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I’d Be a Fool For You

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus made it clear that life has clear cut choices and those choices have consequences that are significant in life here and in eternity. In Matthew 7, Jesus tells the hearers about two roads with two gates and two destinations.  He then tells about two kinds of trees with two kinds of fruit.  He concludes with two builders, two houses, two foundations, and two outcomes following a storm.  Here are the words of Jesus in Matt.7:13-20; 24-27.

13 “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it.14 Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.

15 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. 16 You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thorn bushes or figs from thistles? 17 Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Therefore by their fruits you will know them.

24 “Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: 25 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.

26 “But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: 27 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.”

Choose wisely.  In each illustration, one choice has great rewards and one is foolish leading to destruction.

The story is told of an excellent student of God’s word that served faithfully during his lifetime as a preacher and Bible expositor.  He wrote many commentaries on the Scriptures, was a distinguished Hebrew and Greek scholar. His nephew once took the Classics course at the university he attended, and the Greek Professor was so impressed with the accuracy, beauty and perfection of his Greek prose that he called him and asked who helped him in his translations. The young man confessed that he had the help of his uncle. ‘I should like to meet your uncle,’ said the Greek professor. ‘That can, I think, be arranged, and I am sure it will give him pleasure to meet you,’ replied the student.

So he brought his uncle on the appointed day to meet his Professor. He introduced them one to the other, and left them together. As they conversed on the Greek language, the Professor’s eyes opened wider and wider at the man’s pro­found erudition and extraordinary knowledge of the Greek language and usage.

Then he said, ‘And may I enquire what your vocation is, Sir?’

Certainly,’ replied the expositor, `I am a preacher and travel here and there all over the country ministering the Word of God to groups of Christians.’

Taking a deep breath of surprise, the Professor said abruptly, ‘Man, you’re a fool.’

Immediately came the reply, ‘For which world, Professor?’   (Copied).