The Quiet Corner


S.D. Gordon

"He that goeth aside out of the busy round of his daily task Into The Quiet Corner, to sit down with the Most High, he will find the Most High coming over so close that this man will find himself lodging under the very shadow of the Almighty" (Psalm 91:1). -- A paraphrase, putting the real meaning of the words underneath into simple homely English. "I sat down under His shadow with great delight" (Song of Solomon 2:3).

"Come ye yourselves apart into a quiet corner [i.e., a solitary place, shut away from the crowd, where you can be alone]" (Mark 6:31). "When He giveth quietness who then can make trouble" (Job 34:29). "I will go off, and take my stand upon my look-out corner, and will set me upon the lone elevated watching place, and will look forth to see what He will speak" (Habakkuk 2:1).

Preface 1. Comrades of The Quiet Corner 2. Things Seen In One Quiet Corner 3. The Quiet Corner -- God's Soundingboard 4. How The Quiet Corner Has Changed Things

Was the traffic ever quite so thick, and so tensely on the move! Wherever you go, in the city street, or country road, it's the same, with occasional breathing spaces in between. The most experienced man is put on duty where the traffic is thickest. There he stands quite alone, very quiet, very decided. His very value lies in his quietness, trained quietness, strong deliberate quietness. Alert, nervously tense, keenly alive to the possible danger lurking at every angle and turn, he is so quiet. That is his strength. The seasoned driver at the wheel sits very quiet, but sharply alert. Nothing escapes his quiet eye. His grip on the wheel must be firm, the decision breathlessly quick, and must be right. His nerves are tense, but they must be quiet, all the quieter because so tense. The huge ocean liner is out on the high seas battling some terrific gale. Hammered and battered by wind and wave, merciless whirlwind and mountain wave, it keeps steadily on. Day and night the Captain sticks to the bridge. All alone, in a quietness painfully tense at times he keeps the sharp lookout. His quick, quiet, steady hand on a brass knob gives a signal.

The engineer down in the bowels of the boat instantly, quietly, blindly, obeys the signal. Its significance he is quite ignorant of. His one task is to be quiet, so as to get the signal true, and to obey it implicitly, unquestioningly, unfalteringly. Inner quiet is the essential thing with both captain and engineer. Only so can the boat be kept steady, and outride the tempest. Our Lord Jesus, as a Man down here, knew all about congested traffic and traffic jams, both kinds, actual, and in the spirit world. Those crowded, crooked, narrow Jerusalem streets He threaded. He knew the thing by sight and feel, by sound and quick move. And the terrific drive and push, subtle drive and stormy push, of the unseen spirit atmosphere He clearly knew, too, by the feel of His keenly alert, inner, spirit sensitiveness. And, of the two, this latter was the tenser and subtler, by far. To-day's spirit traffic intensifies tremendously the need of the Quiet Corner. The key to its door needs polishing with the friction of constant use. The hinges of its door must be kept in good condition by the steady rhythmic awing. There are three sorts of Quiet Corners, of place, of time, and of spirit. The quiet place, even though it changes, and the reserved bit of time, help to preserve the Quiet Corner inner spirit, out in the thick of things. One needs to use all three for inner peace, and outer power, and keen discernment, and steady footing. S.D.G. New York City, March, 1932

1. Comrades of The Quiet Corner
An Echo Hunger
God is hungry. He has a hungry heart. He is hungry for us, for you and me. He is hungry that we would let Him be friendly with us, really friendly. He is hungry that we would be really friendly with Him. The word commonly used for this is fellowship. The other is what it really means. There is a very natural reluctance on our part about saying that God is hungry for fellowship with us. There is an inner instinctive drawing back from saying anything of that sort. We know that we are hungry for Him. Every one is hungry for God, though most people don't know who it is they are hungry for. But the simple fact here is this. That inner hunger of spirit, that yearning within, that eager wistful reaching out and up, it is an echo, only an echo. And the echo is

always less than the original. It is an echo of the longing, the yearning, in the heart of God for us, for each one of us. When a man finds out, by the inner touch of his spirit, about that hunger in the heart of God, and the answering hunger of his own heart, it always starts a song in his heart. And it is most striking and significant to find that there is just such a song in this precious old Book of God. It is the one marked off in our English Bible as the Ninety-first Psalm. Let us turn now for a little to that Psalm. I think of it as the psalm of the hungry heart of God. Do you recall just how it begins? Here is the old familiar reading of its opening sentence. "He that dwelleth in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty." Now, please, let us read it over again, a little differently. And yet, let me say boldly, strictly true to what this man is thinking and saying, in his own mothertongue underneath our English words. It is really a picture and one must look, as well as listen, to get the meaning vividly clear in his mind, clear to both eyes and ears. Listen then: "He that goeth aside, out of the busy round of his daily task, into some quiet corner to sit down with the Most High, he will find the Most High coming over so close that this man shall be lodging under the very shadow of the Almighty."

The Human Touch
I do not know who wrote this Ninety-first Psalm. No one knows, that is no one of those now living on the earth. There is no inscription given. But I think, I do not know you understand, but I think it was most likely written by the same man that wrote the Ninetieth. That psalm is entitled "a prayer of Moses the man of God". The old-time Hebrew Rabbi scholars insisted that Moses was the writer of a group of psalms. They are quite clear that this group of psalms, Ninety to One Hundred, both inclusive, came from Moses' pen. And that would seem like an entirely trustworthy scholarly source. And I think you can go back to the place in Moses' experience where this Ninety-first Psalm actually grew up. It is helpful to call to mind just how these psalms came to be written. It would not be that David, the sweet psalmist of Israel, would set out to write a psalm. That

he would think a bit, brood thoughtfully, and pray, and so write a psalm; not that. No. There would be some unusual experience of difficulty and danger, or something of this sort. There would come some very real touch of God's love and power, meeting his need in a way that took hold of his heart, and stirred him to the depths of his nature. And then in the rare flush of that experience, when he could somewhat steady his hand to the mechanical task of writing, under the gracious touch of the Holy Spirit, he would put down a bit (you can never tell all!) of what had come to him. In some such way as this many of these precious heart-throbbing psalms were written. It was in some such fashion that these other pages, the great prophetic messages, came and were written down. A single instance may help a little to make this a bit clearer. Here are two men in Jerusalem, one morning, walking up to attend the proper service of worship in the Temple. One of the two is a city man having his home there in Jerusalem. The other is a man from the country, a kinsman or friend, visiting in the home of the other. As they walk along the man from the country is all eyes and ears for the city sights and happenings. He notices a small knot of people gathered out in the open, at the corner of the Temple area perhaps. In the centre is a man talking, quietly, earnestly, to the assembled group. And they are listening most intently. The man from out in the provinces turns to his companion, and pointing, says "What's that?" The city man at his side looks intently a moment, and then makes reply. "Oh! that's only Isaiah, talking to the crowd again. He's a good man, Isaiah is, a very godly, saintly man. We all hold him in the highest regard. He is just a bit unconventional. He talks to the crowd that gathers in the open like that." And the two men continue on their way up to the proper temple service of worship. And bye and bye Isaiah quits talking. The little knot scatters. And Isaiah goes down to his home. And there, under the gracious inspiration of the Holy Spirit, he writes down part of that which has been burning in his heart, and pouring out of his lips. It is in some such fashion, with endless variations, that these prophetic pages were written. This is one explanation, on the human side, of how this sacred old Book of God has taken such hold on men's hearts. It goes into men's hearts because it grew up out of men's experiences. The Book is like the Man, Christ Jesus, in certain regards. No draughtsman's pencil has ever yet drawn the line between the God-part of Jesus and the human.

They were just the common everyday sort of people you find everywhere in the world to-day. were remembered contrasts with the windswept sands on every side here in the Wilderness. melons and onions. and maybe the more real for that reason. The truck gardens of Goshen were behind them. They were living in tents. Moses. He says to Moses. half-Egyptian stock. And yet there is an absolute accuracy to historical fact. and even beyond that.God and the Man were joined and blended in a way that quite eludes our human analysis.. but not forgot. likely. when the true translation is got. It likely was not what we would call a religious or spiritual question. The onions are named last as a sort of superlative degree of missed lusciousness. human. No. far more likely it was a very commonplace sort of difficulty. Under His controlling touch. some really little that seemed big. The story is back in that Thirty-third of Exodus. The Story of this Psalm Now all this finds a simple illustration in this Ninety-first Psalm. with anxious face and voice. down in our neighbourhood. thousands likely of half-Hebrew. The luscious fragrance and taste of leeks and garlic. And that didn't make any easier their hard task of making a new home in the Wilderness. and all between. some big. Let us go back to the experiences out of which this rare psalm grew. were on the move. to the last degree of human endurance. sir. A huge multitude. Their new life naturally bristled with difficulties and questions. and very briefly and simply I want to recall that story to mind. "We're having some trouble. It is so intensely. characteristic of Orientals. What shall we do about this?" And he would state his difficulty. to their leader. and to the findings of true science. with the added touch of intensity. And there is the distinctive inspiration of the Holy Spirit throughout. Every experience of human life is vividly portrayed here in a way that takes hold of one's heart indescribably. maybe as many as three or four million people. . Not about faith or prayer or that sort of thing. They had come out of long decades of slavery. And so it is with the Book. There was a big mixed multitude with them. and subtle power the moral issues are dealt with. dourness. from first page to last. and out in the open. He himself was a leader down in his corner of the huge encamped nation. One day a man comes.. It had been an indescribably cruel slavery.

He'll show you the way". And I'll tell you. He would say.Maybe two men were quarrelling. in effect. And I really don't feel as if I know just what to do. Do you recall about that Pillar of Cloud? When they were leaving Egypt. does it not? But then Moses knew God better than some of us folk do. reverent heads. All life is so much alike. anxiously. strangers to a strange land. We must get it settled right. This little Tent of Meeting was out on the edge of the encampment. or a bit of property in dispute. quite distinct from all the other common tents. not a rain cloud. quite likely. ask a question or two. for this is an important matter. the earth around. and I'll ask God. That was in the very centre of the encampment. But. It was in the shape of a column or pillar. there was a case of severe illness. we want you to come. "Please. and show us the way. a bright glory-cloud. "I don't know what to tell you to do about that. And there would come a hush over the multitude. Or. He'll tell me. sir?" And Moses would listen patiently. to a little peakedtop tent called the "Tent of Meeting. You may have heard of that sort of thing." God's Tent And then Moses would wend his way out the aisle of the tents. and stand in the open flaps of their tents. We were brought here. God had said. "I'll send an angel.God has our life all planned out. this is what they saw. And then you go back and get the thing straightened out. It was just like Him. and look eagerly out after Moses as he went out toward the little God-tent." or "God's Tent". And as he went out the word spread throughout the encampment. "What shall we do about this." That does sound very bold. by the swift wireless grapevine telegraphy. "Very well. back through the years. . And as they stood looking. possibly. He'll tell me what should be done. "Moses is going out to talk with God". a beautiful white fleecy cloud." He might. And Moses had said. and then he would say. "We didn't come here. This was before the Tabernacle had been put up. And one day every eye was caught with a pile of fleecy white that appeared in the sky. And God said in effect. with bowed. The Pillar of Cloud began to move. I'll come". please. add. God hasn't told me. this is not satisfactory." "You wait. maybe. An angel is very good. It looked like a cloud. yourself. They would come out.

