Hebrew Word: צוּר
Cross Reference: TWOT - 1901a
Part of Speech: n m
Vine's Words: Rock
English Words used in KJV: rock 64 strength 5 sharp 2 God 2 beauty 1 edge 1 stones 1 mighty One 1 strong 1 [Total Count: 78]
or tsur, tsoor; from
David recognized the all encompassing power and ability of God to secure not only the victory but his future as well. He found God to be immovable, indestructable, protective and redemptive, a safe place for retreat and a fortress in battle. He knew God would save Him, deliver the victory and the blessings He had promised in anointing David as King.God would bring righteous judgment against the wickedness of the people and their suffering would remind them of their need of God. They remembered Him as their refuge, cried out to Him, and sought His deliverence. However, when they were delivered from their affliction they returned to their wickedness and only honored God in their words, but not with their lives. We must be very careful when claiming the promises of God and calling upon Him by name that our hearts are pure before Him, our motives true. We must come in repentance over what our sin and our wickedness costs God - the extremes He has gone to to deliver us from our oppression and the assaults of our enemies. It cost Him His Son, He paid the price and we owe Him more than lip service - we out of gratitude for His mercy should surrender nothing less than our whole lives to Him and His glory. His will be doen.
This is an everlasting covenant - the outline and summary of the Davidic covenant. God's promise to love, protect and endure the line of David eternally. It reflects the personal relationship that David had with God and that all of these promises would endure even if the people disobeyed. This promise, this covenant, was completely and utterly fulfilled in the person and redemption that Christ came to give. He successfully and for all time granted favor on David and bore the Son of God through his royal line. A line, that also was related to the priestly line - making Jesus both Priest and King. (Remember, Mary's cousin Elizabeth was married to Zechariah - a priest who ministered before the Lord in the Holy of Holies.)
A beautiful picture of Christ as the gate by which we enter into the presence of God. The answer to our prayers and need of salvation. He is the stone that the "builders" rejected. They looked at it in its unhewn state and saw only a rock, but God saw the foundation and the strength of His eternal covenant - hewn by promise through Abraham, Moses and David and extended to all nations through His One and Only Son, Jesus Christ. It is the Day of the Lord, in whom we should rejoice and be glad. He has come and is coming again. We look ahead with assurance and hope in our hearts to the Kingdom promised and the Kingdom which is at hand.
Habakkuk makes a complaint - He sees the wickedness around him and God's apparent inactivity. He calls out to The Lord who is the Rock. The immovable, delivering force that can bring justice and righteousness to the land once again.
And, Jesus, Himself confirms this promise, this covenant Rock that God delivered to Israel through Virgin birth and a King who rides in to usher in the covenant of peace - not war. God delivered the victory for Israel and they rejected Him as something other than God.
The Rock, the Capstone of God's Church, Jesus Christ was rejected by the leaders and nation of Israel, but declared His redemption by His apostle, Peter. Who became the rock upon which Christ built His holy church. Peter suffered many trials and persecutions because of his relationship with Christ. But through his relationship with Jesus - a relationship born of suffering and trials - even denial, he found the boldness and the strength to declare Jesus the Messiah, the Capstone prophesied in the Psalms. Peter's assurance and faith grew so that in his epistle, he writes at length of Christ as the Cornerstone - the Living stone. The mark of our faith. As you read today's Weighing the Word passage from 1 Peter Chapter 2 - consider fully the call for us to live on in His remarkable legacy - living stones in the body of Christ.
1 Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit,
The Living Stone and a Chosen People