This post is Day 17 in a series of studies about “Habakkuk”. I strongly suggest you begin with the introduction to this study, please click here to read it.
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Habakkuk – Day 17
If these people keep silent, the stones will cry out. There is another example of stones having ears and being able to speak in Joshua 4 where we read of the Israelites crossing the Jordan into the promised land. The stones were to be a witness to future generations.
You have plotted the ruin of many peoples, shaming your own house and forfeiting your life. The stones of the wall will cry out, and the beams of the woodwork will echo it.
Suddenly, in the middle of his complaints, God changes who He is speaking to, Yesterday He was talking about somebody who did all those evil things. But today we read that He is getting much more personal with a direct accusation! “You” have done these things! All of us could be proved guilty in His eyes. Praise God for Jesus who took our guilt and shame to the cross.
Today’s verse tells us that the stones will cry out, which surely reminds us of when Jesus entered into Jerusalem on what we now call Palm Sunday. The Pharisees who witnessed this entry and were iritated because Jesus was being proclaimed King, called to Jesus to rebuke His disciples for what they were saying. Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord. (Luke 19:38 quoting psalm 118:26)
Jesus’ response has left many people thinking He was exaggerating: I tell you, if these people keep silent, the stones will cry out. (Luke 19:40)
There is another example of stones having ears and ‘being able to speak’ in Joshua 4 where we read of the Israelites crossing the Jordan into the promised land. The stones were to be a witness to future generations.
Read the first 9 verses of Joshua 4 and think about the stones being a witness. Today scientists have the ability to “hear” what has been said in a room hours after the speakers have left. Modern science is proving what God said, and “stones” are literally still speaking today.
Praise God for His creation of a living earth which produces food of all kinds, and is capable of so much more than we can imagine in our regular daily lives.