Each fills out the story of the other. It was a Pillar of Cloud in the day time. It is one of the most outstanding illustrations of the fact that this old Book of God is self-explanatory. It means some one.You know their sky there in the desert was not like our sky. The vast tented multitude was all eyes. Always he was there. . Our Lord spoke of the Holy Spirit coming as the Comforter. able. powerful. It contains in itself an answer to every question its pages may stir up. steady. This is the outstanding illustration of the meaning of that word our Lord Jesus used that betrayal night. made a tinting of exquisite blue to be found nowhere else. intently gazing. God spoke to them out of the Cloud. He went ahead to point out the way. your companion. Each needs the other. means one alongside devoting himself to you. and there are pictures or illustrations in the New. Sometimes he chided them plainly when they did wrong. There is. clear. the New the teaching Book. And to have a bit of cloud appear caught every eye. so they wouldn't go sheer stone-blind at the sight of the glory of His mere presence so close. The two parts of the Book fit together in an intensely interesting way. The actual word. He used the Cloud for the sake of their eyes. the word "comforter". And they came to know that God was in the Cloud. The dryness of the desert air. You remember Kingsley speaks repeatedly in Hypatia of the "rainless blue" of the desert. He spoke in homely simple words everybody understood. Every baby was held up to see. teaching in the Old. used that evening. He came behind as a protection from their enemies. He talked in their mother-tongue. the Old Testament is the picture book. soft. of course. And that he has come to be your friend. and remained until they reached the Plains of Moab across the Jordan. Characteristically. all through from twilight to the dawn. Every boy was looking. Now here is one of the most illuminating of these pictured illustrations. beyond what we can take in unless we have seen it. It came as they were leaving Egypt. unfailing. and an awe-inspiring Pillar of Fire. fire. the lack of moisture in the atmosphere. with the vocal intonation so familiar in their common talk. absorbed with that Cloud. It was blue. your real unfailing friend. This is most striking. strong.

And. we're talking about. He was there because they were there.) in the Cloud. as Moses drew near the Tent. man Moses and. In simple talk he would tell of the difficulty. and ask what he should do. actually. God Himself was there in their very midst. Then Moses would ask his question. and. what one would naturally say under such circumstances. literally. and. there was a shadow cast aslant over the top of the Tent. And so the man inside was under the shadow of the Almighty. clear at the end. depending on where the sun was at that hour. very rarely.How many times did this thing. likely with the vocal intonation Moses knew and used. and explain just what should be done. And the movement of the One in the Cloud was an answering movement. that God answered with a voice. There were two movements. It answered Moses' move out toward the Tent. in simple language easily understood. until as Moses entered the Tent. I don't use statistics in speaking. and this?" And back would come the Voice talking quietly. "Yes. Under the Shadow Now as Moses starts out toward the little peaked-top tent that Cloud moved. He was always at hand for any need that might arise. And this didn't happen once. the voice came. That quiet human voice. Indeed I am able to tell you just how many times it happened.And this Pillar-of-Cloud presence of God in the Wilderness gives us its practical meaning. It happened repeatedly. And they will not bother or tire you a bit. the Man (capital M. happen? . And if the answer was not quite clear in detail to Moses' understanding he would say. They are valuable in a book Where you can consult them. or very. It was what we would call a human voice. would talk with Moses about that thing. And that long seventh chapter of Numbers tells us. a teacher with scholar. as a mother with child. I suppose. reverently. the Cloud came near and nearer and yet more near. Now. In Moses' mother-tongue. kneeled down to ask his question the Cloud rested on the ground at the side of the Tent. But it is usually wearisome to be obliged to listen to a long statement of statistics. patiently. but what about this. But I have the exact statistics here. And many a time.

What does it mean to be a Christian? Does it mean to believe the Bible? Oh! no. long repeated blessed experience. He never changes. Some One (with a capital 0) comes over and moves inside that man. And so when Moses got to be an old man he said to himself. People don't know what a wonderful. away from the old habit of things. That simply means this: When a man "goeth aside" out of the old life. God doesn't change. And can you feel. But God! He is the one unchanging. God is the one dependable quantity (if I may put it that way with utmost reverence)." And this is still true. God is. Act -. just as many times. for lack of strength when not for lack of devotion. with hushed heart. the one dependable quantity in all life. And I have put over that first verse of this Ninety-first Psalm three words. . You find every one ever you leaned on failed you somewhere. and comes over to Jesus as Saviour. something happens. and talk the thing out with him. It's far simpler than that. as Moses went out to ask God a question. running through almost if not quite forty years. for every day help. and look as you listen: "He that goeth aside out of the busy round of his daily life into some quiet corner. it is strictly accurate to what Moses is thinking. real God. "I must write that down. Listen then. and is saying in his own mother-tongue underneath our English translation. just how Moses felt about God ? He knew that any time he would go out to that Tent with a question God would come down nearer. He knew it by experience. unchangeable Person in all life.Listen. as I know I cannot put into words. for present day use. Every one else changes. There is no variableness in God. Everything else changes. to sit down with the Most High. God never failed him once. It's far more radical than that. homely English." And so he wrote this Ninety-first Psalm.He Comes The first word is act. and in very simple. By the time you get a four in your age at the beginning of the figures you find every plan ever you made slipped a bit somewhere. he will find the Most High coming over so close that this man shall be lodging under the very shadow of the Almighty. Will you listen again to that free reading of its first verse? And I am making bold to say that though it is free.

the Holy Spirit. He is. We come to Him for cleansing and saving. and the knee bent. He is all the time standing. He is the key to it. act. That second word is habit. For Christ is Christianity. to the particular thing we are talking about just now. This is what it means to be a Christian. He comes in. . And then you believe Christianity. to guide your petitions. opening every door into its pages and truths. the salvation Jesus worked out for us. the real thing of Christianity. He comes. there is Some One else there. The Day-by-Day Habit Then there is the second word. And that simply means this: When you go off alone. to answer your questions. He does in us what Jesus did for us. perhaps. to start the song anew in your heart. you keep in touch with Him. It means this: you open the door of your life to Jesus the Saviour. And you begin to understand it. When you are in touch of heart with Jesus you believe it. In a distinctive way. When we come He comes. He comes to us as Saviour. That's the first word. and is doing all the time for us. You love it. with the toe of boot at the door of every man's life. In the person of His Other Self. but the real simon-pure thing. Then. That wondrous Holy Spirit does in us. far simpler. It's far more radical than that. daily. and the will bending anew to the higher will. and that leads us straight. you listen to Him. with the door shut. When you have Him you believe it. by the shortest way. You do as He wishes. not the thing commonly labelled Christianity. And the moment you open your door to Him in He comes. and the Book open. He comes to open the Book. He comes to open your mind to its simple clear practical meaning. He enters into us by His Holy Spirit. to steady your feet. He comes to teach your conscience. as we yield habitually and intelligently to Him. to gentle your spirit. Then you will believe the Bible from cover to cover because you have Jesus in your heart. to tune your voice to joyous praise. He comes to pull you up wherein you haven't been quite true. He makes real in our lives. Jesus is the simple Master-key to the Bible. When you have Him you've no bother about it. called Christianity? Oh! no. with the added emphasis of his own Personal Presence.Does it mean believing a list of things called a creed.

sometimes. of course. in the same chamber. And that Word comrade contains in itself the very thing we are talking about. though we will. this is the great blessing of the Quiet Corner. Realizing is blessed. you are not alone so far as He. the Holy Spirit. Not that we pray. You sing a bit of song. He comes over to meet with us. And it means literally simply this: One Who is in the same place. subject to the outside temperature. a song of praise. But you can come to recognize His presence. You may not always realize His presence . and simpler praying too. He is like that. He cannot deny Himself. The North Star is always up there in spite of clouds and fogs. though there will be the fresh impulse to do that. Jesus' Other Self. You are alone so far as other humans are concerned. Atmosphere Then the third word you will discover for yourself. is concerned. but sometimes like the thermometer. We go. And the great blessedness of the Quiet Time in the Quiet Corner. But this: He is there! And to thank Him for His presence. is this: not that we read in the Book. It has come to mean a close companion. It means now one who shares the common experiences of life with you. When you're alone you're not alone. This will start the joy bells ringing in your heart. to praise Him for dying for you. And He does. and for what He did when He died. praise to Him for what He is. He abides faithful. not on our feelings. and the cloudy sky overhead. His unfailing faithfulness.The daily habit of getting alone with the Book opens the door for Him to come. and praise. Recognizing is yet more blessed. He comes. and for what He is now that He lives. the word atmosphere. It will lighten your feet. or shutaway room with you. of bodily condition. the fact about Him. Even if we are faithless. We go aside into the Quiet Corner. You will come to recognize a gracious presence all the time. For. and the way. Comrades Now this Quiet Talk is called Comrades of the Quiet Corner. an intimate associate. that word comes from the old tongue of the Latins. It reckons on Him. this. Realizing is a matter of your feelings . . recognizing is a matter of fact. that's apt to be a matter of mood.

up in glory at the Father's right hand. speaking of the Holy Spirit. and the Eden habit. pure and holy and unselfish. One hushes his heart as he remembers that the first meaning here is this: Our Lord Jesus Himself is our Comrade in the Quiet Corner. "My Father. Comrade means one with you. the Holy Spirit. All the rare natural beauty of God's own garden. the Holy Spirit. and to us. this other One coming. devoting himself to you. There the garden of the Eden days has become a garden city. He has been in action to mend man's bad Eden break. and all the rare human culture of the city. In that talk Jesus says. the original meaning. "I will send you another Comforter". That same One who made the garden. So we shall be real comrades with Him. And this Comforter. And then one quickly thinks back to the Eden ideal. all that Jesus Himself was those human years of closest fellowship.. He says." abiding place.And it gives one a solemn hush to recall that comrade is the accurate word here. He Himself was one . That word "abode. ideally. and to us.. And if this seem overbold for us to be talking this way. before man's wrong choice broke in. The Calvary Man has enriched the early garden life. And so we are comrades with Him. is the Other Self of the glorified. and we will come unto him (who keeps His Word) and make Our abiding place with him". sharing the same place. It brings to us at once the heart meaning. steadily aim to be like Him. This is the way He Himself puts it. are blended. It surely is a tremendous pull up for us in our lives. In that betrayal night talk He gives us that word comforter. We will want to be. And He is to be yet more. Comforter means one Who is at your side. Jesus adds a further bit. we will quietly. And then to make this yet clearer to them. For Jesus is now more. God and the man walked and worked together in the Garden. And again one swings forward in thinking to the other end of the Book. "I come to you. is to be to them. enthroned Jesus. and walked in it with the man in his own image. in the first and finest meaning of the Quiet Corner. Comforter and comrade are close kin. ." And yet further emphasis is given in the other word spoken. we remember that it is Jesus' own way of putting the thing. has in it the whole meaning of the word comrade.

