“You come to me with a sword, a spear and a shield; but I come to you in the Name of the LORD of Hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied” (1 Samuel 17:45). So said David to Goliath on the field of battle in the Valley of Elah.
Upon uttering his words to Goliath David ran to him “put his hand in his bag, and took a stone and slung it and smote the Philistine in his forehead, that the stone sunk into his forehead; and he fell upon his face to the earth” (1 Samuel 17:49). So powerful was the force of the stone from the sling of David it penetrated the skull and sank into Goliath’s head. The word of the LORD, in the Name of the LORD is powerful and the stone was the symbol of that power.
In the Valley of Elah, “the valley of the mighty man,” the Word of the LORD was mighty from the mouth of David, the mighty man of God, a man after God’s own heart.
The two disciples on the road to Emmaus unknowingly spoke to Jesus thusly, “concerning Jesus of Nazareth, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people” (Luke 24:19). Jesus, the Word made flesh, was a Stone, mighty in word and deed; but “a Stone of Stumbling and Rock of Offence” to the disobedient, to those who had Him put to death (cf. 1 Peter 2:8).
Peter spoke by revelation when he declared to Jesus: “You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God” (Matthew 16:16). Jesus responded by saying, “You are Peter, and upon this Rock I will build My Church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (Matthew 16:18). Upon that mighty profession of revelation, given to Peter by the Father: “You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God;” that word Jesus calls a rock; and upon that word, that stone, Jesus would build the Church.
The Word is a Stone. The Word is a Stone to defeat our enemies. The Word is a Stone of Stumbling to the disobedient. The Word is a Stone upon which to build the Kingdom.
The Law was written on Tablets of Stone. Each commandment was engraved by the finger of God (cf. Exodus 31:18; Deuteronomy 9:10). Violations of the commandments were subject to death by stoning (cf. Leviticus 20:2; Leviticus 20:27; Leviticus 24:16). Violations of the Word of the LORD made the violator subject to death by the very symbol of the Word, Stones.
Jesus, the Word is a Stone, but He is a Living Stone that gives Life. The letter of the Law kills, but the Spirit gives Life (cf. II Corinthians 3:6). If you have come to Christ Jesus, you have come to “a Living Stone, disallowed, indeed of men, but chosen of God and precious” (1 Peter 2:4). Yes, even as the Scripture says: “Behold, I lay in Zion a Chief Cornerstone, elect, precious: and he that believes on Him shall not be confounded” (1 Peter 2:6; see Isaiah 28:16).
Jesus said, “Did you not read in the Scriptures, ‘the Stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the LORD’s doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes’ . . . whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken; but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder” (Matthew 21:42,44).
The Word, Christ Jesus, is our Living Stone, a tried Stone, our Rock; precious, a sure foundation. Call on Him, fall on Him, trust in Him; you will not be confounded or put to shame. Even the gates of hell will not prevail against you. Trust in Him, your Word, your Rock.