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Vol 28 Issue 13

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The Manna of the Desert Period

“And the children of Israel also wept again, and said, ‘Who shall give us flesh to eat.’” Numbers 11:4b. Having brought His people—the people of Israel—out of the land of Egypt, the Lord led them into the wilderness of Sinai. It was, to be sure, a terrible wil­derness, wherein were firey serpents, and scorpions, and drought, and where there was no water, Deut. 7:15. But the Lord did a new thing. In the words of the sacred writer at Deut. 32:10, He made a way for His people through the wilderness. He led them about, kept them as the apple...

The Covenant of Sinai

We must now take notice more in particular of the strictly sovereign character of this first covenant of Sinai. The question is this: was this covenant a contract or agreement between Israel and the Lord? Did it thus emanate from Israel and from the Lord as from two parties? Or was it strictly onesided and did it thus emanate from God alone? We must allow the Scriptures to answer also this question for us. We turn again to that passage in Hebrews 8:6-13. In this scripture passage the Greek word used for covenant is not ‘suntheekee’ but ‘diatheekee’. How is...

In Memoriam: Prof. Dr. Klaas Schilder

Early this morning, March 24, I received a telegram from my friend, Arnold Schildre at The Hague, informing me that his brother Klaas, the well-known Dr. K. Schilder had on the previous day, Sunday, March 23, passed into his eternal rest. I was deeply shocked. For although I certainly did not agree with him in regard to the question of the covenant and the promise, I nevertheless esteemed him for his work’s sake, esteemed him, too, as a highly gifted scholar, and, above all, as a brother in Christ. And now Dr. Schilder is no more. It would seem to...

Exposition of Matthew 5:43-48. (2: Conclusion)

In this essay we will try to say something construc­tive about the seemingly knotty exegetical question of what is meant by Jesus, when He says “became He causes His sun to rise on evil and good and rains upon just and unjust”. It should be kept very sharply before our minds that the subject that Jesus is here bringing to the foreground is these verses is not God’s providential acts in creation and nature, but that He is most em­phatically speaking of the righteousness of the King­dom of heaven, as this must come to full fruition in our lives as...

Looking To The Future. Chapter 2: The Teacher Problem (Suggestions Towards Solution)

Having now called attention to what we believe to be the salient aspects of this teacher problem, it remains yet to point the way toward a solution thereof. And toward a solution we offer some suggestions in the present article. However, I feel that two remarks are in order before the suggestions themselves are pre­sented. In the first place, and this can bear the re­petition it is being given, the understanding of a prob­lem is perhaps the most important part of its solu­tion. Our parents, boards, and teachers should make it their task to delve into this teacher problem and...

The Hexaemeron or Creation Week (12) The Creation of Man (5)

From this quotation of Prof. Berkhof we may cer­tainly conclude that the doctrine of a covenant of vvorks includes the following elements. First, when God created man He, by that very act, established a a natural relationship between Himself and man. This was a relationship like that between the potter and the clay. God is God and man is His creature. Hence, this is a natural relationship, simply follows from the act of creation. In this relationship Adam must serve God and could never have merited anything. Had nothing more occured Adam would never have been able to attain unto...

So You Want to Speak, by Mark W. Lee

So You Want To Speak, by Mark W. Lee. Zondervan Publishing House, Grand Rapids, Mich. This book presents the basic principles of public speaking in an interesting way, and offers many help­ful suggestions to anyone who wants to prepare and deliver a speech. I find especially interesting what the author has to say in chapter on “Let Them See You Speak”. He properly stresses that necessity of “eye-contact” which is indispensable for any public speaker, while, at the same time, it is my experience, in teaching public speech (homiletics), that when once a speaker develops the habit of looking over instead...

Part 3—Of Thankfulness, Lord’s Day 32, Chapter 1: The Idea of This Third Part

Lord’s Day 32 Q. 86. Since then we are delivered from our misery, merely of grace, through Christ, without any merit of ours, why must we still do good works? A. Because Christ, having redeemed and delivered us by his blood, also renews us by his Holy Spirit, after his own image; that so we may testify, by the whole of our conduct, our gratitude to God for his blessings, and that he may be praised by us; also, that every one may be assured in himself of his faith, by the fruits thereof; and that, by our godly conversation,...

Promises and Predictions*

* The readers will kindly understand that this editorial was written and set up, before I heard of brother Schilder’s passing. H.H. We will now turn to our Reformed Confessions, in order to examine them with a view to the question whether they, perhaps, make the distinction between predictions and promises such as Dr. Schilder makes, and whether promises, in distinction from predictions, are indeed for N.N., for Tom, Dick, and Harry. I am afraid that many of the Reformed people, and this certainly includes also the Liberated, are not very well acquainted with their own Confessions, ex­cept, perhaps, the...

Appearing Unto Salvation

 “And unto them that look for Him shall He ap­pear the second time without sin unto salvation.” Hebrews 9:28b “Yet a little while, and He that shall come will come, and will not tarry.” That Word of God comes to us with greater emphasis today than ever before. The end of all things is at hand. It is the last hour. All the signs point to the fact that it has already grown very late in this last hour. The voice of Jesus declares louder than ever, “Behold, I come quickly.” He is hastening to come. “He that hath ears...

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