The very atmosphere was both contagious and infectious. a forced exile. And His name (His character. a Jew. then. He gave His blood on Calvary. And Isaiah the counsellor of Kings. likely. Fellow Comrades And. And that made things so much worse. He was one of a colony of exiles.He gave His breath in Eden. hurting degree. of Isaac the giant of gentleness. The comradeship at last is rhythmically completed and complete. to an acute. seven generations after. They returned to that blessed comradeship with Jehovah. and David the sweet Psalmist-King. far from his home and homeland. "And they see His face. These two men. one recalls quickly other fellow-comrades of the Quiet Corner. and matures. These. He gives His breath again. Let us join their goodly fellowship. and its rare blessed comradeship. and ten. in his early thirties. both the touch and the air breathed. he was of the old Hebrew stock commonly known to-day as Jews (Ezekiel 1). redemptively. This sort of thing was the dominant trait in those two outstanding men. The group atmosphere tended to intensify the depression of each one. And time would fail me to tell of princely Abraham. And he felt it keenly. His Holy Spirit. have kept the light shining through the fog and storm of the long years. Enoch and Noah. creatively. . They have sent out the sweet fragrance of the Quiet Corner. Everything in his surroundings was so new and strange. and of Ezekiel and Daniel. Under His gracious touch the rarest human culture grows. 2. with us now for our daily life. He was about thirty. He was an exile. morally repulsive. and mellows. His likeness) is in their faces". The first man had gone away. went back and picked up the walk step. There were so many of them. and enriches. with countless others. That is. The depressing circumstances and atmosphere were intensified by mere numbers. Things Seen in One Quiet Corner In a Garden He was a young fellow. And so much of it was repulsive to him. the twin Johns of the Old Testament-Revelation-pages.

That was before that tragic break. these kinsfolk of his. his fellow exiles. He was brooding now over all this. maybe Exodus. The first trysting place with God was in a garden. 'Tis very sure God walks in mine. Fern'd grot -The veriest school Of peace. and the true Jehovah worship. He was really praying. to the outdoor life. digging in the rich soil. The Jews were given to gardening. It was the logical sequence of their conduct. and the cultivation of the soil. pleadingly. And all this bitter exile was the direct outcome of it. insistently. His spirit reached out to God. that told of deliverance from an earlier forced exile. (Thomas Edwin Brown) So one day this young fellow was in his garden. He felt it all into the very marrow of his spirit. fertilized his garden patch. Gardens have ever been favourite Quiet Corners with choice folk. and gave good return for his digging and ploughing and pruning. The garden back of that whitewashed stone cottage in Nazareth was likely one of Jesus' favourite Quiet Corner spots. should be set right. brooding in spirit. It hurt into the quivering quick. Maybe he was in the bit of garden back of the house where he had his lodgings. He was meditating. wordlessly praying. traitory. It would be a good garden so far as the soil went. Very likely good Euphratean loam. His spirit reached out and up to God. absorbing the fine meat and juice of it. God wot. He yearned that these things. dead wrong. their obdurate. hungrily. Maybe it was the bit that told of the sacred Mount where God Himself had spoken. yearningly. when . in this rich lowland area. A Garden is a lovesome thing. Quite likely he had been conning over one of the old sacred rolls.And this was all their own doing. He yearned to understand. Fringed pool. Rose plot. brooding. in being untrue to Jehovah. reverently. as he had been doing so much. chewing the cud. This young fellow felt this very keenly. but I have a sign. and yet the fool Contends that God is not -Not God! In gardens! When the eve is cool! Nay. dead wrong. he was breathing in the spirit of the written Word. It was the traitory of his people that had beaten down the road for their feet into this forced exile. They had been clear. Deep in thought. digging.

The earth was the centre of the storm. and day time on the opposite half. Now his eyes are opened to see them. The earth may not be the material centre of the Universe. materially. given him by God. And part was light. It is pointed out in telling about that first day. is the familiar commonplace that the daily revolution of the earth on its axis makes night-time on one half. Outstanding scientists have split even on that point. His eyes were opened. Alfred Wallace was the co-author with Darwin of the revival of the age-old teaching of organic evolution to explain the origin of human life. The globular shape of the earth is constantly referred to in Scripture. are glued intently on events taking place here. They were there all the while. and that was called day time. and yet of intensest interest in the light of the whole story he tells. There it was called night-time. He saw "visions of God. But while the Scripture says nothing about the earth as the material centre of the universe it constantly assumes that it is the moral centre. This is the simple and natural thing. At the present hour the attention of the scientific world is centred on the earth. The Storm . But it is always done in a most casual way as though a bit of commonplace knowledge. Part of the earth was dark. The eyes of all intelligences. This. and on the universe of which the earth is a part. He saw some things unseen before. The Bible says nothing about this. The Storm-Swept Earth The first thing his eyes were opened to see was that the earth was being swept and swamped by a great storm. The common Authorized Version of the English Bible indicates this on the first page of Genesis. He said that the recurrent movement of the starry heavens made it clear to him that the earth was the centre of the Universe.something happened. The first thing this young exile is conscious of is the earth itself. with the twilight zone between. the earth is the central point of interest in what his eyes are opened to see. of the upper and the lower worlds. It was really that his spirit eyes were opened." really visions of the Unseen. of course. This is most striking.

coming thus down into the moral atmosphere surrounding the earth produced these outer physical evidences of a storm. It's a matter of finding. And the rainbow comes. the earth is a storm centre. . There is really a key to these storms of the Book of God. It's a struggle for the upper hand. that there is a brilliant glow of light dominating the whole scene. It's a great whirlwindlightning storm. He Himself draws nearer to them. It is a great storm. a wind and lightning storm. The rainbow is the result of the sunlight shining through the thinning out. The wind has the intensity of whirlwind. is his spirit vision. It is most striking. The fire is so intense. There were thunders and lightnings and a thick cloud. without being clean stone-blinded by the dazzling glory of His mere presence. The lightning. The two areas of temperature can't exist together in touch. One must give in. He lets them see Himself. So it comes to dominate. His coming down into this intimate touch causes a storm on the earth. centring in the Mount. the immediate presence of God. enveloping the whole earth. There is a central point to the fire. the "way-out" Book. It's back in the bit marked off in our English Bibles as chapter nineteen of Exodus. is flashing continuously. The other gets the control of the area affected. merely as a bit of side study. The two areas are of sharply different temperatures. vaporous moisture of the stormbeclouded area. The Book contains its own keys.Then it becomes of tense interest to note that. That storm key is back in the remarkable Book of Exodus. and great in extent. as Ezekiel looks on with awe-stricken gaze. And so the storm clears. That is to say. and the storm now clearing. cyclonic. and practically quite cleared. and then fitting them into locks to be opened. that is. and so the contact at once makes a conflict. This storm seems to be of tense significance in this spirit vision. That climax Book is really a revealing of our Lord Jesus in action some day. a recent storm. That Book tells of the getting out of the Egyptian prison into the new life of freedom. A storm is produced by two areas of temperature coming into contact. There God Himself comes into direct intimate touch with these freed people. to note the storms of John's Revelation. The rainbow means two things. Really the storm is an equalizing process. a great whirling maelstrom of wind. so far as they can.

A clear space above. A flood of soft. living down on the stormswept. It stands for the very highest. The Crystal Clear Above The third bit becomes of tensest interest. the clear above the storm. The storm has distinct limits. and a tense quiet there. It stops at a certain limit. in this clear expanse there is a throne. and beyond it. For us folk to-day. There is no appeal from its decision. clearing light comes to one's spirit eyes in tracking out the throne bits in this old Book. absolute. The English word "firmament" is used in our common versions. a blessed staggering.It is a description of Him as He intervenes to salvage the race. It doesn't go beyond that invisible limiting fence. autocratic authority. The word underneath really means an expanse. It is characteristically an earth storm. a cleared space. and the earth. actually the conception fairly staggers one's imagination. storm-engulfed earth. Characteristically. this is indeed staggering. the utmost power. autocratic control. There are four mentions here of the storm. And if that power is swayed by love. In the thick of to-day's common run of things. A throne is a seat of control. That is. The Throne Then note closely. There is a boundary line to the storm. . there is no higher power nor authority than is expressed by that word "throne". down on this old earth. That Exodus storm bit becomes a key to the storms of this end book. There is a distinct limit to the storm area. The earth was shrouded deep in a great storm. and each is intenser than the one before. This is the second bit in what this young Jew saw as his spirit eyes were opened. clear. It is so clear that it inspires a deep sense of awe. Characteristically the throne is supreme. back through history. there is a clear space above the storm. This is most significant. The words used to describe this clear area are striking. a throne is the centre and source of power. Back through history. this becomes most significant. It cannot. in their setting each time. Above the storm area it is clear. This is the third bit to note. actual power. is in such sharp contrast with the stormy earth that young Ezekiel is hushed into a deep reverent awe. at some future time.

This is the fourth bit seen. Here is humanity. A Man on the Throne And then the next bit seen takes hold of one's heart in a very tender way. learned from his mother. ideally. about Him that "sitteth on the throne". He was . This is clear in the words used. is talking with this young man down in the storm. still it's yet there with most of us. down by the little canalized Chebar. And there are the simple touches of the human in this man. rather-overpowering light. and around. enthroned. bone of our bone. with dignity. understands at once just what is said. "Man" stands for humanity. There's a Man on this throne. One can think of a quiet. Plainly this takes great hold of the heart of this young exile in the little Chebarfertilized garden. intense. and out of this Man. human voice talking. And the young fellow. the true Man. listening. That means one of ourselves. So the Man was talking in this young man's cradle tongue. and distance. There is a man on the throne. warm. likely with the vocal intonation so intimately familiar. the one true. a halo of splendour. aye. man. We humans have that word "throne" commonly associated in our thinking with dazzling glory. He is plainly dazzled. Our eyes stare half-blinded or droop abashed. by the spirit-opened eyes. heart of our own heart. There is a voice. glowing. He says he sees a likeness as the appearance of a man. is immensely suggestive.Yet -. It takes great hold of one's heart to-day. Humanity is enthroned. and over. experience of our experience. Recent years have changed that some in the western world. Clearly there's a flood of soft. up there in the clear. He begins talking. But it is quite clear that it is indeed a man on the throne. and the like. It's quite true that the look at this enthroned Man does affect Ezekiel's eyes. And the mere fact that the Man on the throne. in. this is the common teaching in this old Book of God.yet. clear. appealing. full Man. that takes hold of one's heart at once in a peculiar. tender way. But "a man!" Ah. A man? That sounds human.

when this event is so discredited. And the Man makes quite clear just what he needs to have this young man down in the storm. in the record.apparently sitting on the edge of the throne. to give this assurance. This is of intense significance. just what he needs to have him do. as it falls evenly open. an open token. bending over. In the first of these the rainbow is mentioned in connection with the throne set in heaven. after the Flood. Clear at the end of the Book it is spoken of twice. when our Lord Jesus is stepping into the direct action of the race again. A cloud appearing in the sky would naturally cause a dread of another flood. Near the beginning it is after the flood. he begins talking. Always. in chapters four and ten of John's Revelation. and here in Ezekiel. there is heard quite distinctly the voice talking. most times. in what is practically about the middle of the Book. Following every storm would be a rainbow. And yet. As the new start was made on the earth. in geological language. whenever there is a storm clearing there is a rainbow. This is the fifth bit in the spirit vision. through it all. That terrible catastrophe had swept away the rare civilization of seventeen centuries. at considerable length. There's a rainbow. plain before the eyes of all. In simple language instanty and easily understood. There's an overpowering sense of the glory of this Man. even though oftimes. The rainbow is mentioned three times in this Book of God. There is an errand to be done. to note that the surface of the entire earth tells. not seen by human eyes. And the token of the covenant is given. The Rainbow Then there's a sixth bit. The bare possibility would be a nightmare dread. near the beginning. And so God takes pains. but always seen by His eyes. It is striking in our day. The time is some day in the future. the rainbow. there was urgent need of some absolute assurance that such an event would never occur again. clear over at the end. a story identical with the Book's account. stifling all human endeavour. He makes a solemn covenant that there would never again be such a flood. with eager eyes intent on the things happening down on the storm-befogged earth. . the man. The whole scene is in the upper world of God's own immediate presence.

