Stones have always been an important image in Holy Scripture. Just a few examples:
A heap of stones in Genesis 31 marked a covenant of peace between Laban and Jacob. The Ten Commandments were written on tablets of stone in Exodus 34. David chose five stones for his battle with Goliath in I Samuel 17. In Ecclesiastes 3, one of the seasons of time is described as scattering stones and another as gathering them. In Mark 12, Jesus was said to be the stone rejected by builders only to then become the cornerstone. Ephesians 2 states that Jew and Gentile were reconciled in Christ, the chief cornerstone of the household of God. In I Peter 2, Jesus is said to be the living Stone, with his followers being like living stones and forming a holy priesthood. Even today, archaeologists use ancient stones to complement and explain Biblical times.
My favorite image of the stone used in scripture is found in Luke 19:38-39 (NIV) when Jesus made his triumphal entry into Jerusalem as he began the path to crucifixion. He was greeted by a crowd of disciples with joyful shouts of praise: “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!” As was typical of the Pharisees standing nearby, they weren’t pleased. They demanded that Jesus rebuke his disciples. Jesus was no king. He didn’t come in the name of the Lord.
Jesus responded by repeating (see Habakkuk 2:11) one of the most powerful statements in scripture about God, using the image of stones. “I tell you…if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.” (Luke 19:40) If Jesus’ disciples stopped shouting the truth about Jesus, stones would do it at God’s behest.
This striking imagery takes all the stones found in scripture and uses them to declare once and for all that God’s will shall prevail.