Monday, September 24, 2012

The Cornerstone

 22The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner.
 23This is the LORD's doing; it is marvellous in our eyes.
 24This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. 
(Psalm 118:22-24, King James Version)

The Cornerstone

Tucked away in this wonderful Psalm is some very significant doctrine. Sometimes I wonder at how little the Old Testament believers must have understood about God, for Christ had not yet come and the New Testament books had not yet been written. Then I read verses like these from Psalm 118, and I realize that though their understanding was somewhat darkened, God revealed much of His truths to them in the Old Testament.

Just as an aside, we must be careful that we do not neglect the Old Testament, for our greatest understanding of who God is and how He works in the hearts of His children comes to us from the pages of the Old Testament.

I am not a builder so I do not even pretend to know the ins and outs of structures, but I do know that when a block or brick building is constructed it all begins with the cornerstone. The strength of that one block determines the strength of the entire building.

What or to whom is the Psalmist referring in verse 22: The stone which the builder refused is become the head stone of the corner (or the cornerstone)? Jesus quoted from this very Psalm in Matthew 21:42:
 Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord's doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes? (Matthew 21:42, King James Version)

Who is this cornerstone? Our question is answered by Paul in Ephesians 2:20: And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; (Ephesians 2:20, King James Version)

Jesus Christ, Himself, was the stone whom the builders refused, and it is He who has become the chief cornerstone of the entire church of God from the time of Adam and Eve to the present. Did the Psalmist know that he was referring to the Messiah? We do not really know, but the Holy Spirit inspired him to write the words he did, and the Lord Jesus quoted from verse 22 in the books of Matthew, Mark, and Luke.

Indeed, this is the Lord's doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes. When we consider God's great gift of Jesus Christ, His own Son, given to us as our cornerstone, we have to fall before Him in amazement. Everything that is made available to us, has come to us through Jesus Christ. He is our Head, and He is the very foundation of everything we believe. We have been bought with a price: the blood of the Lord Jesus.

No wonder the Psalmist said, This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.

God Bless You,

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