They shall be mine, saith the LORD of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him—Mal. 3: 17.
Had the Lord sent us forth to seek His elect, we might have gathered in some whom He rejects as unworthy, because we are unable to read the heart. This thought should make us very humble, gentle and meek toward all, and very trustful of the Lord, and very much inclined to look for His leading in respect to our labors as His servants, just as Samuel looked to the Lord in connection with the anointing of David.
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The Lord makes glorious promises to those who seek Him as the chief object in their lives. He makes them His own, even His own sons, and this will be particularly manifested in the great day. With tender regard does He deal with them. No earthly father ever treated his children with greater leniency than Jehovah treats His children who delight to do His will.
Parallel passages: Psa. 66: 16; 56: 8; Isa. 65: 13, 14; Heb. 3: 14; Psa. 135: 4; John 17: 6, 9, 10, 24; Isa. 62: 3; Psa. 103: 8-13; Song of Solomon 2: 16; John 10: 27-30; 1Cor. 3: 23; 6: 20; Gal. 5: 24; 2Thes. 1: 7-10; Ex. 19: 5; Deut. 7: 6; Titus 2: 14; 1Pet. 2: 9; Rom. 8: 32; 2Cor. 6: 18; 1John 3: 1-3.
Questions: How has this text affected me this week? Why? Under what conditions?
With what results?
COMING BY AND BY
A BETTER day is coming, a morning promised
When truth and right, with holy might, shall over
throw the wrong;
When Christ the Lord will listen to every plaintive
And stretch His hand o'er sea and land, with justice
by and by.
The boast of haughty tyrants no more shall fill the
But age and youth shall love the truth and speed it
No more from want and sorrow shall come the hopeless cry
But war shall cease, and perfect peace will flourish
by and by.
The tidal wave is coming, the Year of Jubilee;
With shout and song it sweeps along, like billows of
The jubilee of nations shall ring through earth and
The dawn of grace draws on apace—'tis coming by and by.
O! for that glorious dawning we watch and wait and
Till o'er the height the morning light drive the
And when the heavenly glory shall flood the earth
We'll bless the Lord for all His works and praise
Him by and by.
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