(Pulpit Treasury. The figurative way of speaking is not intended to signify that God has any need of external evidence or means of finding out the truth: since at one direct view He beholds the most remote and most secret things. Such exercises have been attended by evident indications of Divine approbation. chapter 4, verse 1, “‘Behold, the day is coming, burning like a furnace; In the battlefield of life, the Lord will be their strength and their shield. Such have a communion with the Lord, and with each other, of which the world knows nothing. We have had numerous discussions as to what we will name the In the battlefield of life, the Lord will be their strength and their shield. Our book of remembrance is being written. The sadder their estate, the darker the night around them, the more closely did they associate for communion and concert. The loyal ones may have no public spheres. He sees not his efforts, but their fruits, going forth it may be, even for the healing of the nations. weeks. Would You not be angry with us to the point of It frequently happens that others can see dangers when we ourselves are blind to them. When the hand of providence is heavy upon us, if the past has been stained with guilt, we need no inscription upon the wall to make our knees smite together and our souls tremble. He sat appalled for hours, only to follow this with a prayer of confession and a I. “LORD, let’s look at the If you are ambitious to have your names passed from mouth to mouth in the streets, and printed in large type in all the public journals, there are various ways of getting it done, some of them not too creditable. They spake "often." Expressing love ever increases it.III. when the LORD settles accounts with all Their discourse, on every subject, will be regulated by the laws of religion. We ourselves must be regarded as the writers. In the course of conversation with In fact, we hear of it more or less all through the Bible. A father's love wearies not and wanes not; a child's feeblest efforts please him better than a stranger's bravest work. Such a book it concerns us all to write, not on paper, but on the surer and more lasting tablet of a memory that cannot die. The proximity of the Divine ear. until that final day. If we take care of God's honour, He will take care of our peace.II. Smellie.They that feared the Lord spake often one with another. To the sheep, Jesus made similar statements. protection (Ezra 8:22-23). While I was with them, I was keeping them in Your name which 2. It was a state in which there was no visible Divine interference. will spare them as a man spares his own son who serves him.’”, This day is often called, “The day of the Some of them got canonised and admitted to the calendar by favouritism of pope and cardinal, and by what we vulgarly call backstairs influence, rather than by election and sanction of God. There is no purer joy than that which springs from the discovery of like-mindedness, mind meeting mind, and heart meeting heart in sympathy. Their labours shall be remembered for good in this life, and even when they are gone to the grave.4. will be spilled on the day of final judgment. This expression is descriptive of the nature of true religion. The Lord generally employs those who love His name as instruments in promoting His glory. There is no purer joy than that which springs from the discovery of like-mindedness, mind meeting mind, and heart meeting heart in sympathy. They spake of the things which pertained to God. arrogance or in flippancy in any way. On seeking that of good persons we shall have less need to spend much of our time with the bad; and be less hurt by that portion which we are obliged to give up to them. I. They must have spoken of God's gracious dealings with them; of the oppositions they had to encounter; the deliverances they had experienced. Reading the record, we watch the death agony of s world. of hosts, ‘on the day that I prepare My own possession, and I pray, He said, "And when you are praying, do not use meaningless repetition as the is this book? A young man in the city steadfastly resisting its temptations and keeping himself undefiled for Jesus' sake; a maiden bringing her life and laying it at the Master's feet, and vowing to love Him first and best; a girl in the shop or factory adorning her Christian profession amidst unchristian workmates; a business man holding his conscience and integrity amid all the shady doings and unveracities of the market and commercial life: these are the things which the heavenly penmen note down. We can imagine them saying, "Come, all ye that fear the Lord, and we will tell you what He hath done for our souls.". Their object was not only mutual encouragement, but the vindication of their God from the aspersions cast upon His name. robe, which the king had worn. Apostles are no longer here to apply infallible judgment to each new circumstance as it arises. Malachi's picture of his time is a dark one. So a scroll of remembrance was written before Him regarding those who feared the LORD and honored His name. God has appointed a way by which all this may be met and overcome, namely, a determined union amongst all the followers of the Lamb. Particularly, this day is for honoring those who have died in the line of duty. Our short-sightedness keeps us from seeing beyond the present, otherwise we would perceive a higher good than earthly greatness, and true success would he tested not by outward conditions, but by moral character.I. The ultimate end contemplated and achieved in this God-fear power is the glorious exaltation of man in the scale of being. "They shall be Mine," — Mine for ever, "in the day when I make up My jewels.". Though these portions of Ezra were written in Aramaic, the words are translated the when they even get to the point of seeking His help. Does it not please you to overhear some kind word spoken of yourself? They converse on the things of peace, and things wherewith they may be edified. of the Father, who is grasping onto those who are His as well. There is no force in the world so socialising as religion. Their labours shall be remembered for good in this life, and even when they are gone to the grave.4. and had the spiritual insight to conclude, “The LORD must really love us, so as not to destroy us as He did My wife is the queen of lists. We must not forsake the assembling of ourselves together; and our affections must be fixed on things above. Some lived recklessly.2. In every other pursuit we seek eagerly the approbation of those whom we value. 2. It has served as a vehicle for denunciation and anathematising to bigotry and intolerance. Another rule is not to choose friends on a low principle and from a low motive. Christian conversation PLEASES GOD. There are but a few in any age that live after the divinest pattern; whose springs are all in God, whose hopes are all in heaven; who know that their mission in the world is ministry; who live, like Christ, that they may bless and save. II. 3. The hope of their applause lightens our toil. He who is Omniscient needs no book to keep Him in mind of His people's services. They "feared the Lord." To the one, He will say, "I was hungry, and you gave In 538 B. C. Cyrus became king of Persia. Long have the gems been buried in dust and darkness, encased in crusts of stone, enveloped in shrouds of vanity. It is our duty, not only to administer reproof and caution, but also to receive them in the same spirit. God lifts the lowly (verse 13). Nevertheless, a remnant was left. This is the godly enterprise of every age, to demonstrate the vital force of godly confederacy. Free interchange of sentiment is not advisable indiscriminately with all who fear God. Illustrate — Italy, Spain. No doubt they frequently conversed about their recent deliverance from captivity. beyond the River” (Ezra 4:16). The majority is right NOTE: The popularity of polls. The ornament He prizes is the "meek and quiet spirit" of the believer. He remembers His people. “Don’t Forget His Faithfulness.” The people of And God has been faithful to His covenant (verse 6). )Christian friendshipF. If the past is to be thus brought to light, may not memory be the prime minister of God's retributive justice, — the worm that never dies, the fire that is never quenched, in the sinner's soul, — the peace of God, that passeth understanding, to the pure and faithful spirit? )The book of God's peersJ. But if our lives have been faithful, devout, and loving, then will the remembrance of what we were through the grace of God, and the testimony of a good conscience glancing to and fro through the years that are gone, give peace and triumph to our departing spirits, and enable us to feel that God is taking us to a rest for which He had first fitted us.
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