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''%&&&■;■.■&+•'' " * <^TP^ ,r V Who says TOKYO S M*e last stop ? To tho man who’s traveled and fought half- way round the world, the last stop is right here — home! Every landing operation, every beachhead, every weary march bring, him that much closer. But there s still a long way to go. And just how long it will take depends in no small measure upon how well we do our war job here at home. WAR BONDS...TO HAVE AND TO HOLD f CECIL COUNTY MILLING CO. POGUE & ROBERSON HAINES & KIRK VESTA’S BEAUTY SHOP. STEWART M. WARD CO. THE NATIONAL BANK OF RISING SUN THE MIDLAND JOURNAL Rising Sun, Maryland WOODROW & JAMES Rising Sun, Md. MIDLAND JOURNAL, RISING SUN, MT). Part of our job—a large part—is turning every spare dollar we have into War Bonds ... seeing to it that no dollar is spent need- *•*• t<jo much t<> a#k After all, those Bonds will bring back extra dollars in 10 years. They’ll give you a cash reserve for emergencies. They’ll help keep prices down where you can reach them now, and where he can reach them when he does get back. Those Bonds w , iU ° a Ion * way toward creating the kind ° ***** we re ° pm * or * The best thing you can do for your fighting man—and yourself—is to turn your dollars into War Bonds—as many as you possibly can! And then hold onto them! **IMPROVED UNIFORM INTERNATIONAL SUNDAY I chool Lesson By HAROLD L. LUNDQUI3T. D. D. Of The Moody Bible Institute of Chicago. Released by Western Newspaper Union. Lesson for August 26 Lesson subjects and Scripture texts se lected and copyrighted by International Council of Religious Education; used by permission. JACOB ADJUSTS PERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS LESSON TEXT—Genesis 33:1-11. 17-20. GOLDEN TEXT—Let us therefore fol low after the things which make for peace. —Romans 14:19. Eventually a man’s past catches up with him and he must face his own record. The Bible says, “Be sure your sin will find you out” (Num. 32:23), and it always does. Jacob, who had tricked and de ceived his brother and had fled into a far country, ultimately had to re turn to his homeland and face Esau. The story of what happened makes up our dramatic and instructive les son. Before Jacob could be permitted to enter the Promised Land of his father, he had to meet God. He needed a thoroughgoing transforma tion of life and attitude, and he re ceived it as he wrestled with God at Peniel (Gen. 32). Ultimately the stubborn man had to yield, and then he found that it was God who had come to give him a great blessing. How often do we fight against the goodness and mer cy of God. Yielding brings bless ing; Jacob “the supplanter” became Israel “prince with God.” He was now ready for I. Reconciliation (w. 1-7). After living for 20 years in horror of meeting Esau, Jacob now learned that his brother was coming against him with an army. He resorted to clever strategy, but this time it was done not in sly crookedness, but in an open friendly effort to win his brother’s good will. There is nothing wrong about the use of a tactful approach, and it really worked for Jacob. His cour tesy was shown by his seven bows. His bravery appeared in going out first. His conciliatory attitude showed in his rich gift to his brother. Then came a surprise. Esau proved to be a loving brother rather than a hated enemy. Blood does count, and men do well to respond to the promptings of their hearts to be affectionate toward their breth ren. Note Jacob’s pride in presenting his family. God had blessed him and he rejoiced in his fine children. The scene is typically Oriental, but it shows an attitude toward one’s family which we could well emulate. Next, a very practical note en tered into the reconciliation of the brethren, namely: 11. Restitution (w. 8-11). The gift which Jacob had prepared for Esau was in the Oriental tradi tion, and yet it bore also the na ture of a restoration of something of that which Jacob had taken from Esau in defrauding him of his birth right. There Is a place for proper resti tution in every case where we hava wronged another by taking his pos sessions or destroying his opportu nities to prosper. Becoming a Christian is a forgetting of those things which are behind (Phil. 3:13) in a spiritual sense, but not in the ig noring of our obligations to others. What we can make right we must make right if we want God’s bless ing. Esau was generous and did not want the gift, but since it would have been an affront to his brother to refuse, he accepted it. There are proprieties in life and little courte sies to be observed. Failure at this point has created much friction even between believers. Being a Christian should make one gentlemanly and ladylike. Let’s remember that! ! Then, too, Jacob was wise in put ting Esau under the friendly obliga tion which is inherent in the accept ance of a gift. Those who are stingy and close-fisted about giving to oth ers often find that their lack of gen erosity has reflected in their lack of friends. The time has come for the broth ers to part, and we find Jacob fall ing into his old trickery as he pre pares to 111. Return (w. 17-20). The portion between verses 11 and 17 indicate that instead of going on in straightforward dealings with Esau, Jacob resorts to evasion in order to be free to go where he would in his return to his fatherland. Instead of going back to Bethel the place of blessing (Gen. 26), to which Jacob had been called (Gen. 31:11-13), he went to Succoth and ultimately to the outskirts of Shech em where his family fell into great sin. Ultimately, God did get him back to Bethel (Gen. 35), but only after much sorrow and suffering. Jacob was called to live the life of a shepherd out in the fields with God, and when he pitched his tent near Shechem he compromised and lost out. The incident pictures the tragic re sult of such folly in our day. Those who will not move over into the worldly life want to be close enough to it so that their children may have the cultural and educational advan tages, and soon they find that they have lost their children to the world and have lost the savor of their own spiritual experience.