Huff And Puff
“The one thing I ask of the LORD--the thing I seek most--is to live in the house of the LORD all the days of my life.”
The fairy tale named “The Three Little Pigs” was first included in “The Nursery Rhymes of England in c.1886 by James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps. In 1890 it appeared in “English Fairy Tales”. Since then, there have been several adaptations of it.
The fairy tale features talking animals and is about three little pigs, who are sent out into the world by their mother, to “seek out their fortune”. Each “little pig” built a house for protection from the Big Bad Wolf.
The first little pig built a house out of straw. When the Big Bad Wolf came along and was not granted entry into the house, he said: “then I'll huff, and I'll puff, and I'll blow your house in”, and he did just that. The second little pig built a house of wooden sticks. However the Big Bad Wolf blows it down also. The third little pig built a house of bricks. The Big Bad Wolf tried in several ways to blow the brick house down, but was unsuccessful.
In the Bible houses/homes sometimes were described in detail, however they were also used as illustrations. Let's examine a few.
In ancient Egypt the poor lived in small, mud-brick houses with one or two rooms with palm-trunk roofs. The houses for the rich were in great contrast. Those houses were elaborate two or three stories tall with beautiful gardens, balconies, and surrounded by walls. It was in Potiphar's house that Joseph lived when he became a member of his personal staff. (NLT).
In the time of Joshua, it was common to build houses on or in city walls. Many cities had two walls about 12-15 feet apart. Oftentimes, houses were built on wooden logs laid across the tops of the two walls. For example, “Rahab's house was built into the city wall”.
Houses in the time of Jesus were built of stone. They had flat roofs made of mud mixed with straw which made a clay mixture. There were outside stairways leading to the roofs. For example, in Mark, friends of a sick paralyzed man presumably carried him up the outside stairway of a house; cut a hole in the roof; and lowered the man on his mat down through the hole to be right in front of Jesus for healing.
Jesus taught how important it is to build houses on a solid foundation. He said: “Anyone who listens to my teaching and obeys me is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won't collapse...but anyone who hears my teaching and ignores it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand. When the rains and floods, come and the winds beat against that house, it will fall with a mighty crash” (NLT).
Because everyone needs a solid foundation, God's people ought to make certain they build their personal house (spiritual life) on the solid rock of knowing and trusting Jesus Christ. Be like the third little pig so when the winds and floods of adversities “huff and puff” around, you can firmly stay in place.
Lord God, thank You for showing us how to build our spiritual life. Help us to continually build on the foundation of Your Word. Amen.
~ Ann Brock Ludington