Sunday, June 14, 2009

Devotion: Solid Rock

This is #2 in a series on Deuteronomy 32.
by Marsha Iddings

Deuteronomy 32:4 He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he.

“He is a Rock.” This is the first time God is called so in Scripture. ~Matthew Henry

This metaphor speaks of God's faithfulness and protection. Rocks, actually very large rocks, were used as protection and shade. There were caves in large rocks that people could use as shelter and hiding places from enemies. 1 Kings 18:4 speaks of this: "For it was so, when Jezebel cut off the prophets of the LORD, that Obadiah took an hundred prophets, and hid them by fifty in a cave, and fed them with bread and water."

2 Samuel 22:32 also speaks of God being a rock. "For who is God, save the LORD? and who is a rock, save our God?"

The Apostle Paul talks about the Rock: 1 Corinthians 10:4 "And did (the Children of Israel) all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ."

It is interesting to note that God is called the Rock and Christ is also called the Rock.

Peter said, "Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God." And Jesus replied, " And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock (the rock of Peter’s confession) I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it."

He is our Rock, our place of protection in troubled times. Jesus said the gates of hell would not prevail against His church. In a time when many are not faithful to Him, He will always be faithful to His own. There will always be a remnant who will remain faithful to Him. Are you in that number? Are you finding your protection in the cleft of the Rock?

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