As part of the Welcome to My World challenge, I am first answering this week’s question:
What one thought would you most like to share with us in regards to Easter?
I am overwhelmed by the amazing love of God for me that took Jesus Christ God’s Son to die on a cross as the substitute for my sin. Amazing love how can it be that Jesus Christ should die for me.
Last Sunday was Palm Sunday and this coming weekend we shall be focusing on Jesus death and resurrection. With this in mind we are going to jump ahead in our study to Habakkuk 2:11
Habakkuk 2:11 NIV
“The stones of the wall will cry out, and the beams of the woodwork will echo it.”
A wall of stones
It would appear Habakkuk’s words in the above verse actually refer to the ancient practice of building walls with three layers of stone followed by a layer of timber. (See 1 Kings 6:36) But the buildings erected in this way were more often than not from the spoils of conquered nations.
So these words are particularly suitable here, because the walls and timbers of the city of Babylon were specifically the product of the hard labour of Babylonian slaves. In effect the stones and the timber were a witness to the cruelty of the Chaldeans.
The stones will testify against you
- Can you recall an occasion in the bible when this did happen?
A wall cried out when God condemned Belshazzar by writing the words “MENE, MENE, TEKEL, PARSIN” upon the wall while he and his courtiers were feasting. So Daniel was called upon to interpreted these words. His interpretation was, ‘God has numbered the days of your reign and brought it to an end. You have been weighed on the scales and found wanting. Your kingdom is divided and given to the Medes and Persians.’ (Daniel 5:1,26-28 NIV)
- What means might God use to highlight any wrongdoing on our part?
Stones echo back praise
- Do you recall Jesus using similar words to those in Habakkuk?
- In which gospel do we find this comment?
On what we refer to as Palm Sunday. Jesus entered the city of Jerusalem on the back of a donkey in fulfilment of the prophecy of Zechariah (Zechariah 9:9) . There the crowd welcomed Him, chanting, “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” But the Pharisees took exception to this and demanded, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!” So Jesus responded with that familiar phrase, “I tell you, if they keep quiet, the stones wi cry out.” (Luke 19:38-40)
The reaction of the crowds to the coming of the “Son of David…the king who comes in the name of the Lord” was one of uninhibited, spontaneous worship.
God welcomes spontaneous, sincere praise.
- How spontaneous is your praise of God?
- Does the reaction of others perhaps inhibit your praise?
Stones will praise Jesus
But the only ones who were not infected by the joy of the occasion were the conservative, ritualistic religious leaders, who did not approve of these `goings on’ and it was to them that Jesus said, “If they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.“
Jesus, the Son of God welcomed these `goings on’ and made it abundantly clear that if man chose to remain silent, nature would burst forth into praise.
- Have you noticed how many of the psalms speak of nature participating in praising God?
- Does a particular psalm come to mind?
Isaiah prophesied that “all the trees of the field will clap their hands.” (Isaiah 55:12)
On that wonderful day in Jerusalem the praise of Jesus’ disciples, the crowd, and the children was not bottled up, but allowed to explode in a release of their emotions – they waved palm branches, they placed them on the road to form a carpet, they did the same with their outer garments, and they shouted out words of praise, so that.even the children were caught up in the spirit of praise,
But this brought consternation to the chief priests and the teachers of the law, who demanded, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!” To which Jesus simply responded, “I tell you, if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.”Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Psalm 100:2 NIV Click To Tweet
More reason to praise than stones
You and I have even more reason to praise the Lord. Palm Sunday was the prelude to Jesus going on to Calvary on our behalf to die for our sins.
True praise and worship is the overflow of the love and respect that we have for Jesus and for what He has done – it is an expression of the joy that He has brought into our hearts.
Jesus said, “I tell you, if (my disciples do not praise me) the stones will cry out.”
Please share with us what you can do to make this Easter season a time of deep heartfelt praise to our wonderful Lord.
May you and your loved ones enjoyed a truly blessed Easter weekend as we celebrate our Lord’s sacrificial death and wonderful resurrection.
If you haven’t yet read the background to the prophecy, please do. It will benefit you throughout our time together.