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SWITZERLAND FEARS INVASION BY GERMANY AND AUSTRO-HUNGARY IMPROVED UNIFORM INTERNATIONAL n Retribution A Lesson (By E. O. SELLERS, Acting Director of the Sunday School Course of the Moody Bible Institute, Chicago.) (Copvright, 1918, Western Newspaper Union.) LESSON FOR APRIL 7. By REV. J. H. RALSTON, D. D. Secretary of Correspondence Department. Moody Bible Institute, Chicago The massing of large bodies of German and Austro-Hungarian troops along the Swiss frontier has caused Swit zerland to fear that Hindenburg intends to invade its territory in the effort to turn the French right flank. The illustration shows Swiss mountaineer troops on the path to the Dreispachenspitze on the frontier, and, at the left, an ollicer of the Swiss army wearing the- recently adopted steel helmet. SERVICES OVER REMAINS OF FIRST AMERICANS TO DIE IN FRANCE Impressive rituals marked the burin? D Ilav of Comnnnv p zwth iV on the afternoon of November 4 t TOWER FOR WATCHING FLYER - Y Photo by I elern Newspaper Union. Observation tower at naval aviation station at Warrington Ileach, Pensa cola, Fla., erected for tho use of our flying instructors, who note the effi ciency and skill with which our com ing American fliers handle their ma chines as they speed through the air. Our Three Kinds of Men. "America is composed of three classes of men first, those who have succeeded, and, second, those who haven't." . "Yes? And the third?" "Oh, they're the fellows who write articles for the magazines telling the second class how the first class did it." Life. Harmonious Fate. Talking about names, there's an English burglar here who first got into trouble In London." "How was that?" "He broke into a house with a jim my, and came out of it .with a Bobby." if V -'J c V 1 1 ri Photo bvTsgi7 I nf Pnm Tn, t t..:.. iT iwaie iiiuuias r. jnngnt ana Private Merle 7? ,nterred With relislous and miIitar-v ceremony at Bathelemont FIRST STEEL SHIP LAUNCHED IN SOUTH Aywt,- rrii j The first steel ship ever built south of Newport News is shown here just after the launching. It is the Mexoil, a vessel of 3,000 tons, built by the Ala-bama-New Orleans Transportation company for the Mexican Petroleum corpo ration and was launched at Violet, La. v DRESSING STATION ON A dressing station nenr tho flrii- i?,, ill Pft'-VA- f ; ' - - - Hi New ZeilnndP- t u 5 u . . . THE WEST FRONT ... lw western n'ont operated by JESUS SETS MEN FREE. LESSON TEXT Mark 7:1-37. GOLDEN TEXT If the son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free in deed. John 8:36. DEVOTIONAL READING Psa. 72:1-17. ADDITIONAL MATERIAL FOR TEACHERS Matt. 15:1-31; II Cor. 3:17, 18; Gal. 5:1-25. PRIMARY AND JUNIOR TOPIC Je sus and the deaf man. MEMORY VERSE He hath done all things well, he maketh even the deaf to hear and the dumb to speak. Mark 7:37. SENIOR AND ADULT TOPIC Chris tian liberty. This lesson deals with the last of those four events which mark the crisis in the life of our Lord at Caper naum. It occurred just before the third period of his Galielean ministry and the time of his final departure for Jeru salem. We have seen what the atti tude of Jesus was toward the law of his nation. In this lesson we see his attitude toward the rabbinical tradi tions of the people which were the opinions of men and not the law of God. Just so many today look upon the forms and ceremonies of the church as being verily the law of God. Moreover, these traditions were made a pretext w-hereby men evaded the law. So today we find men very relig ious and punctilious in their churchly duties, who fail miserably in their ap plication of the moral code to conduct. The analysis falls into four general divisions: One, the accusation, (vv. 1-5. ; two, the answer, (vv. 6-13) ; three, the application, (vv. 14-23)., and four, the illustration, (vv. 24-37). I. The Accusation, (vv. 1-5). The growing hatred of the Pharisees, led them to make long journeys from Jeru salem that they might spy on Jesus and find a pretext for accusation. While they were studying him, they re vealed their ideas of the kingdom of God. They took special notice that the disciples of Jesus ate without washing their hands. We must not un derstand this to mean so much the re moval of defilement,- as the neglect of a ceremonial observance over which the Pharisees were punctilious, (vv. 3, 4). Verses three and four illuminate certain traditions to which the Jews adhered tenaciously. Thus exempli fied we can see that their ideas of man's relation to God were largely a matter of external ceremony. Purity to them was an outward matter largely governed by the traditions of men, (v. 4). II. The Answer (v. 6-13). The an swer of Jesus reveals the very- oppo site ideal. He begins by calling the Pharisees hypocrites. A hypocrite is a play actor one who hides behind a mask Applying the prophecy of Isaiah, Jesus plainly tells the Pharisees that they are hiding their true charac ter behind the mask of ceremonial cleansing. Such play acting is but a poor imitation of the real heart con dition demanded of God, (Psa. 51:10). Their hearts were far from God, even though with their lips they professed to serve him. The love we express to God consists not in ritualistic worship, but in doing his will from the heart. III. The Application, (v. 14-23). Jesus takes advantage of this discus sion, and, turning to the multitude, up on whom the Pharisees would bind a grievous burden of ceremonialism and falsehood (Matt. 23:4), warns them that it is not so much that which en ters into a man that defiles him, as that which issues from him (v. 15). It seems quite natural that in their per plexity the disciples should ask Jesus what he meant by that. In his reply "Xvv. 18-23), Jesus shows very clearly that "the issues of life" (Prov. 4:23), reveal the corruption which is within. (See Matt. 12:34, 35; Gen. 6:5; James 3:10-12). If the heart be not cleansed, what will