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Dr. Walter D. Huyck Jr. D.Min.

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Sermon On The Mount

Build Upon The Rock

Matthew 7.24-29

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[Tourists stand in wondering admiration before some of the palaces of the old world that have endured for more than a thousand years without a crack or seam. The Pantheon at Rome stands just as it did well over two thousand years ago. This would be impossible had not its foundations been right. The Rialto Bridge that spans the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy was erected in 1588 A.D. It has stood as it now stands for over four centuries, but that bridge rests on twelve thousand piles driven deeply into the soil. What is true of buildings is also true of life. God cannot and will not build the Christian virtues into your life, or fill you with the Holy Spirit for His service, until the proper foundation of receiving Christ and Him crucified as your Savior and Lord has been laid.] [Author Unknown] 

[When considering the Rialto bridge we would have to acknowledge the success of this incredible construction.  This bridge has endured for more than 420 years.  That certainly demonstrates great success.  Everyone wants to succeed in life. We want to know that our life mattered.  If your life will be a success then you must build your life upon the rock.  You must get the right foundation under your life and build upon the rock.] 

[Your Heavenly Father wants you to succeed in life and you can only succeed in life through our Lord Jesus Christ, He says, build your life on the solid rock and your life will endure, your life will matter.] 

Notice in this passage: 

A.    An Enduring Foundation (vs 24-25) - [Foundations matter in engineering and construction.  The endurance of a building, bridge, or any other construction is wholly dependent upon the foundation upon which it is laid.  What is true in our physical world is true of our lives as well.  The foundation of your life is eternally important.  Build your life on the wrong foundation, or fail to lay a foundation at all, and your whole life’s work will be lost in the catastrophic results.  The foundation of your life matters!] 

Our Lord Jesus Christ essentially and undeniably says this at the end of this Sermon On The Mount.  He essentially says, don’t misunderstand the lesson of His message, and know that if your foundation is not correct that catastrophe will be the result.  But get the right foundation in place and you have a fortress that will stand through all of the trials and storms of life.  You will have a harbor of safety to protect you from the battering waves of life.] 

[Now, it is important that we understand what our Lord is really saying at the end of this Sermon on the Mount.  He is saying your foundation matters.  Our Lord waited to say this at the end of His message to emphasize how important it is for us to understand His message.  In other words, don’t take this lightly.  Don’t just brush this message off.  Hear what our Lord is saying because these are the essential foundation for everything else in your life.  Everything, absolutely everything, in your life will either stand or fall based upon the foundation revealed in this Sermon On The Mount.  Get your foundations right and everything else in your life will endure.] 

[In our text our Lord Jesus Christ helps us to understand what the sure foundation of our life consists of.  Notice, ] 

1.      The Faith (vs 24; Rom 4.19-22; 10.13-17; 1 Pet 2.2; James 1.23-25) [- Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, . . . – Faith is the key element in the foundation of your life.  But you must be certain that you fully understand what biblical faith really is.  Many in our day think that faith is merely one’s ability to believe something.  Now belief is a verb, but the word for faith in the New Testament is always a noun.] 

[Faith – πίστις (Gk) – faith, belief, trust, pr. Firm persuasion, confiding belief in the truth, veracity, reality of any person or thing.  I. As in classic Greek. 1 Pr. and genr. faith, belief; Acts 17,31 p¸stin papascñn psiv, see in parcw no.2. Rom 14,22 sÁ p°stin žxeiv, thou hast faith, i.e. art firmly persuaded. . . .[1]] 

[The injustice done by modern scholarship over the word faith in the Bible is to treat the word with ambiguity rather than the absolute firmness of a noun.  Even Robinson seems to tend toward a softening of the word faith and points toward Heb 11.1 as a Biblical definition of faith.  However, Heb 11.1 is not a definition of faith it is rather a description of the results of faith in ones life.  The only biblical definition of faith is found in Romans 4.19-22, which reads,] 

[Romans 4:19-22 19 And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sara's womb: 20 He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; 21 And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform. 22 And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness. ]

[Our Lord Jesus Christ in our text undeniably and clearly defines faith for us.  Notice what our Lord says,] 

a.       [Faith Hears -Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, . . . – You cannot obey anything that you do not know and you cannot know anything that you have not heard.  Listen to the Apostle Paul’s words,]  

[Romans 10:13-17 13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. 14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? 15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! 16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report? 17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.]

