Tuesday, 22 September 2020
Title: The Rejected Stone Became The Cornerstone
By: Pastor Isaac Yim

Psalm 118:22

22 The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone;

Jewish tradition says the rejection of the cornerstone took place when King Solomon was building the temple in Jerusalem, where the Dome of the Rock now stands. All the pieces of rock were carefully and exactly crafted to fix into each location for the glorious temple. All these were done in Solomon’s quarries beneath the Temple Mount. The stones were transported piece by piece to the temple site. Each would fit perfectly in its proper place. The whole process of construction was to be done in silence without hammering or sawing or pounding of any kind. It was said that a huge piece was quarried and shaped, then sent to the temple. When this huge rock arrived at the temple site, the builders could find no place to use it. It did not seem to match any of the blueprints, so they discarded it aside. Over time, this huge rock became a stumbling block for the builders. They decided to push it over the edge of the bank, and it rolled down into the Kidron Valley and was forgotten.

When the temple was about to be completed, they discovered the cornerstone or keystone that held everything in place was missing. They sent word to the quarry to immediately deliver this cornerstone to the site. The masons replied that the cornerstone had already been delivered. Then someone remembered that a huge rock had been pushed over the cliff. When the workers finally retrieved the huge rock and hoisted it into place, it fit perfectly as the keystone of the temple.

The Old Testament description of the cornerstone being the rejection of Jesus as the Messiah by the Jewish leaders, is the second most quoted verse in the New Testament.

42 Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the Scriptures: “‘The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; this was the Lord’s doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes’? 43 Therefore I tell you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people producing its fruits. 44 And the one who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces; and when it falls on anyone, it will crush him.” (Matthew 21: 42-44 ESV).

Please also read Isaiah 8:14-15 in addition to the following:

4 As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious,….7 So the honor is for you who believe, but for those who do not believe, “The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone,” 8 and “A stone of stumbling, and a rock of offense.” They stumble because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do. (1Peter2:4; 7-8 ESV)

32 Why? Because they did not pursue it by faith, but as if it were based on works. They have stumbled over the stumbling stone, 33 as it is written, “Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offense; and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.” (Romans 9:32-33 ESV)

I just marvel at the accuracy of the prophecy of Jesus as the Messiah long before He walked on the earth. The meanings of the above verses are very clear. Those who reject the Gospel, instead of building on the “Living Stone”, will stumble and fall. Both references in Psalm 118:22 and Matthew 21:42-44 give a very clear picture of the Stone meant for the foundation, but the builders did not place it and later found it could fit no place. So, they “rejected” it and cast it aside. Then it became a stumbling block to them. They stumbled and fell over it.

Listen to the preaching of Peter in Acts 4:8-12 and how he interpreted Psalm 118:22

• Verse 10 the Stone is Jesus Christ of Nazareth
• Verse 8 the builders were the rulers and elders
• Verse 10 the rejection of Christ was the crucifixion of Jesus Christ
• Verse 10 the resurrection of Jesus Christ became the Cornerstone
• Verse 12 there is no salvation in anyone else

Today, as we ponder, Jesus is the Messiah and the Saviour of the world. Don’t be like the builders! You and I have been given a choice; to choose and build our lives on the Cornerstone, or reject it and become your stumbling block all through life.

Prayer for Today

Lord Jesus, we want You to be the Cornerstone of our lives. Forgive us when we build our lives on something else. We know that anything we build without You will not last. We have tried and we have failed. We want You to be the foundation of our lives. We need You. You make our life worth living. You give us strength and purpose for each and every day. Thank You for Your life, Lord. We love You. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

