It has been said, that in the building of a building with stone that a “cornerstone” is needed. The size of the cornerstone determines the size of the building, the shape of the building and so forth. So without a cornerstone there is not much direction.
My reading this morning was Isaiah 21 – 34. In reading these verses there is much “Woe” presented to nations; Israel, and Judah included, but to them, also very much hope.
In chapter 28 God speaking through the prophet shows how the leadership has fallen. Where they had been known for their beauty they were seen as a “fading flower” (vv. 1, 4), and the day was coming when the LORD of hosts would “be for a crown of glory, and for a diadem of beauty…” (v. 5). The present leadership to whom Isaiah was speaking were drunken with wine and strong drink, making faulty judgment, and hating the word of the LORD.
The word of the LORD was not hidden to them. The prophet had made it known to them over and over again “Precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little there a little…” (v. 13) where it seems they had grown tired of hearing it. That did not stop the prophet. He kept on preaching. Go get ‘um Isaiah. Go get ‘um preacher.
We need to understand; God’s Word does not promote us, our comfort, our peace, even our salvation. The center, the promotion of the Word of God is God, His glory, His salvation. I do not want to burst your bubble… wait a minute – Yes I do. This world is not about you. This Word of God is not about you – it is not about us. It is about Him, and He tells us,
“Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, ‘Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste.'” Isaiah 28:16 (KJV)
These words are referenced in the New Testament describing the person of Jesus Christ (Romans 9:33; 1 Corinthians 3:11-13; 1 Peter 2:6; Matthew 21:42-44). This is truly a “precious corner stone”.
There are a couple of final verses I will leave with you today;
“Seek ye out of the book of the LORD, and read: no one of these shall fail, none shall want her mate: for My mouth it hath commanded, and His Spirit it hath gathered them. And He hath cast the lot for them, and His hand hath divided it unto them by line: they shall possess it for ever, from generation to generation shall they dwell therein.” 34:16-17
Though these words are spoken for the previous few verses; they are also true for the whole of God’s written Word. Particularly, “…No one of these shall fail, none shall want her mate…” God’s Word will come to pass just as He has said, not one word will fail.
Jesus is the Corner stone. He is coming. He will reign.
-Tim A. Blankenship