Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | March 24, 2019

“Everyone who falls on that stone will be broken to pieces; but on whomever it falls, it will scatter him like dust.”

Today’s devotion comes from Luke 20:9-18.

“And He began to tell the people this parable:  “A man planted a vineyard and rented it out to vine-growers, and went on a journey for a long time.  At the harvest time he sent a slave to the vine-growers, so that they would give him some of the produce of the vineyard;  but the vine-growers beat him and sent him away empty-handed.  And he proceeded to send another slave;  and they beat him also and treated him shamefully and sent him away empty-handed.  And he proceeded to send a third;  and this one also they wounded and cast out.  The owner of the vineyard said, ‘What shall I do?  I will send my beloved son;  perhaps they will respect him.’  But when the vine-growers saw him, they reasoned with one another, saying, ‘This is the heir;  let us kill him so that the inheritance will be ours.’  So they threw him out of the vineyard and killed him.  What, then, will the owner of the vineyard do to them?  He will come and destroy these vine-growers and will give the vineyard to others.” When they heard it, they said, “May it never be!”  But Jesus looked at them and said, “What then is this that is written:

‘THE STONE WHICH THE BUILDERS REJECTED,
THIS BECAME THE CHIEF CORNER STONE’?

Everyone who falls on that stone will be broken to pieces;  but on whomever it falls, it will scatter him like dust.”  Luke 20:9-18.

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Like the vine-growers thought that they were free to kill the son and receive the inheritance, man is proud and thinks that he is free.

“2 The kings of the earth take their stand
And the rulers take counsel together
Against the LORD and against His Anointed, saying,
3 “Let us tear their fetters apart
And cast away their cords from us!”  Psalm 2:2-3.

And, like the owner of the vineyard came and destroyed the vine-growers, God is sovereign and does not tolerate rebellion.

“4 He who sits in the heavens laughs,
The LORD scoffs at them.
5 Then He will speak to them in His anger
And terrify them in His fury, saying,
6 “But as for Me, I have installed My King
Upon Zion, My holy mountain.”

7 “I will surely tell of the decree of the LORD:
He said to Me, ‘You are My Son,
Today I have begotten You.
8 ‘Ask of Me, and I will surely give the nations as Your inheritance,
And the very ends of the earth as Your possession.
9 ‘You shall break them with a rod of iron,
You shall shatter them like earthenware.’”  Psalm 2:4-9.

“Everyone who falls on that stone will be broken to pieces;  but on whomever it falls, it will scatter him like dust.”  Verse 18.

Either we will come to Christ in repentance (“broken in pieces”) granted to us through God’s grace alone, or Christ will come to us and punish us (“scatter him like dust”).

“The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit;
A broken and a contrite heart, O God, You will not despise.”  Psalm 51:17.

“6 “Your right hand, O LORD, is majestic in power,
Your right hand, O LORD, shatters the enemy.
7 “And in the greatness of Your excellence You overthrow those who rise up against You;
You send forth Your burning anger, and it consumes them as chaff.” Exodus 15:6-7.


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