In the midst of destruction, great stability

Isaiah Bible Background

Old Testament: Isa 28.16–17

To read the Bible in a year, read Isaiah 27–28 on October 3, In the year of our Lord Christ 2019

By Don Ruhl

Much of the message of the prophets is rebuking, condemning, and foretelling the coming wrath of God, but the prophets also spoke of God’s relentless desire to bless man, such as in this passage from Isaiah:

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.
Also I will make justice the measuring line,
And righteousness the plummet;
The hail will sweep away the refuge of lies,
And the waters will overflow the hiding place.”

– Isaiah 28.16–17

Regardless of the sins of Israel and the nations, God would still do what He promised and He fulfilled this promise in Jesus of Nazareth, as Peter had told the Jewish leaders (Acts 4.11), and as other New Testament writers made application: Matthew 21.42; Mark 12.10; Luke 20.17; Romans 9.33; 10.11; Eph 2.20; First Peter 2.6–8.

Questions:

  • Have you built your life on the Chief Cornerstone?
  • Why do you believe that Jesus of Nazareth is the Messiah?

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