ROCK SOLID STUDY 1 OF 8 / PASTOR BARRY BRUCE/ THE GATHERING CHURCH
Three Little Pigs and Jesus Matthew 7:24-27, John 10:11-14
Once upon a time, there were three little pigs. One day all three of them decided they would build a house. The first two little pigs took the inexpensive, fast, and easy way; the first, building his house out of straw, and the second building his house out of sticks. The third little pig took much more time, and spent far more resources and energy than the other two, as he built his house out of bricks. The first two pigs had a lot of time to go over and make fun of the other one. “Why work so hard you silly pig,” they taunted, but they had not thought about the dangers that were soon to come their way (have you?).
One day there was a knock at the door of the straw house of the first little pig. It was the big bad wolf and he was demanding to be let in, but the little pig said, “Not by the hair of my chinny-chin-chin.” And so, after a whole lot of huffing and puffing, the big bad wolf blew that flimsy house to pieces, and he had that little pig for lunch. The wolf then went to the stick house of the second little pig, and that little pig’s house was also quickly destroyed and he was eaten. Then, the big bad wolf went to the house of the third little pig, the one that the other little pigs made fun of; but the wolf could not destroy that solid and secure house. Later, that wolf tried to climb down the chimney and landed in a kettle of boiling water,ending forever that big bad wolf’s huffing and puffing.
That is the story of the three little pigs, but it could also be called the story of the wise and foolish builders. No one knows who first wrote the story of the three little pigs, but whoever did, likely got the idea from the words of Jesus in Matthew 7:24-27.
In both stories, there are wise and foolish builders, and both stories are, of course, pointing to greater truths than just how to build houses. In both stories a house is used to illustrate being prepared for life and the huffing and puffing winds symbolize bad times, but only the anonymous writer of the fable calls his listeners “pigs” and defines bad times as an attack from a beast who wants to eat them. Jesus never called us “pigs”, but He does refer to us many times as sheep (prone to wander and far more stupid than pigs). Scripture also refers to the Devil as a wolf (John 10:12) , a lion (1 Peter 5:8) and a dragon (Revelation 12:9). The key to life survival here is in the “Big, Bad Wolf” story that Jesus told, found in the book of John 10:11-14. You see, it is not possible for either pigs or sheep to build a proper house to resist the attack of a killer beast…only a “good shepherd” can do that!
Building your “house” 1 Corinthians 3:11-14
Jesus has given us an amazing offer… He will be both our solid foundation (the Rock) and the manager (shepherd) of our house (life) if we will submit to Him. That is why He says:
“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.”
You build a solid life by not only listening to the words of Jesus, but also by putting them into practice. In other words Jesus must be the foundation that we build our lives upon as well as the manager of that building project if we expect His blessings. Let us not forget that all of God’s blessings are conditional. It is His love that is unconditional and not His rewards. Make no mistake about it…God will love us all the way to hell if that is the direction we choose to go. (2 Peter 3:9, John 12:44-48, John 3:16, Romans 6:23)
The Apostle Paul made this clear when he spoke to the early church leaders who were acting in worldly ways and therefore misguiding those who followed them. He reminded them that God was responsible for the growth of their ministries and their dependence upon Him was everything. He told them to “build with care” upon the foundation which he had preached to them—which was Christ. He also reminded them that whatever they built up on top of that foundation “the Day” (judgment day) would bring to light and the builder would either be rewarded or suffer loss accordingly. (2 Corinthians 5:9-10)
Looking back at The Three Little Pigs… it wouldn’t have changed the story much if the first two pigs, who built their houses out of straw and twigs, had done so on a foundation of solid rock. The wolf would have still come and blown them off of that foundation and ate them just the same. The third pig would have been especially secure because his brick house would have been securely fastened to a foundation of solid rock. The picture of the lighthouse in these notes demonstrates the strength of such a well built house, but what if the third little pig had chosen to build that brick house on sand? You see, it is vital that as you build your life (house) that you both build it on the foundation of Christ and build it up on the direction of His instruction. Our dependence upon Him is everything.
One thing would change for all three of the little pigs if they had originally built upon that solid rock, because regardless of how foolish one may choose to build, God has promised salvation for those who trust their house (life) to Him. “The builder will suffer loss but yet will be saved”. Yes, a foolish builder will lose everything, but his eternal salvation remains secure. You see, the “Big, Bad Wolf” (the devil) has done everything in his power to destroy Christ , but that “Rock” is solid. There is no other foundation like Christ! Our hope as a Christian is not based on our abilities to build but upon the foundation on which we stand. None the less, why build like a fool when you have access to the master builder?
The “Big, Bad Wolf” (the Devil) 1 Peter 5:8-11
In closing there is a warning little pigs… (I mean little sheep). There is a “Big, Bad Wolf” seeking to devour us who have put our hope in Christ. Actually, Peter describes him as a lion. Jesus also calls him a “murderer”, a “liar” and “the father of lies” (John 8:44). The Apostle, Paul said he masquerades as an “angel of light” (2 Corinthians 11:14). Don’t let him fool you, my friend, with his bad building plans. He aims to eat you up. The storms of life will come. Build upon Christ, the only sure foundation and build according to His direction… or prepare to be lunch.