August 24, 2011

David’s Stone

Posted in David, Kingdom, Resurrection, Spiritual Warfare at 7:48 pm by Teresa Roberts Johnson

The brave young shepherd, stooping down,
Picked up five stones but needed only one.
For with that stone not cut by hand,
He toppled the Philistine giant’s land.

That stone invaded visions seen
By Babylon’s insistent, wrathful king,
To prophesy of kings to be,
Of giant empires forced to bend the knee.

The builders cast away the Cornerstone,
And God’s own Lamb was left to die alone,
Sweet Son of God and David’s heir,
The King of Shepherds braved the lion’s lair.

But when the stone was rolled away,
The Shepherd came to life on the third day,
That Stone not cut by hand arose
To crush the giant kingdoms of His foes.

Copyright © 2011 by Teresa Roberts Johnson (All rights reserved)

This poem is a montage of several scriptures, all held together by the themes of stones, shepherds, sheep, and sovereigns. That is one of my favorite methods of studying the scriptures, to follow a concept through the Old and New Testaments to see how they are connected. This poem starts with the shepherd David’s victory over Goliath using stones and a sling (I Samuel 17), then figuratively shows the deadly stone skipping off Goliath and landing in King Darius’ dream to become the Stone that was not cut by hand and that toppled the mighty kingdoms of this world (Daniel 2). Then Jesus, in whom all these themes intersect, is shown to be Cornerstone, Shepherd, Sheep, and above all, Sovereign. Although Jesus; death looked like defeat to this world that craves material prosperity, His Resurrection and the rolling away of the stone was the very process that toppled the kingdoms of this world, so that “The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!” (Revelation 11:15). It always makes me smile to realize that the stone was rolled away from the mouth of the tomb not so that Jesus could get out (He could walk through walls) but so that the people could see in to verify that He had conquered death. Moving that stone in defiance of the Roman seal was also another way of His claiming sovereignty.

According to my notes, I completed the first draft of this poem on August 9, 2007. I found this note at the bottom of the page: “This idea has been bouncing around in my head like a ricocheting rock for several months. It was only when I had another deadline to meet that I was able to finish this poem. One of these days, I will have discipline enough to ‘do what I am doing’ and not try to find diversions from the task at hand.” That task was probably a seminary paper. As I recall, the original idea for the poem came from something that was said in a seminary class about King David, and a study on the use of the word “stone” accomplished the rest.

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