"I tell you," he replied, "if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out." -Luke 19:40 NIV

Such was the response of Christ to the Pharisees as he entered Jerusalem on the back of a donkey. This seems to be the first time that Jesus openly acknowledged his divinity. In saying this he affirmed the worship offered to him as people waved palm branches with shouts of Hallelujah. Indeed, the worship all creation, even stones, is due him.

Yet in just a few moments, he would say of Jerusalem that their enemies "will not leave one stone on another, because you did not recognize the time of God’s coming to you." The contrast is great. Stones crying out. Stones being torn down. Would that mankind would have recognized God's visitation. Would that our voices would silence the stones.

Our need is great Lord. Help us to not be silent. Cause our hearts to sing out your praise.

... this devotion is part of an ongoing series on words in the bible.


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