Corona Virus Week 20 Devotions

Look for a Sign of Hope Today…
What Will Bring you Joy Today?…
Pray for our Teachers and School Administrators…
Covid-19 Numbers are Actually People…
Pray for the Staff and Residents of the 7 Lakes Assisted Living Home…

“I’m doing just fine with social distancing,
it’s pantry and refrigerator distancing
I’m having trouble with.
Vince Gill,
singer, songwriter,
member of the Grand Ole’ Opry

Scripture
Matthew 21:33-45

But when the tenants saw the son (ben)
they…seized him,
threw him out of the vineyard,
and killed him…
Jesus said,
“The stone (eben) that the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone,
this was the Lord’s doing,
and it is amazing in our eyes.”

When you read the entire scripture you will see that this is not a very nice story, but, with the world the way it is, God has every right to be angry. It was no different in Jesus’ day and tragically it was God’s own people…Jesus’ own people…Israel itself, that stood in the way of Jesus’ transforming the world and bringing about God’s kingdom.

In the Old Testament and in many of the teachings of Jesus a “vineyard” is a reference to the people of Israel. Prophets were sent by God to a rebellious Israel, but the people refused to listen. Now God has decided to bring about God’s kingdom by sending God’s Son. This is a direct challenge to the religious authorities and it was just too much for them. They have decided to kill God’s Son so that they can continue to have the vineyard all to themselves.

The English words “son” and “stone” are very similar and even more so in Hebrew where “son” is “ben” and “stone” is “eben”. So, Jesus here calls on biblical images of a stone that only fits at the very top of a wall (Psalm 118:22-23) and a stone that will crush all opposition (Daniel 2:34). Then, through this cryptic story, Jesus declares that to our amazement, the rejected Son, like the rejected stone, will become the Lord and judge of all.

Closing Prayer

Almighty God, give us grace to produce the fruits of your kingdom, that we might receive and celebrate your Son, the chief cornerstone of your new Temple. Amen.

Now, spend some time reflecting on Jesus as the “cornerstone” of the foundation of the church as you listen to this new version of an old hymn offered by Tamara…

May the grace and peace of our Lord and Savior, Jesus the Christ,
be with you now and forevermore…
Pastor Paul