Since David the shepherd boy picked up his five stones and with one shot from his sling, brought down the great giant Goliath, the story has been used widely as bedtimes’ and moral stories by parents and teachers alike. The story of David vs. Goliath made such an impact that century down the road, it still fascinates any children who hear it and story teller who shares it. Many parents have even named their children after him. The “five stones” I played when I was a child with my neighbors’ kids must have come from David’s story.
This story is recorded in 1Samuel 17:1-47 “…And he [David] took his stick in his hand and chose for himself five smooth stones from the brook and put them in the shepherd’s bag which he had, even in his pouch, and his sling was in his hand, and he approached the Philistine….And with one stone in his sling, he struck Goliath on his forehead and he fell on his face”.
Stones have been used in many ways: good and bad. One of them was for stoning. We read of the woman caught in adultery. The Jews were ready to pick up stones to stone her. Stephen was stoned to death for preaching about the kingdom of God. Paul himself had been stoned many times, so did Jesus Himself. As for the Muslim, it was to stone the devil himself. Stoning of the Devil or stoning of the jamarat (Arabic: ramy al-jamarāt) is part of the annual Islamic Hajj pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia. Muslim pilgrims fling pebbles at three walls called jamarat in the city of Mina just east of Mecca. It is one of a series of ritual acts that must be performed in the Haj.
On the good side, stones were used to erect altars. In the case of Jacob, he set up an altar for the Lord as he was returning home to his father and to ask forgiveness from his brother for stealing his birthright. During the Stone Age era, they were used as hunting tools for survival. Stones were used to lay railway lines for transportation, as headstone for the dead to RIP and as healing reflexology for the tired feet. These days, some stones like the gemstones are used as ornamental items to be hung around the neck or worn around the wrists.
Stones are just tools that we use to accomplish our objectives.
Stones are by themselves useless but when a user uses it well, it brings benefits. But when use wrongly, it can bring hurt, pain and even death. The sling and the five pebbles were by themselves harmless. But when used to save the Israelites from the scorned of the Philistines with the power of God’s might, VICTORY prevailed. When the multitudes were ready to stone the woman caught in adultery, Jesus said, “the one without sin, casts the first stone?”, the crowds slowly dispersed. It is not as though Jesus accepted the sin of the woman, because in the following verses from the scripture, He told the woman, “Go and sin no more”. Death brings no benefit but for the woman, a second chance to life.