It is here that again. or messenger. the old prophetic writers. to the extent of the sun shining on innumerable drops of water held in the air. There is to be "delay" no longer. It seems to be round about. Then it is significant that. the rainbow is seen differently placed. And then it is to start things going on the earth in His own way. the Redeemer. It is to clear up the crisis heading up on the earth. here. mid-way between these other two. And the young Ezekiel attempts to describe the rainbow-enveloped enthroned Man. the rainbow is seen. And the rare halo of it completely enveloped the throne on which He is sitting. He says "this was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of Jehovah". the rainbow is seen again. The brilliance of the rainbow is intense. enveloping the throne. Here the rainbow is described in rather full detail. becoming less. He "is". The description leaves no question as to the personality of this One. . It is the most full and brilliant description of the rainbow. in His continued Creator touch on all life. into the direct immediate action of earth. in Ezekiel. The description here is of His stepping into a final decisive action. It is worth while noting just how the rainbow was caused in each instance. "round about the throne". At the Flood time it appears as the natural phenomenon so familiar. This identifies Him with the One sitting upon the throne in chapter four. Then this same One is pictured. and by. is seen stepping into the action of earth. The air is full of moisture thinning out. and dominating the whole scene. in chapter five. in the tenth chapter of Revelation. Now. the "Lamb" that "had been slain". the very person of the Man on the throne. as Jehovah-Jesus. and He is now about "to come". The Creator-Jehovah is pictured in chapter four. and the rainbow was upon His head. It will now be as it has been revealed to. It is round both the throne and the Man. He "was". As He steps into action on the earth He is seen as "in the midst of the throne".The purpose of His action is two-fold. before the creation. and His face was as the sun". He is "arrayed with a cloud. in all these three places. The purpose of God regarding things on earth is now at length to be actually carried through. endangering the very integrity. or the Man whose mere presence was as an indescribable rainbow. There an "angel". the existence of the race. and shining out of.

and green and violet.. "what a blunder! This is scientifically inaccurate!" and so on. These are the three distinct original colors. is seen as the cause of the rainbow. it is plainly the indescribable glory light. And this is repeated in careful detail. and so displays the colors in circular form called the rainbow. whose face is as the sun. Then it becomes most striking. of course. the intense singular practical significance. had always been there in the atmosphere under these conditions. The sunlight shining through the thinning vapor causes the familiar sight. in the second description in the Revelation (chapter ten). is green. orange and yellow and blue. and at rest in his future activity. according to the degree of brilliance each time. is separated into these colors. the rainbow is seen upon the head of the One there. And some one. The Centre of The Rainbow We shall see in a moment the significance to us men to-day. At the Flood time it is seen as a simple. natural phenomenon in the sky. I will remember my covenant". And here in Ezekiel's vision.. The sunlight shining on. might think. There is one unusual thing in the description of the rainbow round about the throne in the fourth of Revelation. red. and I will look upon it and. or broken up. the light shining out from His very presence. It will add to that significance to note how the rainbow is produced each time. The sunlight shining out.These drops of water act as prisms. that gives the effect of a rainbow. of the rainbow. and through. its source. . Now God takes a familiar thing in the heavens. variously seen. shining out from the person of the Man on the throne. That is to say. that. The common rainbow has all the original colors and blends. Emerald. as though caused by the light shining out from the throne. This simple natural phenomenon. or separated into the varying colors of which light is composed. In the Revelation description it is seen round about the throne and the One sitting there. This seems strange at first. and assured. He says "I have set my bow in the Cloud. over and over. These again blend in such a way that other colors are seen. These are what Newton arbitrarily called the "primary" colors. in an even circle. It is like an emerald to look upon. and uses it as a token or sign of the Covenant He voluntarily enters into with man. that is. quite too much for description in common human language. of course. His person. them is refracted. who had acquired some little knowledge of such things. that man might be comforted.

the emerald coloration of the rainbow encircling the throne is both easily explained from the scientific point of view. in the thick of things. There are really two prophetic touches in all our common life. but they are there. So here. The Man is the intense centre of the scene. the presence of the man. It tells of a coming clearing of earth's racial storm. It is a most striking significance just now. and for a near future. in the midst of the unrest and confusion everywhere in the world. The rainbow round about tells of the unspeakable. That rare half arch of beauty in the misty air after a storm is prophetic. when all the facts are got regarding any one passage. for us. so rough. and yet it never runs counter to any ascertained facts of any careful research. and so on. and for to-day. The throne speaks of the limitless power of the Man sitting there. and the Man on the throne. just now. the throne. We will come back to this. another different wave-length of green. The Man dominates all. likely quite near. The minor touches of blue and red and yellow and so on emphasize the dominant green. One wavelength gives the effect to the eye of red. The throne and the rainbow spell out His glory and power. We may not recognize them. and the rainbow round about. need be reminded how the feverish unrest and uncertainties in all life to-day wears on one's nerves. . the other in nature. this distinctive Book of God is found always to fit exactly into all the findings of both accurate history and true science. here. Here from the science point of view. And clearly there is a significance. Everywhere the dominant coloration is green. For the whole meaning is here.It becomes most striking that. It is written in the simple language of the common man. Clearly there is a purpose in this apparently singular description. the emerald color of the rainbow is a mere detail of the wavelength of the light shining out from the throne and the One sitting there. are inseparably connected. Now. At once one thinks of the gracious. It has the least intense luminosity of any color. We shall see in a moment the peculiarly striking significance of this. in its varying shades. thoughtful touch in all the outer world of growing things. and it comes to have most striking significance. No one worth while. indescribable glory of the mere person. Now green is the most restful of all colors. It is a commonplace to-day that the different colors are a result of the varying wave-lengths of light as it passes through some refraction medium. and so is most restful to both eye and nerves. One is in human life.

has an experience that takes hold of both brain and heart. As familiar as the intonation of his own mother's speech. to his keenly alert ear. his spirit most keenly alert to what was happening. It answers to that innate longing in every human for personal touch with another human in full warm sympathy. reaching down and touching him. That would mean of course. at the head of the Persian Gulf. now. a voice comes. simple. Every one knows how comforting such touch is with some one loved and venerated. he had instinctively fallen to the ground. This earnest young man. Awed with the intense sight of the Man in the centre of that rainbow. Repeatedly in the narrative the phrase is used "the hand of the Lord". comes the touch in the story of intensest human interest. It is a simple experience. more than the voice. There he lay. Whether dealing in bonds or gathering bones. the simple words are spoken. human voice. with the voice. he quietly reaches down into the thick of the wind storm. There is the simplicity and naturalness of the human in the voice. yet so distinctive. even though unconsciously. It gave the peculiar sense of personal actual touch. And plainly the voice speaks in this young man's mothertongue. a human voice. . From up in the crystalline clear above. Then. There was the intimate sense of a hand. This Man on the throne actually reaches down in touch with this young Jew. And yet that deep unutterable sense of awe is mastering his whole being. in rank unbelief in his Messiah. there comes the distinct consciousness of a personal touch. That Man is speaking. He is speaking in a quiet. he yet is. But yet. The Personal Touch And. God's prophecy of the unfailing outcome of his love and plan. down in his Chebar garden.The Jew is God's gracious prophetic touch everywhere in evidence among all the nations. There is the glory of deity in the sight. clear. prone on his face. and so very real. an unseen hand. Even so the rainbow speaks to us of God's unchanging purpose.

The Errand Then he is told about the errand he is being sent on. opinionated. It is to qualify him for the errand. A message was to be given. to do something for Him. It is most significant. a man. They were proud. so intimate. something more. down in the thick of the befogging storm. over their forced exile. practically all of them were this messenger's senior in years. so subtle. That personal touch. Over and over again this is emphasized. Here is a bit of the personal experience that Calvary has made possible for every one of us to-day. egotistical. within himself. quite akin to this. There was the sense of peace. These leaders were strong mature men. The bit of service he is to do grows out of this personal intimate touch with that Man on the glory-encircled throne. unreasoning. simply. There was the sense of a gracious presence. Many a one of us has been conscious of such gracious experience through the Holy Spirit's incoming.With this was something else. They had all the racial intensity peculiar to the Jew and the Oriental. And here is an experience. a spirit presence. This is all of great practical interest to us to-day. From every human point of view his task was impossible. and with it all. an exquisite peace within. Ezekiel says "the Spirit entered into me and set me upon my feet". an exquisite stillness. within. It brings to mind again the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost and after. and a strengthening touch. And with that was the consciousness of power. It took away any sense of being afraid that may have been there when he fell upon his face. The errand to be done would be a very hard one to do. in the Captivity time. is for a purpose. intensely bitter into the very marrow. Many of them old. All this is taken account of in the instructions being given this young messenger. He needs a messenger. It calls to mind how our Lord Jesus habitually reached out his hand and touched those whom he healed and helped in various ways. . The Man on the throne wants something done down on the storm-swept earth. There was the distinct consciousness of a presence. away back in the midst of this old Hebrew story. Twice. of inner quiet. The extreme difficulty is the thing stressed in a most marked way. so real. It was to be given to leaders of this exiled nation. dogmatic. so that now he was standing again upright on his feet. absolutely impossible to the last degree. strengthening him.

and after. of course. an ox. The name Isaiah uses twice. Seraphim. and at the end in John's Revelation. cultured.Yet. means those set to guard or keep something safe. Cherubim. The name used most times. wheels within wheels. Nothing could exceed the thoroughness. Three different words are used as names. the God-strengthened man. before we come to that. and in the weavings and carvings. intense. The word used in Ezekiel and again in John's Revelation. They are always associated with the presence of God. in fact and in spirit. It is a something else that has to do most intimately with his preparation for his humanly-impossible task. This is simply. hesitant. because we do not take time to prayerfully brood over what is here. and again with the Solomon Temple. And it usually leaves a vague. under different names. confused. pictured preparation. refer to the Tabernacle and Temple. Now the Cherubim have been an unexplained puzzle to most people. In a brief word. The frequent references to God. we must take a bit of a thoughtful look at something else. And this pictured presentation comes both before. with which this young messenger's seemingly impossible task was actually done. as his name means. and that unforgettable personal touch. as sitting between the Cherubim. at Eden. in connection with the Tabernacle. fascinating panorama. seems to mean simply that they are of princely rank. The Cherubim are mentioned five times. yet. studious. There is very simple and significant teaching here for all of us. One reads about the wheels on this Ezekiel page. they have each. means embodying fullness of life. blurred impression. in which centred the Hebrew worship. Ezekiel. the form of a man. which floods his eyes and grips his very being. it was done! It was thoroughly done. scholarly. with added features of a lion. Ezekiel gives a rather full description of them. an absorbing. and they have . He is made to look upon a swiftly moving scene. living creature or beast. It is a bit of realistic. It is regarding the Cherubim. The Cherubim Musical Obedience But. It meant the most vigorous self-discipline for this young. and the description of the errand to be done. but. the vision of the glorified throne-Man. In the Tabernacle and the Temple representations of them are in the Holy of Holies. and an eagle. both scholars and us common folk. in Ezekiel.

