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 foundation 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 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 had authority, and not as their teachers of the law.
I have already mentioned this story in the past few months in regards to those who don’t take social distancing seriously. I have likened them to the man who built his house on sand and lost everything, not because he was evil, or lacked faith in God, but simply because he was stupid.
There is a whole body of literature in the Bible called “Wisdom Literature.” The most prominent book of this genre is Proverbs though pieces of wisdom literature are distributed in many books of the Bible. There is always a contrast between wise and foolish behavior.
This week, as we revisit Matthew 7, we will be looking at why the man who chose sand for his foundation was called “foolsh.” For Jesus, this guy is a metaphor for those who hear the words of Jesus but don’t put them into practice. And as always, the stories of Jesus must never be taken literally but always taken seriously.
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