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The Boundless Possibilities of Grace

The Boundless Possibilities of Grace

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BY THE REV. DAVID SMITH, M.A., D.D.

Professor of Theology in Magee College, Londonderry



" I lifted up mine eyes again, and looked, and behold a man
with a measuring line in his hand. Then said I, Whither
goest thou ? And he said unto me, To measure Jerusalem,
to see what is the breadth thereof, and what is the length
thereof. And, behold, the angel that talked with me went
forth, and another angel went out to meet him, and said unto
him, Run, speak to this young man, saying, Jerusalem shall
be inhabited as towns without walls for the multitude of men
and cattle therein : for I, saith the Lord, will be unto her
a wall of fire round about, and will be the glory in the midst
of her."

Zechariah ii. 1-5.
BY THE REV. DAVID SMITH, M.A., D.D.

Professor of Theology in Magee College, Londonderry



" I lifted up mine eyes again, and looked, and behold a man
with a measuring line in his hand. Then said I, Whither
goest thou ? And he said unto me, To measure Jerusalem,
to see what is the breadth thereof, and what is the length
thereof. And, behold, the angel that talked with me went
forth, and another angel went out to meet him, and said unto
him, Run, speak to this young man, saying, Jerusalem shall
be inhabited as towns without walls for the multitude of men
and cattle therein : for I, saith the Lord, will be unto her
a wall of fire round about, and will be the glory in the midst
of her."

Zechariah ii. 1-5.

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THE BOUDLESS POSSIBILITIES OF GRACEBY THE REV. DAVID SMITH, M.A., D.D.Professor of Theology in Magee College, Londonderry" I lifted up mine eyes again, and looked, and behold a manwith a measuring line in his hand. Then said I, Whithergoest thou ? And he said unto me, To measure Jerusalem,to see what is the breadth thereof, and what is the lengththereof. And, behold, the angel that talked with me wentforth, and another angel went out to meet him, and said untohim, Run, speak to this young man, saying, Jerusalem shallbe inhabited as towns without walls for the multitude of menand cattle therein : for I, saith the Lord, will be unto hera wall of fire round about, and will be the glory in the midstof her."Zechariah ii. 1-5.** Expect great things from God : attemptgreat things for God," said ^William Carey ; andthis is the message of our text.The days of the prophet Zechariah were atime of discouragement and distress. It wasthat pathetic yet heroic crisis in the nationalhistory when a remnant of Israel had returnedfrom the long captivity in Babylon. Few if anyof them had ever seen Jerusalem. They hadbeen born in exile ; but their fathers had toldthem of the dear Homeland, and they had beendreaming of it and yearning for it all theirdays ; and now at length in the providence of God they were brought back. They hadtravelled across the desert in high hope, eager to
 
see the land of their dreams and the Holy CityMan's eed of God. 227228 THE BOUDLESS POSSIBILITIESand the encircling mountains ; but their arrivalwas a cruel disillusionment. They foundJerusalem a desolation and her Temple a ruin ;and they had to face the task of reconstruction.At the best it would have been a heavy ordeal,but for that weak remnant it was overpowering.They had been bondsmen all their days, andthe yoke had crushed them. Their spirit wasbroken, and their poor souls fainted in faceof an ordeal which demanded not only a stronghand but even more a stout heart. It was aperilous crisis, and their supreme need, if everthey would be a nation again, was a brave leaderwho should rally them, inspire them with faithand hope, and nerve them to the work. And heappeared. In the providence of God the timealways brings the man ; and the man at thatcrisis was the prophet Zechariah.His message was a call to faith in God and'courageous endeavour. ** Expect great thingsfrom God : attempt great things for God." Andit did not fail. The people's hearts leaped tdthe challenge, and they girded themselves tothe work. Their purpose was to rebuild andrestore Jerusalem ; but the prophet had alarger ideal. The work was begun. A sur-OF GRACE 229
 
veyor had gone forth with his measuring lin^to map out the ancient site — the circle of thewalls, the lie of the streets, and the position of the houses, that the city might be rebuilt onthe old scale and the old design. That wastheir ideal— reconstruction ; but it was notZechariaJi's .He saw the surveyor at work, and a messagecame to him from the Lord. He says, youobserve, that an angel brought it ; and perhapsthis troubles you. Have you never wonderedwhat it may mean when the Bible speaks ,of the Word of the Lord coming to a man or anangel appearing to him at a time of perplexityand showing him what he must do? We toohave our perplexities, and have you not some-times wished that the old days would returnand a bright angel visit you and show you theway that you should take?Ah 1 but you must interpret what is written.The Old Testament is a Hebrew book, and itsthought and speech and imagery are Hebrew.What happened then happens now, and Godstill speaks just as He spoke long ago. Youremember how once you were sorely perplexedand knew not which way to turn. A letter came230 THE i^OUDLESS POSSIBILITIESto you, and the light streamed on your path.There was no miracle : it was only a letter ;but if you had been a Hebrew, you would havelifted up your heart in thanksgiving, and youwould have gone out and said : *' The Word of the Lord came unto me, saying. This is the way :

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