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Jesus the Healing Stone and the Hurting Stone
by Clifford Tate 
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Matthew 21:44 And whoever falls on this stone will be broken; but on whomever it falls, it will grind him to powder. NKJV

Many years ago there was no refrigeration so the people who went to hunt game animals needed to be able to preserve their meat for long periods of time. Salt was discovered to be a preserver and it was used to make large amounts of meat last for longer periods of time before it would rotten. Salt was also used as an antiseptic to keep wounds from getting infected with something that would damage the limb and perhaps cause it to require amputation. The salt when applied inside an open wound or deep cut would burn or hurt terribly but the pain was endured in order that the wound might be healed. There are many other things or creatures that act in a twofold capacity to preserve or destroy. I think of the deserts where many poison scorpions reside. One sting from the scorpion’s tail to a man could result in death, but that same scorpion if captured and handled properly by that same man could be a source of food/nourishment to his body if he is stranded in the desert and needs to survive.

Our Lord Jesus Christ speaks of Himself as such a One that will serve to heal many and bring many sons to glory, while He will literally crush (like a huge boulder) many souls that reject or resist Him as the only way to wholeness. In the Scripture Matthew 21:44 in the first half of the passage, our Lord uses the Greek word sunthlao, which means to dash together; to break; denoting union by association, companionship, possession, and resemblance. He spoke this to the religious leaders after He had just given them two parables; the first parable was a simple illustration of an obedient son and a disobedient son which they clearly understood.

Our Lord wanted them to see their disobedience to the message of repentance trumpeted to them by John the Baptist and at the same time see how those people that they looked down on, called sinners, and despised heard, understood, saw their woeful condition and were convicted and obeyed the message of repentance. The second parable they really understood because it was a picture of what they and their forefathers did to every true Prophet of God sent to them by YAHWEH. Now YAHWEH is here standing before them not speaking through a Prophet but The Prophet literally and they are stumbling over their only means of spiritual healing. So our Lord said in the first half of this passage that many will see their broken spiritual and sinful condition and fall on This Stone (Jesus) and be completely healed. They will have as the Word says, “Taste and see that the Lord is good.” See the article entitled “The New Life”, http://www.faithwriters.com/article-details.php?id=79783).

Isaiah 66:2 “But this is the man to whom I will look {and} have regard: he who is humble and of a broken {or} wounded spirit, and who trembles at My word {and} reveres My commands.” QAB

Jeremiah 23:29 Is not My word like fire [that consumes all that cannot endure the test]? says the Lord, and like a hammer that breaks in pieces the rock [of most stubborn resistance]? QAB

Matthew 13:23 “But he who received seed on the good ground is he who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and produces: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.” NKJV

Romans 9:33 As it is written, Behold I am laying in Zion a Stone that will make men stumble, a Rock that will make them fall; but he who believes in Him [who adheres to, trusts in, and relies on Him] shall not be put to shame {nor} be disappointed in his expectations. QAB

Likewise just as the religious Jews standing before our Lord stumbled over Him so will many of the multitudes even be swayed by the glitter of the world and human efforts of religion and spirituality all the while stumbling over the only Way of healing in so doing will be hurt by the One who desired to heal them. In the second half of Matthew 21:44, our Lord used the Greek word pipto peto, which means to literally fall on or alight on. This is where the stone that can heal can also hurt. He speaks of judgment for the rejecters and resistors of Him being the only way to Heaven and the only source of true spiritual life, and the only truth in the entire universe. Our Lord is not in competition with anyone or anything for the satisfaction of the souls of men. The grinding into powder is not complete annihilation as some have interpreted, but it speaks of that eternal place where the sins that men and women would not relinquish and that they presumed gave them much pleasure (though it were temporary) will now forever be like a continuous grinding millstone on grain that crushes them over and over and over with guilt and regret in @#!*% never bringing satisfaction but torment. See the article entitled “The Natural Man”, http://www.faithwriters.com/article-details.php?id=80381.

Isaiah 57:9 And thou wentest to the king with ointment, and didst increase thy perfumes, and didst send thy messengers far off, and didst debase thyself even unto @#!*% . KJV

Matthew 13:40-42 Therefore as the tares are gathered and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of this age. The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all things that offend, and those who practice lawlessness, and will cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth. NKJV

2 Corinthians 4:3-4 But even if our Gospel (the glad tidings) also be hidden (obscured and covered up with a veil that hinders the knowledge of God), it is hidden [only] to those who are perishing {and} obscured [only] to those who are spiritually dying {and} veiled [only] to those who are lost. For the god of this world has blinded the unbelievers’ minds [that they should not discern the truth], preventing them from seeing the illuminating light of the Gospel of the glory of Christ (the Messiah), Who is the Image {and} Likeness of God. QAB

“The human heart is like the millstone in a mill; when you put wheat under it, it turns and grinds the wheat into flour. If you put no wheat in, it still grinds on, but then it is itself it grinds and slowly wears away.” Martin Luther 1483-1546

“The law breaks the hard heart, but the gospel melts it. A stone duly broken, may be still a hard stone; but the gospel melts.” Ralph Erskine 1685-1752

If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ and His amazing healing power, pray this from your heart to the Lord Jesus Christ (you speaking directly to Him), Dear Lord Jesus, I confess to You that I am a sinner and I need Your forgiveness. I believe You shed Your Blood and died for my sins. I believe that You rose from the dead proving that You alone are God. I repent of my sins. I want to turn from my sins. I ask You Dear Lord Jesus to come into my heart and take control of my life. I want You to be my Lord, Savior, and my God. Amen...

Sincerely in Christ,

Clifford D. Tate, Sr.

Author of “Silent Assassins of the Soul - Are you Broken by Pornography and Masturbation? You can be Restored by the Lord Jesus Christ and brought into Deliverance, Freedom, and Victory! A Guide for Men and Women in the Enemy’s Crosshairs” e-book available now @ Amazon Kindle, @ Apple I Bookstore for IPod, Barnes and Noble for Nook, Reader Store for Sony Reader, Kobo, Copia, Gardners, Baker and Taylor, and eBookPie…


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