There Are Times When Silence is Not an Option

The Weeping Stones by Trevor Williams
The Weeping Stone by Trevor Williams
There are times when silence is not an option.

[You will be happy to know that this post has nothing to do with the political moment we are in as a nation.]

Times that are so important, so momentus, so colossally pregnant with power, that to not speak up is to be a lipless and insensate as a rock.
Indeed, there are times when even rocks cannot be silent. 
They move almost as if they had breathe and shake at the presence of something older, holier, more present and more real than rock.
Isaiah spoke of mountains of rock quaking at the presence of God (Isaiah 64:3-5). He reminded Israel that the One who stunned mountains into awareness of His nearness was the One (the only One) who could be counted on to keep His promises. He is the One “who acts on behalf of those who wait for Him.” Jesus spoke of one such moment.

“I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out.”

Luke 19:40

What was the event that called out such a statement from the Savior of the world?

It was the occasion of His entry into Jerusalem to offer Himself as the Messianic King of Israel. It was the moment that the Apostle Paul, speaking of the whole Christ’s life, would later say . . . 
But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.

Galatians 4:4-5

To keep silent at such times is an offense against all that is decent, loving and true. Perhaps a better way to understand and translate Luke 19:40 would be

“I tell you the truth, if you are silent
The very rocks will weep.”

Will the Church of Jesus, recognize her moment and begin to speak with passion about the incarnation and passion of the Savior or will she be as lipless as a rock?

One thought on “There Are Times When Silence is Not an Option

  1. Thanks, Pastor…!!! I actually shared this with my New Testament Survey class:

    “I tell you, if these become silent, the stones will cry out!”

    In these brutally divisive political, cultural, social, and Ecclesiastical times, will the FAITHFUL Church of Jesus, recognize her moment and begin to speak with a reckless abandon about the Incarnation, Passion, and Propitiation of OUR Savior or will she be as lipless as a rock? We MUST raise our voice, and announce His coming, AGAIN…“Blessed be the King that cometh in the name of the LORD. Peace in Heaven, and GLORY in the highest.”

    Let’s gird up our loins, and prepare to GO, DO, BE…His Ambassadors.

    Prof.

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