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A SCHOLARLY SUNDAY SERMON vY
DR. S. EDWARD YOUNG.
ubj9ct: Mountain Taught People.
Brooklyn, N. Y.-Every, seat oi
ZPAIn .floor and in the gallery was
1illed Sunday in the Bedford, Presby
terjan Church, and chairs were placed
In every available space to accommo
date the large audiences that wished
to hear the new pastor, the Rev. Dr.
S. Edward Young. His subject was:
'Wanted---People . Taught on the
Mountains of God to Toll in the Low
lands of Sip." . The texts were from
St. Luke 9:38, 37 and 88: "Master,
it is good for.us to be here; and let
us make three ta'bernacles. * * *
When they were come down from the
bill,. much people met -Him. Arid
behold, a man of the company cried
out, saying, 'Master, I beseech Thee,
tookc upon my son.'" Dr. Young .said:
Wanted---People taught on the
mountains of dod to toll in the low
lands of sin. Our beat training, our
noblest service, is neither up th.ere
altogether, nor down here altogether;
but consists in uniting wisely the
dreamer and the doer, the mystic and
the practical man. -How many art
reprints cut- Raphael's sermon in the
middle by showing only the top ha)f
of his "Transfigpration!" You may
well extol the composition of that
portion, its design, its expression, its
grace. Above the adoring trio of
disciples see that portraitur.e of
Christ beyond which human genius
probably cannot go. Yet witlf you
'ought to linger quite as persistently
the scene Raphael crowds at the foot
4of the mount-,the pitiable lad, the
agonized father, the eager multitude,
the mockers and the sorely harried
nine disciples-Raphael's way of
writing underneath "The upper glory
is needed down here." Let helpers
come from the highland country. Oft
times off the material hills men have
dashed into earth's valleys for daring
conquests. Their lungs had, the ozone
and their limbs the litheness and
their wills the boldness born of lofty
altitudes. From Sinaltic plateau
Moses will break into low-lying Egypt
and redeem his race. From Tabor or
Olivet or some other prayer-mount
Jesus will arrive every morning in
spirit renewed. . The missionary en
terprise is never from dead level to
dead level, but always from the
heights of God to the quagmires of
To be most useful In the hurry and
struggle of our twentieth century life
you require a Hermon Summit of the
mind, a spiritual sanctuary where
unto you again and again resort. No
mor.tal's steady work can be beautiful
or sublime enough to escape the need
of this he4venly retreat. Would you
not say that. Charles Dickens sank
further than some of his characters
and remained merely a character
sketcher, not a character-builder, be
cause he lacked the. relief that comes
by being away awifle from one's task'
and one'. self? He was buoyed up
b! the popularit'. of his books, by the
thunder he made, Ly the monev he:
got, by thL. cheer of his frit as
4.-Lse gone, his cup was empty.
Happy are those who find surcease of
the world's clan.-i in reading au
thors who uplift and 3o shelter in the
sanctuary of literature. Blessed arc
such nature loving spirits as can at
tain fine elevation and a serene out
look if only they catch a glimpse of
blue sky or feast their eyes upon the
luster of .the stars. Most blessed are
they who, wheresoever placed, have
learned to meet with God, to keep
their tryst with Him, to see His face
and be filled with His vision for them.
- No recent'religious movement prom
ises more, I am p)ersuaded, than the
world-wide banding together of a few
disciples here and there to observe
the morning watch, the first half hour
on waking from sleep each new day
being devoted to reading the Scrip
Turee, to meditation and prayer-a
sort of holy exorcising of the evil
spirits and fleshly lusts, a washing
ou.t of the fret and soreness of the
heart, the anointing of the inner self
with heavenly ideas. I entreat you
to establish this morning watch.
Keep your. Jerusalem windows open.
Believe the presence of the Almighty
about you and hear Him say: "I
will be to them as a little sanctuary
in tihe countries where they shall
Shall we not esteem our mountain
top our castle for refuge? In olden
times in Germany or France or EDng
land at the morning light .through
the castle gates issued the people,
each to his farming or trading or
journeying. When enemies came, or
nightfall, into the castle they hied
for safety. Castle-surrounded is my
soul while I keep unprofaned a tryat:a
-ing p)lace with God. Assaults are
made-I separate the world by haul
ing in across the moat the drawbridge
of worldly thought. I let the port
cuilis call. I hide within the protec
tion of Him wvho is my fortress.
