Don Guthrie
Ministries
Radio Broadcast Messages
Aired week of Oct 2 - 8, 2011
“The Wise and Foolish Builders”


      Hi, I'm Don Guthrie and I would like to thank you for joining me today as we look into God’s Holy Word to learn
how to become a better Christian and a faithful witness to the world.
      
      Father, I ask that you anoint me this day with your Holy Spirit that I might speak the words you would have me
speak. I ask that you open our ears and our heart so we can hear the message you have for us, and understand
your Holy Word. I pray this in Jesus name: AMEN.

      I will be continuing in my series on the Parables of Jesus with a message entitled “The Wise and Foolish
builders.”  This parable is found in two of the Gospels, Matthew chapter seven and in Luke chapter six. I will be
reading both passages, the first from Matthew chapter seven than  Luke chapter six.

Matthew 7:24-27 (NKJV)
24. Therefore whoever hears these sayings of mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise
    man who built his house on the rock:
25. and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it
    did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.
26. Now everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a
    foolish man who built his house on the sand:
27. and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it
    fell. And great was its fall.

      The second comes from Luke chapter six, verses forty-seven through, forty-nine.

Luke 6:46-49 (New Revises Standard Version)
46. Why do you call me "Lord, Lord,' and do not do what I tell you?
47. I will show you what someone is like who comes to me, hears my words, and acts on them.
48. That one is like a man building a house, who dug deeply and laid the foundation on rock;
    when a flood arose, the river burst against that house but could not shake it, because it had
    been well built.
49. But the one who hears and does not act is like a man who built a house on the ground
    without a foundation. When the river burst against it, immediately it fell, and great was the
    ruin of that house.

      The scriptures I read are the parable of the wise and the foolish builder. In this parable we find one builder, the
wise one, who dug down into the earth in order that he could lay the foundation of his house on solid rock. The
second builder was foolish. I would assume he was lazy, and lacked in moral judgment as well. Instead of digging
down to the bedrock, and having a good solid foundation on which to build, he chose to build his house on a
shallow foundation, where the ground was soft and sandy.

      Both houses were built over the same plans other than the foundations, and both were very beautiful. They
appeared to be sound structures that could withstand the storms of time and be around for years to come, but,
underneath them, at core of their existence, at the foundation, one was sitting on a rock the other on sand.

      When I read this passage, especially the one from Matthew where it talks of the builder, building on the sand, I
picture the beautiful beach-front houses that we see washed away by a hurricanes or storm when the sand they
are built upon washes away, and the foundation erode leaving nothing for the house to sit on so they slip into the
ocean.

      When one is building a house, a firm foundation is everything. Without a good foundation, the structure is
weak and the building may fall down. Another building that comes to mind when I think of a building and its
foundation is the leaning tower of Pizza. When it was built, the tower stood straight and true. By all appearances, it
was structurally sound and would be usable for hundreds of years into the future. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the
case.

      Whoever designed the building, and whoever built it, failed to take into account the ground on which the
building was built. Whether they didn’t dig deep enough, whether the ground differed in texture, I don’t know, but
over the years, the tower has leaned, leaning now to the point that there’s a fear it might fall, so engineers are
trying to determine how to stop its leaning and how to strengthen its foundation, to prevent it from leaning further
than it already is.

      Other buildings that come to my mind are the beautiful castles and cathedrals in Europe. It never ceases to
amaze me as to how straight and true they appear to be after hundreds of years of standing there. Apparently were
built on a solid foundation.

      It is all in the foundation. Without a proper foundation, a building will not stand. With a proper foundation and
by using proper building materials a building will stand the winds of time and endure the elements thrown against it.

      The same holds true for us. Jesus said in Matthew seven, verses twenty-six and twenty-seven:      

24.  . . . . Whoever hears these sayings of mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise
    man who built his house on the rock:
25. and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it
    did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.

      Whoever hears and does what Jesus taught will be like a man who built his house on a rock. Unless the house
is built on a rock, Jesus said, it will not stand.

      That all fine and good, but what does it mean?

Psalm 18:2
2.   The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I
    will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.