And. indicate perfect intelligence. for man's return there some glad day. And it was really like the voice of the Man on the throne making perfect music. but. Now rhythm is a music word. is the one explanation of this description of these rare living creatures. At the very beginning they are guarding the Tree of Fullness-of-Life in Eden. The living Spirit animating them indicates the full perfect yielding of all their intelligence and power to the gracious mastery of the Man on the throne. So often a paraphrase is the only way of putting into English the rare meaning of the words underneath our common English version. animating and inspiring them. The almost impossible task he is given to do. to see them in action. and suggests that He never loses sight of His gracious ideal for man and the whole living creation. furthermore. They are ever guarding God's ideal for man and for the whole living creation. It seems quite clear that they simply represent God's ideal for His living creation on the earth. This is -the real meaning of the language under chapter one. As these living creatures moved in their appointed task their very movements made a great volume of sweet rhythmic sound. They are down in the thick of the storm that engulfs the earth. They move with incredible swiftness. under the ceaseless control of the Spirit of God within. That ideal includes all created life. The eyes. for the sake of the errand he is sent on. these ideals of full life are ever serving as guardians down in the storm-swept earth. flashing flames of fire.the general appearance or substance of fire. That ideal is ever in His presence. verses twenty-four and twenty-five. They are a rare illustration of the old fact that perfect freedom is in perfect obedience to a perfect will. Ezekiel's spirit-eyes are opened. But. The very air is vibrant with the rhythmic harmony of their every move. Their very action is rarest symphony. the general hues and indescribable brilliance of ceaseless flashing fire. . The wheels indicate swiftness of movement. the thing that stands out most sharply and prominently in Ezekiel's description is intensely practical. for his own sake. They represent fullness of life. And twice over in this exquisite description of their activity it is said that their movement makes perfect music. They stand for full intelligence and full power in full ryhthmic obedience. and with utmost harmony. burning. up there in the clear. humanly impossible. He will not fail nor be discouraged until that ideal has become a blessed reality. as described. The thing that stands out is this: the passion of their hearts is to please that Man on the throne. and a perfect rhythm of movement.

. There is a most practical meaning in it for him. in the heat of my spirit. "Blessed. glorious. as we know Him who know Him most intimately of any. After the whole vision is over. and . It is this: in the thick of this wild befogging fire-wind storm enswamping the earth these Cherubim go steadily on.And again this is the exquisite meaning of the almost indescribable music of action in chapter three. stubbornly opposing them." A Bitter Bit of Work All this description of these living creatures. Its befogging atmosphere would stifle their breathing. bitterest fighting. But. The errand he was being sent on would mean sorest. and then after. speaking in a simple. the earth. I sat overwhelmed . seven days. This is the one pictured meaning to this young Hebrew by the Chebar. It is most striking that at the end of that intense seven days of overwhelmed brooding. in doing what the throne Man wants done. And they would be quite conscious of this bitter. all this comes before. . and those in most intimate touch. and the apparent hopelessness of the task given him. by the Man on the throne. down on. and those of highest standing. It would naturally stop them.. they are true to the errand entrusted to them. a further message came to him.. bitterly. natural way of the thing. opposition to them." The language used underneath simply means a mingling of bitterest grief and of vehement protest over the wrongs he was to rebuke. stubborn. And there's yet more : it tells us how stubborn. It becomes quite clear that this detailed Cherubim scene is for Ezekiel's sake. is the glory of the very person of Jehovah. doing the errand entrusted to them. by those dearest to him. His spirit eyes are open to see them in action. wondrous. In the description it is vocalized into an exuberant outburst of praise. the telling to Ezekiel of the errand entrusted to him. bitterly stubborn. And this fact of bitterest opposition is seen in the mingled conflicting emotions frankly spoken of. he says "I went in bitterness.. The storm fights them. would be the opposition to him among his people. No paraphrase could do it justice in its abundant description of the music of their action. in it all. verses twelve and thirteen. and the music of their perfect action or movements. and Ezekiel is brooding over what it means for him.

to preserve the Jew racially from complete violent extinction during the captivity period. The doing of the errand entrusted to him involved his personal life in the most intimate way imaginable.It intensifies his own personal responsibility to do as he was told. and for the coming of the Messiah. and with the inner intimate circle of friends. day after day. It affected his food in a most repugnant way. The Far-reaching Outcome The outcome of Ezekiel's life-long errand affected radically the whole future life of his nation clear up to the coming of the Messiah. even after the prescribed diet had been modified. and for the redemption of the whole race. the pointing of coarse jest. being forged out in the tense fire of God's great heart. Earlier Jonah prepared Nineveh morally for the coming exile residence of the traitor Jew. Ezekiel's consent to God's plan was an essential part of the whole racial plan being worked out. . This gives utmost significance to his exceptional personal experiences. as well as in the widest exile circles. One never knows how wide reaching may be his "yes" to God's plan for his life. God's plan for the re-nationalizing of the Jew. natural to such a situation. the most intimate sharer of all his heart-life and personal life. with the ridicule and jeering. his other self. and even his personal appearance in a way offensive to a proper self-esteem. God always works on the human level. dramatically and heroically. and his personal touch with his loved ones. Jonah and Esther and Ezekiel were used to play a big part in God's plan for the Jew during the long exile. The plan always hinges on someone's "yes" to God. Before the errand was accomplished it actually came to mean the personal loss of her who was dearest to him. a human chain of human links. long continued. out in the open public gaze. Failure on his part to do the errand would make him personally responsible for the outcome to his people. It was an exceptional preparation for an exceptional and outstanding mission. Ezekiel's mission was a link in a chain. centres in this man. through the human channel. There was to be a sort of mute pantomime. It involved his reputation. Later Esther was used. It affected his personal comfort in the most drastic sort of way. the scorn and contempt. the exiled nation.

we will find there our Lord's plan for our lives. Ezekiel never dreamed how much his "yes" to God would mean. for the second coming of their Messiah. as he made his pleading preaching journeys. The rejected Messiah became the world's Saviour. limping verse. His imagination never took in how much the Quiet Corner would mean to himself and to the world. And we shall find out. Nahum and Malachi are like cracks in the national fence. Jesus. He ploughed the ground for the sowing of Haggai and Zechariah. Intense Habakkuk and Zephaniah and Joel are minor but very intense links in the chain being forged. . And again they were scattered. far. Ezekiel is the first John-the-Baptist. and so remain until this day. But then no one ever does. far in advance. national strength at ebb. And when He did come He was rejected. some day. each of them. Because of Ezekiel's faithful doing of his humanly impossible task the later Isaiah found a different moral tone among the captive people. For the Book plainly indicates that the scattered Jew will be re-nationalized again. how much may grow out of that sacred simple Quiet Corner of daily comradeship with our Lord Jesus. If we will wear down the doorsill into the Quiet Corner. But love never faileth. and choking with weeds. quite beyond the edge of the plough. For the Jew was re-nationalized that the Messiah might come. And there's more yet beyond. preparing the way of the Lord. and so for the coming of their Messiah. exerted an inestimable influence through the ebbing flooding tide of events.Ezekiel has the most difficult and yet most gracious task of preparing the Jew himself morally for the return to Palestine. Ezekiel is the forerunner of Ezra and Nehemiah. They let us see through into the life of the returned exiles before the long silence that precedes the Messiah's coming. and his sobbing. Obadiah. with his rare heroism. And then will come the blessed New Order of Things on this old earth. And He really comes nearer us than that. Earlier links in the long chain were the earlier Isaiah with Amos and Hosea and Micah. the national leaders of the return movement to Palestine and Jerusalem. He kept the Hebrew moral soil from hardening. back and forth between Palestine and the Euphrates. The Cross of rejection became the blessed doorway into salvation and fullness of life for all of us who will accept Christ. and ours. Really. national traitory at flood. The giant Jeremiah.

sometimes without words. as a covenant of friendship. This is immensely suggestive. It means thinking.3. in early times. it becomes of intensest interest to recall that this thing of companionship is the very beginning of the Quiet Corner. He wanted a man with whom he could have fellowship. part of God's plan in creation. Man alone of all creation has the power of speech. It really means.God's Soundingboard • • • • • • • In a Garden Five Voices of God Learning to Hear The Standard Voice Learning to Read The Man of the Book The Quiet Corner Book In a Garden God is talking to us men. and we can understand what He is saying. It was in a garden. And that itself. And companion itself is a very suggestive word. characteristically. His longing. There the two meet for exchange of intimacies. eating together. Talking at once suggests companionship. in its origin. The first Quiet Corner was in Eden. That phrase really stands for the most intimate fellowship of two who are kin in mind. as only real friends understand. means the closest friendship. Eating together was regarded. thus far. yes of His desire. The two talking together are companions. Indeed it made the real spirit garden in the actual outer garden. It is a bit of the creative image. The Quiet Corner -. Talking means intelligence. of His purpose. the most intimate fellowship. and ability to put one's thoughts into speech. and heart. . In this he is like God. Now. and spirit.

"In a garden Was a shade. He came amongst us through a lowly door. Clasped hands in agony. in the fellowship together of two intimates. For the break itself. alike in spirit. He and we. was a heart-break. . a break in companionship. a token given. the Lord from Heaven Pierced hands together laid Prove the ransom wholly paid. He gave His own heart's blood to mend that break. Nothing else or less would do. never used before nor since. Rolled away on Easter morning. "In a garden Was a tree. comradeship. Love's free choice so soon abused. God's Quiet Corner. Plead: Thy will be done by Me In a garden. And God was heart-broken over man's break. angels sing. And we called His earth name Jesus. In the Quiet Corner Jesus sleeps. It really meant a break in companionship. It was a break in the touch of heart there in the early days of Eden. so we could be together again. There the heart of Christ was riven. Then the break came.The beauty and fragrance. "In a garden Was a stone. God Himself came as one of ourselves. long after. of the typical garden were in that spirit garden of companionship in the outer actual Eden garden. that first break. Rich with fruit. In a garden. Man made the break. Sin and death have lost their sting. in that first Quiet Corner. It has broken down the stubbornness of our wills. the refreshment and restfulness. He came to mend that break. And His actual heartbreak on Calvary has broken our hearts with the love of it. Christ is risen. And so. Still closer fellowship refused In a garden. "In a garden Was a tomb. and made us eager to yield our strong wills to his love-will for us.

