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 rock. – Matthew 7:25
Jesus closes the Sermon on the Mount by letting us know it’s not good enough to just hear His words… they must also be obeyed. He refers to the man who would hear and obey to a man who built his house on a rock, and the man who hears and does not obey to a man who built his house on sand.
Palestine was a land of hills and mountains. It was subject to sudden and violent rains. The Jordan became rapid, so the streams running among the hills, whose channels would have usually been dry, became suddenly swollen with the rain. It would quickly pour down into the plains below, sweeping away everything, including poorly built houses.
If a house was built on sand or shaky base, obviously it would not stand. The rising, bursting stream would cause the house to fall. SPLAT… as the song says! Rocks in that country were common, and it was easy to secure them to build a solid foundation. Those who are wise did so.
This was a comparison that every Jew could relate to. They understood exactly what Jesus was saying. If you are wise, you will not only hear the teachings, but obey them. Foolish men will listen but not allow the words to speak to their spirit.
Just as they were given a choice then, we are given the same choice today. We can be wise and obey the words of Christ, or we can continue in our foolishness. Will we stand on the Rock or will we build on sinking sand? 🙂