“He answered, ‘I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out.’” Luke 19:40
I love this verse. I love that Jesus said this to the Pharisees. Let me give you a little background. Jesus said these words to the Pharisees after His Triumphal entry into Jerusalem at the beginning of the week of His death. The disciples had gone ahead and gotten a donkey for Him to ride on and as he rode along the disciples and the people were throwing cloaks down on the road and waving palm branches. And the people began to cry “Hosanna! Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” There were loud shouts of praise and joy! This may be the only time during Jesus earthly ministry where He truly received the outward praise He deserved. At one time the people were all in accord. Praising Him simply for who He was!
Spurgeon pointed out:
“And yet, I suppose, those disciples had their trials as we have ours. There might have been a sick wife at home, or a child withering with disease. Yet they ALL praised Him!”
And the Pharisees didn’t like it, not one bit. They rebuked Jesus and told Him to get His disciples under control. Jesus said oh, but if I do, even the very stones will cry out praise to me!
Can you imagine the looks on their faces when He said that? The Bible addresses many times creation praising God. It speaks about trees, hills, rivers, mountains, valleys, the birds and fields all give Praise to God. But this may be the only place it says the very stones will cry out if the people don’t.
I can see how the mountains the beaches, the fields the birds of the air praise Him. I can’t go to the beach nor the mountains without looking out from me and praising Him because of creation. But have you ever seen Him and praised Him in the rocks? Not enough I haven’t that’s for sure. But think about it, from what this says is if the rocks start praising Him, it’s because we have stopped. We can let the mountains and the oceans, the wind and the rain praise Him. But let’s not let the rocks take our place. He deserves our praise. He deserves it when things are going good and He deserves it when things are not going good. He deserves it just because He is God!
I won’t let the stones cry out in my place, will you?