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Sunday, February 5, 2012

How Important is a Good Foundation Part 2

As we prepare to travel to Egypt you may want some cool clothes as it may get quite warm.  But besides that, let’s get stated. 
                Meandering along the Egyptian landscape winds the Nile River with its lush green river banks and tall waving palm trees.  It winds its way around large crowded cities and small bustling towns, through meadows and past mountains.  But the most impressive place it paces is the Capital City, Cairo Egypt.  This is the place that many tourists come and stay, for it is not far from many Historic attractions.  Today we will squeeze through its busy streets on our way to our site of interest.  
Located about ten miles from this swarming city lays the Great Giza Plateau with its famous Pyramids.  Today the Great Khufu Pyramid, or otherwise known as the Great Pyramid of Giza, will be our main interest.   
This Pyramid is different from all other pyramids in that no dead king has ever been found to have been buried here.  And also this pyramid is the only pyramid found to have an ascending passage.  This Pyramid has some very interesting things about it that we do not have time to get into in this brief visit.
The Great Pyramid of Giza in not called Great for any small reason. The mere footprint of the base of this pyramid covers over 13 acres, with an astounding volume of some 90 million cubic feet.   It towers roughly 454 feet into the air, which is equivalent to a modern 48-story building.  It is composed of over 2.5 million blocks of lime stone.  Each one of these blocks weigh in at an amazing weight of 2 to 70 tons.  It is stated that "You could build 30 Empire State buildings with the masonry of this one Pyramid.”  But the big question is, “Why is this Pyramid still standing?” “Should it not have sunk by now, sitting in the sand like it is?”  “The Leaning Tower of Pisa is sinking and it is a much smaller structure, set in seemingly better conditions.  So why is the Leaning Tower of Pisa sinking, and this Great Pyramid of Giza not sinking?”
Well the answer to all these questions lies beneath the sandy ground.  Under this Great Pyramid rises a great rock mountain, giving it the sure foundation it needs to stand the test of time.  The Leaning Tower of Pisa does not have anything like this mountain to keep it standing, so it sinks.  But this Great Pyramid has a Rock Mountain sustaining and holding it firm.
These two stories, of these famous and grand structures, remind me of another story that Jesus told, The old story of a Wise and a Foolish builder.  The Wise builder, it simply states, Dug deep into the ground and laid the foundation for his house upon a rock.  When the tempests and floods came, the Wise builder’s house stood firm.  The Bible writer Luke describes the strength of this house in this brief statement, “when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock.” (Luke 6:48)  Now the Foolish builder did not bother wasting his time with the extra work.  Instead He built his house upon the solid sand.  I will let Luke describe the state of this Builder’s house when the same floods came his way.  “The stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it (the house) fell; and the ruin of that house was great.”  (Luke 6:49)
Now that we have looked at these two immense structures, The Leaning Tower of Pisa and The Great Pyramid of Giza.  We can see what a difference a good foundation can make.  Now the question we need to ask is, “Do we need a good foundation to plant our feet upon?”  I will let Mrs. White answer this one.  “Our eternal safety depends upon our building upon the sure foundation. Multitudes are today building upon foundations that have not been tested. When the rain falls, and the tempest rages, and the floods come, their house will fall, because it is not founded upon the eternal Rock, the chief cornerstone Christ Jesus.”  {DA 599.4} 
If “our eternal safety depends upon our building upon the sure foundation” don’t you think we should know for sure what the foundation for our feet is?
Join us for part three next time as we explore what our foundation is.

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