Luke 19 contains the story of the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. It is a glorious scene, and the people are praising Jesus by shouting the words “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord; peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” (Luke 19:38)
Naturally, some of the Pharisees were indignant, because they knew the people were thinking He was the Messiah, but they “knew” that He wasn’t. So, they demanded “Teacher, rebuke Your disciples.” (Luke 19:39)
Jesus’s response is classic Jesus: “I tell you, if these become silent, the stones will cry out!” (Luke 19:40) It must have been an amazing scene.
But the reason I’m writing about it is that it has always puzzled me. Certainly, I believe He was declaring the truth, but I could never figure out how Jesus KNEW that the rocks would cry out. Almost everything He taught can be gleaned from the Scriptures as they were known at the time, what we call the Old Testament. He came to free prisoners, give sight to the blind, born of a woman but not a man, and many other things. These were all prophesied about.
But, where did He get the idea that rocks would cry out?
It seems like such a small point, but I’ve always wanted to know, ever since shortly after I accepted Christ.
This week I found the answer: “Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice;
Let the sea roar, and all it contains; let the field exult, and all that is in it. Then all the trees of the forest will sing for joy before the Lord, for He is coming.” (Psalm 96:11-13)
There it is: all that is in the field will rejoice at His coming. In Jesus’s time, the words of the people were good enough. But, if they had been silent, the stones themselves would have spoken the truth.
A mystery solved. 🙂