Have you ever heard a rock sing? Yes, I stated my question correctly and no, I didn’t mean have you ever heard a rock singer. I’m sure you’ve heard one of those! I’m asking you, have you ever heard a rock sing out? It sounds like a silly question doesn’t it? Yet the Bible tells a story that ends with a statement about rock music. I’m sure you didn’t know there was rock music in the Bible. If you want to see a surprised reaction, tell that to your friends!
The book of Luke tells the story about Jesus and his disciples traveling to Jerusalem. Jesus had several long days of healing and preaching. But this was no ordinary journey. This time, when Jesus entered Jerusalem, He would be hailed as king and then a week later crucified as a criminal. So Jesus took the travel time with his disciples to teach them powerful lessons on how to prepare for high praise. When Jesus and his disciples arrived in Jerusalem He mounted a donkey and rode into the city while people threw their clothes at his feet and waived palms in the air saying:
“Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord. Peace in heaven and glory in the highest” Luke 19:38 (NKJV).
When the Pharisees saw the praise parade, they told Jesus to scold His disciples. Then Jesus answered, “I tell you that if these should keep silent the stones would immediately cry out” (Luke 19:40). Jesus’ statement seems like a paradox. Stones don’t make sounds!
A paradox is a seemingly absurd or self-contradictory statement that when investigated or explained may prove to be well founded or even true. So then, if it might be true that rocks can sing, we need to know how to prepare for praise so the singing rocks won’t take our place! In Luke chapter 18 Jesus shared seven parables and circumstances that prepared his disciples for high praise.
I believe we can learn from this list of lessons and apply them to our lives.
1. Practice Persistent Prayer (Luke 18:1-8)
2. Put Away Pride (Luke 18:9-14)
3. Maintain Childlike Trust (Luke 18:15-17)
4. Have A Change of Heart (Luke 18:18-25)
5. Believe the Impossible (Luke 18:26-30)
6. Crucify Self (Luke 18: 31-34)
7. Avoid Blindness (Luke 18:35-43)
Our praise must lift Jesus up! (John 12:32) If we persistently pray, show humility by putting away pride, maintain child-like trust, have a change of heart, believe in the impossible no matter what our circumstances, we will crucify self. Then we can avoid becoming so blinded by our own personal preferences that we can’t see anything else, especially Jesus.
Can rocks sing? In July 2013, researcher, Paul Devereux and colleagues from the Royal College of Art in London gained clearance to conduct tests on the rocks at the Stonehenge site in Wales. They found the stones produced “distinctive if muted sounds, suggesting that they would have probably been full ‘ringers’ if they had the resonant space around them. The stones may have been thought to have magical, qualities, mana, because of their exceptional sonic nature,”[i]
As we enter the passion week when we commemorate Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection, let’s prepare our hearts for high praise so that we will declare glory to the Rock of Ages (Is. 26:4).
[i]The study was published Dec. 2, 2017 in the journal Time and Mind: The Journal of Archaeology, Consciousness and Culture.https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/12/09/stonehenge-sound-rocks-acoustic-properties-video_n_4413300.html