“I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out.” Luke 19:40 (KJV)
Could stones cry out? Certainly they would if He who opens the mouth of those unable to speak commanded the stones to lift up their voices. And if they were to speak, they would have plenty to sing in praise of Him who created them by the word of His power. They could proclaim the wisdom and power of their Maker who by his command called them into being.
Shouldn’t we praise Him who made us brand new, and out of stones raised up children of Abraham?
If the stones were to speak, they could tell of how God took them from the quarry, shaped them, and made them fit for the temple. Can’t we tell of our glorious God who shapes with the hammer of His word, so He can build us into His temple? The old rocks could tell of chaos and order, and the handiwork of God in successive stages of creation’s drama. Can’t we likewise talk of God’s decrees, of God’s great works, and all that He did for His church and continues to do?
If the stones cried out, they would have a long, long story to tell, because many great stones have been rolled as a memorial to the Lord. We too can testify of all the ways God has guided us, helped us, and benefited our lives in innumerable ways.
The stones might cry out, but we shouldn’t let them be heard! Instead, we should overpower their noise with our own. We should break forth into sacred song, and bless the majesty of the Most High all our days, glorifying Him who is called by Jacob the Shepherd and Stone of Israel.
Question: Why did Jesus talk about the stones “crying out“?
Originally written by Charles H. Spurgeon.
Updated to modern English by Darren Hewer, 2009
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