Some years ago when John Howard was Prime Minister and the threat of internal attack was possible Australians were warned to be on the look out for subversive activity and signs that people were planning to damage our internal society. At this time the phrase Don’t be alarmed, be alert became the sales pitch of those seeking to have us watch for signs that subversive activity was occurring.
But this is not a new message in that both Bible passages today have aspects of this in them.
Yesterday from Ezekiel 34 it was noted that the promise of God to His children Israel was to be their Shepherd. Particularly verses 24 to 26. Today we see God’s promise to Israel’s enemies that He will deal out His judgement on Edom. Particularly verses 13 and 14. Because of how they treated Israel, His sheep, and how this treatment reflected directly on our Almighty God.
1 Peter 2:1 – 12
Living after the resurrection of Jesus as we do, the situation is much different as to who is the corner stone of our faith and how we should live. We, the whole church, have the possibility of being built into a spiritual house with Jesus as the cornerstone and with the same Almighty God as our father.
This is still God’s provision for His people, all of us.
But we are promised the opportunity through our faith in Jesus of maturing and being built into the people of God with Jesus as the cornerstone. (Read cornerstone as the single stone that holds the whole building together.) Verses 9 and 10 put it very clearly:
9 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.
Then these two following verses give us very clear instructions:
11 Dear friends, I urge you, as foreigners and exiles, to abstain from sinful desires, which wage war against your soul. 12 Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.
As we face difficult times from our society that moves further away from principles, ideals and institutions that are based on God’s teachings these last two verses are an excellent summary reminder of our roles as God’s people.
A prayer – My Almighty Father, as I seek to follow you and model the principles of Christian living to all whom I come into contact with, continually remind me of the standards and behaviour you expect of me and my continuing responsibility to seek out and minister to all persons so that they may come to know you as the gracious loving God whose son died for each of us. In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
 Taken to mean any who are not of Christian faith. (Macquarie Dictionary Online.)