Daily Scripture Series – July 13th

“Everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.” (Matthew 7:24)

Concluding His teaching on values of kingdom living, Jesus said, “Everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.” The fierce winds blew, but the house survived. In contrast, the person who hears and yet doesn’t obey, “is like a foolish man who built his house on sand”. The fierce winds blew, and the house collapsed under the intensity of the storm. Jesus presented His audience with two options: build your lives on the solid foundation of obedience to Him or on the unstable sand of your own ways.

We too have to make a choice. Will we build our lives on Jesus and obedience to His words or disobedience to His instruction? By the Holy Spirit’s help, we can choose to build our lives on Christ.

Daily Questions

  1. How have you experienced what it means to have Jesus as the foundation of your life?
  2. In what areas is He inviting you into greater obedience?

Daily Thoughts

Jesus, help us to abide in You so that when the storms rise and the winds blow, we’ll remain true to You-established forever  by Your grace.

Matthew 7:24-27

“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 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. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.” 

Bonus Information

Though the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7) often considered the starting point of Jesus’ public ministry, it actually began in Matthew 4, where He began preaching the kingdom, gathering disciples where He began preaching the kingdom, gathering disciples, and performing miracles. When Matthew 5:1 says that Jesus was followed by crowds, those crowds were the result of the work He’d started in Matthew 4. The Sermon on the Mount launches the basic structure around which Matthew will tell the story of Jesus. It’s the first of five major addresses Matthew records story of Jesus. It’s the first of five major addresses Matthew records and which form the backbone of his gospel. Some scholars speculate that Matthew presented his gospel based on five messages because his primary audience was Jewish, and they already revered the five books of Moses and the book of Psalms, which is divided into five books. As such, they were accustomed to dealing with content in groups of five.

 

One thought on “Daily Scripture Series – July 13th

  1. Yes, the challenges of TRUTH. As I read this verse, two reactions. I got a bit irritated, not at Gods words, at myself. Then my soul went right towards a justification. I know I am not doing this and now I am angry at myself. lol

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