All these voices agree.In a garden. Five Voices of God In His great eagerness He talks in five quite distinct ways. That is to say He talks in five different ways. He is talking in every man's mother-tongue.C. of course. God has been talking. There is the intimate voice of circumstances and happenings commonly called Providence. where and when we come back into touch. wooing. That's the real meaning of the Quiet Corner. His character. "That which is known of God is manifest in them. being perceived through the things that have been made. He is talking to us men. And all men hear God talking. and. if they choose to tune in and listen. calling. "The invisible things of Him since the creation of the world are clearly seen. even His everlasting power and deity" (Romans 1:20). the shining light of love. we are told. insistently talking to us. Malachi 3:6. talking with us. that is. as before.C. Every man hears the first four of these voices. hear the fifth voice of the Book. Learning to Hear . And the striking thing is that all men this. There are five voices of God. There is the tender voice of the babe. He is talking to all men. Numbers 23:19). There is no variableness with God. For glory is the character of goodness. It is at their finger tips. for God (Himself) manifested it unto them" (Romans 1:19).M." -. The heavens are telling the glory of God. "They show the teaching of God's love written in their hearts. God agrees with Himself. His love. beckoning. if they choose to listen. For every babe is a fresh creative act of God. And there is the definite distinctive voice of the Book. John tells us plainly that our Lord Jesus was the real thing of light "which lighteth every man as he cometh into the world" (John 1:9). can. It is within earshot and eyesight. neither shadow cast by His turning from His purpose or changing His mind (James 1:17. There is the inner voice of conscience. their consciences bearing witness therewith" (Romans 2:15). There is the outer voice of nature. About a third of men may. And ever since then. altered.

His driver's licence. or three degrees of partial or inaccurate hearing. In finance. unmistakable. things have been a bit wobbly of late. less than our Lord. too.! Well. You hear only as much as you want to. He heard a voice. This is the one adequate explanation of the endless isms. because of men's ears. For the hinge of the ear is in the will. He thought that was a fixture. differing impressions of what He said. out. There is a most striking illustration of this in an incident that occurred during the last week of our Lord's life on earth (John 12:28-30). John tells us the words which Jesus heard. savage as well as civilized life. depend on going by the recognized standard. so. sixteen ounces to the pound. maybe life. You don't hear if you won't hear. And so there is greatest confusion because of our ears. One set of ears listening said that it had thundered. simple. there is another voice. and less. dependable. He had trained ears. and religious phraseology. it gives a queer feeling to an American. if you are a bit set in your own way. invariable. The Greeks came seeking an interview. the evil one's voice. or waving. In traffic the hand of the traffic-policeman at the of roads.But the bother is with our ears. our not wanting to hear what we don't like. And then. there must be a standard by which to measure and judge these voices of God that come to us. safety. . And. our inaccurate hearing. or up. It imitates God's voice. commonly recognized and accepted. and religious systems and groups. That was all they heard. and so on. In trade there is a standard. And the man at the wheel of the automobile controls his movements by that standard. The Standard Voice Of course. In everything there must be a standard.. Stubbornness dulls and deafens the ears. the almost endless list of religions. unhearing ears. clear.. then you don't want to hear what you don't like to hear. more than those first indicated. plain. All life moves by standards. When the daily newspaper speaks of the dollar being now cheaper. now dearer. A second set of ears said that an angel spoke.They got more. There are so many untrained. And. There are three sorts of ears. The Father spoke out of the heavens in an audible voice. It must be a fixed standard. There were three distinct. twelve inches to the foot. He was in tune with the Father. in unctuous tone. there must be a standard.

yet it comes in one's mother-tongue. It really becomes an ear test. than any other. around the world. It is really the world's Bible. understood by the child and by the simplest mentality. The exchanges of trade. But the common Authorised Version remains the one most used. this rare sacred old English Bible of ours. In law there's Blackstone and Coke. there is a standard by which to judge these other voices in which God speaks. What is it? The price-index? The value of gold bullion? or silver? There is a standard. It is a matter of finding the standard. of different nationalities. Our common English Bible. and of the manner of paragraph printing. so. Some claim that the gold standard is an arbitrary thing. It is in one's mother-tongue. English scholarship and Christian enterprise see to that. and a most remarkable translation as to all the dominant characteristic teachings. not a natural standard. of supply and demand. It can be read by more peoples. is. They're all trying to find what it really is. story language. And in morals there is a standard. very inflexible. even where flouted and violated. and even in nonChristendom. the outstanding version of all. of imports and exports. of barter. without doubt. Even if you belong to any one of about seven hundred different peoples.Yet after all there is really a fixed standard in finance. of later manuscripts. commonly recognized. This old Book of God is the commonly accepted standard of morals in Christendom. That seems startling. It is in the simplest language. there is a standard voice by which to measure and test our hearing of these voices of God. so. That standard is this Book of God. just now. to a marked degree. That's the puzzle just now in all world-trade circles. and back of both Moses. by which to test our ears in hearing these voices. And it is a fixed standard. and at the present time the highest judicial tribunal. each speaking a different language. . The two revisions have certain advantages. And. commonly known as the King James or the Authorised Version. make the real standard of value. And.It is in plain black ink on white paper. to find just what that standard is. For the English language is to-day the one most commonly known and spoken by men of all nations and languages. In social intercourse there is a standard.

That may lead to rankest fanaticism. This trains the judgment. And not the man alone without the Book and the Holy Spirit. The Book of God. an eager willingness. the light out of the sun. the air out of the lungs. and with rarest beauty. And so you come to hear accurately what God is saying in these other four ways. There must be eyes to see. . recorded in the Book. If we may get what God is saying to us in this Book. Jesus gives us a very simple word about this. the Holy Spirit. under the clear light of the Holy Spirit. These three things. the life out of life. Not to say the Holy Spirit alone without the Book.Learning to Read And. And so there must needs be a willingness. There must be the print in the language you know. this leads to accurate hearing. Not the Book alone without the Spirit. with a man's manner of life. know how to read. And that means changing one's conduct to its standard. then. If I may put what he says into very simple words. The Man of the Book For this Book is not alone. That may lead to rankest superstition. That may lead to rankest stubbornness. and a man. Three things: the Book. He that is eagerly willing to do the love-will of God. he shall know just what that will is (John 7:17). this makes the three-sided prism through which the light will shine. Even then it is full of the rarest wisdom. out of the Book! You can't! It would be taking the blood out of the heart. to shape one's conduct to what is here. it becomes a matter of finding just what the Bible does say. There are three things in reading. There are two.And you must know your letters. Jesus. the Book. clearly. It is really a matter of learning to read the Book. a reader eager to do the love-will of God. Take the Man. here it is. For this Book of God is different from every book in this: it deals with morals. and the bended. One must be in sympathy with the Book to get its meaning. with conduct. just common reading. if that were possible. we can train our ears to hear accurately what he is saying in these other four ways. eager will. read by a man eagerly willing to shape his life to its teachings. Take the Book without the Man! It becomes a meaningless bundle of paper. in trenchant sentences and paragraphs which men use. the willing man. And there are three as simple things in reading this Book. the heat out of the fire. The Book and the Man. the Holy Spirit giving light on the Book.

He felt that problem. for its racial mission. it is most striking and significant that from the earliest times the Quiet Corner had been God's sounding-board. Its biting teeth cut into his own inner heart cockles. Hebrew rabbi scholarship is quite clear that six of these books came from Moses' pen. by His presence down here. The book of Job. The evidence seems quite clear that the Quiet Corner of fellowship with God. and so on. David's psalms and the later ones. They were a big part of the training of this missionary nation. and makes them into one connected Book. that the writing and dictation were done in that little peaked-top tent. practically to the point of certainty. And pretty plainly the minor wail of Ecclesiastes was penned before the door of his Quiet Corner hung unhinged. at once. And it is clear. And so one could trace through the Old Testament. to all. amanuensis. suffering in heart over the sore problem of human suffering. and told of his badly unhinged moral character. and his Proverbs personifying God as Wisdom. It opens on Him. was the soundingboard whence the messages went out to the very ends of the earth. Moses' right-hand man. we are told. the earliest of all. No wonder so many flounder around in its pages. Or was it after that unhinged door was hung true again. was written in the wind-swept sands of the Arabian Peninsula. step by step. He is the throbbing heart of both. Jesus! Jesus is the hinge of the Book. at the last? . He has used the Quiet Corner to send His messages out into the ears of the race. abode. He made the New Testament. Now. It was written by an exile. secretary. So these men rank as competent authority on such a question. There He has spoken. They haven't the key. He is the fulfillment of the Old Testament. There Joshua. When He returns to finish up the racial end of His earth task this will be clear. That precious Ninety-first Psalm seems quite conclusive here.But the simple essential meaning of the Book as one unified whole is quite lost. The Quiet Corner Book It is most significant that God's messages have come out of the inner chamber of sacred spirit comradeship with Himself. The first five books come from his [Moses'] pen in that rare University of Arabia. He has spoken to the men that went into the Quiet Corner to meet Him. And it is distinctly Hebrew literature. Solomon's Song of his early tender spirit touch with God.

lets us closest into the heart of our Lord. wooing messages. . and with His life. page after page. So one could trace his way with hushed heart through the newer leaves. too. And there was power in the touch of Jesus. Let us let our wondrous Jehovah-Jesus have the use of us. even though unconscious of it all. His tent-stitching shop was a study shop. Men were changed. for the greater part. God's sounding-boards. The touches of this in Paul's letters are unmistakable.The prophetic pages bear the Quiet Corner marks very. Their bodies were healed. for His pleading. and intercession room. 4. we. And if we may carpenter down smoother the door-sill into the Quiet Corner. And his Patmos prison house became a rare sounding-board of events yet to come. He touched them with His heart. He touched them with His Hand. too. likely rather soon now. as well as a rarely resonant soundingboard for the messages entrusted to him. Their lives were straightened out. Their hearts were cleaned out. very plainly. who lived closest to Jesus and leaned on His bosom. the humblest of us. The imprint is peculiarly in evidence at every turn. How the Quiet Corner Has Changed Things • • • • • • • • • The Far Reaching Touch The Wyckliffe Link The Huss Link The Moravian Link The Zinzendorf Link The Wesley Link The Broad Influence Another Chain of Links Another Trail The Far Reaching Touch Jesus touched men when He was down here. That loved man. may be in our very lives.

