Romans 9:1-5, Part 2

Romans 9:1-5, Part 2

Further Comments on Thursday’s Verse of the Day

Thursday we looked at Romans 9:1-5 as the Verses of the Day along with the Comments. The comments ended up looking at the final four verses of the chapter Romans 9:30-33 which mentioned a stone or rock that caused the people of Israel to stumble.

The final four verses are derived first from Isaiah 8:14 which is about a stone and a rock that is about a man who will be a trap and a snare for the people of Jerusalem. That verse is then closely tied to Isaiah 28:16 which now calls the stone or rock a precious cornerstone with

“See, I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation;
the one who relies on it will never be stricken with panic.

This stone, a precious cornerstone, is Jesus and while it was a trap for those who did not believe, He was a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation and further one who relies on it [Him] will never be stricken with panic. It was noted this is very similar to Psalm 118:22 The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone which is prophetic about how Israel would reject their Messiah, their Christ.

A reader wrote in with the following further comments for us.

First he provided the following from 1 Peter 2:4-5

As you come to Him, the living Stone—rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to Him—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.

If you look (recommended) these verses were followed by the quotes from Isaiah 8:14 and 28:16.

Our reader went on to say:
As such Jesus caused Israel to stumble for He was a “skandalon” (rock of offense, literally a snare, or more properly the “bait” in a trap because they, the Pharisees, Sadducees, and Sanhedrin were ensnared in their own self-righteousness.

1 Corinthians 10:3-4 speaks of Him as that Rock that followed them in the desert,

They all ate the same spiritual food and drank the same spiritual drink; for they drank from the spiritual rock that accompanied them, and that rock was Christ.

This is the same Rock that was ‘smitten’ by Moses, the first time for their salvation when they were dying of thirst in Exodus 17:6a where the Lord said I will stand there before you by the rock at Horeb. Strike the rock, and water will come out of it for the people to drink.

Later, this same Rock was ‘smitten’ by Moses for their condemnation in Numbers 20:7-8 where

The Lord said to Moses, “Take the staff, and you and your brother Aaron gather the assembly together. Speak to that rock before their eyes and it will pour out its water. You will bring water out of the rock for the community so they and their livestock can drink.”

[But Moses did not obey the Lord as he struck the rock twice instead of speaking to it and as a result he was not permitted to enter the promised land.]
Jesus speaks of Himself as that Rock, speaking in judgment to the Pharisees in Luke 20:17-19 (You will find the same in Matthew 21:42-44) looked at the them and asked

[W]hat is the meaning of that which is written: The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone? Everyone who falls on that stone will be broken to pieces; anyone on whom it falls will be crushed.” As a result The teachers of the law and the chief priests looked for a way to arrest him immediately, because they knew he had spoken this parable against them. But they were afraid of the people.

This is a fulfillment of Isaiah 8:15 Many of them will stumble; they will fall and be broken, they will be snared and captured.

Our reader further noted this may be applied in an eschatological sense as a fulfillment of Daniel 2:34 and 45

34 While you were watching, a rock was cut out, but not by human hands. It struck the statue on its feet of iron and clay and smashed them.
45 This is the meaning of the vision of the rock cut out of a mountain, but not by human hands—a rock that broke the iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver and the gold to pieces. “The great God has shown the king what will take place in the future. The dream is true and its interpretation is trustworthy.”

[I suggest going to Daniel 2 to read more of this amazing prophecy about which so much has been written.]
Our reader concluded with: Unless we fall on Him in repentance, surrender, and brokenness, our hard, sinful hearts will be eventually crushed in the final judgment.
I wholeheartedly agree with our reader’s conclusion. So, where will your heart lead you this weekend? To church? To fill the square of attendance which will not please God? Or instead to meet God in prayer, worship, and the receiving of His word? I hope you remember to Go to Church and enjoy fellowship with other believers. However, do not wait to go to church to spend time with Jesus. Meet with Him daily in prayer, worship, acknowledgement of who He is, and study of His Word.