Stones (Part 3) by Pastor Carl W. Mann, II

Psalm 118:22 (KJV) “The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner.”

Jesus, the “Cornerstone of God,” is the “Stone” of…

  1. Steadfastness

Ever since man was removed from the Garden of Eden, he has sought for a permanent residence – one that would outlast the passing of time.  When mankind was in rebellious unity that precipitated the building of the Tower of Babel, there was the desire to build something that would not only last, but would be an eternal testimony to the greatness of man.  NOTHING that mankind builds will last forever!

Adam failed in his “trial!”  It was not many generations later that his name was not even mentioned.  Moses has a reputation amongst the Jews and Judeo-Christian traditions.  However, the only place that is a testimony to how Moses “ascended into the Presence of God,” is the large “Stone” Monument called “Mt. Sinai.”

Abraham desired to have a permanent home, a city that would outlast the passing of time. Such a city would have to have a solid foundation. Hebrews 11:10(KJV) “For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.”

When I visited the Holy Land in 2005, our tour guide brought us to the site of an ancient city.  The only visible evidence that a city once stood in that place was the remnants of the “Gate” with 12 steps leading up to it.  The tour guide said, “Most likely, Abraham passed through this gate on his journey to the place that God led him.”

The “Gate” was made of stones and the foundation of what remained of the city was made of stones.  Nonetheless, the city no longer existed; and, unless the tour guide had explained that what we were viewing was the “Gate” of the ancient city, we would have wondered what it was!  The point I’m attempting to make is this, “Just because it is made of ‘Stone’ does NOT ensure that it will last forever!”

However, when God places something in “Stone,” it will last forever!  In Exodus 31:18, Moses ascended Mt. Sinai and God handed him His Commandments written on “Stone Tables” signifying that His Word is eternal.

Matthew 24:35 (KJV) “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.” 

Goliath stood “head and shoulders” above David.  To David, if he had chosen to look upon this challenge only with his carnal vision, it would have seemed easier to fill the valley that separated the army of Israel from the army of the Philistines with dirt than to defeat this “Mountain” of a man!  Obviously, the Army of Israel could not see anyway Goliath could be defeated!  The Philistines thought their “Champion” was undefeatable; in fact, they established their “sure victory” on this belief! BUT, a young boy’s faith in God brought him down!!

Our Lord Jesus, the “Cornerstone of God,” is the most Sure Foundation…

1 Corinthians 3:11 (KJV) “For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 

Ephesians 2:19-20 (KJV)“Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God; And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; 

Jesus, the “Cornerstone of God,” is the “Stone” of…

  1. Sustenance

When the children of Israel were traveling into the wilderness they complained that there was not enough water to sustain their trek (Exodus 17).  When they arrived in Rephidim, they murmured against God, by murmuring against Moses, and demanded that he provide them enough water to continue the journey.

God instructed Moses to lead the people of Israel to a specific “rock in Horeb” where God would “stand before thee on the rock in Horeb,” to provide the water to sustain the people of Israel in a dry and desolate place.  God also instructed Moses to “smite the rock” and water would gush forth from the rock. Moses obeyed the Lord, and an abundance of clean, clear water issued forth to sustain the people of Israel!

In the same place where God provided the sustaining water for the people of Israel, Amalek and his evil hoards came to fight against Israel.  Moses followed God’s example of “standing before the people on the top of the rocky hill” as the army of Israel went to battle. While Moses held his arms high in praise to God, Israel prevailed.  Whenever he lowered his hands, because he was weary, Israel flagged in battle.

Aaron and Hur placed a large “Stone” where Moses could sit upon it in a position where the army of Israel could see him.  Aaron and Hur held up his arms so he would not lower them due to fatigue.

In Rephadim, God used “Stones” to provide the sustaining “Water” and “Will” to accomplish God’s plans.

Our Lord Jesus, the “Cornerstone of God,” is the Source of “Living Water” and “Life” to fulfill God’s plans.

