4/22/09

Rocks Cry Out -- Part 1

In Luke 19:35-40, the story of Palm Sunday, Jesus told the Pharisees that if his disciples were silent, the rocks—perhaps the rocks on the path beneath Him—might cry out in praise. Everywhere one goes in Israel, rocks and stones have significance from Bible times. Jesus was condemned to death on the stone pavement of the Gabbatha (Lithostrotos in Greek), the area around Pilate’s judgment seat (John 19:13). No doubt the stones of the prison where Jesus was held were stained with His blood from the vicious beating. He was crucified at Golgotha, where the rocks split apart as Christ breathed his last breaths on the cross (Matthew 27:51).

But beyond symbolism, while I don’t think rocks can think, nor do they have a soul, I do think all of nature somehow vibrates, hums, and maybe even “sings” in response to the Creator. Don’t we, every Thanksgiving, include that concept in our worship? “All nature sings, and round Him rings ...” (This is My Father’s World).


A couple of years ago, Scientific American reported (Oct. 18, 2007) that a black hole in the Perseus galaxy “sings.” The note is “a resounding B-flat,” the report said. Other black holes sing different notes. The scientists do not attribute this to anything biblical, of course, but rather to sound waves echoing from the Big Bang. Amazingly, the report also notes, “the sun has been chanting,” too. The scientists call it “the music of the spheres.” Although no living thing on Earth can hear the music of outer space (because the frequency is too low for human ears), the report concluded, “The cosmos continues its orchestral display.” I believe the created heavens are singing for the Creator.


All things were made to declare God’s glory and declare the work of His hands (Psalm 19:1). David exhorts all of nature to praise the Lord, including the sun, moon, and stars (Psalm 148:3, 7-10). I like to think of the branches swaying their leaves, the rivers humming along, and the wind whistling a tune—all making music for the Master. David invites the angels to praise God (Ps. 148:2), something they do so well in the heavens. And certainly, praise is one reason humans were created (Isaiah 43:21; Hebrews 13:15), and we do well to teach our children to praise Him (Psalm 78:4). Believe it or not, God will use even the wrath of sinful men to somehow generate praise (Psalm 76:10).


Believers are chosen by God to praise Him for calling us “out of darkness into His wonderful light” from early morning until we pillow our heads (I Peter 2:9; Psalm 113:3). If Jesus says rocks might somehow break out in praise, how much more should we, the redeemed?

1 comment:

Miss Jocelyn said...

Wow, that is amazing about the sphere music. What a awesome God we serve. Doesn't the Bible tells us that by creation we know there is a Creator. I think this is much deeper than just knowing. Thank you for sharing! :)