Summary: JESUS CONCLUDES THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT, WITH THE TWO HOUSES STORY.
SEPT 12, 2004
24"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. 25The 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. 26But 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. 27The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash."
INTRO; MY EYES AND THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS HAVE BEEN DIRECTED SOUTH FOR MOST OF THIS PAST WEEK. WITH IVAN MAKING HIS WAY NORTH, AFTER CHARLEY AND FRANCIS, AND THE PATH OF THIS ONE HEADED, IT SEEMS UP THE WEST COAST, OF FLORIDA, I THANK GOD THAT I DON’T HAVE TO DEAL WITH ALL THAT, BUT THEN I THINK OF FAMILY AND FRIENDS THAT ARE THERE AND DO HAVE TO. WATCHING THE DESTRUCTIVE FORCES OF THESE HURRICANES, MAKES YOU THINK ABOUT HOW SAFE OUR HOMES REALLY ARE. WOULD YOUR HOME WITHSTAND 150 PLUS MPH WINDS?
LAST WEEK, ANNE AND I WATCHED A MOVIE MADE IN THE 80’S, MONEY PIT. TOM HANKS AND SHELLY LONG, BOUGHT THIS HOUSE, A MANSION, APPEARED NICE WHEN THE ELDERLY WOMAN WAS TRYING TO SELL IT, PRICE WAS RIGHT, SHE NEEDED TO SELL TO SETTLE SOME DEBTS, SO THEY, NEEDING A PLACE TO LIVE, BOUGHT. WELL, OUTWARD APPEARANCES CAN OFTEN BE DECEIVING, AS THEY SOON FOUND OUT. THEY FINALLY HIRED A CONTRACTOR TO DO THE WORK, HIS PAT ANSWER WAS, TWO WEEKS. TWO WEEKS DRUG INTO MONTHS. FINALLY, THE HOUSE IS FINISHED, AND IT LOOKS LIKE BRAND NEW. TOM HANKS IS TALKING TO THE CONTRACTOR AND SAYS, I HAD MY DOUBTS. THE CONTRACTOR SAYS, AS LONG AS THE FOUNDATION IS GOOD, IT CAN DONE.
LETS SEE WHAT JESUS SAYS ABOUT FOUNDATIONS.
TODAY WE WILL CONCLUDE OUR STUDY IN THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT.
JESUS HAS BEEN PREACHING THIS SERMON FOR SEVERAL HOURS, ALL OF WHAT HE SAID IS NOT RECORDED. WHAT WE HAVE IS PROBABLY MORE OF A HIGHLIGHT OF HIS SERMON, THE CLIFF NOTES VERSION. HE HAS HELD THESE SEVERAL THOUSAND LISTENERS IN THE PALM OF HIS HAND. WHAT JESUS IS SAYING IS A BREATH OF FRESH AIR, IT IS DIFFERENT, IT IS NEW, AND EXCITING.
THEY HAVE NEVER HEARD TEACHING LIKE THIS BEFORE. NOW, WE WILL EXAMINE HIS CONCLUDING REMARKS. REMEMBER THAT HE HAS JUST SAID, MANY WILL NOT MAKE IT. BECAUSE THIS IS TRUE- THEREFORE, THAT CONNECTING WORD, THAT IS THERE FOR A REASON, THESE TWO THOUGHTS ARE TIED TOGETHER. IF EVERYONE IS NOT GOING TO MAKE IT, WHO WILL? JESUS ANSWERS WITH TWO CONTRASTING PICTURES.
I. HOUSE BUILT ON THE ROCK
EVERYONE WHO HEARS- TO HEED, TO LISTEN TO, TO UNDERSTAND, MY WORDS, AND PUTS THEM INTO PRACTICE. THERE IS MORE INVOLVED HERE THAN JUST THE PASSIVE ACT OF LISTENING. IT IS NOT ENOUGH TO JUST HEAR THE WORDS OF JESUS. BECAUSE HE ADDS, PUT THEM INTO PRACTICE. DOETH THEM. TO ADOPT A WAY OF EXPRESSING BY ACTION THE THOUGHTS AND FEELINGS. YOU MUST NOT HEAR PASSIVELY- TO HEAR THAT WAY IS NOT ACTIVE HEARING. JESUS SAYS, DO THEM. ACT UPON THEM. TAKE THE WORDS AND PUT THEM INTO ACTION.