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^AÍEMOR/AL - % % # # E wish to honor an earnest B ible-believing Christian b y having \ j f M the main building o f the W illiam Jennings Bryan University Y Y bear his, or her, name for all time. The W ayn eflete and Chicheley Scholarships at O x fo rd , established in the fifteenth Century still bear the honored names of their founders. This building w ill cost between three and four hundred thousand dollars. W e are collecting approximately five thousand dollars per month from our subscriptions. It is our prayer and expectation, under the blessing of G o d , that this building shall be completed in time for the opening of the C o llege, September, 1 9 3 1 . A substantial cash gift at this time is necessary to accomplish this.. The University, as stated, in its charter is "fo r the higher education of men and women under auspices distinctly Christian and spiritual, as a testimony to the supreme glory o f the Lord Jesus Christ, and to the D ivine inspiration and in fallib ility o f the B ib le." It is now in operation in the former Rhea County H ig h School Building, and the Bible is being taught b y our President in the identical room in which a Teacher of Science violated the Tennessee Law , b y teaching anti-Biblical hypotheses as truth, was convicted as indicted; and the constitutionality of the law and his conviction upheld b y the Supreme Court of Tennessee. If you have the means, w ill you not invest for H im in this way? Can you suggest one who might be interested? W rite to us and give us your views and suggestions in this matter, and at any and all events pray w ith us for the accomplishment of this objective. GEORGE E. GUILLE, Presidenh • • MALCOLM LOCKHART Vice-President ^WILLIAM JENNINGS BRYAN UNIVERSITY (DAYTON.TENN.) PHILADELPHIA OFFICE • 3 6 3 6 CHESTNUT STREET. PHILADELPHIA.PA.


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Take Time to Listen >HE prayer closet should be an observatory from which we get new views of God and new revela­ tions from Him. We are inclined to be rash with our mouth. We rush into the presence of God, leave our card, then plunge into the mad rush of our life. We have spoken to Him, but have not stayed to hear

How the Holy Spirit, whose temple is our body, must hate any sin that defiles it! Beware of bringing pain into the heart of Infinite Love, but ask that some of God’s hatred for sin may be yours.

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Frequently we lose something, when reading the Bible, because, we pay too much attention to man-made chapter divisions. The fifteenth chapter of First Corinthians is

what He might say in re­ ply. W e have suggested many things to Him, but have not sought for what He might suggest. We do not take time to fix the heart’s gaze on the unseen and eternal, or to abstract our mind from the voices of the world so as to hear the still small voice that speaks in silence and solitude. I Walk softly when enter­ ing the Presence-chamber. Look and listen. He is near, before whom angels veil their faces with their wings. I am convinced that I have been talking too much when in His holy presence. May I come unto Him with holy fear, as Isaiah, saying: “ I am a man of unclean lips.” Only thus may I have a new vision of God, a col­ lapse of self, and a real call to service. Do Not Grieve God Our sin hurts God. If one suffers keenly from ner­ vous exhaustion, it some­ times seems impossible to bear even the noise of a playing child. Let us think of God’s holy nature as be­ ing more sensitive to sin than are the most highly-

known and loved by every Bible reader. It is about the coming resurrection and glory, when death shall be swallowed up in victory. Through our Lord and Sav­ iour Jesus Christ we are going to have new bodies. There will be no more ¡sigh­ ing or crying; no more sin­ ning or desire to sin. What a prospect! But we miss much by observing too seriously the chapter division at the end of the fifty-eighth verse. The next verse begins : “ Now concerning the col­ lection.” I f this verse spoils your enthusiasm, aroused by meditation upon the glorious things of the fifteenth chapter, there is something wrong with you. The ecstasy of faith should be followed by “ hilarious giving.” Religious fervor alóne will not support a mis­ sionary or pay off the mort­ gage on the church or the Bible Institute. Along with your Bible, take your foun­ tain pen and check book to prayer meeting with you. Look out for religious emo- you into “ abounding” service. w&m

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“ Lo, I come (in the volume of the Book it is written of me) to do thy will, O God” (Heb. 10:7). Cradled in a manger lowly, Sheltered in a stall, ■Yet He is the mighty, holy Lord o f all. Peace, forgiveness, joy, salvation, Endless life He brings. Oh, accept our heart’s oblation, King of kings!

