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…does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand…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.
Jesus finishes His Sermon on the Mount somewhere in Galilee. The crowd was made up of people from Galilee, Decapolis, Judea, Jerusalem and, regions beyond the Jordan River (Matt. 4:25). Jesus teaches that those who have heard His teachings and believe them by doing the teachings are like wise men who build a house upon a foundation of rock. Such a foundation is solid and withstands many natural catastrophes that occur. Christians who are well grounded, educated and, understanding of Scripture, will be fruitful in all that the Holy Spirit guides them to do and withstand the wiles of evil ones who tempt them and try to dissuade them from their beliefs. Likewise, the foolish, who do NOT believe or not do what Jesus teaches, are like the men who build a house on sand, having no firm foundation, and, is destroyed by the least calamity that comes along and destroys everything the foolish one has built, not just a building but, a life of futility, sin and, misery. As Christians, we may have made many mistakes in our earthly life. But, by God’s amazing Grace, Mercy and, Love, we will enter Heaven, be given a new, sinless body and, enjoy our Savior and Lord for all eternity! What a glorious day that will be when Jesus we shall see!!
Source: S C Ball January 20, 2023