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Lesson IL? First Quarter, For
ian. 9, 1910.
THE INTERNATIONAL SERIES.
Text af tha Lessen. Matt. lil. 1J. te Iv.
11?Memory Verses, iv, 10, 11?Gold?
en Text, Heb. ii, 18?Commentary
Prepared by Rev. D. M. Stearne.
While the people wen* iu expecta?
tion or suspense ai:d men were reason?
ing in their lim rta ns tu whether John j
wu* the Christ or not. Jesus, being
about thirty years of aga. came to
Jobi] to Joriian to be baptized of him
(Luke UL Jo. affts. The Jews had sent
priests aud Levltes from Jerusalem to
John to ask him If be ivs* the Christ
or Klljah or that prophet, but John
replied that be waa neither tbe one
nor the ot tier, but only the voice ol'
ODe crying tn the wildernesa. "Maka
Straight the wat of the I ..ml. as said
tbe prophet Isaiah" (John i. IO. ?ti.
Then after His baptism John pointed
Him out as tbe Lamb of Cod who
taketh away the alu of tbe world aud
whom men are to follow, and men
bearing John followed Jesus. We ar*
not good witness**! unless those who
aee nnd hear us follow Jesus because
of us. According to our lessou. John
at first refused to baptize Jesus, feel- ;
lng bis own unworthiness, but Jesus
aald. "Suffer it to be so now. for thus
lt becometb ivs to fulfill all righteous- '
nesa" (verse 15k. Kememberltig the
first recorded utteram e of Je^ns. "1 ',
must be about my Father's Inkiness" i
(Luke ll. 49>. how suggestive ls ibis
aevoiid utterance. "Suffer lt to lie so
now." Aa believers in Him and ;
therefor* Bia representatives here we >
should always be about lils business, !
and In reference to al! that He np- j
points us. however unnecessary and !
aucalled for many things may seem to i
ss. w* should remember His words.
"Suffer lt to Ire so uow." Whatever i
God appoints ls righi and best, anil
fSB manifest His high righteousness b\ ,
cheerful submission to ali that ls right j
Id His Bight. Thus we shall be ap?
proved of nim in some sense aa Jessa
was. When Jesus began thus publicly
to Identify Uimself with sinners, for
those whom John baptized confessed
their sIds (verse Ss, lint Jesus had no
ales ts confess, the beavens were open?
ed and the Father testified to ni* de?
light In His Son. and the Spirit came
as a dore hui] abode upon Him. Thus
we se* tbe Father, Sou and Holy
Spirit In this great event, lt seems tn
SD* that this testimony from the Father i
covers all tbe previous life at -Naz?
areth, while the testimony at the
transfiguration (xvii. 5) covers nil Hi*
public life. He could truly say of
Himself in relation to His Father. '?' j
do always those things that please j
Him" (John viii. 29i. We can neve*
ks satisfied with ourselves while we :
stay in these mortal bodies, but we j
can walk with God in fellowship If j
we are always well pleased with Bte ,
Son Jesus Christ In the seren chap- j
tera In whi.-h we find tbe phrase
"Heaven opener*" (Ezek I; Matt, ill;
John 1, Acts vii and x. Rev. iv and xiii :
we hnve lu each a vision of Christ i
He ls always the easter of adoration
*ay the hosts in heaven a:<d the redeem
ad ou the earth. If Jes::s. who must
have been, like John, tilled with the
Spirit from His birth (Luke i. 10'. j
needed ? special tilling or anointing for
BJb public ministry ls ;r auy wonder ;
that so few have any public ministry
unto Ulm when so few si*om to know j
or care anything about a special anoint- j
lng of the Spirit? His desire ls for I
many to stand before Him. lo serve
nim. to minister unto Him (II Chron. |
xxlx. ll), but He bas to say to the
many: "I would, but ye would not;'
"Ye will not come uuto me." The
same devil who Mindel and led astray
Adam aud F.vo ia still blinding the
minds of the lost to the light of the
glorious gospel and the minds of the'
saved ones lo the light of the glory of '
Cod and His kingdom. To submit to J
God means to resist the devil (Jas. j
Iv, 7; I Pet. v. 8, t)>. and until we have j
learned something of his devices and
ssSW to resist and overcome him we j
are not qualified for service as wit
Bssaas unto Christ. Coil did all He |
could for the tomfort and happiness!
