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Idealism and Devotion

Idealism and Devotion

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BY PASTOR ELWOOD

MOSES had just come down from the Mount.
For forty days and forty nights he had stood
upon the awful heights of Sinai, alone with God and
with his own conscience. This mount of itself is one
of the most singular objects on the face of the globe.
BY PASTOR ELWOOD

MOSES had just come down from the Mount.
For forty days and forty nights he had stood
upon the awful heights of Sinai, alone with God and
with his own conscience. This mount of itself is one
of the most singular objects on the face of the globe.

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IDEALISM AND DEVOTION BY PASTOR ELWOODMOSES had just come down from the Mount. For forty days and forty nights he had stood upon the awful heights of Sinai, alone with God and with his own conscience. This mount of itself is one of the most singular objects on the face of the globe. Formed entirely of pink granite, which the sun has bathed for centuries without penetrating, it is the exact likeness of a world without water, like the moon. At times the atmosphere is BO clear that there seems to he no atmosphere. Again, dark and terrible clouds of vapor gather about its summits, and storms crash down its sides, producing a kind of metallic concert, composed of the tones of the drum, the cannon, the trumpet] and the bell. Hut storms, elsewhere beneficent, are here simply destructive. Of all that constitutes nature — plants, animals, men — here is nothing but stone, crush-ing life and annihilating every attempt at cultivation. 1 Primitive man has always lodged his gods upon
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1 Kenan. 47 RELIGION AND LIFE mountains of eternal snow. Those untrodden heights so full of mystery, those dizzy walls of eagle-baffling rock, far from all possible contamination, appeared to be the most suitable home for the Deity. There he can be in the world and yet not of the world. So from the most hoary antiquity this Mount Sinai had spread terror far and wide. It was always called the Mount of Elohim, the Mount of God. It was this mount that Moses climbed. Upon those shining heights, limpid as crystal or dark and gloomy with thick enveloping clouds, he stood face to face with Nature in its most overpowering mood and with Nature's God. What thoughts took possession of his lonely heart as he saw the sun, bathing the western heavens in gorgeous colors, drop behind Egypt, the land of his people's captivity? Or, as he looked out at night from the cleft of the rocks
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at the storm hurrying by and saw the dark clouds suddenly open to reveal the glory of God, the sharp, vivid, intolerable lightning, and felt the solid frame of the mountain jar and tremble beneath the crashing thunder, re-echoed from peak to peak until at last it died away into absolute silence — what emotions then filled his soul? Did he feel himself crushed and anni-hilated by the immensity of Nature? In the presence of these wild and devastating forces did he feel the utter insignificance of man? Could he associate this infinite Deity, riding upon the heavens as upon a horse, with the small voice that spoke to him out of the Burning Bush, with the God that had chosen Israel and that loves men? Fateful moment when man, lifted far 48 IDEALISM AND DEVOTION above the petty objects of bis daily striving, finds himself alone, face to face with the immensity ol Nature, so empty or so full of God according to the depth of his
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