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Rock Versus Stone

There is a day coming when men of great stature and men of low estate will call out to the mountains and the rocks to cover them. Their goal is to seek refuge, to hide from God and the wrath of the Lamb.

On that day the tables will be turned for during their lifetime, men did not seek refuge in the rock that could save them from the coming wrath of God. During the kingdom age men sought the Lord and took refuge in him because he was an unchangeable rock and that rock was Jesus Christ. It is an experience that men and women remember and sung songs to remember when they sought refuge in him. The lyrics that most people remember contain the words; “Rock of Ages, cleft for me, let me hide myself in thee.”

Following the deliverance of Israel from Egypt and during the time in the wilderness Israel became inpatient with the Lord, not once but several times. They set their hearts on evil things and indulged in pagan revelry and some perished for it. They quarreled with God and Moses over water in the desert where there was no water. Moses prayed on behalf of Israel and the Lord said to Moses.

Moses did as God commanded and assembled the camp around a Rock and spoke to Israel saying. "Listen, you rebels, must we bring you water out of this rock?"

Paul reflected its importance when he wrote.

The rock was symbolic of God and Jesus Christ as their presence was with the Israelites while traveling towards the promise land. The same is true today as God and the Lord Jesus Christ dwells in our spirit as we travel this sod towards the promise land.

Jesus said that our spiritual lives are built upon a rock and in a parable he explains his reasoning. He said

Jesus explained that every man’s house was at the mercy of its environment for the rain was driven by the wind and the waters from the rain began to rise. These conditions caused the house built on sand to fall, but the house built on the rock of Jesus Christ remained standing because the foundation was on a solid rock.

Rocks are generally considered stable because the nature of the Rocks remains structurally the same over extended periods of time.  In the same way, God is immutable which means he is not subject to change.

 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. James 1:17 - "I the Lord do not change. So you, O descendants of Jacob, are not destroyed. Malachi 3:6 - Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Hebrews 13:8

God has an unchanging nature so we may take hold of the hope offered to us through his promises and we can anchor our souls in Jesus Christ.

 A wise man builds his house on the rock making Jesus Christ the cornerstone of our life.

Our commitment to God is solidified in Jesus Christ.  With one promise after another our life in Jesus Christ becomes as solid as a rock a place of refuge and rest.

However there is another kind of stone for those who choose not to believe the gospel and think of the gospel as foolishness.

For the most part a rock speaks of stability and an unchanging character of God, yet God is just and fair to everyone. However God is going to rock men’s life in the near future.

Like a sieve, God will sift mankind to separate the good from the bad. He will put the good in his barn but the bad will be thrown into the fire.

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