Who Is Wise?

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Matthew 7:24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: 25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. 26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: 27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.

I find it very exciting to study the parables of Jesus Christ as there is so much information in them that it’s like being a scientist. The more you look the more you find. There is a parable that is not so much a parable but an illustration of two men building two houses. Jesus speaks of this illustration at the end of his sermon on the mount. The most famous sermon and today it is still not understood. This sermon unlike typical sermons of today goes straight to the point and as Christ preaches he doesn’t finish off with some wonderful way of speaking or with some amazing thought arousing conclusion. It doesn’t go off with a bang. He is preaching a sermon and the last point he says is and great was the fall of it. He finishes with a negative point. He preaches and all the words he says if you hear and do it not, I liken you to a man who built his house on the sand and the fall was great. He concluded on that point. Jesus said, he that hears these sayings of mine, this illustration can’t be understood unless you understand the sermon as he that hears the words and does them not, what did he say to do? In this sermon Christ says that you are to be really happy if people talk falsely about you. You are to be really happy if you are persecuted for Christ’s sake and if there is a twist of your reputation because of the truth.

He that does this word is like a man who built his house on a rock. He that does it not is like someone who built his house on the sand. Are you happy when these things happen? Rejoice and be exceeding glad. We can say I’m not really happy, well then are you a doer of what he says? Are you a doer of the words of Christ? Are you really happy? What else did Jesus say? Let your light shine before men that they may see your works and glorify Father in heaven. To bring out into the open life your belief in the way you talk and in the way you do everything. This is what he said to do and to not be ashamed of the gospel of Christ as many are as they will alter the gospel of Christ to be socially acceptable. But what Christ is saying is that you let your light shine and whoever doesn’t is like the man who built his house on the sand because these are the words that Christ is saying. Jesus says keep the commandments of God. He who breaks one and teaches men to do so will be called least in the kingdom of heaven. It doesn’t say they will be the least in the kingdom of heaven it says they will be called the least in the kingdom of heaven.

The kingdom of heaven will call these people the least. Do we break the commandments of God? Do we teach men to break the commandments of God? If we do, we are building our house on the sand. Jesus says except your righteousness exceeds that of the Pharisees. Does your righteousness exceed that of the Pharisees? They were particular in paying tithe with herbs but forgot the weightier matters of the law. These you should have done and not left the other undone. We are to be particular in paying tithe, the small things and not leaving the other undone. Does your righteousness exceed that of the Pharisees because if it doesn’t you are building your house on the sand.

Jesus says you are not to hate your brother. Do you hate your brother or sister? If this is the case, you are building your house on the sand. Unless you understand the sermon you don’t know what to do. If you come to worship God and someone has a problem with you, you are to stop and put your gift on the altar and go and reconcile with your brother and then come and worship God. You can’t worship God whilst at variance with people close to you. It can’t happen. Unless you do this you are building your house upon the sand. If I come to worship God and I have a problem with a brother, sister, husband or wife or friend and I am not going to reconcile that problem and continue to worship God, I am building my house upon the sand.

Whether you believe of the other doctrines and truths, if you do not do his word in this sermon, this is what Christ likened the people to. If a person looks on a woman to lust he has committed adultery. If we perceive and lust after things in our minds and thoughts we are building our house upon the sand. The sermon also speaks about mortifying the deeds of the flesh. If your right eye offends you pluck it out. If your flesh is tempting you, cut it off from your affections. Cut it of as something worthy to take note of. Jesus also says that if you divorce and remarry you commit adultery. He who does not his words is building their house upon the sand. The sermon also talks about not swearing. Sware not. He that swears is building his house upon the sand.

It says also if one man smites you on the left cheek turn to the right. If we do not do this, what are we? If we do not turn the other cheek to receive the same punishment as the previous cheek, we are building our house upon the sand. Perhaps I don’t do that and get smitten on one cheek and I leave. The words of Christ are if a man sue you at the law and takes your cloak let him have your coat also. If someone is suing you, the words of Christ say let him have it. To do this or not to do this is building your house upon the sand. I find this challenging as I’ve recently been sued. I know what I must do, what they want I must give it. Unless I do that, I am building my house on the sand. I may think if I don’t stand up for my rights, everyone will lose their rights. If I don’t claim justice then what will happen? It’s not what Christ sermon is about. He that wants to go one mile, go with him two. Unless these things are done, you are building your house upon the sand. He that asks of you something, give it to them. He that does it not is like a man who built his house upon the sand. It also says don’t have outward show. Don’t blow your own trumpet, don’t toot your own horn as he that does that is building his house upon the sand. Jesus also teaches how to pray. He says to pray our Father which art in heaven