Come hither, tempted men iind womn
en1 Come, any Margaret cast off by
any Faust! Come, every Simon Peter
who falls! Make haste to the castle!
sShall we not consider~ our mountain
top a communion closet? Christ dlis
closed the first secret of prayer thus:
"When thou prayest enter into thy
closet, and wlien thou bast shut the
door pray." We simply must some
times leave the world out there.
Grant yourself g little release from
our terrible New York turmoil. Oc
casionally shut outside your secret
prayer-door even your dearest earthly
friends. Depths of divine communion
wait in which you cin..enter only
when alone. A,n often used' prayer
cell woiild,be the beat posSible fteature
.in a New York office building and
would prevent many a -tragedy of
cbaracter sad enough to zMake (an
~Shall We not snel1 oui fideutsta
ation? our a.
.b lftpd In looms light and
*Vtivenli6-avapors, reborn In the sky,
to descend in benedictions on the
land? What inspiration, what ex
altation, whit sense of. other worldli
ness the transfiguration brought to
Christ and the three disciples! De
tached It seemed they were from
earth-there in exhilarance. De
tached from time they were-eras of
Moses and Elijah and Jesus merged
-there is the atmospherie of eter
nity. Detached from fear-even
death spoken of Is an exodus, a
.transit out of,Egypt into Canaan
there is fullness of joy. And what
more shall I say?--of that Shekinah
light.that clothes the Mount? Of the
Master's raiment white from the
woofs of God? Of His sunlike shin
ing face? Of the voice ethereal
trumpeting: "This is My beloved
Son?" Of the rapture well nigh past
But yonder is an afflicted boy, down
in thb mountain's shadow-pity that
poor, lad. Any moment a convulsion
takes him, hurls him into fire or
water. His body now is rigid, now is
limp. His teeth chatter and-Why
does he not speak? Disease has slah
his power of speech. No sound hears
he. A demon tyrannizes over his
spirit. From childbood's days, year
on year his malady has been to him a
living death. Take back your moun
tain top.words, Simon Peter, "It is
good for us to be here-And let us
make three tabernacles." Could ye
sit and sing yourselves away to ever
lasting bliss up there and let thie
tortured youth go on dying- and yet
not dytng?-Christ snd His three
disciples descend .the mountain and
'behold the lad unshackled from his
agony! Granted are the mountain
top experiences that all may render
the lowlands better service. "Freely
ye have received; freely give."
Have you a kindness shown?
Pass it on! Pass it on!
'Twas not given for you alone,
Pass it on! Pass it on!
Let it travel down the years,
Let it wipe another's tears,
Till in heaven the deed appears,
Pass it on! Pass it on!
Have you found the heavenly light'
Pass it on! Pass it on!
Souls are groping in the night,
Daylight gone! Daylight gone!
Hold your lighted lamps on. high,
Be a star in someone's sky.
He may live who els6 would die.
Pass it on! Pass it on!
But down there waits a father, dis
tressed. His very soul groans itself
out for this, his only son. He has
tried everything and everybody. He
despairs. Stay forever up in those
radiant heights and permit this
broken-hearted father to perish in his
heroic struggle? Not you who are
touched with celestial fire! Christ
and the three go down-soon that
father's happiness mounts on eagle's
wings. Dear church people, by what
right call we ourselves Christians. if
we desire Jesus Christ and the sanc
tuary and spiritual seasons all to
ourselves with never a thought of
sharing with the yet unblessed? I
doXot know where that wretched boy
of the lowlands Is; but I know he is
somewhere und that he needs you.
I know not the whereabouts of that
suffering father yearning for your as
sistance. I know he i.somewhere.
