The Wise Builder. Matt. 7:24-27

Written by admin on February 11th, 2008

Jesus was a carpenter. I can imagine that on rainy days some of the local craftspeople in the village of Nazareth gathered in the shop and shared stories. And I imagine that the accounts concerning both wise and foolish builders were included in the stories.

Jesus draws upon these to conclude the Sermon on the Mount. Earlier he had pictured the Christian life as a journey, then as a living product, and now he round the set of illustrations out with a picture of a set of builders.

The wise builder uses a solid rock for his foundation. I believe that he returned to this picture in the famous conversion between himself and Peter found in Matthew 16:13-20. Here Jesus declares that his church will be built on the solid rock of the acknowledgment that Jesus in the very son of God.

We might continue that the foolish builder uses Satanic sand for his foundation. It seems that almost every year we are reminded of he foolish builders when rains cause mud slides and multi-million dollar homes slide down hills in California and are crushed.


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