Life on the Rocks
Maybe not what you’re thinking.
A look at reflections on ‘rocks’ in scripture.
Note from Kip,
I was praying about what to write about this morning and as I did so was scanning various scriptures for inspiration. I kept seeing rocks in my path, so then it dawned on me these rocks may not be obstacles, they could just be opportunities.
The very first reference that comes to mind is the parable of the sower.
Other seed fell on rocky ground where it didn’t have much soil, and it grew up quickly, since the soil wasn’t deep. When the sun came up, it was scorched, and since it had no root, it withered away.
Mark 4:5-6 (CSB)
Reflection – Shallow bedding for the seed. Sprung up quickly, perhaps because of the warmth of the rock radiating to the seed. However, it withered away because there wasn’t sufficient bedding to drive its roots deep. When the heat was turned up it was baked by the sun.
Rocks Producing Water
He brought streams out of the stone and made water flow down like rivers.
Psalms 78:16 (CSB)
Reflection – The same rocks that in the parable of the sower seemed to be the cause of the whitening of the plant, God demonstrates that he draws out of it the very life-sustaining water that would have preserved the plant through the radiance of the suns rays. The difference? God caused the water to flow from the rock.
This brings to mind the Living Water that Jesus spoke of.
The one who believes in me, as the Scripture has said, will have streams of living water flow from deep within him.”
John 7:38 (CSB)
If we reflect back on the other rock references, we have:
The seed falling on rocky soil which whither due to lack of hydration.
The rock from which God brought water in the wilderness
And here the living water that is implanted in us effectively providing immunity from the scorching sun.
A Rock to Build Upon
“Therefore, everyone who hears these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock.
The rain fell, the rivers rose, and the winds blew and pounded that house. Yet it didn’t collapse, because its foundation was on the rock.
But everyone who hears these words of mine and doesn’t act on them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. The rain fell, the rivers rose, the winds blew and pounded that house, and it collapsed. It collapsed with a great crash.”
Matthew 7:24-27 (CSB)
Reflection – Jesus is our rock where we are to build up from. Maintained by the spring of Living Water He’s provided for us. This foundation is immovable and secure. It’s impervious to the storms of life that threaten and the winds that howl.
He alone is my rock and my salvation, my stronghold; I will not be shaken.
My salvation and glory depend on God, my strong rock.
My refuge is in God. Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts before him.
God is our refuge. Selah
Psalms 62:6-8 (CSB)
Not only the foundation from which we are to build but our refuge in whom we can trust. We are called to pour our hearts out to Him our rock.
A Faithful God
The Rock — his work is perfect; all his ways are just. A faithful God, without bias, he is righteous and true.
Deuteronomy 32:4 (CSB)
Reflection – Expanding on this rock we can trust on, not only do we see sustenance, security, and foundational strength; God our rock is perfect, all His ways are just, He is faithful, without bias, righteous and true.
Our Exclusive Rock
For who is God besides the Lord? And who is a rock? Only our God.
2 Samuel 22:32 (CSB)
To Be Exalted
The Lord lives — blessed be my rock! God, the rock of my salvation, is exalted.
2 Samuel 22:47 (CSB)
Reflection – I’m seeing an image in my mind forming of us. We find ourselves in an environment that isn’t conducive to long-term growth. The span of our days is extremely limited against the hazards that befall us on every front, we’re in jeopardy of withering away. But we’ve established our house upon this rock that is the Lord and in Him, we have found substance and protection. He is the rock of our salvation in whom we trust and find refuge.
Reflections of the Rock
He takes my stone cold heart from me and places a heart of flesh (Ezekiel 36:26). Establishes my feet on a firm foundation (Psalms 40:2).
We’ll wrap this up with one final rock reference that is often misunderstood by a casual reader who doesn’t look at the context of the passage.
Jesus responded, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but my Father in heaven. And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overpower it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will have been bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will have been loosed in heaven.”
Matthew 16:17-19 (CSB)
It would appear that Jesus is saying that it is Peter on whom He will build His church but closer scrutiny leads us to understand that it wasn’t Peter, but rather what Peter had confessed to Jesus.
The verse just before this response by Jesus reveals the foundational cornerstone of Christ’s Church!
Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”
Matthew 16:16 (CSB)
The confession that Jesus is the Messiah and Son of God is that foundation. Not a man, but the declaration of every faithful believer in Christ. Just as Peter was blessed due to this confession, likewise everyone that confesses Jesus is also blessed.
If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
Romans 10:9 (CSB)
Jesus, Messiah, our rock, our salvation, our foundational strength, and refuge. Jesus the Son of God, that which sustains us and places refreshing springs of living water within us.
Nothing is such a blessing to us as Life on the Rock – Jesus Christ!