Even the rocks cry out

A week before Jesus was killed, He entered Jerusalem on a donkey. The crowd was praising Jesus as the “king who comes in the name of the Lord” (Luke 19:38), and aggravated Pharisees told Jesus to “rebuke” His disciples (Luke 19:39). Jesus responded that even if the people were quiet, the rocks would “cry out” (Luke 19:40). A classic understanding of this scripture is that the people, created in God’s image (Genesis 1:27), should be encouraged to express their joy; and even if not, it would be appropriate for inanimate objects to fill the void since all of creation is made for God’s glory (Colossians 1:16). A complementary perspective comes from the ongoing and remarkable archaeological discoveries that – time and again – reinforce the Bible’s historical accuracy. For example, in 2023 archaeologists announced that the Pool of Siloam has now been excavated for public viewing. Located in the southern portion of the City of David, within today’s Jerusalem Walls National Park, this is the site at which Jesus healed a blind man (John 9:1-12), and Jewish pilgrims cleansed themselves before entering the Second Temple. The noble work of these archaeologists literally unearths the “rocks” that “cry out” to the truth of scripture. Similarly, as I look back over my work life, I observe a figurative “archaeological record” that – time and again – bears out Romans 8:28, that God is working for my good as I pursue the work to which He has called me. When you reflect on your journey at work, do the “rocks cry out” about your spiritual growth?

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