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Sunrise on Temple Mount in Jerusalem; Back to Previous Devotion

October 5 - Morning

Jesus said to them, 
“Have you never read in the Scriptures:

‘The stone the builders rejected
    has become the capstone;
the Lord has done this,
    and it is marvelous in our eyes’?

“Therefore I tell you that the kingdom of God will
be taken away from you and given to a people
who will produce its fruit.
 He who falls on this
stone will be broken to pieces, but he on
whom it falls will be crushed.
- Matthew 21:42-44

Sunset on the Sea of Galilee; Click to go to next devotion  
Who is the Rejected Stone? Israel or Jesus?    

In Matthew 21 Jesus enters Jerusalem on a donkey in fulfillment of Zechariah 9:9 while the crowds wave palm branches to signify victory as they laid their cloaks on the road to indicate their submission to the approaching man whom they called “the Son of David.” The palm branches
of victory, the cloaks laid out in submission and shouting of the title “Son of David” were clear allusions to people’s willingness to recognize Jesus as their deliverer.

Matthew quotes the crowd chanting a verse from Psalm 118, which was the one of the six Psalms (113-118) used at Israel’s great feasts such as Passover, Tabernacles and Dedication (also called, Hanukkah).

“Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!” – Matthew 21:9

Or, as recorded in Psalm 118:25-26:

“Save us (Hosanna), we pray, O Lord!
            O Lord, we pray, give us success!
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!
            We bless you from the house of the Lord.”

These six Psalms were called the Hallel or the “praise” Psalms. Psalm 118 was originally written
for a joyous procession into the Temple courts, possibly in Ezra’s day when the Temple was
rebuilt after the Babylonian captivity. Psalm 118 was Israel celebrating God’s “steadfast love”
and their deliverance from the nations. In this Psalm Israel thanks God for their restoration and compare themselves to a building stone that was once rejected, but had ultimately become the decorative capstone of the building. They saw themselves as the rejected nation that had been chosen and restored by God.

In Matthew 21 Jesus enters the Jerusalem and continues onto the Temple Mount among shouts
of praise and submission. Upon arrival Jesus clears the temple of the money-changers and
overturned their tables.

The next day when Jesus arrived on the Temple Mount the leaders of the nation where alarmed concerning the people’s overwhelming support of Jesus the day before. They came to challenge
the authority Jesus displayed while receiving the praise of the crowds and with his physical
attack on the money-changers the day before.

Jesus responded with two parables: One, about two sons who acted in disobedience or obedience
to their father’s request; the second, about renters of a vineyard who refused to pay the landlord his share of the crops and ended up killing his son.

Jesus allows his accusers, the leaders of the nation, to explain their interpretation of his parables
and then asks them a question. He asks them, “Have you never read in Psalm 118 where it says
the stone that was rejected by the builders has become the capstone?"

“Have you never read in the Scriptures:
‘The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone;
The Lord has done this, And it is marvelous in our eyes.’ ”
(Matthew 21:42)

Jesus quotes from the Psalm of Praise (the Hallel, Psalm 118), which was sung so often on the Temple Mount and on Palm Sunday, the very verse that Israel thought referred to themselves when rejected by the world, but accepted by God. Yet, Jesus applies it to himself as being rejected by Israel’s leaders, but chosen by God as the final capstone in God’s plan of salvation!
  Christian Quote from Church History

“The Bible is no mere book, but a living creature, with a power that conquers
all that oppose it.”
– Napoleon Bonaparte





Something to Ponder??
“I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use.” – Galileo Galilei (1564-1642), Italian physicist and astronomer
Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information


Shopet (Hb) - Judge (Eng) - The Hebrew word shopet is from the Hebrew root word shapat
which is a verb meaning these things: "to judge", "to execute judgment", "to govern", or
"to vindicate." In the book of Judges there were individuals called and anointed of God to
serve as a "judge" in the land. These judges would govern the people, execute judgment
when necessary and vindicate Israel when they were overrun by foreign powers.


Paul was in Corinth when he wrote his letter to the Romans in 57 AD. In Romans 16:23 Paul mentions "Erastus, who is the city's director of public works" in Corinth. In 1929 a marble paving stone from
50 AD was found in Corinth with the name Erastus engraved on it. The full inscription on the stone read:
"Erastus, in return for his position as commissioner of public works, laid this pavement at his own expense."
(more here)

Confession to Action   Facts and Information
Am I misjudging situations and people today? Are there people and situations that I am rejecting
just like the leaders of Israel rejected Jesus? Today I will reconsider some of the situations and
people I want to reject. They may ultimately be chosen by God to be the glorious, decorative
capstone in his work in my life at some later point in time.
  "Penalties are prepared for mockers, and beatings for
the backs of fools."
Proverbs 19:29
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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
Nehemiah 13 Matthew 28 Matthew 4; Luke 4
Prayer for Today
Personal Prayer Church Prayer Item National Prayer Concerns World Prayer Concerns
Open doors for
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Increase Spiritual hunger University Students Philippines - church spirituality is often cultish and unbiblical
Photo of Jerusalem; Pictures of Israel Bible Map and Diagram
Location of Calvary, the Garden and the Tomb today




Details the Tabernacle built by Moses in the wilderness 1440 BC. (click on image for larger size)


Location of Calvary, the Garden and Jesus' Tomb today.
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