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The Glad Master.

The Glad Master.

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Lord, even the devils are subject unto us in thy name."

—St. Luke, X, 17.

Lord, even the devils are subject unto us in thy name."

—St. Luke, X, 17.

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Published by: GLENN DALE PEASE on Sep 29, 2013
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THE GLAD MASTER.THE REV. J. EDGAR HILL, M.A., B.D.Lord, even the devils are subject unto us in thy name." —St. Luke, X, 17.ever since the world began was sucli mar-vellous success achieved, by means so veryunlikely. Interpret these words as yon please,they are the record of sublime triumph. Thegreatest moral, social, and religious difficultieshad been overcome ; the most hostile foes sub-dued. And by whom ? And by what means ?By agents as unpretending, and as uninfiuentialas ever trod this earth, and by no arts, nor sym-bols of awe or power, nor words of terror andauthority. Alexander, Caesar, Charlemagne,spread the fame of their might, amid the na-tions, and founded great empires, by dint of their own genius, supported by the robust vir-tue, and cold steel of their battalions. Theycame, they saw, and they conquered. At theirnod the world trembled. But how ill theirtriumphs compare with the conquests of the190 JESUS OUR LIGHT AD LIFE.Seventy! These warriors had much in theirfayour — military genius, national prestige, thepomp and pageantry of war. The Seventy hadnothing on their side, but a lowly, inofiensivespirit, and a true faith in their Master's teach-ing, as they comprehended it ; while arrayed
against them, were all the influences whichmen usually trust in.The time, was against them. Jesus was onhis last journey southward. His foes now daredto be openly hostile, and even old friends weredropping away. Long before, the Samaritanshad besought him to tarry with them ; now, theyrudely repulse him, as he proposes to take thedirect route for the capital, through Samaria, andhe has in consequence to make a long detour tothe eastward. This was the moment he selected,to send the Seventy into the Samaritan country,bearing his message of peace and good-will tomen. "Well might he forewarn the mission-aries as they departed, " Behold, I send youforth as lambs in the midst of wolves."Fortune, was against them. They were toldto rely for supplies on the good-feeling of thoseamong whom they went. A purse was to formno part of their travelling equipment. If theyTHE GLAD MASTER. 191commended their mission by labouring in thespirit of the Master, they should not lack hos-pitality ; if they did not so commend it, noamount of treasure could command success.At the moment, he had seized the opportunityto teach his disciples how to behave among un-friendly people; and they were to have free scopeto show how well, or how ill, they had learnedthe lesson. "When the villagers, I have referredto above, refused to permit him and his companyto pass the frontier into Samaria, James andJohn, like many of their successors since, deemedthat flaming fire from heaven was the only fit
messenger of offended justice. Our Lord wasof no such mind. Turning meekly to the by-standers, he uttered the suggestive remark," The Son of Man is not come to destroy men'slives, but to save them." If they went forth inthe spirit of these words, they should lack nogood thing.Further^ appearances were against them. Theywere to carry no extra raiment, and to becontent with the sandals of the common people.Social custom^ even, was to be against them.The last of their marching orders was not theleast important. They were to waste no time192 JESUS OUR LIGHT AD LIFE.in useless salutation ; but, like business men towhom time is money, they were to proceedvigorously with their enterprise, turning asideto practice no trifling formalities. Amonga people so formal and punctilious such anomission, or rather innovation, could not com-mend, if it did not hinder, the apostles of a newdoctrine.Such is the simple story of the sending forthof the Seventy, with the circumstances underwhich the greatest mission ever committed toman was inaugurated. A scene more impres-sive in its simplicity, or more suggestive of adivine method in religious life and work, onecan hardly imagine.1. Observe the naturalness of the arrange-ment. Oar Lord, finding that his G-alilean fol-lowers were a goodly company, determined to

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