PART VIII: THE MISCELLANEOUS PARABLES
The parable of the Two Housebuilders is found both in Matthew 7:24-27
and Luke 6:46-49.
"Therefore everyone who hears these
words of mine and puts them into practice
is like a wise man who built his house on
The rain came down, the streams rose,
and the winds blew and beat
against that house; yet it did not fall,
because it had its foundation on the
But everyone who hears these words
of mine and does not put them into
practice is like a foolish man who built
his house on sand.
The rain came down, the streams rose,,
and the winds blew and beat against
that house, and it fell with
a great crash." (Matthew 7:24-27, New
"Why do you call me, `Lord, Lord,'
and do not do what I say? I will show
you what he is like who comes to me and
hears my words and puts them into
practice. He is like a man building a
house, who dug down deep and laid the
foundation on rock. When a flood came,
the torrent struck that house but could
not shake it, because it was well built.
But the one who hears my words and does
not put them into practice is like a man
who built a house on the ground without a
foundation. The moment the torrent
struck that house, it collapsed and its
destruction was complete." (Luke
6:46-49, New International Version).
The climate in Palestine is like Southern California in
many ways. Riverbeds are dry most of the year, except when
winter and spring rains come, followed by floods. (BEACON
BIBLE COMMENTARY, MATTHEW, By Ralph Earle, p. 90). The
picture is a sandy area on which two housebuilders each build
a house. They appear the same, except that one dug down to
bedrock (Greek text, PETRA) and placed his foundation on
that. The other built his house on top of the sand.
Apparently one built his house on the sand (1) to avoid
work and (2) because he was short-sighted. (Barclay, DAILY
STUDY BIBLE SERIES, LUKE, p. ?).
The InterpretationJesus concludes his Sermon on the Mount with this parable.
Jesus, took two figures, rock and sand, and the subject
He was illustrating was the importance of foundation
in building life. It has reference to the whole
Manifesto (Sermon on the Mount) and to all the
teaching that had preceded it.
Every man is building something. He is building
something into which he can go and live, that will
create for him a refuge, a place of rest, a home
for his soul. (Morgan, NOTES ON THE PARABLES AND
METAPHORS OF OUR LORD, p. 29).
The characters and symbols of the story and the persons
and things that they represent in reality are:
1. First Housebuilder Christian
2. Second House builder Unbeliever
3. Rock Christ and His Teachings
4. Sand Substitutes for God and His Word
5. House Crash Failure During A Crisis
Jesus was an expert (1) in the Scripture and (2) in
life. [He was also a carpenter]. Jesus demanded two things
of us through this parable:
(1) We must listen to him.
(2) We must do: obedience.
(Barclay, DAILY STUDY BIBLE SERIES, MATTHEW, p.?).
In Lukeís account above, Jesus emphasized that it is not enough
to call him "Lord," that is, make a profession of faith in him
The trials and crises of life come to all people. Jesus
said that those who hear and heed his Word will stand firm
during the storms of life. Those who merely hear and do not
heed his Word will be devastated. Carr comments:
Both classes of men hear the word. .... Moreover
the two houses have externally the same appearance.
The great day of trial shows the difference. (Carr,
CAMBRIDGE GREEK TESTAMENT FOR SCHOOLS
AND COLLEGES MATTHEW, by A. Carr, pp. 142-143).
The greatest crisis of life will come when we must face
our Maker. If we have listened to Godís written Word and
obeyed him by accepting the Written Word (The Lord Jesus
Christ) into our hearts, we will stand justified in the presence
of God. If we have heard the Gospel and have rejected
Christ as our Lord and Savior, then we will be devastated.
GOD REQUIRES THAT WE LISTEN TO
HIM AND THAT WE OBEY HIM.
If we listen to God and obey him as a lifestyle, we have
fulfilled what Jesus was teaching in this parable. If we
listen to him and do not do his will, then there are at least
three possible problems: (1) We have rejected truth:
My dear brothers, take note of this:
Everyone should be quick to listen, slow
to speak and slow to become angry....
Do not merely listen to the word, and
so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.
(James 1:19,22, New International
(2) We have only mental assent, a substitute for Biblical
faith. Or, (3) We have genuine faith but are not exercising