Verse of the Day – Aug.

Verse of the Day – Aug.

August 02, 2023 – Wednesday

1 Peter 2:6-8    NIV

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)

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)

and, “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.

1 Peter 2:4-5    NKJV

Therefore it is also contained in the Scripture, “Behold, I lay in Zion A chief cornerstone, elect, precious, And he who believes on Him will by no means be put to shame.” (Isaiah 28:16)

Therefore, to you who believe, He is precious; but to those who are disobedient, “The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief cornerstone,” (Psalm 118:22)

and “A stone of stumbling And a rock of offense.” (Isaiah 8:14)

They stumble, being disobedient to the word, to which they also were appointed.

Comments

These verses are obviously a continuation from verses 4-5 yesterday:

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.  NIV

Coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious, you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. NKJV

Then verses six and eight go back to Isaiah while verse seven goes back to Psalm 118. 

I provided the links to the quotes in verses six, seven, and eight because they are something to think upon. Isaiah did his writing 740-700 BC while Psalm 118 is believed to have been written by King David of Israel who ruled Israel from approximately 1000-960 BC. And Peter was a fisherman from Galilee, an Apostle of Jesus, who wrote 1 Peter in 63-64 AD. We do not know of Peter having any known formal education, but here he is quoting Isaiah twice and Psalm 118, eight and ten centuries before his time respectively. That in and of itself is amazing. 

However, Ellicott’s Commentary says, from Gesenius, that the Isaiah 28:16 passage gives evidence to show that the early Jewish explanation, current in our Lord’s time, referred it to the Messiah. Peter intended to do the same as well. Jesus was the Messiah and is the Messiah. Then clearly in verse seven the quote from Psalm 118:22 refers to Christ as the chief cornerstone which Jesus alluded to in Matthew 21:42 when addressing the chief priests and elders in the temple. And in verse eight Barnes’ Notes on the Bible tells us, They refuse to build on him, and it is as if one should run against a solid projecting cornerstone of a house, that would certainly be the means of their destruction. Gill’s Exposition adds, The apostle alludes to Isaiah 8:14 and which is a prophecy of the Messiah; and had its accomplishment in the unbelieving and disobedient Jews. He also notes Paul uses this in Romans 9:33 as well. 


Bottom Line: Peter makes the choice clear, believe Jesus is the prophesied Messiah or face the terrible consequences of unbelief.     

Prayer: Almighty God, What Jesus made clear, His disciples also made clear. He is the Messiah, the Christ, our Lord and Savior. Thank You for Your Word. – In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

RileyD, nwJ     

Riley D. Driver – Pastor          

Calvary Chapel of Dayton    

in Beavercreek