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Sunrise on Temple Mount in Jerusalem; Back to Previous Devotion

December 15 - Morning

“As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him— you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.”
- First Peter 2:4-5

Sunset on the Sea of Galilee; Click to go to next devotion  
Continue to Come to the Living Stone that Continues to be Rejected    


The world has rejected Jesus Christ, but believers have come to him for salvation and continue
to come to him in order to grow in that salvation. “Come” is in the present tense which indicates
the believer continues to “come” to Christ, who is “the living Stone.” But, as if to warn the believer pursuing growth, Peter inserts the comment that this Christ was “rejected by man” and most
likely will continue to be rejected even by believers after they have accepted him as savior.

A continuation in coming to Christ means the believer, who is already saved, will begin to be
built into a spiritual house. This spiritual building is a temple made up of believers who
are maturing as they

“Are being built” is not an imperative that commands the believer, but a principle that occurs
when they continue to come to Christ. By continually coming to Christ the believer will
become part of this spiritual construction that will produce activities and works that are
acceptable to God.

The New Testament provides a list a things that are considered sacrifices, yet are not
typical animal sacrifices of the temple:

  1. Faith – Phil. 2;17
  2. Financial gifts – Phil. 4:18
  3. Bodies – Romans 12:1
  4. Praise – Hebrews 13;15
  5. Gentile Converts – Romans 15:16
  6. Death testifying of Christ – 2 Tim. 4:6
  Christian Quote from Church History
"The culture doesn't
dictate truth; the gospel dictates truth."
- Voddie Baucham
Something to Ponder??

Irenaeus (125-) grew up in Anatolia (Turkey) and heard Polycarp (a disciple of John) speak and was familiar with Papias and Ignatius (other disciples of John). Irenaeus was sent by the bishop in Rome to Gaul (modern Lyons, France) where he encountered deep rooted Gnosticism that he engaged in a theological battle for the soul of Christianity. In 177 Irenaeus wrote his huge work entitled "Against Heresies." His major point was that he himself had heard the disciples of the Apostles (John and Philip) teach and they had not hidden any information and there was no more "secret" knowledge. Irenaeus used the Scriptures (OT and NT) to build his theology and rebuke the heretical Gnostics.

(Irenaeus writings online here)

Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information


Neder (Hb) - Vow (Eng) - neder is a Hebrew noun that comes from the verb nadar that
means "to vow" and "to dedicate." In the Bible a neder is a promise to either
do something or to not do something.

  An early example of Hebrew text being written comes from 925 BC. The Gezer Calendar was discovered between 1902-1907 in Canaanite remains in the city of Gezer, thirty-one miles NW of Jerusalem.
(See image and details here.)
Confession to Action   Facts and Information
Do I continue to come to Christ for growth, or am I also replacing the rejected Stone with
acceptable religious lingo and appropriate social behavior that causes conformity instead of growth.
Just as I came to the Rock of Truth for salvation, I will continue to come
to the Rock of Truth for spiritual nutrition and growth.
  "Folly delights a man who lacks judgment, but a man
of understanding keeps a straight course."
- Proverbs 15:21
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Read one chapter each day to read through the narrative portion (or, the story line) of the whole Bible Genesis-Acts in one year. Read the General Text of the Bible Read the Complete Text of the Bible in a Year
Acts 17 Hebrews 9 Colossians 1-3
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Guidance and direction in the roles you
have in life
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Photo of Jerusalem; Pictures of Israel Bible Map and Diagram
Robinson's Arch, Jerusalem







Nehemiah's Wall in Jerusalem 445 BC

Details of the Pool of Siloam and the road that connected the Pool of Siloam in the south with the road along the Western Wall of the Temple Mount. (click on image for larger size)

The two inch set back on each course of herodian ashlar stones can be seen as it rises in this photo of the southwest corner of the Temple Mount retaining wall left standing in 70 AD. The remains in the bottom left corner are steps that led up over the roof of the first century shops that can still be seen along this west wall. (click on image for larger size)  
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