Numbers 24; Psalms 66,67; Isaiah 14; 1 Peter 2

I first examined today’s reading the morning after my previous post.  As I’ve considered these chapters in the time since, my mind has continually come back to the same thought from the same short passage.   Set aside the evil of sin for a moment.  In the past two weeks I’ve become increasingly dumbfounded by the sheer absurdity of it.

In today’s two Psalms alone, we see that God’s power is so great that His enemies cringe before Him.  All the earth bows down to Him.  He rules forever by His power.  He preserves our lives.  He rules all the peoples, and He does so with equity.  The remaining Psalms and the rest of the books of scripture are filled with similar descriptions of this God who created and continually sustains us.

As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him— you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.  For in Scripture it says:

“See, I lay a stone in Zion,
a chosen and precious cornerstone,
and the one who trusts in him
will never be put to shame.”

Now to you who believe, this stone is precious. But to those who do not believe,

“The stone the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone,”

and,

“A stone that causes people to stumble
and a rock that makes them fall.”

They stumble because they disobey the message—which is also what they were destined for.

1 Peter 2:4-8

In 1 Peter 2, we see God choosing a stone and declaring it His cornerstone, the most important and precious stone of all.  Yet, the very same people who wrote, sang, and preserved the truths from the Psalms mentioned above, the very same people through whom God has revealed Himself to all the nations, told God that He was wrong, essentially saying “No offense or anything God, but your chosen cornerstone is nothing but a worthless stumbling block and should be returned to the dust of the field where you found it.”  How absurd!  How far the fall reduced us that our great and awesome God sees one thing and we see just the opposite!  Again, absurd.

I’ve been more blessed than most of Christ’s contemporaries.  God began the process of drawing me to Jesus at a very early age.  As Peter wrote, this Stone is precious to me as it is to all believers.  Nevertheless, I can’t look down upon the unbelievers blinded to the value of this Stone.  After all, isn’t this exactly what I do whenever I sin?  I’m not failing to value a person or a tangible object, but I’m failing to value a behavior or a state of mind that God esteems.  Absurd!

Dear God, help me to see as you see, value what you value, and honor what you honor.  Amen!

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