King's Business - 1911-07

NO. 7



F historic criticism or higher criticism or lower criticism or the devil's criticism can detect one real error in the original manuscripts of the Bible it is obvious to every reflecting mind that we have no Bible left and, no Christ who put the seal of

His sanction upon the last letter of it and upon what are called its unhistorical and unscientific narratives and certifies to its inerrant accuracy in the Statement, "SCRIP- TURE CANNOT BE BROKEN." —James H. Brooks, D. D.



Forever, O Lord, Thy Word is settled in Heaven.—Psalm 119:89 ! t h l ? 3n0i t tuie (Incorporated!) 260-264 South Main Street (Second Floor) L>oe Angeles, Cal i fornia The King's Business: Entered as Second-Class Matter Nov. 17, 1910, at the postoffice at Los Angeles, Cal., Under the Act of March 3, 1879. D I R E C T O R S: Lyman Stewart, President R«T. A. B. Prichard, Vice Pre*. T. C Horton, Superintendent J. M. Irvine, Secretary-Treat. R. A. Hadden, Supt. Extension Work E. A. K. Hackett W. E. Blackttone S. I. Merrill W. L. Green

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(1) The Institute Classes held daily except Satur- Sunday. (2) Extension Work. Classes and conferences held in neighboring cities and towns. (3) Evangelistic. Meetings conducted by compe- tent evangelists under our direction. (4) Spanish Mission. Meetings every night for Spanish-speaking people and house visitation. (5) Shop Work. Begular services in shops and factories all the year. (6) Jewish Evangelism. Personal work in homes for the Hebrew people. (7) Bible Women. House-to-house work and neigh- borhood elasses. (8) Aqueduct. Work among the 4000 men on the new aqneduet. | ,j (9) Oil Fields. A mission to the men on the oil fields. (10) Books and Tracts. Sale and distribution of selected books and tracts. ' a n d


PRAY FOR THE WORK AND WORKERS OF THE INSTITUTE, If ye abide in me and My Words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will and it shall be done unto you.—John 15:7.

J I H EN Dr. Arthur T. Pierson fell asleep on June the third, one of the greatest of the l i v i n g preachers of the Century passed to his reward. Doctor Pierson belonged to what is known as the Old Guard of the extreme orthodox division of the Church. He stood four square for the Bible in its entirety. He had strong convictions and had the courage to maintain them. To few men has there been granted such great versatility of attain- ment. His penmanship was a model for the bookkeeper. He

was an expert with the chalk and blackboard. He knew how to mix colors and use the artist's brush. He could write the verse of a hymn, set it to music of his own composition, sit down to the pipe organ and with a sweet strong tenor voiee sing his own songs. He

DR- A RTHUR T. PIERSON had read law and studied medicine and could lecture in the school room on a variety of subjects, but it was with the English Bible that Dr. Pierson as preacher and teacher was pre-eminent. He loved the Book. He believed in it with all his heart and unfolded its spiritual truths as few men have been able to do. He had a matchless gift in illumining the Scriptures so that it became simple and plain. In presence he was like one of the old prophets. His manner was impressive, the matter of his discourses was rich with the strength of meat. In denunciation of sin in the world and church he was like John the Baptist, in pleading be was like the Apostle John, in power of intellectual persuasion he was akin to Paul. Only those who knew him intimately could appreciate the tenderness of his heart and the sympathy of his strong nature. He was the leading spirit in the great Missionary Movement of the last forty years, and with voice and pen he aroused and quickened the forces of the Church in both hemispheres. He is not dead. Through the printed pages of his numerous books he will speak for years to come. His last work, 'Knowing the Scriptures" is incomparable. It is the greatest book on methods of Bible Study ever written. Associated with him in the pastorate of one of the largest churches in the country for several years, the writer learned to know him and love him and takes this opportunity of recording his gratitude to God for a quarter of loving friendship and fellow- ship "with this good man of God. " T.C. H.

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Hold fast, 3:6-14; 4:14; 10:23. Consider Him, 3:1; 12:3. Harden not your hearts, 3:8, 13, 15; 4:7. Hear His voice, 3:7, 15; 4:7. Let us fear, 4:1. Labor to enter in, 4:11. •> Come boldly, 5:16. Draw nigh or near, 7:19; 10:22. Refuse not, 12,25. Despise not, 12:5. Faint not, 12:5. Cast not away, 10:35. Go on to perfection, 6:1. Go forth unto Him. Whose faith follow, 13:7. Etc. There are many more such maxims in this one epistle. Several examples have been already cited and dwelt upon in this and former sections; but we instance some twenty or more from each Testament, culled almost at random, which serve to show how rich the Word of God is in these scattered sayings of wisdom, meant to be maxims and axiom for our guidance. Pound at various points in the inspired Scriptures, they strike the mind at once as marvel- ously comprehensive and sometimes as ex- haustive of ethical and spiritual truth. Be ye holy, for I the Lord your God, am holy. Levit. 19:2. Be sure your sin will find you out. iTum. 32:23. Be strong and of a good courage. Josh. 1:6. The Lord recompense thy work. Ruth 2:12. Thou, Thou only knowest the hearts. I Kings 8:39. Jeroboam sinned and made Israel to sin. I Kings 15:30. They feared Jehovah and served their own gods.' I I Kings 17:33. Look for Him, 9:28. Look unto Him, 12:2. Look diligently, 12:15. Show diligence.

Sometimes from a single book may be culled a whole body of brief and telling maxims. Of all the examples of this, none surpass the book of Daniel in the Old Tes- tament and of Hebrews in the New, ex- cept those which, like the books of Psalms and Proverbs, naturally take the form of maxims, or are professedly collections and arrangements of wise sayings. In Daniel we meet with a series of maxims, espe- cially suitable to young men, for example: " H e proposed in his heart that he would not defile himself." 1:8. ''God revealeth the deep and secret t h i n g s ." 2:22. • " O u r God whom we serve is able to deliver u s . " 3:17. " Th o se that walk in pride He is able to a b a s e ." 4:37. " T h ou art weighed in the balances and found wanting.'' 5:27. " A n excellent spirit was in h i m ." 6:3. " H e believeth in his Go d ." 23. " I kept the matter in my h e a r t ." 7:28. " I had seen the vision and sought for the meaning." 8:15. . " I set my face unto the Lord God to seek by p r a y e r ." 9:3. . " M y comeliness was turned in me into corruption." 10:8. I " T h e people that do know their God shall be strong and do.exploits." 11:32. • " T h e y that be teachers shall shine as the brightness of the firmament. " ' ' And they that turn many to righteous- ness as the stars forever and e v e r ." 12:3. " S t a n d in thy l o t ." 13. In the Epistle to the Hebrews may be found between thirty and forty maxircs,' of which the following are examples: Take heed, 2:1; 3:12.

