“Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?  And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.  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 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.  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:  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 7:22-27 (KJV)
The parable of the two house builders is probably one of the most widely used and known parables that Jesus Christ taught. It is a parable about people, which of course includes you and I, the decisions that we make and the results of those decisions. All of us make decisions on a daily basis without even thinking about them. Some decisions should be thought out and examined because of their importance while others don’t carry great consequences because they are not that weighty. We know that some decisions can affect us for a long time because of their great importance. This parable taught by Jesus has to do with the most important decision of life and the consequences of a right or wrong response.
The Need to Build a House.
Jesus taught this parable knowing full well that each of us need to have a home. It is well know that without a house one is truly in the ranks of the poor. Yet, if we were to ask for a definition of a house, I’m sure that it would be different for each of us. One might describe their house as the abutment under a bridge, while another would describe a 10,000 square foot home on a beautiful country hillside. Whatever your definition all of us will some day build one (though maybe not literally). Jesus takes this premise and begins to teach a real life story about the houses that two men set out to build. The two men represent the two types of people in the kingdom of God.
Any Old House Won’t Do
“Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?” Matthew 7:22 (KJV)
These are people who see the need to be involved in doing good things and calling on the name of the Lord to prophecy, cast out devils and do many wonderful works. Jesus in fact stated that many would follow this way of living to be involved at such a high spiritual level. Yet, his response to their work and labor can take us back a bit if we don’t understand the true meaning of this parable.
“And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” Matthew 7:23 (KJV)
Not only will he say to them “depart”, he will say “I never knew you.” Now, as we ponder this it becomes evident that building any old house is not good enough for the Lord. In fact, he views the house we are building, ie; our lives, not by it’s beauty or outward appearance, but he looks deeper, all the way down to the depth of the foundation. We know that a good house inspector will examine the foundation first. If the foundation is no good, the house can actually be condemned as worthless. In the town where I live a church was torn down and hauled away simply because of a foundation problem that was deemed too expensive to fix. In the same way at the final judgment day, the house we have built in this life will be examined to see what kind of foundation it had. All of us need a house, but it is vital that we have a good one starting with the foundation first.
Question #1 What kind of house do you desire to build in this life?
Our Spiritual House
A wise man will build his house on doing the words of Jesus Christ.
“For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.” 1 Cor. 3:11 (KJV)
“And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;” Ephes. 2:20 (KJV)
Jesus was not talking about a physical house, he was really teaching about our spiritual house. He describes the house on the rock first because of its’ importance. You see, the strength of your life is not found in the kind of home you have or even where it is located. The foundation of your spiritual house is really what matters.
The Wise House Builder
“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:” Matthew 7:24 (KJV)
The strength of this man’s foundation was directly linked to his reaction to the Word of God. In this case he heard it and then did it. It is one thing to hear something and quite another to act upon it. Someone may ask, “Would you like to own outright a million dollar home?” The answer might be yes, yes! The excitement of the thought is wonderful but the real question that needs to be asked is will you be willing to sign on the dotted line and pay it off in thirty years? Most would not. This man however, heard the Word of God and was so excited about it that he went out and did it. When we do this we establish a strong foundation that goes all the way down to bedrock. Doing the Word of God hooks or house (life) to something immovable.
“Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.” Matthew 24:35 (KJV)
Understanding this truth is important because another factor will come into play in this situation. The storm.
“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.” Matthew 7:25 (KJV)
He didn’t say “IF” he said “WHEN” the storm came. Like a torrent, the rains began to fall and the winds beat against this house. The floodwaters rose and swirled around the foundation looking for a weak place to invade and erode. Fortunately the foundation went deeper than any floodwaters could go and was so strong that nothing moved. He survived the negative events of the storm and came out smiling. In the very same way spiritually we will all face the flood on the judgment day and the only thing of importance will be the type of foundation we have laid in this life.
Question #2 Can you think of a building that is 1000 years old? What kind of foundation do you think it has, rock or sand? Explain.
The Foolish House Builder.
The foolish man built his house in a completely different way. Instead of digging deep and paying the additional costs he decided to build on the sand. Faster and cheaper was his goal. He wanted it to look good and go up fast. He reminds me of the hare in the fable of the tortoise and the hare. We know that the hare was much faster but the slow moving more consistent tortoise ended up winning the race. The foolish man was willing to skimp in some areas of his house by telling himself that it wasn’t really that important to do the right thing. What he didn’t know was the slower more solid way would win out in the end.
“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 7:26 (KJV)
The sand represents this world, which is shaky and unstable at best. It may support a life for a season but in the end it will not hold up in a storm. All that is in the world will be gone some day so why should we build on it?
“For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.  And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.” 1 John 2:16-17 (KJV)
Building on the sand is simple and easy. All that is required is to hear but not to do. Isn’t it amazing that even preachers today will say that all we have to do is believe? Jesus said we must do the word to have a solid foundation. If we believe, we will do the Word of God. If we don’t believe, we will not do the Word of God. Herein lies the substance of this parable. It is not about houses but about lives. This man put his stock into things that felt and looked good but had no depth. He was too busy to apply the Word of God to his life. He couldn’t see the need to go deep into spiritual things because he had too many other things to do. He was involved in foolish things rather than things of true substance.
“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 7:27 (KJV)
If you will notice here, the same storm that came against the wise man’s house came upon the foolish man too. The difference is that the foolish man’s house fell flat and Jesus said, “great was the fall of it.” Here is a fact of life that we will all learn at some time, the storm is coming and will be here at some point in time. No one will be exempt from its’ reach. The same velocity and force that hit the solid house will also assault the house on the sand. This is an inevitable truth of life and the important thing is to be prepared. Are you building your life on Jesus Christ by doing his word?
Question #3 Which has more value, a spiritual house or a physical house? Explain.
“And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.” Rev. 20:12 (KJV)
It is important that we build our lives on the Word of God. In the final Day of Judgment all of us will be inspected as to the foundation with which we have built our lives. The books of the Word of God will be opened and we will be measured by them. Standing strong for HIS Word and doing it, it will keep us secure for the day to come. You may be asking, what should I do? Some people asked the disciples the very same question on the first day of the New Testament church. Here is what we should do also.
“Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?  Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.” Acts 2:37-38 (KJV)
Building a life on Jesus Christ is more than just believing in the heart, although we need to do that, it is doing what he said by faith. This same command is for us today. Have you repented of your sons? Have you been baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of those sins? Have you received the gift of the Holy Ghost? The answers to these questions are very important.
This concludes this lesson. If you would like to know more about doing the will of God you can go to the parables section and go through more studies taught by the master teacher Jesus Christ. If you would like to be contacted by someone in your area or if you have a prayer request please let me know and someone will get with you as soon as possible. I would love to hear your comments about this study. Has it blessed you? If it has tell a friend and maybe it will help them too. Also, I would like to recommend the study titled “The Foundation of Relationships” to help you. Let me know what you think of the site and the lesson, your comments are very important to me. Thanks for stopping by.
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