Publication date
7/1/11
Volume
32
Number
13
The WatchTower
Views from the Watch Tower
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THE
WATCH
TOWEl<.
BROOKLYN,
N.
Y.
Gentile
times,
think
the
"Shaking
among
the
dry
bones
is
sufficient
for
all
those
who
have
by
divine
love
been
of
the
House
of
1&rael"
would
alone
be
sufficient
to
prove
called
and
chosen
and
are
faithfully
striving
through
the
that
the
time.
is
at
hand.
It
was
necessary
that
the
Lion
merit
of
Jesus
to
be
honored,
and
we
have
our
Heavenly
of
the
tribe
of
Judah
should
be
able
to
take
and
open
the
Father's
promise
that
the
shall
not
be
able
to
Book
an,]
loose
the
seven
seals
thereof,
for
to
him
was
com-
pluck
them
out
of
his
hanll.
mitted
the
of
carrying
out
the
divine
plan.
But
as
Oh,
how
many
have
reason
to
thank
God
for
the
wonder-
far
as
the
little
flock
is
concerned,
it
is
not
necessary
that
ful
help
they
have
through
the
STUDIES,
THE
WATCH
they
should
know
the
exact
hour
of
the
dosing
of
the
Gen-
TOWER
and
all
the
other
helps
to
the
footstep-followers
of
tile
Times.
Hurely,
enough
of
the
precious
present
truth
our
Iledeemer!
has
been
reveale,]
to
awaken
even
the
dullest
believer.
Beloved
Pastor,
may
the
dear
Lor,]
continue
to
make
We
are
to
live
by
faith,
an,]
our
faithfulness
in
this
you
bles,sing
to
his
church
until
your
work
is
finished,
matter
may
be
one
of
the
tests
of
our
faith.
Who,
would
and
you
hear
the
"Well
llone,
gooll
an,]
faithful
servant,
could
rc
a,1
the
parable
of
the
ten
virgins,
and
not
see
entrr
thou
into
the
joy
of
thy
Lor,],"
is
the
prayer
of
your
its
application
to
the
time
in
question?
They
all
slumbered
humble
fellow-servant
in
Jesus.
and
slept,
but
at
miunight
there
was
cry
$10 is for use in the harvest work, to be the Bri,ll'groom!" Only the five wise virgin,s who took use,] in whatever way you think hest, It comes in grateful oil in their vessels with their lamps were ready at the sUll- rkn eall to follow the Bridegroom, and went in with him admowlellgnlPnt of the hIrss,',] hope gaine,] through the to the marriage. Undoubtedly the attitUl]e of every true STUDIES and the other helps, aw] with an earnest prayer ehil,1 of Gar] is one of prayerful watchfulness. The sealing that our Hea\'enly Father will gui']e and strengthen you in the fOl"('hpad has bren ample to all who are earnestly through the coming year as in the pallt, an,l continue to sPl'king to he overcomrrs through the hlood of the Lamb. make you blessing to the household of faith through our God's wonderful plan of salvation, as shown in the STUDIES, lll'l'cious Redeemer. JOHN MCCAR'l'IIY. "0 GLORIOUS DAY" "Thou hast hren faithfu1­ ThOll hast horne the eros,~. 'rhe thorns have pierce<l thy feet; But now the night is past- The <lay has come-bright, Glorious day of endless joy and love. The trial time hath prove<l thee true Ani] thou art safe, Beloved, Tn thy Father's home. -- ----- --- "0 gloriou.s day, for thee we long! \Ve will be faithful, will the Burdens bear, sustained hy grace divine. In meek submission to thy holy will; Dear Lord, by faith we clasp thy han,l As side by side we treal] the narrow way, And wait-for it will surely eome- Some day, some l]ear, sweet lby; Oh, tarry not too long! Yor,. XXXII ------- ------'-'-=== BROOKLYN, N. Y., JUNE 15, 1911 ACCEPTABLE TO GOD No. 1~ "Let thr words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, Lord, my strrngth and my Re­ deemer.' '-Psa. 19: 14. IT ow heautiful in the sight of right thinking men is well-balanee,], self-possrssed and disripliner] character! And in contrast with SUdl, how unlovely are the un,lisciplined :Ull] ungoYrrnr,]-the sl'lfish, the unjust, the unkilll] and the violt'nt·tl'mpel"("]! Naturally, the one awakens in Ug rmotions of pll'asure awl al]miration, and the other, of pain. And if sueh is the apprl'l'iation of virtue and the abhor­ n'nel' of tIle hek of it mnong men who hay(' lost much of the original image of Gorl, with what keen apprecia­ tion must thl'Y b(' ohsl'l'\'r,] hy pure aIll] holy Go,]! rn of the \\'orld \\ ho h:we no pl'rsonal aeqnaintance with Go,] havl' no spreial thought as to how thry appear in his sight; but with \\'hat carrfulnl'.