37 As he was drawing near—already on the way down the Mount of Olives—the whole multitude of his disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen, 38 saying, “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” 39 And some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples.” 40 He answered, “I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out.” Luke 19:37-40 (ESV)
Keeping quiet is not an option…at least not for me! I use to hear Luke 19:40 from the saints of God. It would be followed up with a declaration that “ain’t no rock gonna cry for me.”
I don’t hear it as much anymore and believe this change to be a sign of the times in which we live. A time where people don’t want to hear the name of Jesus. A time when being spiritual is applauded but it is a spirituality of worshiping and serving created things rather than the Creator–who is forever praised (Romans 1:25). A worship of self and the world is intolerant of hearing anything else. The evidence of man’s self-exaltation and self-indulgence is being manifested in so many ways. I am ‘me, myself, and I’ and I live life as it pleases me and don’t interrupt my living with that Jesus stuff.
The world thinks that true believers are the misguided and lost ones. The Pharisees in this passage thought the same about Jesus’ disciples. But not so, the crowd who had witnessed the many acts of Jesus and was praising Him according to Psalm 33:3, “Sing to him a new song; play skillfully on the strings, with loud shouts.” This is the Word of the Lord as well, “Clap your hands, all peoples! Shout to God with loud songs of joy (Psalm 47:1)!”
Jesus speaks to say that ‘I will offer no rebuke and you need to understand that I Am and I will be praised, if the people I created to do so, do not, then the stones you see before you will.” My, my, my, “shout now, Hallelujah!” What a great privilege we have been given, to truly know the True and Living God and praise His Holy Name! No, no, no…being quiet is not an option!
Praise comes from deep in the heart of the person who loves as the Lord has commanded. It is the overflow of one who finds their satisfaction and joy in Christ.
28 And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, asked him, “Which commandment is the most important of all?” 29 Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30 And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:28-31
Perhaps this present world system and the enemy has convinced you have that your life will be smoother, easier and safer if you just be quiet. Please allow me to lovingly challenge you to meditate upon Galatians 1:10, “For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.”
And besides, it would not be love for God or man to be quiet, would it? Being quiet would be akin to knowing the cure for cancer and not sharing it. The consequences are actually so much greater. Jesus said, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full (John 10:10).”
NNNNNoooooo, being quiet is not an option for…