Luke 20: 9-18
1 Peter 2: 6-8
1 Corinthians 10: 4
Daniel 2: 34, 45
Luke 20: 17
Luke 20: 18. Concerning the latter half of Jesus concluding statement and warning to Israel’s leaders: “But on whomever it falls, it will scatter him like dust.”
Daniel 2:34. Daniel interpreted a dream of Babylon’s King Nebuchadnezzar: “You continued looking until a stone was cut out without hands, and it struck the statue on its feet of iron and clay and crushed them.”
In Nebuchadnezzar’s dream of a statue, the gold is Babylon, the silver is the Medo-Persian Empire, bronze is the Greek Empire, and iron mixed with clay is the Roman Empire.
Daniel 2: 45. “Inasmuch as you saw that a stone was cut out of the mountain without hands and that it crushed the iron and the bronze, the clay, the silver, the gold, (All world kingdoms), The Great God, El Elyon, has made known to the King what will take place,…”
This Stone, cut out from the mountain, in the kings dream, is in fact Jesus Christ, who, in the culmination of time, will crush all the kingdom’s on earth, and will crush all upon whom it will fall, scattering them like dust, in the days of judgement.
Israel, as a nation, did not listen to Jesus, did not recognize Him as their Messiah, and were crushed as a nation in 70 A.D. Their Messiah was then introduced to the Gentiles, who accepted the truth as needing a Savior. Thus, Luke 20: 16b, “the vineyard was taken from the vine-growers and given to others.”
1 Corinthians 10: 1-4. Paul writes to the church, with a warning from Israels past, saying: “I don’t want you to be unaware that Israel was symbolically baptized in the cloud and the waters of the Red Sea, they all ate the manna which was spiritual food,” V. 4,” and they all drank the same spiritual drink, for they were drinking from a spiritual Rock which followed them; and that Rock was Christ.” v.5. “Nevertheless, with most of them God was not well-pleased; and they were laid low in the wilderness. Now these things happened as examples for us, so that we would not crave evil things as they also craved.”
Christianity is not adhering to a religious type, or a ritual of worship, but is in the person of Jesus Christ. In Israel’s history we have a myriad of Christological types, and Jesus revealed these often, for both Israel and for us to learn from. Moses regarded YHVH as a Rock, Habakuk referred, in a warning, to the stones of Israel’s house, bearing witness against them, and Jesus taught about building our house upon a Rock. Moses, Jacob, Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, the Psalmists, Daniel, Peter, Paul all refer to Jesus being the Rock of our salvation, to whom we cling, and in whom we find our firm foundation.
“Jesus is the Rock of my salvation, His banner over me is love”.