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 us that his work was not finished.
Certainly, he himself cannot have been aware of the fact that his end was so near. At least, if we consider the very elaborate set-up of his work on the Heidelberg Catechism (he was writing) on the tenth Lord’s Day), he must have felt that he still had many years of labor before him.
But the Lord took him out of his busy sphere of labor and pronounced it finished, nevertheless.
May the Lord comfort the bereaved family, with whom we express our heartfelt sympathy.
And may He teach us so to number our days that we apply our hearts unto wisdom.