But it is there. and then touching and changing others. and humanitarian phases. like the gold hidden in the ground. characteristically. And it is all an illustration of this: that Jesus touches a man. But it had most marked and remarkable intellectual. industrial. It begins in old England. of course. back again to England. It is a most significant illustration of the power of the Quiet Corner. And this is what the Quiet Corner stands for. He has always been the same. and the farthest reaches of the race. for the man in whom He may make any change He chooses. Most times it cannot be traced. runs out to the Continent of Europe. He was discontented with stopping there. And it reveals in a most striking way the inter-action between England and Europe. social. And Jesus Himself hasn't changed. and with the common familiar civilization of to-day. changes him through that touch. political. And it is. It is a simple chain of quite clear links. connecting the Reformation movement with to-day. simply an illustration of the fact that a close controlling touch of will and life with Jesus is the very centre and heart of all service. And this blessed chain of influence has continued through all the years and centuries. controlling touch. The Reformation stands out in history as a religious movement. There is one very striking illustration of this I want to speak of here. He used the changed man in touching and changing other men. under Jesus' guiding. He went one step further. Yet the touch is quite clear. and is. This chain of events and influences runs through several hundred years. And the Quiet Corner is the throbbing heart-beat of all. and the wide reach of its power. Then He can make any change He chooses through that man in the whole circle of his life. and thence out to the very ends of the earth.But Jesus didn't stop there. These Gospel pages are largely stories of this sort men touched and changed by our Lord Jesus. He is still the same. It reveals the truly remarkable reaction or interplay of events. . And He has always been looking for a man (sometimes a bit scarce!). and then uses him in touching and changing other men. He has been looking.

a popular preacher in London. It is with a deepening sense of awe that one visits the Lutterworth Church. It is the connecting stage between the "Dark Ages. It was surely dark night. Greek was as yet an unknown tongue in England. mixed. Peter Boehler of Germany. with the restored rectory where the epochal translation was worked out." and is the beginning of modern Europe. The political claims of the ecclesiastical system of the day in all Europe combined. The Wyckliffe Link This fascinating chain has seven links. And both affected the intellectual life. And at every step you feel the heart-beat of the Quiet Corner.It was the greatest event in the history of the civilization of the Western Hemisphere. Wyckliffe was not only a classical scholar. John Huss of Bohemia. . biting. vigorous. a rector in several important churches. and modern times. The morning star appears in the sky while it is still night." so-called. He wrote small tracts in the language of the common people. even his date of birth being uncertain. It tells the student of the heavens that though it is still night there's a new day coming. The last ten years of his life were spent in little quaint picturesque Lutterworth. He was at various times principal of Balliol College (one of the oldest colleges at Oxford). clear. translation of the Bible into the English language. idiomatic. distinct and warm. John Wyckliffe of England. where. but he had rare mastery of English. Darkness broods over all nature. It ends the "middle-ages. back there in the fourteenth century when Wyckliffe came into the action of the religious. For the fall of Constantinople had not yet driven the Greek scholars into the West to begin the historic renaissance. It is a most apt description. Zinzendorf and the Moravians. Wyckliffe's early life is shrouded in obscurity. Spurgeon and Moody. he made the first complete. political. His translation was done from the Latin. where he ministered. the two phases inextricably. and bitterly fought by the Church high officials. the Evangelical Revival of the Eighteenth Century in England. John Wyckliffe has been called the "morning star of the Reformation". But its appearance is prophetic. intellectual life of England. and John Wesley. a royal ambassador at Church conferences. rare. and the University world are in close spirit-touch. and its dawn is just at hand. homely English. dating back to the twelfth century. a tireless writer against the Church system of the day. in addition to his Church work.

this is the answering heart-throb to the Book and the Saviour. Huss was a graduate of the University of Prague. earnest following. John Wyckliffe's active personal leadership ran through a quarter of a century. this is practically a twin with that first. His spare. and in open evidence. very gentle eye told of the intensity of rain and heart. The Huss Link Wyckliffe touched another great scholar and preacher and outstanding leader. And it becomes quite plain. a young man of rare charm of manner. Oxford. Here is the soundingboard whose blessed echoes have reached to the farthest rim of the horizon. Wyckliffe clearly knew well the rare intimacies of the Quiet Corner. and an honest steadiness of conviction. sincerity of faith. The ear marks are all there in plain sight. They didn't touch personally but most intimately in every other way. with the Book and the gracious presence of the Holy Spirit. Loyalty to Jesus Christ as Saviour through whose blood alone is there salvation and cleansing and peace. His piercing. and will and spirit passion. and then yet clearer and more emphatic. that the Quiet Corner in Wyckliffe's life was the very heart of all he was. and dominated all England. The inflammable kindling was carried by Jerome. and of the Reformation first began its bright shining out to all the earth. with striking abilities. scholarly instincts. loved. a fellow student and fellow worker with Huss. and the bitter criticism and hatred and enmity aroused. The tell-tale echoes are distinct to every listening ear. and burned fiercely and tenderly in Huss. . He had been one of Wyckliffe's group of foreign students at Balliol. and preachings. The relationship was like that of the eager student-pupil to the revered. Huss was forty-odd years younger than Wyckliffe.It is surely a sacred shrine. emaciated form told of the long hours of study. eloquent. Here the light of the English Bible. ever fresh personal devotion to the Saviour. this comes first always. Wyckliffe kindled the fires in John Huss. and did. also of Prague. in all Wyckliffe's writings. The fires caught quickly. professor. both in the intelligent. tender. The Quiet Corner touches are unmistakable. and the scholar's habits of asceticism. and actions. of Prague in Bohemia. What are these?. The sole authority of the Book of God. and dared. And the warm. John Huss. standing alone above every other source of authority. and long unclocked intercourse.

the modesty of manner. There was an intense opposition to the customs being introduced. the ground had been well prepared for his remarkable ministry both in Court circles and among the populace. a warm personal allegiance to the Saviour Himself. There was in Huss the earnestness of speech and spirit. Wandering Oxford scholars eagerly carried the Wyckliffe message everywhere. and the service of worship conducted in the unknown Latin language. She read the Gospels in her native Bohemian tongue. centering at Rome. After her death some of the Bohemian nobles and ladies. and the utter unselfishness. Preaching in the common Czech language spread. The Wyckliffe fires burned true as rekindled on the Huss hearth. even at the last to imprisonment and want and martyrdom.He early began lecturing on Wyckliffe's teachings at the University of Prague to large numbers. The first Queen of Richard the Second of England was Anne of Bohemia. These are plainly the Quiet Corner traits. She was called "Anne the Good. And there was the heroism. and preacher in the common tongue to the people to great crowds in a famous chapel in Prague. became dean of the philosophical faculty. then rector of the University. these were the unmistakable marks. had been resented. the rare poise of judgment. The aggressiveness of the Western Church. the bulk of Bohemia had embraced his teachings. who had formed her inner circle." She became an ardent disciple of Wyckliffe's. The first Christianizing of Bohemia had been by Greek Church missionaries. Through her influence the writings of Wyckliffe and his Bible were introduced into Bohemia. brought back to Prague copies of Wyckliffe's Bible and writings. the gracious mildness and affability. The Wyckliffe touch on Huss was unmistakable. and in the Huss life. He became confessor or chaplain to the Queen of Bohemia. And Huss himself revealed all the Quiet Corner traits. Within a few years from the beginning of Huss's preaching to the populace in Bethlehem Chapel. Absolute loyalty to the Bible itself as the highest source of authoritative teaching. These were eagerly read and discussed and accepted. The famous Bethlehem Chapel in Prague was so crowded that Huss preached in the open square to the crowd gathered there. Shall we not better say the Jesus touch on both. But while Huss is the leader of the great Reformation movement in Bohemia. . clerical celibacy. observing the Lord's supper with the use of bread only among the congregation without the wine.

The Moravian Link Then there's a third link in this remarkable chain. hot spirit fires everywhere. as Moravians.By the thirteenth century. popular movement which headed up in the Luther leadership. That is the Huss touch on the people. against the system centering in the Pope at Rome. After Huss was burned at the stake in Constance his teachings really overspread all Europe. and the deep. tender. but they stand out peculiarly in Church history. driven by persecution. The movement reached forward to Luther's time. . Historically. conscious and unconscious. They are. And with this go the personal traits of sacrificial heroism. The Moravians are a distinct. warm spirit of devotion to Jesus. characteristically. had become common everywhere throughout Bohemia. they have all the Quiet Corner traits. It became the strong. Unitas Fratrum. Bitter persecution. The actual fire that burned Huss to death kindled sacred. and then quiet. for the Saviour. The connection between John Huss and the Moravians is quite distinct. strong link in this chain of contacts that leads us straight back again to old England. There was a passion for the Bible. The Moravians trace their Church back to the ancient Church of the Bohemian Brethren. and into East Russia. The simplicity and earnestness and Bible-quality of the Wyckliffe-Huss teaching fitted into the longings of the common people thus prepared. Remnants of these Hussites had settled in the borders of Moravia and Silesia. and for making the Saviour known to the very ends of the earth. in the middle of the Fifteenth Century. relatively. instituted in Prague. and even reached out to Scotland. Modern missions date back to the Moravians' activity as the earliest beginning. There was a natural preparation among the populace. alternated in their experience. Finally their organization was completely wiped out. Spain. commonly known later and to-day. the Netherlands. His followers became commonly known as Hussites. They called themselves the United Brethren. protests. for their dominant traits. and indeed all Europe. small in numbers. and still do. and the Moravians individual members were scattered. Hussite literature and representatives flooded all Europe. This itself was a preparation for the Evangelical teachings of Wyckliffe and Huss.

found refuge on the estate of young Count Zinzendorf. They were filled with an unquenchable passion for Christ. "the Lord's watch". Mingling freely among them. there was a deep piety. There was a truly outstanding Pentecostal Baptism of the Holy Spirit upon them. His distinctive personality and sacrificial death. when the remarkable effusion of the Holy Spirit was experienced. a carpenterpreacher (interesting reminiscent touch of Nazareth and Galilee!). as they were gathered about the Lord's table. men and women went out to the farthest places. composing the differences between these earnest but undisciplined men. in this little but intense Moravian Church group is the unmistakable imprint. he became their leader. It traces clearly back to the Prague preaching. they emigrated. with their numbers greatly increased by the coming of others of like faith and zeal. and it traces as clearly up to that same Piercéed Hand that dominated the Jerusalem Pentecostal Church. The Zinzendorf Link Count Louis von Zinzendorf came of an old noble Austrian family. and intense rare devotion to the person of Christ. He was a man of wide natural gifts.Later. And with all this from his early years. And this became their controlling passion. and coming again. warm. and for making His Cross known to all men. roused by the intense preaching of one of their number. great capacity for work. Learning of the hardships of these Moravian fugitives he had invited them to settle on his estate in Saxony. It had previously been known as Hutberg. And here. And with these is the tender. the passion for the Bible. a genius for organization. They expressed their faith in God's watchful care over them in the name they gave their new settlement "Hernhut". crucified. August 13th. and at last. It is plainly the Quiet Corner imprint. had the Huss imprint. And these early Moravians under saintly Zinzendorf. Huss had the Wyckliffe imprint. for Jesus. regardless of any sacrificial effort involved. and His living again. the Watch Hill. Hernhut became a world centre. to proclaim the Saviour. risen. Here. and the passion for making Him known. personal devotion to Jesus. extensive learning. the Moravian Church was literally born again of the Spirit. All this was under the leadership of young Count Zinzendorf. was their spiritual birthday. a veritable born leader. And from its simple homes and place of worship. plainly made by the same Piercéed Hand that touched and moulded the Englishman of Oxford and Lutterworth. . then. 1727.