Fond desire o f ancient sages, Day-star through the gloom, One and all in Scripture’s pages, Christ has come. Child o f Mary, virgin mother, Son o f God above, H e descends to be our brother; 0 what love!

strung nerves to noise, and hear Him saying whenever we are on the point of committing sin, “ Please, child, do not this thing that I hate. It hurts me.” The cross teaches us how sin hurts God. In order to put it away, He spared not His only begotten Son, but yielded Him to the bitterness of Calvary. The cross' teaches us how our Lord Jesus Christ hates sin. The bloody sweat of Gethsemane and the cry of agony: “ My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” tells the story.

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’Tis come, the time so oft foretold, The time eternal love forecast; Four thousand years of hope have rolled, And God hath sent His Son at last; Let heaven, let earth adore the plan, Glory to God and grace to man! — Thomas Grinfield.


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Latest News From Biola in China

IEADERS of T h e K in g ’ s B u s in e s s have eagerly awaited every bit of fresh news from Biola in China. There have been long periods of suspense, punctuated with advices concerning Communistic raids with their awful record of destruction of lives and of property. Through­ out it all, there has been earnest prayer that God would

jured. Six missions,’ including the Hunan Bible Institute, have escaped with very little damage. Some of these have fared even better than we, having been neither wrecked nor looted. None ,of our buildings have been seriously mutilated. Our residences have been looted, and most of our personal effects have disappeared. Our. houses and heavy furniture, however, and most of the furniture and equipment of the school buildings, are intact. “ When the picture of the Hunan Bible Institute is compared with those of other buildings in Changsha, one can readily see that the preservation of this work is little short of a miracle. The outbreak occurred during the va­ cation season and conditions cleared up sufficiently to al­ low us to open the Bible School right on time. Old and new students have come, some from far distant places. “ All the Biola Evangelistic Bands are at work. They report wide open doors and a deep interest in their mes­ sage.-" , “ Now that the war has ceased in the North, and Presi­ dent Chiang has promised to send troops at an early date into Hunan and Kiangsi to suppress the Communists, con­ fidence has been restored. A number of missionaries are returning to their work, some of them going into the most distant parts of Hunan. On every incoming steam­ er, crowds of Chinese are arriving. It is a stirring sight


be pleased to safeguard the lives of the Biola staff and spare the Institute property. Two of the accompanying pictures show some of the destructive work of the Communists in their attacks last July. The other picture give a panoramic view of most of the Hunan Bible Institute buildings as they appeared on October 10, 1930. Close examination will reveal that some of the residences, seen at the right, are not com­ pleted. Building operations have been delayed by the succession of revolutions in the last few years. Dr. Frank A. Keller, superintendent of the Hunan Bible Institute, tells the story of the Lord’s care of Biola, of the opening of the Bible Institute on time, and of the effective work of the Biola Evangelistic Bands, in a re­ cent letter which is passed on to T he K ing ’ s B usiness family. He writes as follows: “ The accompanying photographs are typical of the aw­ ful work done by the Communists in Changsha in July. A large number of buildings have been ruined. Among them are churches, schools, government buildings, and business houses. Seven of the mission stations in Chang­ sha have suffered in a similar way. Some of their build­ ings have been wholly destroyed, others very seriously in­


to see them literally pour from the ships, whole families together, their hands filled with boxes, baskets, and bundles, and their faces shining with joy. The great change that has taken place in Changsha during the past month is almost inconceivable.”

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Heresy Never Becomes Orthodoxy HE oft-repeated saying that “ the heresy of to­ day is the orthodoxy of tomorrow” is pleasing to the heretics; but, unfortunately for them, it is not true. A falsehood never becomes truth; wrong is never right. If there is no such thing as truth that is absolute, final, and fixed, then divine revelation is ruled out and human reason is left to its unaided speculations and dreams. Instead of mov­ ing onward to become established or commonly accepted dogmas, the heretical philosophies of men always travel in circles. The heresies of Celsus in the second century are, in the twentieth century, not truths but the same heresies, even though the modernist clothes them in some­ what different language. What the liberal calls “ the mod­ ern mind” is no different from the skeptical attitude of unbelievers in former centuries. N o ; heresy is heresy always, and orthodoxy ever remains orthodoxy. Phil­ osophy and science shift their ground frequently, but the firm foundations of Christianity stand unchanged. Bishop Candler, in the EssentiaMst, contradicts the idea that heresy becomes orthodoxy in the following language: This favorite dogma o f heretical men proceeds on the erroneous idea that revealed truth is of a changeful na­ ture like mutable systems of science and the fickle specu­ lations of philosophy. But about the truths of a divine revelation there is a certain finality that in the nature of the case cannot belong to any o f the conclusions o f un­ aided human reason . . . All church history contradicts the cant which declares that “the heresy of today is the orthodoxy of tomorrow” . . . In all the forms of heresy there is nothing to give it permanent acceptance by. de- vout men of well-balanced minds. Our present day ration­ alists, sometimes miscalled “modernists,” are in this state o f “unstable equilibrium.” They agree not among them­ selves, and often one o f them reverses all his teachings within the brief space o f ten years. ■ o—■ Riotous Spending or Hilarious Giving—Which? M AN Y explanations of the prevailing “ hard times” are offered, and as many remedies suggested. To some, the conditions present purely a business problem. Others declare that it is a world-wide difficulty, due to the terrible destruction of property in the World War. Others again, locate the trouble in Wall Street and would reform or curb the gamblers on the Board of Trade. The overturning of the present social order is the remedy offered by not a few radicals. Call in the psychologists, some say, and launch a propaganda which will create “ good times,” by making the people think we have them. A concrete proposal was made by the Motion Picture Theater Owners of America at their recent annual con­ vention in Philadelphia. They criticized bankers who “are responsible for the thrifty habits of the people.” They seemed to sense the fact that patronage of the mov­ ies is thought to be inconsistent with habits of thrift and they were stirred to forceful language to justify support

