After the “get in the cleft of the Rock” message, I began to remember so many times when God told His people (usually through prophets) to get “in Him” for protection. Evil gets so bad, that our good Creator Father MUST allow the judgment consequences to fall on it. He needs to clean things up. I began to think of all these Bible examples:
Adam and Eve had to leave the Garden of Eden, but God promised them protection in the world.
Cain was exiled from his family for killing Abel, but God put a mark of protection on him.
The tower of Babel was destroyed and the people scattered to stop the advance of paganism, humanism, and rebellion…but some separated themselves unto Him.
Noah’s evil generation required clean up by a flood, but God protected righteous Noah and his family in the ark.
Abraham’s family were idol worshippers so God called out Abraham to separate himself and go a new way and blessed him.
Lot lived in wicked Sodom and Gomorrah which was ripe for judgment, but God pulled out Lot and his family to a place of safety.
Joseph’s brothers sold Joseph into slavery. Famine came into their land, but by Joseph’s hand they were saved.
Egypt was being evil and brutal to the Israelites. It was time for judgment and deliverance. Remember that last plague? Through Moses, God told His people to cover their doorposts with lamb’s blood and to stay in their houses and eat the lamb. The firstborn of all those who were not “inside” died in the judgment. God’s people who were obedient and “inside” eating the lamb were saved and delivered.
Moses delivered the Israelites from Egypt, but they only complained and came against him in the wilderness…even at one point worshipping a golden calf. They believed the “false report”. They only trusted their own hands when told to enter the Promised Land instead of trusting in Yahweh. In judgment they wandered 40 years in the wilderness. Yet, Yahweh protected and preserved them. Remember the manna from heaven and when Moses spit the rock so living water could flow out to them? And it is here we see Moses standing in the cleft of the rock with God’s hand over him that Moses might be in the presence of God and see His glory that follows Him.
King David killed Goliath the giant with a rock. He also hid in the clefts of the rocks when being chased by King Saul. Psalm 23 speaks of coming through the valley of the shadow of death with protection and then feasting at God’s table.
Elijah’s servant comes to warn that the king’s army is coming to kill Elijah. But, God reveals his heavenly army of angels standing round about to protect them.
Israel and Judah fall to paganism as a people adulterous to Yahweh. After their failure to listen to many prophets, they are conquered by armies of Assyria and Babylon. But, those who held fast to Yahweh, like Daniel and his 3 friends, were preserved and even highly esteemed in Babylon. They continued their allegiance to Yahweh and were continually protected through evil plots of fire and lions.
By New Testament times, we see that the people of Yahweh had become “religionized”. Their religion had even been infiltrated by the pagan religions of Babylon. They had become a people following religious leaders and a false religious system with many man-made rules. This rejection of Yahweh resulted in rejection of Yeshua Jesus their promised Messiah. The judgment was the destruction of Jerusalem and scattering of people. But, followers of Yeshua were warned and fled before the fall…moving out to new communities of believers in Yeshua Jesus to spread the gospel to the world.
In the book of Revelation we see the same pattern. Evil has become so great in the earth, that it is time for final judgment. Yeshua presents Himself as holding the churches of true followers in His hand (Rev. 1). He continues to warn and exhort the churches of dangers and how to overcome. All of His warning and exhortation include staying “in Him” and “in” close relationship with Him. Those that do will hide themselves in the cleft of the Rock and will overcome in Him. (Rev. 2-3) We also see this picture in the woman He protects in a prepared place in the wilderness during this time of trouble. (Rev. 12:6).
Psalm 27:5, “For in the day of trouble he will keep me secretly in his pavilion: In the covert of his tabernacle will he hide me; He will lift me up upon a rock.”
Isaiah 2:10 “Enter into the rock, and hide thee in the dust, from before the terror of Jehovah, and from the glory of his majesty.”
Psalm 32: 7-8, “Thou art my hiding-place; thou wilt preserve me from trouble; Thou wilt compass me about with songs of deliverance. I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go:
I will counsel thee with mine eye upon thee.”
Be in the Rock.