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SOUTHERN' STANDARD MMINNVILLK. TENNESSEE. SATURDAY, JULY 5, ;
EI)lTl:i) IiY JIEV. J,. " LEEPEK.
WHAT IS THAT IN THINE HAND?
REV. J ESSE V. HKOOKS, D.D., P1I. l.
When Moses was called to his great
life-work, he was fearful in view of
the enormous responsibilities laid up
"With characteristic meekness he
asked : "Who am I that I should go
unto Pharoh, and that I should bring
forth the children of Israel out of
Egypt?" Assured by the promise of
God's presence, and by the revelation
of his name, by which he would be
known to Israel as the self-existent
and covenant-keeping God, Moses
still dreads the future he fears and
trembles in entering upon such a
great work. And it was just there
while he was thinking of the appar
ently insuperable obstacles, and
while he was, very naturally, view
ing with apprehension the difficul
ties to be encountered that God put
to him the question : "What is that
in thine hand?" and he said, "A
rod." This rod had probably served
him in the two-fold capacity of staff
and shepherd's, crook. It was Just
such a rod as any ordinary herdsman
wquld have in discharging his duties.
Moses was accustomed to its use;
and possibly it was at the time his
What an humble, insignificant,
possession ! and yet what an instru
ment of power it becomes when ac
cepted and consecrated as not only
Moses', but as God's rod. It now be
comes the instrument of producing
most of the plagues of Egypt.
WThen it smites the Nile, the water is
polluted with blood. When it is ex
tended over the lied Sea, the waters
are driven back to permit the exodus
of God's people. When, in the wil
derness, the people are crying for wa
ter, the rock smitten with this rod
pours forth its streams to quench their
thirst and to rejoice their hearts
Again, when Israel is engaged in 'a
deadly conflict with the Amalekites,
Moses declares, "I M ill stand upon
the top of the hill with the rod of God
in my hand." Joshua led Israel in
the battle. Moses, with the uplifted
rod, spends the day in prayer. The
victory was gained, not because Aaron
and Hur stayed Hp Moses' weary
arms simply, but because they held
up the hands that held the rod. It is
not at all surprising that Moses him
self was accustomed to speak of it as
This suggests to us two lessons
which eOry member of our Church
should learu, in view of the mission
ary crisis through which we are now
In prosecuting the colossal work of
the Church an evangelizing the lost
world which must ever be viewed
as the "business, not the benevo
lence," of the Church, it is well for us
every one to heed that same ques
tion : "What is that in thine lfand?"
I. First let us notice that this
question was intimately connected
with a call to service. It succeeded
the call. It preceeded the service.
The order never changes. When
one is called to Christ's service today,
this is the first question to be an
swered. Art thou a servant of God ?
Then "what is that in thine hand,"
with which thou canst serve him ?
Is it the pen of a ready writer?
Then let it be employed in sending
gospel messages of loving invita
tions to the lost of kindly comfort to
the sorrowing children of God.
Have you a voice ? Then, as you
sing, let the people hear the praises
of God ; as you speak !and teach, let
them listen to loving and winning
"What is that in thine hand ? Is it
wealth ? Then be sure that you look
rjpon it as not your rod simply, but
as God's rod, "The silver is mine,
and the gold is mine, saith the Lord
of hosts ;" and you will never get
lruo joy or lasting benefit from
wealth unless you remember that,
though it is yours, it is also God's.
"Yours to use, but to use only as a
servant of God for the service of
Every dollar that is held by a ser
vant of Christ in any other way, or
with any other purpose, is a hin
drance, not a help to his spiritual
life. Clearly Dr. Strong is right
when he says that, "Of our entire
possessions every dollar, every cent,
should be employed in the way that
will best honor God."
Is it not remarkable, then, that the
fame author has to remind us that
our great prosperous country is eon
tributing annually for intoxicating
drinks ISO times as much as for mis
sions, both home and foreign? Is it
not strange that while the average
servant of strong drink, living in
poverty, can spend per annum.
upon his idol, the average professing
Christian spends but fifty cents, per
annum in helping to evangelize the
world for which his Lord and Mas-
tec died? It has been said, not with
out a touch of sarcasm, "Any one
who did not know better might nat
uratly infer that the one class loved
beer and whiskey better than the
other loved souls."
Ah, reader, what is that in thine
II. Again, let us learn and ever
remember that, When things appar
ently insignificant are yielded to
God and accepted by him, they, be
come instruments of great power;
and the man who learns to use the
most trifling posessions according to
God's purpose and in conjugation
with God's power, can overthrow
every foe. He can exert an influ
ence which the world cannot resist.
It was only a rod, but when it be
came in Moses' hand "the rod of
God," it brought blessing to friend
and terror to foe. It was the instru
ment of torture to Egypt and of des
truction to Pharaoh's host ; the in
strument of assurance, to Moses, and
01 salvation to israei. wnat is tnat
in thine hand ? Remember, that is
your rod. That alone can become
the "rod of God" in your hand. It
is not necessary that it should be
some great possession in order that it
may be acceptable to God and ser
viceable in his work. In God's
economy a penny multiplied by a
prayer may yield a larger product
than a pound without that prayer.