Matthew 6:10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as [it is] in heaven. 11 Give us this day our daily bread. 12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

Unless we do this as we have been forgiven, we are building our house upon the sand. He also says when you fast, also wash your face and oil your hair so you don’t look like you are starving so no one knows you are fasting. If you don’t do this and have an outward action of your hunger, if you don’t do this you are building your house upon the sand. It also says no man can have two masters and be half hearted. No man who likes to have social events and a religious exercise is building his house upon the sand. Don’t lay up treasure on this earth. Don’t store all your riches to accumulate a big superannuation and investments so you can relax in the later of your life. Christ says lay it up in heaven so you can have it in the later life. If you do this you are building upon the sand.

Don’t Stress

Don’t lay up your treasure on earth and don’t stress about it. Doesn’t God care for the sparrows? It says give no thought of what you will eat or wear. To stress is to build your house upon the sand. We are meant to be happy if bad happens, we are to give to those that ask, we are not meant to have major savings but support the cause of God and we are not meant to stress. That is what the sermon was. Do not judge unless you be judged. Be ye perfect even as your Father in heaven is perfect. If you don’t do that, where are you building your house? On the sand. If you are not being perfect as your Father in heaven is you are building your house on the sand. That is one major statement in this sermon to be scoffed at by most people. Jesus talks about being in a state of correctness and then not judging others about it. If you do right and judge someone else, where are you building your house? On the sand. Pull the beam out of your own eye before you go to your brother and pull the mote out of his eye. Unless we find a major problem with our life, we can’t go to our brother. If we do not pull the beam out of our life where are we building our life? On the sand? Irrespective of what beliefs we have, unless we do what this sermon says, Christ gives the illustration.

Beware of False Prophets

Unless you are aware of false prophets, where are you building your house? On the sand. You have to be always happy, not hate anyone, sort all your problems out before the end of the day. Have no court cases, all has to be settled outside of that. No divorce and remarriage, no one tooting their own horn, no immorality, no violence, no stress, no critical actions, it sounds like heaven to me. It sounds like a place that will stand forever. It sounds like a kingdom that God made. It sounds like a kingdom that is called the mountain of God. Unless you build your house by dong these things, your house will be on the rock. What Christ is putting forward to men is an impossibility. He is preaching an impossible sermon to carnal man and he then says unless you do it you are building your house on the sand. He is forcing the mind to come to a conclusion that they need divine assistance and the Holy Spirit which he talks about in his latter discourses. After considering the main points of his sermon which is encompassing all perfection he says;

Matthew 7:21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. 24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: 25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. 26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: 27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.

He then completes his sermon. The people marvelled, he got straight to the point.

Two Men

Do you realise how similar these two men are? Both heard the teachings of Jesus Christ. They were both in the school of Christ listening to their teacher. These two men also were neighbours. Why were they neighbours? They both had the same storm and I know you can live 10kms apart and miss the storm of your neighbour but they had the same storm. It was exactly the same. They lived in the same place to have the same tempest to come upon their houses. They stood upon the same ground. Some may object and say, no, one was on a rock and one was on the sand. We will clarify that both were standing on the same ground. Both these men believed in a future storm. They both believed there was a necessity of having a house. Why do you have a house? To protect you from the weather and to keep you sheltered. These two men had a need for shelter.

