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