“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. -Matthew 7:24-25 ESV
Jesus had just delivered his THESIS about how to LIVE this first life on this planet, in these TENTS. This TEACHING starts in Matthew 5 and ends here in Matthew 7. The final 2 verses of this chapter, closing out the SERMON ON THE MOUNT, stated the POWER of JESUS’ WAY! And when Jesus finished these sayings, the crowds were astonished at his teaching, for he was teaching them as one who had authority, and not as their scribes. (v 28,29) Jesus was giving us the instruction manual to be HIS slave, HIS CHILD, to be a co-heir to THE KINGDOM!
Leader, this PARADIGM shattering TRUTH ORATION started with HIM stating that the ‘Poor in Spirit’ are to be blessed eternally and goes onto challenge what the WORLD calls BLESSED! Salt and Light, His coming being the fulfillment of the Law and Prophets and then REDEFINES; murder and adultery. He continues by upsetting the NORMAL CART with RADICAL thinking about Divorce, Oaths, retribution and score-keeping- teaching us to LOVE our enemies; those who treat us like we are DEPLORABLE.
Conduit, Jesus teaches us about the power of our thoughts, our desires and tells us that life IS NOT FAIR and it IS HARD, as He instructs us to find the HARD PATH that leads to life- EVERLASTING. His closing thoughts before His wrap- up is the reality that SATAN deceives and PEOPLE can be fake- have DISCERNMENT. “Not everyone who calls out to me, ‘Lord! Lord!’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Only those who actually do the will of my Father in heaven will enter.” (v21) Then comes this TRUTH: everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.” (v26,27) You have your mission- Glorify God. Here is your VISION- your HOW! The TIME IS NOW, to LIVE IT- HBS!