notes. Or, retaining the words in the text, they have been explained away in the notes—or else they have been excluded altogether. But God’s pro nouncement, “Thou shalt not make any graven image,” is clearly discemable. Had the Lord wanted us to have such things, He would have mentioned it somewhere in Scripture. But such is not the case throughout the Bible’s 66 books. Missionaries who have been trained at Biola, and other fine schools, tell us that when one comes out of pagan ism, or false religion, one of the first things he wants to do is to give up his heathen practice of idolatry. A mis sionary from Madagascar tells of the thrilling conversion of one couple. The Scriptures lived for the two natives. It was a portion from Isaiah which so impressed them. They had gone to the village in search of the idol-maker. They specifically commissioned him to make a new image for their home. The so-called craftsman went out for a suitable piece of wood. He chopped off some of the limbs and threw them to the side to be used as firewod to warm his home. Then he began cutting and fashioning the wood. The shavings were thrown into a fire which he was burn in g under the food for the evening meal. What was left became the idol for the home of this couple. As they had watched this process, and since it was so fresh in their minds, the Holy Spirit had fertile soil as Isaiah 44:16 and 17 were read. “He heweth him down trees.” “He bumeth part thereof in the fire, with part thereof he eateth flesh: and saith aha, I am warm, I have seen the fire: and with the residue thereof he maketh a god, even his graven image: he falleth down unto it and worshippeth it, and pray- eth unto it, and saith, Deliver me; for thou art my god. They have not known nor understood for he (Satan) hath shut their eyes that they cannot see.” This is the picture of the heathen but it is also the picture of many in the United States who have turned their faces against Almighty God and have neglected His holy Word.
N EW EVERY M O R N IN G Yes, "new every morning," though we may awake, Our hearts with old sorrows be ginning to ache; With old work unfinished, when night stayed our hand, With new duties waiting, un known and unplanned; With old care still pressing, to fret and to' vex, , With new problems rising, our minds to perplex. In ways long familiar, in paths yet untrod, 0, new every morning, the mercies of God! His faithfulness fails not; it meets each new day With guidance for every new step of the way; New grace for new trials, new trust for old fears, New patience for bearing the wrongs of the years, New strength for new burdens, new courage for old, New faith for whatever the day may unfold; As fresh for each need as the dew on the sod, O, new every morning, the mercies of God! — Annie Johnson Flint "N o t what we gain, but what we give measures the worth of the life we live." * ★ * "Gold goes through every gate, ex cept the gate of heaven." * * * "God gives the very best to those who leave the choice with Him ." 9 " It is bette'r to look ahead and prepare, than to look back and re gret." • * * *
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