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Upside Down

“Have you not even read this Scripture: ‘The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone. This was the Lord’s doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes’?” Mark 12:10-11

My older brother was a carpenter for many years. He usually didn’t talk about the skills of his fellow workers. I believe that in general he thought that it was unprofessional to talk critically of someone else’s skills with anyone but but that person. One day, though he made an exception. I don’t know if it was because he thought it was funny and ought to be shared or if he was just so frustrated he needed to vent. He told about how he was working with another man, a relatively new worker, and they were correcting the line of a section of wall that as not set straight up and down. They couldn’t remove and rebuild the wall so they were cutting and attaching to each stud long sections of wood to correct the pitch of the wall.

My brother was measuring and cutting the pieces and the new guy was fastening them in place.

After a few pieces the new guy said that something was wrong. The pieces weren’t correcting the wall. My brother checked and it turned out the the new guy was fastening all the pieces on upside down. He thought that the piece were wrong because he hadn’t been able to see them right.

That’s what was happening to the Jewish leaders. They didn’t recognize Jesus because they couldn’t or wouldn’t see him right.

Sometimes we’re the same way when it comes to the truth of scripture. There’s so much for us to learn and we have so many blind spots and misconceptions that often when we see the truth we just don’t see it right. That’s why we need to keep coming back and taking another look. That’s why we need to listen when other people share what they’ve learned. Sometimes we’ll learn something new and sometimes what we learn will correct a misunderstanding we’ve had. Who knows, maybe we’ll learn that we were looking at something upside down.

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