The word, rock, refers to the material that form the
crust of the earth. It consists of several minerals and is
generally a solid form of matter. In the popular sense, the
rock refers only to the solid part of the earth, but in the
geological context rock includes the soil, clay, gravel,
granite, and stones of the earth. Within our own State of
Georgia, Stone Mountain is an excellent example of a rock.
This synopsis of the rock will undergird the sermon
today entitled The Everlasting Rock. It will be undergirded
by the following dimensions, namely: the prominence of
the rock in the Old Testament; Jesus as the rock in the
New Testament, and our access to The Everlasting Rock.
Since this sermon is historically focused, the traditional
background synopsis will be omitted thereby bringing
into focus the first concern which is the prominence of
the rock in Old Testament history.
The rock is integral part of the Hebrew culture as
noted in the Old Testament. In that book, rock is used both
as an object and as an idea. As an object, rock was used to
build fortresses, combat enemies, start a fire, and even
divert the flow of water. As an idea, rock was used to
represent different attributes of God. Moses, in his book of
Deuteronomy, wrote “For there rock is not the same as our
Rock, even our enemies themselves being judges ( 32:31 ).
Numerous others Old Testament personalities were
acquainted with and made use of the rock. Jacob used a
stone for his pillar on the night before he “wrestled with a
man until the breaking of the day”. Later in Old Testament
History, the lad - David - collected five small rocks, or
stones as he prepared to face Goliath. There are other
episodes in which the rock was used in Old Testament
times, but the current focus will now be directed to the
second phase of the sermon which is - the rock during the
New Testament Era.
The rock continued to occupy a position of
importance in the New Testament. In represented a
fulfillment of the Old Testament prophesy of the ultimate
Rock to come. This is the theme conveyed in the textual
anchor for the sermon today on The Everlasting Rock. As
noted in the referenced Scripture, Paul wrote to the
Corinthians reminding them that their forefathers did drink
the same spiritual drink...and that Rock was Christ. ( 1st Cor.
10:4 ). Using that Pauline teaching, our sermon seeks to
reinforce the divine fact that Jesus Christ is our solid Rock
and all other ground is sinking sand.
The Old Testament presents some essential symbols of
the rock that have counterparts in the New Testament and
they have implications for humanity in contemporary times.
The rock is presented as a symbol of water in Numbers 20:8.
The Bible records that the children of Israel were nearly to
die of thirst for they could find no water. But God, as always,
intervenes in accordance with divine foreknowledge. Thus,
God said unto Moses, “Thou shall bring forth to them water
out of the rock. Moses did as ordered and water came out
abundantly, and the congregation drank, and their beasts
also.” The rock was a source of sweetness for the Israelites
as they endured the bitter wilderness experiences. It seems
that the children found something to murmur about even
though they had been feed with quails and bread.
Apparently, they just wanted something sweet, or a little
dessert. God responded according to Deuteronomy 32:13
by making them suck honey out of the rock. What a feat -
no signs of bees anywhere, no possibilities of being stung
by a bee - just an adequate supply of honey. That wilderness
was but a shadow of the real honey that would come in
Jesus. John, in Revelation 10:10 , declared that he found
in the word of God was to his mouth sweet as honey.
Taking a quantum leap from Biblical times to the 21st
Century, it is noted that the rock is used in various contexts.
One of the more obvious is in the construction industry that
ranges from pouring the foundation for a residence to the
the massive use in road construction. In both of these
setting, the rock has pragmatic value. But the rock has
a symbolic meaning in advertising as reflected in two
companies, one here in our city and the other on the
national level. The former is a brewery company known as
Buffalo Rock. That company produces and distributes a
variety of drinks with varying appeals and consequences to
the consumer. While the Rock liquids may be quite
satisfying, they are no substitute for the security offered
by the Solid Rock which is Christ Jesus. The second
advertising appeal using the word rock is a Prudential
Insurance Company. Its highly pitched appeal is to get
a piece of the Rock. Prospective customers are encouraged
to buy a piece of the Rock. In a similar manner, I come
begging all unsaved persons to get a piece of the solid
Rock whom Paul declared to be Christ. This appeal leads
to the third, and final point of the sermon which is -
our access to the Everlasting Rock.
Whereas the insurance may be used to supplement
one’s income during retirement or paid to the survivors at
the death of the insured, the Everlasting Rock is for both
your everyday welfare, but most of all it covers your
eternal flight to Zion’s happy land.
Generally, insurance policies require extensive
physical examination and other reports; they may further
exclude one because of pre exiting condition, or even
age, but the policy herein recommended today requires
to physical examination: hence, the intoxicated person,
the gambler, the liar, the murderer, the crippled, the elders -
all can be issued a policy of Salvation contained in the
Oh! Beloved, whereas you can use brokers or go online
to purchase your stocks and bonds, such an option is
unavailable for a purchase into the Eternal Rock. But don’t
worry because Jesus took care of that prerequisite long
ago. Jesus knew that He was the Eternal Rock and was
quite aware of the destiny that awaited him. Hence, he
predicted both his crucifixion and resurrection - both of
which were necessary to offer to all believers an eternal
policy in The Eternal Rock. It is prayer that all of you here
gathered along with the internet readers have you policy.
If not, please read Romans 10:9. Unlike that ACA you will
be unable to find this policy on the Exchange. Instead, it
comes only through a confession of transgressing, a
request for forgiveness, a belief in the finished work of
Jesus, and a willingness to accept and follow his teachings.