GL1MFSLS OF GOD. Trrs. rri1 ,ion!. T " Is,uh
says, tak UP the isles a a Terj
little thine." Co bin and Borneo and
Hawaii a though they were pebbles;
power to weih "the "mountains in
scales and the hula in
Discourse of Dr. Tiimije oa the
He ! Hick t:ie-ttia filar
fktt Xw Bat Ulsalr
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ICoryrWht, VOX. b i t Klnpsch. X. T.)
I ab.i y,oa, Jut.e 11
In this diroi,re Dr. Talinatre
raises high exretiiHiins of the oay
when tbat which i no only dimly
een will I ful'v revealed; text. Job
S, 14: "J.O, those are parts of Hi
way. But how little a portion is
heard f Him? l'.us the thunder of
His power who can understand?"
The least utxiir;o,Kl oeing in the
universe is God. Iiiipbrinou would
be any attempt by painting or sculp
ture to represent llini. Egyptian
Weroglyphs tried to surest Him by
putting the figure of an eye upon a
word, implyir.g that i,nd sees and
rales, but how imperfect the suis
ftMion! When we pcak of Him. it
is almost always in language fisrura
tiv. He is -Light" or "Daysjirin
from on Eieh." or He is a "llijra
Tower" or the "Fountain of Liviug
Waters." His splendor is o great
that no man can see Him and live.
VTben the group of great theologian
assembled in VYesttiiinstv r ab'iey for
the purpose of maki.jr a system if
religious belief, they rirt of ail want
ed an answer to the (jestioii: "Who '
t.od?" Xo one li.t-irru to under
take the answering of that ovcrnt:i
tcrir.g question. Thty tin all? con
e'uded to five the task to the vouac-
fst man in the a.-rmhlv. who h.ip-
pentd to be Key. Ueorsre t,illesi.ie. He I fi,i .,.--w.- ... .i..
T.'"' o undertake it on the con- mountain we cannot climb, hovering
...... Uo wuuiu nrsi unite
With him in nraver i.ir T;rit il ;.--
tiori. He lieiran his nmrr In- vv.
lap: "O God. Thou art a spirit, in
finite, eternal and ur.chingrah: in
Thy being, wisdom, pnurr. holiness
justice, goodness and truth." That
rirst sentence of Gillespie's prayer
was unanimously adopted by the a
aembly as the best definuion of God
"Ul. "cr all, it was only a pajtial
nieces, ami after everything that
language can do when put to the ut
most strain and all, we can see of God
in the natural world and realise of
od in the providential world we are
forced to r- out with Job in my
'ext: -La, these are part of His
way. But how little a portion is
heard of llini? But the thunder of
His power who en u.i)prinri?n
Archbishop Tillotsou and Dr. DicV
ana limothv Dwiirht and JnniDiin
Kdwards of the past and the might-
ess taeoiogian t.i this young cen
tury hare discoursed upon the power
nf God, the attribute of omnipotence.
And we bare all seen demonstrations
"f God's almtghtinena. It might hare
teen far out at sea when in an
'painoctial.ra)e God showed what He
roaid do with the waters. It might
fcTe been in an August thunder
storm in the mountains when God
showed what He could do with the
lhtnings. It might have been in
South America when God showed
what He could do wJh the earth
fuake. It might bate been amors
the Alps when God showed what lie
eould do with the avalanches. Our
rheek wa blancaed, our breath
topped, our pnlses fluttered, our
wole being wa terrorized, but we
had seen only an instance of DiTme
strength. What was the power of
ht storm compared with the power
vhich holus ail the oceans? What
JTZ the power thnt shook the hills
I'oiupartd with the power tiiat swings
the earth through all the centuries
nd for 6.non year and in a forma
tive and incomplete shape for hun
dreds of thousands of years? What
U that power that sustains our world
compared with the (tower which rolis
through immensity the entire solar
system aud all the constellation and
gahixies and the universe? The
mightiest intellect of man would
five way if for a moment there came
upon it the full appreciation of what
We try to Katinfy ourselves with
aying: "It is natural law that con
trols things, gravitation is at work,
centripetal and centrifugal forces re
spond t each other." But what is
natural law? It ia only God's way of
doing things. At every point in the
universe it is God s direct and con
tinuons power that controls and bar
over a depth we cannot fathom, at
the rim of a circumference we canrot
compass, and we feel like first e-rcg
down on our kt;ee. and then like fail
in? flat njxvn our faces a we exclaim:
"U. these are parts of His ways. T.jt
how little a portion !s heard of Him?
