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The Connector

April 5, 2012 by  
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Chief Cornerstone“For the stone shall cry out of the wall, and the beam out of the timber shall answer it.” (Habakkuk 2:11)

We recently considered the stones that were set as a memorial to an encounter with the Lord, a reminder of God’s covenant with man, or a reminder of victories won. On the day of His triumphant entrance into Jerusalem, Jesus was approached by the Pharisees asking why the people were making such a fuss as they were trying to hush the jubilation and praise! Jesus turned to them and said, “I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out.” (Luke 19:40) Jubilation was indeed befitting the King, the Son of the Living God!

Today’s verse tells a story in itself, one that would soon be witnessed by those who stood along the road to Jerusalem waving their palm branches…a story that changed the course of history! It tells of the Cornerstone (the memorial stone in the building – the church) and the “girder” connecting the Old and the New from the tree on Calvary!

There are a few key words in today’s verse telling the story that the Hebrews understood more easily than we do because of the limits of the English language.

First, the word “stone” comes from the Hebrew word “eben” which speaks of a building stone, one used by a mason. Matthew 21:42 identifies this stone precisely…Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes? The stone crying out was the Chief Cornerstone, the memorial of God’s mercy and favor to His people Israel.

Next, the word “beam” comes from the Hebrew word “kaphiye” which speaks of a connector or a girder. We know that Jesus is the bridge or “connector” between the Old Covenant and the New as He plainly teaches His disciples in Matthew 5:17…Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill.”

Of course, it’s not much of a stretch of the imagination to understand the word “timber” and its significance for us today. Actually, translated from the word “ets”, it speaks of a tree – sticks or planks. 1 Peter 2:24 says, “Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. The tree, the planks or sticks put together which held the One who bare our sins in his own body…the tree of Calvary shall answer the memorial set in stone!

Interestingly, “answer it” comes from the Hebrew word “anah” which means to “bear witness, to answer, to lift up, to give account… to shout, testify, and announce”! Look how all those words fit into the picture!

So, to sum it all up, we have a memorial set in stone, our Chief Cornerstone, the bridge between the Old Covenant and the New, lifted up and crucified on the tree of Calvary giving witness to and proclaiming God’s great mercy and His abundant love!

The prophet of old heard the Word of the Lord…And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.” (Habakkuk 2:2-3)

Habakkuk saw a time where thejust shall live by faith (v. 4) and he saw how that would come to be as he wrote about the stones bearing witness to the coming “Connector” that would be nailed to a tree as a testimony to and a witness for all that the Lord had done throughout the ages to make a way of redemption for His people.

Hallelujah! What a Saviour! It was no coincidence that Jesus made his way into Jerusalem amidst the waving palm branches, seated on a colt, and silencing the scoffers. There was a story being told in every event in His life, His sacrifice, His death, His burial, and His resurrection.

Father, when I consider the detail and exactness of Your Word, I am overwhelmed and praise wells up within me! As I study Your Word, I’m getting a glimpse of what the prophets of old saw as You revealed Your plan to them one piece at a time. Father, I am reduced to tears as I consider Your power and majesty, as I contemplate Your might and holiness, as I get a glimpse of Your great and never-failing love. Hallelujah to the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world! Hallelujah, for the Lord our God the almighty reigns! Glory and honor and power be Yours now and forevermore! Amen and Amen!

“Then he took unto him the twelve, and said unto them, Behold, we go up to Jerusalem, and all things that are written by the prophets concerning the Son of man shall be accomplished.” (Luke 18:31)

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