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Posted by: Pastor Terry Hagedorn | April 22, 2019

The Human And The Divine

Isaiah 66:1-24

For all those things hath Mine hand made, and all those things have been, saith the Lord: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at My word (66:2).

The Human And The Divine

When I was a pastor in a little country church, one of the godly deacons, a farmer, fell heir some way to a Spanish Bible. He could not read a word of it and wondered what to do with it. Then he remembered that in the community was a Mexican family. He made his way up to the house and knocked at the door. He was greeted by the father of the large family. The deacon said, “I have a gift for you, a Bible. It is written in Spanish, in your language. I am giving it to you.” The Mexican took it with gratitude, saying, “Gracias, gracias.”

One day after the farmer had forgotten the incident, he heard a knock at his door. There stood that Mexican tenant farmer. He said, “You know the Book you gave us? We have been reading the Book, and we have all accepted Jesus as our Savior. And it says in the Book that we ought to be baptized, and I have come to ask if I and all of my family could be baptized.” They brought the matter to me. I said, “We rejoice; we thank God.” So I baptized the Mexican and his large family.

Then one day a fire broke out in the tenant farmer’s house. As the house was going up in flames, the farmers who had gathered around saw that Mexican dash into those burning embers and come back out with the Bible. He had rescued from the flames the Word of God and held it in his hands, a treasure forever. Scripture is supernatural in its effect upon the human soul.

Such is the Book of God. “The grass withereth, the flower fadeth but the word of our Lord,” inspired plenarily, verbally, dynamically, supernaturally, “abides in glory and in power forever.”

W A CRISWELL

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