Jesus closed the Sermon on the Mount with a parable to teach the importance of obedience. Last week we learned that the difference between wisdom and foolishness is not hearing Jesus’ teaching, it is doing what Jesus has taught. Wisdom begins with being “poor in spirit”, recognizing the need to be taught, to listen, to be patient, to be thorough, to be careful because wisdom understands that it is dependent upon obedience. Foolishness is brash, impatient, in a hurry, often stubborn and values doing things its way more than having things done well. Today we go deeper into the parable and we begin to find out why wisdom through obedience is so important for us. The Sermon on the Mount has been largely Jesus’ teaching about God’s character and the character in us that is important to God, but this final parable is Jesus warning us, protecting us and loving us because wisdom through obedience will save us great heartache but foolishness through disobedience will break our hearts and lead us down the wide way that ends in destruction. Today we are going to talk about the requirement of obedience, the reality of storms and the foundation of our hearts.

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