of their business. The president of their association went on to say: Even now they ask us to spend wisely. That is fool­ ish. What this country needs is extravagant spending. We never had prosperity until the people had learned to spend extravagantly and bought things they didn’t need. Without attempting to discuss such a philosophy of life from a financial or sociological viewpoint, it must be said most emphatically that the Christian must have none of it. He may not be a miser, it is true, for those who hoard their wealth are fools in God’s sight. But with equal severity, the Word of God brands as adulterers, that is, as unfaithful to their marriage vows to God, those who take His gifts and “ spend” them in their pleasures. The word used by James (4 :3 ) and translated “ spend” is also used in the story of the prodigal who “ spent all.” He consumed or dissipated all his substance, using it in catering to his own desires and not for the benefit and glory of his father. The Corinthian Christians are better ari

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folks, not only through the J unior K ing ’ s B usiness , but by correspondence with many of the children. The work of the Red Book Club which she made attractive will be continued by the new editor. New features will appear. Mrs. Lemmel is widely known for her missionary travels, her acceptable radio ministry in Los Angeles, Chicago, and Philadelphia, her writings, her songs, and her Gospel meetings for children which have been held in many sec­ tions of our land. She will be living in Los Angeles for a time and will be available for children’s meetings where her services áre desired. Note especially that Mrs. Lemmel gives us a Christ­ mas story, “ What Does Christmas Mean to You?” which appears elsewhere in this magazine. Watch Night Services T HE Great Commission Prayer League is again send­ ing out a plea for prayer for revival. Those who ob­ serve “watch night” can do no better than to gather in large or small groups to pray that God will awaken sin­ ners to their need of salvation and stir Christians to a sense of their own need and the need of the lost about them. We quote from the call issued by the League: This New Year’s Eve should see the earth gridled with revival prayer meetings 1 The need is supreme and uni­ versal and more apparent this year than formerly. Na­ tions are in distress; affliction is upon the people; hori­ zons are perceptibly darkening; hearts are oppressed,.. On the last night of the year, let every church have a re-! • vival prayer meeting. Will you call together a ¿róup, M' however small in number, that will join in observing “watch night,” in reading God’s Word and praying for revival ? Structure in Scripture D R. Norman B. Harrison, pastor of Oliver Presbyter­ ian Church, Minneapolis, Minn., begins in this issue a series of studies in the numerical structure of Scripture. There will be perhaps ten chapters in all. We are sure that our readers will not wish to miss any of them. Dr. Harrison is the author of a number of splendid Bible study and devotional books, one of which is adver­ tised elsewhere in this issue. Some of the titles are; • “ His in a Life of Prayer” “ His Indwelling Presence” “ His in Joyous Experience” These books may be obtained at the Biola Book Room, 558 South Hope Street, Los Angeles. — o— Bryan Memorial University The great Commoner, William Jennings Bryan, passed away, in the summer of 1925 at Dayton, Tenn., where he had so valiantly defended the law of the State in the famous Scopes trial. Just a few days before his'death, he suggested that a college, which would be loyal to the faith, be established in that little mountain city. At his passing, others took up the idea, and the result is the establishment of Bryan Memorial University. Classes are meeting in rented quarters while suitable buildings are being erected. Rev. George Guille, who was for years a member of the staff of the Moody Bible Institute, is the President of the University. Under his guidance, the school should prosper and meet a great need in the South­ land.

