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Summary: God’s answer to our worthless worship.

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The Shout of a Stone:

Remember "the pet rock" craze? How many of you still have a pet rock? I thought it was one of the silliest things man came up with. But then while studying this passage one day I had to stop and re-think :

Luke 19:40 But He answered and said to them, “I tell you that if these should keep silent, the stones would immediately cry out.”

The Spirit told me that they could be very bad pets. Let me explain myself, Pet most times are subservient to their owner. But according to this passage, if we do not give Jesus the praise He deserves, the stones or rocks will. I don’t know about you but, I don’t know if I want that to happen. I don’t want to be accused of not giving Jesus the praise He so deserves.

As a child growing up I always wondered if things like trees and rocks had feelings. When I went to my father with these questions he was patient and kind. His response was no son they are inanimate. That was his favorite word I think because if I was playing with something and things weren’t going my way I would say, “oh! you stupid car or you stupid this or that.“ and dad would say that can’t be stupid because it is inanimate. I didn’t understand that word. He could have said they were from Mars and I would have been just as impressed. But, down deep in my heart I had this feeling that all things in the world had some kind of feelings, maybe not as we understand it but they do. Now wait before you start saying huh oh Bob’s gone off the deep end listen to what I’m saying.

How many believe the bible to be true? If I told you I found some verses in the Bible to confirm my suspicions, would you want to know where it is? It is in Genesis and Romans.

Genesis 3:17 Then to Adam He said, “Because you have heeded the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat of it’:

“Cursed is the ground for your sake;

In toil you shall eat of it

All the days of your life.

If you remember, because of their innocence Adam and his wife had no need for shoes and socks, they did have a need for clothing. Why, because the ground was also perfect. God created everything for mans comfort. Have you ever tried to walk out to your car in a gravel driveway with no shoes on? That is not comfortable to me. The Bible doesn’t say this exactly but I can imagine a rich thick green grass that just cushions every foot step. Kind of like a very expensive plush carpet. You get the point. When man sinned the whole of creation suffered. No longer was everything so plush and delicious now man has to work for what he eats.

God cursed the ground in verse 17 of Genesis 3. With thorns and vines that choke the life out of other plants. OK, so I have a vivid imagination. But add the verses from Romans and you will find that I may not be to far off.

Romans 3:19-21 For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God. 20For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope; 21because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. 22For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now. 23Not only that, but we also who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body.


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