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This week’s inspiration came from an unlikely source. Anyone who knows me well enough knows that I absolutely love Jamaican music and culture. I especially love Jamaican documentaries. One night I stumbled upon a documentary about Bob Marley. The documentary just went through his life and the stories behind his music. If you’re interested in the documentary, you can click here to watch it.
One song caught my attention and is the driving force behind this week’s blessing: “Cornerstone:”
~Matthew 21:42 – Jesus asked them, Have you never read in the Scriptures: The very Stone which the builders rejected threw away has become the Cornerstone; this is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes? (AMP)
~Acts 4:11 – This [Jesus] is the Stone which was despised rejected by you, the builders, but which has become the Head of the corner [the Cornerstone]. (AMP)
~1 Peter 2:7 – To you then who believe (who adhere to, trust in, and rely on Him) is the preciousness; but for those who disbelieve [it is true], The [very] Stone which the builders rejected has become the main Cornerstone (AMP)
I chose to keep the first verse in King James because, as you can see, that verse says exactly what Bob says in the song, he just used it differently. In the song, Bob was using the metaphor of the cornerstone to describe how his father’s family rejected him. However, they did not realize that he was going to become one of the most celebrated musicians in history. Therefore, he will always be loved and remembered; he is the reason the Marley name is so well known, not because of them. And that is kind of what the scriptures are saying too: at the end of the day, God will get His glory.
Also in my research, I found a blog post by James over on Think Hebrew who talked about these scriptures also. He explained in great detail the meaning of the cornerstone. It’s a great read.
What exactly is a cornerstone? Well, in building terms, it is the most important stone in the whole construction because it sets the foundation for the rest of the stones and determines position of the entire building. Also, cornerstone is defined as “
Is it clicking yet? No? Well let me break it down for you: Jesus came into the world completely opposite of how the people thought he would. He was born in a manger around animals (Luke 2:11-12) and grew up to be a simple carpenter(Mark 6:3). Not to mention the fact that He was described as a plain-looking man; he wasn’t very impressive(Isaiah 53:2). Jesus was the last person anybody thought would be the Savior of the world, but obviously he proved them all wrong! Here is a rabbinic parable, as told by James, that will explain further:
Making sense yet? See how they tossed that stone aside, not recognizing its value until they realized that they needed it to accomplish their take? Isn’t that similar to what they did to Jesus?
Didn’t most of the people in Jesus’ time reject him(Isaiah 53:3)? Didn’t they tell Him he was crazy and that He wasn’t the Messiah(John 10:20)? And didn’t they realize that they had made a mistake and that Jesus really was who He claimed to be(Matthew 27:54, Mark 15:39)? Jesus was “the stone that the builder refused,” and they realized that “He will always be the head cornerstone,” because he is “the way, the truth, and the life,” and nobody can get into Heaven unless it’s through Him(John 14:6)! He is what we need to finish our own tasks and create our spiritual buildings!
We can’t have a successful relationships without acknowledging His presence in it, we can’t build fruitful churches without Him in it, we can’t even say ‘Merry Christmas’ without Him in it! And most importantly,we can’t be saved unless we accept Jesus!
And to make it even more interesting, during Jesus’ time, carpenters did not just work with wood, they worked with stone! This kinda fits in with the fact that God is the creator of all humankind and has a specific purpose in mind for everyone, just as a carpenter as a use for everything he uses; he doesn’t make stuff just for the heck of it,people; there is a specific use in mind! Also, James mentions in his post that the Greek work for carpenter is “tekton,” which means “builder.” Isn’t that amazing?!