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The Aftermath.

The Aftermath.

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BY GEORGE SWANN.


Chastening for the present seemeth to be
joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterwards it
yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto
them who are exercised thereby.'' Heb. 12:11.
BY GEORGE SWANN.


Chastening for the present seemeth to be
joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterwards it
yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto
them who are exercised thereby.'' Heb. 12:11.

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THE AFTERMATH.BY GEORGE SWA.Chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterwards ityieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness untothem who are exercised thereby.'' Heb. 12:11.In this sermon I want to introduce my readerto a word. It is a perfectly good word that canbe found in any dictionary, and yet it is rarelyused, and but little known. There are a fewwords that carry a meaning clear to the soul, thattake on a sort of ghostly nature towards us. Theyare like Banco's ghost, they will not down. In ourarm there is a very tiny spot called our "funnybone." Everyone knows the sensation created bytouching this. ow there are places in our SOULthat only some things are able to touch. Theclass of words about which I speak touches theseplaces. The one I want to introduce you to todayis the word AFTERMATH. It is very simple inits meaning. It merely means the "after-mowing'*or "after harvest." It is the crop we reap afterthe first crop has been taken off.A familiar illustration of this will be graspedby those familiar with tobacco culture. If a to-bacco crop is cut early, a second crop often getslarge enough to reap before frost. In clover rais--ing, a second crop is most always reaped. Thisis true in many other things. This second cropis the aftermath.209
 
210 SWA'S SERMOSWith this thought in mind take a look at mytext. In it are plainly indicated a first and a sec-ond harvest. The subject of the chastisement of God's people is being talked about by the apostle.The first harvest of such chastisement is that of pain and sorrow, but the secondary harvest, oraftermath, is the fruit of righteousness. Thisfruit is joy, peace, longsuffering, the friendshipof God and angels, power, glory and life immor-tal. This brings to mind the curious fact thatboth in religion and nature the first harvest maybe entirely unlike the second one.Let us think of the aftermath under the follow-ing heads :1. EVERYTHIG has a first and a secondharvest.2. Comparative importance of the two har-vests.3. A plea for IVOLUTARY reapers of theaftermath.1. Everything has a first and a second harvest.I have three distinct and outstanding facts thatI want to impress in this sermon.1. Everything has a first and a secondaryharvest.2. The aftermath, or second harvest is theall-important one.3. The Devil uses the first harvest to fool peo-ple.
 
The difference between the church and theworld is in their attitude towards these two har-THE AFTERMATH 211vests. The time and manner of reaping theseharvests is almost as varied as the harvests of theplant world.Take as an illustration the poppy plant. Overin China where it is raised, the poppy gardenerplants his seed and cultivates the poppies throughthe season. The first harvest of the poppy plantcan be viewed from several angles, all of whichconstitute the first harvest. Its harvest can bethought of as so many pounds and so manyounces of opium. The gardener weighs it up,and thus has his harvest. Or it can be thoughtof in terms of money. He carries it to the deal-er and gets so many dollars and cents for it. Hehas reaped his first harvest. Tobacco may beviewed just as we have thought of the poppyplant.ow the first harvest in poppy growing ismeasured in dollars and cents, pounds and ounces.But when we come to look for the secondary har-vest of the poppy, the case is different. To see itin its baldness go to some great city in China.The dealer takes the poppy and extracts the opiumfrom it and sells it to those who have formed theopium habit. Usually in the back end of his shopyou will find rows of cots where his opium vic-tims are permitted to sleep off their drunk. Theslavery of these poor victims is the first sheaf inthe secondary harvest, or aftermath of the opiumtrade. Their body is weakened and unfitted forany calling; their mind is made idiotic; their

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