Summary: Jesus ends His Sermon on the Mount with the parable of the Two Builders, demonstrating the need to build your life on the Lord Jesus Christ.
The Two Builders
One of the economic indicators that are spoken about often is that of “home building.” In recent years, the building of new homes is “down” considerably, but Jesus takes a different look at SPIRITUAL HOUSE BUILDING in Matthew 7:24-27:
"Therefore everyone who hears THESE WORDS of Mine and acts on them, (DOES them) may be compared (“is an example of”) a wise man (“prudence of mind and heart”) who built (root word is “OIKOS”) his house (OIKOS- can mean: “House of God, tabernacle, home, household family, extended family”; metaphorically- “family of God, or the Church”) on the rock. 25 "And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded (established) on the rock. “
The Wise builder does not just hear with his ears but understands and comprehends with his mind and heart, and then acts upon them in his LIVING.
26 "Everyone who hears THESE WORDS of Mine and does not act on them, (does NOT DO them) will be like a foolish (moronic and godless) man who built his house on the sand. (NO FOUNDATION) 27 "The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and it fell -and great was its fall." (metaph.: to fall under judgment, from the verb meaning: came under condemnation)
Similarities of the Builders
Earlier in Chapter 7, Jesus taught us concerning two types of judging, two ways in life which produce two types of fruit, two different ways to view Jesus, two types of teaching, and “how to spot a false teacher”: He teaches that there are two different conditions of the human heart: a Kingdom of God-Heart in which Jesus is honored as SOVEREIGN LORD and God, or a kingdom-of-the-world-heart, which honors self and satan and which will result in eternal destruction.
There are a number of similarities in the parable of the TWO BUILDERS. Both are, or at least, SEEM to be, BUILDERS which means they are both alive and living in this life. (One actually must be a “pseudo” (false) builder because his house doesn’t stand.) Living your “LIFE” is really the significance of a “house that is built”.
Both BUILT houses. Both are active in house-building and both of them were able to complete their houses. I want you to take note that it doesn’t say that they built “perfect” houses; no “house” is perfect, just like no life is perfect.
It is important to note that both battled EQUAL ELEMENTS: Both houses (lives) received rain, floods, and wind. No life is without struggles, challenges, tests, and STORMS.
They both had the same privilege, in that both of them heard Jesus’ WORDS. These “words” would include ALL of the words of the Sermon on the Mount and all of God’s Words, not just the words of this story.
Differences of the Builders: The Wise Builder