A firm foundation

Luke 6:48 He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when a flood arose, the stream broke against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built.

This brought a smile to my face!

I went to a new jobsite earlier this morning, while I was waiting on the contractor I happened to look down at the floor and saw one of these verses written on it, curious I began looking throughout the house and found verse after verse written on the floor in permanent marker. As I Wandered from room to room I found myself thinking about how many other workers did just as I did, looking and wondering.

This brought up a memory of a post I made back in January about the Pharos Lighthouse, there is an interesting story about the designer of that lighthouse that goes like this:

The lighthouse’s designer is believed to be Sostratus of Knidos (or Cnidus), though some sources argue he only provided the financing for the project. Proud of his work, Sostratus desired to have his name carved into the foundation. Ptolemy II, the son who ruled Egypt after his father, refused this request, wanting only his own name to be on the building. A clever man, Sostratus supposedly had the inscription:

SOSTRATUS SON OF DEXIPHANES OF KNIDOS ON BEHALF OF ALL MARINERS TO THE SAVIOR GODS

chiseled into the foundation, then covered it with plaster. Into the plaster was carved Ptolemy’s name. As the years went by (and after both the death of Sostratus and Ptolemy) the plaster aged and chipped away, revealing Sostratus’ dedication.

So here I am standing in a brand new house, looking at the word of God laid into the foundation of this family’s home, soon to be covered up only to be revealed at some later date…

A firm foundation indeed.

P.S. I’ll let you guess in which room each verse was written

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