“The Rock!”

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 Jesus is known as the rock of offence, his words are offensive to the sinner yet it is his words that will bring the sinner to repentance and to those who follow his way it is their saving grace and they are not ashamed! “As it is written, Behold, I lay in Sion a stumblingstone and rock of offence: and whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For if bt one man’s offense death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ. Therefore as by the offence of one judgement came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life”.(Romans 5:17,18……9:33).

 
    When Jesus said I and my Father are one, he was with God from the very beginning of the foundations of the world and in Moses day as well. “MOREOVER, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; And did all eat the same spiritual meat; And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ”.
 (1 Corinthians 10:1-4).
 
    When God judges the nations he will abase the haughtiness of the proud looks of man, and exalt the humble of heart. The wrong unrighteous acts will no longer bear rule within the earth and men serving the works of their hands will finally end so only the righteousness of God will be. “Their land is also full of idols; they worship the work of their own hands, that which their own fingers have made: And the mean man boweth down, and the great man humbleth himself: therefore forgive them not. Enter into the rock, and hide thee in the dust, for fear of the Lord, and for the glory of his majesty. The lofty looks of man shall be humbled, and the hautiness of men shall be bowed down, and the Lord alone shall be exalted in that day. For the day of the Lord of hosts shall be upon every one that is proud and lofty, and upon every one that is lifted up; and he shall be brought low”.(Isaiah 2:8-12).
 
    The tabernacle of God is as a covering of his wings and he is the Rock we can be hid in at times of trouble. “Hear my cry , O God; attend unto my prayer. From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: Lead me to the rock that is higher than I. For thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy. I will abide in thy tabernacle for ever: I will trust in the covert of thy wings. Selah”.(Psalm 61:1-4).
 
    Man is so set in the old ways the forefather’s served God it is not easy for them to see Christ himself has become the Cornerstone of the blood bought church he has purchased by the shed blood of the cross and his people now follow him through the Holy Spirit and not by the works of their hands. He has become a rock of offense to those who are without this understanding. It is this truth that Christ is talking about that set’s us free from the bondage of serving God in the old letter of the law which is no longer in place, for we are now under grace and the mercy of God!  “Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded (confused). Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner, And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed. But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light. Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy”.(1 Peter 2:6-10).
 
  
    My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him. He only is my rock and my salvation: he is my defence; I shall not be moved. In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God. Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us Selah.(Psalm 62:5-8).
   
 
   
 

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