The Rain Descended

Jesus tells us about two kinds of people in Matthew 7:24-29. They have different foundations, and their foundations determine the outcome of their lives.

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The Rain Descended

Matthew 7:24-29

  • Sometimes the world is rather black and white
  • Not always, but often
  • And in the case of today’s text, we have two kinds of people
  • They represent two kinds of people in the world
  • Jesus calls them “a wise man” and “a foolish man”
  • They are called this based on the choices they make
  • Both are given the same instructions from Christ
  • One believes and does what Jesus says, the other does not
  • All who have heard Jesus’ words can be put in one of these two categories
  • The obedient and the disobedient
  • And this passage of scripture tells us about the results
  • We hear what happened when “The Rain Descended”
  • As we spend some time in Matthew 7:24-29 today
  • We’re in a very well-known passage of scripture today
  • It is essentially about our foundation of life
  • Is our life built upon something strong and durable?
  • Or something that is unsteady and easily undermined?
  • There are songs about this passage
  • The foundation materials mentioned may have become a bit cliché
  • But the issues the passage brings up are actually quite serious
  • When difficulties and hardships come, will our lives crumble or will we stand strong?
  • The issues at hand here are not theoretical
  • People build their lives upon something
  • We all do
  • And that which we build upon will either hold up or it won’t
  • Let’s get into the passage…

Matthew 7:24

24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:

  • The person that hears Jesus’ sayings…which sayings?
  • We have to believe He is speaking comprehensively
  • He is certainly not just talking about a few words or phrases
  • He’s talking about His entire message
  • The message that some of those present heard in person
  • And certainly the message of Him that is recorded for us in scripture
  • But it’s not just enough to hear them
  • We must do them
  • Embrace them, believe them, make them our foundation for life
  • Because if we do, we will be compared to a wise man
  • He is wise because He built his house upon rock
  • The wise man’s foundation is right
  • Just as the obedient man’s foundation is right
  • Both are solid and secure and unshakeable
  • The first thing we have to believe about Jesus is that He is the Savior
  • The way the truth and the life – and that no man can come to the Father but by Him
  • Because He died in our place and for our sin, was buried, and rose again the third day
  • And then we must believe all that He taught and lived out in the world
  • He must be our example and His words must be our guide
  • When this is the case, we are on rock-solid ground
  • We are prepared for whatever life may bring
  • And it brings many thing…

Matthew 7:25

25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.

  • The wise man is not spared from rains and flood
  • He still experiences the blowing of the wind
  • But his house does not fall
  • Through His relationship with Christ
  • And His obedience to Christ’s words
  • He has prepared himself to endure
  • Not because he is, in and of himself, any stronger or better than the foolish man
  • But he has a better foundation
  • The right foundation
  • A foundation of solid rock
  • The house may be weather-beaten when the storm has ended
  • A few of the windows may have blown in
  • The yard may be a mess
  • But the house still stands
  • Christ is our strength
  • And the instruction that He gives in His word is sufficient to live in this world
  • And to have victory
  • And to have peace
  • No doubt, things of immense difficulty will come
  • But those with the right foundation need not fear
  • There is another foundation
  • Jesus describes that in our next verse…

Matthew 7:26

26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:

  • Some will hear and do not what Jesus says
  • They will reject it
  • They will reject Him
  • Perhaps they will think they have a better way
  • Perhaps they will her someone else and build their lives on what that someone else says
  • Or perhaps they will simply be careless, never giving their foundation a second thought
  • They are like a foolish man
  • Who also builds a house
  • But builds it on a foundation that is not suitable
  • That won’t stand in trouble
  • Whatever this foolish man is building upon won’t seem like sand when he surveys it
  • It will look just fine to him at that time
  • He’ll make his calculations
  • And everything will add up
  • Until the rains come
  • And maybe this foolish man didn’t expect the rain
  • Even if he did, maybe he didn’t expect the flood
  • And perhaps he didn’t foresee winds that were quite this severe
  • Whatever the case, the foundation is not right
  • And the foolish man’s life is not ready for the storm…

Matthew 7:27

27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.

  • For the man who rejects Christ
  • The man who hears the message of the gospel, but does not embrace it
  • Destruction is his only end
  • Because the rains and floods and winds of the world keep coming
  • And only those with the right foundation will stand
  • Jesus describes this as quite a black and white issue
  • Accept Him and build upon the foundation of His word – this is wise
  • Reject Him and build upon some other foundation (any other foundation) – this is foolish
  • Your life will stand or will fall
  • Your life will be a success or a failure
  • You will have eternal life or eternal death
  • Based upon your foundation
  • Is He your foundation?
  • Is His word the basis for your life choices?
  • Are you His disciple?
  • Because the rains and floods and winds are coming
  • They may already be here
  • Don’t get your calculations wrong
  • Trust what Jesus says here
  • Listen to what the people around said on this day…

Matthew 7:28-29

28 And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine:

29 For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.

  • He was speaking from authority
  • Because He is the King of kings and the Lord of lords
  • Above all
  • The Savior of the world
  • And He pleads with us to be wise, not foolish
  • To trust Him, to follow Him

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