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By REV. B. B. SUTCLIFFE
Extension Department Moody Bible
Iff Institute oC Chicago s?ij
TEXT-Then said the king to Ittai the
Gltvite. wherefore gocst thou also with
us?-II Sam. 15:19.
' To get the setting of this text we
must read at least the first 23 verses
of the chapter in
which it is found.
It will be seen
that King David
was driven from
his place by the
Absalom. It was
a dark item in
and his prospects
for final victory
were not very
of nis most influ
were turning from
him, and his pop
was waning. Then it was that Ittai
came to him with cheer and encour
mai's Choice of David.
In the first place it was a proper
choice, for even though David was
driven out, he was still the rightful
king. Then again, it was a very en
thusiastic choice, as we see from verse
21. Ittai was in it for life or death.
And it was a deliberate choice. He
was awar3 of the difficulties, the pri
vations and the dangers he must share
with David. He was not blind to the
promise cf ease and safety and pos
sible advantage to himself by making
another choice. And he had beforo
him the example and influence ol'
some of tile leading men who were
forsaking David. Hut he had count
ed the co?t and then deliberately and
with enthusiasm he threw himself on
David's side. \\ hat a picture this
presents of what the Christians' choice
should be in following the Lord.
Doubtless there are certain difficul
ties and privations, certain promises
of ease and advantage from the other
side. And there is surely seen the
example ot many who turn aside. But
in spite of this thc proper choice for
the Christian is a deliberate and en
thusiastic choice of the Lord whatever
the cost may be.
Ittai's Consecration to David.
His consecration is seen in his sep
aration to David's person. Where the
king was he would bo and where the
king went he must go. But this in
volved a confession of David's pur
pose. Being found with David meant
that what David wanted to do, he want
ed to do. lt wouid be plain to all,
friend and foe alike, what Ittai want
ed. And this in turn meant associa
tion with David's people. How strong
the church wouid be if all professing
Christians were found among the peo
ple of Christ, having the purpose of
Christ as their purpose and knowing
not only some of the promises of
Christ, but knowing too sumething
of the person ot Christ. But so many
have their own purposes to follow and
work out instead of tho Lord's. So
many there are whose associations
are more often formed among the ene
mies rather than the friends of Christ.
Little is seen ot' true consecration
Ittai's Compensation From David.
To read this we must read I Sam.
18:1, 2. In this passage we are told
that Ittai came to a place of
responsibility for David's work. Ho
became a leader among David's
friends. This put him into a place
of honor before David's enemies. They
knew Ittai had been promoted and
henceforth they must reckon with
him in their warfare against David.
And this gave him a place in sharing
in David's triumph when at last the
king came into his own. What an
incentive for all Christians to step out
and away from the world with a con
secration to the Lord which would re
sult in each one having such a place
In the Lord's service that would make
the enemy take note of them. And
ia the filling of such a place there
viii come at last the sharing of our
Lord's triumph when, his foes being
made his footstool, he is seated and
reigning upon his throne.
Each successful life has had at its
foundation some secret spring which
has supplied the continuing energy
to give that life success. In Ittai's
case the secret was threefold. He had
?a personal attachment to David which
never wavered when David came to
troublous times. He was ready with
personal sacrifice for David when the
usurper was on the throne and David
driven out. And finally there was per
sonal satisfaction with David even
when apparently David could give him
nothing but difficulties and dangers
while David's rival could hold out the
promise of ease and safety. This
same threefold secret applied to the
life of any Christian in relation to
the Lord will bring success of the
highest kind. There ls in this fol
lowing the Lord, sacrifice and priva
tion, difficulty and danger in the pres
ent time, but in the end it will be
glory and honor, delight and joy in
the presence of the Lord Jesus
The best armor is to keep out ol
O'^lnouR Phra'c In Persia.
The expression "to give a cup o?
?See" has in Persia a somewhat
aminoun significance, duo to tho fae;
that the coffee cup is a recognized me
llum for conveying poison. Some
years ago the governor of Aspadana,
having long been at daggers drawn
with the chief of a powerful mountain
tribe, determined in this way to put
an end to all trouble. He professed to
entertain a great degree of friendship
and esteem for the chieftain and in
vited him to visit him at his palace.