[You cannot have faith apart from hearing the Word of God.  The Word of God is absolutely essential to your Faith.  Our Lord Jesus Christ was God in the flesh and He said, . . .whosoever heareth these sayings of mine . . .when you hear Jesus you are hearing the Word of God.]

[You have your Bible in your hand.  Do you realize how important that Bible is to your life?  God says of that Bible,]

[1 Peter 2:2 2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: ]

[Psalm 119:103 103 How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth!]

[That Bible is the soil and fertilizer of your faith.  You need to understand that you cannot have biblical faith apart from that Bible.  If you want to grow your faith, what do you need to do?  You need to hunger and thirst for that Bible.]

[Faith hears, but it doesn’t just hear anything, biblical faith hears God!]

b.      Faith Heeds (James 1.23-25) [- . . . and doeth them, . . .Our Lord then goes on to reveal the second element in Biblical faith.  Biblical faith not only hears but I heeds.  Faith obeys.  Faith submits. Faith surrenders.  Listen to what James wrote,] 

[James 1:23-25 23 For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: 24 For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. 25 But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.]

[Our Lord Jesus Christ says you must hear Him and do what He has told you to do.  You must be a doer of His Word.  You must be a doer of the Word of God.]

[The late Adrain Rogers used to say,]

[Faith is to first Hear what God has said,]

Then you must believe what God has said,]

Then you must act on what God has said.]

[Faith is the key element in the foundation of your life.  Get your faith right and your foundation will be absolutely firm. But you must be certain that your faith is God’s kind of faith.]

2.      The Foundation (vs 24; Luke 6.47-48; 2 Tim 2.15; 2 Pet 1.10-11) [-  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: - When you get your Faith right and realize that your faith is built upon hearing and heeding the Word of God, then you will discover the true foundation of life.  Our Lord says that those who hear and heed Him are like a man that built his house on the rock.  What rock is Jesus talking about?  Luke wrote,]

[Luke 6:47-48 47 Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will shew you to whom he is like: 48 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.]

[Digged Deep - ἔσκαψεν καὶ ἐβάθυνεν (Gk) – Strong Concordance - v. Apparently a primary verb; GK 4999; Three occurrences; AV translates as “dig” three times. 1 to dig.[2] -  ἐβάθυνα; (1) transitively deepen, hollow out, excavate; (2) intransitively go down deep, dig deep [3] ]

[Hence, our Lord is saying, don’t take your faith lightly; it is the essential foundation of your life.  You need to dig down to establish a sure foundation for your life, and when you think you have dug far enough, dig deeper.  When you have dug deeper, dig again until you find the bed rock upon which to build your foundation.] 

[Consider what our Lord is saying and compare it to,] 

[2 Timothy 2:15 15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.]

[2 Peter 1:10-11 10 Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall: 11 For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. ]

[The Lord Jesus Christ is saying that it takes purposed and diligent work to establish a right and a sure foundation for your life.]

[So, how is your foundation?  Have you worked to be sure your foundation is the right foundation?  Have you dug down, and then dug again, and then dug again to be sure that the foundation of your life is upon the right foundation?  The only right foundation for your life is that you Hear and Heed the Lord Jesus Christ.]

3.      The Fortress (vs 25; Psalm 18.2) [- 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. -  A house built upon the right foundation will withstand.  This type of house will become a fortress for your life.  The Bible says,

[Psalm 18:2 2 The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.]

[What kind of fortress will this fortress of faith build upon the bed rock of the Lord Jesus Christ be?  This fortress will stand,] 

a.       [When the Rain of life falls upon it.] 

b.      [When the Floods of life batter against it.] 

c.       [When the Winds of life pull upon it.] 

[This is a sure and mighty fortress.  The old Hymn proclaims, (Soul Stirring Hymns, Page 161, A Mighty Fortress Is Our God)]

[A mighty fortress is our God, a bulwark never failing;
Our helper He, amid the flood of mortal ills prevailing:
For still our ancient foe doth seek to work us woe;
His craft and power are great, and, armed with cruel hate,
On earth is not his equal.]

