Gems 2015 — August 4 Scripture Selection: Psalm 117-118

Guest post by Jeanette Andrade

August 4 Scripture Selection: Psalm 117-118

Food for Thought: Ps. 118:22, 23

The Lord often used imagery in the Old Testament as foreshadows of the things to come, much of which is contained in the construction of Solomon’s temple. Here, once again, Jesus appears in scripture long before His natural birth.

The builders of the temple were explicitly told to hew the stones in the mountains and then take them to the construction site for placement (I Kings 6:7). The stone chosen as the cornerstone did not fit, so it was rejected. Later, it was taken again, and then it fit perfectly. Jesus made reference to Himself as that stone that the builders rejected in the parable of the wicked vinedressers who killed the son of the owner of the vineyard in order to take possession of the land, directed toward the religious leaders who sought to trap Jesus with His words and kill Him (Mark 10:1-12, found also in the other Gospels).

The apostle Peter also referred to this in his defense before the Sanhedrin and clearly declared that the rejected stone is Jesus Christ. In Acts 4:10-12 he said, “Let it be known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by Him this man stands here before you whole. This is the ‘stone which was rejected by you builders, which has become the chief cornerstone.’ Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” In his first epistle, quoting Isaiah 8:14 and 28:16, Peter makes reference again to the position of Jesus as the stone that had been rejected that became the cornerstone (I Peter 2:4-8).

Even when they were written about centuries apart, events portrayed in scripture written by one confirms Jesus as Savior in scripture written by another, proving that the layers and layers of imagery could only have been directed by the Holy Spirit Himself in this powerful, beautiful book.

Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):

Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):

Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):

Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):

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13 Responses to Gems 2015 — August 4 Scripture Selection: Psalm 117-118

  1. suyts says:

    Isn’t it remarkable beauty and symmetry how each Testament reinforces the other?!

    • jsue says:

      Yes! Every “dot and tittle” is there for at least one perfect reason and application. Usually, it is multi-purposed, while at the same time delightfully creative and artistic.

      • suyts says:

        Yes! It’s simplicity and complexity! It reinforces and contrasts! That this collection of writings exists at all is a testament to God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit.

  2. Me says:

    Yeah that is circular, everything proves it self because it does. And it is proof because this scripture tells of that scripture, kinda like the climate scinece is doing right now.

    • DirkH says:

      Me, do you know that you sound like an angry child? We have told you before how you can find proof. Stop being an angry child. Ask the Lord for help. Are ye too proud for that? Proud for what?

      • jsue says:

        Thanks, Dirk! If ME really were interested in the truth, he would actually READ the material that has been referred to him and actually investigate for himself. But he is so afraid to be wrong that he choses to not even look into it. He’s afraid and, actually, angry at the very God he says doesn’t exist.

    • suyts says:

      Hmm …. Me, reinforcement and complementary isn’t circular.

      While the question of the actual ages of the writings are in question, it is without question that the writings of the Old and New Testament are centuries apart. It is without question that some of the writings of the New Testament are centuries apart. It is impossible that the writers were in collusion which each other.

      Regardless, of the argument, would you believe the code of conduct written in the Word is probably a good way to live? That is to say, don’t murder, don’t steal, don’t lie, love your neighbor, treat people as you would wish to be treated ….. etc ….

      What’s hard about that? Me, on the blogs, you and I go way back. How many years has it been? I know you believe in those principles stated above. How many times do the principles have to be proven to be correct before you believe the Author?

      To Dirk and Jeanette ….. angry and afraid ….. = hurt/wounded.

      • Me says:

        Yeah right, like you don’t like unions for the same reason but use religion in the same way. Whose hurt and wounded, sure isn’t Me. I’m not the one looking trough the goggles of belief, I look at it as how will I like to be treated and wourd do like wise. But I guess that was too much, you would perfer someone like that jackass that is a believer, and you know who I am talking about because birds of a feather flock to gether. Pope says God, nothing but good to say, same BS, different outlet. All it took was for Me to say there is no satan, and boy did I GET THE BACKLASH! Makes ya wonder about thing in reality!

        • Me says:

          Maybe you can talk to a burning bush and it’ll tell you all you need to know right, That wouldn’t be satan now would it? You know fire and crap talking to you. 😆

        • DirkH says:

          See, Me, we are not trying to provoke you. We are telling you HOW IT WORKS.
          And yes, we have seen signs, and no, nothing of it was physically impossible so it could all have been accidental. Only, it was far too unlikely to happen accidentally exactly as and how we needed it. And that constitutes hard evidence.

          Signs will be given to you too when you ask for them.

          And it wasn’t a big thing at all. The Lord helps in minor things if asked politely.

        • DirkH says:

          And thanks; because every time you try to provoke us I have to think back to it, and that’s a good thing.

  3. Thank you very much!
    A man came to visit me a few weeks ago and said to me,
    his leader was the stone and has all power given to him and
    he seated in Rome. I told him my Leader is The Stone,the
    Rock of ages and He is seated in Heaven!
    Alfred

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