Psalm 18:31
31. For who is God save the Lord? or who is a rock save our God?

Psalm 28:1
1.   Unto thee will I cry, O Lord my rock;

Psalm 31:3
3.   For thou art my rock and my fortress; therefore for thy name's sake lead me, and guide me.

Psalm 62:2
2.    He only is my rock and my salvation; he is my defense; I shall not be greatly moved.

      These are a few of the many verses which point to God and Jesus Christ as the rock.  Therefore, one can see
that Jesus was referring to our foundation being built on him, upon the rock of our salvation, on the rock of truth, on
the rock of our eternal life. Unless we build our house on a solid rock and use the proper building materials in our
structure, our house will not stand the tests of time. The structure I am speaking of building is our spiritual house,
our faith and our belief in God.

      It’s important that we are building on the solid rock of Christ Jesus and not on some cheep imitation. When we
find the rock then we must lay our foundation upon it. That foundation is made up by our faith and trust in Jesus
and our love and fellowship with one other.  

      Once the foundation is anchored to the rock, we can start building our house. Our spiritual house is built from
a continued faith and trust in the lord. It is strengthened by our fellowship with God and our fellowmen. It is adorned
with love and compassion to others and our obedience to Christ; as we keep his commandments.

      If our house is not anchored securely, or if it does not have proper foundation, if there is no faith, hope, and
love, which is the paint, shingles, and weatherproofing on the house, one cannot expect the house to stand.

      Satan is going to throw many trials and tribulation against you. He will send the storms of life and the winds of
strife against you. He will beat against your house and blow against your doors trying to destroy you, but if you’re
anchored to the rock, if you have used the proper building material and if have your house protected with your faith
and love, it will stand.  

      As I alluded to earlier, the house I’m speaking of is your spiritual house, your faith and your trust in Almighty
God. This is what Jesus was referring too.   

      It takes great faith to make it through this life. It takes commitment to follow Jesus. It’s not easy, but the
rewards are fantastic. This old house in which we live, this body which carries our soul and spirit will someday be
left behind and we will go to be with Jesus, if we’ve made our preparations and are ready to meet him when he
comes. This is why we must build on the Lord Jesus Christ, and why we must strive to use the proper building
materials.

      We certainly don’t want to be like the foolish builder. Do we?

      Jesus said;

26. Now everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a
    foolish man who built his house on the sand:
27. and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it
    fell. And great was its fall.

      The foolish builder builds his house without any regard to using the proper material or having it secured to a
proper foundation. As a result, his house did not stand.

      I believe Jesus was referring to those in the Christian community who go through the actions, pretending to be
a born again believer, attending church, doing good works, but trying to get into heaven on their merit instead by
the grace of God. I fear there are many who are in the church of today who are lost. I fear many have been
deceived into believing they don’t need to obey the commandments of Jesus. I fear that many have mixed together
the things of the world and the things of Christ and have done so for so long they can no longer tell them apart. I
worry that many adhere only to the parts of the bible they like and toss the rest aside refusing to believe or follow
the bible like Christ expects them to do.

      Jesus said, in

26. Now everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a
    foolish man who built his house on the sand:
27. and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it
    fell. And great was its fall.

      We are to hear the words of Christ, and we are to do what the word tells us. It’s not OK to take a couple of his
words and live by them, and throw the rest aside. We must live all of his words and we should strive to follow him
with all our heart minds soul and strength.

      When you determine in your heart to follow Jesus, Satan will tempt you and you will be tried. Satan will
bombard you with the storms of life. If you are not anchored to the rock, you will not be able to make it.

      The questions for today are:

      •        Are you anchored to the rock of Jesus Christ?

      •        Is your foundation built upon Christ?

      •        Are you actively building and keeping in repair your spiritual house by daily bible reading, by attending
worship      
               services, by fellowshipping with other believers and praying?

      If you want to make it to heaven, these are thing you must do. Jesus is the rock of our salvation, and without
Him, we will be eternally lost.

      PRAY WITH ME:  

      Until next time, Anchor your hope, establish your faith, and pour out your love on the Rock of Jesus Christ.  
AMEN