But down there are a multitude of
people tossed ly dioubnt, eILmg te
believe on dii' -vi-ence, ready to -e
ceive the real 1v 1 tiLum o.ien -it
the Christ spiriL. inca--na.o again; still
weak and worried till one come with
the breath of mountain top to hearten
and lead upward. Oh, the thousands
here at hand so waiting! Yes-and
rise your chivalry now! Down there
are nine disciples doing .their utmost
to keep the boy and his father and
the people; and these nine are
scorned, jeered, taunted by hateful
bystanders who more than hint that
the disciples and the Master, too, are
fakirs and deceive the unwary. Show
me the coward shirker who would
everlastingly hang around up here
on the mountain top while those
brave valley heroes battle against
such odds. Remain exactly long
enough on your mountain top to fix
in your mind the ideal from God and
in your heart the resolve to go down
and made the Ideal glorious fact. As
Moses saw the tabernacle on Sinai's
summit, tabernacle built of mist tim
bers away in the dreamy haze, to be
reproduced thereafter by solid tim
bers on the fiat ground for the peo4
ple's salvation. The sin country can
be bettered only by a life a little
elevated above itself in purpose and
purity. Be with God some and then
Sufficient the number of men who
look out upon humanity with entire
indifference; sufficient the few who
see mankind but to despise them;
sufficient the abominable many whose
ruling interest in their fellows is to
use them for private advantage--Be
thou, 0, larger souled believer, one
to hold thyself and all thou hast In
faithful trusteeShip for the rest of
our brother humankind to slave for
them, if youa choose to call it slaving.
Our chiefest pleasure should be to
serve with loftiest gifts the lowvliest
needs of the wretchedest mortals for
whom the God-Man caine to earth,
went to Gethsemane and Golgotha.
Ample recompense is found in the
mere doing thereof, ample in our
Lord's approval, amle in the long
hereafter. "Let this mind be in you
which was also in Christ Jesus; who,
being in fhe form of God, thought it
not. a p)rize to be snatched to be0 equal
wvithi God; but made Himself of nol
r'eputation and tool: upon Him the
form of a servant. * * Whore
fore. God also bath highly exalted
lium andl given Htm a name which Is
abmove every name." Wanted-Peo-~
pIe taught on .the mountains of God
to toil in the lowlands of sinm.
Mind Your Owni Business.
There is no proisc~ of a crowvn of
righteousness for proilciency in regu
\atinig ygur neighbors.
INTRINATIONAL LICSSON COMZ.
MENTS FOR DECEM1BERt 0.
Subjecti Solomion ChIooses Wisdom,
1 Kings 3:4-15--Golden Text,
Prov. 9:10--Cominit Verses 11,
TI"E. 9--1014. D. C. PLACE. -.
EXPOSITION, - I. Solomon's
Prayer to Jehovah, 4-0. Solomon
went to Gibeon because the Taber
nacle, the place where Jehovah -pe
culiarly manifested Himself to His
people, was there (1 Chron. 21:29;
2 Chron. 1:3, 7, R. V.; Ex. 29:42, 43.
R. V.). Until the Temie superseded
it, that is where men who longed to
meet God went, the place God Him
self had appointed. The Tabernacle
was a type of Christ (Jno. 1:14, R.
V.), it is ix Him that we meet God
(Jno. 14:6)., Each one of the thou
sand burnt offerings that Solomon
offered also pointed forward to
Christ. In Hini there is a better
ground of approach to God than in
countless slain, beasts (leb. LO:1
22). The desire with which Solomon
went to Gibeon was satisiled, God -anet
him there. Twice in his life was it
granted Solomon to meet God (cf. ch.
9:2; 11:9). To many of us it is
granted to meet God far more fre
quently than that. The appearance
was in a dream, but it was a real ap
pearance (cf. Gen. -28:12, 13; Nu.
12:6; Job 33:14, 15; Matt. 1:20;
2:13, 19; Acts 18:9, 10). That God
really spoke to Solomon, and that the
whole incident was no product of a
disordered fancy, is evident from the
outcome-Solomon really obtained
what God promised at this time. It
was a wonderful thing that God said
to Solomon, "ask what I shall give
thee"-God setting all the infiitte re
sources of His pow,er at the disposal
of a man. But He says the same won
derful thing to each humblest child
of God to-day (Jno. 14:13, 14; 15:7;
Matt. 7:7, 8; Mark 11:24; Jno.
15:16; 16:23, 24; 1 Jno. 3:22; 5:14,
15). Before asking for anything,
Solomon acknowledged the wonderful
goodness of Jehovah already mani
fested toward his father and himself
(Of. Phil. 4:6; Col. 4:2). God's great
"kindness" (R. V.) to his father in
the past encouraged Solomon to ask
great things for himself in the pres
ent. God's dealing in kindness with
David was acc%rding to David's sin
cere, righteous and upright walk (cf.
ch. 9:4; 15:5; 2 K. 20:3, 4; Ps. 15:1,
2; 18:20-24; 1 Jno. 3:22). A crown
ing manifestation of God's kindness
was that He had given him a son to
succeed to his position and his work.
