What does it imply that God is the rock of salvation?

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The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my liberator. My God is my rock, into which I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my redemption. He is my fortress, my refuge and my savior (2 Samuel 22: 2-3).

God communicates in history and metaphor

God often communicates with history and metaphor to explain spiritual truths and his love for humanity in human terms.

For example, Jesus instructed his followers to be the “salt and light” of the world (Matthew 5: 13-16). He also referred to himself as the "Good Shepherd" (John 10:11), the "Vine", the "Light of the World" (John 8:12) and the "Bread of Life" (John 6:35). While God proclaimed that he was the "beginning and end" (Revelation 21: 6) and the church his "bride", he was the "groom" (Revelation 19: 7-8).

It is one thing to say that God is loving and kind, but when we compare God's love with a father's love for his children or a shepherd's love for a lost sheep, our perspective is broadened and our understanding of God Love improved. This is the power of the metaphor.

The writers who followed their creator's example were also known for using figurative language to describe God's divine qualities.

  • John the Baptist proclaimed Jesus as "the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world" (John 1:29).
  • The prophet Isaiah wrote that God is the "potter" and we are his "clay" (Isaiah 64: 8).
  • The sons of Korah sang that God is "a sun and a shield" (Psalm 84:11) and "as the deer pant for streams of water, my soul pant for you, my God" (Psalm 42: 1).

And in both the Old and New Testaments, the inspired writers have often referred to God as "rock".

Why is God called the rock in the Bible?

The obvious metaphor of the rock indicates that God is strong, steadfast and steadfast, cannot be easily moved or shaken, and is a refuge for those in need.

Moses wrote: "He is the rock, his works are perfect and all his ways are just, a faithful God who does nothing wrong, he is upright and just" (Deuteronomy 32: 4).

The psalmists also wrote: “Who is this king of glory? The Lord strong and powerful, the Lord powerful in battle ”(Psalm 24: 8). “Who formed the mountains with your strength and armed you with strength?” (Psalm 65: 6).

In most Old Testament references, God is not only described as rock, but as rock. The Israelites understood that God was not just a source of strength and protection. He was her only strength, her only hope and her only refuge. There is an implicit dominance here that points to God's ultimate sovereignty.

For who is God but the Lord? And who is the rock besides our god? (Psalms 18:31).

Because their rock is not like our rock, as even our enemies admit (Deuteronomy 32: 3).

The Lord is exalted above all nations, His glory above the heavens. Who is like the Lord, our God, the one who sits high, who bends down to look at heaven and earth? (Psalms 113: 4-6).

In Daniel's visions he saw even the most powerful prophesied nations in the world (Babylon, Persia, Greece and Rome) crushed by a "stone cut out of a mountain". This rock, of course, referred to “the rock” that is God (Daniel 2: 44-45) who will build his eternal kingdom over the ruins of everyone else.

God's strength, strength, protection and supply as rock are more than just a national symbol. They extend to the personal lives of those who believe in him.

God is a personal rock and refuge

After Hannah had the ability to give birth to children, she sang: “My heart rejoices in the Lord; my horn is raised high in the Lord. My mouth boasts of my enemies because I am happy about your liberation. There is no one as holy as the Lord. there is nobody but you; There is no rock like our God ”(1 Samuel 2: 1-2).

David also praised God as his fortress, liberation, protection and sponsor. "I love you, Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my liberator. My God is my rock, into which I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my fortress ”(Psalm 18: 1-2).

"Because on the day of need he will protect me in his apartment; he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent and put me high on a rock ”(Psalm 27: 5).

If God's people trust him, they will find strength, courage and hope in their strength and in the protection of their love (Proverbs 3: 5-6). When we rely on our own strength or hope for other sources, as the Israelites have often done (Deuteronomy 32:18; Isaiah 17:10), we discover how weak all other hopes and strongholds really are.

Therefore God spoke through the prophet Isaiah and said: “Do not tremble, do not be afraid. Didn't I announce and predict that a long time ago? You are my witness. Is there a god besides me? No, there is no other rock. I don't know anyone ”(Isaiah 44: 8).

What does the rock of salvation mean?

King David, one of the most prolific writers in the Old Testament, went one step further and called God his rock and salvation.

The Lord is my light and my salvation – who should I fear? The Lord is the fortress of my life – who am I to be afraid of? (Psalms 27: 1)

The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my liberator. My God is my rock, into which I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my fortress (Psalm 18: 2).

Verily, my soul finds rest in God. My salvation comes from him. Verily, it is my rock and my salvation. He is my fortress, I will never be shaken (Psalm 62: 2).

David obviously referred to the countless times that God had freed him from the hands of his enemies, but there was also a spiritual component when God was called the rock of his redemption. The Lord frees those who trust in him from fear, insecurity and even sin made possible by the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Jesus is the rock of our redemption

Jesus taught that those who listened to His teachings and applied them to their lives were like those who built their homes on a solid foundation. Those who ignore Him and choose to live life in their own way are like those who build their house in the sand. When the storms of life come, the foundation crumbles, and with it the house (Matthew 7: 24-29; Luke 6:48).

This is, of course, in line with what David wrote when he said, “He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and swamp; he put my feet on a rock and gave me a steady place to stand ”(Psalm 40: 2).

Through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ there is hope for eternal redemption and forgiveness for one's own sin. As it is written, “For God loved the world so much that he gave his only son so that anyone who believes in him does not perish but has eternal life” (John 3:16) and “therefore there is none now Condemn those who are in Christ Jesus ”(Romans 8: 1).

Faith, hope, love, peace, patience, joy, courage and confidence can all be shaken or taken away if they are brought into the wrong things. However, trust in God's promises creates trust in God's power, protection and care.

Those who know that they are loved (Romans 8: 38-39), forgiven (1 John 1: 9) and redeemed (Hebrews 10:10), know that their lives are anchored in Jesus Christ on a solid, unshakable foundation is. the stone. Their salvation cannot be taken away or shaken either because it is certain in Jesus Christ that once and for all died for their sins.

As David and the Prophets wrote:

Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion, which cannot be shaken but lasts forever (Psalm 125: 1).

For who is God but the Lord? And who is the rock besides our god? (Psalms 18:31).

Trust in the Lord forever, because the Lord, the Lord Himself, is the Eternal Rock (Isaiah 26: 4).

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Joel Ryan is a LA-based children's and young adult writer who teaches writing at Life Pacific University. Joel is passionate about promoting young people's passion for the Lord through storytelling and art. In his blog Perspectives Off the Page, he describes everything that has to do with writing, the creative process and what makes films, comics and great stories so effective.

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