scribed. Plentifully supplied with funds, they not only issue large quantities of printed matter, but they also in­ sidiously propagate their errors in the shape of mimeo­ graphed sermon material and suggestions for sermons for special occasions and on special themes, which go through the mails to thousands of thoughtless pastors. They in turn pass them on to their unsuspecting hearers. Then there are the cults and the faddists, such as Christian Science, New Thought, Theosophy, Millennial Dawn, Seventh Day Adventism, etc.; arid all of them are abundantly furnished with funds for the free distribution of their literature and are everlastingly at it. !In more recent times, there have sprung up publishers of the worst sort of agnostic and infidel literature who are borrowing the methods of the old orthodox agencies and are sowing the country with their poisonous cheap and free tracts. The last annual report of the the Four A Society boasts that tons of their leaflets have been sent out during the previous months. Some of their most scurrilous tracts have had a circulation, they say, during the last five years of more than a million copies each. What are Christians who love the Lord to do about all this ? Shall they submit without an effort or a protest ? Shall the field be surrendered to those who would destroy faith and ultimately destroy civilization? The Bible In­ stitute of Los Angeles has always felt a responsibility to stem this flood of dangerous infidel literature with that which is loyal to the Word of God. It has not spent its energies in attacking error, but in seeking to build con­ structively.!: For this reason, T he K ing ’ s B usiness has been maintained without thought of financial profit. It has many friends, but not enough friends of the type who feel a responsibility to make its message known to others. There is needed at the present time, perhaps more than ever before, the energetic cooperation o f the thousands of readers who say they love its message. What shall the response be ? Changes in Editorial Staff T HREE new members of T he K ing ’ s B usiness staff are introduced through their contributions in this issue. Due to the heavy pressure of his regular work in the Correspondence School, Mr. Alan Pearce has asked to be relieved of responsibility for the Notes on Christian Endeavor Topics. W e have been able to persuade Rev. Milo F. Jamison, director of the University Bible Clubs, Inc., to take charge o f this department. His knowledge of the Word of God and his skill as a teacher, together with his practical experience in work among young people, seem to fit him admirably for the new duties. Miss Edith Lillian Young has been compelled to re­ linquish her duties as editor of the Children’s Division of the Sunday-school lessons by reason of too many bur­ dens for her frail body to carry. We shall still hope to have poems and other contributions from her pen from time to time. The children’s corner will be in charge of Miss Helen Gailey, a kindergarten teacher of Los An­ geles. She, too, has been Well trained for the task of presenting'the lessons for primary pupils. The readers of the J unior K ing ’ s B usiness will no­ tice a special announcement by the new editor, Mrs. Helen Howarth Lemmel, who, however, will not take full charge until the January issue. Mrs. Sophie Shaw Meader, the former editor, has endeared herself to many of the little

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fVUSS iOKi S W a m LU 4 ^ ^ ^ " Living In Tents Among the Arabs B y J. A. J J uffman {Marion, Indiana )

HE term “ Arab” is used to designate the con­ glomerate peoples of the Near East who speak the Arabic language. It includes the natives of Syria, Palestine, the Sinaitic Peninsula, and Arabia. The Arabs among whom our tents were pitched at Kirjath-Sepher (about forty-five miles southwest of Jerusalem and twenty miles northeast of Beersheba) were those of southern Palestine. They are mentioned in Judges, the first chapter, and in Joshua, chapter fifteen. Our party was composed of members of an archaeo­ logical expedition sent out jointly by the Pittsburgh- Xenia Theological Seminary and the American School of Oriental Research in Jerusalem. The members

before noon, and which continued throughout the rest of the day. Our camp life was not one of hardship. We did have to contend with fleas, mosquitoes, and sand flies, and we were warned to be constantly on the lookout lest scorpions should find their way into our beds or-take refuge in our clothing or shoes at night; but there were no serious ac­ cidents. The management of the expedition provided us with wholesome food, and also did its best to make us comfortable. Since the Arab goes by the sun rather than by the clock, we arose early, set the men to work at five o ’clock, and ate our breakfast at six. We usually retired at a

reasonably early hour, after a season of devotion and a conference around the din­ ner table. I nteresting N ative D wellings The homes of dur Arab neighbors were more inter­ esting to us—at least more novel— than was our camp. Hundreds of people lived round about us. The vil­ lage of Beit Mersim was just opposite the entrance of our encampment, but there was not a house nor even a Bedou in tent in sight. The families live in

of the staff were Dr. Mel­ vin Grove Kyle, President; Dr. W . F. Albright, of Johns Hopkins University, field director; Dr. O. R. Sellers,,, o f the Presbyterian Seminary of Chicago; Dr. Nelson Glueck, a Jewish rabbi from Cincinnati; Dr. Abel Saarisalo, of Finland; Dr. Aage Schmidt, of Den­ mark, and the writer. As is readily seen, our staff represented several nation­ alities and a variety of re­ ligious groups. Because there was a


