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While He Is Near (3 of 18)
The Greatest Texts of the Bible
Clarence Edward Macartney
Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon
him while he is near.
One of the old Saxon kings set out with an army to put
down a rebellion in a distant province of his kingdom.
When the insurrection had been quelled and the army of
the rebels defeated, the king placed a candle over the
archway of his castle where he had his headquarters.
Lighting the candle, he announced through a herald to
all those who had been in rebellion against him that
all who surrendered and took the oath of loyalty while
the candle was burning would be spared. The king
offered them his clemency and mercy, but the offer was
limited to the life of that candle.
Every great offer of life and of time has its candle
limitations. This is true of the offer of fortune and
prosperity, or knowledge, or health, or affection.
There is a limited period of time in which to make use
of their offer and their opportunity. This is true
most of all of the greatest offer ever made to man,
the offer of eternal life through Jesus Christ, God's
Isaiah 55 is one of the great invitation chapters of
the Bible. It rings with that favorite word of God,
"Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters."
This is a word which resounds in the Bible from the
book of Genesis to the book of Revelation. When Noah
had finished the ark, God said to him, "Come. . . into
the ark." In the great parable of the supper Jesus
represents God as saying to men, "Come, for all things
are now ready." Christ Himself in unforgettable music
said, "Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy
laden" (Matt. 11:28). This word "come" sounds through
all the history and narrative and prophecy and warning
and appeal and judgment and apocalypse of the Bible.
It is the word that is written over the gates of
heaven in letters of light to greet our pilg ...
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