[Did we in our own strength confide, our striving would be losing;
Were not the right Man on our side, the Man of God’s own choosing:
Dost ask who that may be? Christ Jesus, it is He;
Lord Sabaoth, His Name, from age to age the same,
And He must win the battle.]

[And though this world, with devils filled, should threaten to undo us,
We will not fear, for God hath willed His truth to triumph through us:
The Prince of Darkness grim, we tremble not for him;
His rage we can endure, for lo, his doom is sure,
One little word shall fell him.]

[That word above all earthly powers, no thanks to them, abideth;
The Spirit and the gifts are ours through Him Who with us sideth:
Let goods and kindred go, this mortal life also;
The body they may kill: God’s truth abideth still,
His kingdom is forever.]

[Do you have the enduring foundation of the Word of God in your life?  Have you dug deeper and established your life upon the Word and truth of the Lord Jesus Christ?  Is your Fortress build upon the solid rock of the Lord Jesus Christ?] 

B.     An Elusive Footing (vs 26-27) [- Our Lord does not stop by telling us how to establish a sure foundation for our lives.  But he goes on the explain the elusive footing of the trusted yet untrustworthy structures that many have built for their lives.  Now I say “many” based on the context of our passage for our Lord warned that many would go in through the wide gate taking the broad way to destruction (Matt 7.13).  Of These people our Lord says that they are,] 

1.      Marked by Rejection (vs 26; Rom 1.21-23) [-  And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, . . .  -  Notice that there are many who,] 

a.      [Have Heard - And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, . . . – They have heard the words of our Lord.  They have heard the Word of God.  Paul said of these,] 

[Romans 1:21-23 21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. 22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, 23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. ]

[Jesus clearly states that they have heard God and the Word of God] 

b.      [He Refused - . . . and doeth them not, . . . – Their problem is that when they heard instead of becoming obedient to God they refused God, they didn’t do what God asked them to do.  Paul said in the verses we just read from Romans that instead of being obedient they,] 

[Romans 1:21 . . . . became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. ]

[They know all about God, but they refuse to allow Jesus to be the Lord of their life.  They actually think they know better than God.  They will often say, “Yep, I know the Bible says that but it doesn’t mean what you think it means.”] 

[If you are not doing what God asks you to do in His Word then you are rejecting the Word of God and you are trying to establish something else as the foundation for your life.] 

2.      Marked by Rebellion (vs 26) [-  . . . shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:  - Instead of doing what God asks them to do these people, once they have rejected the Lord Jesus Christ will then go on to build a house.  They don’t just sit idly by and do nothing, they start building.  But as they begin they will proudly establish something else as their foundation other than the bed rock of the Word of God.] 

[Some will make their,] 

·         [Feelings their foundation – What they feel is right about life and God.] 

·         [Philosophies their foundation – What they think about life and God.] 

·         [Education their foundation – What they have been taught about life and God.]

·         [Prosperity their foundation – Surely if they have succeeded in life they must be right with God] 

[All of these are the shifting sands of life and they (and many others) will not have the strength to stand in life’s vicious storms.] 

[Building your life upon anything other than the Word of God is a mark of rebellion and demonstrates ones rejection of the Lord Jesus Christ.] 

3.      Marked by Ruin (vs 27; Ezek 13.10-14) [- 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. – Our Lord reveals what the end will be for those who strive to build their life on anything other than the Word and Will of the Lord Jesus Christ.  Their end will be ruin, it will be destruction, it will be dismay.  Ezekiel wrote,] 

[Ezekiel 13:10-14 10 Because, even because they have seduced my people, saying, Peace; and there was no peace; and one built up a wall, and, lo, others daubed it with untempered morter: 11 Say unto them which daub it with untempered morter, that it shall fall: there shall be an overflowing shower; and ye, O great hailstones, shall fall; and a stormy wind shall rend it. 12 Lo, when the wall is fallen, shall it not be said unto you, Where is the daubing wherewith ye have daubed it? 13 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; I will even rend it with a stormy wind in my fury; and there shall be an overflowing shower in mine anger, and great hailstones in my fury to consume it. 14 So will I break down the wall that ye have daubed with untempered morter, and bring it down to the ground, so that the foundation thereof shall be discovered, and it shall fall, and ye shall be consumed in the midst thereof: and ye shall know that I am the LORD.]