Lay aside, 12:1. Lay hold, 6:18.

As the duty of every day required. Ezra 3:4. The hand of our God is upon all them Arise; for this matter belongeth unto thee. We also will be with thee. Be of good courage and do it. 10:4. The God of heaven, He will prosper us; Therefore we, His servants, will arise and build. Neh. 2:20. " E v e r y one over against his own house." 3:28. The builders every one had his sword girded by his side. 4:18. The heathen perceived that this work was wrought of our God. 6:16. Gease to do evil. Learn to do well. Isa. 1:16, 17. The Lord alone shall be exalted. And the idols He shall utterly abolish 2:17, 18. " Return unto me and I will return unto you. Mai. 3:7. Bring ye all the tithes into the store- house. 3:10. They that feared the Lord spake often one to another. And the Lord hearkened and heard it • 3:16.

Abide in me and I in you. Jno. 15:4. Whatsoever is not of faith is sin. Bom 14:23. He that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit. I Cor. 6:7. Not I, but Christ. Gal. 2:20. By love serve one another. 2:13. Walk in the spirits and ye shall not ful- fill the lists of the fle sh. 16." Bear ye one another's burdens. 6:2. Every man shall bear his own burden. 5. Whatsover a man sow that shall he also reap. 7. Be filled with the spirit. Eph. 5:19 One thing I do. Phil. 3:13. Our citizenship is in heaven. 20. Be careful for nothing. 4:6. Ye are complete in Him. Col. 2:20. Let the word of Christ dwell in 'you richly in all wisdom. 3:16. Serve and wait. I Thess. 1:9-10. Adorn the doctrine. Titus 2:10. Be content with such things as ye have, Heb. 13:5. We have here no continuing city. 14. The body without the spirit is dead Jas. 2:26. Hope to the end. I Pet. 1:13. Keep yourselves in the love of God Jude 21. • Hold fast till I come. Rev. 2:25.

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Is the place God gives us in Christ. I Jno. 4:17. One must know his place before God, then he can act. with God. All we have and all we are is in and through Christ. Eph. 1:3. Dead to the world but alive in Christ. Rov. 6:11; I Cor. 15:22. New creatures, old things passed away. I I Cor. 5:17; Gal. 9:16. Once afar off, now made nigh. Eph. 2:13. Now made the righteousness of God, in Him. II Cor. 5:21.

R o m i t 8 ° r t 3 9 C O n d e m n a t i ° n ' " " s e P a r a t i o n - Rooted built up and completed in Him. L-OI. ¿ ' . IF 1 0 . Chosen in Him before the foundation of the world. Eph. 1:4. Possessing all promises in Him. Yea and amen. I I Cor. 1:29. Redeemed, forgiven, saved. Eph 1 -7 Co ? e i iV 13 red f r ° m t h e P ° W e r 0 f d a r k n e s s . Made partakers of the inheritance. Col. Quickened, raised, seated in heavenlv places. Eph. 2:6. 3

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Is the effect or result of a knowledge of our standing. First know your place in Christ and walk according to it, See seven walks in Eph. Standing being purely the work of God, can not change. State is variable, depending on our faithfulness. God's gifts and calling are without re- pentance. Rom. 11:20. With Him is no shadow of turning. James 1:17. He lays the foundation, but the build- ing depends on us. I Cor. 3:10. He puts us in the race; it is for us to win the prize. Phil. 3:14. He chose us as soldiers; we are to do the fighting. I Tim. 6:12. Knowing our place we are to maintain it. Eph. 6:13. As children of God, to keep ourselves in His love. Jude 21. As servants of God, to labor for a full reward. I I Jno. 8. As followers of Christ, to walk in His steps. I Pet. 2:21. As strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts. I Pet. 2:11. As priests unto God, show forth His praise. I Pet. 2:9. As babes desire the sincere milk of the word. I Pet. 2:2. As under-shepherds, feed the flock of God. I Pet. 5:2. As ministers of truth, speak as oracles of God. I Pet. 4:11. As citizens of heaven, to look for our Lord. Philip. 3:20. Inspiration of tl)e ^Porò of

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ye are clean because of the word which I have spoken unto y o u ." Jno. 15:3. R. V. 7. By it we are sanctified. ' ' Sanctify them through thy truth; thy word is t r u t h ." Jno. 17:17. 8. By it we are built up. " And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and to give you an inheri- tance among all them which are sancti- fied." Acts 20:32. 9. By it we are washed. "Christ,also loved the church, and gave Himself for her that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the wo r d ." Eph. 5:25-26. 10. "By it we are defended against spir- itual wickedness. " T h e sword of the spirit which is the word of God." Epli. 6:17. 11. By it we are kept from the paths of the destroyer. " B y the word of thy lips I have kept me from the paths of the destroyer," or, as Dr. DeWitt renders it, " B y the word of thy 1 lips I have shunned the paths ot oppressors." Ps. 17:4.

Only remember what the word of God does for us, and then think of the daring presumption of the man who tells the people that- it contains numerous " e r r o rs and mistakes." 1. By it we are begotten. " Of His own will begat He us with the word of truth that we should be a kind of first fruits of His creatures." Jas, 1:18. 2. By it we are born again. " B e i ng born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible by the word of God. which liveth and abideth forever, ' ' 1 Pet. 1:2. 3. By it we grow. ' ' As new born babes, desire the milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby. " 1 Pet. 2:2. 4. By it our souls are saved. "Receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls." Jas. 1:21. 5. By it we are made wise unto salva- tion. " P r om a child thou hast known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation. " II Tim. 3:15. 6. By it we are cleansed. ' ' Already

