4th Portrait “The Rock of Ages” fourth of a sermon series , Portraits of God, by Pastor Richard Daughtridge 11/ 20/11

Pastor Richard A. Daughtridge

“The Rock of Ages” fourth of a sermon series , Portraits of God, by Pastor Richard Daughtridge 11/ 20/11

Slavery in any form of it’s existence is demoralizing. I’ve stood at markets in several parts of the world where thousand of slaves have been sold. My mind wandered back. What fear must have rushed their minds. What humiliation must have eroded their esteem. Their dignity was robbed and unbearable heartache lurked ahead.

Rom. 6:6 NIV For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin–

Based on the stories  I’ve read, if this story even happened it was rare, but I heard the story about a master that agreed he would buy two of his slave’s son’s and his wife which were being sold. The slave was heard saying, “I’ll be your slave twice, once for the price you paid and  the second  for the kindness you’ve shown.” The family worked hard and lived together and were thankful. They adopted the faith of that farmer  and worshiped  together in the slave areas. After they were freed at the time of the Emancipation Proclamation the farmer  farmer announced, “You are free now. You may go as you will.”

The slaves asked, “Could we talk and meet you later at the slave rock, where we were bought? We will be there this afternoon.”

When the farmer arrived  at the market the family was on the rock. The elderly slave, the dad,   held a sign in his hand that said, “Free.”

The farmer puzzled shrugged his shoulders but then heard this question, “Can we go home now? We’ll work out the terms of our employment later.”

I remembered thinking when  I heard this story, “ It must have been the Rock of Ages.” The stories are is quite similar. We were all slaves.

Romans 7:14 We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin.

1 Samuel 2:2    There is none holy as the Lord: for there is none beside thee: neither is there any rock like our God.

2 Samuel 22:2-3

And he said, The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; [3] The God of my rock; in him will I trust: he is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my saviour; thou savest me from violence.

2 Samuel 22:32

For who is God, save the Lord? and who is a rock, save our God?

2 Samuel 22:47

The Lord liveth; and blessed be my rock; and exalted be the God of the rock of my salvation.

 2 Samuel 23:3

The God of Israel said, the Rock of Israel spake to me, He that ruleth over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God.

Psalm 18:2

The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.

Psalm 18:31

For who is God save the Lord? or who is a rock save our God?

Psalm 18:46

The Lord liveth; and blessed be my rock; and let the God of my salvation be exalted.

The Rock Jehovah

Jehovah  translated  “Lord.” The chief meaning of Jehovah is derived from the Hebrew word Havah meaning “to be” or “to exist.” It also suggests “to become” or specifically “to become known” — this denotes a God who reveals Himself unceasingly.

  1. Jehovah Nissi  (The Lord My Banner)
  2. Jehovah-Raah (The Lord My Shepherd)
  3. Jehovah Rapha (The Lord That Heals)
  4. Jehovah Shammah (The Lord Is There)
  5. Jehovah Tsidkenu (The Lord Our Righteousness)
  6. Jehovah Mekoddishkem  (The Lord Who Sanctifies You)
  7. Jehovah Jireh (The Lord Will Provide)
  8. Jehovah Shalom(The Lord Is Peace)
  9. Jehovah Sabaoth (The Lord of Hosts)

The word for Jehovah means Lord which means Master. Slaves were sold on the slave rock.

Get on the Rock

2 Cor. 5:14-18

For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead: [15] And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again. [16] Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more. [17] Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. [18] And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;

Now let’s sing Rock of Ages   Page   342  Then we’ll have I’ll pastoral prayer.    


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