Isaiah 28: The Cornerstone
In Isaiah 28, we get to hear about how far the people of Israel have fallen. Morally, the leaders have gone downhill, and they are simply not doing their job of leading people in worship and dedication to God.
Isa 28:14 Wherefore hear the word of the LORD, ye scornful men, that rule this people which is in Jerusalem.
Isa 28:15 Because ye have said, We have made a covenant with death, and with hell are we at agreement; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come unto us: for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves:
Isa 28:16 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste.
Isa 28:17 Judgment also will I lay to the line, and righteousness to the plummet: and the hail shall sweep away the refuge of lies, and the waters shall overflow the hiding place.
Isa 28:18 And your covenant with death shall be disannulled, and your agreement with hell shall not stand; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, then ye shall be trodden down by it.
I am again feeling layers of meaning here. There could be the literal sense. Israel has made agreements and treaties with enemy nations, but because they were not centered on the teaching of God and specifically the prophesied cornerstone Jesus Christ, these agreements are going to fall apart and Israel will be overrun. You can see this with the Roman Empire for example. The people of Israel abandoned the very cornerstone of what made them special, and God was telling them that they are going to be literally overrun.
I think there also can be a bigger picture of salvation here that is a bit more figurative. In essence, we have all signed a contract with death. Because of our sin nature, we have signed a contract that leads to destruction. However, God has given us this cornerstone, Jesus Christ, and through Him, we can tear apart that contract. Yes, we still might get knocked down as it says that the end of verse 18, but Christianity never promised earthly power. The important part in that situation is that we no longer have that contract with death.
These prophetic chapters are fascinating because I feel like the brilliance of them is how they do have these multiple layers of meaning.