One of the fascinating themes of the Bible is the use of stone or rock images. George Herbert picked up this theme in his poem Sepulchre. There are so many references, I am going to walk through the whole poem so we do not lose any gold nuggets. It mixes the spiritual aspects with physical pieces of Jesus’ life.
Sepulchre (a grave cut out of stone or built of rocks)
O blessed body! Whither are thou thrown?
No lodging for thee, but a cold hard stone? (the garden tomb where Jesus was buried)
So many hearts on earth, and yet not one
Receive thee? (stone walls rather than willing hearts, Jesus was a stumbling block to them)
Sure there is room within our hearts’ good store;
For they can lodge transgressions by the score:
Thousands of toys dwell there, yet out of door
They leave thee. (Jesus did not have a permanent home during His life, either)
But that which shows them large, shows them unfit.
What ever sin did this pure rock commit,
Which holds thee now? Who hath indicted it
Where our hard hearts have took up stories to brain thee, (crowds sought to stone Jesus)
And missing this, most falsely did arraign thee,
And as of old, the law by heav’nly art
Was writ in stone; so thou, which also art (God wrote the 10 Commandments in stone)
The letter of the word, find’st no fit heart (Jesus is the Word of God)
To hold thee. (There is sin in every heart).
Yet do we still persist as we began,
And so should perish, but that nothing can, (we have no hope on our own)
Though it be cold, hard, foul, from loving man (Love applied in the wrong direction)
Withold thee.(But Jesus can still penetrate!)