Matthew 7:24-27 (NLT) – Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock…But anyone who hears my teaching and doesn’t obey it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand. When the rains and floods come and the winds beat against that house, it will collapse with a mighty crash.
The Gospel of Matthew includes many allusions to Exodus. We see this in several of the “mountaintop” narratives, such as the Sermon on the Mount, the Transfiguration, and the Great Commission. Here, in the conclusion to the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus emphasizes the importance of obedience in the life of a true disciple. Listening, hearing, and understanding is simply not enough. A true disciple must be wise and not foolish.
“The ‘fool’ (transliterated ‘moron’) is defined as the obverse, namely, the one who hears but fails to practice Jesus’ teachings. No one in Palestine would build a home on sand…In Psalms and Proverbs ‘fools’ are those who leave God out of their life.” [Obsborne, Exegetical Commentary on the NT, p. 276]
In Christ, we are equipped in every way to live wisely, actively choosing and inviting God into every aspect our lives.
Let us pray for the Spirit’s empowering to live a life of obedience, and worship to the song “Build My Life” by Housefires.