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For their rock is not as our Rock, even our enemies themselves being judges.
I. ILLUSTRATE THE METAPHOR.
1. When we speak of God as a Rock in reference to Himself, the ideas are such as these —
2. Consider the metaphor in reference to what God is to His believing children.
(1) The Rock of their defence.
(2) The Rock of their foundation. They rely on and trust in Him.
(3) Their Rock of shelter and shade.
(4) The Rock of their supplies.
II. THE TRIUMPHANT COMPARISON WHICH IS INSTITUTED. To the pagan, infidel, sensualist, etc., your rock is not as our Rock. You have not the security, the sensible enjoyments, the supplies — in one word, the happiness which the people of God possess.
1. We appeal to your experience. What changes do you profess to have experienced? What evils removed? What principles implanted?
2. We appeal to your enjoyments. What peace — what comfort — what hope — what real bliss?
3. We appeal to your practice. From what follies and sins have you been delivered? Are your principles more pure? Spirit, conversation, temper, etc.
4. We appeal to our advantages in sickness and death. What security — what ecstasies — what clear enrapturing prospects! You know that your Rock is not, etc.Application —
1. Invite the sinner to choose the Lord for the Rock of his salvation. Flee to Him by repentance. Build on Him by faith in Christ Jesus.
2. Let the Christian be satisfied with his choice. The everlasting God is his refuge.
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