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caves on the sloping hillside. These caves are natural cav­ erns in the limestone rock, and have been used from early times as dwellings and tombs. If one approaches the cave from the proper direction, he can see the opening; but even when the entrance is not .visible, it is usually marked by children playing around it, by a dog or dogs keeping watch, by chickens straying about, or by a donkey or cam­ el tied near it. In making a stroll through this troglodyte village, as the homes of cave-dwellers are called, I asked one of the workmen who lived there to accompany me. There was no possibility of getting lost and no need to fear the inhabitants; but the presence of a native guide would make one’s mission better understood by the people and would remove the danger arising from the canine popula­ tion. The people live in caves eight or nine months in the year, during the farming season, and then go back to their winter villages. Somewhat like the colored people of the southland, the Arabs possess a surprising optimism. Far across the valley may be heard the song of the camel driver as he rides or follows the animal which, to us, appears like a relic of past ages. As the Arabs draw water from the deep wells to supply their flocks and herds, taking turns in pulling the rope which lifts the goat skin, filled with {Continued on page 562)

common objective on the part of all the members of the group, a fine spirit of fellowship prevailed. Our task was to discover what testimony this ancient mound could give Concerning the Canaanites and the Israelites who had once lived here, protected by strong fortifications., The city has been in ruins since the days of Nebuchadnezzar, and it is, therefore, a fruitful field for archaeological re­ search. The Arabs among whom we dwelt sustained more than a casual, neighborly relation to us. We employed from fifty to one hundred o f them in the work of excavation. Two Arabs cooked our food and performed the servant work of our tents, and another watched over our encamp­ ment at night while we slept. Our camp was composed of a cooking tent, a large dining tent, a tool tent, a large matting-covered building which served as a work house, and seven or eight small living tents. All together our outfit had something of the appearance of a small camp meeting. Because there were no trees, we were favored ( ? ) with the warmth of the sun which occasionally made the mercury register between 110 and 116 degrees Fahrenheit. In the shade, however, it was almost always comparatively cool. Then, too, the nights were usually comfortable. This was due to the Mediterranean breezes which almost always began to blow

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Wha t Does Christmas Mean to You? B y H elen H owârth L emmèl

i T was Christmas Eve in a great city. The bril­ liantly lighted streets were filled with a hurrying throng, many of whom carried parcels in gay wrappings. Laughing children clung to smiling el­ ders. Mystery was abroad and happiness seemed to reign—until one looked close ly into passing

And it seemed as if the voice of the Stranger, now out of sight, floated back to him, “ Tell them. And lo, I am with you alway.” The Stranger soon entered a

great store, where the display was as G b ? dazzling as the windows outside had promised. He lingered near two well- dressed women, one of whom

held in her hand a beautiful p iece of jewelry. A frown spoiled her handsome face, and her voice was hard and impa­ tient as she said, “ It is too expensive; I will n ot spend so much on a gift for her. I know, for one thing, that the silly thing she gave me last year was giv­ en to her the year be­ fore. I shall have to give her something. She can’t live for­ ever, and her mon­ ey— ” She stopped, realizing she had spoken her thoughts aloud, a n d t h e n broke out shrilly, “ I hate Christmas.” She caught then the eyes of the Stranger up­ on her. He instant­ ly withdrew his gaze, but not before he had seen a flush up­ on the cheek, and a wonder in the eyes of the Christmas shopper. Coming now to a

faces, as did the Stranger. He was alone, and few ex­ cept the children ap­ peared to note or re­ spond to the ready smile that lighted his beau tifu l, wistful face. His slow walk led him at length to a. gay little bootblack­ ing stand, in the door of which stood its owner—a young boy, who stopped his soft whistling of a Christ­ mas melody to greet the Stranger with a ch eery , “ M e r r y Christmas, sir.” “ W h a t d o e s Christmas mean ?” asked the wayfarer. The boy did not try to hide his sur­ prise as he answered, “ Where do you live ? Christmas is the time when everybody gives everybody else presents and good things to eat.” “ But why?” was the next question. The boy’s bright eyes softened under the look that reached the core of his heart, and he said, “ It is Jesus’ birthday, sir.” “ And what would He like for a birth­ day gift?” E a g e r l y n o w came the answer. “ O

