Chapter # 6 Paragraph # 5 Study # 33
June 15, 2008
Lincolnton, N.C.

<444> Thesis: The ruin of the hypocrite is always very great. Introduction: At least three times this week I have seen the same news footage on the television of a large house that happened to be on a rise that caused swiftly flowing flood waters to turn. But, as the river of flood waters turned, it ate at the restricting bank until it had eaten away half of the earth upon which the house was built. When that point was reached, the cameras caught one of the most graphic illustrations of Jesus' words in Luke 6:46-49 that we are ever liable to see. The house literally ripped in half and half of the structure was washed downstream, leaving a total ruin behind. I'm pretty sure of two things: the house had been built up to "code"; and those who owned the house at last recognized how great is the ruin of ignoring ancient wisdom. This morning we are going to wind up our studies of Jesus' "Sermon on the Mount" by looking at what He decided to say at the conclusion.