Posted by: everynation | June 27, 2011

“Marvelous in our eyes”

by Lynn Nawata

(Note: We’re re-posting Lynn’s ‘The Tale of Gaijin” blog post last June 18, 2008)

Rocks. Lots and lots of rocks.The one lasting impression I have from Israel is that everything is made of stone, and stone is everywhere. It makes you understand why they used to stone people to death — it was just the closest and most abundant thing at hand. If it were in the Philippines, the Pharisees would have cellphoned people to death. Apparently there is a law in Jerusalem that all new buildings must be either built with or covered with limestone so that all the structures have the same old stony appearance.

Living Stones:

Arie explained to us that, in the Hebrew language, a solitary rock that is not attached to anything else (ie, that just likes to sit by itself in a field somewhere) is called a “dead stone.” A rock that forms part of a wall or a building, on the other hand, is called a “living stone.”  The “living stones,” of course, have to bear weight — not an easy job when you look at the size of the rocks used in some of these old walls and buildings. Not only that, but the other rocks beside you rub and chafe against you. This is why the rocks needed to be “chiselled” by a master builder — which, of course, is not a happy experience (for the rock, I mean) but it ultimately results in less friction with the other rocks and a better fit and a more beautiful wall or building. Kind of gives new meaning to that verse in 1 Peter 2:5 that says, “you also like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.”

The stone the builders rejected:

Arie also showed us the “cornerstone” or “capstone” — which is the foundational stone at the corner on which the whole building depends. When the builders discover what they think is a suitable cornerstone, they start to dig it out of the ground. If it is deemed unfit to be used, however, they will leave it there, half-uncovered, and it will become a “stumbling block,” as in “a stone that causes men to stumble and a rock that makes them fall” (1 Peter 2:8). This is the fulfillment of my second favorite Scripture in Psalm 118:22-23, “The stone the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone; the Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes.”

Lynn has lived in the Philippines for more than twelve years. She has a heart to serve and help the youth. She is the current Executive Director of the Real LIFE Foundation

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