Vol 17 Issue 13

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The Book of Daniel

Having been compelled to seal the mouth of the den of lions, into which Daniel had been cast, the king, with a heavy heart returned to his palace, which by his order is converted into a house of gloom. He refrained from calling for his musicians. The solitude of death filled the palace. The king retired to sleep but sleep went from him. Early dawn found him at the den. Against hope, and with a lamentable voice he cried out his inquiry into the darkness of the den whether Daniel’s God had been able to deliver him from the lions....

Classis West Meeting

Why don’t you write about the Classis Meetings anymore, some of our people asked me? And honestly, I did not know what to answer. For no reason at all, we no longer wrote about our Classical meetings, since we became (as churches) East and West. Besides, we did not consider our writings on that particular point of great import. But, we thought, perhaps this time, for I do not make any promises as to the future, we better have a few lines on our last Classical meeting. On the 5th of March we came together as Classis in our Sioux...

Supplication (Psalm 28)

There is a difference between prayer and supplication. Prayer is that activity of faith whereby you turn your soul to God as the Fountain of all good things, thirsting for Him and very desirous to be filled by Him with all the good things you need for time and eternity. Supplication is all that, but it is prayer colored by your distresses, woes, miseries. Also herein that you turn yourself tempestuously toward Him. If I was writing in the Holland language I would say: supplication is that “ge Hem aanloopt als een waterstroom”! Well, the latter you find in this...

The Middle Wall of Partition

We received the following communication: Rev. H. Hoeksema, Editor of the Standard Bearer, Esteemed Editor: The Men’s Society of Oskaloosa has appointed me to lay before you a question with the explanations necessary to elucidate the question. I shall do my best. The passage is Ephesians 2:11-19. The question is: “What was the real nature of the enmity and also of the peace here spoken of and what was its deepest cause? We reject the explanation that the partition was caused by the hopeless obscuration of the Old Testament Gospel by the formalistic Jews. We also consider it impossible that...

Moses’ Reactions to the Peoples’ Wailing for Flesh

God heard and answered the prayer of those weeping Israelites. For that is what their crying for flesh was—a prayer, “And the Lord said unto Moses, . . . .say unto the people, Sanctify yourselves against tomorrow, and ye shall eat flesh; for ye have wept in the ears of the Lord, saying, Who shall give us flesh to eat? For it was well with us in Egypt: therefore the Lord will give you flesh, and ye shall eat.” Truly, they had prayed; but their prayer was a taunt, which, though not directed to God, was nevertheless meant for God’s...

Contribution: A Suggestion

Dear Rev. Hoeksema, The undersigned would greatly appreciate to have you place this article in The Standard Bearer. A SUGGESTION It is rather inconceivable that there are among our people those who do not subscribe to nor read The Standard Bearer. And yet, from the various comments read in this paper of late, and from the verbal comments as I heard them, it is no doubt true that this condition is a horrible reality. And then to note the excuses offered. One of the most common ones is: “I cannot afford it.” Now it seems that this is an alibi,...

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