, November, 1930, pp 243-244.“But Deborah Rebekah’s nurse died, and she was buried be- neath Bethel under an oak: and the name of it was called Allon- bachuth.”
(Genesis 35:8).This is a brief account of the death of an old servant, Debo-rah, the nurse that accompanied Rebekah, Jacob’s mother, whenRebekahleftherfather’shousetomarryIsaac.Howoftendoes the Word of God make mention as in a passing way of someeventwhichmeansnothingtousifwehurriedlypassoverit looking for some great truth, when right in one word manythoughts and wholesome lessons lay before us.Throughthemany,manyyearsofRebekah’smarriedlifethisfaithful nurse was her standby: she had helped rear her family.It appears from the account that when Jacob returned homehis mother must have been dead. It seems the joy was not histo greet her again. The good Lord deals out to His loved ones joy and sorrow as He deems it best. We often must feel, “Formy thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than theearth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughtsthan your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:8-9). A child of God learns todeny himself more and more as he advances in Christ’s school,and he grows accustomed to give up and surrender privilegesonce enjoyed. It seems the closer to the goal we get, the morenarrow the way becomes. It is good so. If we climb higher andhigher,reachingloftyheights,weshouldnotexpectsmoothandlevel highways.I believe it must have been a great pleasure to Jacob to findhis old nurse, the one that helped to rear him, still alive. Hebrought her into his household to make her last few dayscomfortable and thus repay some of the love and care she hadshown to his father’s family and to himself.How not short of wonderful is his kindly disposed and goodinfluence upon his entire household. We observe this in thename of Deborah’s burial place:
means “Oak of Weeping”. It was called this although Jacob’s family had notknownDeborahexceptfromwhatJacobhadtoldthemandalsofrom their short acquaintance with her during the time shespent at his home in the sunset of her life.DoesnotGod dealwithusthus?Arewenotbutunprofitableservants? Still God does not forget those who serve Him. It ishuman to honor and to do reverence to those who are aboveus, but it is Godlike to condescend and show kindness and dogood to those who cannot repay.Jesus speaks of his “least ones”. He found His Father’sbusiness not only in the temple, but He sought and found itamong those
who have no helper.
We must look for those andbring comfort to those who are comfortless.
themselves — often muchhigher — and to a stillgreater degree it is higherthan what men’s acts meas-ure. One need only honestlytry to live as God asks him todo and he will experiencethat he is not able to do italone,andhewillfindthatheneedsagreaterstrengththanhis own.Sometimes a person seeksin various ways or in variousplaces for the ability to liveright, but in vain: until heseeks at the one Source of power. For in Christ only —nowhere else — can a personfind the strength he needs toovercome whatever tempta-tions come his way. OnlyChrist was able to overcomethe evil one, and the Savior
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shares His victory with those who live in union with Him.Christ’s resurrection is anoutstanding evidence of HispowerandofHisvictory.An-other token, and a most con- vincing one, to anyone whosees it is the power of Christshown in the lives of His fol-lowers.Ifweliveconsecratedlives, if we love our fellowmen, if we live holy lives thatare fruitful in good works,and if we humbly strive toobey God’s commands — if we do these things, and onlythen,weareclearevidenceof the living Lord to the world,and then we also have theassurance in our own heartthat Jesus lives.Jesus lives. May He live inus.
Jesus lives! And with Him I!Death no longer can appall me.Lo, He lives and reigns on high,And from death and grave will call me.I shall then be glorified:In this faith I here abide! Jesus lives! His healing’s mine;My life give I to my Savior!Ne’er oppose your Lord divine,Then He will dwell in you ever;Truly God doth aid dispense:This shall be my confidence!By the bond of hope and loveI am bound unto the Master.Faith looks up to Him above,Rests on Him through all disaster.Even death now cannot keepFrom my Shepherd me, His sheep.— Zion’s Harp, Hymn 120
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