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听道要行道(路6:47-49)

24“所以,凡听见我这些话又遵行的,就像聪明的人,把自己的房子盖在磐石上。




24Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:
24 Verse 24. Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine]

That is, the excellent doctrines laid down before in this and the

two preceding chapters. There are several parables or similitudes

like to this in the rabbins. I shall quote but the two

following:-



Rabbi Eleasar said, "The man whose knowledge exceeds his works,

to whom is he like? He is like a tree which had many branches,

and only a few roots; and, when the stormy winds came, it was

plucked up and eradicated. But he whose good works are greater

than his knowledge, to what is he like? He is like a tree which

had few branches, and many roots; so that all the winds of heaven

could not move it from its place." Pirke Aboth.



Elisha, the son of Abuja, said, "The man who studies much in

the law, and maintains good works, is like to a man who built a

house, laying stones at the foundation, and building brick upon

them; and, though many waters come against it, they cannot move it

from its place. But the man who studies much in the law, and does

not maintain good words, is like to a man who, in building his

house, put brick at the foundation, and laid stones upon them, so

that even gentle waters shall overthrow that house." Aboth Rab.

Nath.



Probably our Lord had this or some parable in his eye: but how

amazingly improved in passing through his hands! In our Lord's

parable there is dignity, majesty, and point, which we seek for in

vain in the Jewish archetype.



I will liken him unto a wise man] To a prudent man-ανδρι

φρονιμω, to a prudent man, a man of sense and understanding, who,

foreseeing the evil hideth himself, who proposes to himself the

best end, and makes use of the proper means to accomplish it.

True wisdom consists in getting the building of our salvation

completed: to this end we must build on the Rock, CHRIST JESUS,

and make the building firm, by keeping close to the maxims of his

Gospel, and having our tempers and lives conformed to its word and

spirit; and when, in order to this, we lean on nothing but the

grace of Christ, we then build upon a solid rock.