Santa Paula Church of Christ
Santa Paula Church of Christ (SPCC)
4 As you come to him, the living Stone— 5 you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house... (1 Pet. 2:4-5).
Today’s scripture (1 Pet. 2:4-8) reminded me of four categories of early Jewish Interpretation: a literal interpretation (usually a direct quote of scripture); A Midrashic interpretation (Qal Wahomer -a greater commandment can override a lessor one); Allegory (which looks beyond the literal meaning to find hidden, symbolic meanings); and a Pesher interpretation (a straight-line prophecy fulfillment of a future event). In today’s story, however, Peter instead of taking on the (straight-line prophecy approach, He takes on an approach that reveals implications the text never anticipated by its original author. Here’s what he says.
4 As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him— 5 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. 6 For in Scripture it says: “See, I lay a stone in Zion, a chosen and precious cornerstone, and the one who trusts in him will never be put to shame” [Isaiah 28:16]. 7 Now to you who believe, this stone is precious. But to those who do not believe, “The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone [Psalm 118:22]. 8 and, “A stone that causes people to stumble and a rock that makes them fall” [Isaiah 8:14]. They stumble because they disobey the message—which is also what they were destined for.
Here are three take aways: 1) The “living Stone” is Jesus. He is our “living hope (1 Pet. 1:3), our “living word” (1 Pet. 1:23) and our “living bread” (Jn. 6:51). The Lord’s church is not made with ordinary stones, but of living stones ... (1 Pet. 2:5; 1:18-19); and 3) Of these living stones, Jesus, the rejected stone, has is the chief cornerstone (1 Pet. 2:7; Matt. 21:42; Mark 12:10-11; Luke 20:17-18).
Worship services are scheduled for 9:00 AM (Spanish) and 10:45 AM (English). We meet in the courtyard in the back at 276 W. Santa Paula Street. Please where a mask and social distance. Visit our website at www.santapaulachurchofchrist.com for our 6:30 PM, Wednesday Zoom class. If interested call us at for the meeting ID and password (805) 525-3645.
Dr. Robert Perez, Minister