LEAD ME TO THE ROCK
While attending the University, I needed two subjects to complete my full semester load in order to qualify for military college assistance. The classes I wanted were full, so I took Meteorology and Geology – just for fun. It turned out to be great choices. The professor in Geology asked us to write a paper on “Rocks.” So naturally, I chose the word “rock” in the Bible. Here’s a little something I wrote in my paper.
The word “Rock” is only used as a proper noun nine times in the Bible. Most predominantly in Deuteronomy 32. The verses there read v. 4: “The Lord is the Rock, and His work is perfect! Yes, all His ways are right! God is true and faithful. He is good and honest.” v. 15: “But Jeshurun (Israel) became fat and kicked like a bull. (Yes, you people were fed well and became full and fat.) They left the God who made them! They ran away from the Rock who saved them.” v.18: “You people left the Rock who made you; you forgot the God who gave you life.” v.30: “Can one person chase away 1000 men? Can two men cause 10,000 men to run away? It will happen only if the Lord gives them to their enemy, and this will only happen if their Rock sells them like slaves.” v.31: “The ‘rock’ of our enemies is not strong like our Rock. Even our enemies know that.”
David is another Old Testament writer to use this phrase: “The God of Israel spoke. The Rock of Israel said to me, ‘Whoever rules people fairly, who rules with respect for God, is like the morning light at dawn, like a morning without clouds. He is like sunshine after it rains that makes tender grass grow from the ground’” (2 Samuel 23:3). There is one more that is somewhat obscured by the King James Version rendition of Habakkuk 1:12 that actually says, “Lord, you are the one who lives forever! You are my holy God who never dies! Lord, you created the Babylonians to do what must be done. Our Rock, you created them to punish people.”
But it took the Apostle Paul to put it into context for us: “Brothers and sisters, I want you to know what happened to our ancestors who were with Moses. They were all under the cloud, and they all walked through the sea. They were all baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea. They all ate the same spiritual food, and they all drank the same spiritual drink. They drank from that spiritual Rock that was with them, and that Rock was Christ” (1 Corinthians. 10:4). Yes, a Rock that is immovable and always there! I found out my professor was a believer and was so impressed with my paper he gave me an A! Hallelujah to the Rock! – Dr. Robert R Seyda