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Daily Devotional with Mr. Jeffrey A. Hale 2.23.18 ♥

“He looked directly at them and said, ‘What then is this that is written: “The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone”?’” (Luke 20:17).

For centuries, YeHoVaH called the citizens of Israel to stop relying on the gods around them and instead lean on Him, the Rock who is faithful in all His ways and a shelter for those in need (Deut. 32:4; Ps. 71:3). This commandment to shun idolatry in favor of worship of YeHoVaH, the one true God, was the most basic requirement for the ancient Israelites (Ex. 20:1–3), but the people as a whole failed to keep it. Though Our Father sent prophets again and again to call the people back to covenant fidelity (Isa. 6; Jer. 1; Ezek. 2:1–7), most of them did not abandon their flagrant idolatry. The disobedience got so bad that Our Father was left with no choice but to cast the people into exile if He was to be true to the warnings and stipulations He had given to Israel (Lev. 26; 2 Kings 17:7–23). Upon the return of the people to the land, there was a new and laudable dedication to obey the Mosaic law in order to prevent an exile from happening again (Neh. 8–10). Regrettably, however, over time the religious leaders began to create takanot, adding commands and rules that obscured the true intent of the Torah. When the Rock to whom the law of Moses points finally came, these leaders, by and large, could not receive Him as the One in whom they were to find shelter. YESHUA UPHELD GOD’S LAW WHILE DENOUNCING MAN MADE ADDITIONS THAT GAVE THE APPEARANCE OF GODLINESS EXTERNALLY BUT HAD NOT THE SPIRIT WITHIN! This entire story is encapsulated in the parable that Yeshua tells in today’s passage I shared, which reveals that He embodies the Rock upon whom His people must stand. Our Savior is the Rock, and if we do not stand upon Him as our cornerstone, then we will stumble upon Him and be destroyed like the leaders who opposed Him. Facebook friends, Yeshua describes Himself as the Cornerstone that His church would be built upon, a unified body of believers, both Jew and Gentile. may we always seek to stand on Him, the Cornerstone. Amen? https://youtu.be/ID_M2PAQhfI

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