Rock and Roll!

Today’s message is about the biblical theme of “Rock & Roll”—not the one popularized by the music industry in the 50’s and the 60’s.  There are many metaphors applied to God in Scripture; one of them is a Rock, which reveals aspects of God’s character. 

By the hands of the Mighty God of Jacob from there is the Shepherd, the Stone of Israel.

(Genesis 49:24)

The Rock, his work is perfect, for all his ways are justice.  A God of faithfulness and without iniquity, just and upright is he.” (Deuteronomy 32:4)

Be to me a rock of refuge, to which I may continually come; you have given the command to save me, for you are my rock and my fortress.  (Psalm 71:3)

The Stone which the builders rejected has become the Chief Cornerstone.

(Psalm 118:22)

Rocks and stones are highly valued as building materials because of their strength and stability.  They are incredibly durable, hard, and resistant to erosion and weathering.  To be sure, even the hardest rocks and stones will eventually deteriorate over time, but this change is virtually imperceptible, making them great visual symbols for our eternal God.

The primary aspect of God’s character expressed by this metaphor is His immutability (unchanging nature).  This is beautifully set forth in the book of Malachi and echoed by the author of Hebrews.

I am the Lord, I do not change.  (Malachi 3:6)

Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever.  (Hebrews 13:8)

When Jesus is the Rock upon which we have built our lives, we stand solidly upon an unchangeable and unmoving structure.  The respected Bible expositor Matthew Henry put it this way: “God is the rock, for he is in himself unchangeable, immovable, and he is to all that seek him and run to him an impenetrable shelter, and to all who trust in him an everlasting foundation.”  The strength and stability of our Rock is able to sustain us and strengthen us, regardless of the storm winds that are blowing. 

Instead of running from the storms of life, when we have built upon the Rock, we are empowered to roll with every difficulty life delivers.  Our Rock empowers us to roll over every obstacle.  Our Rock empowers us to roll through every problem.  Our Rock empowers us to roll around ever stronghold.  Is Jesus your Rock?  Is all of your life built upon Him?  Or are you holding back in some particular area?

The Scriptures present us with only two choices for building; one on sand, the other on Rock.  Sadly, many in the church build their lives on the shifting sand of professional success, personal relationships, the applause of man, or the pursuit of pleasure.   

If you want to live a Rock-solid life and roll with the punches, commit all of your life to building only upon the Rock.  When the storm winds blow, you will no longer have to run for higher ground . . . because there is no better ground upon which to build than the Rock of Ages.

This is the Gospel.  This is grace for your race.  NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN! 

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