It is no wonder that the Prophet Isaiah was termed the evangelistic prophet. Amid the discussion of the destruction of Israel (Ephriam and Judah); Isaiah switches gears and describes God’s precious cornerstone–Our Lord Jesus. God promises to lay a new foundation. A cornerstone–a precious cornerstone. The new foundation will bring salvation and restoration to God’s chosen and destruction to their enemies. That is a great promise to bring joy and hope.
As we are seeing in Isaiah, God loves His people like His children. Like any father, God must discipline the blatant rebellion of the people; but he will also repay those that took advantage of the people and restore peace and prosperity to Israel. He was not simply throwing money at the people–He sacrificed His Son to bring restoration and fellowship back to the table.
God will allow us to sin and destroy our lives. He does, however, provide an alternative to the death we have earned–Jesus, the precious cornerstone. Then and now God calls us to follow Him and allow Him to provide salvation, restoration, and peace. We simply must confess with our mouths that HE is lord and believe that God has raised Him from the dead and we will be saved. What a firm foundation to cling to and what a mighty God we serve.
God Bless You
Therefore hear the word of the Lord, you scoffers,
who rule this people in Jerusalem!
15 Because you have said, “We have made a covenant with death,
and with Sheol we have an agreement,
when the overwhelming whip passes through
it will not come to us,
for we have made lies our refuge,
and in falsehood we have taken shelter”;
16 therefore thus says the Lord God,
“Behold, I am the one who has laid[d] as a foundation in Zion,
a stone, a tested stone,
a precious cornerstone, of a sure foundation:
‘Whoever believes will not be in haste.’
17 And I will make justice the line,
and righteousness the plumb line;
and hail will sweep away the refuge of lies,
and waters will overwhelm the shelter.”
18 Then your covenant with death will be annulled,
and your agreement with Sheol will not stand;
when the overwhelming scourge passes through,
you will be beaten down by it.
19 As often as it passes through it will take you;
for morning by morning it will pass through,
by day and by night;
and it will be sheer terror to understand the message.
20 For the bed is too short to stretch oneself on,
and the covering too narrow to wrap oneself in.
21 For the Lord will rise up as on Mount Perazim;
as in the Valley of Gibeon he will be roused;
to do his deed—strange is his deed!
and to work his work—alien is his work!
22 Now therefore do not scoff,
lest your bonds be made strong;
for I have heard a decree of destruction
from the Lord God of hosts against the whole land.