The Two Builders
7 v 24-27
The religious leaders did not want to listen
to Jesus. They were very strict about keeping the Law of Moses
and the many rules and regulations of their own that they
had added to it and they had their own ideas about God and
believed that they knew how to please Him. They were proud,
self-righteous people who thought they were better than others,
and they were not at all loving or forgiving.
Jesus, however, taught that what we think of
and how we act towards others is very important. When the
religious leaders refused to let him speak in the synagogues,
Jesus preached in the open air to the people who listened
to him. One day, as they sat on the hillside, Jesus taught
his disciples the wonderful lessons of what we now know as
the Sermon on the Mount.
He spoke of God's goodness to all - how He sends
sun and rain on everyone and not just to those who deserve
it. He taught that God wants people to be right on the inside
and not just on the outside where others can see. He spoke
of how God will be with those who love Him and want to please
Him. Real happiness is obtained by being kind and thoughtful
towards other - not from pushing and grabbing for oneself.
Above all, God must be put first in a man's life
When Jesus preached he often told the people
stories, which had a special meaning or lesson in them to
make people think for themselves. These stories were called
parables and Jesus finished his sermon on the mount with a
parable about two builders.
Jesus told the story of two men who each decided
to build a house. As you may know, it is very important that
a building must have a strong base, or foundation; otherwise
it will eventually fall down. The first man chose his site
carefully and then dug down deep to solid rock. On the hard,
solid rock he built his house.
The other man, however, did not stop to think
about foundations - perhaps he was in too much of a hurry.
He quickly built his house but the ground underneath was soft
When the weather was fine, all was well. But
one night a violent storm arose. Gale-force winds blew around
the houses and rain lashed down from the sky. Rivers overflowed
and the ground beneath and around the two houses was soon
What do you think happened? Yes, the house that
was built on the solid rock stood firm. Nothing could sweep
it away. But the house on the sand began to crumble and then
suddenly collapsed altogether with a loud crash.
The people listening to Jesus enjoyed the story
but Jesus was also giving them a message. The story had a
meaning. "My teachings," said Jesus "are like
the solid rock. They will never be washed away. If you listen
to them and obey them, you will be like the man who built
his house upon the rock. When trouble comes in your life you
will be able to stand firm and cope with them. But if you
take no notice of what I say, then you will be like the foolish
builder who built his house upon the sand. When trouble and
difficulties arise in your life you will not be able to withstand
them, but will be washed away with them."
How important it is then for us to listen to
what Jesus has to say!