Summary: His name is…The stone. (Powerpoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request - email:

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The Context:

• 2nd of 3 parables

• time of Confrontation

• issue of authority

The Name:

• 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,

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