When Jesus went to Samaria He met with a woman who was an outcast in her village (John 4). The reason we know she was an outcast is because she did not come to the well to draw water at the same time the other women of the village came.  They came earlier in the morning to avoid the heat of the day; however, she came when it was most inconvenient, and when she would not have to be confronted with their insults and shunning.  She was spiritually more “dry” than the parched land in which she lived.

You will recall that Jesus asked her to draw some water from the well for Him.  Then, He told her that if she asked Him, He would provide her some “water” that would quench her “eternal thirst!”  John 4:13-14 (KJV) “Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.” 

I can only imagine how Satan must have shuddered, while he was celebrating what appeared to be a victory at the death of the Son of God at Calvary, when the Roman soldier pierced the side of Jesus!  I’m sure he could NOT believe what he saw – John 19:34 (KJV) “But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water” (Emphasis Mine). You will notice, they only pierced His side “one time,” in accordance with God’s instructions to Moses concerning the “Rock in Horeb!”  By the way, “Horeb” means “desolation.”

Jesus said, John 3:14 (KJV) “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:” 

God stood on the “Rock in Horeb” to facilitate the issuing of water in Rephidim. You may find it interesting that “Rephidim” is the plural form of the word “Raphiydah” which means “support, upright, post.”  It requires no great imagination to see that God was foreshadowing the Cross of Calvary upon which the “Cornerstone of God” would be “Lifted up!”

“Jesus is a rock in a weary land, a weary land, a weary land! My Jesus is a rock in a weary land, a shelter in the time of storm!” –African American spiritual

Jesus, the “Cornerstone of God,” is the “Stone” of…

  1. Sealing

You will recall that the Pharaohs of Egypt had their tombs placed in the center of large pyramids made of “Stone” with thick “Stone” doors to seal the entrances.  Using this method of security, they sought to prevent violation of their treasures and ensure that the “divine Pharaoh” would enter his afterlife victoriously.

As we discussed earlier, they failed! The treasures of the Egyptian tombs have long since disappeared or have been placed in museums for strangers to observe.  As to their “afterlife,” eternity will reveal their fate.

When the body of Jesus Christ, the “Cornerstone of God” was placed in his tomb, a large “Stone” was placed over the entrance to keep Him in the tomb and everyone else out!  Once the large “Stone” was rolled in place, the Roman Governor ordered the Roman “Seal” to be placed on the “Stone,” and placed Roman soldiers to guard the tomb (Matthew 27:60-66).

Satan thought that he could defeat the “Cornerstone of God” by sealing His tomb with a “Stone;” but, no stone that man placed could keep Jesus in the tomb!  Halleluiah!  God did not roll away the “Stone” to let Jesus out, He rolled it away to let the disciples in to witness that the “Cornerstone of God” had resurrected from the dead (Matthew 28:2)!

I want to draw your attention to the fact that Jesus Christ, the “Cornerstone of God,” has been “placed by the Father” to seal everyone who is “in” Jesus from being eternally corrupted.

Colossians 3:3-4(KJV) “For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory” (Emphasis Mine). 

God wrote His Commandments on tables of “Stone” to present that they are eternal and unchanging.  Jesus Christ, the “Cornerstone of God,” is unchanging, Hebrews 13:8 (KJV) “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.” 

Jesus Christ, the “Cornerstone of God,” has promised that everyone that overcomes shall have their new name written in “Stone,” Revelation 2:17 (KJV) “He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.” 

When David prepared to fight Goliath, he chose “five smooth stones” from the brook (running water), 1 Samuel 17:40 (KJV) “And he took his staff in his hand, and chose him five smooth stones out of the brook, and put them in a shepherd’s bag which he had, even in a scrip; and his sling was in his hand: and he drew near to the Philistine” (Emphasis Mine). 

We understand that “5” represents “Grace” in Scripture.  Could it be that the “five smooth stones” represented the “Grace of the Cornerstone of God?” Perhaps!  BUT, one thing I do know – when we look at our Enemy, or the circumstances of life, in full view of the “Cornerstone of God” lifted high, everything becomes much smaller, if not blotted out of view entirely!

“Rock of Ages, cleft for me. Let me hide myself in Thee!”