MESSAGE by Dr. Henry Harbuck
The Building Code vs The Storm


Being prepared for a storm is very important. To illustrate this point, permit me to tell you a story: Some years ago, a television news camera crew was on assignment in southern Florida filming the widespread destruction of Hurricane Andrew. The camera panned the area where, amid the devastation and debris, one lone house was still standing on its foundation. The owner was cleaning up the yard when a reporter approached him and said, “Sir, why is your house the only one still standing? How did you manage to escape the severe damage of the hurricane?” “I built this house myself,” the man replied. “I also built it according to the Florida state building code. When the code called for 2x6 roof trusses, I used 2x6 roof trusses. I was told that a house built according to the Florida code could withstand a hurricane (storm). Well, may I say, ‘I did, and my house did.’ It could be that no one else around here followed the code.” This story gives us a good example of how one may survive a storm … be prepared!


On a spiritual note, I am reminded of that moving hymn, “It is Well with My Soul,” written by a Presbyterian lawyer, Horatio G. Spafford (1828-1888) and composed by Philip P. Bliss (1838-1876). Without doubt, it’s a matchless and deeply moving hymn that has long been cherished by people everywhere. As you may know, the story began when Spafford received news that his four daughters had drowned on a voyage to Europe when the ship went down (he later learned that not all had perished in the sea and were safe).  After boarding a ship himself, he made the voyage to the exact spot where his family had endured shipwreck. Once there, Spafford looked over the waters where the tragedy occurred. Moved to tears by the sight, he sat down and wrote this poignant text that so accurately described his own personal grief --  “When sorrows like sea billows roll …”  From that beginning sprang the words of the hymn, “It is Well with My Soul.”  We should remember that Horatio Spafford did not dwell on the theme of “life’s sorrows and trials.” Instead, he focused on the third stanza which spoke of “the redemptive work of Christ” and also on the fourth verse which anticipates “His Glorious Second Coming.” Spafford has given us an example: When the difficult storms of life come our way (whether they are natural, emotional, or financial disasters), God will give us the strength to endure them and the ability to look beyond the tragedies of life to that blessed hope we have in Him of eternal life.


Are you prepared for the storms that will come in your life? Have your built your house according to the building code...i.e. the Bible? A genuine believer in Christ may be tattered and worn by wind storms and life storms, but faith and endurance are the keys to bring us through them. As such, I close with this Scripture to encourage us all: “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.” (Hebrews 6:19)



from the author - Dr. Henry Harbuck

 "Harbuck's Commentary

on Matthew"


Harbuck’s Commentary on Matthew is based on an entirely new principle of Bible study. In-depth Comments taken from the New Millennia In-Depth Bible are printed directly under the Biblical text, and additional “Concise Notes” are listed in the right column. For the scholarly inclined, information on “Greek Words and Meanings” are found at the bottom of each page. Listed in the right column, “Topical Headings” give the reader a glimpse of what is contained in the “Concise Notes” (commentary) before it is read. Although all 48 “Topical Headings” are not used in this edition, they are of tremendous value to a zealous student of the Bible. An added feature in Harbuck’s Commentary on Matthew is the celebrated King James Version, printed in parallel style with the New Millennia In-Depth Bible.


Nothing compares to what is gained from using Harbuck’s Commentary on Matthew. Incorporating a new system of learning, it leaves the reader both inspired and knowledgeable. Henry A. Harbuck, Ph.D., Th.D. (General Editor) produced this commentary, after investing 2300 hundred man-hours of labor over a period of two and 1/2 years.