Today, I will be starting a series that will focus on Jesus’s parables throughout the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke. In each of the parables, I will be examining the context of each parable and giving a biblical perspective too often times various issues in our lives. Throughout this series, I pray that you gain a better understanding of who Jesus is and His immense love for us and how God wants us to live our lives. Each parable blog post will be featured on Tuesdays.
At the end of each parable’s blog post, there will be a PDF file linking to the Bible Study Notes for that parable.
What is a parable?
A parable is a story told by Jesus that has a metaphorical meaning which can be applied to our lives. One such parable is the Parable of the Two Builders; a well-known bible narrative told to young children but has a much deeper meaning. In Matthew 7:24-27, Jesus tells the story of two builders; one who is called “WISE” and the other who is called “FOOLISH”, but the teaching is in the parable.
“24. Therefore whoever hears these things sayings of Mine, and does them, I will like him to a wise man who built is house on the rock: 25. and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on the house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock. 26. 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; 27. and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, and it fell. And great was its fall.”
When Jesus spoke this parable; he wasn’t referencing a literal house, in my opinion, Jesus was making a reference to us as people and Christians because we are all called to be the “house” or “temple” of the Holy Spirit. While Jesus was referencing the “house” as people and Christians, I feel that He was also making a connection to how we can either be a “WISE” or “FOOLISH” builder.
If we are a “WISE” builder, we will listen to God’s word and learn to build up a strong, sturdy foundation based on His Word and His Word alone, we won’t be swept away by the “rain”, “floods”, and storms of this life. But, if we become like the “FOOLISH” builder and we don’t build a foundation based on God’s Word; we will be swept away by life’s difficulties and circumstances.
What do I mean when I say foundation? To me, I am talking about what we base our morals, ethics or ideology on.
As Christians, we are to build our foundation on God’s Word and let Him be the rock on which we stand.
In my opinion, as Christians, we should also be willing to help others form a strong foundation on God’s Word or else they too will be taken by the “storms” of their life. In an article by Emmanuel Higgins entitled, “Sinking Sand or Solid Rock? The Wise Man and the Foolish Man” he talks about this very parable. He asks the question “What’s the foundation of our life? Are we like the foolish man, are our lives built on sand?” and I feel that this is a very valid question in today’s time. If we become like the “Foolish” man who built his house on the sand, then our foundation will crumble out from under us.
Emmanuel Higgins said, “Don’t be discouraged, lets choose to be like the wise man. Who listens to what Jesus tells us in the Bible and does what he says!”
In the end, though; we all choose what our foundation is built on. If we choose to become like the “wise” man; we must start by finding a strong, durable foundation to build our “house” which is the Bible. But, if we, as people and Christians will choose to become like the “foolish” man and don’t listen to God’s Word and build our house on uneven, dangerous foundation then we will be susceptible to all of the trials and dangers that accompany the foundation.
So, what do you think? Will you choose to listen and learn from God’s Word and build your house (body) on His Word? Or, will you be like the foolish builder who built his house on the sand and be swept away by the “rain”, “floods”, and “storms” of your life? Have you ever been like the “Foolish” man who built his house on the sand because you didn’t listen to God’s Word? Please comment below and join the discussion.
Higgins, Emmanuel. “Sinking Sand or Solid Rock? The Wise Man and the Foolish Man” https://www.onlythebible.com/Bible-Gems/wise-man-built-on-the-rock.html . Accessed 18 August 2017.
Author Unknown. “”The Wise and Foolish Builders”” http://www.warrencampdesign.com/heartyBoys/parables/movie13.html . Accessed 17 August 2017.
Halbohm, Danny. “Setting firm foundations”, http://www.assemblies.org.uk/pri/2046/setting-firm-foundations , https://kingdomnewtestament.files.wordpress.com/2012/04/wise-and-foolish-builders-by-danny-halbohm1.jpg . Accessed 18 August 2017.