June 30: Building on the Rock (Matt. 7:24-29)
Matthew 7:24-29 "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. (ESV)
In Jesus’ fourth and final warning he calls us to respond with to what we’ve heard by doing the words that he’s given. Jesus gives us one last metaphor of two men building two houses on two foundations. The obvious issue at hand is what we do with the words of Jesus. In the last two verses we find that the crowds respond by marveling at Jesus’ words, but we are not told that they actually respond by altering their way of life. Yet the foundation of the house is determined by one’s response to the words of Christ. What has been your response to the call of this extended sermon? Consider reading through chapter 5-7 in preparation for this final week on the Sermon on the Mount.
Review and Apply
What is the primary danger of hearing and not doing the word of God (cf. James 1:22-24)?
Why is it true to say that until we have applied God’s word we haven’t truly “heard” it in a biblical sense?
What judgment does Jesus speak about in this metaphor when he refers to the “rain, flood, and wind”?
What is Jesus’ intent in warning us of a coming judgment that will lead to the salvation of some and the judgment of others?
What is one area of your life that this Sermon on the Mount has both challenged and changed? If nothing has changed, what does this indicate about the effectiveness of your hearing?
How can the community of faith aid you in hearing and going the word of God?
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