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Jesus answered and said unto bim, "What I do thou knowest not now, but
thou sbalt know hereafter. John xiii. 7.

Jesus answered and said unto bim, "What I do thou knowest not now, but
thou sbalt know hereafter. John xiii. 7.

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SUBMISSION.BY REV. D. MERRILL Jesus answered and said unto bim, "What I do thou knowest not now, butthou sbalt know hereafter. John xiii. 7.Jesus enforced Lis instruction Ly his own example, andshowed in bis life what he required of others. In the way of holiness he does not say Go, but Come. Do as I have done.He has left us an example, that we should follow bis footsteps.He had taught his disciples, — " He that bumbleth himself shallbe exalted." "Be kindly affectioned one to another, withbrotherly love; in honor preferring one another.'' "Thekings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them ; and they thatexercise authority upon /them are called benefactors. But yeshall not be so ; but he that is greatest among you, let him beas the younger, and he that is chief, as he that doth serve."" He called a little child unto him and set him in the midst of them, and said, Yerily I say unto you, except ye be convertedand become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdomof heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as thislittle child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven."But still he discovered pride, and an ambition to be great,and he took this method to correct and repress it. After sup-per he girded himself and appeared as the servant of all, readyto perform the most menial office. Peter considered this de-* This Sermon was never preached. It was written subsequent to the lastSabbath 3Ir. 31. olliciated in the jjulpit. It was the last Sermon he wrote.SUB3IISSI0X. 281grading, and objected to it. " Lord ! dost thou wash myfeet? " It is not becoming for the Lord to perform it. It isnot becomino" for him to submit to it. He felt that he couldoorder things better. Why ! his Master had forgotten himself.He ! perform the work of the lowest servant — wash my feet !Never ! I know my place, and I will not submit to it."Jesus said to him, What I do thou knowest not now, butthou shalt know hereafter," — as if he had said, " Suffer it now,and you shall know the reason of it by and by. For, strange asit may appear, it has a meaning that even you shall commend,
when you come to understand it. Have patience, and wait."This is very often the language of God's providence, —" What I do thou knowest not now ; but thou shalt know here-after," and this ought to satisfy us.For the sake of illustration, let us recur to a few instances.The Bible affords them in abundance. Abraham left his owncountry and kindred, at the command of God, and went out, notknowing whither he went. " I will make of thee a great na-tion." And yet for years he had no child, and when at last achild was born, and grew up to years of maturity, he was com-manded to offer this child a sacrifice. " Take now thy son,thine only son Isaac whom thou lovest, and get thee into theland of Moriah, and offer him there for a burnt offering uponone of the mountains which I will tell thee of." Abraham wasan old man, and this was the heir of prophecy and of promise— the prop of his declining age, the chosen seed through whomGod's promises were to be fulfilled — and going forward to obeythe command he must be left a lone wanderer on earth, and thepromises fail of their accomplishment. AVhy such a command ?If the solace of age must be removed, and the parent left child-less, let God do it by his own immediate act, and not employthe wretched father in this strange work. " Take thy son, thineonly son Isaac whom thou lovest, and offer him for a burnt of-fering upon one of the mountains that I will tell thee of."Shall a parent imbrue his hands in the blood of his child ? andthat parent a friend to God, and God require it ? Plow strangeand seemingly unnatural — the best affections of his nature sti-fled — the dearest object of his heart slain by his own hands.But strange as this may seem when seen in part, there is nothingstrange when the whole is seen and understood. Abraham wentforward to obey the command, simply because he recognized theauthority and had confidence in the character of him who gave it.He knew no particular reason why it was commanded, or whatend was to be answered by it. It was enough that such was thecommand of God. " Yv^hat I do thou knowest not now; butthou shalt know hereafter." And the result justified all hisconfidence. He knew that it was right to obey God, and that itwas safe followino; his directions in the darkness and throu2;h thedeeps. Why he was led in this particular way he could not know.But he knew all afterwards, and he did well to wait the event.So it was with Jacob. Pie was led in a way that he knewnot, and through trials and afflictions that seemed evil, and onlyevil. A great portion of his life was embittered by the wick-edness of his children — their combinations in wrong, or theircontests one with another. Pie loved them all, and yet hefound it impossible to please them all. A favor shown to one
was an offence to the rest. The younger, which was the objectof his special regard, was for that reason the object of theirspecial spite and malignity. They conspired to remove Josephout of the way. Their first plan was to kill him, — their nextto put him into a deep pit, and leave him to die. Then, as acompany of slave-traders passed by, there was an appeal to theirSUBMISSION. 283cupidity. They could gratify their malignity, and at the sametime make money by it. They sold him, and cheated theirfather into the belief of his death. But there was a providencein all this — God working as well as man — God meaning good,as well as man meaning evil. This providence was continuallysaying to the father, " Wait — ^judge nothing before the time —* what I do thou knowest not now ; but thou shalt know hereaf-ter.' " The aged saint agonized in bitterness of spirit, while thewicked prospered and rejoiced. But after twenty years, the timeof trial came. A famine overspread their land, and there wasprovision in the land to which they had sold their brother.Thus they were brought to meet him face to face ; and the va-rious trials to which they were exposed, were fresh trials to thegood old man — as they returned all hut one, and demanded thatthe younger brother should go with them. All this looked notlike salvation, but destruction. Jacob judged according to ap-pearance — though (as the event showed) not righteous judg-ment — when he exclaimed, " All these things are against me."The whole seemed designed to " bring down his grey hairs withsorrow to the grave," while the real design was the salvationof the whole family. He that was sold into bondage, was ineffect but sent on before ''to save much people alive."Through all the process of trial, God said to him, " what I dothou knowest not now; but thou shalt know hereafter."Says John to the well-beloved Gains, "I wish above allthings that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thysoul prospereth." So it was with Job. His soul's prosperitywas the measure of his worldly prosperity, for he was ' ' perfectand upright, and one that feared God and eschewed evil."He had a flourishing family, and large possessions, — prosper-ous every way. His prosperity excited envy and malignity.284 REV. D. Merrill's sermons.His religion was misconstrued — charged as selfish and merce-

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