King's Business - 1938-09

T H E K I N G ' S B U S I N E S S


November, 1938

with turpentine. Put the file in a carpen­ ter’s brace, and turn slowly. Ream the hole out with a larger file. The arrow should be made of soft pine, and the shaft should be three-eights of an inch wide and thick. The point and butt of the arrow should not be over five-eighths of an inch wide. While dry, the butt of the arrow can be squeezed in a vice sufficiently to let is pass through the holes in the bottles. Then submerge the bottles and arrow in hot water, and the ar­ row will resume its original shape.) Lesson: These milk bottles remind me so much of two young men in the Bible that I am going to name them Jonathan and David. One remarkable thing about Jona­ than and David was their love which held them together. Jonathan was a prince, the son of a king. David had been anointed as king by the prophet, but few knew that he was to be Israel’s future king. Strange as it might seem, Jonathan’s love for David made him willing to give up his right to the throne in order that David might be king. I am going to name this arrow "Love.” You are wondering how it could be placed through the holes in these bottles without being cut or broken. Just as there is a mys­ tery about this arrow, there is a mystery about the companionship of Jonathan and David. In thinking of the love of Jona­ than and David, I am reminded of the words of Christ: “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another” (John 13:34).

way of saying these commandments was: "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind: and thy neighbor as thyself.” Lesson Story: One day Jesus told a story to show who one’s neighbor really is. The story was this: Once a man was traveling along the dangerous road that lay between Jerusa­ lem and Jericho. Thieves fell upon him and stripped him of all that he had and wound­ ed him and left him lying, sick and bleed­ ing, in the road. There came by a priest of the Jewish temple. Now if any one should be tender-hearted and helpful it should be a man of God. But the priest just looked at the man and then passed by on the other side of the road. Next came a Levite. A Levite was also an officer in the tem­ ple. But he too looked at the wounded man and crossed the road and went on. Soon a Samaritan came by. The Samaritans and the Jews were not friendly to each other. But the Samaritan saw the man in need, and he stopped and helped him. He bound up his sores and put him on his own beast and took him to an inn where he paid a man to take care of him. Now who do you think was neighbor to the man who fell among thieves? Yes, it was the Samaritan. And who are the ones to whom we should be neighborly? Object Lesson T h e A rrow o f L ove Objects: Two pint milk bottles and a wooden arrow about eight inches long. (Bore holes straight through both bottles, with a round file on the end of which a three-cornered diamond point has been ground. Keep the point on the file moist • D i v i s i o n Matthew 2:1 Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, 2 Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him. 3 When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. 4 And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born. 5 And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judea: for thus it is written by the prophet, 6 And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Irsael. 7 Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, inquired of them diligently what time the star appeared. 8 And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the young child; and when ye have found him , bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also. 9 When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was. 10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. 11 And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh. 12 And being warned of God in a dream that

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DECEMBER 25, 1938 GOD’S GREAT LOVE M a tth ew 2:1-12

they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way. Golden Text: “God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not per­ ish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). i Devotional Reading: Rom. 8:35-39. Outline and Exposition I. G od ' s I n clu sive L ove (M a tt . 2:1, 2) G OD SO loved the world,” and His -gift was sent to the world, even though Jesus was born in Judea and was sent to “his own,” the Jews. To the Magi, or wise men of the East (who were not Jews) was given the opportunity to find Him. These Magi were members of a sacred caste of the Medes and Persians. Tradition gives us their names as Melchior, Bal­ thazar, and Gaspar, but whether there were three of them or more, no one knows. But we do know that they represented the best of old-world culture and civilization: they

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