THEME: THE ROCK
1 Corinthians 10:3-4 NIV
“They all ate the same spiritual food and drank the same spiritual drink; for they drank from the spiritual rock that accompanied them, and that rock was Christ.”
-Apostle Paul describes the vain practices of the corinthians who sacrificed food to idols and ate it. In 1 Corinthians 8:4 he discloses that, “So then, about eating food sacrificed to idols: We know that “An idol is nothing at all in the world” and that “There is no God but one.” Paul then reveals the history of their forefathers who experienced God’s provision, protection and preservation in the wilderness. They ate spiritual food in form of manna from heaven and drunk water from a spiritual rock that accompanied them. Paul establishes the importance of total reliance on Christ who is the Rock, apart from their gods. The Rock of ages who delivered the Israelites from slavery in Egypt, and has the power to deliver us from any form of temptation too.
There is no one holy like You Lord; there is no one besides You; there is no Rock like You our God. Oh God may You forgive us for the sins we have done. For any form of idolatry that we, our nation, our leaders, our families and our people have practiced. May You guide us in the right path and reveal Your true salvation and to all who do not know You, that none shall worship any other god but You alone our Rock of Ages. The bows of the warriors are broken, but those who stumbled are armed with strength. Those who were full hire themselves out for food, but those who were hungry are hungry no more. She who was barren has borne seven children, but she who has had many sons pines away. May You release the gift of children to all those who wait on You Abba Father. Lord You bring death and make alive; You bring down to the grave and raises up. Lord You send poverty and wealth; You humble and exalt. You raise the poor from the dust and lift the needy from the ash heap; You seat them with princes and have them inherit a throne of honor. The foundations of the earth are Yours Lord; on them You have set the world.
Further reading: 1 Samuel 2:2-10, 1 Corinthians 8:6