But the thunder of His power who
can understand?" ,.,
So all those who hare put together
systems of theoloey have discoursed
also abotit the wisdom of God. Think
of a wisdom which can know the end
from the beginning, that knows the
thirtieth century as well as the rt
century. We can guess what will hap
pen. DUl Uly true.,. Think of
mind hat csa hold all the past and
11 the present and all the future. We
can contrive and invent on a small
scale, but think of a wisdom that
could contrive a universe! Think'of
a wisdom that can learn nothing new,
a wisdom that nothing can surprise,
all the facts, scene and occurrences
of all time to come as plainly before
it as though they had already trans
pired! He could have built all'the ma
terial universe into one world and
swung It a glorious mass through im
tiensity, but heboid His wisdom in di
viding up the grandeurs into innu
merable world, rolling splendors on
all sides, diversity, amplitude, maj
esty, infinity! Worlds! Worlds!
Moving in complete order, shining
with complete radiance. Mightiest
telescope on one hand and most pow
erful microscope on the other t;.
covering in the plan of God not one
imperfection. What but Divine wis.
dom could have planned a human race
and, before it started, built for it a
world like this: pouring waters to
slake human thirst and giving soils
capacity to produce such food and lift
ing such a canopy of clonds embroid
ered wnn such snnUpht and surround
ing the world with such wonders that
all the scientists of the ages have only
begun to unro!! them? Wisdom in
magnitude and in a:. m. in arohanr.-'
and in moliusk. Thirk of a wisdom
that was able to form without any
suggestion or any mo?el to work hr
the eve. the ear. the h:mJ. the
the vocal organ! No wonder tht
Galen, the most celebrated of medica!
authors atnon? the ancients, fell ..n
his knee at the overwhtlminzwisdom
of God in the const'tution of the hu
man frame. Our libraries are filled
with the wisdom of the great think
ers of all tinje. Have you Considered
the far superior wisdom which fash
ioned the brain for all those thoughts
of the Infinite Mind that built those
intellects? Rut it is only the mil
lionth part of that wisdom that has
come to mortal appreciation. Close
next, to every discovery is wonder
mai oa not been discovered. We see
that the theologian know of irod's
j : i.ii-mt eomoared with
wisuiviu is .i'e"
the wisdom bevur. l hunuio compre
hension. The human race never u
l i i si eLouch brain
Bin aim u 1 "
t tlC W1S0KIU .'l
iwho have expressed the exact fact.
The one was Taul. wn savs: vu,
the depth of the riches, both of the
wisdom and knowledge ef God. ho
unsearchable are His judgment ant
Hi way. pt fiuding out." Tha
other author was the scientist wh,
composed my t-st. I think He wrote
it during a thunderstorm, for the
hapter says much about tne ciouu
t.- . v - ,UH.A Af K esrth
balances"! or heart to measure tli
Tenrife and the Cordillem r.nA I cm think of on.v two a
To move a rocs: we must have lever
nd screw and great machinery, but
God mores the world with nothing
' but a word; power to create worlds
mi power to aeetroy idem, as from
the observatories arsln and airxin
they have been seen red with flame.
theu puif with asaea and then scat
We get some little idea of the divine
Tvower wlicn we see how it buries the
proudest cities and nations. Ancient
Aiempms u Das ground up until many
of its ru'-i are no" larger than your
thumb nail and you can hardly find a
aouveu:r large enoiiuh to remind you
of your visit. The ci'y of Tyre is un
der the sea which washes the shore,
on wh:ch are only a few crumbling
pillars left. Sodom aad Gomorrah
are civered by waters so deathful
that not a fish can live in them. Baby
Ion and Nineveh sre so blotted out of
existence that not one uninjured shaft
of their ancient splendor remain.