it avail if we wash the hands? What then is the application for this present' day? Clearly we are taught the danger of lip service with out a change of heart. Substituting good for the best is sin. Forms and ceremonies" are good and have their place ; they are significant for they are important teaching factors; but they must not be substituted for a pure heart. We must beware lest we hide behind such a mask. There is here also plain teaching as to Jesus' estimate of the Pentateuch and inferentially of the prophecy of Isaiah. He specifically calls it "the Word of God." Surely we can accept his estimate as contrasted with the tradition of the elders or the "con sensus of modern thought." Less talk and more walk, Less wishing and more doing. Less preaching and more practicing Less organization and more of the spirit. Finally, we have two illustrations as to how Jesus sets men free, (a) Jesus' silence appears to deepen faith in the pleading Syrophenician woman (v: 24-30). (b) We have the cure of the deaf and the dumb man, (vv. 31-37); in stantaneous healing, showing divine power. Jesus was setting his people free from their bodily infirmities and at the same time delivering them from their sins and imperfections and bring ing them into his spiritual Kingdom Xhis he is still doing. TEXT He that soweth shall reap. Gal. 6:8. These words are but a fragment of a text that Dwight L. Moody in his lifetime used fre quently with ter rific effect and caused thousands of people to be lieve as they had not believed in the certainty of ret ribution. The times in which we find our selves, men and women are think ing more serious ly than they have for several dec ades. The most of Christen dom has been in dulging itself with the notion that the law of retribution has been held In abeyance, when suddenly the war clouds burst and now three-fourths of the population of the world are diiect ly involved in war. The sowing of all the past, particularly of the last half century, began to show above the surface, and all efforts to stop the growing into the ripeness of retribu tion were fruitless. But in these days, not only are 40,000,000 men under arms, directly obeying the commands of those who are over them, even to going to certain death, but the manu facturing and commercial interests of half the world must not only cease to relinquish the profits of business, but must pay billions besides. Moreover, the peoples of the nations concerned are compelled to eat less, to eat what they do not like, and in a hundred other ways contribute to the geat war budgets that are offered. All. whether they will or not, have reached ! the stage of retribution. The nations of the world have sown ; they are now reaping. ; In somewhat recent times a kind of camouflage of excessive mirth, hilarity ifud reckless living has been thrown over some of the serious things of life, and they have been forgotten or ignored; retribution is one of them. I Possibly some of the more thoughtful people will hunt up "Butler's Analogy of Religion to the Constitution and Course of Nature" and read his words which have a present pertinence and should have a present application. He says : "It has been observed that such and such miseries naturally follow such and such actions of impudence and wilfulness, as well as actions more commonly and more distinctly consid ered as vicious; that these conse quences, when they have been fore seen, are properly the natural punish ment annexed to such actions." These consequences are quite uniform even to the poor vision of man. If you cir cle a tree, it will die; if you do not don warm clothing when there Is a low temperature, you will take cold; If you swallow poison, you will die; if you decline to eat proper food you will starve. Possibly the practice of forgetting that we are all under law is the reason why so many are Indiffer ent to retribution; and this forgetful ness is possibly due, as Prof. Austin Phelps of Andover once said to the fact that even the children In the home are not taught the consequences of broken law. But this great truth of retribution not obliterated withdrawn or mod ified by the Spirit of God still prevails everywhere in the physical world, In ethics and in religion. Never in the history of the world was there greater need than now for the plainest, but most loving preaching of the whole truth, not only the Gospel that Jesus Christ died for the sins of the world, but the self-evident law that Mthe soul that sinneth, it shall die." Retribution after death is not de nied by intelligent universallsts nowa days. Indeed, It is clearly and forc ibly proclaimed by them, sometimes with more seriousness than by some evangelical preachers. As men look into the future, not one in scores is troubled about retribution. The life of the departed may have been thor oughly bad, vicious and cruel, and he died as he lived. With many retribu tion only lies in the fact that life is extinct; the man is dead, he has met his desert. Is that true? The men who have been guilty of the present condition in Armenia, Bel gium, and elsewhere, cannot receive proper retribution by simply being put to death. With men that would seem De a ripe retribution, but there is a settlement in the future, and we may leave such cries to an infinitely merciful, as well as an infinitely holy God. In view of future retribution, what is the duty of the hour? Give proper thought to the sowing for retribution and escape the fearful reaping in the future. Remember that sin is malig nant; that it brings death here and hereafter. As to the sins that cry out for retribution hereafter, lift up the eyes to the one who has born in his own body all the penalty. How ever that may reach into the other world and if the sin by the simple act of faith may be laid upon him the ret ribution of the future, as far as heU la concerned, will not be visited. 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