The heavy stone. Some heavy stones are meant to be moved. But none should try to move Jesus the heavy stone. A picture of a man standing on a boulder. Photo by Tommy Lisbin on Unsplash

How is Jerusalem a heavy stone for all people (Zechariah 12:3)?

On that day I will make Jerusalem a heavy stone for all the peoples. All who lift it will surely hurt themselves. And all the nations of the earth will gather against it.

Zechariah 12:3

When Zechariah says that God will make Jerusalem a heavy stone, he’s talking about spiritual weight.

What was a heavy stone? Some believe that the stone Zechariah mentions refers to an ancient practice in Judea. Most cite how Jerome makes a connection between this passage and how adolescents tested their strength with heavy stones. Jerome states that “the image may have been suggested by the custom of trying the relative strength of young men, by lifting round stones.”

The danger in lifting the heavy stone

Some say this exercise caused ruptures and broken bones. Of course, any heavy object, such as a two-ton boulder, would harm anyone it falls on. Jesus Christ is like this boulder. Scripture says, “On whomsoever this stone shall fall, it will grind him to powder. All that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces” (Matthew 21:44).

Jesus is the heavy stone

It’s interesting that those who attempt to lift these heavy stones wanted to test their strength against the stones. But this test is dangerous. Likewise, some might want to test their strength against Jesus Christ despite its danger.

Fearing God is discipline

Why would people attempt to lift such a heavy stone? Well, many people may not be that wise. Nevertheless, wisdom, as Scripture states, begins with a fear of God (Job 28:28; Psalm 111:10; Proverbs 1:7). Accordingly, Ecclesiasticus states that “wisdom is according to her name, and she is not manifest unto many” (Ecclesiasticus 6:22). 

One must have the discipline to fear God. The fear of God isn’t natural. It takes discipline and training. So since fearing God is a sign of discipline, those who reject God lack discipline. Therefore, Scripture says “fools despise discipline” (Proverbs 1:7). When people come against Jesus Christ, this rejection is from their heart. People reject Jesus Christ because they don’t fear God.

The heavy stone’s reality

Thus, people aren’t fools because of a brain problem but a heart problem.

But what is the danger in a God-less society? Without God, there can’t be a stone. Without a stone, there’s nothing to reject.

But Scripture states that “since the creation of the world, God’s invisible qualities-his eternal power and divine nature—are clearly seen, being understood from what is made, so that people are without excuse” (Romans 1:20).

So atheists reject the inexcusable idea of God and non-Christians test the son of God’s “weight.” They test the concept of Jesus Christ despite the danger of going to hell. It’s to these that Jesus Christ [Jerusalem] becomes the heavy stone.