N. B. … Once again we welcome the Rev. James Howerzyl of Oskaloosa, Iowa, as guest-contributor to this column. The Rev. Howerzyl has agreed to contribute to this rubric while the regular writer will keep our readers informed of our Home Mission activity and related topics.—W. H.
Scripture says of Enoch that he walked with God. “And Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah three hundred years, and begat sons and daughters And Enoch walked with God and he was not; for God took him.” Gen. 5:22, 24. That is by far the most unique biography that you can find anywhere in the annals of history or in the Scriptures.
That, as we stated in our closing remark last time, the fear of the Lord never produces false doctrines ought to be self-evident. It is the lack of filial reverence and fear that produces the lie. The child who loves his father will never speak evil of him. The child who loves his father will not deny him the honor and respect that is due unto him. Neither will the elect child of God as he lives in the fear of the Lord invent and produce doctrines which deny Him the honor and glory due His matchless name.
We turn to the book of Exodus, the 12th chapter, the 7th verse and the last clause thereof, and read, “Wherein they shall eat it,” namely, the passover-lamb. We last left the people of Israel with the blood of the slain lamb struck on the two side-posts and on the upper door-posts of the houses wherein they are.
Lee X was the last of the Renaissance popes. The Roman pontiffs with whom we will deal next are those that occupied the pontifical throne during the period of the Protestant Reformation on the Continent of Europe, 1517-1648. They are known as the Reformation popes of whom there were eighteen in all. Several of them were obscure men, who reigned but a few years. From the point of view of their ability to make good their claims to world dominion, they were nonentities as compared with their predecessors of the early Middle Ages.
As we saw, as provided with arms and bread, David flees to Gath. He hopes to find safety and rest with the heathen in the way of their concluding that he has abandoned his subjection to Saul and deserted into a foreign country. His wish does not materialize. The Philistines recognize him as the slayer of their Goliath. They recollect the song of triumph in which David had been honored above Saul. They conclude that he came to them with evil intent and thus as loyal to his own master and people.
According to our conception, the covenant finds its fullest reality in the Triune God. That is our starting point when we think, confess and live the life of the covenant. Now comes the question: with whom is this covenant established? There are many answers to this question.
“Jesus, when He had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost. And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent; and the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, and came out of the graves after His resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.