12. By it our path through life is lighted up. " T h y word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my p a t h ." Isa. 4:11. 14. By It we are made to rejoice. " T h y words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of my h e a r t ." Jer. 15:16. 15. By it we are warned. "Moreover, by them is thy ^servant warned; and in keeping of them is great r ewa r d ." Ps. 19:11. 16. By. it obstacles are removed and scattered. " I s not my word like as a fire? saith the Lord; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?" Jer. 23:29. * 17. By it the seed is scattered that must result in a harvest of weal or woe. " T h e seed is the word of God." Luke 8:11. 18. . By it the secrets of all hearts are* revealed. " T h e word of God is quick and powerful and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asun- der of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.," Heb. 4:14. 19. By it every blessing tnat comes from the hand of our Father is made sacred; " f o r it is sanctified by the word of God and p r a y e r ." 1 Tim. 4:5. 20. By it an all-sufficient and only rule of faith and practice is provided. " I f they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from t he d e a d ." Luke 16:31. 21. By it unbelievers are to be judged. " H e that rejecteth me and receiveth not my sayings, hath one that judgeth him; the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last d a y . " Jno. 12:48. Such is a mere glance at some of the things the word of God is said to do; and when we consider our relations to it and our dependence upon it at every step through life and into eternity, it is mar- velous that men, professing -to be its friends, can rise up before the church and the world, and propose to catalogue its errors. But the surprise is increased, and our conviction of its inherent inspira-

tion is deepened, -when we reflect upon its names. 1. It is often called the word of God, because God is its author. " T h ey preached the word of God." Acts 13:5. 2. It is called the word of the Lord, because Jehovah Jesus is its subject. "Wh e n the Gentiles heard this they were glad, and glorified the word of the Lord " Acts 13:48. 3. It is called the word of Christ, be- cause It sets forth the Anointed One in His person and offices. " L e t the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wis- d om ." Col. 3:16. 4. It Is called the oracles of God, be- cause it is the word which God spoke. " U n t o them were committed the oracles of God." Bon;. 3:2. 5. It is called the word of faith, be- cause it is to be believed. " T h e word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thine heart that is, the word of faith, which we preach." Bom. 10:8. 6. It is called the word of truth be- cause it is truth without admixture of error. " I n whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of t r u t h ." Eph. 7. It is called the word of life be- cause it imparts life to the believer "Ho l d i ng forth the word of l i f e ." Phil 2:16. 8. It is called the faithful word, be- cause it is credible and unchangeable Holding fast the faithful wo r d ." Tit! 9. It is called the word of grace be- cause it makes known God's unmerited kindness to the lost. " L o ng time there- fore abode they, speaking boldly in the Lord, which gave testimony unto the word of His g r a c e ." Acts 14:3. _ 10. It is called the word of reconcilia- tion because it tells of a God reconciled and reconciling the world unto Himself; " a n d hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation." I I Cor. 5:19. 11. It is called the word of salvation because it shows the way and the only way by which men are saved. " T o you is the word of this salvation s e n t ." Acts 13:26. 12. It is called the word of righteous- ness because therein^ is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith. " E v e ry one that useth milk is unskjllfui

also in you that believe." I Thess. 1:13. Can it be that such a word is the word of men, and a partaker of their ignorance and errors? It is as f ar above them, both in thought and expression, as the heavens are higher than the earth. For eighteen hundred years it has been read and studied and prayed over and wept over, and thousands and hundreds of thousands of volumes have been con- structed out of it, and today it remains as fresh, and unexhausted and inexhaustible as ever. Unlike any book in the world, the more it is searched the more pro- found becomes its meaning, and there is literally no end of its new disclosures of truth to those who descend beneath its surface into the depths of the riches both of its wisdom and knowledge. However much any one of us may know of its most familiar passage, there is more for us to learn from that one passage than has been discovered thus f ar by all the scholars. ing in the clouds of H e a v e n" (Matt. 24; 30). II.—The Heir Rejected. 1. Pedigree of the Son of Man (Luke 3:23-38). 2. Had no possessions (Matt. 8:20). 3. " M a n of Sorrows" (Jsa. 53:3; Matt. 26:38-39), 4. Misunderstood (Matt. 16:13). 5. Hated (John 8:36-40). 6. Rejected (Matt. 26:64-65). 7. " W e see not yet all things put- un- der Him, B u t " (Heb. 2:8-9), III.—The Heir Accepted. 1. " T h i s m a n " * * 5 Expecting (Heb. 10:12-13; Ps. 110:1). 2. " A s a m a n " * * * Hath highly ex- alted Him (Phil. 2:8-11; Rom. 14:11). 3. " O n e like unto the Son of M a n " (Rev. 1:13-16; Dan. 10:5, 6, 16). 4. Son of Man coming upon white cloud (Rev, 14:14). 6. Thou has crowned Him (Ps. 8:5; Ps. 2:6). " p r a t t

in the word of Heb. 5:13. 13. I t is called the word to be preached because nothing apart from it, nothing be- yond it, nothing short of it is to be pro- claimed. " I charge thee in the sight of God and of Christ Jesus, who shall judge the quick and the dead, and by His ap- pearing and kingdom, preach the word. " I I Tim. 4:1, 2. 14. I t is called the word of prophecy, because it alone shines through the glooin and reveals what lies in the future. " W e have the word of prophecy more sure; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your h e a r t s ." I I Pet. 1:19. . No won- der the apostle writes: " F o r this cause also thank we God without ceasing because when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of man, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh " A s I have thought, so shall it come to pass, and as I have purposed so shall it s t a n d ." Isa. 14:24. All things were created by Him and for Him. Col. 1:16. LESSON 1. SON OF MAN, HEIR OF ALL THE EARTH. I.—The Heir Predicted. 1. Covenant to Adam (Have dominion, Gen. 1:28) unconditional. 2. Forfeited to Satan, who now holds it (Luke 4:6-7; Eph. 6:12). 3. Now in obeyance " S o He drove the man o u t " (Gen. 3:24). 4. Hope new centered in the seed of the woman (Gen. 3:15).. 5. " T h ou madest him to have domin- i o n " (Ps. 8:6). 6. "Au t h o r i ty to execute judgment alse b e c a u s e" (John 5:27; Acts 17:31). 7. " T h ey shall see the Son of Man com- righteousness." D r . X

