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Rejected, But Be Glad

April 23, 2016

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Rejected,  But Be Glad

Some things  can be so puzzling  —  like God talking about  being rejected,  and yet,  telling His children  to rejoice  and be glad.     These thought-provoking  Bible verses are  in Psalm 118:22-24,  where it says,

The stone  which the builders  rejected
Has become  the chief corner stone.
This is the LORD’s doing;
It is marvelous  in our eyes.
This is the day  which the LORD  has made;
Let us rejoice  and be glad  in it.

The building  of God’s kingdom  has a lot  of builders building.     In the Old Testament times,  the builders  were the Jewish religious leaders.     They were the ones  who diligently copied  new manuscripts  of the inspired word  of God,  so that today  we have scripture  as it was first given.     They also taught the people  about God’s word  and the coming  of the Savior.     As they taught  God’s word,  even Gentiles became Jews,  looking for the promised Savior.

These religious leaders  did a superb job  in retaining scripture exactly  as it was first given,  so that future generations  would be sure  to recognize the Savior.     But,  when the Savior  actually came,  these religious leaders  rejected Him.     Jesus  just did not fit  their idea  of the Savior,  so they felt  He was an imposter.     According  to scripture,  they expected  a royal King  to come  and rescue them  from the Roman rule.

Jesus  truly is the “chief corner stone”  in the building  of the kingdom  of God,  but the Jewish leaders  totally rejected Him.     But,  all of that rejection  of Jesus  as the Savior  was  “the LORD’s doing.”     It was all prophesied  that Jesus  would be rejected  by the “builders”  of God’s kingdom,  because those  “builders”  had no real understanding  of those parts  of scripture  —  even though  they studied it  and were considered authorities  on God’s word.

Because  Jesus’ rejection  by the “builders”  was necessary  in leading  to Jesus  also fulfilling  all the prophecies  about His suffering,  death,  and resurrection,  Jesus’ rejection  is also  a work  of God.     The LORD  led everything  so that Jesus  would be rejected.     And so,  verse 24 says,

This is the day  which the LORD  has made;
Let us rejoice  and be glad  in it.

We can marvel  and “be glad”  that God works  His wondrous plan  of salvation,  in spite  of our total lack  of understanding.     We can  “rejoice  and be glad”  that God’s love  is so faithful  in providing  a Savior  from sin.     God wants us  to  “rejoice  and be glad”  that we are now saved  from sin  through His marvelous power  to work  the fulfillment  of absolutely every prophesied detail  of Jesus’ payment  for our sins.

We need  to be able  to see  and grasp  the power  of God  in directing Jesus’ suffering  and death  as our due payment.     There is a greatness here  far beyond words.

Looking back  on this prophecy  and the fulfillment of it  in Christ Jesus,  God wants  each of us  to “rejoice  and be glad  in it.”

How’s our rejoicing  and being glad  in it  coming along?     Do we even have a clue  about the wonder  of God’s power  and love  on our behalf?     Even today,  with all sorts  of evidence  about fulfilled prophecies,  people  are clueless  about the salvation  we have  in Christ.     So,  even today,  people think they are smart  in mocking  and rejecting Jesus  as their Savior.

As we see  the rejection  of Christ,  we need  to realize  that this,  too,  was prophesied  by Jesus  in Matthew 24:12-14,  where He says  about today,

And because lawlessness  is increased,  most people’s love  will grow cold.     But  the one  who endures  to the end,  it is he  who shall be saved.     And  this gospel  of the kingdom  shall be preached  in the whole world  for a witness  to all the nations,  and then the end  shall come.

Let us  be sure  our love  for God  does not grow cold.     Rejoicing  and being glad,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  all things  are still  in Your hands.     Everything You have said  is coming true  according to Your power.     Help us to endure  to the end,  that we may be saved.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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