Isaiah 28 – The Cornerstone
If we believe this passage is the Word of God, then what should be different about our lives?
1) As before, we will be careful not to take pride in ourselves. We will not walk around as if we had the victor’s wreath on our heads. We do NOT have it all figured out, we do NOT do everything well and correctly. We are not the closest thing on earth to the true church.
2) We will face our successes, failures, problems, and blessings with sobriety. The vice here is not restricted to alcohol. There are many other ways we can numb the pain, ignore problems, go too far. But alcohol does fit the mold. Let us not deal with things as the world does, living for the weekends, get wasted on game days or thirsty Thursdays. Instead, let us live soberly, honestly, truthfully, gratefully. We will if this is the Word of God.
3) We will treat the Word of God as the Word of God. We will seek to know it, hear it, understand it, apply it. We will not be like all those who hear it and say, “Wah, wah, wah, wah, wah.” And do not kid yourselves. Many who call themselves Christians have little time in their lives for the Word of God. They might even like church, but they do not take the time to treat the Word as the Word.
4) And most importantly, we will choose to build our lives on the Cornerstone of God, the Messiah, the Christ, Jesus. We will trust Him, line ourselves up with Him, rely on Him as our righteousness and justice. We will stake our future upon Him, depending on Him to protect us through the storms of life and the judgment to come. He claims to be true, tested, trustworthy. And we will show we understand Scripture by taking Him at His word. This is the message of the prophet Isaiah, this is the message of Scripture. This is the gospel of Jesus Christ. Receive it and rest. Reject it and stagger and fall in your own vomit. Amen?