The Tabernacle Scroll

Issue 8

“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundations on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. The rain came down, the streams rose; and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.” When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, because he taught as one who has authority, and not as their teachers of the law” (Matt.7: 24-29).

Christ appealed to His hearers to have faith in His words!

Why is it important to make a decision concerning the words of Christ, and what is the danger of rejecting them? Christ answered this question by presenting the picture of the hearer being like a builder. Everyone who hears His word is responsible for those words; this truth is a foundation not only for this life but also for the age to come.

In the natural world we know that the permanence of any building depends on the solidity of its foundations. Christ used the picture of floods that came as a result of rains and storms. If the building rested on a solid foundation, it would stand against any flood tide that came. Conversely, the neglect in laying a solid foundation would result in the collapse of the house when those storms came.

In this parable Christ was contrasting His words with Pharisaic teaching. Whilst the Pharisees could quote the Law, they did not have the truth of God. Therefore those who were following them were building on an inadequate foundation. Such builders would lose their part in the kingdom.

What foundation are you laying? Are you like the Bereans (Acts 17:11) who “received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scripture every day to see if what Paul said was true”?

Is your foundation laid on the truth of Scripture or is it upon the philosophies and traditions of men?

Are you praying each day that those appointed to preach and teach will not be ‘blind guides’ to you?

Just remember that our Lord taught that our eternal destiny depends upon a proper response to His revelation, not the ‘traditions of men’.

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