in a most remarkable way. cont. There were men of rank and position. These Moravian missionaries came to England. and Ireland. including some who had also taken Oxford degrees.The Quiet Corner imprint. like Count Zinzendorf. aye. who had access to English court circles. How the Quiet Corner Has Changed Things. There were also men of rare distinctive evangelistic gifts like John Cennick. unmistakable touch and link throughout. and the Holy Spirit used them in England. and Wales. This group of Moravians in England contained some most remarkable men. The Moravians and Zinzendorf are the third and fourth links in this fascinating chain we are tracing out afresh. • • • • • • • • • The Far Reaching Touch The Wyckliffe Link The Huss Link The Moravian Link The Zinzendorf Link The Wesley Link The Broad Influence Another Chain of Links Another Trail The Wesley Link Then the succeeding links are of peculiar interest. taking hold of the English heart anew. It was the real beginning. for they bring us back again to this rare old English land. a name almost unknown now. is the unvarying. and Scotland. There were university men like Peter Boehler of the University of Jena. continuing to this day. of the Evangelical Revival of the Eighteenth Century which made such profound changes. . though it can be found in old hymn books. almost forgot now. 4. the imprint of the Piercéed Hand. on their way to other lands.

an assurance of his own acceptance and a joyous faith. Each represented a sort of Christianity quite new to the other. And they were foreigners. and was well versed in arts and sciences. an impress that can never be wiped out. administrator. He had stopped in London on his way as a voluntary missionary to the negroes of South Carolina. It seemed like a chance meeting between these two men. and a tireless activity. though so unknown by the present generation. with such deep and wide-reaching results. quite new to Wesley. cool judgment with an imperious intensity. These men were used to leave. the young University man of the Continent. The outstanding link at this point in this most rare chain. of an intimate friendship kindled at once. Peter Boehler had joined the Moravian group at Hernhut through the personal influence of Zinzendorf. saint. and done amid the greatest difficulties and hardships. and thence out to the farthest horizon. and mighty in the Scriptures. at the home of a Dutch merchant. familiar with many languages even including Arabic. down in the city of London. He was eloquent. And there was quite an unmistakable spirit power as Boehler preached of the redeeming Blood of Calvary. of a most practical sort. and the assurance of forgiveness through that Blood. came together. The fires. And John Wesley was a man of rare ability. tender devotion to Christ and had a radiant Christly disposition. But Boehler had a spirit experience. unacquainted with English customs and views.He was used in a most exceptional way in kindling the holy fires throughout all England and Ireland and Wales. and Wesley the earnest young University man of Oxford. who touched John Wesley so intimately. and with an unusually warm. He is peculiarly the dominant spiritual personality and influence of the Eighteenth Century in all England. a clearness of the Saviour's sacrificial death. Boehler. They did a work wholly unplanned by themselves. His career is astonishing to read about to-day when he is almost forgot. is Peter Boehler. scholar. Each one enlarged the other's mental outlook and understanding. He was a graduate of the University of Jena. preacher. and had the most profound and widespread permanent moral results. It was like two intense flames and two bits of dry tinder in contact. and were ignorant of idiomatic expressions. and statesman in his broad outlook and reach. The Broad Influence . They spoke broken English. He combined patience and moderation. on the national life of these British Isles. Yet their simple intense preachings held the crowds spellbound. tender and tense.

the Studds.these. The distinctive Book of God. the passion for Jesus. the joyous assurance. and in connecting veins. the humanitarianism of Wilberforce and Elizabeth Fry and Howard. literally overspread the earth. It always runs true to form. scholarly.The profound moral influence of the Wesley-Methodist Movement has not simply gone out to the whole world. and rightly so. the new mental life revealed in the industrial revolution. and the whole University world with its intense impact. trace back to the Quiet Corner. The veins of actual gold in the earth are sometimes lost by the miner. in all the world. the absolute certainty of cleansing and of personal salvation. Even so it is here. The unmistakable Quiet Corner imprint is unfailing. All these are but a bit of the same movings of the Holy Spirit. cobbler's study in Leicester. these. Modern missions are commonly traced. the distinctive damnable badness of self-willed sin that necessitates such a death. all these outstanding features of that outstanding Eighteenth Century are but a piece of the new spirit. and for making Him known regardless of sacrifice involved -. They seem to lose themselves. the same precious gold. The influences of the Evangelical Revival of the Eighteenth Century in England. to Carey's cramped. awakened by the gracious Evangelical Revival. And that revival centred peculiarly in John Wesley and the Holy Spirit used the torch in Peter Boehler's hand to kindle the holy fires in John Wesley. Moody in America and England. Finney in America and London. The beginnings of common education. the one authoritative reliable source of authority. His distinctive sacrificial death for others. That Quiet Corner imprint itself is unfailing. the Cambridge Seven. all and each. unmistakable Quiet Corner imprint. it has exerted a profound influence on the English National Church and the English nation. Another Chain of Links . Then the miner's spade digs into a vein of gold that bears unmistakable evidence of being a bit of the lost vein cropping up again within reach and touch. But Carey was part of a larger movement. the gold is there. There are other blessed links in this sacred chain. Spurgeon in London and. In nuggets. are the unfailing. And they. in grains. the geographical centre of England. he comes across the same gold. the one God-Man. through the printed page. the distinctive personality of the Man Jesus. Step by step as one digs into the sacred gold mine of each of these names.

His earnest effort brought the worldly sporting man to the huge crowded . and accept Him as your Saviour. but there was a purpose of God at work. and live for Him. wrapping up a pair of shoes. And that teacher has told me that he had quite forgot the incident.There's another chain of blessed personal links that connects with all this. with quiet earnestness. can quickly recognize the vein worked before. I think that would be quite an accurate thing to say of old Dwight Moody. turning up with pick and spade. The direct connection has not been traced. Perhaps it cannot be. "and the manly thing is to thank Him. and in such a warm. a recent comer. And. But I have heard the boy say he never could forget. when he grew to manhood. a vein of rare rich gold. a blessed commonplace. I suppose it was a commonplace incident in his habits. The earmarks are clear. It seemed like a chance touch. slender young man with fine. And Moody was used to touch a man in old London. a man named Studd. strongly marked face. One of Studd's horse trainers had been blest and had set himself to get his employer. He could still feel that hand on his shoulder years after. For he was the boy in the Boston Shoe Shop. my boy?" That was something new to the boy. gentle way. And here the impress is unmistakable. He found a ruddy faced. and spoke a simple word." he said. he was used by our Lord to touch and change the lives of more men and woman than any other man. The boy was in this young man's Sunday-school class. and in full view. And after a few words more the teacher left. one of the countless thousands. "You know Jesus died for you as your Saviour. and three of his four sons. And he blurted out that he would. to have the thing brought so close. sturdily built. The connection is beyond question even though not directly traceable. Won't you do this. loud and joyous. One day a tall. even though the connection is quite covered up far underneath the surface. Dwight. Yet the gold miner. He was changed through and through because of that gracious human touch. He could never lose the sound of that quiet earnest living voice talking to him all by himself. The same symphony rings its resonance out. And they were changed blessedly through that touch. And the teacher gently put his arm on the lad's shoulder. went into a shoe shop in our American city of Boston. It touched his heart that somebody cared like that. country lad in the back end of the shop.

" came over to our American side of the salt water. and in organizing their efforts in Christian service. and then to India. A single sentence being spoken as he entered the hall aroused him at once. And. blessedly touched and changed. through and through. He went up and down among the Colleges of his native State. among his fellow University men. familiarly known as "C. He went with his intense earnestness to far China. Only the statistics kept at the Throne can tell of the vast numbers. Another of those Studd boys. burning like a tender intense flame for his Master. and after that into the heart of Africa. He had come into the hall rather late. and touching and changing yet others in an ever widening circle. that young man.. The young fellow had come to this Eastern School to get away from the earnest Christian atmosphere that disturbed his ambitious plans for his life. Another Trail But there's yet another trail leading out from that Moody-Studd contact. Quite unconsciously he was used to touch a tall brown-eyed young fellow from one of our Western States. he was used in the touching and changing of countless University students in all the six continents. He heard no more. idly curious to hear this English University man. Hugh Beaver was the son of the one-time Governor of Pennsylvania.K. of one young fellow in a little Pennsylvania College. and also in America. One of the Studd boys known familiarly in those days. And John Mott. The upshot was that he was changed. In the course of his touring among our Universities. by that so-called chance touch. The spirit of God did the blessed rest.E. he spoke one morning in one of our larger Eastern Universities. in those three great lands. and other States. The sacred fires set a-burning in old England at that time reached their insistent tongues of flame into the English University world." had caught fire at the Moody torch. in our Lord's gracious leading. as "J. And that tense personal touch was graciously used in touching and changing untold numbers of young Collegians. a Federal General in the American civil war of the northern and southern states. . That sentence was a winged arrow sped by the Holy Spirit.building in the north of London. and managed with difficulty to get him a good seat. among the thousands.T. was used in the touching and changing.

of course. The human will is put into rhythmic swing with the love-will of God in the Quiet Corner. The warm heart-throb of devotion to Him. At his invitation University men gathered at Mount Hermon. The Student Volunteer Movement spread quickly into the Universities and Colleges of America. Thousands of missionaries went out under its inspiring spur. The home Churches knew a new intelligent zeal. then resident in the United States. Her brother. And that band was but one group of the far larger number that went out under the holy impulse of the Moody movement. was not a University man. Back in his native new England. and overseas. and the fine passion to make Him known as Redeemer. In their beginnings. for a breathing spell. Grace Wilder. It had been brooded over for long in the Quiet Corner of a young woman. born in India of missionary parents. became one of the early leaders of the Movement. these are the unfailing unmistakable marks of the Quiet Corner. Moody. back in the 1880s. Robert Wilder. though rarely gifted. the God-Man Saviour. for evangelizing the non-Christian world. with the tender. The heart-beat of God can be felt in the Quiet Corner. out to all men. All these gracious movements have later taken on much of the coloring of this so-called modernistic generation. The pulse beat of the race can be heard and felt in the Quiet Corner. out to the ends of the race. and in the experience of his most remarkable career. The Layman's Missionary Movement spread the fire and loosened out vast sums of gold. tense story of a Christ crucified and risen and at work in men's lives today. Truly the Jesus passion burns in the Quiet Corner. and of the Quiet Corner trail running through all these movements.He was one of the famous Cambridge Seven that went into inland China. There the Student Volunteer Movement was born. and fine flush of vigorous life. that became rarely polished by grace. The One Book of God. they had all the Quiet Corner traits. and by study of the Book. His living again. . It was graciously used in the revival of interest in the carrying of the Gospel message out to the farthest corners of the earth. But that's another story. He was a diamond in the rough. he became the centre of one of the most remarkable movements among University men that has touched vitally the race to its farthest horizon. The bit to mark just now is this: they were all conceived and born and grown lusty in the womb of the Quiet Corner. himself. His sacrificial death.

. Let us carpenter down flatter the door-sill into the Quiet Corner with the daily friction of our feet. in the Quiet Corner.The ear is attuned to the voice of God in the Quiet Corner. the purpose stiffened. The vision is broadened. and the spirit gentled and made unselfish. the judgment poised.

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