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The Lord's Need.

The Lord's Need.

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY J. B. MEHARRY

Saying unto them, Go into the village over against you, and straightway ye shall find
an ass tied, and a colt with her : loose them, and bring them unto Me. And if any
man say ought unto you, ye shall say, The Lord hath need of them; and straightway
he will send them. S. Matthew xxi. 2, 3.
BY J. B. MEHARRY

Saying unto them, Go into the village over against you, and straightway ye shall find
an ass tied, and a colt with her : loose them, and bring them unto Me. And if any
man say ought unto you, ye shall say, The Lord hath need of them; and straightway
he will send them. S. Matthew xxi. 2, 3.

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Published by: GLENN DALE PEASE on Jul 27, 2014
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The Lord's eed.BY J. B. MEHARRY Saying unto them, Go into the village over against you, and straightway ye shall find an ass tied, and a colt with her : loose them, and bring them unto Me. And if any man say ought unto you, ye shall say, The Lord hath need of them; and straightway he will send them. S. Matthew xxi. 2, 3. YOU will remember that the Scripture saith, ' The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into His hand,' By this prin- ciple Christ's life is explicable. In monetary difficulties, He draws a coin from the sea. Finds fig-tree playing hypocritical fantastic tricks ; He curses it. The house of God a nest of thieves ; He takes knotted cords and drives them out. So here. He sends to claim an ass and a colt as though they were His by right. This trifling incident contains great principles. I. Gives us an idea of Providence. Tendency of the age is to the seen. But mind kicks against it. Mind is like a bird, which pines in a cage. Here is hope for religion  — the mind kicks against artificial conditionings. If you like, you may say the mind likes, like a bird, to make its nest. True ! but it wants above it not a ceiling but a sky. You can't cramp mind in your nutshell organisations. Shut it behind walls — and then it will ask. Who is on the other side of the wall ? Providence involves two things. First — idea of God preservings 27 ADVET SUDAY guarding our being and wellbeing. He preserves, though we don't see the way. How did Christ know that the ass and colt were
 
to be found at this stated moment ? How did He know the owner would part with his property ? Similarly we must allow for the knowledge of God. The second thing involved in Providence is the idea of Government. God governs — the supernatural enters into the natural. Revelation not all clear — who wants it clear? We want the valleys and the hills, the mountains which hide their heads in the sky — not one dead level. The divine and human are mingled together, and human wisdom is not competent to sort them. n. In Providence attention is given to little things as well as great. ' An ass tied.' It is demeaning God's economy — some will say. That all depends on your conception of God's economy. He numbers the hairs of our head. He sees when the sparrow falls. III. God holds every creature responsible to show itself when wanted. Everything, in God's order, has its time, and is not itself till that time reveals it. Sea-wrack on the sea-beach is ugly, slimy, hideous. But the same sea-wrack in a pool ! How it spreads itself and makes every tiny filament beautiful ! So prophecy in human history needs to be corroborated by the event, before it can fairly be understood. Apparently little events — what worlds of good or evil may turn on them ! Joseph being consigned to death by his brethren. But just then the Midianites come along. A very little thing — only chance, you may say — but let it be so. Joseph is sold to the Midianites, carried down to Egypt, he sustains his people there when governor, the nation delivered again by Moses, establishment of David on the throne, birth of the Messiah at Bethlehem, salvation of the world — all turns on the selling of Joseph to the Midianites — which comes of chance ! A child may throw a pebble in the sea, but who shall tell where the waves of influence thus brought into being will stop ? IV. Solution of the mysteries of life. They go to the man for the colt. Would not common sense ask,

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