The chief unsuspiciously came accom
panied by his two young sons. For a
week they were royally entertained.
But at last one morning when the chief
came into his host's presence ne was
coldly received, and an attendant soon
stepped forward with a single cup
of coffee in his hand, which he of
fered to the guest. The latter could
not fail to understand that he was
doomed. Preferring, however, steei to
poison, he declined the cup and was
thereupon, at a signal from his host,
stabbed to death.
What ls Happiness?
The aim of human life, no doubt, ia
happiness. But, after all, what is hap
piness? Efficiency, wealth, material
comfort? Many by their lives do so
affirm; few are cynical enough to
say so; and on their deathbeds none
will feel so. Not even freedom in
itself brings happiness. Happiness
lies in breadth of heart. And breadth
of heart is that Inward freedom which
has the power to understand, feel with,
and, if need be, help others. In
breadth of heart are founded justice,
love, sacrifice; without lt there would
be no special meaning to any of our
efforts, and the tale of all human life
would be still no more than that of
supremely gh'ted animals, many of
whose communities are highly effi
cient, and have instinctive unity
founded on experience of its utility,
but none of that conscious altruism
which is without perception of future
benefit to self, and works from sheer
recognition of its own beauty.-Gals
worthy, in Atlantic.
The phenomenon known as "the
midnight sun" is literally the shining
o? the sun at midnight, which takes
place within the arctic circle at and
near midsummer. At that time the
sun skirts the horizon without dipping
below it. The further north one goes,
the greater the number of days on
which one finds the "midnight sun"
visible. The cause of the phenomenon
is. briefly, the inclination of the earth's
axis to the ecliptic. For the elevation
of the pole at any given spot is equal
to the latitude of that spot; and the
sun's polar distance on a midsummer
day being 66H degrees, it will follow
that in the latitude 66*4 degrees the
sun will barely graze the horizon.
North of that latitude the midnight
sun is observed for some days about
midsummer time, and at the North
cape, latitude 73*4 degrees, the mid
night sun Is visible from May 12 to
Ruined by Women.
An Atchison man has been ruined
by women; not actresses and chorus
girls, but by his wife and daughters.
His wife has an "artistic" tempera
ment, and to this day takes painting
and music lessons. Ono daughter, ac
cording to her mother, has a "voice."
The man pays for training it. Another
daughter paints china. The man pays
for her lessons. Another daughter
wants to become a violinist, and the
man is putting up. He has never had
a wholesome meal Bined his marriage.
He ls in debt, old, thin and a failure.
There is another combination in which
women ruin men, besides the histor
ical one of "wine, women and song."
A calm, dispassionate young .nan
married a livelv, emotional girl. Soon
after the honeymoon had flitted away
they set about to remake each other.
Their efforts meeting with Indifferent
success, the young husband grew cyni
cal and his wife grew very morose.
For months they had a miserable ex
istence in the vale of sarcasm and
tears. Finally, however, they gave up
all hope of leveling their divergent
personalities and lived happily unto
a ripe old age. Domestic happiness
consists in working out your own sal
vation.-A. E. Supp.
Abode of Greatness.
In the human heart there is a cham
ber set apart where a certain guest
may dwell, honored, reverenced, loved.
The threshold of that chamber ls a
lonely one, for none of the other ten
ants cross it entering, and only the
guests Itself ever issues forth irom ita
high embrasure to bless, to act or
to move among Its fellows. That guest
is Greatness, rare inhabitant, more
like a visitant from other spheres,
bringing with it. an atmosphere of
hushed power and amid the noise and
hum of littlenesses.
Phrase Traced to Dickens.
"You are a daisy" ls used by Dick
ens in "David Copperfield," m the
sense of calling a person a daisy to
express admiration, and at the same
time to laugh at one's credulity. Steer
forth says to young Copperfield: "Da
vid, my daisy, you are so innocent
of the worm. L*t me call you my
daisy, as it is so refreshing to find
one in these corrupt days so innocent
and jr...opui&Licated. Ivly dear Cop
perfield, the daisies of the field are
I not fresher than you."
I BERU SW!MS
* By LOUISE OLIVER.
