Month: October 2011

He Must Set Our Barley Field on Fire!

God's Word 90x115by Charles Ebert Orr

"Incense from Golden Vials"

God designs every earthly loss–to prove a heavenly gain to you.

Trials are good, in that they drive us to the Lord in earnest prayer. It is trials, which cause us to cling to the promises. Trials serve a very important part in keeping the Christian heavenly and holy. Ofttimes, God would have us to see more of His love, tenderness, and beauty, and come nearer to Him. Sometimes, the only way whereby He can get us to do these things–is to let some trial come upon us!

When Absalom was conspiring to dethrone his father David, the ambitious son asked Joab, captain of the king’s army, to come and confer. At first Joab refused–but Absalom devised a plan whereby he could get the old warrior to meet him. Joab’s barley field being near Absalom’s, the conspirator sent his servants to set fire to Joab’s barley–and thus drew Joab out to him.

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The Reason Why He Is Not Loved

James Smith 90x115by James Smith

"Love to Christ!" 1864

"Yes, He is altogether lovely!" Song of Songs 5:16

Love is generally drawn forth by beauty exhibited, or by kindness shown. We love the beautiful and the benevolent.

But to the carnal mind, there is no beauty in Jesus–because its taste is vitiated, and its perception is depraved. It calls darkness, light; and light, darkness. It puts bitter for sweet–and sweet for bitter. We do not expect the natural man to see the beauty of the Redeemer’s person, or to be inflamed to love by His attractions. Still the beautiful ought to be loved, and "He is altogether lovely!" The reason why He is not loved, is to be found in the corruption of human nature, and the depravity of the sinner’s heart.

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