April 5

1 Kings 4-7, Psalm 95

Chuck Smith writes an interesting story and prophecy in today’s reading. “According to Jewish history, one stone arrived from the quarry unmarked. Thinking the stone cutters had made a mistake, the builders tossed it aside. Over the 7 years it took to build the temple, shrubbery grew up over the spot where this stone lay. At the end of the construction, just one stone was needed to finish the temple, but the stone cutters told the builders they had sent it long ago. A search ensued, and the missing stone was finally discovered under all the brush, and slid into place- completing the construction of the temple, it was the chief cornerstone.

Psalm 118:22 alludes to this story in a prophecy concerning Jesus. “The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone”. We read in 1 Peter 2:4-8, “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. 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.” 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,” and “A stone of stumbling And a rock of offense.” They stumble, being disobedient to the word, to which they also were appointed.” Peter reveals that this prophecy spoke of Christ, who was rejected and tossed aside by the Jewish builders. They didn’t recognize Him. But one day they will, and the building will be completed”.

It’s easy to gloss over portions of Scripture with such intricate detail. It reminds me of 1 Corinthians 13:12, “For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known”. In Luke 24:27, Jesus says to the disciples on the road to Emmaus, “And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.”

No matter how long any of us have been in His Word, there is so much more for us to learn if we keep seeking. It is a lifetime study where the Holy Spirit peels away layer by layer for us to increase our love and understanding of Him. There are no unimportant parts of Scripture. Paul says in 2 Timothy 3:16, “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness”.

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