I never meet a person that intentionally built something that would fail. It does not make sense. As Jesus stood there teaching and preaching every soul was amazed that He did not teach like the scribes. If Jesus was here today, I wonder how many people would ask Him for His sources. He frequently said, “I tell you” as deriving authority from Himself unlike the scribes who quoted oral tradition or a teaching from a known Rabbi. What a powerful lesson for us today. “It was His work to present the truth. His words shed a flood of light upon the teachings of patriarchs and prophets, and the Scriptures came to men as a new revelation. Never before had His hearers perceived such a depth of meaning in the word of God.” Do you want to build your house on the solid “Rock”? Let’s follow Jesus’ example and believe in His Word and preach it like He did.
“Do not judge so that you will not be judged. 2 For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and [a]by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you. 3 Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? 4 Or how [b]can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ and behold, the log is in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.
6 “Do not give what is holy to dogs, and do not throw your pearls before swine, or they will trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.
Prayer and the Golden Rule
7 “[c]Ask, and it will be given to you; [d]seek, and you will find; [e]knock, and it will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. 9 Or what man is there among you [f]who, when his son asks for a loaf, [g]will give him a stone? 10 Or [h]if he asks for a fish, he will not give him a snake, will he? 11 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him!
12 “In everything, therefore, [i]treat people the same way you want [j]them to treat you, for this is the Law and the Prophets.
The Narrow and Wide Gates
13 “Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. 14 For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.
A Tree and Its Fruit
15 “Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. 16 You will [k]know them by their fruits. [l]Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles, are they? 17 So every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 So then, you will [m]know them by their fruits.
21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. 22 Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many [n]miracles?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.’
The Two Foundations
24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and [o]acts on them, [p]may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 And the rain fell, and the [q]floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock. 26 Everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not [r]act on them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. 27 The rain fell, and the [s]floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and it fell—and great was its fall.”
28 [t]When Jesus had finished these words, the crowds were amazed at His teaching; 29 for He was teaching them as one having authority, and not as their scribes.
There are so many teaching in this chapter. Let’s compare to what we saw.
First, this part what stands out is that the judging that Jesus speaks about is the type that hypocrite do. It is not the latter one that Jesus speaks about how we are suppose to know who is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. To know the difference we have to judge its fruits. Here, Jesus speaks that His followers would not be concern about criticizing and condemning others. This is exactly what the Pharisees did especially when Jesus talked and ate with the Publicans and Sinners (Luke 15). Jesus followers would self examine themselves first to ensure that they are not committing any sins. Can the blind lead the blind. So therefore can Christian teach someone else when the Christian is blind himself?
Second, Jesus counsels us not to seek persecution by casting our pearls before swine. The Kingdom of God cannot be forced on anyone it must be willingly received. Jesus wants us to be smart about our witness approach. It is only our jobs to spread the seed where it is possible and leave the rest to the Holy Spirit.
Third, Jesus’ word are too clear about prayer. He compares God with a human. what a contrast. If a human friend can give good things when asked how much more our Heavenly Father? In three different ways Jesus assures us that our prayers will be answered: ask, seek, knock. What is it that God would give us if we pray? what is good, you see God does not guarantee us that we would get exactly what we ask for but what do you prefer what you think is good for you or what God thinks it is good for you? It’s a self explanatory question.
Fourth, Of course we have all heard about the Golden Rule (GR). But what is the Law and the Prophets (L&P)? because the L&P = GR. Do you see that? L&P is the Old Testament, that is that Jesus is not teaching something new but explaining it in a new way. No wonder they said He taught with authority. This reminds me of when Jesus said the commandments of Love the Lord with all your heart, soul, and mind then Love your neighbor as yourself for on these two commandments hang the L&P Matthew 22:40. If you love me keep my your commandments. So in other words we would follow the GR because we love our neighbor and God and thus fulfill the commandments of Jesus and the Old Testament. WOW!!! I’m getting excited!!!!
Fifth, the Truth is not the most popular or easy. When has it been popular or easy to do the previous things that we have talked about. Well… But those who would be Saved will follow Jesus teaching. I want to walk in through the narrow gate do you?
Sixth, Have you ever been deceived by a TV or computer ad? I have. Supposedly the product that I order was the best thing since sliced bread or an Ipad 4. But when i opened the box it came to me that it was only a cheap piece of nothing. That feeling is not a pleasurable one trust me. So Jesus wants to protect us from ever experiencing that in our spiritual life. The fruits that He is talking about are in Gal 5:22 and other places. I have always heard that young people can sniff out a fake from miles away. Let’s make sure that we do that by comparing everything with our Bible like the Bereans (Acts 17).
Seventh, this section can be the one of the most scary parts of the Bible. Not everyone that appears to be a good Christian will make it to Heaven. Why not? it seems that they were doing all the right things, but were they?. In that day, Judgement day what are we going to say? The reason this type of Christians wont make it is because they do lawlessness. In a synonymous word sin. Check out 1 John 4:3, Your version may say the transgression of the law is sin or the transgression of the law is lawlessness. So I can be a Christian and still mess up. Well, this topic about what is sin is important to study, because it will keep us out of Heaven.
Eight, What are you going to build your house on? For me and my household we will serve the Lord. I ask that God will help us to take His word and let Him establish us in the Truth. For the Bible says is your word is truth John 17:17. Truth=Word=Jesus. Therefore I must believe Jesus the Truth and let Him do what He says He wants to do in my heart. ” I will write my laws in your mind and heart” Hebrews 10:16.
May the Lord bless you.
Scripture taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE®, Copyright © 1960,1962,1963,1968,1971,1972,1973,1975,1977,1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.