I love the Rocky Mountains. I love rocks. Our home in Pennsylvania was in Boulder Valley. Stones the size of cars provided the backdrop for the flower gardens my wife planted and tended. I grew up for a time in Maryland where a large long rock was a fort, a pirate ship or anything we imagined it to be. In Luke 19:40 Jesus said that “if these should keep silent, the stones would imme-diately cry out.” On that first Palm Sunday the children were praising the Lord and He loved it. In Habbakuk 2:11 it says that “the stone will cry out from the wall”. We say, “if these walls could talk”. Do stones talk? What do they say?
- Built Stones: Noah, Abraham and Moses all built stone altars to wor-ship God. Why? They offered animals as sacrifices and substitutes for themselves. Blood was shed to atone for sins. This points us to our Savior Jesus Christ who died and shed His blood as a substitutionary sacrifice for our sins.
Broken Stones: In Exodus 32 we read that Moses broke the two stone tablets of the law when he came down from the mountain and heard and saw the people of Israel involved in idolatrous and immoral wor-ship. This speaks to us of our sins and the fact that all of us have bro-ken God’s moral law.
- Witness Stones: In Joshua 4 we read that twelve large stones were set up in the Jordan River and twelve more on the bank of the river as a memorial of the miraculous power of God to part the water so the nation could walk across on dry ground. God does not perform mira-cles all the time, so it is important for us to keep a record so we can renew our faith during the difficult times between miracles.
- Rejected Stone: Matthew 21:42 tells us that Jesus is the stone that the builders rejected which has become the chief corner stone. Jesus was rejected because He did not fit their preconceived ideas. Be careful that you do not reject the true Jesus of the Bible because He does not fit your ideals. The Bible presents Him as He is. You must receive or reject Him. But you cannot change Him because He is already perfect. We are the ones who need to change, not Jesus.
- Living Stones: 1 Peter 2:4-8 tells us that believers are “living stones” being built up as a spiritual house. Each believer is a spiritual stone being built together into a temple of God in whom He dwells. The church is not a human institution, it is an eternal temple of God. Jesus said, “upon this Rock I will build my Church.”
- Precious Stones: In Revelation 21:10-20 the Apostle John was given a vision of the New Jerusalem adorned with twelve jeweled foundations. Each gate was a pearl. The diamonds and gold of the heavenly city will outshine any crown on this earth.
So, the stones do cry out. They say “hosanna” to the King of Kings!