Therefore whoever hears these sayings of mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man, which built his house on a rock:
The two houses in building; the two houses in the storm.
I. WE ARE ALL OF US BUILDERS. People are often building something quite different from what they fancy. A man fancies lie is building a fortune, when in reality he is building a prison for himself. Some persons go on building for sixty years, and have nothing to show worth calling a life.
II. If we would build safely and well WE MUST BUILD ON A RIGHT FOUNDATION. It is so in small things. The want of a good foundation does not always show at once, but sooner or later the trial comes.
1. Sometimes it is the temptations of worldly companionship and influence that try our foundations.
2. Sometimes it is sorrow.
3. Sometimes sickness searches out the hidden weakness of the foundation.
(E. R. Conder, D. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: 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: