This Is The Stone Which The Builders Rejected
by Sharon McClean
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Acts 4:10—Let it be known to you all, and to 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. 1 Peter 2:4—Coming to Him as to a LIVING STONE, REJECTED INDEED BY MEN, but CHOSEN by GOD and PRECIOUS, (John 15:16—You did NOT CHOOSE Me, but I CHOSE you and APPOINTED you that you should go and BEAR FRUIT, and that YOUR FRUIT SHOULD REMAIN, that WHATEVER you ASK the FATHER in MY NAME HE MAY GIVE YOU.) Ps.2:8:--ASK of ME, and I WILL GIVE You THE NATIONS for YOUR INHERITANCE and THE ENDS of THE EARTH FOR Your POSSESSION.) ( John 15:8—By this my Father is GLORIFIED, that you BEAR MUCH FRUIT; so YOU WILL BE MY DISCIPLES.) (Returning to 1 Peter 2:5-- you also, as LIVING STONES, are being built up a SPIRITUAL HOUSE, (Eph 2:20—Having been built on the FOUNDATION of THE APOSTLES and PROPHETS, JESUS CHRIST HIMSELF BEING THE CHIEF CORNERSTONE, (21) in whom THE WHOLE BUILDING being JOINED TOGETHER, GROWS INTO A HOLY TEMPLE IN THE LORD, (24) in WHOM YOU ALSO ARE BEING BUILT UP FOR A HABITATION OF GOD IN THE SPIRIT.)
Is. 61:1—THE SPIRIT of the LORD God is UPON ME, because the Lord has ANOINTED ME to PREACH GOOD TIDINGS to THE POOR; (Ps.2:2—The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, AGAINST THE LORD and AGAINST HIS ANOINTED, saying, (3) Let us break Their bonds in pieces and CAST AWAY their cords from us. (4) He who sits in the heavens shall LAUGH; the Lord shall hold them in DERISION. (5) Then He shall speak to them in HIS WRATH, and distress them in His deep displeasure: (6) Yet I have set MY King on My HOLY HILL of ZION. (7) I will declare the decree: the Lord has said to ME, YOU ARE MY SON, today I HAVE BEGOTTEN YOU. (8) Ask of Me and I will GIVE You, THE NATIONS for YOUR INHERITANCE and THE ENDS of THE EARTH for YOUR POSSESSION.) (John 3:15—For God SO LOVED THE WORLD that HE GAVE HIS only BEGOTTEN SON, that whoever believes in HIM should not perish but have everlasting life. (17) For GOD DID NOT SEND HIS SON INTO THE WORLD TO CONDEMN THE WORLD, but THAT THE WORLD THROUGH HIM MIGHT BE SAVED.) Returning to 1 Peter 2:6—Therefore it is also contained in Scripture, “BEHOLD, I LAY IN ZION a CHIEF CORNERSTONE, elect, precious, and he who believes on HIM will NEVER be put to SHAME. (7) Therefore, to you who BELIEVE He is precious; but to those who are DISOBEDIENT the STONE which THE BUILDERS REJECTED has become THE CHIEF CORNERSTONE.)
(Returning to 1 Peter 2:5—you also as LIVING STONES are being BUILT UP a SPIRITUAL HOUSE, a holy PRIESTHOOD, to offer up spiritual sacrifices ACCEPTABLE to GOD through JESUS CHRIST. (6) Therefore it is also contained in the Scripture, “Behold I lay in ZION a CHIEF CORNERSTONE, elect, precious, and he who believes on HIM will by NO means be put to shame. (Jeremiah 51:25—Behold, I AM AGAINST YOU, O DESTROYING MOUNTAIN, who DESTROYS ALL THE EARTH, says the Lord. And I will stretch out my hand against you, roll you down from the rocks, and make you a BURNT MOUNTAIN. (26) They shall NOT take from you A STONE FOR A CORNER nor a STONE for A FOUNDATION, but you shall be desolate forever. Says the Lord.) Heb.12:18—For you HAVE NOT come to the MOUNTAIN that may BE TOUCHED (Note: I believe ZION to be a SPIRITUAL place found in the second Ps.; a place that you CANNOT TOUCH but when we stand there and in the name of Jesus, and ask Him to give Him the nations for His inheritance and the ends of the earth for His possession. Then we are born in ZION. Ps.87:5—And of ZION it will be said, THIS ONE and THAT ONE were BORN IN HER; and the MOST HIGH HIMSELF shall ESTABLISH HER. (6) The Lord will record, when HE REGISTERS the peoples; THIS ONE WAS BORN THERE.) Returning to Heb. 12:18--and that BURNED with fire, and to BLACKNESS and DARKNESS and TEMPEST, (22) But you have come to MOUNT ZION and to THE CITY of THE LIVING GOD, the HEAVENLY JERUSALEM, to an innumerable company of angels, (23) to the general assembly and CHURCH OF THE FIRSTBORN, (Rev.1:4—GRACE to you and PEACE from Him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven Spirits who are before His throne, (5) and from JESUS CHRIST, the FAITHFUL WITNESS, the FIRSTBORN from THE DEAD, and THE RULER OVER THE KINGS OF THE EARTH. To Him who LOVED us and WASHED US from OUR SINS in HIS OWN BLOOD, (6) and has made us KINGS and PRIESTS to HIS GOD and FATHER, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever.)
Returning to Heb. 12:23—to God the JUDGE OF ALL, to the spirits of just men made perfect. (24) TO JESUS THE MEDIATOR OF THE NEW COVENANT, and to THE BLOOD OF SPRINKLING that speaks better things than that of Abel. (Abel sacrificed a lamb, Jesus was the Lamb that was sacrificed.)
Returning to 1 Peter 4:7-- Therefore, to you who believe, He is precious; but to those who are DISOBEDIENT, “The STONE which THE BUILDERS REJECTED has become the CHIEF CORNERSTONE (8) and a STONE of STUMBLING and a ROCK of OFFENSE. They STUMBLE being DISOBEDIENT to THE WORD to which they were APPOINTED. (Rom. 1:3—Concerning His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who was born of the seed of DAVID according to the flesh, (4) and DECLARED to be THE SON OF GOD WITH POWER, according to the Spirit of HOLINESS, by THE RESURRECTION FROM THE DEAD, (5) Through whom we have received grace and APOSTLESHIP for OBEDIENCE to THE FAITH AMONG ALL NATIONS for His name, (6) among whom you also are the called of Jesus Christ.) 2 Corin. 10:3—For though we walk in the flesh, we DO NOT WAR ACCORDING TO THE FLESH. (4) For THE WEAPONS OF OUR WARFARE are NOT CARNAL BUT MIGHTY IN GOD FOR PULLING DOWN STRONGHOLDS, (5) CASTING DOWN ARGUMENTS and every HIGH THING that EXALTS ITSELF AGAINST THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD, bringing every thought into CAPTIVITY to the OBEDIENCE of CHRIST, (6) and being ready to punish ALL DISOBEDIENCE when YOUR OBEDIENCE is FULFILLED.
Romans 11:9—And David says: Let their table become a SNARE and a TRAP, a STUMBLING BLOCK and a recompense to them; (10) Let their EYES be DARKENED, that they may NOT see, and bow down their back always. (11) I say then, have they STUMBLED (The Jews) that they should FALL? Certainly NOT! But through THEIR FALL to provoke them to jealousy, SALVATION HAS COME TO THE GENTILES. (12) NOW if their FALL is RICHES FOR THE WORLD, and THEIR FAILURE RICHES FOR THE GENTILES, HOW MUCH MORE IS THEIR FULLNESS! (15) For if THEIR BEING CAST AWAY is THE RECONCILING OF THE WORLD, (2 Corin. 5:18—Now all things are of God, who has RECONCILED THE WORLD to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has GIVEN us the MINISTRY OF RECONCILIATION, (19) that is, that GOD WAS IN CHRIST RECONCILING THE WORLD TO HIMSELF NOT IMPUTING THEIR TRESPASSES to THEM, and has COMMITTED TO US THE WORD OF RECONCILIATION.)
(Returning to Rom.11:15--WHAT WILL THEIR ACCEPTANCE BE BUT LIFE FROM THE DEAD? (16) For if THE FIRSTFRUIT IS HOLY, the LUMP IS ALSO HOLY; and IF THE ROOT IS HOLY, SO ARE THE BRANCHES. (18) Do not BOAST against the branches. But if you boast REMEMBER that YOU DO NOT SUPPORT THE ROOT, but THE ROOT SUPPORTS YOU. (25) For I do not desire, Brethren, that you should become IGNORANT of THIS MYSTERY, lest you should be wise in YOUR OWN OPINION, that hardening in part has happened to ISRAEL until THE FULLNESS OF THE GENTILES HAS COME IN. (26) And so ALL ISRAEL WILL BE SAVED, as it is written. THE DELIVERER WILL COME OUT OF ZION, and He will TURN AWAY UNGODLINESS FROM JACOB; (27) For this is MY COVENANT with THEM when I TAKE AWAY THEIR SINS. (28) Concerning the gospel they are ENEMIES for YOUR SAKE, but concerning the ELECTION they are BELOVED for the SAKE OF THE FATHERS. (29) For the GIFTS and THE CALLING of God are IRREVOCABLE. (30) For as you were once DISOBEDIENT to God, yet have NOW obtained MERCY through their DISOBEDIENCE, (31) Even so THESE also have now been DISOBEDIENT, that through the MERCY shown YOU they also may obtain MERCY. (32) For GOD HAS COMMITTED them ALL to DISOBEDIENCE, that HE MIGHT HAVE MERCY ON ALL. (33) Oh, the depths of the RICHES both of the WISDOM and KNOWLEDGE OF GOD!
Rom.9:15—For He says to Moses, I WILL HAVE MERCY on WHOMEVER I will have MERCY, and I will have COMPASSION on WHOMEVER I will have COMPASSION. (16) so then IT IS NOT OF HIM WHO WILLS, nor of him WHO RUNS, but OF GOD WHO SHOWS MERCY. Hosea 4:1—HEAR the word of the Lord. You children of Israel, for the Lord brings a CHARGE against the inhabitants of the land: There is NO TRUTH or MERCY or KNOWLEDGE OF GOD IN THE LAND. (Hosea. 6:6—For I desire MERCY and NOT sacrifice, and THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD more than burnt offerings. Matt. 9:13—But GO and LEARN what THIS MEANS: I DESIRE MERCY and not sacrifice. For I did not come to call THE RIGHTEOUS, but SINNERS, TO REPENTANCE. (Pro. 10”30—The RIGHTEOUS will NEVER be REMOVED, but the wicked will NOT INHABIT THE EARTH.)
Acts 3:19—REPENT therefore and be converted, that YOUR SINS may be BLOTTED OUT, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, (20) and that HE MAY SEND JESUS CHRIST, WHO WAS PREACHED TO YOU BEFORE, (21) whom heaven must receive until the times of RESTORATION of ALL THINGS, which God has spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began. (25) You are sons of the prophets, and of THE COVENANT which God made with our fathers, saying to ABRAHAM, and in YOUR SEED all THE FAMILIES OF THE EARTH SHALL BE BLESSED. (26) To you first, God having raised up HIS SERVANT JESUS sent Him to BLESS YOU, IN TURNING AWAY EVERY ONE OF YOU FROM YOUR INIQUITES. Gal.3:29—And if you ARE CHRIST’S then you are ABRAHAM’S seed and HEIRS according to THE PROMISE. (Rom. 4:13:For THE PROMISE that he would be THE HEIR OF THE WORLD was not to ABRAHAM or his seed through THE LAW but through the RIGHTEOUNESS of FAITH.) Is.59:20—The REDEEMER will come to ZION and to those who TURN FROM TRANSGRESSION in JACOB, says the Lord. (21) As for Me, says the Lord, “this is MY COVENANT with them: MY SPIRIT who is UPON YOU, and My words which I have put in your mouth, shall not depart from your mouth, nor from the mouth of your DESCENDANTS, nor from the mouth of your DESCENDANTS’ DESCENDANTS, says the Lord, from this time forth and FOREVERMORE.
Deut. 4:36—OUT of HEAVEN He let YOU HEAR HIS VOICE, THAT HE MIGHT INSTRUCT YOU; ON EARTH HE SHOWED YOU HIS GREAT FIRE, and YOU HEARD HIS WORDS OUT OF THE MIDST OF THE FIRE. (Jere.23:29—Is NOT MY WORD LIKE A FIRE? Says the Lord, and like a HAMMER that breaks the rock in pieces?) Returning to Deut. 4:37—And because He LOVED your FATHERS, therefore HE CHOSE THEIR DESCENDANTS AFTER THEM; and He brought you out of EGYPT with HIS PRESENCE, with HIS MIGHTY POWER. (Jere. 45:7—Who is this coming up like a flood, whose waters move like the rivers? (8) EGYPT rises up LIKE A FLOOD, and its waters move like the rivers; And he says, I WILL GO UP and COVER THE EARTH, I WILL DESTROY THE CITY and ITS INHABITANTS.) Returning to Deut. 4:39--Therefore KNOW this DAY, and CONSIDER it in your HEART, that the Lord HIMSELF is GOD in HEAVEN above, and on the EARTH beneath; there is NO OTHER. (Is. 45:22—Look to Me, and be SAVED, ALL YOU ENDS OF THE EARTH! FOR I AM GOD and there is NO OTHER.) (1 Sam. 2:10—The adversaries of the Lord shall be broken in pieces; FROM HEAVEN HE WILL THUNDER AGAINST THEM. THE LORD WILL JUDGE THE ENDS OF THE EARTH. He will give STRENGTH to HIS KING, and EXALT the horn of HIS ANOINTED.) Returning to Deut. 4:40—You shall therefore keep HIS STATUTES and HIS COMMANDMENTS which I COMMAND YOU TODAY, that it may go WELL with YOU and WITH YOUR CHILDREN after you, and that you may PROLONG your days in the land which the Lord your God is GIVING YOU FOR ALL TIME.)
Mal. 4:4—REMEMBER the Law of Moses, My servant, which I COMMANDED him in HOREB for ALL ISRAEL, with the STATUTES and JUDGMENTS. (5) Behold, I send you ELIJAH the prophet BEFORE the COMING OF THE GREAT and DREADFUL DAY OF THE LORD. (6) And He will turn the hearts of the FATHERS to THE CHILDREN, and the hearts of THE CHILDREN to their FATHERS, lest I come and strike the earth with a CURSE. Ps. 37:22—For those who are BLESSED by HIM Shall INHERIT THE EARTH, but those who are CURSED by HIM shall be CUT OFF. Gen.9:9—And as for Me, behold, I establish MY COVENANT with YOU and with YOUR DESCENDANTS AFTER YOU, (10) and with every living creature that is with you: the birds, the cattle, and every beast of the earth with you, of all that go out of the ark, every beast of the earth. (11) Thus I ESTABLISH MY COVENANT WITH YOU: NEVER AGAIN SHALL ALL FLESH BE CUT OFF BY THE WATERS OF THE FLOOD: NEVER AGAIN SHALL THERE BE A FLOOD TO DESTROY THE EARTH. ( Jere. 46:7—Who is THIS coming up like A FLOOD, whose waters move like the rivers? (8) EGYPT rises up LIKE A FLOOD, and its waters move like the rivers; and he said, I WILL GO UP and COVER THE EARTH, I WILL DESTROY THE CITY and ITS INHABITANTS. (9) Come up, O horses, and RAGE, O chariots! (10) For THIS IS THE DAY OF THE LORD GOD OF HOSTS, A DAY OF VENGEANCE.)
Is 34:8—For it is the DAY OF THE LORD’S VENGEANCE. THE YEAR OF RECOMPENSE FOR THE CAUSE OF ZION. Is.35:3—Strengthen the weak hands, and make firm the feeble knees. (4) Say to those who are fearful-hearted; be strong, do not fear! Behold, YOUR GOD WILL COME WITH VENGEANCE, with the recompense of GOD; HE WILL COME AND SAVE YOU. (5) Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. (6) Then the lame shall leap like a deer, and the tongue of the of the dumb shall sing. For waters SHALL BURST FORTH IN THE WILDERNESS, and STREAMS in the DESERT. (7) The parched land shall become a pool, and the thirsty land springs of water. (10) And the ransomed of the Lord shall return, and come to ZION with SINGING, with EVERLASTING JOY on their heads. They shall obtain JOY and GLADNESS, and SORROW and SIGHING shall FLEE AWAY.
Returning to Gen.9:12—And God said: THIS IS THE SIGN OF THE COVENANT WHICH I MAKE BETWEEN ME and YOU and EVERY LIVING CREATURE THAT IS WITH YOU, for PERPETUAL GENERATIONS: (13) I set MY RAINBOW in THE CLOUD OVER THE EARTH. (14) It shall be when I bring A CLOUD OVER THE EARTH, THAT THE RAINBOW SHALL BE SEEN IN THE CLOUD; (15) And I WILL REMEMBER MY COVENANT WHICH IS BETWEEN ME and YOU and EVERY LIVING CREATURE OF ALL FLESH; THE WATERS SHALL NEVER AGAIN BECOME A FLOOD TO DESTROY ALL FLESH THAT IS ON THE EARTH. Rev. 10:1—And I saw still another mighty angel coming down from heaven, CLOTHED WITH A CLOUD. And A RAINBOW was ON HIS HEAD, HIS FACE WAS LIKE THE SUN, and HIS FEET LIKE PILLARS OF FIRE.
(Eze.2:28—Like the appearance of A RAINBOW in A CLOUD on a RAINY DAY, (Is.45:8—RAIN down you heavens, from above, and let the skies pour down RIGHTEOUSNESS; let the earth open, let THEM BRING FORTH SALVATION. And let RIGHTEOUSNESS spring up together. I, the Lord have created it.) Returning to Eze. 2:28--so was the appearance of the brightness all around it. THIS WAS THE APPEARANCE OF THE LIKENESS OF THE GLORY OF THE LORD. Hab.2:9—Woe to him who covets evil gain for his house, that he may set HIS NEST ON HIGH, that he may be DELIVERED from THE POWER of DISASTER! (10) You gave shameful counsel to your house, CUTTING OFF MANY PEOPLES, and sinned against your soul. (11) For THE STONE (The Stone which the builders rejected?) will cry out from the wall, and the beam from its timbers will answer it. (14) For THE EARTH WILL BE FILLED WITH THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE GLORY OF THE LORD, as THE WATERS COVER THE SEA.
Rom.9:18—For I consider that the suffering of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the GLORY which shall be REVEALED IN US. (19) For the earnest EXPECTATION OF THE CREATION EAGERLY WAITS for the REVEALING OF THE SONS OF GOD. (Heb. 9:28—To those who EAGERLY WAIT for Him He will appear a SECOND TIME apart from SIN for SALVATION.) Returning to Rom 9:20--For THE CREATION WAS SUBJECTED TO FUTILITY, NOT WILLINGLY, but because of Him who subjected it in hope; (21) because THE CREATION ITSELF ALSO WILL BE DELIVERED FROM THE BONDAGE OF CORRUPTION INTO THE GLORIOUS LIBERTY OF THE CHILDREN OF GOD.
Is.46:9—Remember THE FORMER THINGS OF OLD, For I AM GOD and THERE IS NO OTHER, I am God and there is NONE LIKE ME, (10) DECLARING THE END FROM THE BEGINNING, and from ANCIENT TIMES THINGS THAT ARE NOT YET DONE. Saying My counsel shall stand, and I will do all My pleasure calling a bird of prey from the east, the man WHO EXECUTES MY COUNSEL, from a far country. Indeed I have spoken it; I WILL ALSO BRING IT TO PASS, I have purposed it; I WILL ALSO DO IT. (2) Listen to Me you STUBBORN-HEARTED, who are far from RIGHTEOUSNESS; (13) I bring MY RIGHTEOUSNESS NEAR, it shall not be far off; MY SALVATION SHALL NOT LINGER. And I will PLACE SALVATION IN ZION, for Israel My glory. 1 Sam.15:22—Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, AS IN OBEYING THE VOICE OF THE LORD? Behold, TO OBEY is BETTER THAN SACRIFICE, and to heed than the fat of rams. (23) For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and STUBBORNESS IS AS INIQUITY and IDOLATRY.)
Rom.16:25—Now to Him who is able to establish you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according TO THE REVELATION OF THE MYSTERY which was kept SECRET since the world began (26) but NOW has been made MANIFEST and by the PROPHETIC SCRIPTURES has been made KNOWN TO ALL NATIONS, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, for OBEDIENCE to the FAITH—(27) to God, alone wise, be GLORY through Jesus Christ FOREVER. Heb.5:5—So also Christ did not glorify Himself to become HIGH PRIEST, but it was He who said to Him: You are My Son, today I have begotten You. (Ps.2:7-8) (6) As He also says in another place YOU ARE A PRIEST FOREVER according to the ORDER of MELCHIZEDEK, (7) who in the days of His flesh, when he had offered up prayer and supplications, with vehement cries and tears to Him who was able to SAVE HIM FROM DEATH, and was HEARD because of his godly fear. (8) THOUGH HE WAS A SON, YET HE LEARNED OBEDIENCE BY THE THINGS WHICH HE SUFFERED. (9) And having been PERFECTED, HE BECAME THE AUTHOR of ETERNAL SALVATION TO ALL WHO OBEY HIM. (10) called by God as HIGH PRIEST according to the order of MELCHIZDEK.
