The Rock

No, not Dwayne Johnson.  Way cooler!

My assignment from Belief Changers this week was to study The Rock.  From Exodus to John and several places in between (and afterwards, actually), we see that Jesus is the spiritual rock that accompanied Moses and still satisfies the thirsty today.  He is God's fountain.  The rock that sprung water for the thirsty Israelites is the same rock that gives living water in John 10.

As our Rock, He is a hiding place, a fortress of comfort, a firm place to stand, and He is also known as the rock that makes men stumble:
"See, I lay in Zion a stone that causes men to stumble and a rock that makes them fall, and the one who trusts in him will never be put to shame." (Romans 9:33)

I looked to Webster to see what else I could learn about rocks, and I accidentally read the (v.) definition instead of the (n.); but I don't think it was really an accident...
"To rock" is "to bring into a condition by moving this way and that in a gentle, quieting manner", and it is also to "cause to tremble or upset emotionally".

I think that is exactly what God is trying to say in Romans 9.  Jesus can either be our comfort, our fortress, our firm place to stand in the storm, or, He can upset us, and bring unrest to our souls when we reject Him.  "The Holy can be either a Hiding Place or a Boulder blocking your way." (Isaiah 8:14, MSG)  Do we fall on Our Rock, letting ourselves be broken so He can come in and fill us with Himself, or are we crushed?
Is this stone causing us to stumble?  Or is He precious to us and worth holding onto with all we've got...

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