[Someone would cry, “What kind of love is that?  That God would bring such a storm and would destroy my life’s work.”  Why does God do such?  To reveal your foundation and in revealing your foundation, your loving God, is trying to cause you to see that you need the only sure foundation that can protect you in life.  What foundation is that?  It is none other than the Word of God and the Lord Jesus Christ.] 

[You must know, oh vain man, that your presumption and pride will lead to destruction, dismay and ruin in your life.] 

C.     An Enthroning Faith (vs 28-29) [ - Now our Lord brings this Sermon on the Mount to a conclusion.  We have studied it diligently and completely.  We have heard our Lord describe,]  

·         [The Character that ought be in us.]

·         [The Conduct that ought to pour out of us.]

·         [The Caution that ought to guide us.] 

[Now we must respond to all that our Lord has taught us.  Make no mistake about it; you are making choices even as I speak.  You have been making choices with each passing message in this series of sermons.  And now the Bible reveals how people responded to our Lord’s Sermon On The Mount.  There were those who,] 

1.      Rendered Applause (vs 28) [- And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine: - Many hear the Sermon on the Mount, or any other passage of scripture for that matter, and they just do not know how to respond.  This is exactly what is expressed in our text.  Notice,] 

[Astonished - ἐξεπλήσσοντο (Gk) - from ek (1537), an intens., and plé̄ssō (4141), to strike. To strike out, force out by a blow, but found only in the sense of knocking one out of his senses or self–possession, to strike with astonishment, terror, admiration. In the NT only in the pass., to be struck with astonishment, admiration, to be amazed (Matt. 13:54; 19:25; Mark 6:2; 7:37; 10:26; Luke 2:48).] [Followed by epí (1909), upon, with the dat. (Matt. 7:28; 22:33; Mark 1:22; 11:18; Luke 4:32; 9:43; Acts 13:12).[4]]  

[It carries the idea of a boxer being struck and dazed.  These were so amazed they really didn’t know what to do.  There was so much in this Sermon on the Mount and its message was so different that people would have to think about it and then try to figure out what to do with everything that Jesus had said.  They applauded the Lord Jesus Christ for His great and profound message, but then what?] 

[Isn’t that what many do who come to Church?  They hear the message,  and on the way out of the building they say, “Great message preacher.”  But then what?] 

[Folks, our Lord Jesus Christ just said what you need to do in our text.  Don’t just hear the Word of God and forget it.  Do something with it.  Hear it and heed it.  Obey the things the God has asked you to do.] 

[Applause without impact is nothing more than a sandy foundation for your life.  Dig into the Word of God, and then dig deeper, and then even deeper, until it becomes a foundation for our life.] 

2.      Recognize Authority (vs 29) [- For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. – Our Lord taught with authority because the Lord Jesus Christ is the only true authority in life.  Make no mistake about it, fail to recognize who the Lord Jesus Christ is and ruin will mark your life in eternity to come.  Yield to the Lordship of the Lord Jesus Christ in your life and the Word of God and you will have an eternal and sure foundation for your life.] 

 


[1] A Greek and English Lexicon of the New Testament, By Edward Robinson, Published by Harper & Brothers, 1850, Original from the University of California, Digitized Feb 14, 2008, 803 pages 

[2]Strong, J. (1996). The exhaustive concordance of the Bible : Showing every word of the text of the common English version of the canonical books, and every occurrence of each word in regular order. (electronic ed.) (G4626). Ontario: Woodside Bible Fellowship.

[3]Friberg, T., Friberg, B., & Miller, N. F. (2000). Vol. 4: Analytical lexicon of the Greek New Testament. Baker's Greek New Testament library (86). Grand Rapids, Mich.: Baker Books.

[4]Zodhiates, S. (2000, c1992, c1993). The complete word study dictionary : New Testament (electronic ed.) (G1605). Chattanooga, TN: AMG Publishers.

 

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