24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house 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 on the rock. 26 Everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not act on them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. 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.”
Jesus contrasts two types of people. Those that hear Him and listen, and those that hear him and do not listen. One is wise, the other is a fool.
Jesus wants us to understand that obeying Him is a better foundation than disregarding what He says. From His point of view there is a greater stability to life if we live to His standards and within His boundaries. He uses the visual imagery of a building foundation to help us see this truth. Continue reading