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7. Every knee shall bow (Isa. 45:23; Rev. ch. 5). LESSON II. SON OF ABRAHAM, HEIR TO THE Land. I.—The Heir Predicted. 1. The covenant (Gen. 15:18) uncondi tional. 2. " He took on Him the seed of Abra- h a m " (Heb. 2:16). 3. " To Abraham and. his seed were the promises m a d e " (Gal. 3#16). 4. The extent of the covenant (Gen. 15: 18). Everlasting. 5. Partial possession (Num. 34:3-12; 2 Chron. 9:26; Acts 7:1-5; Heb. 11:39). 6. The remainder in obeyance (Ezk. 47: 13-23), 7. God has not repented of this promise (Rom. 11:27-29). II.—The Heir Rejected. 1. Son of Abraham. His pedigree (Matt. 1:1-17). 2. Before Abraham was " I a m " (John 8:52-59). 3. ' ' This is the heir * let us kill Him ' r (Matt. 21:38-39). 4. No inheritance as yet (Matt. 27:60: Isa. 53:9). 5. And gave Him no inheritance in it. Yet He promised (Act. 7;5). III.—The Heir Accepted. 1. The land blessed (Ezk. 36:1-9). 2. The land possessed (Ezk. 36:10-38). ' 3. The fulfillment near at hand (Ezk 37:21). 4. " T h e earth is the L o r d ' s " (Ps. 24:1). LESSON III. SON OF DAVID, HEIR TO THE THRONE. L—The Heir Predicted. 1. Israel's king rejected (1 Sam. i 6 : l ). 2. God's king promised ' ' God I have p r o v i d e d" (1 Sam. 16:1). 3. The covenant made, (2 Sam. 7:4-17; Ps. 89:3-4). 4. Can not be broken (Ps. 89:34-37; Jer. 33:19-21). - 5. Behold the kings shall reign (2 Chron. 23:3). 6. ' ' Behold the days come * * * I will raise unto David a righteous b r a n c h" (.Jer. 23:5-6'; Isa. 9;6-7>. 7. The Lord shall give unto Him the

throne of His father David, etc. (Luke 1: 31-32; Rev. 3:21). II.—The Heir Rejected. 1. The heir presented (Matt. 1:1-17). 2. The heir acknowledged as such (Matt,. 9:27, 15; 22j20). 3. The heir rejected as such (Mat't. 22: 30-31, 31-46; Luke 22:41-46). 4. ' ' We have no king but Ca e s a r '' (.John 19:15). 5. Crucified as such. This is Jesus, King of the Jews (Matt. 27:37). 6. Raised as such (Acts 2:30-31). 7. Exalted as such (Acts 2:33-36). Ill—The Heir Accepted. The Throne Oc- cupied. 1. " T h e r e shall come forth a R o d " (Isa. 11:1-10). 2. Behold a X i ng shall reign in right- eousness (Isa. 32:1).' 3. Thou settest a crown of pure gold on His head *(Ps. 21:3). 4. The Lion of the tribe of J u d ah (Rev. 5:5). The Root and Offspring of David (Rev. 22:16). LESSON IV. SON OF GOD, HEIR OF ALL THINGS. I.—Son of God, Predicted. 1. Pedigree (John 1:1). 2. Heir of all things (Heb. 1:2). II.—Son of God Rejected. 1. Sent forth (Gal. 4:4). 2. Declared to be the Son of God (John 5:19-39). 3. Acknowledged as Son of God (Matt. 8:29; Mark 15:39; John 1:49; Matt. 14:33, 16:16). 4. Forsaken as Son of God (John 6:65- 69). 5. Rejected as Son of God (John 1:11; John 5:17-18). 6. Condemned as Son of God: (Matt. 26: 63-66). 7. Raised as Son of God (Rom. 1:4). III.—Son of God Accepted. 1. All things inherited (Isa. 55:4-5; 49: i - i 3 ) . • i m m 2. „"He must r e i g n " (1 Cor. 15:25). 3. " H i s name is called the Word of G o d " (Rev. 19:13). 4. " H e will be King of k i n g s " (Rev. 19:16).

1. Son of David. Throne. 2. Son of Abraham. Land. 3. Son of Man. Earth. 4. Son of God. All things. Three of these are made good when He enters upon His millenial reign. The

5. On His head were Many Crowns (Rev. 19:16). 6. He shall reign forever and ever (Rev, 11:15). Doxology—Romans 11:33-36, Amen. In the Gospels four titles are given to Jesus :

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Sub-Z3opic: "O^e Various "difficulties pr e s en t ed b? 5tten." d i f f i c u l t? yto. 2 " T h e Class who Assert they would be Christian but Lack Peeling." Note 1^-This is a Numerous Class.

(2) The worker Himself should under- stand thoroughly how to deal in a Scriptural manner with the case. (a) Feeling of any kind is not God's requirement in order to salvation, and further, is not a necessary accompaniment of salvation. God does not require of sinners any diagnosis of their states of feeling. God does not require feeling from an unfeeling sinner, dead in trespasses and sins, but faith in the finished work and the faithful word of a life-giving Savior and Lord. Feeling is not mentioned in Scripture in relation to salvation, while faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is insisted upon always. • Illustration: Eph. 2 : 8—"By grace (not "by feel- ing") are ye s a v e d ." Acts 16:3i—"Believe (not " f e e l ") on the Lord Jesus, Christ. Rom. 1:16—"To every one that believ- eth, (not "feeleth"). Tno. 1:12—"But as many as received Him, etc. (not "to those that feel"). (b) Men may l>e and have been saved without a trace of feeling or emotion over their sins at all. (c) Men may be and have been lost

Practically every person who is think- ing of the subject of personal salvation is troubled upon this point; the universal desire is for feeling in one of its various forms or manifestations. Note 2.—The Worker's Business. (1) Seek to Discover the Form of Feel- ing Expected. To intelligently and successfully deal with the case the worker must first seek to discover the kind of feeling expected by the person with whom he deals. Generally speaking one of two kinds of feeling is looked for: (a) The Feeling that the Person is a Dire Sinner. The idea held by this class is that until such a feeling, deep, pungent, overwhelm- ing, comes to the soul, there is no hope of salvation. (b) The Feeling that the Person is a Happy Saint. The idea held by this class is that a mighty, overwhelming ecstacy must sweep over the spirit as a Divine testimony that the person has been accepted, forgiven and saved by Divine grace and mercy.

