Buildings speak. When we stand at the foot of a skyscraper gazing toward the top, the behemoth shouts its imposing prowess. Cozy mountain cottages whisper charming invitations. Well-loved family homes echo treasured memories. But when God builds a house, He declares His covenant faithfulness to His people.
David wanted to build God a house, a resting place, as a symbol of his gratitude. But God proclaimed, “I will make you a house,” announcing His promise (2 Sam. 7:11). That’s the gospel that God has embedded in architectural metaphors throughout redemptive history, unfolding the plan for Christ to build His church (Matt. 16:18).
Any architect will tell you that the most important part of a structure isn’t the facade. It is the foundation, ingloriously hidden from view, which secures the structure as a foothold within the earth. In the ancient world, the foundational piece was the cornerstone, which anchored the walls and tethered all the parts into one.
Through the prophet Isaiah, God spoke to His spiritually unstable and insecure people:
Behold, I am the one who has laid as a foundation in Zion,
a stone, a tested stone,
a precious cornerstone, of a sure foundation:
“Whoever believes will not be in haste.” (28:16)
The Lord of Hosts has not rejected them. He cares for the house of Judah. He Himself will send the cornerstone, who is the Shepherd-King, to redeem and gather His house (Zech. 10:3–8).
But the builders rejected the cornerstone (Ps. 118:22). Jesus warned the chief priests who questioned His authority that if they did not believe and took offense at the stone, they would stumble over Him and be crushed by Him (Isa. 8:14; Matt. 21:42–44). When Jesus comes to establish our lives on the only sure foundation, we would be fools to build anywhere else (Matt. 7:26).