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Rejected, But Rejoice and Be Glad

July 9, 2018

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Rejected, But Rejoice and 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.

Those 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,  the 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 thereby would become the sacrifice  that would pay  for our sins.     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 the due payment  of our sins.     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 might be saved.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods

 

Pray for our country.

 

This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

 

The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30

 

Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4

 

Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13

 

Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1

 

Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3

 

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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