“and ‘A stone of stumbling
And a rock of offense.’
They stumble, being disobedient to the word, to which they also were appointed.”
to which they also were appointed
God is the one who makes our appointment with the Word. God ordains that each person responds to His Word.
Matthew 21:42, “Jesus said to them,
“Have you never read in the Scriptures:
‘The stone which the builders rejected
Has become the chief cornerstone.
This was the Lord’s doing,
And it is marvelous in our eyes’?”
Peter ascribes Israel’s stumbling to God (cf. Ro 11:11). God makes an appointment for all people, but many never keep the appointment because of their offense at the cross. God appointment is not for wrath but salvation:
1 Thessalonians 5:9, “For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
God makes an appointment with each person to face salvation through Christ.
Every person has a divine appointment with the Word of God. He must accept it or reject it. When we bump into a rock, it hurts. When we stumble over the rock Jesus Christ, it will hurt. It will bruise us forever.