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The Wise and Foolish Builders – Sermon on the Mount 15

Wise and Foolish Builders

Wise and Foolish Builders

William Stout / General

Sermon on The Mount  / Builder; A Foolish Man / Matthew 7:24–27

 

Matthew 7:24–27 NKJV

“Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock:

and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.

“But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand:

and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.”

Whoever hears these sayings of mine…

  • What are These sayings of His?
  • Beatitudes
  • Salt and Light
  • Living for righteousness – (5:17-20)
  • Agree with you adversary – reconciliation (21-26)
  • Adultery – not even in your heart (27-28)
  • Avoiding sin – & Hell (29-31)
  • Divorce – (29-32
  • False oaths – honest communication (33-37)
  • Love your enemies – be like God – (43-48
  • Charitable giving – (6:1-4
  • Prayer (5-13)
  • Forgiveness – required in prayer (14)
  • Fasting (15-18
  • Treasures in heaven (19-24)
  • Not worrying about the things of this life (25-34)
  • Wrong judging – hypocrisy (7:1-5)
  • Wrong giving (7:6)
  • Ask, Seek, Knock (7-11)
  • The Golden Rule – (12)
  • The wide and narrow gates (13-14)
  • False prophets (15-20)
  • False Christians (21-23
  • And now, wise builders (24-27)
  • Now Jesus emphasizes the importance of “doing” what He says.

Whoever Hears These Sayings of Mine and Does Them

  • It is not enough just to listen to His teaching

James 1:22 NKJV

22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.

  • For the last three weeks, we have seen that Jesus has emphasized that there are long term consequences for our choices concerning His Teachings
  • He Spoke of a Wide and Narrow Gate
  • Warned of False teachers
  • Warned of deceived Christians, rejected at judgement
  • Now, He brings it together, that these teachings are the way to enter…
  • To enter the narrow gate, to avoid the false teachers, and to be accepted at the Judgement.
  • These were the closing words of Jesus’ most famous sermon
  • Quote from Arthur Pink

An Exposition of the Sermon on the Mount Chapter 60: Profession Tested—Continued

According to the antinomian interpretation of this passage our Lord ought to have said, “Whosoever believeth the Gospel and trusts in My atoning blood, I will liken him unto a wise man who built his house upon the rock; and everyone who endeavours to heed My precepts and then trusts in his own good works to obtain for him acceptance with God, I will liken unto a foolish man who built his house upon the sand.” But in the verses before us, Christ said nothing of the sort.

  • In hearing these “sayings” and doing them
  • Of course we are not supposing that one is saved by doing good works – For it is by grace you are saved through faith –
  • But if you do in fact have that faith, and have received that grace, there will be evidence
  • Do not make the mistake of believing this antinomian doctrine, no matter how emphatically they preach it. It simply isn’t in the Word –
  • forget about denominational, doctrinal, and traditional labels. What says the scripture?

I will liken him to a Wise man…

 

  • A wise man builds on a good foundation
  • Consider the Freedom tower in NYC
  • World Trade Center was lost in 2001
  • We were there in 2008, the foundation was still being prepared – 7 years
  • Much time and effort was spent planning
  • Architects were hired and blueprints prepared
  • If you are going to build a good house, you need a blueprint – a plan
  • You should have a blueprint before you start a building –
  • You must lay a foundation
  • Imagine someone trying to build a house without a plan –
  • It may start out OK – but later, you will find there are plenty of things missing –
  • You have to know what kind of house you intend to build before you start
  • then you know also what kind of foundation you need to lay
  • These teaching of Jesus’ are like a blueprint for a victorious life
  • a victorious life is one that results in heaven
  • They that run in a race all run…

What kind of house do you want to Build?

  • You are the house –
  • what kind of life are you going to build?
  • what kind of man or woman are you?
  • what will be your legacy? Your destination? Your verdict?
  • If you hear these sayings and do them, you will be like the wise man who built upon the rock
  • Having a sound foundation your house will stand
  • So many people are not prepared
  • not only for eternity, but they are not prepared for the storms of life
  • These teachings will serve you well, now and forever –
  • there is simply no better way to live
  • Do these things in this life, and you will prosper –
  • Your house will stand through the storm

And the winds came and beat upon that house

 

  • There are many storms in life –
  • Financial storms
  • storms of temptation, addictions, weaknesses
  • storms of false friends and broken relationship
  • storms of disappointments and failed plans
  • storms of catastrophe and unforeseen events
  • storms of sickness and physical injury
  • storms of false religion and confusion
  • storms of thieves, criminals and wicked men
  • the Ultimate storm is the final judgement

The same storms beat upon both houses

  • As we learned earlier in the sermon, He causes His rain to fall on the just and on the unjust
  • Sooner or later, you will have a trial
  • Like the man in Psalm 1, you can be like the tree planted by the river
  • whose leaf does not whither in the drought
  • Good people face storms also
  • don’t be surprised when you find yourself in a whirlwind
  • And be sure your house will stand: If it is founded on the rock!