Nothing but Omnipotence could have
put ttem down snd put them under
The antediluvian world was nh!e to
send t. the postdiluvian world on!y
one su p with a very small passenger
list. Omnipotence first rolled the
seas over the land, and then told them
to go back to their usual channels as
rivers and lakes and ocean. At
Omnipotent command the waters
pouncing upon their prey, and at
Omnipotent ronv.napd slinking back
tn'o their appropriate pla es. .Bt
such rehearsal we try t j arouse our
rppreciation of what Omnipotence is.
and our revererce is excited, and our
adoration is intensified, but after all
foot of a
anonisea and sustains. That power . only one specimen among 10,000 speoi
withdraws one instant would make ! mens.
he planetary ayatcm and all the A lnihiott th,t Abr,ham A,
worlds which strouomy reveal one
universal wreck, bereft hemispheres,
dismantled sansetn. dead constella
tions, debris of world. . What power
it must be that keeps tb internal
Area of our world imprisoned only
here and there spurting from at'oto
paxi, or a Hromboli. or from a Vesuvi
us, putting Pompeii and Heriulsneum
into aepulcher. but for the most part
the internal tires chained in their
cages of rock, and century after cen
tury unable to break the chain or
burst open the door: What power to
keep the .compoiitnl purls of the
air in ripbt proportion, so that all
around the world the nations may
iTeiitlie'in health, he frosts and the
beats hiwJt red from working uni-
' via lesiameni was when an in
fant hidden in a cave because of the
persecutions of Nimrod. The first
time the child came out of the cavers
it was night, and h looked op at the
star and cried: "This is my God," but
the star disappeared, and Abraham
said: "'o, that cannot be my God."
After awhile the moon rose, and
Abraham said: "This is my God," but
it set, and Abraham was again disap
pointed. After awhile the sun rose,
and he said: "Why, truly, here is my
God," but the sun went down, and
Abraham was saddened. Not untii
the God of the l'.ib!e appeared to
Abraham was he satisfied, and his
faith was so treat that Jie was called
"tha Father the rV'thfijI."
and describes the tremor of the eartn
under the reverberations. Witty
writers sometimes depreciate the
thunder and say it is the lightning
that strikes., but I sra sure God thinks
well of the thunder or He would not
make so own of it, and all up and
down the Bible He uses the thunder
to give emphasis. It was the thunder
that shook Sinai when the law was
given. It was with tnunaer mat tne
Lord discomfited the I'hi.istines at
Ebeneer. Job pictures the warhorss
as having a neck clothed with thun
der, s-t. John, u n apocalyptic
vis;o, aga'n and again heard tu
thuLjer. The thunder, which is now
quite well explained by the electri-
oians. was the overnowerinir mvtery
of tlr m.cients. and stAiidintr amonir
thne fnvter7c .Toh eTcl.'limed? "T.O.
these are part of His ways. But how
uttie a portion is r.eara ot mm7
So, also, all system 0f theo!o;rT
fry to tell us wl at is omnipresence
. , . i
mil is, noo s capacity io oe everv
where at the satre time. "Vhere it
God?" said a hathen philosopher to
a Christian man. Ihe Christian an
swered: "I.e! me Crt ask you where
He is not?" The child bad it right
wTaen asked how manv Gods are there
and he answered: "One." "How d
you know that?' he was asked again.
He answered:. "There is only room
for one, for He Jj'is earth and Heav
en." An rr)hnr 'ay that if a man
wye .et in 'the h'lrhi' hnens he
would not ary i.earir ti'e essence
of God thn:t if !ie v,re ir the center
of the earth. I believe it. If this
Divine essence does not react all
places, what use in our Braver, foe
prayers are being offered to God on
tht other side of the earth as well as
here, and God roust be there and here
to take supplications which are of
fered thousands of miles apart.
