The rocks of the Bible have a lot to say. In addition, children love collecting rocks, painting them, and even keeping them as pets. Did you know you can purchase a pet rock from Amazon that comes with a pet carrier and a manual telling you how to care for your pet rock. Recently, we’ve been singing a new song in church with the lyrics: “I won’t let a rock cry out in my place“. That song and the idea that children are fascinated by rocks got me thinking about how we can learn something from the rocks of the Bible.
the rocks cry out scripture
In Luke 19:39-40 the people are shouting Hosanna to Jesus. Consequently, the Pharisees asked Jesus to tell the crowd to stop calling Him King and Lord. Jesus responded and said, “If they keep quiet the stones will cry out”. Therefore, our first lesson from a rock is that we are to worship and claim Jesus as King. Psalm 66:4 says that all creation sings praises to God. In addition, it might be fun to take a nature walk, collect a rock, then sing a worship song praising God.
lesson 1: shout hosanna and declare Jesus as your lord.
rocks of the Bible lesson 2: be kind!
Habakkuk 2:11 reads “Surely the stone will cry out from the wall”. This verse is a part of God’s response to Habakkuk’s concern about Babylon being used to bring justice to Israel. In the verse surrounding this text, God is explaining the tragedies or woes of a corrupt nation. In essence, if we greedily build our lives and homes at the expense of others, the very stones will cry out from the walls accusing us. Therefore, we need to consider if we are putting down others to build ourselves up. Consequently, the second thing we learn from rocks is to be kind.
lesson 3: your faith is more important than your works
Romans 3:30-32 talks about how the law of the Old Testament was a stumbling stone for Israel. They pursued through works instead of faith. We can do the same with our religion today, serving the institution of “church” over Christ and His body. The Message Bible says it this way: “They were so absorbed in their God projects that they didn’t notice God right in front of them, like a huge rock in the middle of the road. And so they stumbled into him and went sprawling”.
rocks of the Bible lesson 4: God provides
God miraculously provides water from a rock as described in Exodus 17:6, Numbers 20:8-9, and Deuteronomy 8:15. Moses got water from a rock twice in scripture. Bible scholars say this is not just about literal refreshment for the Israelites. It is further explained in 1 Corinthians 10:1-5. Within these verses, the Rock is Christ and the water represents spiritual blessings. Therefore, the third lesson is that God provides all that we need.
rocks of the Bible lesson 5: remember all that God has done
Rocks are used to remember the good things God does for us. In Genesis 28:10-22, Jacob used a stone for a pillow. As he slept, he heard a promise of God’s protection and blessing. He then stood the pillow rock up as a memorial. Later in scripture, God parts the Jordan river so the twelve tribes of Israel into the promised land (Joshua 4:1-8). They each take a stone from the riverbed and erect a monument to remember how God took care of them. Finally, Samuel set up a stone to remember how God gave them victory over the Philistines (1 Samuel 7:7-12).
fruit of the Spirit rocks
Because Little Pot is all about growing the fruit of the Spirit, you might want to make some fruit of the Spirit rocks. Just choose eight stones and paint the words: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, and self-control on each one. You can keep them inside your own little pot and they can remind you to be fruitful every day. Then put in your first name and email so we can send you those seven steps to becoming a fruit-bearing vessel. You will also get a fruitful Friday email each week with ways to be even more fruitful!