Wise or Foolish? #1

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

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:…. 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…” (Matthew 7:24,26 KJV).

Dear friends, are we wise—or foolish?

This concludes the well-known “Sermon on the Mount.” Jesus Christ delivered it beginning at the opening of chapter 5: “And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him: And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,…” (verses 1,2). For the next 100-plus verses, He outlines the “constitution” of His kingdom—the governing system of the nation He will make Israel in the ages to come. He closes that extended discourse with “The Wise Man and the Foolish Man.”

Reading today’s Scripture in context: “[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.”

Matthew finishes the chapter with the following commentary: “[28] And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine: [29] For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.” After hearing Christ preach and expound spiritual truths with unprecedented clarity, they cannot help but be surprised. Ultimately, He had completed His speech with a solemn warning. While certainly not to or about us, the Church the Body of Christ, we can nevertheless glean from these verses to see a parallel situation even now in this the Dispensation of the Grace of God….