“Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that the plowman shall overtake the reaper,” by Louis A. Dole

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“Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that the plowman shall overtake the reaper, and the treader of grapes him that soweth seed; and the mountains shall drop sweet wine, and all the hills shall melt.
“And I will bring again the captivity of my people of Israel, and they shall build the waste cities, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and drink the wine thereof; they shall also make gardens, and eat the fruit of them.
“And I will plant them upon their land, and they shall no more be pulled up out of their land which I have given them, saith the Lord thy God.” – Amos 9:13-15

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John 3:18-36 · Psalm 97

Sermon

This text is a parable of the Lord’s kingdom. It relates to the Lord’s new Church, the Holy City New Jerusalem now descending from God out of heaven.

In the Scriptures “days” mean states. Therefore the words “Behold, the days come, saith the Lord” foretell such a state of the Lord’s Church on earth as is here described. The church is ever progressing to purer and nobler ideals. In the heavens this is apparent, and all that can be desired for human society on earth is that it be brought more and more into harmony with heavenly ideals and customs. For this the Lord taught us to pray: “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, as in heaven, so also upon the earth.”

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“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth,” by Louis A. Dole

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“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” – Genesis 1:1

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” – John 1:1

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Genesis 1:1-13 · John 1:1-14 · Psalm 84

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No one who has observed the tendency of the popular literature of today and its influence on the public mind can have failed to note the widespread doubt that everywhere prevails as to the inspiration of the Scriptures.

Particularly the opening chapters of Genesis have been the cause of many controversies in the church and in the world. As soon as the natural sciences began to be developed, the opening chapters of the Bible came into question, as the rational man cannot reject the demonstrated facts of science. To meet this new advance in human development the Lord made His Second Coming in revealing the inner meaning of the Word. This was a final Divine revelation of spiritual truth essential to this new age.

The first eleven chapters of Genesis are a Divine allegory, and only as such can they be understood. In fact all of the inspired books of the Bible have a spiritual meaning within the letter. Heaven and earth are used in the Bible as symbols – heaven as the symbol of the spiritual mind and earth as the symbol of the natural mind. Regeneration, which is the subject treated of in the story of creation, is the orderly formation and development of the distinct planes of life that are involved in the structure of the two minds. The spiritual mind is formed of three distinct degrees, the celestial, the spiritual, and the natural. The natural mind is also constituted of three degrees, the rational, the scientific, and the sensual. These two minds, with their degrees of life, constitute the difference between man and the mere animal, for the mere animal possesses only the sensual degree, with something that makes an approach to the scientific, and is wholly without the rational and the three degrees constituent of the spiritual mind.

That is why it is said, “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” Regeneration is the opening of the spiritual mind, by which the natural mind is reformed and brought into order.

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Loyalty to the Truth, by Louis A. Dole

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“(Israel) defiled the lands and committed adultery with stones and with stocks” – Jeremiah 3:9

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Jeremiah 3:1-14 · Matthew 13:1-12, 18-23 · Psalm 78:1-28

Sermon

There are many passages in the Scriptures, particularly in the Old Testament, in which adultery is mentioned, but ministers usually shun reading them from the pulpit and some people wish they were not in the Word.

There is, of course, the necessity for the prohibition of the literal sin, but there is a deeper meaning in these passages. In its inmost sense the Word does not treat of the relation of men with each other but of the relation of men with the Lord. We are guilty of the sin of adultery whenever we adulterate, corrupt, mingle with our own natural and rational considerations, or in any way turn aside from the plain precepts of life which the Lord has laid down in the Word for our guidance. This is the sin that is everywhere meant by adultery in the spiritual sense of the Word. It is the only kind of adultery that can be committed with “idols” or “with stocks and with stones,” or by the church in any composite sense.

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“And the Lord said unto Moses, Put forth thine hand, and take it by the tail,” by Louis A. Dole

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“And the Lord said unto Moses, Put forth thine hand, and take it by the tail.” – Exodus 4:4

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Exodus 4:1-17 · Mark 16 · Psalm 140

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Moses had been called to deliver his people from bondage in Egypt. It was the Lord, of course, who delivered them, but this deliverance had to be effected through human instrumentality, for that is always the method of Divine operation.

We are familiar with the story of the birth of Moses. Hidden because of the fear of the Pharaoh he was put in a little ark of bulrushes and placed among the reeds of the Nile, and left to the care of Him who feeds the ravens and clothes the lilies. The Divine providence watched over him and destined him to become greater than the Pharaoh who ruled the greatest kingdom in the world, and to play a part in history which would immortalize his name, while the powerful dynasty of the Pharaohs was doomed to disappearance and oblivion.

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