Ann Omley , Subjects: Wisdom , Children. Scripture: Matthew ; Luke Key: F. We sang a song that I learned when I was not more than a toddler. It was written in by Ann Omley.
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The song, of course, was based on a parable of Jesus. There are two accounts of the parable in the Bible, one from Matthew and one from Luke. They recount the parable in different words, but the message is the same. Wise men build on the rock while foolish men build upon the sand. Matthew recounts the parable this way:. 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:. 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.
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:. 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. Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will shew you to whom he is like:. He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock.
But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great.
Both accounts talk about building on a sure foundation Rocks are solid and have endured a great deal of adversity, while sand is porous and unstable, can be blown around by the slightest wind and can be washed away with very little water. It is clear: No matter how well you build the rest of your house, the foundation is the most important — so it is with nations.
The founding principles of our nation were built on rock-solid Biblical values. The Constitution was firm and reliable, based on truth. It stood the test of time but is now being eroded by doctrines and philosophies that are based on theories that shift with the opinions of the public. Work ethic has nothing to do with it. Our religious liberties are becoming a rapidly deflating beach ball batted back and forth by candidates who seem to have no clue what they are playing with.
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How can a nation of gender-disturbed people teach children to be strong fathers and mothers for the next generation? How can people destroy national pride and patriotism without engendering civil strife and weakening our national security? How can a nation abandon the God of this nation, even Jesus Christ, and still expect to be protected in perilous times?
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How can we build our house upon the sand and not expect to get washed away? They are stirring the pot of anger and divisiveness. They are allowing us to grab whatever we want, no matter how it hurts the people around us. They are not quietly reminding us that kindness and sharing is the way to peace. They are helping us to give up our firm foundation of individual rights and laws for a castle of sand. Our pastor preached on this yesterday. Let's me know how much I have been in sinking sand.
Going to build back upon the Solid Rock -Jesus Christ. Simple powerful very effective.
The parable of the wise man and the foolish man by seanb88 | Teaching Resources
God bless you. Perfect for the lesson I'm teaching in Sunday school today about the wise and foolish man. Teaching is good and very clear. Only those who really do what Jesus says can know the truth. Thank you. Need more lessons for preaching. Wants you to help with more interesting version to preach. May God Bless You.
Thank you very much for sharing! However, I think there's more to the parable of the two builders. This parable was a conclusion to a long sermon Jesus gave on the mount Starting from Matthew 5, and if we can carefully read what Jesus is saying, we will see that none of us can actually do all that Jesus is requiring. In fact, Jesus said in Matthew , "For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven", and immediately most of us think that all the Pharisees and Scribes of those days are evil!
If we think that was what Jesus meant, that will be similar to thinking that all Pastors or teachers are evil too, because just like there are self-seeking Pharisees and Scribes in those days, there are also Pastor and teachers who are wolves in sheep clothing today.
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Rather, Jesus knows that the people acknowledge that the Pharisees and Scribes, who are entrusted with God's holy temple, teachers of God's law, were the most religious people. The people were probably saying to themselves, "who can do more than the Pharisees?? Therefore, when Jesus spoke this parable, He wasn't just telling the people what to do or what not to do, He was helping them to see how badly they are in need of a Savior! We as Christians are not better than the people of the world because of how good we keep the law of God. Just as there is only one difference between the two builders is the Rock, so it is that Faith in Jesus Christ and what He did on the Cross is the only difference between us and the people of the world.
It is with that Faith, and that Faith alone that we can begin to please God and follow Him!!!
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In conclusion, the Law of God is meant to be a mirror to show us who we really are and why we need a Savior, our Rock! The branches have to be in the Vine in order to produce good fruits. We assume we understand this story fully, but most of us don't! Sure, it's about where you build, isn't it? What do you mean - no? Well actually it's about when you build. How do you get that? Think about the context. In summer the ground would go rock hard. It was impenetrable with the tools of the day. But winter was the time to build. You had to get right through the soil, past the quagmire to the rock.
Everybody listening knew that, so why did Jesus tell them? It was using what everybody already knew as an anaolgy. This would have been absolutely clear to the people of the day. Sadly, our technological advances have blinded us to the reality behind the story. Thanks for explaining it again so clearly.
I love reading and sharing your readings and verses with the children at Tuluksak school story time hour's. I'm the Library Aide here since This is good to know God and Christ are helping us to build are lives on solid ground.. I am also going to use this while building gingerbread houses, for my Sunday school class.
Thank you and God bless.