in Christ has been settled upon the as- surance of God's Word, but the fact needs to be made plain; the person is not to wait for such an experience, or to rest upon it if it comes to him; urge him to im- mediately accept Christ and to rest upon Him for salvation. Probably one of the greatest hindrances in the way of the salvation of men has been the testimony of many to a wonder- ful state of feeling, an ecstacy which came to them at the time of conversion; the inquirer looks therefore for such an experience, and lacking this concludes that the time of his acceptance on the part of God has not yet arrived and so waits more or less anxiously this expres- sion of God's Divine favor and blessing. God has already made expression of His love and grace in the person, death and resurrection of His own dear Son. God asks for personal belief and acceptance of the fact and not some emotion connected with it. Feeling, ecstacy, emotions of themselves are worthless as a basis or a proof of salvation; the devil can m&ke a sinner "feel good" and thus deceive him. Urge men to immediate and definite acceptance of the Lord Jesus. Could men who believe cease to harp upon themselves and their experiences and simply testify to the Lord Jesus Christ Himself; the sin- ner would cease to be bothered by this form of deception, while the believer would bear witness to his Lord in a scrip- tural and therefore in a convincing, sav- ing manner. The person who believes and rests in the death and resurrection of the I-iord Jesus possesses life and salvation and justification and peace " in Him." The consciousness that He meets all the de- mands of God and the needs of the sinner should be enough for any one of us; this consciousness springs from the work of Christ and the assurance of His word. This may be termed " i nwa rd peace, joy, assurance, experience," but the fact re- mains that wherever manifested it follows faith and never precedes it. Scripture Proof: Eph. 1:13— First—Hearing the Word of Truth, the Good News of Salvation. Second—Trusting the Christ who wrought it for us. Third—On Believing, Sealed with the Holy Spirit of Promise. Gal. 5:22-23—

who have broken their hearts in sorrow over sins,; i. e. Judas, Felix, et al. (d) Feelings and emotions are like the seasons, the weather and the winds: changeable in their courses and manifesta- tions; but God's Son and God's Word, upon which men are to believe and rest for salvation are unchangeable, (e) Feelings and emotions often beeome the devil's counterfeit for Faith which is God's requirement on the part of the sinner. Note 3.—The Method of Dealing. (1) Dealing with the Class who desire to feel that they are awful sin- ners. (a) State a Fact: All men are awful sinners, whether they may or may not feel it. (b) Because one does not feel " l o s t " it must not be taken as a fact that he does not need salvation as truly as one who does so feel. (c) Because one does not feel the vent of God's wrath is no sign that such wrath does not exist and that escape is needed on the part of the sinner. (d) Because one does not " f e e l " dan- ger is no sign that danger does not exist. The paralytic, the freezing, the dying man may not be conscious of impending death, yet in great danger from the human standpoint. (e) The great need of the sinner is not a feeling concerning his danger, but a deliverance from it. ( f) Show this class God's Requirement: Faith, not Feeling; Trust not Tears; Be- lief not Emotions. Jno. 1:12, 3:36, 5:24; Rom. 1:16; Eph. 2:8; 1 Jno. 5:11-12. (2) Dealing with the class who are an- xious for the feeling of ecstacy that believers often talk about. (a) Emphasize the Fact: Feeling good does not save any more than feeling bad. (b) Emphasize the Truth: The need of sinner and saint is to rest upon The un- changeable Christ and His Unchangeable Word. (c) But the question will arise, "How about experience?" Will the believer ever obtain a "feeling?" A feeling of restfulness, peacefulness, satisfaction often comes to the human mind when the matter of eternal salvation

ceived, accepted, believed. Third— FEELING, v. 39-40. Saved, pro- ceeds on his way rejoicing. Rejoicing in the consciousness of what Christ had done for him, and his own new, vital and eternal relationship to Him.

First—The Spirit. Second—The Fruit of the Spirit. Illustration. Acts 8:30-40. First— FACTS, v. 30-35. The Truth con- cerning Christ. Second—FAITH, v. 36-38. Truth re-

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day when some professing Christians dare to say that the gods of the heathen are good enough, which is to say t h at our Lord is no better t h an theirs. (3) "They held their peace," for the King had said, "Answer him not a word," which is a very difficult thing to do in such a case. "I will keep my mouth with a bridle while the wicked is before me," said the Psalmist (39:1). B ut it is useless to controvert with prejudice, u n r e a- son, or ignorance. (4) The Lord was al- ready on the track of the blasphemer. Sen- nacherib, diverted by an advance of Egyp- tians, went to meet t h em at Libnah; a nd was obliged to content himself with send- ing a dispatch instead of an a r my against Jerusalem, and that letter sealed his doom. III. THE VICTORY OF FAITH OVER AS- SYRIA. (1) Hezekiah's humiliation. He and his courtiers clothed in sackcloth sought the Lord (37:1). So (a) trouble breaks down the pride of m an and leads good men to confess their helpless unworthiness before God. (b) To the soul thus brought low exaltation is not f ar off (1 Pet. 5:6, 7); and (c) trial also sends us to the Word of God wherein alone we find wisdom and com- fort in perplexity and distress. It thus sent Hezekiah to the prophet, the living Bible of his time. (2) Isaiah had a ',thus saith the Lord" for him t h at was full of con- solation, and the same good Word is today for them t h at are in any kind of trouble (<. Cor. 1:3, 4). (3) Note these terms: "Be not afraid," "blasphemed ME," "send a blast,',' "hear a rumor," "return," "fall." Following this word of encouragement came Sennacherib's message. Hezekiah entered the good fight of faith with prayer and sup- plication (Eph. 6:18). God had made known His purpose, yet the king prayed for its accomplishment. (4) His prayer is a fine instance of -simplicity,- address, directness, definiteness, brevity, (a) -In his Simple faith he spread out the letter t e f o re the Lord, (b) The t e r ms of the address (v. 16) are, each, appropriate, honoring to God, and en- couraging to his own faith. - I t is a great thing to know, meditate, and properly apply the titles of the Great King, -(c) Verse 17 is plea ' for God's attention. So though God's purpose and promise are sure, we still pray; so though He knows all things, we address Him in our h uman way, as if He knew and heeded not save for His own condescension to our cry. (d) Verses 18, 19, are a s t a t eme nt of the case, and (e), verse 20. t he plea for salvation, and that for the vindication of the divine honor, and the revelation of t he true God. <5)