~s should those who loy(~ him awl who \':tlue his approval sturly to conform thl'ir eonrluet to his ['ure anil hol:v minrl! True, all who are" hrgotten again," notwitllstanr]ing their imperfections anrl shortcomings through inherited weaknesses, are ac­ ceptahle to (10'] through Ghrist, whose rohe of righteous­ nl'SS ampl.v "over,s them; but the measure of their accepta­ l,ll'ness to Gorl, l'\'pn through Christ, is only to the extent that, while :n'ailillg oursC'!ves of his imputed righteous­ nl'SS, thry are l'a.rnestl:v striving to attain actually to the ht:ullbrd of prrfl'dion. B~' so ,]oillg thry manifest their n'al apl'rpeiation of the rlivinc favor. \\'ith \\hat eonfusion ;lll'] ehagrin woulrl onc be CO\-· 1'I'l,,] \\'ho, ill thp llli,lst of :1 fit of \"iolrnt temper or an lllljllst or mran transadion, unworthy of his dignity or llis profession, shoul,] hr sllddl'nl~' surprise,] by the ap­ l,,'aranee of lwlovp,] fri"]lil of high an,] nohle character! .\n,l yd. thr ey(' of sueh Onr is e\'er upon us. Anr] only to thl' exh'nt that we dismiss thi,s thought from our minds, or else t11at wr ull,1l'n':dnl' thr 1,01',1 's opinion an,] approva.l, "an we :1llow the evil propensiti,'s of the fallen n:,lture to run riot. "WHEREWITHAL SHALL YOUNG MAN CLEANSE HIS WAY" Rl':Jlizing the ,lown\vard tpndeucv of the ohl nature, how eonst:mtly shoul,] the a);ove pl:ayer of the Psalmist be in the min,]s of Gall's l'Ollsecrater] ehilrlren! Bnt how, one inquires, may thl' rlifficult task of subduing the in­ hl'rent ,]epraYity be ac('omplbhe,l? It is hal'l] for one, par, tieularl~' 11Ill]er exaspernting cirelllllstm1l'eS, to control hnsty or violent tplIlper, for another to hri']lr gossiping tongnl'; and pspeeiR.lly if the trials of life to some extent put their eolored glasses on the eyes. Anr] thrn what host of inherent wl'aknes,ses there are, which eVl'r~' one of God's true chil,]ren realizes an,] knows t11at hr must strive against, if he would he aeceptable with God! The thoughts of our hearts are not manifest to fellow-ml'n until we ex­ press them in words or actions; but even the vrry thoughts and intents of the heart are all open nnd manifest to GOI1. \Vhat comfort to the honest-hearte,]! The Psalmist rrpeats this inquiry, sa~'ing: "\Vhere­ withal shnll young man cleanse his way ~" an,] then re, plies, "By tnking hee,] thereto, ncror,ling to thy Word." Then he frames for us this resolution: "1 will meditate on thy precepts and have respeet unto thy ways; will delight myself in thy statutes; will not forget thy Word. (Psa. 119:9, 15, 16) Here is the secret of pure and noble life, acceptable to God. It is to he attained, not mere ly by prayers and righteous resolutions, but, in a(]clition to these, by careful, painstaking hee,], by systematic anti rliligent effort at self-cultivation, by care am] perseverance in weeding out e\"il thoughts, ana by rliligent and eonstant rulti\"ation of pure, bene\"olent an,] noble thoughts, and by nipping in the bun. the weecls of perversity before they hring forth their hasty harvest of sinful worrIs ann. ,]eer]s. But observe. furtheT, that this heerI or care is to be takrn, not according to thc imperfect stanr]an] of our own judgment, but aceorrling to Gor] 's Worn.. The standard by whirh we test our lives makes \"ast difference in OUl" conclusions. The Psalmist further commends this standarrl to us, say­ ing: "The law of the LorrI is perfeet, con\"erting the soul. I'That is, if we take nercl to our ways aecon]ing to Go,] 's law, it will turn us completely from the path of sin to the path of righteousness.] The tr~timony phr instruction] of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple [the meek, teachable olH,s-eleal'ly pointing' out to them thr wa~'s of righteousness1- The statutes [t.hr llecl'ees, orrlinances and precepts] of the LorrI nre right [thc infallible rules of righteousnes.s], rejoicing tIl t' heart [of tIle obe,lient 1- The romman,1ment of the Lorr] is pure, enlightl'ning the eyes, The frar of the Lon] is l'!ean not