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In Bethlehem’ s manger, Behold Him, a stranger, Weak, helpless, unconscious o f watchers around; In lowliest station, The Prince o f Salvation ’Mid the beasts o f the stall on this morning is found. But the angels are singing, And heaven is ringing With “ Glory to God and peace upon earth” ; For that Infant so lowly Is God the all-holy, And the spheres are declaring His wonderful birth. Then let us adore Him, And fall down before Him, As again “ the glad tidings o f joy ” we recall; Let us bring forth our treasure, And give without measure T o Him who has given Himself to us all. Still more, let us tender In loving surrender Ourselves, body, soul, and spirit, complete: Yea, Lord, we confess Thee, We praise Thee, we bless Thee, Our Jesus, our God, as we kneel at Thy feet. — R. C. Lowry.

large table heaped with highly colored and gilded cards, he stood watching es­ pecially the girl who served with patience even unto gracious­ ness the not always patient or pleasant crowd. As it thinned, she came to the Stranger. “ May I serve you, sir?” Bowing, he met her question with another, “What are these ?” “ They are Christmas cards, sir.” “ And what is Christmas ?” queried the Stranger. Whatever wonder she may have felt' at the question

sir, He would like—myself. And I’ve given Him that. And sir, I’m going to give you the best shine you ever had,” adding softly, “ in His name.” A little later, when the Stranger went his way, the boy’s eyes fallowed in wonder, and from his heart, warm with a glow that the Best Gift alone can give, he breathed, “ Oh, I wish every­ body knew.”


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of the rich, the seemingly noble and probably-accounted wise of the earth, of whom not many are chosen as heirs of the heavenly Kingdom. From the imposing entrance of a handsome house, there issued a lovely white-haired woman and a beautiful little girl. They were followed by a footman whose shoulders bent under the bundles he carried to place in the waiting car. Though the Stranger stood in shadow, the two saw him. “ Wish the Stranger a happy Christmas, my darling,” the elder said to the child. He drew near as the happy little voice chimed, “ Oh. I do wish you a very happy Christmas.” “ What does Christmas mean to you?” The Stranger smiled his thanks with his question. “ It means that the Baby Jesus was born in Bethlehem, 1-o-n-g ago. He loved me, and came to be my Saviour. And oh, I love Him. He is my best Christmas gift, and I have some lovely ones, haven’t I, dearest?” Here a swift glance at the grandmother, who smilingly nodded. The eager little voice then went on, “ And I am His best one. We are going now to tell the poor children about Him. Will you----------------- ?” At the child’s inquiring look, her “ dearest” finished the invitation: “ Will you come with us?”—wondering at herself as she did so. She turned a moment to the chauffuer; and when she faced to hear the Stranger’s answer, he was gone. She went her way, wrapped lrTasweet, silent wonder that the child shared—wonder at the strange, new nearness of the Lord whom they both so loved—but wonder most at the voice, strangely like the voice of Him who seemed not a Stranger to her; the voice, so clear-ringing in her spirit as to seem audible to her ears, saying, “ Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these . . . ye have done it unto me. And lo, I am with you, alway.” At the foot of the stone steps that led into a splendid church building, the Stranger now halted. High aloft there gleamed a cross, and above the entrance were bla­ zoned the words, “ Peace on earth, good will toward men.” Through the doors that no# and again swung open there floated rare voices, hymning the birth of “ A Saviour, Christ the Lord.” The Stranger dropped, as if weary, to the step upon which he had stood; but in a moment ( Continued on page 564) Zenobia Bird’ s new story, “ Eyes in the Dark,” is already having a wide sale. What better Christmas gift could one give to a friend than a year’ s subscription to THE KING’S BUSINESS and a copy of this new book? Reduced rate, with new subscriptions only, as follows Subscription (U. S .) $1.5 O'! “ Eyes in the Dark” 1-50 l The two for $2 .50 Value $3.0()J With Canadian and foreign subscriptions, twenty- five cents should be added for postage. The magazine and the book may be sent to different addresses. THE KING’S BUSINESS 536 South Hope Street, Los Angeles, Calif. SPECIAL PREMIUM OFFER With New Subscriptions Only