Heb.2:10—For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, TO MAKE THE AUTHOR OF THEIR SALVATION PERFECT THROUGH SUFFERINGS. (11) For BOTH He who sanctifies and those who are being sanctified are all of ONE, for which reason He is not ashamed to call them brethren, (12) saying: I will declare your name to My brethren; in the midst of the congregation I will sing praise to you. (14) Inasmuch then as the children have PARTAKEN OF FLESH and BLOOD, HE HIMSELF LIKEWISE SHARED IN THE SAME, that THROUGH DEATH HE MIGHT DESTROY HIM WHO HAD THE POWER OF DEATH, THAT is THE DEVIL, (15) and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. (16) For indeed HE DOES NOT GIVE AID TO ANGELS, but HE DOES GIVE AID TO THE SEED OF ABRAHAM.
Ps.110:1—The Lord said to my Lord, “SIT AT MY RIGHT HAND, till I MAKE YOUR ENEMIES YOUR FOOTSTOOL. (2) THE LORD SHALL SEND THE ROD OF YOUR STRENGTH OUT OF ZION. Rule in the midst of Your enemies! (3) Your people shall be VOLUNTEERS in THE DAY OF YOUR POWER; in the beauties of holiness, from the womb of the morning, YOU HAVE THE DEW OF YOUR YOUTH. (4) The lord has SWORN and WILL NOT RELENT, YOU ARE A PRIEST FOREVER according to the order of MELCHIZEZDEK. Heb. 6:13—For when God MADE A PROMISE to ABRAHAM, because He could SWEAR by no one greater, HE SWORE BY HIMSELF, (14) saying, “Surely BLESSING I WILL BLESS YOU and MULTIPLYING I WILL MULTIPLY YOU. (15) And so, after he had patiently endured, HE OBTAINED THE PROMISE. (16) For men indeed SWEAR by the GREATER, and AN OATH for CONFIRMATION is FOR THEM AN END OF ALL DISPUTE. (17) Thus God, determining to show more abundantly to the HEIRS OF PROMISE the IMMUTABILITY of HIS COUNSEL CONFRIMED IT BY AN OATH, (Unchangeableness of His purpose, guaranteed) (18) that by two immutable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we might have STRONG CONSOLATION, who have fled for REFUGE to lay hold of the hope set before us. (19) THIS HOPE we have as AN ANCHOR OF THE SOUL, both SURE and STEADFAST, and which ENTERS THE PRESENCE BEHIND THE VEIL, (20) where the forerunner has ENTERED FOR US YES, EVEN JESUS, having BECOME HIGH PRIEST FOREVER ACCORDING TO THE ORDER OF MELCHIZEDEK.
Gen.22:15—Then the Angel of the Lord called to ABRAHAM a SECOND TIME out of HEAVEN, (16) and said: By Myself I HAVE SWORN, says the Lord, because you have done THIS THING, and have NOT WITHHELD YOUR SON, your only son, (17) IN BLESSING I will BLESS YOU, (1 Peter 3:8—Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another, LOVE as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous; (9) not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary BLESSING, knowing THAT YOU WERE CALLED to THIS, THAT YOU MAY INHERIT A BLESSING.) Returning to Gen.22:17--and in multiplying I will multiply your DESCENDANTS as the stars of the heaven and AS THE SAND ON THE SEASHORE; and YOUR DESCENDANTS SHALL POSSESS THE GATE OF THEIR ENEMIES. (18) In YOUR SEED ALL THE NATIONS OF THE EARTH SHALL BE BLESSED, BECAUSE YOU HAVE OBEYED MY VOICE. (God’s grace?)