They heard the teachings of Christ and heard there was going to be a storm. Both were impressed with this need. Not just both were impressed but both resolved to build a house. They didn’t talk about it, they went and built houses. Both had the ability to build houses. Both finished their house. The similarities don’t end there. Both had the rain fall on their roof. Both had the floods come upon their homes. Both of them had the same wind that beat against the house. They were very similar. They were much alike to this point and then there was a difference. There is a similarity of these men as there are two hearers of God’s word. This is challenging to us as this similarity didn’t mean a similar end, in fact very different ends. Is the North and South Pole similar? Very but they are opposite. Christ often gave two situations the same. There were ten virgins all going to the same wedding, all had lamps and oil but there was a major difference. The wheat and tares were in the same field and grew in the same dimensions and both looked the same until the end. Jacob and Esau were twins which are very similar. Some may say Jacob was righteous and Esau wasn’t. Both came from the same mother and father but they were opposites. We are all coming to the same church. We all hear the same truth. We are all neighbours. We are all standing on the same ground. We all believe in a future storm correct? Do we all believe in the future destruction? Do we all feel the need of building houses? Do we all hear the words of Christ? Do we all have the Bibles in our hands? Are we all skilled at reading and comprehending? Absolutely. We are all the same. But mark this, we may not all have the same end. We will all experience the same rain and wind. There were two men in a book called Pilgrims Progress. One man’s name was Pliable and the other Christian and both fell into the same slough of despond. They all walked the same path, same hill, same place and both fell in and both experienced the same muck upon them. Was there a difference between the two men? Yes. They were far apart as the poles yet so much alike. What is the difference between these two men that built a house?

Luke 6:46 And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say? 47 Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will show you to whom he is like: 48 He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock. 49 But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great.

There were two men but what was the difference? Both were on the same ground with sand under their feet but what did one have to do? Dig deep. The wise man dug deep and what did he find? He found a rock and upon that rock he laid the footings of his house. It was not that there was just one rock and the wise man got there first. This rock was everywhere except it was covered with earth and it needed to be dug away so you can find that rock and put your footings in. Who built the house quickest? If one had to do some earth works and it was hard work and one built it on sand with bricks? Who built first? Much haste isn’t good speed. We can consider the truth and be inspired by it and one day born and next day graduated where we race into everything. This is called by many people sudden conversion. Did you know that sudden conversion doesn’t exist?

People say Apostle Paul was suddenly converted. Some say he saw the light and he fell and said what will you have me do? But a study into it shows it wasn’t as he was being convicted long before. At the preaching of Stephen he had seen and heard these things and it made him mad. Then he had an experience on the road to Damascus and then he went to Arabia for many years to build his house on a rock. Some are waiting on a feeling of sudden conversion and when they get it they think I can run with it and they start prophesying, teaching and preaching and doing wonderful works in the name of Jesus Christ. This sort of Christianity is like the gourd Jonah had. It came up one day and then what happened the next day to the gourd? It died. A gourd grows up and then it dies. This it he case with the Christianity which builds upon feelings. It’s great while the feeling is there and then when the feeling is gone it all comes crashing down.

The Thief on the Cross

The thief on the cross, did he have a sudden conversion? He had heard the words of Christ from before. He wasn’t a hardened criminal. He wanted to get out but couldn’t he felt trapped and there was his opportunity. The ground work was taking the place outside of the sight of men and then at the cross he built his house but the foundation had happened before. The Christians hope does not rest upon the sandy foundations of feelings.

Satan leads people to think that because they have felt a rapture of feeling they are converted. But their experience does not change. Their actions are the same as before. Their lives show no good fruit. They pray often and long, and are constantly referring to the feelings they had at such and such a time. But they do not live the new life. They are deceived. Their experience goes no deeper than feeling. They build upon the sand, and when adverse winds come their house is swept away. {MYP 71.3}

To refer to a date that I was born again and to refer back to that time like your birthdate that this is the time I was born again, doesn’t mean you are alive. Just because you are born, it doesn’t mean you are still living. This concept of feeling needs to be removed in order to build your house upon the rock. To find the rock you have to move the sand. To move the sand is to move the feeling that you have and consider what it means to build your house on the rock. What does it mean? To do what Christ said. What did he say? Rejoice when people speak bad things about you for Christ’s sake. Who feels like being happy when things are going bad? Who feels like rejoicing when persecuted? Who feels like that? No one does. What do you have to do? Build your house upon feelings? Or build your house with the feeling removed?

What about letting your light shine before men? Testify to the world of your living faith but I don’t feel like it. What about loving your enemies? Who feels like loving their enemies? I don’t feel like it. You will never feel like it. If you are waiting for a conversion feeling, you will never love your enemies through feelings. Not to look and lust after things, I don’t feel like not doing that. I feel like doing looking. It feels good to lust after people I see. Mortify the deeds of your flesh. If your eye offends you pluck it out but I don’t feel like it. Divorce and remarriage, but I feel like it. I feel like divorcing and I want to get remarried because I feel like it. Turn the other cheek when you are smitten. One cheek gets hit turn the other cheek. But I don’t feel like it. When you look at Christ’s sermon, this sermon has nothing to do with feelings. Nothing more. If someone sues you at the law, just give it to them. I don’t feel like doing that, it is so unfair. Justice is justice. This is my coat and its mine and they want it. Who feels like doing that? How many of us feel like blowing our own trumpet? Something I have done and I feel like telling everyone. Or not laying up treasure on this earth but in heaven. That is a hard feeling. Pull the beam out of your own eye before you go to your brother to pull his mote out. I don’t feel like pulling my beam out. The religion of Christ had nothing to do with feelings but today religious experiences work upon feelings.