Bert Van Buren stood waiting
the "boss" editor to speak. The
ter looked him over. "You-let
see-you might get a ticket
Beechmont. Mrs. Harding-Hainos,
sculptor, is doing a group for s<
thing or other and is going to
the proceeds to the dog hosp
Something like that, anyway. I
neer an interview with the lady. 1
a camera. There, get along now!
Bert's rebellion boiled over in
"What's all this about?" lnquin
feminine voice behind him.
Bert turned smiling to the girl
They went down to the street
gether. "Say, Bertie, I'm leaving.
She laughed a little slyly. "Oh,
like the little boy in the poem- .
'I've got the hives
And a new straw hat,
And I'm goin' back home
Where my beau lives at.' "
He stopped- as though a bullet
put a hole In a vital spot. "I
grat?late you, Molly," he managei
get out. "I-hadn't an idea you v,
"Well-I'm not exactly! I g?ei
shouldn't have Bald that. But mol
is making an awful fuss about my
lng newspaper work and insist? u
my going home and marrying a i
she's picked for me."
She sighed. "I'm going to look ]
over. If he suits my fancy I may
A hour later, the young man fo
himself unloaded at the entrances
to the Harding-HaineB place. He '.
preferred walking the quarter mik
the house to get a few pictures of
He had passed a group of elms
wonderful shrubbery, and an Ital
garden, and was approaching a ]
gola, when he spied a swimming pi
cool, marble lined and inviting,
looked around. Things were quiet,
cept for a woodpecker hammer
near, and somewhere in the distal
the dull hum o? a grass mower.
He was hot and dusty and e
since his tall: with Molly there 1
been a queer feeling in his head. 1
solitude of the place spelled safc
Why not take a plunge? So in a f
minutes he was in the bath, his clotl
and camera stowed away beneath
The water was soothingly refre
ing and he swam slowly around, ke
ing close to the shadow of overhas
ing shrubs. And then-as he neat
the place from which he had start
he heard a voice, a woman's, qu
"Here, Jenkins, put the tea wag
by this stone bench. I'll wait here :
Bert thought of his clothes, not fi
feet from the bench, and danger of d
covery became imminent when t
same person remarked: "When y
go back. Jenkins, semi Green to n
These shrubs are entirely too thh
They need thinning around the wat
You may go."
Bert shivered. The water becai
cold as the situation grew war
Jenkins retreated and the voice apo
no more, but Bert knew that mada
probably Mrs. Harding-Haines herse
was seated so near that he could ha
Then "Mary" arrived. A car cai
rapidly up the drive and stopped. Nc
was the accepted time and Bert' w
about to make a grab for his cloth
when Green appeared upon the c
posite side of the pool. There w
nothing for it but to drop quickly bai
Into the water under cover of tl
But in the instant something hi
happened.. Bert had seen the girl. H
heart nearly stopped beating, fi
"Mary" was his Molly.
But hark! Madam was talking. A
unwilling eavesdropper, Bert couhk
"Mary, now that you have had yoi
own way and earned your own brea
for a year and lived a real life, as ye
call it, I want you to consider what
say. When you were quite tiny, and
certain young man also waB quil
small, his mother and I betrothc
you two. I've never mentioned it fe
several reasons. Partly because
changed my mind, as his family lot
every cent of their money. But hi
mother was my best friend and I thin
I've done wrong In walting. If I pr<
duce him, won t you try to like him?
"Do I know him? What ls his nam?
"Bertram Van Buren."
Just then Green's quick eye notice
a splash, and he exclaimed excitedly
"Madam, there's a man in the watei
If you and Miss Mary will please gi
away, I'll call Jenkins and pull hin
Mrs. Harding-Haines rose quickly
"Heavens! Come along to the house
Mary. I'll call up the police Instantly.'
But Molly, recovered of one shock
was to have another. She had spied
the end cf a well-known cravat pro
truding from a bush beside her an?
beside it a camera she had often used
herself on her travels. She smiled
and covertly blew them a kiss.
"Oh, don't, mother!" she pleaded.
"It's some poor fellow Just wandered
in to got cool. Lot him go-do! Il
you promise, I'll-I'll marry Mr. Ber
tram Van Buren. Honestly I will, if
he WaUkS i_u.tr.
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