Rock of Ages (Daniel #3)

Text: Daniel 2:44

Daniel had the scriptures to interpret this dream.  The stone had been spoken of many times before in the scriptures: by Moses, David, and Isaiah.  And what each of these men said and sung about this stone was a significant aspect of this stone as described in Nebuchadnezzar’s dream.

Daniel 2:44…the kingdom shall not be left to other people…

  • Moses Song – Deuteronomy 32 recorded 1900 years before Daniel
  • SPIRITUAL DNA – defining characteristics of the Rock and the people of the Rock
  • vs 4 – perfect work, ways are judgment, truth, just and right
  • vs 6 bought theemade thee…established thee
  • vs 15 – lightly esteemed the Rock of his salvation, Israel became rebels
  • vs 16-18 – forgotten God that formed thee.  They counterfeit the Rock with their own rock.
    • They sacrificed to devils.  Did you notice all of the little gods carved out of rock?
    • People take rock to make idols and become superstitious.  Associate supernatural power with these little trinkets.
  • Jeremiah 2:27 Saying to a stock, Thou art my father; and to a stone, Thou hast brought me forth: for they have turned their back unto me, and not their face: but in the time of their trouble they will say, Arise, and save us.
  • Psalm 115:4-8 Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men’s hands.  They have mouths, but they speak not: eyes have they, but they see not:  They have ears, but they hear not: noses have they, but they smell not:  They have hands, but they handle not: feet have they, but they walk not: neither speak they through their throat.  They that make them are like unto them; so is every one that trusteth in them.
    • vs 28-31 – Jews flee for their lives because they’ve gone after another rock.
  • their rock is not as our Rock
    • Dome of the Rock, where Mohamed supposedly ascended.
    • Ka’ba in Mecca housing the Black Stone.  Islamic worship of the stone, and Islamic tradition say the stone came out of heaven in Adam and Eve’s day.
    • Roman Catholicism says Peter is the rock.
  • vss 37- 43 – Second Coming and bringing in the Kingdom of Christ

Daniel 2:44…but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms…

  • Isaiah’s prophecy recorded 150 years before Daniel is born
  • PHYSICAL DESTRUCTION of God’s enemies within His own nation
  • Isaiah 8:5-18
  • Psalm 2:9-10 Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.  Be wise now therefore, O ye kings; be instructed, ye judges of the earth…
  • Psalm 118:18-22 quoted by Jesus in Matthew 21:42-46; Pharisees understood he was speaking of them.

Daniel 2:44…and it shall stand forever…

  • David’s last words 2 Samuel 23:1-7; God’s everlasting covenant with David
  • Psalm 18, 31, 62, 78
  • Isaiah 28:14-17
  • 1 Peter 2:4-10
  • Matthew 16:13-18
  • Ephesians 2:20-22