Is.48:17—Thus says the Lord, YOUR REDEEMER, THE HOLY ONE of Israel; I am the Lord your God, WHO TEACHES YOU TO PROFIT, WHO LEADS YOU BY THE WAY YOU SHOULD GO. (18) Oh, that you had heeded My commandments! Then your PEACE would have been like a RIVER, and your RIGHTEOUSNESS like the waves of the SEA. (19) YOUR DESCENDANTS ALSO WOULD HAVE BEEN LIKE THE SAND, and THE OFFSPRING of your body like the GRAINS OF SAND; His name WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN CUT OFF NOR DESTROYED FROM BEFORE ME. Is. 10:22—For though YOUR PEOPLE, O Israel, be AS THE SAND OF THE SEA, YET A REMNANT OF THEM WILL RETURN, THE DESTRUCTION DECREED SHALL OVERFLOW WITH RIGHTEOUSNESS.
Ps.90:3—YOU turn man to DESTRUCTION, and say, RETURN, O children of men, for a THOUSAND YEARS in your sight are like YESTERDAY when it is past, and like A WATCH IN THE NIGHT. 1 Thess. 5:4—But you brethren, are not in DARKNESS so that this DAY should overtake you as A THIEF. (5) You are ALL sons of THE LIGHT and sons of THE DAY, we are not of the NIGHT nor of DARKNESS. (6) Therefore let us NOT sleep, as others do, but LET US WATCH and be SOBER. (7) For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get DRUNK are DRUNK at night. (8) But let us who are of THE DAY be SOBER, putting on the breastplate of FAITH, and LOVE, and as a helmet THE HOPE OF SALVATION. (9) For God DID NOT APPOINT US TO WRATH, but TO OBTAIN SALVATION through our LORD JESUS CHRIST. 1 Peter 5:8—Be SOBER, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. (9) Resist him, STEADFAST IN THE FAITH, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your BROTHERHOOD in THE WORLD.
Is. 29:7—The multitude of all THE NATIONS who fight against Ariel, even all who fight against her fortress, and distress her, shall be as a dream of a NIGHT VISION. (8) It shall be even as when a HUNGRY man dreams, and look he eats, but he awakes, and his soul is empty. Or as when a THIRSTY man dreams, and look he drinks—but he awakes, and indeed is faint, and his soul still craves; (Matt. 5:6—Blessed are those who HUNGER and THIRST after RIGHTEOUSNES for they shall be FILLED.) Returning to Is. 29:8—So the multitude of all THE NATIONS shall be who fight against MOUNT ZION. (9) Pause and wonder! Blind yourselves and be blind! They are DRUNK but NOT with WINE; they stagger, but NOT with INTOXICATING DRINK. (10) For the Lord has poured out on you THE SPIRIT of DEEP SLEEP, and has closed your eyes, NAMELY THE PROPHETS; and He has covered your heads, namely the seers. (11) The whole vision has become to you like the WORDS OF A BOOK THAT IS SEALED, which men deliver to one who is literate, saying, “Read this please.” And he says, I am NOT LITERATE. (13) Therefore the Lord said: “Inasmuch as these people DRAW NEAR to Me WITH THEIR MOUTHS and HONOR ME WITH THEIR LIPS, but have REMOVED THEIR HEARTS FAR FROM ME, and their FEAR toward Me is TAUGHT BY THE COMMANDMENT OF MEN, (14) Therefore, behold I will again do a marvelous work among this people, a marvelous work and a wonder; FOR THE WISDOM of THEIR WISE MEN SHALL PERISH, and THE UNDERSTANDING of their PRUDENT men shall be HIDDEN.
1 Corin 1:20—Where is the WISE? Where is the SCRIBE? Where is the disputer of this age? Has not GOD made FOOLISH THE WISDOM OF THIS WORLD? (23) But we preach, CHRIST CRUCIFIED, to the JEWS a STUMBLING BLOCK and to the GREEKS FOOLISHNESS, (24) but to those who are called, both JEWS and GREEKS, CHRIST THE POWER of GOD and THE WISDOM OF GOD. (25) Because the FOOLISHNESS of GOD is WISER than MEN, and the WEAKNESS of GOD is STRONGER than MEN. (26) For you see your calling brethren, that NOT many WISE according to the flesh, NOT many MIGHTY, NOT many NOBLE, are called. (27) But GOD HAS CHOSEN THE FOOLISH THINGS of THE WORLD to PUT to SHAME the WISE, and GOD HAS CHOSEN the WEAK things of the world to PUT to SHAME the
things which are MIGHTY. Ps.33:16—NO king is saved by the multitude of an army; a MIGHTY man is NOT delivered by GREAT STRENGTH. (18) Behold, the EYE OF THE LORD IS ON THOSE WHO FEAR HIM, on THOSE WHO HOPE IN HIS MERCY.