Solomon speaks of his father by a
more honorable title than king, "Thy
servant -David.'- Jehovah Himself
had conferred this title upon David
(2 Sam. 7:5-. SbIonon recognized
that he owed his own present exalted
position entirely to God (cf. Dan.
2:21: 4:25, 32; 5:18, 21). He also
recognized his own utter insufficiency
for the position. He was perhaps
n' .on y.ars of age at this time.
h ilhis own eyes he was "but a little
n4ild" (cf. 1 Chron. 29:1; Jer. 1:6;
Lu. 14:11). He saw the greatneis of
the responsibility that had been laid
upon him. He asked, therefore, for
a,n '"understanding heart"--literally,
a "hearig heart," I. e., a heart that
should hear the voice of God. What he
asked is of more value than all honors
and all riches (Prov.3:13-18; 16:16).
His father's words to him and prayert
for him had suggested to Sol
omon this request (1 Chron. 22:12;
29:19). Those words had gone deep'
into Solomora's heart. This great
thing that Solomon asked we may all
ask,.and get (Jas. 1:5-7). It was not
for his own sake that Solomon asked
for aa understanding heart, but for
the people's good, and above all be
cause they were Jehovah's people. In
the final analysis the chief aim of the
prayer was Tehovah'~s glory. That is
the chief aim of all true prayer.
II. Jehovah's Answer to Solomon,
10-15. God was pleased with Sol
omon's prayer. He is always pleased
with an intelligent prayer (Prov.
15:8). Hie mentions some of the
things that Solomon might have
asked, things that many would have
asked had they had Solomon's oppor
tunity. But Solomon's choice Was
much wiser. A wonderful thing God
says to him, "I have done according
to thy words." Think of it, the in
finite God1 doing according to the
words of a finite man. But He often
does that (.Jno. 15:7). Solomon got
what ho had asked, but he got it in a
more abundant measure than lie had
asked. His wisdom became noted
throughout the earth, and throughout
all ages (v. 2X; ch. 4:29-34; 5:12;
10:3-8, 23, 24). God also gave himr
exceeding abundantly above what he
asked (cf. Eph. 3:20). If we seek the
best thing, God will give us with it
the minor th:ings (Matt. 6:33; .Ps.
84:11, 12; Ro. 8:32). His riches
were enormous (chi. 10:23-29). wis
domi which he sought caime bringing
riches and hoior in her hand (cf.
Prey. 3:16). God made Solomon still
another promim, but this was condi
tional upon h:is fuiturc' conduct (v.
14). The promise was lone life; the
condition, Obedlien(ce. Obedience to
God's laws is the great secret of
longevity (Deui. ': 16; 25:15; Prov.
3:1, 2, 16; 1 Ti:un. 4:8). All (God's
richegt blessings ar ci (ond(itionedl upon
obidlence (Acts 5::'2; .Juo. 14:15-2:3).
Solomon did not fuilfill the conditioni
and missed the prouiised blessing, he
dicd comp)ar'aLtiveir young (1 K.
11:42). HIe showedl his appreciationi
of Jehovah's goodness in the only way
known to himi. The sacrifihces that w e
ofler are differ'ent (t 9. 13:15, 16, R1.
YV) but have the so:mi nurpose
Port P g h
. 4 soft answer perWto you to fal
an easy victim to the 'hrewd agent
Kindness and courtesy" need elbom
room and are smothered to death ii
The man who makes a great deal
of his failures doesn't make much ol
a success. . . 1.v. ,
Women don.'t have to swear tc
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A new broom sweeps clean, but,
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Industry is the parent to success,
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Most women are fond of men, but
so many of them are so particular as
to what men.
It is extremely trying to be obliged
to associate with people who 'always
and invariably would rather not.
The clocks in some households suf
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face that it seems impossible for any
members of the household ever to be
When a woman says, ''And that's
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'deceived in thinking that an end- li
been made to much talking.
Each mother thinks she has the
eil est baby in the world, and, as
a rVatter of fact, none is cheap.
The fires of resentment are only
too apt to be the precursors of Il-e
thes of repentance.
Some people give you a good
handshake, and others forget to add
the hand. So. 49-'08.
It is generally best to keep on
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have to fall out with people you
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There may be some way of falling
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Some people are so proud of their
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committing indiscretions in order that
they may gracefully apologize for
It's hard for a lazy man to be
truthful, for lie is happiest when ly
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