of Adam and Eve. but the devil told
them that he would do lietter for them j
and make them like God. The devil'a j
Ile won and hus been winning tbe
crowd ever sine* by his suggestions
as the same three lines. Something
for the Bsady. aometliing for the mind ;
and the |?>wer to lord It over others
seem 1j cover the most of his devices? j
good for food, pleasant to ihe eyes, a '
tree to be desired to make one wis* j
(Gen. ill. Ci. Itread for the body- the I
esteem of men, the world and its glory, j
The first may Include all gratifications j
of the body, tbe second all that might j
give us praise from men and the third ?
every phase of dominion over others. :
Whatever you desire get lt: do or be ;
something wonderful in the eyes of
BBSS; get power over men by gold or I
politics or In any way the devil may
suggest. How doea our Ixird reply?
Things for the l>ody are not Important !
In comparison with the life and health !
of the soul, the food of which ls the ;
word of God. To desire greatness In '
the eyes of others ls called tempting
Hst I?rd our God. To bow down to
the devil for the sake of worldly ad?
vantage ls forbidden by "Thou shalt
worship the lx>r.I thy God and Him
only shalt thou Bil If." Would we
live In fellowship willi (fad and in th*
comfort nf the Balntatrjr of the .-angels
lt must Ire by rejoicing lu the I^>ro
our righteousness and In n hunger for
a greater manifestation sf lt In us; by
seeking to WUmttf ttl* Uituie, not ours.
ara auk to sit at
THE WATER WAGON.
DIARY OF A
JAN. 1.?I waa born today. Of
course my Impressions as to th*
world Into *.vhkh I have Just
made by debut ure somewnat
fragmentary, but of om* ItsaaSJ I nm
certain ? my .'lither ls a very pleasant
sort of chap. I confess that he ts a
blt awkward about ho'dlng uh*, and he
seems nither ridiculously proud of me.
but I dare say both will pass Banty
with Increased familiarity.
Jan. 2.? Well, t have met her. At
least 1 suppose the very I tanning ? Irl
we railed bb last evening Is irij nn>tth?
ar, though I was _ .
surprised ta hear
my father call
her "Mis* Alice."
No doubt there
are manners in
this world to
which I mus: tie
My proud parent
exhibited me to
my other parent,
who was really
charmingly e n -
thuslastlc 8 v e r
tn*. She prom?
ised lo go to the
theater with us
and have a little
We are to sup at
the Water Wag?
on, which must be a fashionable res?
taurant, as she seemed so datlsrbted
and laughed so nt the prospect.
Jan. 3.? My father exhibited me at
his club today and seemed us proud as
Punch over my accomplishments. Per?
haps I should say "uccompHshinenL"
for the only one 1 have had time to
acquire ls saying. "No. thunk you."
But lt seemed to take very well, for all
my father's friends laughed a great
deal whenever 1 said lt.
Jan. 4.-1 don't feel well today.
Jan. S.-Something ls wrong. My
father was quite rude to me today.
Jan. rt. My father left me at hotu*
all ilny. and 1 feel rather neglected.
Jan. 7.-1 think lt's all over with me.
One of my father's friends came to mil
on us this evenli-g. ami my father p--t
ted nu* nnd praised me; bul. oh. I could
feel thal he araaa*! sincere! His friend
examined me closely and tinnily re?
marked that there was something
wrong with my
backbone. Il *
must be a doctor.
1 am very unhap?
Jan. 8. - lt ls
nil over with BM,
We went to the
arith my mother,
and Beti brr nf my
parents paid a i>tt
of attention to
m* or to 1 ho play.
