May 07, 2021 – Friday
1 Peter 2:4-8 NIV
4 As you come to Him, the living Stone—rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to Him—
5 you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
6 For in Scripture it says:
“See, I lay a stone in Zion, a chosen and precious cornerstone,
and the one who trusts in him will never be put to shame.” [Isaiah 28:16]
7 Now to you who believe, this stone is precious. But to those who do not believe,
“The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone,” [Psalm 118:22]
“A stone that causes people to stumble and a rock that makes them fall.” [Isaiah 8:14]
They stumble because they disobey the message—which is also what they were destined for.
While our real focus is on verse 7, Now to you who believe, this stone is precious. But to those who do not believe which leads into a quote from Psalm 118:22 which is only a few verses from one of my favorite verses :24, This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it ESV. I recommend the whole Psalm to you as many believe this was the last hymn sung before Jesus and His eleven disciples left the ‘last supper’ for Him to be arrested, When they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives Matthew 26:30 and Mark 14:26.
It should also be mentioned the quote from Isaiah 28:16 may also be found in Matthew 21:42, Mark 12:10, Luke 20:17, and Acts 4:11 directly. Also, it may be found in Ephesians 2:20 and 1 Peter 2:6 indirectly. Paul quotes Isaiah 8:14 in Romans 9:33 which is related to verse 7 above, See, I lay in Zion a stone that causes people to stumble and a rock that makes them fall, and the one who believes in Him will never be put to shame.”
With that said, let us take a deeper look at verse 7, Now to you who believe, this stone is precious. But to those who do not believe, “The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone,” The stone is obviously Jesus, and for believers He is precious, treasured, priceless, cherished. Not so for the unbelievers for they have rejected the Christ who is the cornerstone of the believers’ faith. And that cornerstone is also mentioned Matthew 21:42, Mark 12:10, Luke 20:17, Acts 4:11, Ephesians 2:20, and 1 Peter 2:6. The point being there is no doubt in the New Testament that Jesus is the cornerstone of our belief, our faith.
What does it mean to say Jesus is the cornerstone of our faith? Let us look at the definition of a cornerstone from Wikipedia, The cornerstone (or foundation stone or setting stone) is the first stone set in the construction of a masonry foundation. All other stones will be set in reference to this stone, thus determining the position of the entire structure. Our entire faith walk is referenced back to Jesus and He determines the position of our whole faith.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, Let us never lose sight of the truth that Jesus is the cornerstone of our faith. Everything in our faith is always referenced back to Him. This is why we ask ourselves, when we don’t know what to do, What Would Jesus Do, and wear wristbands with WWJD to remind us as well. – In Jesus’ Name. Amen.