Evening, March 23, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening
“’I tell you,’ he replied, ‘if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.’” — Luke 19:40
But could the stones cry out? Most assuredly they could if the one who opens the mouth of the mute should order them to lift up their voice. Certainly, if they were to speak, they would have much to testify in praise of him who created them by the word of his power; they could exalt the wisdom and power of their Maker who called them into being. Shall we not speak well of him who made us anew, and out of stones raised up children unto Abraham? The old rocks could speak of chaos and order, and the handiwork of God in successive stages of creation’s drama; and cannot we talk of God’s decrees, of God’s great work in ancient times, in all that he did for his church in the days of old? If the stones were to speak, they could tell of their quarryman, how he took them from the quarry, and made them fit for the temple; and cannot we also tell of our glorious Quarryman, who broke our hearts with the hammer of his word, that he might build us into his temple? If the stones should cry out they would magnify their builder, who polished them and fashioned them after the resemblance of a palace; and shall not we talk of our Architect and Builder, who has put us in our place in the temple of the living God? If the stones would cry out, they might have a long, long story to tell by way of memorial, for many a time a great stone has been rolled as a memorial before the Lord; and we too can testify of Ebenezers, stones of help, pillars of remembrance. The broken stones of the law cry out against us, but Christ himself, who has rolled away the stone from the door of the sepulcher, speaks for us. Stones might well cry out, but we will not let them: we will hush their noise with ours; we will break forth into sacred song, and bless the majesty of the Most High, all our days glorifying him who is called by Jacob the Shepherd and Stone of Israel.