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CHILDREN'S GREAT BIBLE TEXTS
THE BOOK OF JUDGES
Gideon The Brave.
The Fowler's Snare.
The King Of The Trees.
A Swarm Of Bees.
Taken By Surprise.
The Book Of Judges, J. Hastings
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Let them that love him be as the sun when he goeth farth in his might.— Judg. v. 31.
Did you ever try to think of what the world would be like without the sun? As a matter of fact there wouldn't be any world at all, at least not the world as we know it. There would be nothing but a mass of dead matter whirling through space. If it were not for the sun there would be no light, no colour, no heat, no flowers, no grass, no trees, no animals, no human beings, no life at all on the earth.
Now our text is a prayer that those who love God may be " as the sun when he goeth forth in his might." I wonder how that could be ? Well it is like this. Those who really and truly love God, love also everything that God loves. And love is just like the sun. It fills the earth with life, and light, and warmth and beauty. Without it the world would be a bad place and a sad place. Without it the world wouldn't be fit to live in.
Will you try to remember three things ?
1. Love is like the sun because it brings light. And light means gladness and beauty.
Centuries ago there was built in Florence a wonderful palace called the Riccardi Palace. Part of this palace was set apart as a chapel, and a famous artist was engaged to adorn the walls with beautiful frescoes which, as some of you know, are paintings on plaster.
Now there was a curious thing about this chapel — it had no windows. The artist was obliged to paint by the dim light of a lamp. And for many, many years those who came to view the chapel could see the wonderful frescoes only by the same insufficient light. They had to strain their eyes to look at them and even then they could see them but imperfectly.
Then one day a picture was removed from above the altar, and a hole was pierced in the wall behind where it had been. The glorious sunlight streamed in and filled the chapel. It revealed the exquisite frescoes in all their glory, bringing out the marvellous colourings and the perfection of line and shadow.
And, boys and girls, love is just like that, the love of God and man. It fills the earth with joy and beauty. It brings gladness to weary and sad hearts. It shows us beauty in the things we had thought plain, beauty that before was hidden from our eyes.
2. And then love is like the sun because it brings warmth. And warmth brings life and comfort.
You know how it is in the springtime, how the little plants that have been lying sleeping under the frozen ground begin to stir in their sleep when the sun shines brightly and warmly. You know how it is in the summer — how the flower-buds open their cups in response to the warm kiss of the sun. You know how it is in the autumn — how the grain turns ripe and yellow in the golden sunshine.
And love is just like that. It thaws the frozen hearts, it softens the hard ones, it makes the sweet flowers of gentleness and kindness to spring up and blossom, it ripens and mellows the sterner natures.
3. And then love is like the sun because it gives power.
You have all heard of George Stephenson, the man who invented the first railway engine. Well, one day Stephenson was standing with a friend — Dr. Buckland — at the side of a railway when a train came rushing past. Stephenson said, "Now Buckland, I have a question to ask. Can you tell me what power is driving that train ? " "I suppose it is one of your big engines," replied Buckland. "Yes, yes, but what drives the engine ? " said the inventor. Again Buckland answered, "Very likely a driver from Newcastle." Stephenson smiled, " What do you say to the light of the sun doing it ? " he asked. And Buckland replied, " How can that be ? "
Then Stephenson explained how millions of years ago the plants and trees growing on the earth drank in the rays of the sun, how after they died they were changed in the course of long ages into coal, how the coal when it burned was just giving out this bottled sunshine which it had drunk in, so that it was in reality the sunshine of long ago that was driving the train along the rails.
And love is a tremendous power too. It can accomplish what nothing else can accomplish.
In a certain school there was a headmaster whom the boys disliked. They thought him hard and severe, and so they made up their minds to annoy him as much as they could. And when boys make up their minds to that you know what they can do ! Well, these boys cribbed their exercises, they neglected their studies, they paid as little attention as possible to the master's orders, they never did anything he really wanted, and they strove to do all the things he didn't want.
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