I always love stumbling across Old Testament verses that are quoted in the New Testament, seeing them in their original context, like this one:
The stone that the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone.
This is the LORD’s doing;
it is marvelous in our eyes.
This is the day that the LORD has made;
let us rejoice and be glad in it.
(Psalm 118:19-24 ESV)
This passage is quoted five times in the New Testament: in three of the Gospels, Acts, and 1 Peter. It’s combined in 1 Peter with a prophecy from Isaiah that I discussed in an earlier post.
The cornerstone of God’s house is precious to believers, but rejected by those who fail to believe.
And WE are God’s house!
As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. (1 Peter 2:4-5 ESV)
I’ve always loved that phrase, “As you come to him, a living stone.” He accepts me and invites me to become part of His home, His living temple. Nothing can keep me from coming to Him, surely not my sin.
And what’s our role in that house? That house with the precious, rejected cornerstone? We are to be:
- Built Up, to grow, both in our personal spiritual lives, and by adding more stones
- God’s Priestly Representatives on earth – showing God to others (through our lives and words), and bringing others to Him (through our prayers and the gospel)
- Spiritual Sacrifices, bringing every aspect of our lives under His Lordship
And although Peter doesn’t explicitly say so in verses 4-5, he tells us elsewhere that we are called to rejection, to share in the sufferings of the Stone that went before us.
But, hey, this IS the day that the Lord made, let us rejoice and be glad in it!
Today’s Readings: Jeremiah 15:1 – 16:21, Psalm 118: 22-24, Proverbs 27:10, 1 Thessalonians 2:1-16 About for what I’m up to with these daily posts. Your duaily blogger, Holiday Longing (Reproduce with permission only).