They began saying to each other, “Let’s make bricks and harden them with fire.” (In this region bricks were used instead of stone, and tar was used for mortar.) Then they said, “Come, let’s build a great city for ourselves with a tower that reaches into the sky. This will make us famous and keep us from being scattered all over the world.”- Genesis 11:3-4 NLT
Wow what a lesson and it was written, IN THE BEGINNING! Very little has changed with man, we have become smarter, learned the secrets of science and of life, yet we are still the same selfish, self-absorbed, self-serving, self-righteous creatures that we were IN THE BEGINNING. We were growing in knowledge, now using bricks instead of stones and tar instead of mud\clay, and if we could only DO THIS ONE THING, then we would show God and secure our future. In building there are three types of stones that we are talking about. Capstone, Cornerstone and Keystone. If we want to move from SERVANT to SON-DAUGHTER then we need to know the difference and let JESUS be our CORNERSTONE, our CAPSTONE, and our KEYSTONE! Zechariah 4:7 tells us the future: “What are you great mountain? Before Zerubbabel you will become a plain. And he will bring out the capstone accompanied by shouts of: Grace, grace to it!”
Leader, a Capstone is the HIGH POINT, something considered the highest achievement of most important action in a series of actions. (Encarta World dictionary). The Cornerstone, foundation stone, is the first stone set in construction. The rite of laying the CORNERSTONE is an important cultural component of Eastern architecture and metaphorically in the life of a TRUE FOLLOWER of Jesus Christ. A KEYSTONE is the stone piece at the apex of a masonry vault or arch, which is the final piece places during construction and locks all the stones into position. (Wikipedia) 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. He who believes in it will not be disturbed. (Isaiah 28:16) Scripture tells us, the stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief corner stone.
Conduit, So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone. (Ephesians 2:19-20) It’s time to REBUILD, our house GOD’s WAY, with GODS WILL being the cornerstone, and with GODS WORD as the architect, constructor and inspector! THE TIME IS NOW to BUILD- first through the knowledge of Christ who is both the CORNERSTONE and CAPSTONE. For His is the only one who can KEEP THE STRUCTURE straight, congruent, symmetrical. And He can be the only source of SECURITY, securing the structure through this turbulent time of tribulation and for the eternity to come. The TIME has come to be like the FATHER of our faith, ABRAHAM and look, seek…DESIRE; hunger and thirst for not only righteousness, BUT looking forward to the city that has foundations, whose designer and builder is God. For the Psalmist told us: Unless the LORD builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain. It’s all VANITY unless it is centered and built around the BABE IN THE MANGER!