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WHO IS AT THE DOOR?
Just as we rose from our knees after evening
prayer, in the family circle of a friend, one
night, there was a ring at the door.
"John," said my friend, to his son, a boy
about seven or eight years old, "Answer the
bell, and see what is wanted." But the usually
obedient boy did not move, and was, evidently,
very unwilling to do as he was told.
"John," said his father, "did you not un
derstand me? Go to the door." "Father,"
said the boy, "I can't go." "What," said
my friend, "You tell me you cannot." Then,
seeing the distressed look on the boy's face, he
said: "My son, what is the reason that you
do not want to obey me?"
"O father," said the boy, "it's death at the
door! Don't you know the hymn you sang
before prayers tonight? 'For death stands
ready at the door to take our lives away.'
Don't make me go! I don't want him to take
me ! ' ' Poor little fellow ! It was all real to
him. Of course, the father went to the door
himself, and afterwards explained to the child,
as best he could, what was meant.
After all it was a fearful idea to enter a
young mind. Do let the children have bright
and happy hymns to sing. Religion is joyous,
glad and helpful. Not gloomy, sad and for
bidding. E. P. C.
LUTHER'S GERMAN NEW TESTAMENT.
By Rev. W. S. Bean, D. D.
A catechism prepared by Dr. R. A. Webb and
published in the Earnest Worker, states that
Luther translated the New Testament into Ger
man from the Latin. This is an error. Luther
translated from the Greek of the second edi
tion of the New Testament of Erasmus, which
was published in 1519. Luther's New Testa
ment appeared in September, 1522. The publi
cation and diffusion of Erasmus' Greek Testa
ment was one of the chief factors in preparing
the way for the Reformation. Instead of the
"agite poenitentiam" ? "do penance" of the
Latin Vulgate, the simple Greek word "meta
noiete," "change your mind," shifted the em
phasis from the outward "satisfaction" to the
inward disposition. So in Ephesians 5:32,
where the Vulgate translates, treating of mar
riage, "Sacramentum hoc magnum est," thus
making matrimony one of the seven sacra
ments, the real meaning was given by the word
"mystery." There are other passages also in
which the Latin translated by a later ecclesi
astical sense, rather than by the real signifi
cance of the words. If Luther had. simply
translated from the Latin, the German New
Testament could never have been the weapon
it was against the Roman Church.
Another erroneous opinion is that no Ger
man translation of the Bible was made before
Luther's. There were about fourteen trans
lations into high German before 1518, in folio;
in low German, there were four complete edi
tions, besides a good many translations of the
psalms, the gospels, some epistles and the
Church lessons. But these were large and cost
ly books and never spread among the people.
Luther had aroused the attention of the Chris
tian world, paper was cheaper, and his Ger
man could be understood by the people be
cause of its singular vigor, clearness and use
of the court language of Franconia. These facts
are taken from Herzog & Plitt, "Real Ency
klopaedie;" Reuss' "Geshcichte des Neuen
Testemants" and Lindsay's "Reformation in
Our Boys and Girls
(A Little Girl Speaks)
I stand up liere to tell you *
Something that seems new,
I know you will believe me,
For I wear Red, White and Blue.
The boys all feel so sure
That they control this land,
They talk about our country
In a way that's very grand.
But I have come to tell you
That all of us girls, too,
Can prove we love our Country,
And the Red, White and Blue.
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THE GOD WHO ANSWERED BY FIRE.
A minister who delights to preach to boys
and girls recently gave them a very instruc
tive talk about fires. Among other things he
asked them to see how often they could find
fire mentioned in the Bible. He also spoke
of what fire does, and what it stands for when
it is spoken of in the Bible. He said :
I have no room to explain what fire is com
posed of, but your teachers will tell you. But
you can all answer my next question, "What
does fire dot" Fire burns, fire gives light,
fire dries things or melts them. It burns up the
rubbish and dross, it purifies, it warms. If you
will get a Concordance and look under "fire,"
you will learn things the Bible has to say on
As we cannot see God, He has often clothed
Himself with fire when He wished to show
Himself to anyone. When Moses was feeding
Jethro's sheep, near Mount Horeb, he noticed a
flame of fire in the middle of a bush, and,
watching it, saw that the bush was not burned
up. So he went nearer, and then God called
to him out of the fire and told him he was to
deliver the Israelites from their cruel mas
ters in Egypt. (Ex. 3.) Then again, when
God wanted to teach the people His laws. He
came down on to Mount Sinai in fire (Ed.