I was rtgnt a boat
I h e fashion:!!,le
restaoraot. hui lt
has changed Its
name. Wc h.ive
taken a table,
and three of us
an- very jolly. I dent feel well.
There ls sn elderly woman wit li us.
She must be my grandmoi b-r. Oh,
dear: My father ls ordering supper,
and I feel arorsa and worse. Walt
My mother says something alioiil me.
But Sty mather ls laughing, am! lie
answers. "Never mind that. (Ttia-!i
It has served Its purpose, and ur* .Pu?
pil- must celebrate tlie engagement.**
Heartless man: Ard they arr nil
smiling. Oh. dear! I feel so bad il'np!
Gurgle, gurirle. gurgle i There, no'v.
see what he's done! I'm de.i.l. New
In a small town in the wost of Scot?
land the town clerk, who was a Pit of
a "character." bad the misfortune to
lose his leg In a railway av-Went. .\n
a raork of appreciation am! esteem for
his long services the rossel! unani?
mously agreed io replace his loss sith
an artificial limb, which they did ns
soon ns he was su(!ieiently recovered.
A few months afterward tb* town
clerk, who was generally known hy bis
Christian name. Pani, was unfortunate
enough to have his other leg fractured
In un accident. Naturally the mishap
b*CSUs* food for town gossip, and unt?
old wife In discussing ihe maller witta
N neighbor was overheard Buying:
"lt's a gey bad business for I'uil.
uiilr mun. but is't his ain leg or tl.e l?g
that belangs to ihe toon that's bro?
Life of the Red Deer.
Accord Ing to an old Gaelic legend, n
red deer might live for 210 years, an j
eagle for (Bil and an oak troiaVor near- ;
ly nineteen centuries. Nowadays,
however, hundred year-old deer would
lie dlfllcult io find. From twenty-Ure i
to thirty-five years apparently may ls*
abOSt the range of their existence.? '
London Country Gentleman.
"Yes." said 1st per BOB who had at?
tended the party. "Miss Keepoiindrr
was lhere, aud ive had to beg and l-esr
lier to play."
"And did she play?"
"Ob. yes. I ihousht for a time that
we would have to !>eg and beg her to
Peter and Joss (Seeing a large pla'*
glass pane larina, put lin ?We may ns
well go home. They are not going to
let lt fall- Fllegende Mallar.
Kind words are tbe music of tbs
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n_^?X' fife :'
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ANO ll IER yeer I Well. I must malt*
/ \ In nj |a*acripaa0aa no mistake
In 1910, (or these young men
In drag s.vi - U?ak too mucli ? ahem I
The code i li Bia** clue thit year;
N"- sdi .-.: f*J aliaa appear.
|*3 ?; .'. BO lal ol 0 [tel "docs"
Ai I f|U. ! gut*] .:il throwing rocks.
I'ii be o.i ;... id ii hours lute
And peel bcikI husbands at the gate.
I'll upright Live as any Qya.er
And sparc my friend the undertaker.
WELL, this I s"pose.
And time for me to change
From t!rs tim? oi lil do tilings cl^an
And Bel r.o e'eonargarine.
To patrons old i'll bc as good
As to the new ones, though my food
I risk in doing so. I'll bust
Or sell as cheap for cash as trust.
To him who pays 1 shall no! place
Tris debts of those who fall from crace.
Adulterations I shall scorn.
For honesty may e'en adorn
A grocery. an-d grocers reap
Rewards in heaven, heap on heap.
OH. WELCOME. New Year's I
That finds the plumber's heart
And full of vows of true reform.
To turn's ne'er dark the winter storm.
For plumber's time and helper's toil
I'll charge much less this year and oil
My patron's fixtures bee of cost
(The generous yet have never los*.)
And when 1 grease l>.s stop and waste
My bill l'ii not present in haste.
His pipes I'll give the proper fall
And lay them on the southern wai1
To do thing., v.cll ilii'l be my missi.n
And ihus crowd out all competition.
Tis my b !? f thal sanitation
Is yet lo tavt liu. periled nation.
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