February 25, 2020

If the Rocks Cry Out Amid Silence, So Will I

Luke 19:28–48

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The Triumphal Entry

28 And when he had said these things, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. 29 When he drew near to Bethphage and Bethany, at the mount that is called Olivet, he sent two of the disciples, 30 saying, “Go into the village in front of you, where on entering you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever yet sat. Untie it and bring it here. 31 If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ you shall say this: ‘The Lord has need of it.’” 32 So those who were sent went away and found it just as he had told them. 33 And as they were untying the colt, its owners said to them, “Why are you untying the colt?” 34 And they said, “The Lord has need of it.” 35 And they brought it to Jesus, and throwing their cloaks on the colt, they set Jesus on it. 36 And as he rode along, they spread their cloaks on the road. 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.”

Jesus Weeps over Jerusalem

41 And when he drew near and saw the city, he wept over it, 42 saying, “Would that you, even you, had known on this day the things that make for peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes. 43 For the days will come upon you, when your enemies will set up a barricade around you and surround you and hem you in on every side 44 and tear you down to the ground, you and your children within you. And they will not leave one stone upon another in you, because you did not know the time of your visitation.”

Jesus Cleanses the Temple

45 And he entered the temple and began to drive out those who sold, 46 saying to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be a house of prayer,’ but you have made it a den of robbers.”

47 And he was teaching daily in the temple. The chief priests and the scribes and the principal men of the people were seeking to destroy him, 48 but they did not find anything they could do, for all the people were hanging on his words.

If the Rocks Cry Out Amid Silence, So Will I



Key Verse | Luke 19:39-40

And some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, "Teacher, rebuke your disciples." He answered, "I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out."

 

Bio | Rachel Fagan

I was raised in the church, surrounded by a community of believers, but truly accepted salvation for myself as an adult. I have been a daughter, friend, student, teacher, and currently have a new role in the corporate world. I love living in Dallas, hearing live music, exploring new places, and meeting new people. I'm honored to "Join The Journey" this year. I pray that the following words display the character of Jesus, and allow you to relate to my imperfect journey, overwhelming need for Christ, and abundant gratitude of being able to abide in His presence. 

Central Truth

Jesus' word is truth, regardless of an individual's decision to heed or ignore it.

Devotional | Luke 19:28–48

I quickly recognized the anxiety in the voices of the Pharisees in this passage. The disciples—who stay near to Jesus, consistently hear the truth (Luke 19:30-31), obey it (Luke...

I quickly recognized the anxiety in the voices of the Pharisees in this passage. The disciples—who stay near to Jesus, consistently hear the truth (Luke 19:30-31), obey it (Luke 19:34), and even proclaim it (Luke 19:37)—are at peace, filled with confidence. But the Pharisees, who rely on their own understanding, are struck with doubt and fear and actually ask Jesus to silence His good news! With a calm demeanor and simple, figurative language, Jesus illustrates just how true His words and way are: if the people ceased shouting, God's Word would still be proclaimed (Luke 19:40). 

The Pharisees may seem foolish, but they represent us. Jesus is right in front of them, with the best news; and yet they plead with Him for His disciples to be silent. This is what anxiety does—denounces Jesus. When we hold on to our fear instead of giving our concerns to Jesus, we are hiding from His gift of grace and peace. It's easy to rely on our own knowledge and justify "loopholes" around God's commands and Jesus' teachings, figuratively using His temple as "a den of robbers." But who is at peace in this passage? The faithful disciples or the educated Pharisees?

Jesus moves into the heart of the city, the temple, driving out those who would pervert its original intent and purpose and cleansing it with His truth and love. Through this imagery, I'm reminded of my need to pray Psalm 51:10. I want to be a faithful disciple, not a doubtful Pharisee, and not a person with her head in the sand, pretending Jesus isn't walking with her sharing His truth. This truth is so important that even if humans couldn't proclaim it, the physical world would. 

It is comforting to know that despite our shortcomings—our doubt, fear, and foolishness—nothing can separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:39). Where our voices may be silenced, God's will, love, and truth cannot be. 

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Discussion Questions

1. What fears, doubts, or concerns are you clinging to instead of giving them to Jesus? 

2. Are you following Jesus as a disciple? Doubting him as a Pharisee? Using His temple as a den of robbers? We have the capacity for all of these things, but we also have the ability to choose what to cling to. 

3. In what ways have the words of Jesus in the Gospel cried out to you? What about Jesus are you completely confident in?

14 Comments available

Michael Scaman about 1 month ago

Jesus is echoing ideas from both Isaiah 56:7 (my house shall be a house of prayer) and Jeremiah 7:11 (but you made it a den of thieves).

Michael Scaman about 1 month ago

Isiah 56:7 says "For My house will be called a house of prayer for all the peoples.” which includes the gentiles and yet they were buying and selling in the court of the gentiles which could be a distraction from worship if it got out of hand.

greg jones about 1 month ago

This is quite a scene. Disciples, the whole crowd of them, shouting “blessed is the king” and “peace in heaven”. Some Pharisees in the crowd said “teacher rebuke the crowd of disciples”. I assume the rest of the Pharisees in crowd continued to shout.

I wonder if the Pharisees who wanted Jesus to rebuke the others are starting to see what the 12 disciples taken aside didn’t see when Jesus predicts his death back in Luke 18:31-34. If that were the case would Jesus consider it grumbling? He doesn’t tell a parable. Instead, “I tell you, if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.” That sounds like, “no, because…” I’m not used to hearing Jesus, not lecturing, when it comes to the ever present Pharisees.

