The words ‘rocks’ and ‘stones’ are used many times in the Bible, and they have a MUCH greater meaning than what is revealed on the surface. In Matthew 24:2 Jesus said “There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down,” when speaking of the temple (which refers to our spiritual temple in progress), so it is important for us to make sure that once the winds and the rains have torn down our fortress and nothing is left but the foundation, that we begin building with a new and more permanent one.
To best explain this, think of how smooth polished stones are sometimes sold in various Christian novelty stores that have scriptures or some other message written on them. Now imagine writing on those stones your thoughts, your opinions, AND most importantly, your perceptions of what you believe to be the truth (your beliefs, which are many times heavily indoctrinated). These are the stones we build with, and it is up to each individual to choose carefully what types of stones they build with.
Now we all know what a rock looks like. For the most part, the edges are jagged and ugly, and no one builds a house with a bunch of unshaped rocks. Stones, however, are nothing more than rocks that have been made smooth by the continuous action of water flowing over them. The smoothness of the stone depends upon how much time and also how much force or pressure has been in contact with the rock. Spiritual rocks and spiritual stones are the same way to the soul.
In the Bible, spirit is likened to water. Rocks are made smooth by the continuous flow of water over them. Our thoughts (the things we contemplate the most) are the spiritual water that polishes our stones and building blocks within the soul. Like water, the spirit within a soul can be contaminated and harmful to the self, or it can be pure and sustain the self. Jesus said, “Where your heart is, there also will be your treasure.” This means that where your attention is placed, there also will be the type of temple you are building, as you are always choosing and polishing stones for your eternal home.
There is another way that stones are used in the Bible and that is to cause death to another person. Remember, stones aren’t always polished smooth by the spirit of truth. Many times they are polished by deception, and when we hastily and insistently throw our own perceptions and deceptions into the soul of another, it can cause permanent damage to another soul, even stoning them to death (spiritually speaking). Have you ever ran up on someone who insisted that they kill the truth within you and replace it with their own version, such as a persistent religious fanatic preaching “the truth?” This is why it is written that the tongue is a fire. Our words are spirit, so we must be careful what manner of spirit we are instilling in another.
Let’s Recap what we’ve Covered Thus Far
- Jesus said that his words were spirit
- Water is symbolic of spirit, and one form of spirit is our “thoughts”
- Flows of spirit (continuous attention and thought) eventually turn rocks into stones
- Stones formed by man’s spirit (the ignorance of ego) are deceptive and can cause a soul to be “stoned to death,” and they build temples that will not stand the test of time.
- Stones formed by God’s Spirit are used to build strong foundations and temples (your eternal spiritual temple)
- Stones are used in the Bible to block the flow of water (spirit) in rivers (heavy flows of spirit, which tells us to be careful what stones we place that may prevent the flow of true wisdom).
- Stone walls protect us all, just like stone walls protect the residents of cities in the Bible. Have you ever met someone with walls so thick that it was almost impossible to penetrate them? In the Bible, a city is only as safe as the stone walls that protect it. See Tearing Down the Walls of Jericho ~ The Symbolic Interpretation
With all this in mind, let’s now consider when the Bible says that the Pharisees picked up stones to throw at Jesus (John 8:59). Read John 18:28-32 carefully and understand that the Jews DID NOT have permission to put ANYONE to DEATH by ANY means including stoning, which would have been the penalty for the crimes they were accusing Jesus of under the Mosaic Law. When interpreting the scriptures, in many cases, it is the words that are not written that we must pay the most attention to, and this is why John tells us nothing more than the fact that “Jesus hid himself” from them. The words on paper should only be enough to lead us within our soul to contemplate the truth that is hidden within us all. The words never give the truth. Truth is only always perceived through meditation and contemplation.
Everything in the Bible is veiled. The veil is torn, but we are still required to seek (the soul saving knowledge), search (with an unbiased look at our own selves and beliefs), knock (persist), and ask (request from the depths of our souls). Just as God wrote the ten commandments “in stone” in the heart of Moses, Isaiah prophesied that the true laws of God would also be written upon our own hearts today. The Father hears the crys of the ones who are, like Lazarus, ready to heed the call of Christ as he commands us to “Awaken, and arise from your sleep.”