Ps. 82:1—God stand in the congregation of the MIGHTY; He judges among the gods. (3) Defend the POOR and FATHERLESS; do JUSTICE to the AFFLICTED and NEEDY. (4) DELIVER the POOR and NEEDY; free them from the hand of the wicked. (5) They DO NOT KNOW, NOR DO THEY UNDERSTAND; they walk about in DARKNESS; ALL the FOUNDATIONS of the earth are unstable. (6) I said, “YOU are gods, and all of you like one of the princes. (8) Arise, O God, JUDGE THE EARTH; For YOU SHALL INHERIT ALL NATIONS. Ps. 96;10—Say AMONG THE NATIONS, THE LORD REIGNS, the WORLD ALSO IS FIRMLY ESTABLISHED, IT SHALL NOT BE MOVED; HE SHALL JUDGE THE PEOPLES RIGHTEOUSLY. (13) For He is coming, for He is coming to JUDGE THE EARTH. He shall JUDGE THE WORLD WITH RIGHTEOUSNESS, and the peoples with HIS TRUTH. (Ps.93:1—THE LORD REIGNS, He is clothed with MAJESTY; the Lord is clothed, HE HAS GIRDED HIMSELF WITH STRENGTH. SURELY THE WORLD IS ESTABLISHED, SO THAT IT CANNOT BE MOVED.
Is. 51:15—But I am the Lord your God, who divided the sea whose waves roared—The Lord of hosts is His name. (16) And I have put MY WORDS IN YOUR MOUTH; I have covered you with THE SHADOW of MY HAND, that I may PLANT the HEAVENS, LAY THE FOUNDATIONS of THE EARTH, and SAY TO ZION, ‘YOU ARE MY PEOPLE.” Ps. 87:1—HIS FOUNDATION is in the holy mountains, (2) The Lord LOVES THE GATES OF ZION more than all the dwellings of JACOB. Is. 28:16—Therefore thus says the Lord God: “Behold, I lay in ZION a STONE FOR A FOUNDATION, a tried stone, a PRECIOUS CORNERSTONE, a SURE FOUNDATION; whoever believes will not act hastily. Ps. 102:12—But You, O Lord, shall ENDURE FOREVER, and THE REMEMBRANCE of YOUR NAME to ALL GENERATONS. (13) You will ARISE and have MERCY on ZION. For the time to favor her, yes, the SET TIME HAS COME. (14) For Your servants take pleasure in HER STONES, and SHOW FAVOR to HER DUST.(16) For THE LORD SHALL BUILD UP ZION; He shall APPEAR IN HIS GLORY. (21) To declare the NAME OF THE LORD IN ZION, and HIS PRAISE IN JERUSALEM.
Ps.118:22—THE STONE WHICH THE BUILDERS REJECTED HAS BECOME THE CHIEF CORNERSTONE. (23) This was THE LORD’S DOING; It is MARVELOUS in OUR EYES. (24) THIS IS THE DAY WHICH THE LORD HAS MADE; WE WILL REJOICE and BE GLAD IN IT. (25) SAVE NOW, I PRAY, O LORD; O LORD, I PRAY SEND NOW PROSPERITY. (26) BLESSED is he who comes IN THE NAME OF THE LORD! Ps. 135:21—BLESSED BE THE LORD OUT OF ZION, WHO DWELL IN JERUSALEM!
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What a beautiful phrase, "this was the Lord's doing." Praise God, that He fulfills His Word. He remembers mercy to all who Hope in Him. Praise God for the Chief Cornerstone, the sure foundation upon which the Whole Building rests! Thank you for your hard work, Sharon-Dennis
Dearest Sharon, Once again you lay before us a feast of God's Word! Yes, the 'stone' that was rejected has, indeed, become The Cornerstone that secures the strong foundation of our faith. And those who are secure in His Love and obediently follow Him will be embraced by Him for all eternity. We will become His 'living stones' and help to 'build' the foundations of others' faith. PRAISE GOD for this AWESOME assignment! "For God DID NOT APPOINT US TO WRATH, but TO OBTAIN SALVATION through our LORD JESUS CHRIST" AMEN, Sharon, AMEN! With love, Peggy