The Wise Man Does the Word
- Date: June 19, 2017
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: “Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:” (Matthew 7:24)
- From Faith That Prevails
I want to talk about the simplicity of child-like faith, of coming and trusting God absolutely. Proverbs says trust in the Lord-Proverbs 3-"Trust in the LORD with all thine heart…." Do you believe He'll catch you when you fall? Doesn't the Scripture tell us that His eyes are upon the sparrow? He knows how many sparrows drop in a day. He knows the hairs upon our head. How much more does He care for us; amen? Now, we all respond immediately, "Yeah, I believe He'll catch me." How many of you would say, "I'm sad to say it, but there's been times in my life-and some even recently-where I haven't trusted Father." Anybody? I raised my hand first, you know. It's not natural to us. We're Adam's kids. We partook of that fruit that made us our own gods and made us to trust in our own wisdom and caused us to be the ones that would judge what's good, what's evil, what's right, how justice should be applied. And what came along with that package is a distrust for God. And as regenerated people, as Christians, we're warring constantly to press that Adamic nature down, aren't we? We hate that self-sufficiency that rises up. We hate our own personal godliness that rises up. It's better to trust in God than to trust in self; lean not to your own understanding, Proverbs says. Verse 5, "Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. [Verse 7-] Be not wise in thine own eyes: [reverence] the LORD, and depart from [unbelief, from] evil. [And this walk of faith, this walk of trusting and relying in God] shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones." And so we're looking for that simplistic walk, that trust in God.
Now, most of us here said we trust God and that we've entrusted our lives to Him, but let's look at a couple of practical things. Turn over to Matthew for just a moment. I love these few passages here in Matthew. There are so many miracles in these few verses that we want to look at, you know, as we get through the Sermon on the Mount in chapters 5, 6 and 7, the doctrine. Jesus establishes doctrine in 5, 6 and 7, and then He starts off in 8 and begins to teach practical life and practical application. He ends the doctrinal segment of this teaching in Chapter 7, verse 24, "Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and [what?-] doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:" Whosever hears My sayings and takes them under advisement. Whosever hears My sayings and can quote them to others. Whosoever hears My sayings and admires them and puts them up with Gandhi and Confucius. No, whosever hears My sayings and doeth them is a wise man and builds his house upon a rock.
And He ends this by saying, "And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine: For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes" (Matthew 7:28-29). Not as just most teachers; He knew God. He taught them in these sayings that you have to die to your own lusts; you have to come off the throne; you have to begin to serve others; you have to do unto others as you would have them to do unto you. You have to turn the other cheek. And all these things cause flesh to rise up. How many of you are into the "turning the other cheek" part of this thing? How many of you would rather give an eye for an eye and tooth for a tooth? Okay. But see, as Jesus becomes more real to us, as we embrace true biblical faith in God, guess what? You know why we want an eye for eye? We want to determine what's just and what's not just.