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The Rock, Christ.

The Rock, Christ.

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY REV. JOSEPH JOWETT, M.A.




X Corinthians x. 4.— For they drank of that
spiritual Rock that followed them ; and that Rock
was Christ,
BY REV. JOSEPH JOWETT, M.A.




X Corinthians x. 4.— For they drank of that
spiritual Rock that followed them ; and that Rock
was Christ,

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THE ROCK, CHRIST.BY REV. JOSEPH JOWETT, M.A. X Corinthians x. 4.— For they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them ; and that Rock was Christ, The Apostle is here making a comparison between certain points in the history of the Jews, and certain general privileges of the Christian Church. For in- stance — the Israelites began to be a separate people, when, on leaving Egypt, they passed through the Red Sea: this the Apostle calls, in allusion to the first Christian Sacrament, being ** baptized unto Moses." Again, they had some things resembling, the other Sacrament : they were fed with manna ; they drank water from a rock.^ These things were not only a relief of bodily wants, but also representations of Chris- tian privileges — <' spiritual meat,'' ** spiritual drink." And the design of St. Paul's remarks on the subject was, to shew the Corinthian Christians, that neither their baptism, nor their participation in the Lord's Supper, would avail them anything, without a true, penitential, godly faith in that Saviour, whom the Sacraments represent. On the present occasion, I would call off your attention awhile from the Apostle's general reasoning, to the single expression in my text — '' That Rock was Christ." * Read the hiatory-^Exodua zy'xu V— 1 . 14 SERMO III. In what respects did the rock at Horeb represent Christ ? I. It found the people perishing with THIRST.
 
Only a few days probably were gone by, since the overthrow of their enemies in the Red Sea. Six hundred thousand fighting men, beside women and children, had now to begin the journey to Canaan ; when behold, the road they have to pass is found to be a mere desert ! . o corn-fields — no springs — no- thing but a vast, sandy, howling wilderness. The con- sequence, if not prevented, was obvious ; they must soon be famished and die, from hunger and thirst. ow this is a just emblem of our spiritual condition by nature. We are thus destitute of all that can sustain, refresh, or satisfy the soul. —The mass of mankind know not, indeed, what it is that can alone satisfy their thirst ; but they do not the less feel its torment. They are driven this way and that way, by '* the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eye" ^ — ever seeking some satis- faction, which they never effectually find — trying to deceive themselves with the name and form of happi- ness, but still conscious that the thing itself is an un- discovered blessing. — A few, by God's mercy, discern the true reason : they are taught to thirst for his par- doning and converting grace — they see that this is wh^t they want, and they cannot rest without it. But even they, for a while, know not where or how to seek it ; till at length their very soul fainteth within them. This, this is their daily cry, " As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God ! My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God : when shall I come and appear before God ? " ^ Have you this sense of spiritual thirst? do you ? i Johnii. 16. 2 pM^jca xUi, I. 2. THE ROCK, CHRIST. 15 feel, that nothing earthly can content you ? Oh that you may feel it ! — you are then prepared to welcome Christ, and his life-giving waters of salvation. II. The rock in Horeb was a most improbable MEAS of relief.
 
I know indeed that, in countries like our own, the springs of water generally take their course along a rocky bed below the surface of the ground. But in those sandy deserts the case is far otherwise. The rock of Horeb was a large mass of stone, projecting above ground ; it only increased the desolation of the prospect, and confirmed the previous appearances of complete barrenness and drought. And such were the gloomy anticipations of many, to whom Jesus the Son of Mary oflfered himself as their Redeemer. Scribes and Pharisees were offended at his personal meanness — the son of a carpenter ! no worldly show ! ** o form nor comeliness ! " ^ ** How shall this man save us ? " < — His own disciples were continually stumbled ; and at last they seem to have despaired of help from him ; on his apprehension, *' they all forsook him and fled. " ' ** We trusted that it had been he which should have redeemed Israel."^ — Learned Gentiles heard with scorn, that one exe- cuted as a malefactor was to be received as King of the world ; and his religion seemed to them as a mere piece of ** foolishness," *— ay, even to this day, Christ is a Saviour from whom men will hope nothing, expect nothing, and therefore seek nothing, till they are compelled. Though guilt upbraids, though the broken law threatens, though sin and Satan urge their cruel tyranny within the heart, men will still try to save themselves — ^nay, many will go without salvation — rather than come to Christ. A 1 Isaiah lui. 2. ' 1 Sam. x. 27 . * "M»»..txtv.^^. 16 SERMO III. simple faith in Jesus, for full pardon, and for renewing grace, appears so improbable a method, that very few can be induced to make the trial.— Again, III. It required to be smitten, ere it gave A SUPPLY. The rock was at hand, but there it might have remained to this day, a witness and a monument of the universal death of that vast congregation, had not

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