 

Whoever hears these sayings and does not do them

  • So many people “hear” the sayings of Jesus, and agree that they are true
  • But they don’t want to “do” them.
  • They agree that the poor in spirit are blessed, but they don’t want to be poor in spirit
  • they agree that the merciful are blessed, butt hey don’t want to be merciful
  • they agree that those who hunger and thirst for righteousness are blessed, but they don’t hunger and thirst for righteousness
  • they agree that the pure in heart will see God, but their hearts are not pure, allowing all manner of filth to enter
  • they agree that we must love our enemies, yet hey are filled with contempt for their own enemies
  • they agree that we should bless those who curse us, yet they tell how others have cursed them as an excuse for their withheld blessings
  • they agree that we should be salt and light, yet their own lights have been under the bushel for years, if they ever shone.
  • They agree that we should not do alms to be seen of men, yet they brag with a megaphone of their own deeds, or worse avoid the problem by doing no alms
  • They agree that we should pray in secret, to be seen of God not men, yet their prayers are shallow and vain, if spoken at all
  • Likewise, they agree that we should not fast to be seen of men, but resolve the issue by not fasting at all
  • They agree that Jesus said we must forgive in order to be forgiven, yet they have lists of reasons to justify the unforgiveness they hold
  • They agree that we must not lay up treasures on earth, but in heaven instead, yet their every thought and goal, and all their productive energy is used for that very cause – And worse, they claim that God wants it that way
  • They agree with Jesus instruction to “take no thought for your life”, and yet, they worry to the point of sin over so many details of life
  • They agree that we must “seek first the kingdom of God” yet their lifestyle demands all these things first, and as a condition of seeking God at all. Indeed it is only for “these things” that they seek God if they seek
  • They agree that we must enter in at the straight gate, and that there is another gate which leads to destruction. Yet in their daily lives, every decision is made based on social norms and expectations, rather than their ideas of the will of God

 

 

I will liken him to a foolish man

  • These people are like a foolish man
  • Similar to the man that Jesus describes in Luke

Luke 12:19–20 NKJV

And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years; take your ease; eat, drink, and be merry.” ’

But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?’

  • This man had built a house, full and appealing to the eye
  • but it had a foundation that crumbled when it mattered most

 

Who built his house upon the sand

  • Like the rich young Ruler in Mark

Mark 10:17–22 NKJV

Now as He was going out on the road, one came running, knelt before Him, and asked Him, “Good Teacher, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?”

So Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God.

You know the commandments: ‘Do not commit adultery,’ ‘Do not murder,’ ‘Do not steal,’ ‘Do not bear false witness,’ ‘Do not defraud,’ ‘Honor your father and your mother.’ ”

And he answered and said to Him, “Teacher, all these things I have kept from my youth.”

Then Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “One thing you lack: Go your way, sell whatever you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, take up the cross, and follow Me.”

But he was sad at this word, and went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.

  • This man had a house that was built on the sand
  • From anyone’s perspective it looked just fine
  • Not only was he wealthy in this world’s goods
  • He also kept the commandments
  • no killing, adultery, lying, good to his parents
  • but he knew there was still something missing
  • He could feel the rumbling of his unstable foundation
  • otherwise why did he ask, even kneeling
  • in spite of all these things, he was not sure of his salvation

Then Jesus beholding him loved him…

  • This is what love looks like
  • Jesus, because He loved him, told him what he didn’t want to hear
  • because he loved him, he made him uncomfortable
  • so uncomfortable that he left unsaved –
  • What if we could love like that today?
  • One thing you lack
  • Sell what you have, give to the poor
  • you shall have treasure in heaven
  • take up your cross and follow me
  • This is a sure foundation!

 

And great was the fall of it

  • But he went away sad
  • because he had great possessions
  • anything you have that you can’t let go of, is an idol
  • you cannot have it and Jesus. So, one thing he lacked.
  • What a great fall.

 

Why do you suppose that Jesus would end the most famous sermon He ever preached with these Words?

  • What kind of preacher today would do that?
  • We are all building a house
  • Whether we know it or not, each day we are adding to our house
  • gold, silver, precious stones, or wood, hay stubble?
  • What kind of house are you building
  • What kind of storms will it withstand?

 

 

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