Ezekiel-Bible Study 6:1-7 Rock of Offense

New Living Translation has this verse:”God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure(Ep.1:5)”. Adoption when the Spirit uses is not merely in a sense we understand of a baby left at some doorstep and being found. God foreseen us even before the foundation of the world. It is according to Fellowship of God with Man is about eternal verities and according to the good pleasure of his will (KJV).’ Mind of God while dealing with His creation and with earth has a focus and that is the Son. Whoever thus has the Son has also the Father.”He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life(1 John5:12). Apostle John in another place says,’the wrath of God’ abides in such a person(Jn.3:36). In short Core Will of God carries Salvation as well as judgment.

The Spirit in order to reveal this truth makes use of natural world so symbolism makes Christ Jesus as the spiritual Rock as well as a Rock of offense. Prophet Ezekiel draws on this analogy and also we find Daniel using Jesus as the stone cut without hands while interpreting the dream of the king.

We have everlasting covenant and also eternal word. The Holy Spirit in organizing the narrative of Core Will must choose literary means to make it meaningful for man. Thus his Salvation covers all creation. When man is viewed in the image of God his glory covers not only man but also his world. Similarly judgment for the disobedient is not only on man but also his world. When the Spirit sets these into a narrative mode God sends Man having both deity as well as humanity. So the begotten Son is in relation to God the Father. The Spirit makes him bread from heaven and it has its match in Bethlehem or House of Bread. St Paul qualifies Christ as the spiritual Rock. “for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ(1 Co.10:4)”. Christ as the Rock we shall come across many other places, St Paul speaks of the children of Israel slaking their thirst from the Rock that followed them Here in this verse from St Peter we read,”And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed(1 Pe.2:8)”.

So Rock in the parlance of the spirit as in the case of bread and water carry much more than objects themselves. How does the Spirit indicate God’s Mercy and providence for His people? We came across this verse before,“As the mountains are round about Jerusalem, so the LORD is round about his people from henceforth even for ever(125:2).” Here we are looking at one level how Jerusalem is situated. God has thrown His protective ring about His people. In the context of everlasting covenant we know is ‘from henceforth even for ever. Christ as the Rock of Ages for His people is for eternity. “Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is mount Zion, on the sides of the north, the city of the great King(Ps.48:2)” Similar to other instances we have the Spirit using the place name associated with Israel in the context of eternity.

And the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,

Son of man, set thy face toward the mountains of Israel, and prophesy against them,

And say, Ye mountains of Israel, hear the word of the Lord God; Thus saith the Lord God to the mountains, and to the hills, to the rivers, and to the valleys; Behold, I, even I, will bring a sword upon you, and I will destroy your high places.

And your altars shall be desolate, and your images shall be broken: and I will cast down your slain men before your idols.

And I will lay the dead carcases of the children of Israel before their idols; and I will scatter your bones round about your altars.

In all your dwellingplaces the cities shall be laid waste, and the high places shall be desolate; that your altars may be laid waste and made desolate, and your idols may be broken and cease, and your images may be cut down, and your works may be abolished.

And the slain shall fall in the midst of you, and ye shall know that I am the Lord.

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I am a Dutch citizen. An architect by profession I am married and have six grandchildren. I am still keen on expressing myself and each day is new and an occasion where I might bring out from within something worthwhile.
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