Sometimes God sent fire from heaven to show
that He was pleased, and sometimes the fire
came to show that He was displeased. In or
der to keep the people ever in remembrance of
the dreadfulness of sin and to teach them that
the punishment of sin is death (cither they
'must die, or some one die instead of them), God
instituted the sacrifices, which had to be burned
with fire. When Moses had prepared the Tab
ernacle and altars for sacrifice, according to
God's commandments, fire came down from
heaven and burned up the offerings, to show
that He accepted the worship (Lev. 9 :24) ; and
the same thing happened when Solomon had
.finished building the temple (2 Chron. 7:1-4).
But when Aaron's sons thought they would
offer fire of their own accord, God was dis
pleased and His fire came down and destroyed
them (Lev. 10:1-3). On another occasion,
God's people had forgotten Him and wor
shipped idols, when Elijah appeared and chal
lenged them to prove who was the true God.
"The God that answereth by fire, let Him be
God," said he (1 Kings 18). You all know
the story, and how the fire came from heaven,
and burned up even the stones of which the al
tar was made.
But God is not only a great and all-powerful
God, but also loving and kind. Elijah was once
so tired out with his hard day's work that he
lay down under a tree and wished he might
die. lie fell asleep. Someone touched him and
said "Arise and eat," and, behold, by his side
was a fire and a cake ready baked and a bot
tle of water. The Lord knew what he needed
and sent His angel to supply fire and food (1
What a number of stories about fires there
are in the Bible. I wonder how many you
could find? There are two in St. John's gos
pel, chapters 18 and 21. Our Lord Jesus was
being tried before the judges, and the servants
and officers had lighted a fire near the door and
were warming themselves when Peter joined
them. They said to him, "You are one of the
disciples of the prisoner," but he was ashamed
and denied his Lord and Master.
Then there is the story of the disciples who
had lost sight of their Master, and returned to
their fishing, but had caught nothing all night
and were very disheartened. Jesus, who had
risen from the dead, called to them from the
shore, and when they landed they found a fire
lighted and a nice breakfast all ready. How
glad they must have been to sit down by this
fire, and listen to Jesus. ? Christian Instructor.
A HALLOWE'EN REVENGE.
"Hateful old thing!"
"Hateful? I should say so; snapping us off
like that when we offered to pay her for the
"I wish we'd broken every one of her win
dows since she's going to be so mean about
"So do I; 'twould have been good for the
old woman if we had."
"Say, boys, let's get even with her. Tonight's
"Let's! What shall we do?"
"Oh, there are a lot of things. Come out
right after supper and we'll decide."
"All right. I'll be there."
"So '11 I." "So '11 I."
"Good-bye." "Good-bye," and the four
boys separated to wait impatiently for supper
Both came at last, and 7 o'clock found the
boys at the appointed place.
"Hello! all here? What shall we do first?"
"Let's carry off her gate and upset her porch
"All right; anything else? What do you
"Nothing, only that I can't help you.'"
"Oh, ho! Somebody turned goody, has he?
Better run home to his mother."
"No, I haven't, but I can't help and that's
all there is about it. Boys, do you know it's
just four years today since George died?"
A long drawn whistle showed that the boys
did remember their schoolmate's death.
"I'd forgotten, but I guess it is."
"That's why Mrs. Green's eyes were so red
today. I don't blame her now. What made
"Say, boys, can't we do something for her
to let her see that we've not forgotten?"
"I have it. Let's fill a big basket with ap
ples and stuff and leave it at her door. I know
mother will help."
"That's a good idea, and say, let's put new
hinges on her gate; it's been off a long time.
And, boys, why can't we stack up the wood in
the back yard for her, too?"