Stones are important in God’s word. From early in the Bible to the final book, God places great significance on stones. One of the things stones serve as in the history of God’s people are memorials. Stones get placed in remembrance of something that happened at or near that location, and an early example of that is in Genesis 28:18. Here Jacob builds a stone memorial that will help Him remember God’s promises to Him, and God wants us to remember His promises today.
Last time we were together, we looked at the importance of stones and rocks in God’s word, specifically using rocks as memorials. Today, we’re going to look at another rock, our chief cornerstone that is Christ. Isaiah 28:16 speaks of a foundation stone, a sure cornerstone, upon which God’s kingdom will be built. This chief cornerstone is the most solid foundation upon which we can build our trust.
We’ve been examine the roles of stones in the Bible through our last couple of lessons. Two weeks ago, my dad kicked things off by discussing stones as memorials and as symbols or permanence. He emphasized how we have a covenant with God written on our hearts as in stone that is unchangeable and unbreakable. Then Steve talked about us having a foundation made of stone. That foundation is built in faith, and its cornerstone is Christ.
Today, we’re going to start in I Peter 2:
So rid yourselves of all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all slander. Like newborn infants, desire the pure spiritual milk, so that you may grow by it for your salvation, since you have tasted that the Lord is good. Coming to Him, a living stone — rejected by men but chosen and valuable to God — you yourselves, as living stones, are being built into a spiritual house for a holy priesthood to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
Upon the rock of Christ, we are His building materials. We are the living stones that make His temple.
Stones can be many things — colorful, hard, rugged, polished, precious, and numerous other qualities that makes them all unique and different. We’ve been studying about how stones are used in the Bible and about how Christ is the cornerstone upon which we build our lives and our faith. We went on then to study about our roles as living stones that build up our Savior’s church, as referenced in I Peter 2, and how the living water of Christ’s love smooths us out and forms us in His way.
To conclude this series, we’re going to look at how to avoid becoming dead stones. We know what it means to be living stones, but how can we begin to erode and crumble under the weight of this world? Are we being the smooth stones that Christ’s love shapes, or are we retaining sharp edges that can harm our fellow Christians?