Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. Matthew 7:24 NIV
There are two principle teachings of Jesus about ‘hearing’ his/the word – the sower and the seed and this contrast between two builders.
Everyone who hears – the Greek akouei which occurs in this single instance in Matthew’s Gospel – is to give an audience to, or make a point of listening to. It also relates to understanding and being reported.
Jesus taught throughout his ministry that his words and actions were not just to be treated as an academic teaching but to be acted upon. All throughout his ministy the parallels are drawn between the words of the religious leaders and the actions of Jesus and his disciples.
Here, again, the distinction is clear.
Those ‘who do’ – put them into practice – poiei meaning to make or do – are like a builder who build his house on the rock.
It is hard not to think here of Peter – Petros – and the word used here is the femine form – as the rock upon which the church would be built.
Jesus must be emphasising further the ‘action’ he expects from us all but also the disciple’s example of someone who didn’t always get it right, as we may not do.
Hearing Jesus’ words requires us to take action and in doing so we are on a sure foundation despite the storms of life which are inevitable.