The stumbling stone (1 Pet 2:8)

“A stone

Makes them stumble.

A rock

Makes them fall.

They stumble

Because they disobey

The word

As they were destined

To do.”

καὶ λίθος προσκόμματος καὶ πέτρα σκανδάλου· οἳ προσκόπτουσιν τῷ λόγῳ ἀπειθοῦντες, εἰς ὃ καὶ ἐτέθησαν·

This author said, “A stone (καὶ λίθος) makes them stumble (προσκόμματος).  A rock (καὶ πέτρα) makes them fall (σκανδάλου).  They stumble (οἳ προσκόπτουσιν) because they disobey (ἀπειθοῦντες) the word (τῷ λόγῳ), as they were destined to do (εἰς ὃ καὶ ἐτέθησαν).”  This author now cited Isaiah, chapter 8:14, “He will become a rock that one stumbles over.  He will become a trap.  He will become a snare for the inhabitants of Jerusalem.”  Both houses of Israel, north and south, found that God was a stumbling block, a trap and a snare.  Many of the inhabitants of Jerusalem would stumble and fall.  Paul said pretty much the same thing in his letter to the Romans about stumbling blocks.  Jesus Christ was both a cornerstone for believers, and yet a stumbling block for non-believers who disobeyed the word of God.  Do you disobey the word of God?

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