“Analysis of Matthew 7:24-27,” by Andrew J. Schatkin

“Analysis of Matthew 7:24-27,” by Andrew J. Schatkin

Ladies and gentlemen and my fellow discerners and thinkers you who reject political slogans, media falsehoods, and wish to join with me in another intellectual journey where both of us, whoever and wherever you are, determine to find truth and facts and do not choose to take the road of political correctness but will join with me in perhaps the route of political incorrectness and the road of intellectual honesty rather than political lies continually thrust on us by the forces pushed on us which we are forced to hear and even accept as true.

Let us take a walk seeking to understand the words once of Christ in Matthew chapter 7:24-27. Jesus says, ‘Everyone who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house upon the rock; and the rain fell and the floods came and the winds blew and beat upon that house but it did not fall because it had been founded on the rock; and everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house upon the sand and the rain fell and the floods came and the winds blew and beat against that house and it fell and great was the fall of it.’

My dear friends and thinkers, what are we once again to make of the eternal god and Christ who speaks to us in his holy word and speaks as he speaks to us from the precincts of heaven, informing us and bringing us to transformation in his image of the cross and his suffering and death for all humanity? How are we poor vulnerable and wanting humans to grasp and understand the words of the living god? I can only attempt to explain this passage, and interpret it within the limits of the limitations of my human mind as I am, and all men and women are, faced with the task of coming to terms with the words of the savior and redeemer of the world. The contrast here is between hearing and doing and hearing and not doing. Jesus’s interest here and what he is informing us is that those men and women who hear, meaning if they understand and apply his words and his wisdom, will endure and last as a house does which is based on a rock. The issue he presents and tells us here is that those who take up and live out his message are founded on eternal truth. Jesus means here that his words are a caution to a life of moral and ethical action that will gain the believer eternal life while those who hear but do not do them are like the foolish man who built his house upon sand and when the rain and floods came and the winds blew and beat against that house, it fell.

What does this mean? When there is no life application and action in a life of goodness and virtue, meaning not merely hearing but doing his words, that house will fall. What do I conclude here? Jesus is not concerned with false and outward piety, but with the life lived with purity and virtue. He is concerned with actions and deeds, not merely hearing and perhaps mouthing some religious phrases devoid of honest goodness.

Ladies and gentlemen, I have attempted an interpretation of the words of the holy god in holy scripture and see this as a privilege and honor and welcome your comments at a.schatkin48@gmail.com.