was lost in her eagerness to reply. “ It is the celebration of the birth of the Saviour, sir.” “ Whose Saviour ?” came the quiet, insistent voice. Full into the face of the Stranger she looked, and joy pulsed through her answer. “ The Saviour of the world, and —my Lord and Sayiour, Jesus Christ.” The Stranger’s smile was response enough to this, so he turned again to the table. “ These, then, are His birth­ day cards? But His name is not on them.” “ True, sir,” she sadly assented, “and oh, how the world needs Him! I can speak o f Him to some. But so few care. And I never cared to tell them, as I do today!” The crowd, strangely held back, now surged forward, and with a low-breathed, “ You will,” the Stranger was gone. But a Presence remained to make speech and ser­ vice “ in His name” forever after a new delight to this faithful lover of her Lord. In the street, he paused next in his lonely walk be­ fore a large window through which he viewed a richly furnished room. In the middle of it stood a great tree blazing with colored lights. Around it danced two chil­ dren, the parents watching in evident pleasure. The little ones fell suddenly silent, and the elders, following their gaze, turned to see the Stranger in the doorway. Sur­ prised, the father spoke curtly: “ Who are you? What is it you want?” “ I am seeking friends,” was the gentle reply. “ You have made a mistake. Your friends do not live here.” Seemingly unaware of the father’s displeasure, the children had drawn near, and each held a hand of the stranger. “ I see,” was the quiet answer, with a smile at the children, as if belying the parental word. The smile was returned as both said together, “ Did you come to see the Christmas presents ?” “ For whom?” And here the Stranger sent a compel­ ling glance at the father, that yet seemed to ask grace at his hands. “ For us,” again in duet. “ But—wait.” It was the boy who dashed, as he spoke, to the tree, and as quickly came back with a choice, furry little toy dog, which he pressed into the Stranger’s hand. “ This— for you. An’—an’ it is the mos’ nicest one.” “ And I— ” began the little girl as she started toward the tree, but was stopped by the father’s voice, strangely shaken, but still cold, as he addressed the maid who had entered in response to his ring. “ Show this person to the door. And you will need to be more careful in the discharge of your duties.” Surprised but silent, the maid bowed and left the room, the Stranger following. At the outer door, which she held a moment before opening, she said in a low voice, “ A happy Christmas, sir.” “ What does Christmas mean to you?” Again the question, and again the answer that warmed the chilled heart of the questioner. “ It means that Jesus is born, sir.” I “ And what is He to you ?” The little maid bowed her head as she whispered, “ He is my Lord and Saviour.” A light that dazzled broke around her, and when her vision cleared, she was alone. But the light remained to cheer and warm through the season that, in this house, meant longer and harder hours. The Stranger continued his walk among the dwellings

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S t ru c tu r e In S c r ip tu r e Introduction—Creation and Inspiration B y N orman B. H arrison ( Minneapolis, Minn.) ( AÎI Rights Reserved) yw

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IHEN Sir Christopher Wren had completed his life work, his body was laid to rest in St. Paul’s Cathedral, a building that is recog­ nized as the noblest embbdiment of archi­ tectural genius. Since that day, visitors to St. Paul’s are greeted with an epitaph to its architect and builder, concluding thus: “ If you seek his monument, look around.” Design,- wherever found, betokens mind. And the beauty, the stateliness, the symmetry of the design, how­

N umerics in N ature That which makes science possible is the numerical exactness everywhere employed by our God in His created universe. Everything from His hand has its normal pro­ portions. “ Every law of nature tends to express itself in terms of arithmetic” (Herschel). Every star has its place, measured and meted out to it. Every plant has its ordered arrangement of leaf, of flower, of fruit. Every snowflake has its precise mathematical structure ; yet, in ten thousand examined, none has been found to duplicate

another. Well might its Creator call His servant’s attention to its wonders : “ Hast thou entered into the treasures of the snow? or hast thou seen the treasures of the hail” (Job 38 :22) ? Every sound that strikes our ears travels through the air in accordance with ex­ act mathematical law. This it is that makes possible the art of music, the higher and lower tones, the precise shadings and cadence. All color is the expression of the same numerical law in the realm of light, repro­ ducing the gorgeous rib­ band of colors when a ray of light passes through the prism of a raindrop. How could the Creator tell us any more plainly than He has that He is a God of exactness, of order, of pro­ portion, of numerical ac­ curacy of arrangement? S cripture ’ s N umerical S tructure The student who finds

ever gracefully they cover and conceal it lest we be too conscious o f it— all this beautiful effect is the ex­ pression of a ca re fu lly planned, arithmetically ac­ curate structural scheme. The same secret lies back of God’s wondrous beauties and harmonies in nature. Does anyone imagine that the unity, beauty, and sym­ metry of Scripture is se­ cured in any other way? G od ’ s . Tw o B ooks Three Psalms— 1, 9, 119 —are devoted to extolling God’s Word. Psalm 1 shows the pros­ perity of its devout, devoted ‘reader (vs. 1-3), his fruit­ fulness and happiness of lot being contrasted with the worthlessness and perishing lot of the ungodly (vs. 4-6). In each case, the similes are drawn from nature. Psalm 19 also divides into two parts, exactly cor­ respondent in their intent. The first (vs. 1 -6 ): extols

