rejected, relax … 🌾 🕊 🌿
📖 Psalms 118:22-23 The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief cornerstone. This was the Lord’s doing; It is marvelous in our eyes.
📖 Isaiah 28:16 Therefore thus says the Lord God: Behold, I lay in Zion a stone for a foundation, A tried stone, a precious cornerstone, a sure foundation; whoever believes will not act hastily.
📖 John 15:18 If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first.
🌾 These first two scriptures are speaking of the same “Stone”, the prophesied Messiah Yeshua (Jesus), the “head of the corner” or “rosh pina”, in Hebrew.
🌿 This stone is laid in Zion, a common synonym for Jerusalem, where mount Zion rests. The stone is “tried”, that is, tested in every way that a stone can be; the stone is precious and excellent to be set as a sure, reliable, accurate, even everlasting foundation, and a stone which is prepared and set in place by God, Himself. Can you think of a “Stone” more perfect or beautiful than our Messiah?
🌾 Yet this same “stone” is rejected by the “builders”; but also believed in by others, who will not act hastily. The Hebrew word for “rejected”, “ma-as”, carries even stronger meaning; “to abhor”, “cast away”, “despise”, “disdain”, and “be loathsome” are also denoted by it. So the “Rosh Pinah”, the “Chief Cornerstone” of God is spurned, abhorred, held in contempt, and rejected.
🌿 Now the builders are the ones who ought to know a good stone for a building when they see one. They’re responsible for the quality of the building. But this precious cornerstone is abhorred and cast away by them; very sad and irresponsible.
🌾 Yet the prophet clearly predicts this stone will become the “Chief Cornerstone”, even though rejected by the builders — and that it will be marvelous in the eyes of some…and these will not “make haste”; the Hebrew “chuwsh” means to hurry, or even “to flee in alarm”. Apparently, those, who believe, will be at peace, they will be relaxed.
📖 🕊 The Lord Jesus said that our identification with Him would cause us to be hated and rejected too.And in this world, there are quite a few modern “builders” who have also rejected the “Chief Cornerstone”, so we can expect that they will reject and abhor us who belong to Him.
📖 🕊 But the prophet said that believers in this Precious Cornerstone will not make haste, or flee in terror; instead, their belief, their faith, their trust will make them relaxed.
Is that you?
Sherry Lynn Olinger