Tag: Capstone

Blessing the One who Came!

Scripture reading for July 3rd:  Psalm 117-120

Key Scriptures:  Psalm 118:22-26  “The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone; the Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes.  This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.  O Lord, save us; O Lord, grant us success.  Blessed is He who comes in the Name of the Lord.  From the house of the Lord we bless you.”  

The psalmist wrote this prophetic psalm to be used during Passover.  As the Jews would leave the Passover meal, they would sing this last psalm in the “Great Hallel”.  Jesus and His disciples very likely sang this psalm  before they left the upper room or as they went to the Garden of Gethsemane.   Jesus Himself, was the Stone that became the cornerstone of the New Temple of living believers.  The new day was a day of salvation and grace ushered in by Christ’s sacrifice!  As they sang prophetically, Jesus Christ prepared His heart and body to be offered for all sinners who would believe!

Blessed is our Lord Jesus:  “He is ‘the stone you builders rejected, which as become the capstone.’  Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.”  (Acts 4:11-12)

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The Capstone!

Scripture reading for January 30th: Matthew 21:28-46, Psalm 19:7-17, Proverbs 5:19-20

Jesus was well aware of the religious leaders plans to have Him killed.  He told a parable about a landowner who had a vineyard that he rented to some farmers.  At harvest time he sent servants to collect his share of the fruit as the rent due.  When the servants came, the tenants seized them and beat them and killed some.  Others were sent and were mistreated too.  Finally, the owner sent his only son to collect the rent.  When the tenants saw the son, they plotted to kill him and take his inheritance for themselves.  Jesus asked the question: “Therefore, when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?”  “He will bring those wretches to a wretched end,” they replied, “and he will rent the vineyard to other tenants, who will give him his share of the crop at harvest time.” (Matthew 21:40-41)  This parable should have revealed truth to the religious leaders, if they had been wanting to hear.

Jesus then quoted for them a familiar messianic passage: “‘The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone; the Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes.'” (Psalm 118:22-23)  An alternate translation renders ‘capstone’ as ‘cornerstone’.  Jesus is the cornerstone of the new temple.  He was telling them that they would loose out on the kingdom and it would be given to those who would produce the fruit of the kingdom.  They must humble themselves and fall on Him for mercy or He would fall on them and shatter them in judgment! (Matthew 21:43-44)

This teaching was hard for the proud religious leaders to swallow.  They knew that Jesus was talking about them and wanted to silence Him rather than listen and obey.  They wanted to arrest Him then and there, but were afraid of the people.  Proper response to Jesus through humble brokenness and obedient faith would have brought cleansing and their addition into the new temple that had Jesus as the capstone (cornerstone).  Have you cast yourself on the Stone of Jesus?  Do you know that you are anchored to the Rock that is the cornerstone?  Take time today to reaffirm your faith and love for Jesus!  Religious people are in the most danger!

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This is the Day!

Scripture reading for June 26th: Psalms 111-118

“Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever.” (Psalm 118:1)  This messianic psalm begins with thanksgiving to the Lord for his goodness and enduring love.  This is a recurring theme of many of the psalms.  God’s people know His great goodness and love for us.  We are thankful that God has favored us and we speak out loud of our gratefulness.  Israel speaks it out, the house of Aaron speaks it out and finally all who fear the Lord speak out, thanking God for his great love!

The next section of this psalm speaks of a great crisis where the psalmist cries out in anguish to the Lord.  He was surrounded by nations and enemies that attacked like a swarm of bees.  (Psalm 118:10-12)  The psalmist was confident that the Lord would be his refuge and even become his “salvation”!  The Lord’s “right hand” is extolled as doing mighty things to deliver this man.  He is confident he will live and not die and proclaim what the Lord has done!  (Psalm 118:15-18)  God had chastened him severely, but not given him over to death!

This psalm was the last one in the Great “Hillel”–a series of worship psalms used for the passover celebration.  It was probably sung by Jesus and the disciples as they left the upper room for the Garden of Gethsemane.   We also know that verses 26 and 27 were quoted by the crowd in Matthew 21:9 as Jesus entered Jerusalem on Palm Sunday.  They recognized Jesus by shouting “hosanna”–which means “Lord save us”.  They waved palm branches and welcomed him.  “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.  From the House of the Lord we bless you.  The Lord is God, and He has made his light shine upon us.  With boughs in hand, join the festal procession up to the horns of the altar.” (Psalm 118:26-27)

Jesus later quoted Psalm 118:22-23 as He taught in the temple.  “The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone; the Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes.” Jesus was the capstone of the new Temple.  The Jews would reject Him as Messiah, but the Lord placed His seal on Jesus through resurrection!  As Jesus went to the cross, He cried out to the Lord and by faith knew that this was the day that the Lord had made!

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