The House built on The Rock…
“Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them,
I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock:
and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew
and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.
“But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand:
and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.”
And so it was, when Jesus had ended these sayings, that the people were astonished at His teaching,
for He taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.
Some things to consider?
For the Hebrews, water sometimes represented spirit (ala’ when Christ gave up His spirit, water poured from His heart, baptism in water, water turned to wine/spirit turned to flesh/Holy Spirit manifests itself in Christ to produce His first miracle, etc…).
Spirit was also represented as wind (Jesus breathed the Holy Spirit upon The Apostles, Jesus let out His last breath and died, etc…).
House often referenced a church (“Did you not know I’d be in My Father’s house?” when Jesus was found teaching in the Temple, Jesus calls the Temple His Father’s house when turning over the tables of the money changers, etc…).
Sand, made of soil; man is made of soil.
Best for last…rock, foundation of The Church,The Rock…Peter.
Matthew 7 then?
Those who build their churches on men, their churches are destined to fall apart when tested by the spirits of descent, of jealousy, of courruption, of discourse, of disagreement, etc…
(can we say 34,000+ denominations?)
Where those who adhere to The Church that was built upon Saint Peter The Rock, their Church will stand firm in the face of adversity and the storms of life.
Now, which Church is it that has shown itself to be built upon The Rock?