Welcome God's "Hewers"!
Do you ever wonder why God allows so many people to annoy, despise, and provoke us? They disrupt our lives and dominate our attention. One answer is given in a profound analogy. God compares believers to stones that are being perfectly hewn so that they fit together with every other believer in God’s Temple. (See I Peter 2:5 and Ephesians 2:19–22.)
The phrase "fitly framed together" is a present passive participle which expresses continuous or repeated action that we receive. During the construction of Solomon’s Temple, there were eighty thousand “hewers of stone” in the quarries. Each stone was so perfectly prepared that it needed no further hewing after it was put in place. (See I Kings 5:15–18, 6:7.) If we view those who are hostile toward us as God’s hewers, we will be ready for the next command:
“Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you (Matthew 5:44)."