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last no one really believes the Scriptures unless he obeys them, the mere
assent to the doctrine of Inspiration is not sufficient. It is the testimony
of the Saviour Himself that a wise builder 'digs deep' and lays his
foundation upon a 'rock' (Luke 6:48). The future glory and everlasting
blessedness of Israel depends upon the foundation upon which these blessings
rest. If they rest on the promise they made at the foot of Mount Sinai, 'All
that the Lord hath spoken we will do' (Exod. 19:8), then failure and disaster
is a foregone conclusion. The Lord's provision is expressed in the words of
Isaiah 28:16, 'Behold I lay in Zion for a foundation (1) A Stone, (2) A tried
Stone, (3) A precious Corner Stone, (4) A sure Foundation indeed'.
It would be pardonable if we believed that the foundations of the
earth, being laid by the Lord Himself, were lasting, but that belief would be
dispelled if we realized that only by Redemption will heaven and earth stand
unmoveable and lasting. This is so true, that when the apostle would prepare
his Hebrew readers for the shock they would have when they realized that
their priesthood, sacrifices, offerings and covenant were to 'wax old' and
'vanish away' (Heb. 8:13), he quoted Psalm 102:25 -27:
'And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hath laid the foundation of the
earth; and the heavens are the works of Thine hands: They Shall Perish
... They All Shall Wax Old ... They Shall Be Changed' (Heb. 1:10 -12).
Over against the transient nature of creation itself, the apostle
places Christ, even as he does throughout the rest of the Epistle to the
Hebrews, when facing the equal transience of the law, saying, 'But Thou
remainest ... but Thou art the same, and Thy years shall not fail', coming
back to the same blessed theme at the close of the Epistle saying, 'Jesus
Christ the same yesterday, and today, and for ever' (Heb. 13:8). If the
reader will turn to the article, Pleroma3 and spread out the chart at the end
of the book, the following notes need not be unduly lengthened. Job 38
contains the expostulation of the Almighty with him, saying, 'Where wast thou
when I laid the foundations of the earth?', and then follow words that give a
further reason why the present heavens and earth will not endure for ever.
The word translated 'foundation' in verse 6, 'Whereupon are the foundations
thereof fastened?' is the Hebrew word eden, translated fifty -two times,
'socket' in the law of Moses, and referring always to the silver sockets made
of the redemption shekels upon which the Tabernacle rested in the wilderness.
The choice of this word in Job 38 not only indicates that the present heaven
and earth is a vast tabernacle, but by so doing, makes it certain that like a
tent or tabernacle it is not intended to last for ever.
We come to the New Testament and there, in 1 Corinthians 3:10,11, we
have the assurance we need, 'According to the grace of God which is given
unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation ... other
foundation can no man lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ'.
'On Christ the solid rock I stand,
All other ground is sinking sand'.
After reading 1 Corinthians 3:10,11, Ephesians 2:20 seems to contain a
contradiction, 'the foundation of the apostles and prophets'. Here, however,
Jesus Christ is said to be 'the chief Corner Stone', vast enough and firm
enough for both Paul and Peter to build upon (1 Pet. 2:6). The apostles and
prophets appointed by the ascended Christ, were for 'the readjusting of the
saints' (as the word 'perfecting' here means, Eph. 4:12), and to this new
foundation laying Ephesians 2:20 refers.