1 Peter 2 - Steve Wiggins Daily Devotional
“Coming to Him, a living stone – rejected by men but chosen and valuable to G_d – you yourselves, as living stones, are being built into a spiritual house for a holy priesthood to offer sacrifices acceptable to G_d through Messiah Yeshua. For it stands in Scripture: Look! I lay a stone in Zion, a chosen and valuable cornerstone, and the one who believes in Him will never be put to shame!” 1 Peter 2:4-6
The first thing that happens in home construction is a clearing of the land. Next, a foundation is laid. Then, carpenters raise walls & trussing. After that, electrical is wired, then drywall, flooring & roofing, and paint…
On the day the lot is cleared, nobody but the architect, and the contractor knows the plans. The workers might get a glimpse of the plans, but they could hardly fathom all the details. They simply follow orders, laboring at the direction of the contractor. As the construction progresses, onlookers guess what the structure is going to be used for. Will it be a home, business…or, perhaps, a synagogue?
Speaking to the Jews in the Diaspora, Peter is connecting with their longing to be accepted by G_d and to properly worship Him. But Peter makes the distinction between the earthly temple in Jerusalem, made of cut stones, and G_d’s temple of the New Covenant, built with human stones. When Peter wrote this first letter between 60-64AD, nobody would have guessed the Romans would destroy the Jerusalem temple, in 6-10 years. It has never been rebuilt.
In contrast, the Temple of Messiah (The greater community of Messiah) cannot be destroyed. It is not made of earthen stones, sitting on a strategic piece of property. It is made of human stones, and it extends beyond the earth, into eternity. Speaking of His bodily crucifixion & resurrection, Yeshua said,
“Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” John 2:19
Now, there’s a warranty we can count on!
With Yeshua as the cornerstone, this “spiritual house” is unrecognizable to those who are perishing. The architect is G_d, its contractor is the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit). We are called to be both “stones” and “laborers”. No man has seen all of G_d’s plans, in full detail. But G_d has revealed enough of His plan to us, to keep us busy! We know enough to exhort all mankind: Believe in Yeshua; come worship Him, and never be put to shame!
~Steve Wiggins, Associate Leader, Worship Leader
Daily Devotional, Friday, November 29, 2013