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Who Was That?
by Wayne Blank
Many people, when they first come across the above Scripture, are somewhat surprised to read, "the Rock was Christ," way back at the time of Moses. But there it is, in plain and simple language - The Logos (Logos is the original Greek word of the New Testament that is translated into English as Word), Who was later born as the human Jesus Christ, led the Israelites in the Exodus.
It should not be all that surprising if we keep in mind that The Logos, Who became Jesus Christ, existed, and has been active, from before The Seven Days of Creation. The apostle John describes very well what Jesus Christ was, and was doing, before His birth as a human:
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God; all things were made through Him, and without Him was not anything made that was made." (John 1:1-3 RSV)
"The Word became flesh and lived for a while among us." (John 1:14 RSV)
Rock is a very strong and durable substance. You can go outside and pick up a rock that could be many millions of years old. Rock well suits, as far as physical substances can go, the analogy of an strong and eternal spirit being. The term is used extensively through The Bible:
Fact Finder: Was the Rock the Creator of humans?