numerics everywhere evident in the book of nature should be prepared to find an arrangement equally orderly in the book of revelation. While he will guard against extremes in the matter, yet he will never be surprised when such arrangement and accuracies spring anew from the sacred page; rather, he will incline to believe that very much of orderly method and planning, wholly beyond the. purpose of the human writers, lies hidden from his dull powers of perception. Let us take the most comprehensive, and possibly the most patent; item of arrangement. While the 'Bible Cov­ ered some 1600 years in its actual writing, the correspon­ dence between the Old and New Testaments cannpt' es­ cape us.

the book of nature as the manifestation of God’s power gnd glory in His natural attributes. The second (vs. 7- 14) extols the book of the law, the Scriptures, as the rev­ elation of Himself in His moral attributes. The one is “ His handiwork,” speaking to the minds of men a univer­ sal language, that men may know that God is. The other speaks to the heart of man, with power to make man pure and clean, like ,to Himself. Psalm 119, the longest unit of Scripture^ follows an exact structural scheme—the alphabet. Does God press .His message into such.a seemingly artificial mould? Yes; jas much as to .say,, “ My Woçd is the universal language to the human heart; beyond it there is nothing of truth for ‘ Speech to utter.”

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ally, the number of sentences may usually be divided into paragraphs or sections of seven each; that in each of such sections the number of words and even the number of let- . ters is usually a multiple of seven; that most words singly or in combination with others from the same root, or of similar meaning, occur a multiple of seven times, either in the same book or in the -whole of the Old and New Testaments respectively, sometimes in both Testaments combined; that even in the parts of speech, and often in the inflections, the same heptadic influence may be traced” (R . McCormack). That seven should stand for completeness and eight for a new beginning, a fullness of completeness, will ap­ pear from the following scheme of the octave in musical sounds. 1. Do i i l S S f i l 2. Re 5. Sol 3. Mi 6. La 4. Fa 7. Ti 8—Do— 1 2. Re 5. Sol 3. Mi 6. La 4. Fa 7. Ti 8. Do When the scale of notes passes the seventh, it reaches a note that is an “ octave” higher than the first-r-merely the first on a higher level and the beginning of a new series. The correspondence between nature, as here set forth, and revelation, as we shall discover in our studies, is evi­ dence that both have the same Author. E vidence for I nspiration No stronger or more irrefutable proof of inspiration can be found than meets us in a study of structure in Scripture. Mathematics embody eternal truth. It is exact and unchangeable. Everywhere in the universe, whether in nature or Scripture, two and two uniformly make four. It is of the essence o f order and truth. That the Bible should be amenable to the .sáíigf^^ts of exact­ ness and order as we apply to ihÍngá?áfiout ius—things ■ which God made, not we ourselves—this gives us new confidence to believe its statement: “ For ever, O Lord, thy word is settled in heaven” (Psa. 119:89 ).

1. Historical Past

1. Historical Past

The Pentateuch Books of History

The Gospels The Acts

2. Spiritual Present

2. Spiritual Present

Books of Poetry

The Epistles

3. Prophetic Future

3. Prophetic Future

Books of Prophecy The Revelation It is aside from our purpose at present to delve into the niceties of this ordered correspondence; they await future exploration. But they awaken the reverent stu­ dent to a realization that many features of God’s Word must reflect a regard for order, method, accuracy, progres­ sion. The purpose we have set for ourselves in this forth­ coming series of studies is to single out certain meaty sections of God’s Word, such as Genesis 1, the book of Genesis, the church epistles, the Revelation, together with such essential features as the tabernacle, feasts of the Lord, parables of the kingdom, letters to the churches; and to study them through the medium of the structural mould into which they all have evidently been pressed. S acred S ignificance of N umbers To the oriental mind, numbers convey an association of ideas that is not normal to the westerner. Yet, to fully appreciate the Scriptures, all students should give consideration to a numerical system that unquestionably carries a message for us. The following should be quite evident: One signifies unity, beginning.

Two signifies duality, division, etc. Three signifies' deity, manifestation. Four signifies the world, dimension.

Six is man’s number. Seven is completeness.

The place that seven occupies in Scripture may be sug­ gested by the following, from the pen of a student of structure in Scripture: “ In the Bible, seven stands su­ preme. This is evident even to the ordinary reader, but it is far more evident when the text of Scripture is stud­ ied closely, for then it will be found that, speaking gener­

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