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.):