Summary: His name is…The stone. (Powerpoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request - email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
• 2nd of 3 parables
• time of Confrontation
• issue of authority
• the stone rejected
• the stone which crushes
Sleeping Beauty, Tom Thumb, and Quasimodo were all talking one day.
• Sleeping Beauty said,
• "I believe myself to be the most beautiful girl in the world."
• Tom Thumb said,
• "I must be the smallest person in the world."
• Quasimodo said,
• "I absolutely have to be the ugliest person in the world."
So they all decided to go to the Guinness Book of World Records to have their claims verified.
• Sleeping Beauty went in first and came out looking deliriously happy.
• "It's official, I AM the most beautiful girl in the world."
• Tom Thumb went next and emerged triumphant,
• "I am now officially the smallest person in the world."
• Sometime later, Quasimodo comes out looking utterly confused and says.
• "Who is Martin Fielder?” [Replace with some other person in the fellowship]
• Now that has nothing to do with my message;
• But I thought you might enjoy the story!
• When it comes to sleep have you ever considered how desperate Jacob must have been;
• In the Old Testament (Genesis chapter 28 verse 17)
• To choose a large stone, a rock for a pillow?
• A rock is hardly a comfortable place to sit on for a long time,
• Let alone to sleep on all night.
Note: there is a big difference between comfortable and comforting.
• A rock is a secure place on which to build.
• ill: Wise & foolish builders (Matthew chapter 7 verse 24).
• Unlike the house built on shifting sand,
• The house built on the rock withstood the ravages of rain and flood.
• ill: You remember David’s great Psalm (No 40);
• A rock is a safe place on which to stand;
• After one has been slipping and sliding about in quicksand.
• A large rock is secure, fixed, and unmovable.
• It represents constancy and permanence,
• something to which to grab hold of when everything else about us seems to be changing.
• ill: You all know the classic hymn ‘Rock of ages cleft for me”.
• Augustus Toplady discovered that a rock can be a shelter under which to take refuge.
• Augustus Toplady lived in England in the 1700’s.
• In 1776 he was walking through a gorge of Burrington Combe,
• A Mendip gorge close to Cheddar Gorge in England.
• When suddenly a terrifying storm swept down out of the sky.
• He was far away from the nearest village and he had no shelter,
• As he looked around for somewhere to hide,
• He saw a large rock ahead of him and thought that,
• If he leaned against it, he might escape some of the storms violence.
When he got to the rock he saw that it had been split open.
• And there was a crack into which he could fit
• He went in and was sheltered from the storm.
• While he was hiding inside the rock,