menial, servile fear, hut nohle frar, hpgottpn of !twe-a. frar of f:1lling short of his rightrolls approv:11], l'ndll1'ing forrYl'r, More to bp <1csirerI are the~' [the law an<1 the tl'stimony of the Lonl] [48341 (175-179) THE Gentile times, I think the ‘‘Shaking among the dry bones of the House of Israel’? would alone be sufficient to prove that the time is at hand. It was necessary that the Lion of the tribe of Judah should be able to take and open the Book and loose the seven seals thereof, for to him was committed the task of carrying out the divine plan. But as far as the little flock is concerned, it is not necessary that they should know the exact hour of the closing of the Gentile Times. Surely, enough of the precious present truth has been revealed to awaken even the dullest believer. We are to live by faith, and our faithfulness in this matter may be one of the tests of our faith. Who, I would ask, could read the parable of the ten virgins, and not see its application to the time in question? They all slumbered and slept, but at midnight there was a ery made, ‘‘ Behold the Bridegroom!’? Only the five wise virgins who took oil in their vessels with their lamps were ready at the sudden eall to follow the Bridegroom, and went in with him to the marriage. Undoubtedly the attitude of every true child of God is one of prayerful watchfulness. The sealing in the forehead has been ample to all who are earnestly seeking to be overecomers through the blood of the Lamb. God’s wonderful plan of salvation, as shown in the STUDIEs, WATCH TOWER Brookiyn, N. Y. is sufficient for all those who have by divine love been called and chosen and are faithfully striving through the merit of Jesus to be honored, and we have our Heavenly Father’s promise that the adversary shall not be able to pluck them out of his hand. Oh, how many have reason to thank God for the wonderful help they have reccived through the Srupies, THE WaTCH Tower and all the other helps to the footstep-followers of our Redeemer! Beloved Pastor, may the dear Lord continue to make you a blessing to his church until your work is finished, and you hear the ‘‘Well done, good and faithful servant, enter thou into the joy of thy Lord,’’ ig the prayer of your humble fellow-servant in Jesus. The enclosed$10 is for use in the harvest work, to be used in whatever way you think best. It comes in grateful acknowledgment of the blessed hope gained through the STupies and the other helps, and with an earnest prayer that our Heavenly Father will guide and strengthen you through the coming year as in the past, and continue to make you a blessing to the household of faith through our precious Redeemer. JOHN McCarriuy. “O GLORIOUS DAY” ‘*Thou hast been faithfui— Thou hast borne the cross, The thorns have pierced thy feet; But now the night is past— The day has come—bright, Glorious day of endless joy and love. The trial time hath proved thee true And thou art safe, Beloved, In thy Father’s home. Vou. XXXII BROOKLYN, N. Y., JUNE 15, 1911 “‘O glorious day, for thee we long! We will be faithful, wilt the Burdens bear, sustained by grace divine. In meek submission to thy holy will; Dear Lord, by faith we clasp thy hand As side by side we tread the narrow way, And wait—for it will surely come— Some day, some dear, sweet day; Oh, tarry not too Jong!’’ No. 12 ACCEPTABLE TO GOD “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.’’—Psa, 19:14. Wow beautiful in the sight of right thinking men is a well-balanced, self-possessed and disciplined character! And in contrast with such, how unlovely are the undisciplined and ungoverned—the selfish, the unjust, the unkind and the violent-tempered! Naturally, the one awakens in us emotions of pleasure and admiration, and the other, of pain. And if such is the appreciation of virtue and the abhorrenee of the Jack of it among men who have lost much of the original image of God, with what a keen appreciation must they be observed by a pure and holy God! Men of the world who have no personal acquaintance with God have no special thought as to how they appear in