Music

When the music is playing the churches today, oh it feels so nice, Christ is so near. It’s called Christ consciousness this feeling that awakens in you and that seems to be conscious. The churches today called it Christ’s consciousness. This is a religion of feeling. The music and soft words make you feel certain things and everything is based upon this. He that builds upon feeling will have a terrible time because what will those feelings be like when the wind is blowing? The storm is coming and the rain is pelting on the roof and the house starts shaking and then the feelings are totally different. Its hard work to put footings down under the ground, it’s out of sight, no one can see it. I can imagine these two men when they are building their house. One man starts to screed the sand and started laying the brick and rejoicing and then he looks at his neighbour and thinks, why are you digging so deep? Such hard work, look at your face, you look so unhappy, you look so miserable, you need to lighten up, you don’t have to dig so hard. You are sweating. It’s not by works brother, just screed the sand and build. Rejoice. This is what I can imagine these two men communicating when they are building their houses. Who is that rock? Jesus Christ. The scripture says draw nigh to God. What does it mean to draw nigh to God? You have to go down into the sand and start drawing nigh to the rock. Dig those feelings out of the way. It says resist the devil, that sand that wants to pile back in the hole. Have you dug dry sand? It’s very hard to dig a square hole in dry sand as it seems to fail all the time and you have to resist it and its hard work. Resist the devil. As you resisting the feelings of sand and you are drawing nigh to this rock which is beneath the earth, you come and it says purify your heart.

James 4:8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse [your] hands, [ye] sinners; and purify [your] hearts, [ye] double minded. 9 Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and [your] joy to heaviness.

Draw nigh to God. What a hard work. To change your feelings of happiness into hard, stern confession before God of exactly who you are, that yes, I don’t love my brother, I am a sinner and I don’t want to love my enemies. I don’t want to allow someone to come and take my cloak let alone my coat. These are my natural tendencies Lord. Yes, my thoughts do lust after things. Yes I do commit adultery in my mind. Lord, help me. As you dig through these feelings and hard crying before God, he will lift you up. That rock as you pour your concrete on it starts to show above the ground. That edifice to the glory of God becomes visible to humanity after you have done the invisible hard work. There is no thanks for it.

As we confess our faults and we repent, we grow and we sigh and we turn all these feelings into confession before God. When the ground work is done then you can start building your house. To the outside of world it seems to be instantaneous. He is building as well but just a little slower. The other man has already built his house and the second man is just starting to lay his first round of bricks. It’s hard work but it is not harder than what the foolish man would have had to do if his house was on the sand without a foundation. What does a house do if it doesn’t have a foundation? You get cracks in the ceiling and wall. You get a house and there is maintenance all the time. So a profession Godliness where you profess to be a Christian yet you go and take your brother to court or you divorce and remarry or you layout yourselves treasures on earth, what are you going to tell people you are a Christian when you do these things?

How many Christians do it? Many Christians do it. What do they say? The doctrines have changed, it’s not by works and they have to rearrange the scriptures to suit what they are doing and there is a continual effort of rearranging the scriptures and answering this scripture. This says that, and how are we going to twist this? Maintenance is very difficult for hypocrites to maintain such an edifice and a wretched edifice at that. What a wretched building that you always have to spend your time on maintaining it. So it is with the professed Christian that does not do the will of God. He has to make reasons for everything he does. He has to try and support himself. He has to prop up the walls with sticks and hold it together as there is sand under it. The storm hasn’t even come yet. We have these two houses built. One was built through repentance and confession of our nature and one was built on feelings and was propped up with all sorts of things. Jesus gives this parable in Matthew 24.

Matthew 24:35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.

The sand will go but the rock won’t.