2020年9月22日星期二
标题:所弃的石头成了房角石
作者:严以撒牧师
翻译:陈晓佩姐妹

诗篇118:22

22节 建筑工人所弃的石头,成了房角的主要石头。

按犹太传统说法,被弃掉的房角石是发生在所罗门王在耶罗撒冷建造圣殿之时,就是现在的圆顶清真寺的所在地。每一块石头都是按照那辉煌圣殿的每个部位精雕细琢的。这些石块都是在圣殿山下所罗门的采石场制做的。石头是一块一块地运送到圣殿的地点。每一块都是精准地安装在正确的位置。整个的工程都是安静的操作,没有任何打制、拉锯或重击的声音。据说一块巨石被开采后就塑形,之后送去圣殿。当这块巨石到达圣殿地点,建筑工人找不到地方可以安置它。它并不对应任何的蓝图,他们就把它遗弃一旁。过了一段时间,这巨石变成了建筑工人的障碍。他们就决定推它到崖边,把它滚下汲沦谷,之后它就被遗忘了。

当圣殿即将竣工的时候,他们发现支撑一切的房角石不见了。他们就通知采石场,要求立刻把这基石送去工地。石匠回复说那房角石早已经送过去了。那时,有人记起有一块巨石曾被推下悬崖。当那些工人最后找回了那巨石,把它吊装到位,它正合宜作这圣殿的奠基石。

旧约描述的房角石就是那被犹太领袖拒绝的弥赛亚耶稣,这是第二最多引用在新约里的经文。

42耶稣说、经上写着、『匠人所弃的石头、已作了房角的头块石头.这是主所作的、在我们眼中看为希奇。』这经你们没有念过么。43 所以我告诉你们。 神的国、必从你们夺去.赐给那能结果子的百姓。 44谁掉在这石头上、必要跌碎.这石头掉在谁的身上、就要把谁砸得稀烂。(马太福音21:42-44)

除了以下经文,也请读以赛亚书8:14-15

4 主乃活石.固然是被人所弃的、却是被 神所拣选、所宝贵的.7所以他在你们信的人就为宝贵、在那不信的人有话说、『匠人所弃的石头、已作了房角的头块石头。』8又说、『作了绊脚的石头、跌人的磐石。』他们既不顺从、就在道理上绊跌.〔或作他们绊跌都因不顺从道理〕他们这样绊跌也是预定的。(彼得前书2:4,7-8)

32这是甚么缘故呢.是因为他们不凭着信心求、只凭着行为求.他们正跌在那绊脚石上.33就如经上所记、『我在锡安放一块绊脚的石头、跌人的磐石.信靠他的人必不至于羞愧。』(罗 9:32-33)
我惊叹于早在耶稣还没有来到世上以前就已预言祂就是弥赛亚的准确性。以上的经文的意思很明确。 那些拒绝福音的,不是在“活石”上建造,而是将会绊倒。诗篇118:22 和马太21:42-44 的引文里已清楚地说明了那就是奠基的石头,但是建筑工人没有把它安放,而之后也找不着适当的地方可以置放。所以, 他们“丢弃”它并把它撇在一旁。它便成了他们的绊脚石,他们就绊跌仆倒了。

听听彼得在使徒行传4:8-12里的讲道和他如何解释诗篇118:22
•10节 那石头是拿撒勒人耶稣基督
•8节 建筑工人是官长和长老
•10节 拒绝基督就是把耶稣基督钉死在十字架上
•10节 复活的耶稣基督成了那房角石
•12节 除他以外、别无拯救

今天,当我们思考,耶稣是弥赛亚和世上的救主,我们不要像那些建筑工人!您和我都有个选择;是选择在房角石上建造我们的生命,还是拒绝它而让它成为我们一生的绊脚石。

今日祷告

主耶稣,我们要祢作我们生命中的房角石。当我们在别的事物上建造我们的生命时,求祢赦免我们。我们知道在祢以外建造的都不会长久。我们尝试过了并且失败了。我们要祢作我们生命的根基。我们需要祢。祢使我们活得有价值。每一天祢都赐我们力量和目的。主啊,谢谢祢的生命。我们爱祢。奉主耶稣的名。阿们。

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