Tuesday, December 14, 2021
26-27 “But if you just use my words in Bible studies and don’t work them into your life, you are like a stupid carpenter who built his house on the sandy beach. When a storm rolled in and the waves came up, it collapsed like a house of cards.”
28-29 When Jesus concluded his address, the crowd burst into applause. They had never heard teaching like this. It was apparent that he was living everything he was saying—quite a contrast to their religion teachers! This was the best teaching they had ever heard.
-Matthew 7:26-29 The Message
Verse 26: And everyone who hears these words of Mine, and does not act on them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand.
Verse 26 study: A house of cards crumbles just like a fool’s life crumbles. It is not intentional to build on a false or inferior foundation. The problem is most people don’t put thought into life’s purpose. As a result, many people are headed for destruction; it’s not out of stubbornness but thoughtlessness. One way as believers is to help people stop and think about where their lives are headed and point out the consequences of ignoring Christ’s message.
Verse 27: And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; it fell—and its collapse was great.”
Verse 28: When Jesus had finished these words, the crowds were amazed at His teaching;
Verse 29: for He was teaching them as one who had authority, and not as their scribes.
Verse 29 study: The religious scholars, also called the scribes, cited traditions and quoted authorities to support their arguments and interpretations. Jesus spoke with a new authority, his own. He didn’t need to quote anyone because he was the original Word (John 1:1).
Matthew 7:28: Matthew 11:1; 13:53; 19:1; 26:1, Matthew 13:54; 22:33, Mark 1:22; 6:2; 11:18, Luke 4:32, John 7:46
Father, I ask today, how is my foundation? Do I pick wisely spiritual friends? What about studying your Word or spending time with you? Can I say for a fact that anytime that I have a situation that I depend on you for comfort? Today, I will learn my diagnosis in a few hours, whether I have cancer or disease. I would be lying if I said I’m not afraid. But being in your Word helped me over the last week as I keep waiting with no answers. I have a community that reminded me of Philippians 4:6-7 in prayer:
6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and pleading with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
I pray that my foundation is strong with you and that I will handle whatever is thrown at me and that I continue to depend on you. In Jesus’ name. Amen.