean?

How can we know if our house is build on the Rock?

What do the storms of life mean to us?

What can be learned by them?

Is it necessary for us to the storms shake our house a little?

What tends to happen when there are no storms?