JULY 10

 

All bare him witness, and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth—Luke 4: 22.

 

This should be true as far as possible with all of the Lord's footstep followers: their speech should be with grace, with moderation, the overflow of hearts full of loving sympathy for the Truth and all who love and seek it. Their words should always be well within the limits of reason and righteousness, and strictly in conformity to the Word of the Lord. And their manner, their conduct, as living epistles, should harmonize with these, so that even their enemies would marvel, and take knowledge of them that they had been with Jesus and learned of Him.

 

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The gracious words that proceeded out of His mouth were beautiful, deep, agreeable and helpful. They proved Him to be a great orator, a persuasive speaker and a most pleasing preacher. His extraordinary ability in these respects awakened the wonder and admiration of His auditors and made them involuntarily concede His supremacy in public speech. "Never man spake like this man".

 

Parallel passages: Psa. 45: 2; Prov. 15: 23; Eccles. 10: 12; Isa. 50: 4; Matt. 7: 28, 29; 13: 54; Mark 1: 22; 6: 2; Luke 4: 32, 36; 21: 38; Prov. 25: 11; Rom. 15: 4; John 7: 45, 46; 13: 31-17: 26.

 

Questions: What part of the Word was especially unctuous to me this week? Under what circumstances?

 

THE WORD OF GOD

 

OH, wonderful, wonderful Word of the Lord!

True wisdom its pages unfold;

And though we may read them a thousand time o'er,

They never, no never, grow old!

Each line hath a pleasure, each promise a pearl,

That all if they will may secure;

And we know that when time and the world pass away,

God's Word shall forever endure.

 

Oh, wonderful, wonderful Word of the Lord!

The lamp that our Father above

So kindly hath lighted to teach us the way

That leads to the arms of His love!

 Its warnings, its counsels, are faithful and just;

Its judgments are perfect and pure;

And we know that when time and the world pass away,

God's Word shall forever endure.

 

Oh, wonderful, wonderful Word of the Lord!

Our only salvation is there;

It carries conviction down deep in the heart,

And shows us ourselves as we are.

It tells of a Savior, and points to the cross,

Where pardon we now may secure;

And we know that when time and the world pass away

God's Word shall forever endure.

 

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