Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Luke 19:40 - What Did Jesus Mean By Saying, "The Stones Would Cry Out"?
When the Pharisees objected to the crowds’ hailing Jesus as “the One coming as the King in" God’s name, he said: “I tell you, If these remained silent, the stones would cry out.” (Luke 19:38-40)
The commission to preach and make disciples given by Jesus Christ over nineteen centuries ago was to continue “until the conclusion of the system of things.” (Matt. 28:19, 20) Because the work is not man’s but God’s, individuals themselves may fail, but nothing will prevent God’s purpose from being carried out to reach people to the extent He desires before the destruction of the present system of things. God could, if necessary, cause the ‘stones to cry out.’ (Luke 19:40)
Likewise, if God’s people today were to fail in exposing the wickedness that exists in this world, ‘out of the wall a stone itself would cry out plaintively.’ (Habakkuk 2:11)
However, the stones will not have to cry out. Today, God’s people realize that God has asked his faithful servants to be His Witnesses and to tell others about Him:
"Ye are my witnesses, saith Jehovah, and my servant whom I have chosen;" (Isa. 43:10) - ASV
And at the time of this writing, this preaching activity is going on in at least 236 lands worldwide.