Through the Bible in One Year

Day 9

Matthew 7:24-27

“Therefore, everyone who hears these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain fell, the rivers rose, and the winds blew and pounded that house. Yet it didn’t collapse, because its foundation was on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and doesn’t act on them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. The rain fell, the rivers rose, the winds blew and pounded that house, and it collapsed. It collapsed with a great crash.”

The adjectives “wise” and “foolish” describe a persons spiritual and moral state, not their intellect.  Whether one is considered wise or foolish is determined by one’s response to Jesus’ teaching.  And since Old Testament writers described God’s wrath using the image of a great storm, the storm that destroys the “house on the sand” is a picture of divine judgement.  Hence, the person who “hears” and “acts” on Jesus’ teaching is prepared for judgment.  And the one who “hears” but “doesn’t act” Jesus’ “words” will be destroyed in the storm of judgment.  What this all boils down to is very simply this: build your life on the right foundation and you can and will withstand anything.

Tomorrow’s Bible Readings:

Genesis 23:1-24:51, Matthew 8:1-17, Psalm 9:13-20 and Proverbs 3:1-6

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