ever man so spake. John 7: 46.

Hear a word that Jesus spake Eighteen centuries ago Where the crimson lilies blow Round the blue Tiberian lake: There the bread of life He brake Through the fields of harvest walking With His lowly comrades talking Of the secret thoughts that feed Weary hearts in time of need. — Bev. Henry J. Van Dyke.

IT is doubtful if Jesus ever sat at the feet of any of the famous rabbis of his day. It is certain that he never studied at the feet of the philosophers of Greece and Rome, nor of the dreamy Orient, He never travelled, except possibly barely across the confines of Palestine, a country about the size of the State of ew Hampshire. How came he to emancipate himself from the sectarianism and sectionalism of his country and century? How came he to be the contemporary of all the ages? How came he to utter in the sermon on the Mount truths which socially and religiously the foremost thinkers of to-day carr barely understand, and dare not fully apply to the solutions of the problems of the hour? o mere human thinker has ever approached the sermon on the Mount. But in pure spirituality of thought our Lord surpassed it in his last address to his disciples. This address bears ineffaceable marks of his supreme divinity and absolute deity. " ever

man spake like this man," is the testimony not only of his contemporaries, but of all ages since.

Speak, Jehovah, for Thy servant heareth. i Sam. 3: 9. Make me to hear joy and gladness, that the bones which Thou has broken may rejoice. Amen. Ps. 51: 8.

173 ROYAL MESSAGES 6-20 Bring ye the whole tithe into the store-house, that there may be food in My house, and prove Me now herewith, saith Jehovah of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing that there shall not be room enough to receive it. Mai. 3: 10.

o man is born into the world whose work Is not born with him; there is always work And tools to work withal, for those who will, And blessed are the horny hands of toil! The busy world shoves angrily aside The man who stands with arms akimbo set, Until occasion tells him what to do; And he who waits to have his task marked out, Shall die and leave his errand unfilled. — James Russell Lowell.

IF we are to receive great blessings from God, we must make great preparations. Without the presence and power of God all our efforts are unavailing. Human learning and eloquence can never take the place of the Spirit's presence and power. To receive the Holy Spirit we must make trenches in our hearts, homes, and churches. God cannot consistently give us blessin'gs for which we are not prepared by cherishing earnest desires and making appropriate efforts. We honor God by expecting great things from him. Giving does not impoverish God; withholding does not enrich God. God never puts a premium on human laziness. God works gloriously with us. Great bleseing evermore shall follow obedient preparation.

God is my king of old, working salvation in the midst of the earth. Ps. 74: 12. Thou art the God that doest wonders, Thou hast made known Thy strength among the peoples. Amen. Ps. 77: 14.

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