Jesus: The Stone the Builders Rejected

Throughout scripture, Babylon is repeatedly pictured as that kingdom that tries to overtake God’s kingdom. In particular, we read this in Genesis 11, Isaiah 14, and throughout Revelation. In Isaiah 14, we see Satan pictured as the king of Babylon declaring that he will ascend to heaven above the stars of God, set his throne on high, sit on the mount of assembly, ascend above the heights of the clouds, and make himself like the Most High. Satan’s desire is to take the place of God and the place of Jesus and forever rule the earth.

But, speaking of Babylon, Jeremiah 51:26 says, “No stone shall be taken from you for a corner and no stone for a foundation, but you shall be a perpetual waste, declares the Lord.” Very interesting wording here.

Kingdoms are pictured as mountains in the Bible. In Jeremiah 51:26, we read that no stone will come out of the mountain of Babylon for a corner and a foundation. Satan will not rule the earth, but instead his kingdom will become a perpetual waste.

The specific wording in Jeremiah 51:26 is important because it is in direct contrast to prophecies about Jesus.

Speaking of Jesus and the image seen by Nebuchadnezzar (the kingdom of Babylon and all the kingdoms of men), Daniel 2 says, “As you looked, a stone was cut out by no human hand, and it struck the image on its feet of iron and clay, and broke them in pieces…But the stone that struck the image became a great mountain and filled the whole earth…And in the days of those kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that shall never be destroyed, nor shall the kingdom be left to another people. It shall break in pieces all these kingdoms and bring them to an end, and it shall stand forever, just as you saw that a stone was cut from a mountain by no human hand, and that it broke in pieces the iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver, and the gold.”

Satan will have no stone taken from his mountain to rule. But, Jesus will be the stone taken from God’s mountain to crush the kingdom of Satan and every kingdom of man and rule the heavens and the earth.

Elsewhere, Jesus is pictured as the stone that becomes the corner and foundation of the temple and God’s kingdom. Isaiah 28:16 says, “Therefore thus says the Lord God, ‘Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone, a tested stone, a costly cornerstone for the foundation, firmly placed.’” And, Psalm 118:22 says, “The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief corner stone.”

Peter and Paul quote these scriptures and tie them to Jesus in several of their letters in the New Testament.

The more familiar we become with scripture, the more we see each theme and idea, thread and strand, woven throughout it that reveals more and more of Jesus.

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