Many years ago, I had the opportunity to visit a house of worship that displayed something I have never seen before. Towards the front of the worship center, near the pulpit, was a massive rock. It was a rock big enough on which a family of 4 could have a picnic! Clearly, the church wanted to send the message that Jesus was the rock of their congregation (Matthew 16:18)). I wondered, if in time, how easy it might be for members of this church to shift their focus from Jesus being their rock to the rock being their rock. How easy it might be for believers to say, “We are the church of the rock. What sets us apart is that we have this massive rock in our worship center.” Seeing that rock in the auditorium reminded me that every congregation, and Christian, struggles with the temptation to get their identity and life from religious symbols. Many years ago, God's people faced the same struggles as they sought to overcome their enemies by trying to manipulate God's power through a religious symbol - the Ark of the Covenant. The story is found for us in 1 Samuel 4.
1 Samuel 4
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