'If These Walls Could Talk' John Dean

If These Walls Could Talk

Luke 19:38-40 They said, "How blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven, and glory in the highest heaven!" Some of the Pharisees in the crowd told Jesus, "Teacher, tell your disciples to be quiet. “He replied, "I tell you, if they were quiet, the stones would cry out!"

Jesus said a lot more in His reply to the Pharisees than one may think. He was actually saying if praise is stopped in one place that it will burst out in another place. The language of praise was created in the universe at the beginning when God started saying, “Let there be”.

That means that everything that God created, (including rocks), has musical sounds of praise imbedded in them. On subjects like this I often go back to Habakkuk 2:14 where it says, “For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea”. This is basically what Jesus was saying when He said “the rocks will cry out” … or in the case of Habakkuk, “the knowledge of the glory” will be released for all to see and hear. The rocks in creation may not be able to talk, but they can sure glorify God.

Several years ago I was invited to hold some services in a little Methodist church out in the country of central Texas. The church was a small white frame wood building that was over a hundred years old. It sat on the north side of a narrow road in what looked to be a pasture.

The grandparents of the person who invited me used to go to that church. Since those early days most of the grandchildren had moved to other cities to raise their families.

You might say the meetings that I would be holding were kind-a-like a spiritual family reunion. I asked the lady who invited me to drive me out in the country where this church was so I could pray in the church for our meetings.

As we walked in the front door I stopped so I could get a feel of the spirit in that little sanctuary, with its ill fitting wood pews. I immediately began to feel things and hear things and I turned to my host and said, “I feel the anointing so heavy in this room … and I also feel that this church was run by women.” As we walked into a room behind the platform I saw pictures of previous pastors and leaders still hanging on the wall and they were all women. My host then informed me that the great revivalist Maria Woodworth-Etter used to preach in that church. It must have been her anointing that I was picking up.

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For those who have never heard of Mrs. Etter, she was so anointed that people would often fall into a trance in her meetings. One man was in a trance for three days and when others tried to help him they would fall into a trance themselves, (today we call that falling in the spirit). I would encourage everyone to read about this dear saint of the Lord. She was born in 1844 and died in 1924.

The point is, if I could still feel the anointing of Mrs. Etter over one hundred years later, how much more would all creation, (including rocks), still hold the praise of our Father God. The fact is, anointings and mantles do not go to heaven when we die, they are for the ministry here on earth. Example: Elisha picked up Elijah’s mantle when the chariot of fire came to take Elijah away.

Can these walls talk? Yes, all hard objects record sounds.


I am overwhelmed to be able to join all creation in praising Your holy name. You are worthy of all praise throughout the universe as everything, (including rocks), cry out in unison with a loud sound of Holy, Holy, Holy!


John Dean



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