Jesus is the Rock
Behold I am laying in Zion, a cornerstone chosen and precious, and whoever believes in Him will not be put to shame.
Recently I met with a group of women to pray for the Lord’s direction in beginning a new ministry in our church. One of the ladies referenced the Old Testament account of Aaron and Hur holding up the arms of Moses, while the Israelites fought the Amalekites.
Through the He Is Your Life ministry, the Lord has given our team the blessing of coming alongside pastors around the world by praying for their ministries. In a prayer request from one of the pastors, he also referenced this same passage in Exodus. Since the Lord brought this to my attention twice in one week I figured He wanted me to take a closer look at this event in the Bible.
Exodus 17:8-16 tells us about a battle the Israelites faced against the Amalekites. Joshua led the Israelites in battle while Moses stood on a hill overlooking the battle. As long as Moses’ staff was raised God’s people had the advantage. But, when he dropped his hands the Amalekites gained the advantage. Verse 12 says “Moses’ arms soon became so tired he could no longer hold them up.”
So Aaron and Hur found a stone for Moses to sit on. They stood on each side of Moses holding his hands steady until the Israelites defeated the enemy. This passage shows us how we are to come alongside others and lift them up as they do what the Lord has called them to do. As I read this passage this time, I saw something new: Aaron and Hur found a stone for Moses to sit on. Moses' strength was gone and they brought a rock to rest on.
Psalm 118:22 refers to the Messiah as “The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone”. In Matthew 21:42 Jesus refers to this passage as finding its fulfillment in Him. 1 Peter 2:6 reads “Behold I am laying in Zion, a cornerstone chosen and precious, and whoever believes in Him will not be put to shame”.
Aaron and Hur brought a rock to Moses to support him. He put his full weight on that rock because he did not have the strength to stand. In this I see a beautiful picture of how Jesus is our Rock. We can put the full weight of our trust on Jesus. He is our firm foundation and like Peter says, “whoever believes in Him will not be put to shame”.
Isn’t it so wonderful, when we trust Jesus “we will not be put to shame!” We can trust that Jesus will give us the strength and resources to accomplish the work He has called us to do, because He is our Rock, our firm foundation.
Jesus told a parable in Matthew 7 about the foolish man who built his house on the sand. When the storm came the house fell. But the wise man built his house on the rock and when the storm came the house stood firm.
As we obey what the Lord calls us to do there will be storms. Some of the storms are used by the enemy to deter us, but some are allowed by the Lord to strengthen us and to reveal where we think we are trusting Him but we are trusting in ourselves. That is the sand Jesus warns about. When we trust Jesus to work in and through us we are standing on The Rock.
Weekly Memory Verse
My precious husband, Bill, and I have been planted in Fort Myers, Florida for almost 35 years. As a newly married couple, God most graciously had placed people in both of our jobs to share Christ with us. Its hard to believe it has been almost 34 years since we asked Jesus into our hearts! Bill and I have been blessed with four children, 3 daughters, then a son. These blessings came quickly, all within 6 years!! During these years I'm so thankful I was able to be part of women's ministry classes at our church, helping me to grow in my walk with Him. Then came the day when I was asked that question that stretched me way outside of my comfort zone...will you teach a class? Its hard to believe that I have now been teaching more than 20 years. Bill and I love to travel, most of the time going to visit our 9 grandchildren, oh ya, and their parents! I also love reading, walking and hanging out with some very special young moms in Beloved that bless my socks off!
Julie is a Kansas girl who resides in sunny Southwest Florida. She's been married to her husband Sean for 23 years and they share two boys ages 21 & 17. She enjoys baking and biking, but her absolute favorite thing is snow skiing which is a little difficult to do in a sandy 80 degree land.
She became a follower of Christ at age 10. She loves studying and teaching God's Word. She has a passion for encouraging moms to love and follow Jesus.
Beth grew up in a loving home; however, in her early 20s she faced a very lonely time. During that time, she cried out to God and asked “If You are real, please show yourself to me!” God met her where she was and she trusted in the Lord Jesus at that time. Her life verse and desire is “no matter what happens, to conduct herself in a manner worthy of the gospel.” Philippians 1:27
Beth now resides in Tampa, Florida with her husband Larry. The Lord has blessed them by blending their family of five children. They currently have eight grandchildren and are hoping that there will be more grandchildren in the future.
Donna accepted Jesus as her Savior at the age of nine and has been amazed at God’s goodness and faithfulness throughout her life. She has been blessed to have had many mentors through each season of life, who have shown her what trusting God looks like. Donna and her husband, Bryan, make their home in central Arkansas. They have five grown children and are grandparents to wonderful grandchildren. Donna enjoys spending time with her family, laughing with friends (usually over coffee), going for long walks with her husband, and reading a good book (which may also be accompanied by a cup of coffee).
Sarah is a true Florida Cracker. She was born and raised in Southwest Florida. At the age of 6, Sarah accepted Jesus as her Lord and Savior, and she hasn't looked back since. Hebrews 13:8 is one of her favorite verses, "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever." Eating delicious desserts, spending time with her family and friends, and teaching people about Jesus are a few of the things she enjoys to do in her spare time.
Sarah has been married to her best friend and husband, Brandon, for 7 years. They have been blessed with one beautiful, determined son, Asher, who keeps them on their toes. Sarah and her family live in the Tampa area. They love exploring their community together, family hugs, and eating pizza whenever possible.
Katie Flint just recently moved back home to Fort Myers, Florida with her husband, Ryan and two children, Collins and Madden. At the age of 5, Katie accepted Jesus Christ to be the Lord and Savior of her life, after attending Vacation Bible School. Through each phase of her life, God has shown her that He alone is trustworthy. The verse that has been her life source is Psalm 46:10- “Be still and know that I am God.”
She is a stay-at-home mom and enjoys exercising and baking. She has been married to her husband Ryan for almost 9 years, who is her high school sweetheart. They enjoy trying new restaurants, family trips to the beach, and relaxing at home.
Marsha grew up in a small rural town in upstate New York. In 2006, after finishing college, she moved to sunny SW Florida where she met her, now husband, Shawn. Together they enjoy spending family time with their two fun-loving toddler boys Zachariah and Kairos.
Marsha enjoys living an active lifestyle, which is helpful, considering that her favorite hobby is baking.
Though she attended church as a child, Marsha was not saved until adulthood when her eyes were finally opened to the love and mercy of Jesus Christ.
Since being saved, God has placed a loving burden on her heart to share the truth about God’s healing grace with those who may feel like forgiveness is not possible for them.