VICTORIES OF FAITH. Lesson I.—Isa. 36.38. ' I. THE POLITICAL SITUATION. (1) The monumental records of Assyria and the Bible harmonize wonderfully. They supplement each other. (2) Assyria was the ascendant power. H er empire swept west- ern Asia. Divine Providence is clearly seen. The world-empire founded by Nimrod-Asshur (Gen. 10:9-11) was transferred to Israel (Gen. 11:8; 12:2). Now t h at Israel has failed it passes back to Asshur "till the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled,' (Dan. 9:25-27; Luke 21:24), when Babel .meets its final doom, and Israel is reinstated (Rev. 18; 22:7; Isa, 60; 65:25). (3) The prosperity and deliverances under Hezekiah indicated (a) God's readiness to establish J u d ah even at the last hour if she would be obedient; and (b) t h at subsequent triumphs of the Gentiles were and are only possible by Je- hovah's sufferance. (4) An uprising in Baby- lon gave occasion to Judah and other west- ern powers to throw oft the Assyrian yoke, but Sennacherib, "the great king," soon set- tled his affairs and marched to the punish- ment of his rebellious tributaries. (5) While besieging Lachish on the coast he demanded the submission of Hezekiah. (6) Hezekiah, forgetting his Almighty Ally, stripped even the temple itself of its golden treasure to buy oft his tormentor. (7) By so doing he degraded the theocratic throne; for the true gold of the temple is the pres- ence of the God of glory, and they who by compromise with evil rob' Him of His vic- tory commit sacrilege. (8) Such compro- mises are fruitless,' for sin and Satan soon reassert themselves and we are t h e poorer for the loss of a golden - opportunity to glorify God by giving, place to His salva- tion. (9) Sennacherib accepted his treasure and his submission, b ut repenting his len- iency soon sent an a r my under Rabshakeli to demand the surrender of Jerusalem. II. RABSHAKEH'S BOASTFUL -BLAS- PHEMY. (1) Read bit by bit Isa. 36:4-21. (2) To Hezekiah's commission, and to thé populace of Judah, Rabshakeh made a terrorizing speech in which he spoke contemptuously of (a) their military skill and strength (v. 4); (b) the futility of their trust in E g y p t; and (c) last, and fatally to t he cause of As- syria, even of Jehovah Himself. Other gods could not save themselves nor their people. Who was Jehovah t h at He "should deliver Jerusalem out of my hand?" So daring sinners in their ignorance blaspheme the Name of the Lord. But we live to see the

Such a prayer'Jehovah must answer. The answer came in Isaiah's (a) expostulation against Sennacherib (vv. 22-25); (b) a n n u n- ciation of his defeat (vv. 26-29);; (c) con- solation of Jerusalem (vv. 30-35). (6) The victory over Assyria (vv. 36-38). "The Assyrian came down like the wolf on the fold, His cohorts were gleaming in purple and gold; Like t he leaves of the forest when s ummer is green T h at host with their banners at sunset were. Sc'en. | Like the leaves of the forest when a u t umn hath blown. T h at host on the morrow lay withered and strown. The gist of this lesson is found in the words of the golden text, "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble," Psa. 46:1. Five little words tell the story. (1) Politics. Hezekiah had departed 1 from the living God: he had lost his confidence in the God of Israel and_ played into the hand of the enemy. He h a5 thought to pur- chase peace by robbing the house of God. It.. looked like a good bargain—it promised' well, but alas it was the old story. He leaned 'upon the a rm of flesh and it failed him. Beware of playing politics in your Christian work- Every compromise with the world will weaken your hold upon God and will" widen the breach between yourself and Him. (2) Pride. The king of Assyria was lifted up by his successes. The submission of Hezekiah emboldened him. He gravitated naturally, as every mkn does to whom power and prosperity comes, to independence of God. Who is this God? Where is His power? He blasphemer God and sought to bully Hezekiah. "Pride goeth before de- struction," Prov. 16:18. "Let not him that girdeth on his harness, boast himself as he t h at putteth it off," 1 Icings 20:11. "An evil eye, —blasphemy, pride, foolishness, all evil things come from within and defile the JEHOVAH'S SERVANT. THE SINNER'S SUFFERING SUBSTITUTE Lesson II.—lsa. 52:13; 53:12. I. THE EXALTED ONE. (1) "My Servant" has a three-fold appli- cation: (a) Collectively it me a ns the n a- tional Israel (lsa. 44:21); (b) individually it applies first to believers (Rom. 1:1; 1 Cor. 7:22); and second to the Lord Jesus (Rev. 19:11-16). "My Servant" in our les» son is the Lord. (2) The Prudent (Wise) One, is He "the Wisdom of G-od" (1 Cor. 1:24; 1:30), Who did deal wisely (Mat. 3:17; Luke 2:52"; Mark 7:37). (3) The Most High, "very high," is He " F ar above all princi- palities and powers" (Eph. 1:20-23). (4) The Extolled One." "And when He had taken the book, the four living creatures . . . . Thou art worthy," etc. (Rev. 5:8- 10). "Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost." II. THE MARRED VISAGE. (1) Great astonishment would be caused

For the angel of death spread his wings on • the blast, And breathed in the face of the foe as "he passed. IV. THE VICTORY OF FAITH OVER DEATH (38:1-22). (1) Typical of the postponement of Judah's doom, its king's life was lengthened 15 years by his appeal to the Lord. (2) A stupendous sign in the heavens showed t h at the sun, indeed the physical universe, is subservient to t he interests of the heiis of salvation; and that God's covenant with day and night is not so sure as that with the House of David .(Jer. 33:20, 21), came to himself; he had made a fool of him- self, but he was tired of playing the fool. He saw his mistake and humbled himself before God. " He humbled himself for the pride of his heart, both he and the inhabi- tants of Jerusalem," 2 Chron. 32:26. It is a bitter dose for a proud man to put on sack- cloth arid confess his sins, but it is good medicine in the long run. (4) Prayer. Heze- kiah spread the letter of the upstart, king before, the Lord; he prayed from a contrite heart and with a consciousness of his deep need; he confessed his faith in God as the pnly sufficient one anil called upon H im for deliverance. It was the prayer from a broken heart. Why do we not pray more real pray6rs? Jas. 5:13. Phil. 4:6-7. (5) Pun- ishment. God answered the prayer: God gave deliverance: God claimed the glory. The angel of the Lord who is the messenger of mercy to the saints is the avenger of God's adversaries. His scepter is reached out to His friends, but His sword has a keen edge for His enemies. "Kiss the Son lest H e be angry and ye perish from the way." Ex. 12:23. 2 Sam. .24:16. Psa. 35:56. (a) by His disfigurement. Young translates: "So marred by man His appearance, and His form by the son« of men"; Delitzsh, "So disfigured, not like man His appearance, and His form not like the sons of men"; the Scofield Bible says, "The literal render- ing is terrible: 'So marred from the form of man was His aspect that His appear- ance was not that of a son of man'; i. e. not human—the effect of the brutalities de- scribed." (Mat. 27:54; Mark 15:16-19; Luke 23:27, 47, 48; John 19:1-3.) Read particu- larly Psa. 22:14-17. (2) Great astonishment would be caused by his subsequent exalta- tion. Kings will be dumb with ama z eme nt (Rev. 6:15-17; lsa. 60:3; Phil. 2:19-11). III. THE SUFFERING SERVANT. (a) In chapter 53 repentant Israel of the last days (Rom. 11:5, 26; Zez. 12:10) is speaking personified in the prophet. They are amazed at the discovery of the Mes- siah-sufferer whom they " dis-esteemed and rejected. How graphic it reads in this light! ma n ," Mark 7:22-23. (3) Penitence. Heze- kiah rent his clothes, covered himself with sackcloth and went into the house of the Lord. lsa. 37:1. Wise Hezekiah! He