his sight; but with what carefulness should those who love him and who value his approval study to conform their conduct to his pure and holy mind! True, all who are ‘‘begotten again,’’? notwithstanding their imperfections and shortcomings through inherited weaknesses, are acceptable to God through Christ, whose robe of righteousness amply eovers them; but the measure of their acceptableness to God, even through Christ, is only to the extent that, while availing ourselves of his imputed righteousness, they are carnestly striving to attain actually to the standard of perfection. By so doing they manifest their real appreciation of the divine favor. With what eonfusion and chagrin would one be covered who, in the midst of a fit of violent temper or an unjust or menn transaction, unworthy of his dignity or his profession, should be suddenly surprised by the appearanee of a beloved friend of high and noble character! And vet, the eve of sueh a One is ever upon us. And only to the extent that we dismiss this thought from our minds, or else that we undervalue the Lord’s opinion and approval, can we allow the evil propensities of the fallen nature to run riot. ‘‘WHEREWITHAL SHALL A YOUNG MAN CLEANSE HIS WAY’’ Realizing the downward tendeney of the old nature, how constantly should the above prayer of the Psalmist be in the minds of God’s consecrated children! But how, one inquires, may the diffieult task of subduing the inherent depravity be accomplished? It is hard for one, particularly under exasperating circumstanees, to control a hasty or violent temper, for another to bridle a gossiping tongue; and especially if the trials of life to some extent put their colored glasses on the eyes. And then what a host of inherent weaknesses there are, which every one of God’s true children realizes and knows that he must strive against, if he would be acceptable with God! The thoughts of our hearts are not manifest to fellow-men until we express them in words or actions; but even the very thoughts and intents of the heart are all open and manifest to God. What a comfort to the honest-hearted! The Psalmist repeats this inquiry, saving: ‘‘ Wherewithal shall a voung man cleanse his way?’’ and then replies, ‘‘Bv taking heed thereto, necording to thy Word.’’ Then he frames for us this resolution: ‘‘1 will meditate on thy precepts and have respect unto thy ways; I will delight myself in thy statutes; I will not forget thy Word.’’ (Psa. 119:9, 15, 16) Here is the seerct of a pure and noble life, acceptable to God. It is to he attained, not merely bv prayers and righteous resolutions, but, in addition to these, by careful, painstaking heed, by systematie and diligent effort at self-cultivation, by care and perseverance in weeding out evil thoughts, and by diligent and constant cultivation of pure, benevolent and noble thoughts, and by nipping in the bud the weeds of perversity before thev bring forth their hasty harvest of sinful words and deeds. But observe, further, that this heed or care is to be taken, not according to the imperfect standard of our own judgment, but according to God’s Word. The standard by which we test our lives makes a vast difference in our conclusions. The Psalmist further commends this standard to us, saying: ‘‘The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul. [That is, if we take need to our ways according to God’s law, it will turn us completely from the path of sin to the path of righteousness.| The testimony [the instruction] of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple [the meek, teachable ones-——clearly pointing out to them the wavs of righteousness]. The statutes [the decrees, ordinances and precepts] of the Lord are right [the infallible rules of righteousness], rejoicing the heart [of the obedient]. The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes. The fear of the Lord is clean [not a menial, servile fear, but a noble fear, begotten of love-—-a fear of falling short of his righteous approval], enduring forever. More to be desired are they [the law and the testimony of the Lord] [4834]