King's Business - 1948-08

rescued a great prophet. He was a friend in need and in deed. In thinking of this story we are re­ minded of Galatians 6:10, “ As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men.” The Ethiopian was well repaid for his kindness to Jeremiah. Jeremiah was told to go and tell him, “ Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel; Behold, I will bring my words upon this city for evil, and not for good; and they shall be accomplished in that day .before thee. But I will deliver thee in that day, saith the Lord: and thou shalt not be given into the hand of the men of whom thou art afraid” (Jer. 39:16, 17). Objects: A lump of sugar, an ant, a fly, and two small bottles; (Put the ant in one bottle and the fly in another.) Lesson: Can you see what I have in these bottles? “A fly is in one, and an ant in the other,” I hear someone say. Between them there is a lump of sugar. If I should let them out of the bottles, they both -would like to eat the sugar. But the fly would act differently after eating than the ant would. When the fly gets all he wants to eat, he goes away and rests until he is hungry again. When the ant finds something good, he tastes it and then hurries off to tell others. Soon a trail of ants will be coming. You will be surprised to hear me say that this anjt and fly remind me of peo­ ple who call themselves Christians. Some hear of Christ, profess to accept Him as Saviour, but never tell others about Him. They are like this fly. Others are saved and go away to tell their friends and bring them to Christ. They are like the ant. This kind of Chris­ tian will have great joy in heaven, for Jesus said, “Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I con­ fess also before my Father which is in "heaven” (Matt. 10:32). It makes us feel sad when we remem­ ber what Jesus said about those who deny Him. “ But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny be­ fore my Father which is in heaven” (Matt. 10:33). This ant reminds me of a wise man in the Bible named Andrew. Of him we read, “ He first findeth his own brother Simon, and saith unto him, We have found the Messias, which is, being in­ terpreted, the Christ. And he brought him to Jesus” (John 1:41, 42). August 15, 1948 P ell - mell to T ell

Rev. Elmer L. Wilder

Illustrated by Gladys Bowman

blow open the back compartment and remove the scroll. The envelope again ap­ pears to be empty.) As soon as the king had destroyed the first message, the Lord ordered Jeremiah to write the. same message again, with many things added, among them the message of death. It is unwise to attempt to destroy God’s message. It would have been far better had the king repented of-his sin and asked God for mercy. Objects: A telescope and a piece of rope. (If a telescope cannot be obtained, an imitation one can be made by rolling wrapping paper in sections.) Lesson: The ships which sail the sea always carry these two objects. The sailor uses the telescope in order that he may see for a great distance. If he should see'something on the water which looked like a person, he would take his telescope in order to make sure what it was. If the object proved to be a person, he would steer the ship near, a rope such as this one would be thrown overboard, and the person would be rescued. The sailor could see with the telescope, but he would use the rope to rescue the per­ son. August 8, 1948 I n N eed and in D eed

August 1. 1948 M arring A M essage

Objects: Two correspondence envel­ opes, two pieces of paper cut to repre­ sent scrolls, a small pocket knife, a match and a pair of scissors. (Cut down both sides and across the bottom of one of the envelopes. Discard the irregular half of the envelope, keeping the com­ plete side that bears the flap. Insert this side and flap in the uncut envelope with the gummed portion in the normal posi­ tion for sealing. Write the word “JUDG­ MENT” on both scrolls. On one scroll near the bottom draw a skull and cross- bones, representing death. Place this scroll between the insert and the back o f the envelope, before sealing the two flaps together. Place, the other scroll in the front compartment, but do not seal. Address the envelope: “ TO KING JE- HOIAKIM, FROM THE L O R D , THROUGH JEREMIAH.” )

Lesson: This envelope is addressed to Jehoiakim, king of Judah, a very wicked king. Because of his wickedness, the Lord sent a message to him through Jeremiah. We will open this letter and see what we find. It contains a scroll on which the word “JUDGMENT” is writ­ ten. Some of the friends and servants of Jehoiakim were fearful when they heard God’s message of judgment, but he was not afraid. He thought that all he need­ ed to do to free himself from God’s judgment was to destroy God’s message, so he took a knife, cut the scroll in pieces and burned it in the fire. We will take this knife and cut this scroll to show you what the wicked king did. Now we will burn it with this match. What is left of the ashes and burned pieces, we will put back in the envelope and seal, showing that the king refused God’s message. We will cut the end of the envelope and show you what happened. Here is an unburned and uncut scroll with the word “ JUDGMENT” the same as the first, arid on the bottom a skull and cross- bones, speaking of death. (Cut the end of the envelope off with the scissors, Page Twenty-eight

These two objects remind us of a les­ son found in the 38th chapter of Jere­ miah. The prophet Jeremiah had been true to God in delivering a message which the people did not want to hear. They were much displeased with him, and put him in a prison dungeon, where there was no water, and he sank down in the mire. While Jeremiah was in the dungeon, an Ethiopian heard about it, and went and asked the king for permission to rescue him. The permission was given and the Ethiopian took ropes, let them down into the dungeon, and pulled Jere­ miah out. He could have looked down in­ to the dungeon and done nothing about helping, but he was a man. of action and

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