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a corresponding incident, phrase, or doctrine for almost every particular item in these verses, as for His being despised (Luke 23: 11); being sorrowful (Jno. 11:35); grieved (Mark 3:5), ete. (2) The teaching is for the whole world as well as for. the J ew t h at (a) H e was born amo ng the spiritually dry and dead of the seed of David; t h at He hwd no attractiveness to natural'* men, b ut was repugnant to their lusts and prejudices; t h at He was treated with contumely and con- tempt by them, and was a cross Bearer all His life. Though He made the world, and was the Christ of the Jew, t he world knew Him not, and His own rejected Him (Jno. 1,10, 11). He was "wounded" (pierced); bruised: scourged; uncomplaining; judged (wrongfully); led to the slaughter; cut off (put to d e a t h ); numbered with lawbreakers (thieves, robbers); buried with them, but in a rich ma n 's grave (Mat. 27:57); yet pro- longed His days (renewed His life); -sees His seed (men become His children and fol- lowers (Heb. 2:13); does God's pleasure (Heb. 10:7-9); justifies many (makes them righteous) Rom. 3:24-26); ma k es interces- sion for them (Rom. 8:34); shall be satis- fied (Jude 24. 25); shall apportion the spoil (Young) with the mighty (Eph. 4:8; Rev. 20:4); and all "because He poured out His soul unto death" (Phil. 2:8, 9). (b) All this was by the purpose and power of God. He was smitten of God; all was laid on Him bv God; it pleased the Lord to bruise H i m; God gave Him (Jno. 3:16); did not spare Him (Rom. 8:32); forsook him (Mat. 27:46); all by His eternal predetermination (Act 2:33); all as here foreshown by the prophet, (c) And all t h at He endured was for the aoostate "scattered and peeled" Jew, and- hell-ridden Gentile (Eph. 2:1-3); all of whom despised, rejected, and found no beauty in Him, for He was our Substitute, and all His sufferings were vicarious, so t h at our iniquities, all our iniquities (1: e., our guilty deserts and punishments) were laid on Him and His sorrows were our sorrows; His griefs our griefs; His wounds our wounds; His bruises our bruises; His chastisement our chastisement; His stripes our stripes; His judgment our judgment; His slaughter our slaughter; His burial our burial. So t h at His shooting from a dead root is our shooting from our dead root: His: inherent comeliness our comeliness; His beauty our beauty; His peace our peace; His cutting off our grafting in; His travail our new birth; His prolonged days our eternal life; His spoil» our spoils; all because His right- eousness is our righteousness, inasmuch - as He was numbered with us; had our iniqui- ties, all our iniquities, laid on Him,! and bare the sin of us many, and makes continual intercession for us. Glory to God! Halle- lujah! Servant, verse 13. This verse also reveals Him as the exalted one—high and lifted up, Isa. 7:1; 67:15, and exalted exceedingly, Phil. 2:6-9. The Servant a Spectacle, verse 14 and 2. There was no outward show of beauty or splendor, but the rather an un» attractive man The beauty of the Lord was the glory within, which shone out (if His life. There was nothing to a t t r a ct thf> eye or arrest attention. It required a s p i r i t- ual eye to see the beautv of the spirit within. The Servant a Surprise, verse 15.

(b) The unheeded report, is the Gospel of the whole Bible, but most of the New Testa- ment. "Our report" —what the true Israel proclaimed. So few believed, or will to the end (Luke 18:8) t h at we wonder, "Wh o ?" (e) "The arm," " a r m" equals power. The a r m of the Lord the Gospel (Rom. 1:16); the cross (1 Cor. 1:18); the Spirit (Act 1:8); the Christ (1 Cor. 1:24); all are in Him the a rm of the Lord." " To whom is H e revealed?" Blind they had been to the veiled though unveiled Lord of glory. H ad they known, they would not have crucified (1 Cor. 2:8). Though manifest in flesh, yet H e is only "spiritually discerned" (1 Cor. 2:14); and to this is added the veiling of eyes by the god of this world (2 Cor. 4:4). "Blessed thou Simon Barjona .(Mat. 16:17), and thou Saul of Tarsus from whose eyes the scales fell (Act 9:18). Lord ma n i- fest Thyself to us as Thou dost not to the world" (John 14:21, 22). "We would see J e s u s !" (d) "Tender plant," "shoot, suck- er," sprung from a stump. Christ is "the stem, the rod of Jesse" (Isa. 11:2); "the B r a n c h" (Zee. 3:8); the "offspring of D a- vid" (Rev. 22:16). Tender in the manger, in Mary's bosom, amo ng the babes of Bethle- hem, and the doctors in the temple; and, in fact, in all His gentle grace in this rude, rough, world t h at pierced- His tender hands, and feet, a na heart. (e) "Dry ground," Israel dead spiritually and politically; the world "dead in trespasses and sins" (Eph. 2;1). Out of t h at Israel, out of that hu- ma n i ty He sprung, the harbinger of ever- lasting spring and fruitful summer. • (f) The "root" was the remaining stock of Da- vid. Mary, His mother, and Joseph legally His father, both of the House of David (Luke 2:3, 4). (g) His aspect. "No f o r m ;" "no comeliness;" "no beauty," do not refer to His physique. He; the new, the perfect, could not have wanted all manly grace and beauty. It is trivial to apply this to physical aspect. His immaculate holiness, His sep- aration from sinners, His unlikeness to n a t- ural man, and opposition to His prejudice ma ke Him unattractive, repugnant to J ew and Gentiles. The Jesus whom the world compliments today is a. creature of the imagination, not the real Christ, the Wit- ness to the Truth. H ad He come with the glory of Solomon, the pomp of Caesar, the conceits and traditions of the Rabbis, with a rod of iron to rule the Gentile, and gratify the world-hate of priest and elder and pay the score of Jewish vengeance. He would h.^ve been beautiful in their eyes. B ut we love H im as He was, and as H e is. and as H e shall be! and as we see Him in the lowly. "Fairest Lord Jesus." IV. CONCERNING THE SUFFERINGS. (1) We may find In the New Testament These verses are like a kaleidoscope, giv- ing such a. marvelous variety of pictures of the strange servant. The opening words of verse 13 command o u r - a t t e n t i o n. "Behold, my servant" —then follows a wonderful vis- ion of a supernatural being in the form of a man, acting as a servant of God and servant of man. The opening verse set . him forth as The Sagacious Servant, verse 13, who shall deal prudently o r . wisely.' "In him were all the treasures of wisdom and knowl- edge hid away," Col. 2:3.TI eTheb.Sovereign


