Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and brake them to pieces. ~Daniel 2:24
Our church area is surrounded by many companies specializing in the sale of granite and stonework for kitchen countertops, flooring, and decoration. Before stonework comes to the market place for sale, it has to be cut out of larger masses of rock. In many cases, it is cut out of an actual mountain, recut, and shaped before it will be sold. We see this morning an unusual image. We are described a stone that was cut without hands. The question that comes to our mind is, “How can a stone be cut without hands?” Let us see how this is a colorful description of the person of our Lord Jesus Christ.
We see a worldly imitation.
“Thou, O king, sawest, and behold a great image. This great image, whose brightness was excellent, stood before thee; and the form thereof was terrible. This image’s head was of fine gold, his breast and his arms of silver, his belly and his thighs of brass, His legs of iron, his feet part of iron and part of clay.” Daniel interpreted a dream that King Nebuchadnezzar had regarding a great image. This image was a description of four world kingdoms that would follow each other in ruling the modern world of that time. The head of gold on this great image described Nebuchadnezzar. Nebuchadnezzar was so impressed with this description he issued orders for a great 90-foot-tall image to be constructed of himself that he wanted people to bow to. Men who rise to worldly greatness are filled with so much pride that they want the affection and the worship of those under them. These men think they are gods that others should worship. Let us be careful that worldly kings, successful businessmen, and wealthy investors do not become our examples of success.
We see a wonderful illustration.
“Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and brake them to pieces.” This stone cut without hands stirred imaginations. How can a stone be cut without hands? This description was of none other than of our Lord Jesus Christ. He is a stone that is mighty. He is a stone that is chief in every way. He is a stone of stumbling to those who do not believe. He is a stone that is called elect, precious. He is the stone which is the foundation for our faith. He is the solid rock upon which we stand; all other ground is sinking sand. As the stone cut without hands, He smote and humbled this great image, breaking it into pieces.
We see a worshipful inspiration.
“Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshingfloors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them: and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth.” We are inspired because this great stone is none other than our Lord Jesus Christ. As a stone cut out without hands speaks to us of His pre-existence and eternality. He is Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today, and forever. It speaks to us about His power. He smote and broke these other kingdoms. His reign and kingdom is powerful and without end. Jesus said, “All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.” He fills the whole earth. He is to be magnified, adored, and worshipped. He is the Lord of glory and the King eternal, immortal, the only wise God to whom belongs honor and glory forever and forever.
Jesus is the great stone of our faith, fellowship, and for our future. Let your heart be enamored with who He is!
Have a worshipful God Morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: Numbers 23-25