No Scripture was written merely for the sake of the people then living, or as a cold, secular history. One of these items of events which is loaded with precious truth is that recorded in 2 Kings, chapter 4, where in answer to the prayer of Elisha the Lord multiplied the oil for the widow, to deliver her from debt and provide her substance to live on.
In reading the account there given we notice seven points that can be made to apply to ourselves. The servant of the Lord in debt. Debt is the rod of Satan with which he scourges the children of men. Debt, dirt and the devil belong together. But the debt of this poor widow has a broader and spiritual application.
There are many who are the servants of God who are yet in legal bondage, and are not yet paying the debt of perfect love to God which we owe to Him. The first of all laws is that we should love the Lord our God with all our heart, with all our soul, and with all our strength. This is the return which will satisfy the Lord for His infinite goodness to us; it does not pay Him for His infinite goodness, but it is what He asks. The demand of the creditor. Have our hearts not ached at seeing similar sufferings on many a poor family resulting from an old debt?
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Let all who read this avoid going in debt as you would avoid a deadly disease. But this circumstance has an application to the demands of divine law upon our souls. This creditor is a good type of the law of God which demands the full payment of perfect love. When a servant of God fails to pay the debt of loving God with all his heart, the law is not thereby repealed, and will soon manifest its exacting nature by putting the spiritual debtor into legal bondage. Let us never forget, as a great many persons have done, that the Holy Ghost administers the law of Mt.
Sinai to the conscience, just as literally as He administers the atonement to the heart of the obedient believer. When this bondage is enacted in a Christian his whole life becomes one of restraint and constraint and, like the Jews in the wilderness who were not permitted to go back to Egypt, on the one hand, and not able to go up into Canaan on the other, but were constantly subjected to marchings and going about, making little progress, his very religion grows tiresome until he longs for death more than he thirsts for the fullness and sweetness of the living God.
Such a soul feels it must serve the Lord, and yet there is a bondage in its prayers, in its spiritual reading, in its benevolence, in giving its tenth of the income to the Lord, in religious testimony or Christian work of any kind. The creditor of the law has really seized upon the inner, delicate fountains of the soul, and its grasp will never be relinquished until such a one yields himself up to an unlimited consecration, and to loving God just as the law requires.
Many thousands of sincere religious people are in this condition. Only a pot of oil.
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Little did Dorcas imagine that her sewing needle would be the instrument of showing forth her saintly charity to all generations. How the dealings of God forever soar above all the conjectures of men, and His marvelous providence walks through the heavens, and uses the seemingly trifling things of life as stepping-stones.
Nothing is more wonderful than the way God unites Himself to created beings and things. He did not ignore the little pot of oil, but made it the nucleus of His exhaustless supply. God honors things that men despise, because He is God and He cannot despise anything in the universe except sin, and so a pot of oil, or a sewing needle, will be taken into His service just the same as a planet or a solar system. James Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him?
Tell me, what do you have in your house?
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Tell me; what have you in the house? Tell me, what do you have in the house?
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And she said, Thine handmaid hath not any thing in the house, save a pot of oil. Tell me what you have in your house. Tell me: what do you have in the house? Tell me what thou hast in the house? And she said, Thy handmaid has nothing in the house except a flask of oil.
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