Isaiah 28:16-19 (NASB)
16 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.
17 “I will make justice the measuring line
And righteousness the level;
Then hail will sweep away the refuge of lies
And the waters will overflow the secret place.
18 “Your covenant with death will be canceled,
And your pact with Sheol will not stand;
When the overwhelming scourge passes through,
Then you become its trampling place.
19 “As often as it passes through, it will seize you;
For morning after morning it will pass through, anytime during the day or night,
And it will be sheer terror to understand what it means.”
God sent His prophet Isaiah to tell God’s people that He was going to lay a cornerstone to make justice the measuring line and righteousness the level. Those who believe in the cornerstone (God’s own Son, Jesus Christ) will be saved. Those who do not believe, however, will be washed away, scourged, trampled. We don’t have to be righteous in our own strength; we will be saved by the righteousness of the firmly placed, foundational cornerstone.
Thank You, Lord, for saving us by grace and mercy—not with our own righteousness but the righteousness of Your Son, our Lord, Jesus Christ. We believe, Lord, and ask You to wash away our sins and save us from the terror that comes from unbelief. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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