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                                    of either because he could not turn an arch, or fix a truss; evidently they were

                   both skilled workmen.”

(2.)   When Jesus says concerning the foolish man’s home, “great was its fall” suggests to us that the house was a magnificent one. 


III. We arrive at a principle that Charles Spurgeon speaks about in a sermon he once gave

      about this parable.

      A. Both builders in a sense, want the same thing. 

      B. Spurgeon: The wise and the foolish man were both engaged in precisely the same

           avocations, and to a considerable extent achieved the same design; both of them

           undertook to build houses; both of them persevered in building; both of them

           finished their houses. The likeness between them is very considerable. They

           were equally impressed with the need of building a house; they perceived the

           necessity of shelter from the heavy rains; they were alike desirous of being

           shielded from the floods, and screened from the wind; the advantage of a house to

           dwell in was evident to both.

       C. But Spurgeon points out another major difference between the two builders.

            1. Spurgeon: One chief apparent difference between the two probably

               was this, that one of them built his house more quickly than the other. The wise

               man had to spend a deal of time in excavation work. Luke tells us that he dug

               deep, and laid his foundation on a rock. Now that rock-blasting, that carving and

               cutting of the hard granite must have consumed days and weeks. The foolish

               builder had not this delay to encounter; the sand was all smooth and ready for

               him; he was able to commence at once to lay his courses of brick, and raise the

               walls with all rapidity. 

       D. The foolish man was a hard worker, to a certain point.

            1. Spurgeon: Once more, these two builders both persevered and finished their

                structure.  The foolish man did not begin to build, and then cease his work

                because he was not able to finish; but, as far as I know, his house was finished

                with as much completeness as the other; and, perhaps, furnished quite as well.

                If you had looked at the two structures, they would have seemed equally

                complete from basement to roof, and yet there was a great difference between

                them in a most essential point. 

                a.  That most essential point is the foundation.  The foolish man does

                     everything right…on the surface.  For as Spurgeon points out, there is

                     another common bond the buildings both face. 

                     (1.) Spurgeon: The buildings face the same trials.    


IV. Clarke:  In Judea, and in all countries in the neighborhood of the tropics, the rain

      sometimes falls in great torrents, producing rivers, which sweep away the soil from

      the rocky hills; and the houses, which are built of brick only dried in the sun, of

      which there are whole villages in the east, literally melt away before those rains, and

      land-floods occasioned by them. There are three general kinds of trials to which the

      followers of God are exposed; and to which, some think, our Lord alludes here: First,

      those of temporal afflictions, coming in the course of Divine Providence: these may

      be likened to the torrents of rain. Secondly, those which come from the passions of

      men, and which may be likened to the impetuous rivers. Thirdly, those which come

      from Satan and his angels, and which, like tempestuous whirlwinds, threaten to carry

      every thing before them. He alone, whose soul is built on the Rock of ages, stands all

      these shocks; and not only stands in, but profits by them.

Both houses are hit, but only one survives. 

1. The foolish builder?  He has nowhere else to go.  Those without Christ have no

     -where else to go.

During times of crisis in our lives, we can question faith and belief.

      Let us not fall into the temptation of fleeing the Christian house when the troubles

           arrive.  The winds and rain and storm begin and people are tempted to go outside

           where the floods are rather than staying in the house where protection is promised.

           For the house will remain because the foundation is Christ himself, as Paul writes

           at 1 Corinthians 10:4 “that Rock was Christ”.     

      C. Matthew Henry makes the point that the rock is something the builder does not

           make.  He simply depends on it, which is the exercise of faith.

           1.  Henry: There is a rock provided for us to build this house upon, and that rock

                is Christ. He is placed for a foundation, and no other foundation can man

                place.  Christ in us is so we must ground our hopes of heaven upon the fullness

                of Christ's merit, for the pardon of sin, the power of his Spirit, for the

                sanctification of our nature, and the prevalence of his mediation, for the

                conveyance of all that good which he has purchased for us. The church is built

                upon this Rock, and so is every believer. He is strong and immovable as a rock

                we may venture our all upon him, and shall not be made ashamed of our hope. 


Prayer: Lord, we are grateful for that faith that by your grace you have allowed us to embrace.  We seek that by your strengthening, we would, in our times of crisis, remain in the house upon the foundation of yourself.  From that foundation, may all of our life’s activities by done.  A