Kings »"d nations shall marvel at Him. "They shall all be confounded," Micah 7:16. The Sorrowing Servant, verse 3. He was a man of sorrows. Men despised Him, Isa. 49; Psa. 22:6; Matt. 25:67-68. His heart was heavy with the pain which H e bore, Jer. 10:19. The Submissive Servant, veise 4. He bowed His heart to the will of the F a t h er a nd His head to a crown of thorns. He was stricken of men and smitten of God, John 19:7; Matt. 27:46. The Suffering Servant, verse 5. H e re are four assertions concern- ing the substitutionary sufferings of Christ, l îerced by tholns, nails, spear. He was crushed, beaten to pieces, Isa. ! 3:15; 55:15. Chastened, t h at the enmity between sinful man and a Holy God might be at an end, Eph. 11:15-17. Striped, t h at We might be healed. 1 Pet. 2:24. The Sin-bearing Ser- vant, verse 6. God made Him to be sin for us, 2 Cor. 5:21. He is the propitiation for the sins of the whole world, 1 Jno. 2:2. MANASSEH: APOSTATE, PERSECUTOR, PENITENT. Lesson III.—1 Kgs. 21:1-18; 2 Chr. 33:1-20. I. MANASSEH: (1) Son of Hezekiah; (2) "Did evil in the sight of the Lord, like unto the heathen, wnom the Lord had cast out from before the children of Israel." Leviticus 17 de- scribes their doings. (3) Why do good men have bad sons? (a) P e r h a ps he was too busy as king to do business as f a t h e r; • (b) he made great prayer for great things, per- haps small prayer for the small boy; (c) his public virtues filled the public eye; his private faults, perhaps, filled the boy's; (d) but, perhaps, g r a n d f a t h er Ahaz passed a taint on to his grandson; (e)-and little Man- asseh was in a big world, too, a progres- sive world; the old theology, and the old piety were out-of-date; Ninevah was its cos- mopolitan city, and set the fashions of cul- ture according to its king's philosophy, which was: " 'Eat. drink, and die, Wh a t can the rest avail us?' So said the sage Saraanapalus." (f) So much the more reason to make the father-business the main business; the home virtues the chief virtues; the family prayer the prevailing prayer. II. MANASSEH'S APOSTASY. (1) Hetekiah's reform was short-lived. The boy "built again" what the f a t h er de- stroyed. and destroyed what the father built. The prospect of reforms is not bright. T h ty "put on the lid" today; the town's "wide open tomorrow;" the country goes "dry" to- day, It goes "wet" next election. The his- tory of reform was long ago written. This is the ultimatum, "Except a man be born again he cannot see the kingdom of God" (Jno. 3:3). That is the lesson of the whole Old Testament story; if men would only see it! (2) We mu st labor for little Manas- seh's regeneration, nothing less t h an that. (3) But there was no excuse for Manasseh. Neither heredity, training, nor environment, were responsible; for thè wrong-doing was

The Silent Servant, verse 7» in the midst of it all, the L a mb of God, with no reproof upon His lips. He was in the will of God, Psa. 38:13-14; 39:29. The Separated Servant, verse 8. Cut off like a flower before His time. In the midst of His youth. In the midst of His service; Job. 14:2; Ezek. 33:11. The Sinless Servant. H e claimed to be with- out sin, Jno. 8:46, and the spirit declares Him so. Heb. 7:26-28; 9:14; 1 Pet. 2:22; 2 Cor. 5:21; 1 Jno. 3:15. The Sacrificial Servant, verse 10. He is the sin offering for the soul. God laid upon H im the iniquity of us all, verse 6. The Satisfied Servant, verse 11. T h at servant who was stricken, smit- ten. bruised, despised, shall see His loved ones as His Bride and be satisfied. Rev. 7:14-17; 19:7-10. The Sovereign Servant, verse 12. He shall have a name above every name, Phil. 2:9. The Sympathetic Servant, verse 12. As intercessor, He loves to s ymp a- thize with His own. Rom. 8:34; Heb. 7:21. his own. He had faithful monitors in the godly prophets (2 Kgs. 21:10); David - had said, "Wherewithal shall a . ¡young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto ac- cording to Thy word". (Psa. 119:9). He had the Divine precept for a successful career^ (Josh. 1:8). But he freely chose to "walk" in the counsel of the ungodly, to stand in the way of sinners, and to sit in the seat of the scornful" (Psa. 1:1). So he became; the Nero of the Old Testament. He defied all law natural and revealed. In open disregard of public. and private de- cency he practiced and caused to be prac- ticed, under the guise of religion and the pleasure of the gods, abominable rites i n- vented for the purpose of g'/atifying the basest and vilest passions. Lev. 18 and Rom. 1 faintly suggest them, but they are not to be named among saints (Eph. 5:3-6). All is 8tlII practiced in all the great "Chris- tian" cities of the world (without the pre- tence of serving the gods). And the author- ities cannot suppress it (if they would) for w a nt of a sympathetic majority, and the demands of business. (5) Manasseh "caused his children to pass through the fire;" threw' them into the embrace of the idol Moloch, whosa shrine was in the valley of the Son of Hinnom (Gehenna, Mat. ,18:9); while brazen d r ums were beaten to drown t h e" "Cry of the Children." Little John and Mary may thank the dear ¿.ord no such f a te threatens them, or the baby, now (Mat 19:13-15). But there a re Moloehs to- day, and fires more perilous to souls of chil- dren than those of Hinnom. P a r e n ts are devoting their children to the Moloch of "dress"; the Moloch of "society"; the Mo- loch of " a mu s e m e n t "; the Moljch of wealth. The social system exposes t h em to the u n- christian, and non-Christian teacher and school; to the Moloch of lust and crime- breeding press reports; the-Moloch of the dance -hall; of the play; of the saloon, and of the brothel. Through this Gehenna the children must pass and- in these fires how many perish! (6) "He also observed times, and used enchantments, ana dealt with fa- miliar spirits and with wizards." All this was and is strictly forbidden (Deut. .18:9- 12; Lev. 19:26V. And it is closely paralleled today; by adopting false gospels and super- stitions, such as "Christian Science," Spirit-

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