Mark 11-12 ~ Day 20 ~ Examples of radical commitment!

I noticed that Jesus referred to several different prophets from the Old Testament in today’s reading.  First, when he told his disciples to go get the colt, he was referring (or fulfilling) Zechariah’s words, when he said to the people of Israel 500 years earlier, “Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion!  Shout, Daughter Jerusalem.  See, your king comes to you, righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.” (Zech 9:9)

Second, when we read about how Jesus got mad at the money changers in the temple, he quotes Jeremiah, “Has this house, which bears my Name, become a den of robbers to you?” (Jer. 7:11)
Lastly, he also quoted a Psalm written by a prophet when he talked about the builders rejecting the stone that becomes the capstone (Psalm 118:22). That was today’s reading, but he also quoted Isaiah back in chapter 7 and referred to the prophet Elijah in chapter 9.  

For me, as I was reading Jesus quoting and fulfilling prophecies written 500 years early, I was pondering how he knew them all.  Obviously, as a human child and adolescent, he was taught everything in the Law by his parents and going to the synagogue. But, his knowledge went far beyond that!  Remember what we read back in Mark 1:22, “The people were amazed at his teaching, because he taught them as one who had authority, not as the teachers of the law.” 

The fact is, we can’t forget, that Jesus was fully human AND fully God.  That means he was there and knew each one of these prophets first hand!  That’s how he was able to quote them so easily!  He was the one who gave them the words to write.  It’s mind blowing when you think about it, don’t you think?! 

So, I looked up how some of these prophets died. There are no authentic records telling of the death of Zechariah.  Jewish tradition says that Jeremiah was stoned to death in Egypt.  Yet, Jesus knew how each one died. I was hit afresh with this realization when reading the parable of “The Evil Farmers” (12:1-12). The servants sent to collect some of the harvest from the tenants were beaten, treated shamelessly and killed.  Those were the prophets that Jesus sent to the Jewish people!  He knew exactly what the Jewish people did to each one he sent.  This made me think of what I said yesterday, following Jesus is a radical commitment. Today’s reading is further proof of that!! 😳


John Talstad said…
The usage of 'cornerstone' is in decline, like many of our bedrock metaphors:

Note the chart indicating usage over time, recently declining, while 'capstone' usage grows.

But 'Cornerstone' historically was foundational and structural; while 'Capstone' could be protective it was often just decorative.

Modern construction methods today often make the cornerstone only symbolic and decorative. Like nearly every aspect of modern life our historical references face challenge. We do well to reflect on the intent, interpreting the parables with the help of the Holy Spirit as He allows, opening our eyes.

This daily walk helps guide our time so His good work through you can bear fruit. Thank you for Walking with The Way!
I can see why you would be pondering the difference between capstone and cornerstone. I love that Bible scholars have taken the time to write out their thoughts as the Holy Spirit revealed things to them. I am going to share one with you on the subject that I think you might like. Also, I’m glad you are “walking” with us!
Pulpit Commentary
Verses 10, 11. - This quotation is from Psalm 118:22, where David prophesies of Christ. The meaning is plainly this, that the chief priests and scribes, as the builders of the Jewish Church, rejected Christ from the building as a useless stone; yea, more - they condemned and crucified him. They rejected him (ἀπεδοκίμασαν). The verb in the Greek implies that the stone was first examined and then deliberately refused. But this stone, thus disallowed and set at nought by the builders, was made the head of the corner. The image here is different from that used in the Epistles, where Christ is spoken of as the chief Corner-stone in the foundation. Here he is represented as the Corner-stone in the cornice. In real truth he is both. He is the tried Foundation-stone. But he is also the Head of the corner. In the great spiritual building he is "all and in all," uniting and binding together all in one. This was the Lord's doing (παρὰ Κυρίου ἐγένετο αὕτη); literally, this was from the Lord. The feminine (αὔτη) refers apparently to κεφαλή. This lifting up of the despised and rejected stone to be the Corner-stone of the cornice was God's work; and was a fitting object for wonder and praise.

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