PARENTAGE OF THE SHOWER
T. DeWitt Talmage
Job, 38: 28: " Hath the rain a father?"
This book of Job has been the subject of un-
bounded theological wrangle. Men have made it the
ring in which to display their ecclesiastical pugilism.
Some say that this book of Job is a true history;
others, that it is an allegory; others, that it is an epic
poem; others, that it is a drama. Some say that Job
lived eighteen hundred years before Christ; others say
that he never lived at all. Siome say thnat- tlhe author of
this book was Job; others, David; others, Solomon.
The discussion has landed some in blank infidelity.
Now, I have no trouble with the book of Job or the
Revelation-the two most mysterious books in the
Bible-because of a rule I adopted- some years ago.
I wade down into a Scripture passage as long as I
can touch bottom, and when I cannot then I wade out.
I used to wade in until it was over my head, and then
I was drowned. I study a passage of Scripture so
long as it is a comfort and help to my soul; but when
it becomes a perplexity and a spiritual upturning, I
quit. In other words, we ought to wade in up to our
heart, but never wade in until it is over our head. No
man should ever expect to wade across this great
ocean of divine truth. I go down into that ocean as
I go down into the Atlantic Ocean at East Hampton,
Long Island, just far enough to bathe; then I come
out. I never had any idea that with my weak hand
and foot I could strike my way clear over to Liver-
cannot fathom, there is much that is beautiful and
suggestive, and these passages we take for our instruc-
tion and comfort. One of these I have chosen for my
I suppose you understand your family genealogy.
You know something about your parents, your grand-
parents, your great-grandparents. Perhaps you know
where they were born, or where they died. Have
you ever studied the parentage of the shower? "Hath
the rain a father?" This question is not asked by a
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