The Sermon concludes with a summary that underscores the seriousness of the call for repentance and new life that characterizes the righteousness of the kingdom. Its twofold reference to the importance of doing “the will of my Father in heaven” (7:21, 24) is sealed with a short A parable is a brief story with a setting, an action, and a result. A prominent aspect of Jesus' teaching was telling parables to illustrate something about the kingdom, or reign, of God. contrasting wise and foolish hearers who build their houses, respectively, on rock or on sand.
This summary of the Sermon bears witness to its reliance on Wisdom encompasses the qualities of experience, knowledge, and good judgment. The Old Testament book of Proverbs, which sometimes invokes a Woman as the personification of Wisdom, is a collection of aphorisms and moral teachings. Along with other biblical passages, it teaches, "The fear of the... traditions for its view of a wholeness of life that is centered in a heart that is anchored in the Blessing is the asking for or the giving of God's favor. Isaac was tricked into blessing Jacob instead of his firstborn Esau. At the Last Supper Jesus offered a blessing over bread and wine. To be blessed is to be favored by God. and gifts of God and responsibly hearing and doing together in a way that bears practical fruits in daily life. Much in the Sermon is traditional material and common sense. Nevertheless, its anchoring in the initial assertions of the blessing of God and its status as the initial and authoritative teaching of Jesus is the Messiah whose life, death, and resurrection are God's saving act for humanity (who has already been announced as Emmanuel and Savior) launch a narrative that will eventually place these words also in the context of the promise of the resurrected Lord as he commissions his disciples to confident obedience to all that he has commanded (28:20).