stones in their hands, the Pharisees and scribes, hoping to entrap
Jesus with His own words, brought a woman whom they said they
caught in the "very act of adultery" to Him demanding judgment by
stoning her (John 8:3-5). As witnesses they would be required to
throw the first stones and seemed willing to do so.
The Jews took
up judgment stones aimed at Jesus, accusing Him of blasphemy
because He told them that He and His Father were one (John
10:30-31). They refused to hear Him and tried to seize Him to
satisfy their idea of judgment.
stoned Paul and dragged him outside the city thinking he was
dead. This was their way of enforcing judgment for his preaching
that the Gentiles were accepted in God's plan of salvation and for
their jealousy of Paul's great popularity among the believing
Gentiles (Acts 14:19).
This is the
same Paul who before his own conversion to Jesus Christ had
earlier authorized the stoning of Stephen, the first Christian
martyr. They stoned Stephen for his witness of Jesus, the
Messiah. They judged Him worthy of death. Their consciences
pricked by the Holy Spirit at His message pronounced judgment on
Him instead of yielding to His message, repenting and accepting
Christ (Acts 7:58).
anyone who gave any of their descendents "to the god Molech to be
stoned as a means of judgment (Leviticus 20:2).
the high priest, entered the Most Holy Place, he had precious
stones on the shoulders of his Ephod representing the twelve
tribes of Israel, thus bearing their names on the Day of Atonement
as he made the blood sacrifice to cover their sins and postponing
judgment for one more year.
built from stones; altars where sacrifices were made to satisfy
the judgment of God for the sins of the people. Joshua built an
altar after a victory over Ai and offered burnt offerings and
peace offerings on it. He wrote a copy of the "Law of Moses" on
stones in the presence of all the people. God had written His
laws on stone tablets for Moses to present to the Israelites.
These stones with God's Law written on them were God's
instructions for relationship with Him and with each other. In
that sense they were "Judgment Stones" displaying God's laws with
dire consequences and required sacrifices to atone for breaking
the stone of offense, a judgment stone, for us. We were all
guilty and under penalty of the "judgment stones." Romans 3:23
tells us that "all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God"
and verse 19 continues "...that every mouth may be stopped, and
all the world may become guilty before God." Except for Jesus, we
would all stand before God and hear Him say, "Guilty as charged"
and be subject to a horrible end which is without an end.
Thank God! We
are no longer under the death penalty and have no fear that stones
of judgment can find us under Jesus' blood!
entombed in a hewn stone, but that was the turning point for the
"stones of judgment." After His resurrection, the empty stone
became a memorial that the last judgment stone had been cast. The
psalmist foresaw that day when he wrote "The stone which the
builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone [foundation
stone from which all other stones in the building are aligned]"
(Psalm 118:22). Romans 9:33 tells us that God reserves judgment
on those who refuse to build on the "Cornerstone" -- "Behold I lay
in Zion a stumbling stone and rock of offense, and whoever
believes on Him will not be put to shame" (Romans 9:33). God's
judgment stone had been cast at Jesus; the penalty paid; judgment
The stones of
judgment will not find us who accept Jesus as Savior; we are "hid
with Christ in God." We have been declared innocent and not
subject to penalty for breaking God's Law. Stones cast at our sin
will just create a cross, an empty cross, on which the sins of the
world hung in final judgment before God; and the One who paid the
penalty has become the "Chief Cornerstone." He will give us a
white stone "and on that stone a new name written" (Revelation
2:17), a Stone of Victory!
May we always
bear in mind that when we are tempted to throw stones at someone's
sin, we should stop and think -- To toss a stone of judgment at
someone for whom Christ died is to stone Jesus! To cast a stone
of condemnation at another is to direct it toward Him who "became
sin for us" and became the propitiation, satisfying the judgment
of God for sin for all and for all time. Would we stone Jesus?
stones! Mercy, not stones of judgment, brings repentance.
Remember Jesus said the only one who qualified to cast a stone was
the sinless one. Jesus is the only sinless One, and He has
transformed the stones of judgment into precious stones. "...We
are 'lively stones' " (1 Peter 2:5) -- jewels. For those who fear
the Lord...shall be mine...On the day that I make them my jewels."
surrender your life to Jesus, you become a Jewel. Jewels don't
throw rocks at Precious Stones. Let us love one another as Christ
has loved us and gave Himself for us.