Certainly the dimes ,of poor Chris
tians are just a3 acceptable to God as
are the dollars of the rich.
O brother ! What is that in thine
hand ? Is it of trifling importance-
some very little thing? Then let it
become in your hand "The rod of
God." It is a little word or a trifling
service ? Then let it speed some im
mortal' soul heavenward. Is it a lit
tie offering ? Then let it be conse
crated to the King's service ; and let
it help sustain the grandest enter
prise in which han was ever called
to engage. Z
The Holy Spirit the Comforter of JSe
Jesus chose his twelve disciples to
accompany him in the prosecution of
his Messianic mission. Thev had
witnessed his wonderful works.
heard his infallible instructions, and
became partakers of his sufferings.
But amid all their trials they found
comfort from his presence and his
words of consolation. But the time
at last came when he must leave
them, in view of which he delivered
his farewell address, in which he
told them that they would be cast
out of the synagogue and he put to
death, and that he would now leave
the world and foturn to the Father
who had sent him. Looking for
ward to the suffering that awaited
them, and ttm departure of thei
Lord, their hearts were filled, with
sorrow. But amidst these gloomy
forebodings, Jesus said unto them,
"It is expedient for you that I go
away, for if I go not away the Com
forter will not come'unto you ; but if
I depart I will send him unto vou.'
This promise was fulfilled by the
outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Pen
The Holy Spirit is distinguished
as the Comforter of believers. They
are all subject to wants and evils
temptations and trials, and need
comfort. The Holy Spirit, who
searches their hearts and knows their
sorrows, is able and willing to ad
minister such consolation as each
Christian may need during his earth
Christ bWbeen, but could no Ion
ger continue to be, the Comforter of
his disciples in this world, but the
Holy Spirit was sent to take his
place, and while Christ's mission as
Kedeemer ended with his ascension
that of the Holy Spirit as Comforter
will abide with the Church for ever
The Scriptures are designed to eiv(
comfort, ' but the Holy Ghost alone
can so enlighten the eyes of believ
ers that they may apprehend the
truths they contain that are comfort
ing, and so to move their hearts that
they may believe and enjoy them.
The Holy Spirt is the author of
both faith and hope, and gives the
assurance of his work in the hearts ol
believers. They know that they
have passed from death unto life, be
cause he has given them his Spirit.
He changes their hearts, strengthens
tneir graces, enables them to exa
ine themselves before the mirror
the Scriptures, aHd by his fruits w
nesses with their spirits that they
are the children of God, and fills
their hearts with joy and gladness.
Christians are exposed to constant
temptations from the flesh, the-
orld, and the Devil : but rhe IIolv
Spirit strengthens them with might
the inner man to over come temp
tation, and enables them to persevere
nto the end.
It is the will of God that Christians
sanctified and increase in holiness,
ithout which no one shall see the
Lord ; and as the Holy Spirit regen
erates believers through the incor
ruptible seed of the Word, so, too,
does he sanctify them through the
truth, and thus comort their hearts.
"In the world," said Christ to his
disciples, "ye shall have tribulation."
Many are the afflictions of the
righteous" who must, through much
tribulation, enter into the kingdom
God. The holy Spirit enables
them to bear their trials with resig
nation, and even to rejoice that they
are deemed worthy to suffer for
Christ's sake, knowiner that all
things work together for good to
them that love God. Through the
Holy Spirit, Christians "have access
to the Father," and are encouraged
come "boldly unto the throne of
grace, that they may obtain mercy
and find erace to helo in time nf
need." And although they know
not what to nrav for as thev oucht.
v f O 1
the Spirit helpeth their infirmities
and enables them to pray according
to the will of God, and obtain com
fort through the answers they receive
their prayers, and the assurance
that God is more willing to give the
Holy Spirit to them that ask him,
than earthly parents are to give their
children bread. "Not by might, nor
by power, but by my Spirit, . saith
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It is a matter of history that some
of the finest poetry ever written has
had a narrow escape from the"limb(
of things lost on earth." One of the
greatest poets that ever lived came
within an ace of being the "mule, in
glorious Milton," for his almost di
vine epic found little favor with the
booksellers of his day, and was final
ly sold for about the sum which 1
first-class poet of the present day
would expect for a poem of forty or
titty lines. In that day. as in ouf?
every leading publishing house "kept
a critic," on whose fiat the fate of an
author's manuscript depended: and
then, as now, the "readers" of such
establishments sometimes made ter
It is our deliberate opinion that
had the "Paradise Lost" been sub
mitted to certain recrularlv emnlnvrd
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critics of the present time, instead of
to the urub street gentlemen of th,
seventeenth century, it would hav
been pronounced as of yore, a "dul
anu teuious production." Byron, as
we all know, was mercilessly snub
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inburgh Review; and the Rev
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me uunai ol fSir John Moore" was
so scornfully rejected by a leading
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in sending it to a provincial newspa
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he should be cauterized bv the press
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any cynic in "foolscap uniform turn
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franked him for immortality.
There is an enormous amount of
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