For the next few weeks we will be considering some of the different ways that God is described in the Bible. This week, God is a Rock – a common metaphor used in the God’s word. God is not a solid inanimate mass of minerals, but there are some characteristics of God that are comparable to rocks.
Off the top of your head, what are some similarities between God and a rock? Why is it a good comparison?
The first time in scripture that God is described as a Rock is Deuteronomy 32:1-4. What do these verses say that suggest why God would be described as a Rock?
Who is speaking in this chapter? To who?
God is described as a rock again in 15-18. What aspect of God is emphasized here?
He is described as a rock again in 30-31. What is the emphasis there?
Psalm 18 is another chapter that prominently speaks of God as a rock. Read the first 3 verses. See also 30 and 31 and 46. What aspect of God does it seem to highlight?
There are many other references to God as a rock in the Bible. A few prominent ones are:
Psalms 61:1 Hear my cry, O God; Attend to my prayer. 2 From the end of the earth I will cry to You, When my heart is overwhelmed; Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.
Psalms 95:1 Oh come, let us sing to the LORD! Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation.
Isaiah 28:16 Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: “Behold, I lay in Zion a stone for a foundation, A tried stone, a precious cornerstone, a sure foundation; Whoever believes will not act hastily.
Matthew 21:42 Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the Scriptures: ‘The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief cornerstone. This was the LORD’S doing, And it is marvelous in our eyes’?
When you think of God as a ROCK what idea means the most to you?
Share any thoughts you have in the comments section below. We will review this lesson together Wednesday night November 2 at 7 pm at the Lakeshore Wednesday Night Bible class. The class will also be livestreamed on Facebook.