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A Better Hope

A Better Hope

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY SAMUEL PENNIMAN LEEDS




The bringing in of a better hope, by the which we draw nigh
unto God. — Heb. vii. 19.
BY SAMUEL PENNIMAN LEEDS




The bringing in of a better hope, by the which we draw nigh
unto God. — Heb. vii. 19.

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A BETTER HOPEBY SAMUEL PEIMA LEEDS The bringing in of a better hope, by the which we draw nigh unto God. — Heb. vii. 19. In the previous chapter the writer — who- ever he may have been, Paul or some other  — had spoken of Christian hope as " an anchor of the soul." ow he says (I quote from the revision), "There is a disannul- ling of a foregoing commandment " (that is, the Jewish law about the priesthood) " because of its weakness and unprofitable- ness; and a bringing in thereupon of a bet- ter hope, through which we draw nigh unto God." Of this better hope I wish to speak this morning. But in preparation for it, let us first, for a few moments, consider the general subject of hopefulness. Practically all persons agree that a hope- ful temper is one of the chief endowments that man can enjoy. For, there is a bright view of affairs and prospects which under ordinary circumstances is more reasonable 204 CHRISTIA PHILOSOPHY OF LIFE than a dark view, — which, then, is more often right than the other, and which, be- sides, gives much happiness both to oneself and to other people. Of course there is an
 
extreme in this as in many things; but a more moderate disposition sees affairs more nearly as they are in this world of ours than does a sombre temperament. That a hopeful spirit gives courage and strength is familiar enough, but we may not note that it tends to realize its own cheerful expecta- tions. It detects possibilities which escape the sight of the opposite quality ; it sees points at which unpromising occurrences can be made fruitful of good, or at least harmless ; and of these opportunities it avails itself. Hope has eyes, as well as her sisters faith and charity, and God has so made the world that it is adapted to, and, for its best use, needs those eyes, even as the material universe is related to our bod- ily vision : a very important fact. He has so ordered things, I say, — He so conceals as well as reveals, — that hopefulness is nec- essary to dealing rightly with them. The man without it, or without a certain liberal measure of it, is incomplete ; he is not the HOPE 205 wise man, or even the prudent man he is often fancied to be; he does not "see things as they are," although such an one often prides himself on so doing. He may see some things which the hopeful man fails to recognize ; but he exaggerates them or sees them out of their true relations, — " out of focus," — while others quite as real he over- looks. The view of the despondent man may sometimes be, in one sense, the right view
 
for him : he failed, say, in an enterprise, and he expected to fail ; but his neighbor saw things as they truly were, as God meant them to be seen, he looked for success, and he succeeded. Even in days really dark he did not drag his boat ashore and put up his oars, but still floated ex- pectantly upon the waters and realized the implied promise, " It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the Lord." Such, then, very briefly stated, are some of the blessings of hope. It has been called by one and another, " the dream of waking man," but the philosopher Hume has more wisely said, *' A propensity to hope and joy is real 2o6 CHRISTIA PHILOSOPHY OF LIFE riches ; while one to fear and sorrow is real poverty." ow how does the Gospel treat this priceless quality of hope ? Does it ignore it ? Does it depreciate it ? Or does it, while recognizing it or commending it, give us really something else, without the priceless advantages of what we mean by " hope " ? Jesus Himself says little of it directly, so far as the record goes, although- He implies it plainly. He was preaching in the syna- gogues, and wherever He spoke it was invariably to people who had the inces- sant drill of the Old Testament with its constant insistence upon hope : " Why art thou cast down, O my soul ? Hope thou in

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