Meanwhile chief priest, teachers of the law, and principals of the city considered Jesus an enemy, and conspired to destroy him. Definitely grumbling.

greg jones about 1 month ago

Q1Some bible scholars consider Luke/Acts to be written 2nd century. 1st or 2nd century not really a game changer for me.

Trey Collins about 1 month ago

Hi Rachel, great devo! Peace found in Jesus (Philippians 4:6-7) surpasses human understanding. I was convicted by the idea that anxiety denounces Jesus. I have experienced great peace during chaos recently as I had a major medical issue that God spared me from great hardships throughout.

But then I also denounce Jesus and give into anxiety surrounding much more petty things consistently. I am reminded and encouraged today to press into Him (Matthew 11:28-30) to find peace and rest. Praying for us both this morning to do just that today!

Michael Scaman about 1 month ago

Jesus rode in on the day each family selected their Passover lamb.

Jesus rode the donkey (a sign of peace as Kings ride horses to war) and the king came on ‘lamb selection day’ Exodus 12:6. He have both King and lamb.

On lamb selection day a family would pick a spotless lamb and it would dwell with them a week. Jesus spent his daytime hours in Jerusalem dwelling there that week.

michael mcgowen about 1 month ago

Did they just steal a colt, of course not but if your eyes are blinded you might not see that, god is omniscient he can have his story play out everywhere he told those people disciples where coming for it, when a city of people (Jerusalem) can’t see what is causing all the peace I would assume when everyone is surrounded and torn down and scattered it might be hard to see an omniscient god there everywhere, then it points to the real thief blinding your eyes, wasn’t told by god to set up shop, anyways I’m definitely the worst at not seeing god in it all, I fold like a cheap tent, thank you Jesus for your insight we love you

murphy moulds about 1 month ago

So eloquent and beautifully written Rachel!! I love the part where you said - “I want to be a faithful disciple, not a doubtful Pharisee, and not a person with her head in the sand, pretending Jesus isn’t walking with her sharing His truth. This truth is so important that even if humans couldn’t proclaim it, the physical world would.” Today I’m praying for my heart believe His truth so much that it moves me to action as a faithful disciple, and that I will boldly proclaim it right along side the stones

Michael Scaman about 1 month ago

And the rocks did cry out!

"And they will not leave one stone upon another in you, because you did not know the time of your visitation.” The stones in the ruins of Jerusalem cried out, showing something caused a devastation.

Michael Scaman about 1 month ago

The people cry 'blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord". This is from the final Passover Psalm 118:26. Jesus also told the Pharisees they would not see him until they say 'blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord".

Psalm 118 also says ‘the stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone’

Psalm 118 is also significant in that it is not only the final Passover/Hallal song, it is also part of one of the 3 main areas where the work of the messiah and a song about the law are in close side by side proximity. Ps 1 and 2; Ps 18 and 19; and here in Ps 118 and 119

Marcus Peters about 1 month ago

I can certainly be a Pharisee at times when it comes to confession, to look for loopholes or stick my head in the sand. In 1 John 1:9 we are to confess our sins and James 5:16 says we confess so we may be fully healed. It is good to confess to God our sins, but that is not the complete equation. When we confess to others, they can pray for us and help heal the hindrance that sin creates between us and God. Nothing can separate us from the love of God, so we can be confident that there is nothing we confess that will make us lose His love and grace for us. I have tested Scripture and found this to be true.

Lindsey Driscoll about 1 month ago

Rachel great reminder that anxiety is sin speaking out against the words and truth of Christ. It is interesting to put myself in the place of the Pharisees and hear them say “stop saying that truth about Jesus.” I immediately thought about my thought life and how I can be quick to let thoughts from the enemy rule and run through my head trying to silence the truth from Gods word.

Sue Bohlin about 1 month ago

Whoa, Rachel! “This is what anxiety does—denounces Jesus. When we hold on to our fear instead of giving our concerns to Jesus, we are hiding from His gift of grace and peace.”

Drop. The. Mic.

My heart was pierced by the last words in today’s passage, “all the people were hanging on his words.” I can only begin to imagine how captivating Jesus was as He taught in the temple, on the hillsides, walking down the road with his disciples. I have the amazing privilege of holding His very words in my hands (or on my screen), and I must confess that after 47 years of walking with Jesus, familiarity has moved me to complacency rather than hanging on His words. I need the Holy Spirit to waken my heart anew to that place of wonder and awe when encountering Jesus’ words.

Hugh Stephenson about 1 month ago

“Would that you, even you, had known on this day the things that make for peace!” (verse 42).

In the Prodigal ministry we seek to have peace in the midst of the chaos that our prodigal family members create. They might be kids, spouses, siblings, parents etc. As a discipleship ministry we help the participants develop a deep and intimate walk with Jesus.

Only then can most of us step back and let our prodigals come to the end of themselves, (Luke 15:16-18).

Many times, they do; but not always. When they don’t, the lament of Jesus in verse 42 becomes our lament too.

Even so, like Jesus, God calls us to go forward to run the race he has marked out for us, (Hebrews 12:1-2, 1 Corinthians 9:24, and eventually 2 Timothy 4:7-8).

I weep for my children. I pray they come to Him, whatever it takes.

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