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๐Ÿ‘‘ The Wise And The Otherwise

Who did Christ say was a wise man, or what made one wise? Matthew 7:24-27

โ€œTherefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: 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. 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: 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.โ€

Our Lord is Master of all things, including the use of illustrations. In this instance, the Lord Jesus gave an illustration, with the meaning so obvious, that all who heard Him understood. Yet, He could also lay within that illustration a much deeper meaning that only those who paid close attention and knew the Scriptures would fully comprehend. Letโ€™s examine both.

  • The obvious meaning of this illustration was our Lord urging these disciples not to be merely โ€œhearersโ€ of His words but โ€œdoers.โ€ (Jamesย 1:22).
    • Those who chose to โ€œseekโ€ฆfirst the kingdom of Godโ€ (Matt.ย 6:33), and โ€œenterโ€ through the โ€œstraight gateโ€ of strict obedience (Matt.ย 7:13), would enter the Kingdom and receive eternal life.
    • These obedient followers would be, figuratively, like a wise man building his house on a solid foundation. The foundation here would be His doctrine. Their obedience would keep them forever safe and secure in eternal life.
    • Those who would not continue to obey His doctrine were likened to one building a spiritual house on sand. As that house would crumble and fall, so would they, without obedience that brought eternal life or entrance into the Millennial Kingdom that awaited Israel.
  • We discover the deeper meaning of this illustration by looking closely at the symbolism of several key words and tracing their usage elsewhere in Scripture.
    • The word โ€œRockโ€ in Scripture consistently refers to the Lord.
    • Moses sang of the Lord saying, โ€œHe is the Rockโ€ฆa God of truthโ€ฆโ€ (Deut. 32:4).
    • David wrote, โ€œThe Lord is my rock, and my fortressโ€ฆโ€ (Psa. 18:2).
    • Peter quoted to fellow Jews, โ€œIt is contained in the Scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confoundedโ€ (1 Pet. 2:6; see also Actsย 4:11). Peter was calling Christ God, and the Fatherโ€™s provision for life.
    • When Christ said, โ€œWhosever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth themโ€ฆ[he is like] a wise man, which built his house upon a rockโ€ (Matt.ย 7:24), He was urging His listeners to build their hope for eternal life on Him, the rock of their salvation (Psa. 95:1).
  • The word โ€œhouseโ€ consistently represented Israel.
    • This is a figurative term that we use in this sense to this day. For example, the House of Windsor represents the family by that name. Likewise, in 1 Tim. 3:5, an elder is to โ€œrule his own house.โ€ Obviously, it is not the house, but who it represents, that is in view.
    • Quite frequently, the Lord referred to the entire nation of Israel as the โ€œhouse of Israelโ€ (Compare Ex.ย 16:31; 40:38; Lev. 10:6; 17:3).
    • In Matthewย 7:24, our Lord has a subtle implication to the house of Israel needing to build their spiritual house upon Him. They would be safe if they did, in peril if they did not.
  • The โ€œwindsโ€ that would blow and the โ€œrainโ€ and the โ€œfloodsโ€ represented the coming tide of Godโ€™s judgment ready to fall on Israel in the Tribulation. Since the days of Daniel and the prophets, this time had been predicted.
    • The entire twenty-fourth chapter of Matthew deals with the Tribulation that will precede Christโ€™s Kingdom being established. There, the Lord referred to the trials of these days being โ€œas the days of Noeโ€ (Matt. 24:37).
    • The first thing that comes to our minds when we think of Noah is Godโ€™s judgment of a world-wide flood (Gen. 6-9). Surely, it was the same for each Jew who heard our Lord refer to Noah. From long ago, this man had come to represent Godโ€™s judgment.
    • Therefore, in the context of the Sermon on the Mount, Israel would only be safe during Godโ€™s coming judgment in the Tribulation if they built their spiritual life upon Christ. source
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And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born. And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet, And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel. — Matthew 2:4-6

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