The House Built on the Rock

(Matthew 7: 24-28)

So, everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts upon them, will be like a sensible man who built his house upon the rock. This comparison of illustration takes us to the parable of the Sower, who sowed his seeds on different soils; but only one fell on good ground, which produced fruit in abundance. YAHSHUA then said, For whoever who has, to him will more be given and he will be furnished richly so that he will have abundance; bur him who has not, even what he has will be taken away (Mat. 13:12). What does it tell us? Listening to the word of God with the heart and understanding, it will make us wise and fit to face the storms of life, because our faith is firmed on YAHSHUA, the Author and Consummator of it. More knowledge and more understanding will come to those who hide the Word of God in their heart in order to follow and to depend on it. You see, the house here is our faith. Faith on God, on His word, His promises without waving or doubting, but believing with confidence. Do not therefore, fling away your fearless confidence, for it carries a great and glorious compensation of reward; for you have need of steadfast patience and endurance, so that you may perform and fully accomplish the will of God, and thus receive and carry away what is promised (Heb. 10:35-36). The strength of our faith will prove itself in times of trials; Its genuineness will shine when tested.  Our faith is the building block of and YAHSHUA, the foundation, the Rock on Whom our faith is built. 

Comparing this to a physical house, we well know the importance of location, materials and the foundation for the building of a house in order to be strong and to endure storms of any kind. “There is no place like home” it is said and experienced when we are away for a while. The feeling of security one feels at home, not only for the strength of its foundation, but for the warmth of family nested in that home. A house is never a home, unless it is filled with family members. For a house, it is only an empty structure with divisions to accommodate the needs of the family or person. In any case, it is good to be found in a place where the roof does not leak in times of heavy rain, where the foundation does not rattle when the winds hit it. It is all together comfortable knowing that. YAHSHUA’S illustration of comparison should have hit the understanding of those who were hearing Him, for it was a very practical illustration; it touched everyone’s understanding of the matter.

Author: Jacinta da Cruz Rodgers

I have been committed to teaching the truth of the Word of God beginning with Trans World Radio on Bonaire, N.A and Swaziland, Africa (1969-1980), then through churches in the United States in both English and Portuguese and then through ministry in Israel (2005-2006). This ministry continues through local Bible studies and outreach to the world via the internet. I have written a book about my life from that of an orphan in Brazil to missionary in 5 countries. You can find out more on the "Book" page of our blog site.

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