One of the things I like most about the Bible is that it often uses common objects to illustrate Biblical truth. In scripture, rock is often used as a metaphor for God in several passages such as:
He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress where I will not be shaken. Psalm 62:5-7
My victory and honor come from God alone. He is my refuge, a rock where no enemy can reach me. Psalm 62:6-8
But the LORD is my fortress; my God is the mighty rock where I hide. Psalm 94:21-23
No one is holy like the LORD! There is no one besides you; there is no Rock like our God. 1 Samuel 2:1-3
For who is God except the LORD? Who but our God is a solid rock?
2 Samuel 22:31-33
Obviously, He is trying to teach us something about his nature through the word rock. When I think of the word rock, a small piece of hard substance is what comes to mind. Yes, I’m acquainted with rocks. They are what are piled into a hole in my driveway. It’s a rock that I quickly grab to scare away an encroaching dog. Rocks are what my car drives over to get into my yard. Yep, they are what little visiting hands toss across the yard during play. Those rocks are easily moved by human manipulation but offer little height to stand upon and little protection.
Now that can not be the rock that is synonymous with God. But is that the picture of rock you see when speaking of God? A quick dictionary check for the word rock reveals that it is a large mass of stone forming a hill, cliff, promontory, or the like. Through some additional research, I discovered two Hebrew words that are used for rock in the Bible:
tsur: massive rock. This word is used for boulders or formations of stone and for materials which composes mountains.
sela: “split-rock”, cleft rock.
Now we see a better view of just who God is saying that He is. The rocks my natural mind conceive are better considered pebbles than rocks. He is one who is:
- Solid substance
- A place of hiding/protection
- Higher than I
- The chief cornerstone
- A stone which causes some to stumble
- Foundation of our salvation
- Hitting Rock Bottom and Finding THE Rock (donotdepart.com)