Matthew 24:37 But as the days of Noe [were], so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. 38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, 39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

Who was taken away? Those that had built their house on the sand, those that were eating and drinking and enjoying their house while Noah was building this ark, a boat on dry ground. They didn’t even consider what he was doing until the flood came and took them all away. The people that were taken away were the foolish people.

Matthew 24:40 Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.

It is the common belief amongst many that the person that is taken is the person that is saved but not according to the context of this scripture. The person that is taken away is the foolish man. Two were in the field, they were beside each other. They were both in the same garden doing the same work, they had similarities. One was taken, one was left. There was a polar experience when the flood came.

Matthew 24:41 Two [women shall be] grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left.

Again, the foolish is taken.

Matthew 24:43 But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up.

He is coming to do what? Break up the house. Is the tempest coming to destroy houses? Absolutely it is. This tempest is coming to destroy the houses. Heaven and earth will be shaken and everything that will be shaken will be taken away and everything that will remain shall remain. Those who didn’t even listen to the words of Moses, if two or three witnesses were destroyed without mercy, how much sorer punishment are those who do not heed the words of Jesus Christ?

Hebrews 10:28 He that despised Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: 29 Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?

If these things that this servant talks about, if we don’t do them, we will be taken away. One difference is the foundational work and the other is the end result. The rain came and the rain symbolises the judgements that come from heaven. The angels pour out their viols upon the earth. These destructing rains will bring down this house but the floods also are the social problems that when you have built your house upon the house sand and you have told others to build their house upon the sand and when they realise their house is falling they will kill you. So it will be in the end times where people will be against people. Ministers will be ripped apart by their congregations as they had told them a lie. The flood will overwhelm. The wind that beats against this house is the mental anguish of the soul and the mental anguish of the spirit that is not visible but has a tremendous affect against the edifice. It wasn’t just the house of the fall that was different, when the house fell, what did the man do then?

All his building and work of knowledge of knowing how to do things of his understanding of the truths of the gospel, all the things that he had done for Christs sake came down upon and crushed him. It was better that he didn’t build than to be hit with the joist of your own doing. To do the works for Christ on feeling is only to increase your own misery at the end. That house came and fell upon that man. Great was the fall of it. It had a big crash. The higher he built, the bigger the fall. The more religious exercise he engaged in while ever he didn’t repent of the core carnal nature that we have, everything that you do while you do not have that grounding will come upon you with intense misery.

That man didn’t just have the house fall upon him but he got wet. In fact he drowned. He got beaten around with the wind and the tin came and hit and everything he did, everything that he did in his life came and just bashed him up by the forces of nature. Would like that everything you have done in your life to come and beat you until you are dead? Even if you cast out devils in his name and all this missionary efforts and they come back and beat you with such works, what an intense misery. The more knowledge, the more misery unless you have founded beneath the sands of feeling upon the rock. It is one thing to have a church creed, it is one thing to have a system of belief, it is another thing to have it written in the table of your heart. You can have all the truth perfect and it will beat you to death unless it is written upon the rock Jesus Christ and the tables of your heart. No one has any ground for rejoicing unless they have ground for lamenting.

Amen.

Posted on October 28, 2010, in Divine Service Sermons, Sermons For Sabbath and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. This was very good. I enjoyed it. There is huge thing that I have a problem with in my life and that is getting our son returned back to us. We have been tied up in court for 5 1/2 years. We signed a guardianship and it was only suppose to be temporary. I went into a drug and alcohol treatment program and after some good grounding in sobriety we were suppose to get our sons back. My oldest son turned 19 terminated the guardianship and signed a consent for them to adopt him and now he wont even talk to me. In a period of 4 1/2 years were got to set our oldest son for a total of 4 hours and now he doesn’t want to talk to me.
    Our youngest son is 11 and they have had him for 5 1/2 years and they are teaching him the same things about my husband and I. We have only gotten to see Zachary, our 11 year old, for a total of 10 hours in 5 1/2 years. We can’t talk to him on the phone or in person. Thanksgiving, Christmas, and family outings my husband and I are not invited. This is what my children are learning, by not inviting the parents, that it is normal for mom and dad not to be invited to family outings. Their not here, they never are, well then I guess that they shouldn’t be.
    We want our 11 year old son back, he is not a cloock. We want back our son; what is a person suppose to do about that. These people who were family stole my family. And for us to ever have the possibility of getting him back we have no other choice, but to go to court. They wont let us see them, we can’t talk on the phone to them; in all honesty what is a parent who loves their children suppose to do?

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