November 5, 2022 – Ron Green
He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress where I will not be shaken.
Psalms 62:6 NLT
Throughout the Bible the word “Rock” is used as a reference of stability and strength. The word Rock is also referred to as a place of refuge and safety form the worldly problems. If you’re studying the from the original King James version of the Bible, you will see the word “Rock” 128 times and the word “Stone” used 367 times.
Scripture also tells us that rocks are commonly referred to as a symbol of God’s reliability and strength. The Bible advises that we build our houses and lives upon the stable rock that is God’s love. wisdom and salvation. Rocks are interlaced with the idea of refuge, a place to escape the tumultuous hardships of the earth.
For I proclaim the name of the Lord: Ascribe greatness to our God. He is the Rock, His work is perfect; For all His ways are justice, A God of truth and without injustice; Righteous and upright is He.
This is a metaphor that points straight to Jesus as strong, stable, and reliable; He is more than capable of providing righteousnesses and justice.
The book of Psalms, a collection of Hebrew prayers written throughout Israel’s history, offers us a path to emotional solid ground. The Psalms prevent us from suppressing our emotions or being blindly controlled by them. Instead, they teach us to engage with what we’re feeling, bring those feelings to God, and then examine them in light of His Word!
The first chapter of Psalms describes the person who delights in God’s Word as “a tree firmly planted by streams of water.” Planting our deepest emotional experiences into the heart of God and his Word through prayer is what secures us in life.
The rock upon which Jesus would build his church could refer to Peter, since Jesus changed Peter’s name to “petros” meaning “rock.” This would make Peter the foundation of the church.
It is the testimony that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, the Messiah, that Christ will build His church, not the authority of any single man.
And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.
Taken from The Church Triumphant
Ellen White writes in part:
The apostles built upon a sure foundation, even the Rock of Ages. To this foundation they brought the stones that they quarried from the world. Not without hindrance did the builders labor. Their work was made exceedingly difficult by the opposition of the enemies of Christ. They had to contend against the bigotry, prejudice, and hatred of those who were building upon a false foundation. Many who wrought as builders of the church could be likened to the builders of the wall in Nehemiah’s day, of whom it is written: “They which builded on the wall, and they that bare burdens, with those that laded, everyone with one of his hands wroug. AA 596.3
Jesus Is The Cornerstone
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’? “Therefore I say to you, the kingdom of God will be taken from you and given to a nation bearing the fruits of it. And whoever falls on this stone will be broken; but on whomever it falls, it will grind him to powder.”
The Chosen Stone and His Chosen People
Coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious, you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. Therefore it is also contained in the Scripture, “Behold, I lay in Zion A chief cornerstone, elect, precious, And he who believes on Him will by no means be put to shame.” Therefore, to you who believe, He is precious; but to those who are disobedient, “The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief cornerstone,” and “A stone of stumbling And a rock of offense.” They stumble, being disobedient to the word, to which they also were appointed.
I Peter 2:4-8
Reading from the book of Hebrews, it tells us that Christ is a solid foundation that never changes. Hebrews 1:12 reminds us that Christ is always the same and will never change. We are absolutely secure if we put our trust in Christ, because we stand on the firmest foundation of the universe, which is Christ Jesus. A famous hymn speaks about this truth: “On Christ the solid rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand.”
And: “You, Lord, in the beginning laid the foundation of the earth, And the heavens are the work of Your hands. They will perish, but You remain; And they will all grow old like a garment; Like a cloak You will fold them up, And they will be changed. But You are the same, And Your years will not fail.” Hebrews 1:10-12
“Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock. “But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.” Matthew 7:24-27
Now that you have seen who is referred to as the “Rock” and who is referred to as the “Corner Stone,” where or who are you building your foundation on? I pray that you build your foundation on the never changing, never shifting foundation of Jesus Christ, the true foundation of life.
—— Chaplain Ron