Rock-solid

One of the fascinating themes of the Bible is the use of stone or rock images. George Herbert picked up this theme in his poem Sepulchre. There are so many references, I am going to walk through the whole poem so we do not lose any gold nuggets. It mixes the spiritual aspects with physical pieces of Jesus’ life.

Sepulchre (a grave cut out of stone or built of rocks)

O blessed body! Whither are thou thrown?

No lodging for thee, but a cold hard stone? (the garden tomb where Jesus was buried)

So many hearts on earth, and yet not one
Receive thee?  (stone walls rather than willing hearts, Jesus was a stumbling block to them)
Sure there is room within our hearts’ good store;
For they can lodge transgressions by the score:
Thousands of toys dwell there, yet out of door
They leave thee. (Jesus did not have a permanent home during His life, either)
But that which shows them large, shows them unfit.
What ever sin did this pure rock commit,
Which holds thee now? Who hath indicted it
Of murder?
Where our hard hearts have took up stories to brain thee, (crowds sought to stone Jesus)
And missing this, most falsely did arraign thee,
And order.
And as of old, the law by heav’nly art
Was writ in stone; so thou, which also art (God wrote the 10 Commandments in stone)
The letter of the word, find’st no fit heart (Jesus is the Word of God)
To hold thee. (There is sin in every heart).
Yet do we still persist as we began,
And so should perish, but that nothing can, (we have no hope on our own)
Though it be cold, hard, foul, from loving man (Love applied in the wrong direction)
Withold thee.(But Jesus can still penetrate!)

Once you begin to notice the theme of rocks and stones, it is easy to find them all over the Bible. There was the rock struck in the wilderness that gave Israel water (Exodus 17), which is called a symbol of Christ (1 Corinthians 10). Jesus is also named the Cornerstone (Matthew 21), the key foundation piece of a building. And Paul says that believers are like living stones built into a living temple on the foundation of Christ (1 Corinthians 3). The wise man built his house on the rock (Matthew 7).
Sometimes stones can be monuments to remember the past, like the Ebenezer stone in 1 Samuel 7:12, “Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen, and called its name Ebenezer, saying, “Thus far the Lord has helped us.”” How do we celebrate what God has done? 
It is beautiful to remember that God acts as our rock of refuge in the midst of trouble (Psalm 18). And He writes on stone, penetrates hard hearts, and builds beautiful things out of broken people. God, to You be the praise! One simple idea of “rocks” can lead to so many pictures that help us understand the story of what You are doing. Please help me to lean on You for support every day, to Your glory. I love You, Amen.
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