Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: (Matthew 7:24). Even the highest skyscraper in the world is only as strong as its foundation that grips the earth. Verse 25: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. When difficulties come, the Word of God is the solid rock on which your feet are firmly planted; on the other hand, if you stand on anything other than the Bible, your house is built on a crumbling foundation. And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it (verses 26-27).
There is no more powerful rock than Jesus Christ, and that’s why Psalm 118:22 is a Messianic prophecy: The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner. He was the stone that the builders rejected. While here on Earth, He was despised and cast out by His own people. He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not (Isaiah 53:3). When the Psalmist wrote that scripture, I can’t help but imagine He was referring to the first cornerstone of the foundation of the temple, initially rejected but powerful enough to support the entire building. Jesus may have been hated by His own people, but He is now the foundation upon which the Christian church is built.
Just how powerful of a rock is Jesus Christ? Let’s consult the Old Testament further. In the book of Daniel, Nebuchadnezzar has a disturbing dream, but can’t find any astrologer who can interpret it. Then Daniel went in, and desired of the king that he would give him time, and that he would shew the king the interpretation (Daniel 2:16). The king had dreamt about a giant statue with a head of gold, chest and arms of silver, belly of brass, legs of iron, and feet of iron and clay mixed. A giant rock came down and smashed the image to pieces that were scattered into the wind, then grew into a mountain that filled the whole world. Daniel revealed that God was showing Nebuchadnezzar the coming world kingdoms from his day to the end times. The head of gold represented Babylon, his own empire. The chest and arms of silver was the Medo-Persians, who would conquer Babylon within Daniel’s own lifetime. The belly of brass was Alexander’s Greece, and the iron legs Rome. From there, the feet represent skipping over the Gentile dispensation to the European Union, the basis for the antichrist’s kingdom.
The rock is Jesus Christ, who at Armageddon will obliterate all of man’s earthly empires. Verse 44: And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever. All kingdoms, no matter how powerful, are eventually lost in the winds of time; but Christ’s words are everlasting. Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away (Matthew 24:35).
Just after the Exodus, the children of Israel were leaving Pharaoh’s drowned army behind when they stumbled into a surprise attack from a vicious enemy. Exodus 17:8: Then came Amalek, and fought with Israel in Rephidim. Amalek was the grandson of Esau, and his descendants were a tribe of violent savages, known for ruthlessly targeting their enemies’ women and children. But God was not going to let them get away with it. And Moses said unto Joshua, Choose us out men, and go out, fight with Amalek: to morrow I will stand on the top of the hill with the rod of God in mine hand (verse 9). The battle raged in Rephidim; but jutting out of the valley floor was a giant boulder that Moses climbed to overlook. As he kept his arms raised, the Israelites won; but lowering them tipped the battle in Amalek’s favor. Verses 12-13: And Aaron and Hur stayed up his hands, the one on the one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun. And Joshua discomfited Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword.
The rock Moses stood upon is Jesus Christ. We too stand on that rock if we obey the Word of truth. As long as we stay on that foundation, we will win the battle against the forces of the devil. He is vicious like the Amalekites. We are in the valley fighting his kingdom by preaching the gospel and winning the lost. If our leaders stay on the rock, we win. If they lift their hands towards heaven, we win. And if we support them by lifting up their arms, we win.
But that isn’t the only rock that plays an important role in Exodus. As the people traveled through the hot desert in the sweltering sun, they quickly ran out of water and were in danger of dying from thirst. And the people thirsted there for water; and the people murmured against Moses, and said, Wherefore is this that thou hast brought us up out of Egypt, to kill us and our children and our cattle with thirst (Exodus 17:3)? The Lord directed Moses to a rock and instructed him to strike it and water would come forth for the people to drink. Behold, I will stand before thee there upon the rock in Horeb; and thou shalt smite the rock, and there shall come water out of it, that the people may drink. And Moses did so in the sight of the elders of Israel (verse 6).
A particularly fascinating detail on this story isn’t found until much later in the Bible. Getting water from the rock in one place was good; but how did they continue to drink afterwards? Paul gives us the answer in 1 Corinthians 10. In the first 3 verses, he revisits the miracles of the Exodus: the cloud of glory and the pillar of fire. Then, verse 4: And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ. One of the great unsung miracles of the Old Testament is that as the children of Israel wandered through the desert for the next 40 years, the rock followed them continuing to gush out drinking water.
And according to Paul, Jesus is that rock that follows us in the wilderness, spewing forth life-giving water for us to drink. It comes from the river of life and continually gives us strength to keep making this journey. But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life (John 4:14).
But we the church are also supposed to be that rock. We are the representatives of Jesus, so just as He springs forth waters of life, we are to spew salvation for the unsaved. In the Old Testament, the temple was the only place that contained the glory of God and it was restricted to the innermost chamber and held back by a veil. But in the New Testament, the Upper Room became the new place that held the glory, and it spilled out into the streets of Jerusalem until it covered the community. Acts 2:41,47: Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.
Our church buildings should be like the Upper Room, filling up like pools of holiness that overflow into the streets. God should have to keep filling us up with His Shekinah glory as we keep gushing forth more and more in an uncontainable way. Then our communities will be flooded with God’s love, and there will be nowhere where the unsaved can go without being covered with His anointing. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call (Acts 2:39).