Building on the Right Foundation

Once upon a time there was a tree. It was a lovely-looking tree, shapely, strong, and stately. But appearances are not always to be trusted, and they were not in this case. For the tree knew inwardly that its massive strength was beginning to wane. When the wind was strong it had … More


In this parable Jesus presented two options to His listeners as to what they can do with their life. They are responsible for what He has taught and must make a choice. The two men in this story had much in common, both had desires to build a house. Both built houses that looked good and sturdy.  But when the storm came one of the houses collapsed. What was the difference?  It wasn’t in outward appearance. The difference was in the foundation (vv. 24-25). One was built on a big rock and the other on sand.

The rock foundation represented the Lord Himself and those who have trusted Him and have proved their faith will stand. The sand spoke of Pharisaic righteousness and those who have professed to trust Christ, yet have not obeyed God’s will. Their false profession will be condemned and only last until judgment comes. Those who hear and heed Jesus’ words are wise but those who do not are foolish vv. 26-27). Our hearing must result in doing. This is what it means to build on the rock foundation.

As a result of this sermon the crowds who heard Him were amazed at His teaching (v. 28). The authority in His teaching was what amazed them. The Scribes and Pharisees got their authority from the rabbis and experts of the law. Jesus did not need a human teacher to add authority to His words (v. 29).


The more I hear God’s Word the more I am held accountable. Can I think of any messages where God has spoken to me to do something and I haven’t obeyed?

Matthew 7:24-29 (English Standard Version)

"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.

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