Ubiquity! No one has it but God.
,4nd what an alarm to wickedness, aa
everywhere present Lord, and what a
reenforcement when we need help!
God on the throne and God with the
kneeling child, saying its evening
prayer at hit mother's lap. God
above you, God beneath you. God on
the right of you, God on the left of
you. God within you. No pantheism,
for tbat teaches that' all tnings are
God, but Jehovah possesses all thinvs.
a our souls possess our bodies. God
at tne d. a meter and circumference of
everything, ai close? to you as tha
food you put to your lips, a the coat
you put upon your back, as the sun
light that shines in your face. Ap
preciation of thit, if through Jesus
Christ, the atoning Saviour, we are
right with God, ought to give us a
serenity, a tranquillity, that nothing
could upset. Would it make ns
gloomy? No, for God is the God of
joy and will augment our happiness.
iroa m run possession of us is s
thought out of which you ought to
make anthems and entwine garlands
and kindle illumination.
So every system of theology has
attempted to describe and define the
Divine attribute of love. Kasy
enough is it to define fatherly love,
motherly iove. conjugal love, frater
nal love, sisterly love and love of
country. bit the love of God defies
all vocabulary. For many hundreds
of years poets have tried to sing It
and painter have tried to sketch it,
and ministers of the Gospel to preach
it, and martyrs :n the fire and Chris
tians on the'r deathbed have ex
tolled it, and we can tell what it is
like, but no one has yet fully told
what it ,
Only glimpses of God hsve'we in
this world, but what an hour 'it will'
be when we first eee Him, and we will
have no more fright than 1 feel when
I now see you. It will not he with
mortal eye thaV. we will behold Him.
but with the vision of a cleansed, for
given and perfected spirit. Of all th
quintillion ages of eternity to us tht
moat. thrilling hour will be the fir,t
hour when we meet Him as He is.
This may account for something you
have all seen and may not have un
derstood. Havw you not noticed that
after death the old Christian looks
young again or the features resume
th look of 20 or 30 year before?
The wearines is gone out of the face;
there i omething itrikingly restful
and placid; there is a pleased look
where before there was a disturbed
look. What has wrought the change?
I think the dying Christian saw God.
At the moment the soul left the body
what the soul saw left it impression
on the countenance. J. think tbat is
what gave that old Christian fa,-t
after dea-.h h- radiant and triumph
ant look. Th bestorraed spirit has
reached the harbor: the hard battle
of life is erdrj in victory. The body
took that !.. k th moment Heave's
began, and th curtain was Completely
lif'.ed aaj th glories of Jehovah's
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presence rushed upon the soul. Th Kdt-ti In Pus,
departins; spirit left on the old man's Wee(,e CVety
A l . . 1 U
iace a g.so gooa t.y, ana that BmUIOme
look gave th pleased curve to the d.v
in; lip and smoothed out the wrin
kles and touched all the lineament!
w.ih an indescribable radiance.
Last summer we journeyed thnn.
sand of mile to see the midnipbt sun
from lortb Cape, Norway. We stood
on deck in the arctic seas, our watches
in our bands, and it was 11 nVWu
at -night, bnt lipht as an ordinary
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utes of 12. but a lone. wide.
cloud hunjt over the sun. Are we to
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been and the journey here a failure?
Ten minutes of i;. and the sun is still
hidden. Hut about five minutes of 1J
the cloud lifted, and the midnijrht sun,
the mo-.t wondrous spectacle of all
the earth, appeared, nourinir forth .
refulgence that turned the arctic sea
into 20 mile of Kesris anil ml.!.. ,.
diamonds and emeralds and overpow
erin us with a jflory that left us with
body all a-tremhle, and a miod full of
an ecstasy, ami a soul full 0f all wor
ship. Thanh- God we saw it the mid
night sun. So with that departing
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been lonir and rouirh nnri
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again snowed down upon him. and it
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