In the Valley He Restoreth My Soul

Bibliology

“One sees great things from the valley; only small things from the peak.”
~GK Chesterton

Many persons can recite Psalm 23. In the KJV version. If you grow up in church, it’s one of those things you learn as a child. Continue reading

Why Are Satan and Sin Permitted?*

Bibliology
Guest Writer Thomas DeWitt Talmage

“Why do the wicked live?” (Job 31:7).

Poor Job! With tusks, horns, hoofs, and stings, it seems, all the misfortunes of life came on him at once. Bankruptcy, bereavement, scandal, and eruptive disease so irritating that he had to reinforce his ten fingernails with pieces of earthenware to be able to scratch himself. His wife took the diagnosis of his complaints and prescribed profanity. She thought he would feel better if between the paroxysms [fits] of grief and pain he would swear a little. For each boil a plaster of objurgation [rebuke]. Continue reading

Tobacco and Opium*

Bibliology
Guest Writer Thomas DeWitt Talmage

“Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed” (Genesis 1:11).

The two firstborn of our earth were the grass-blade and the herb. They preceded the brute creation and the human family—the grass for the animal creation, the herb for human service. The cattle came and took possession of their inheritance, the grass-blade; man came and took possession of his inheritance, the herb. Continue reading

Despotism of the Needle*

Bibliology
Guest Writer Thomas DeWitt Talmage

“So I returned, and considered all the oppressions that are done under the sun: and behold the tears of such as were oppressed, and they had no comforter; and on the side of their oppressors there was power; but they had no comforter” (Ecclesiastes 4:1).

Very long ago the needle was busy. In olden days it was considered honorable for women to toil. Alexander the Great stood in his palace showing garments made by his own mother. The finest tapestries at Bayeux were made by the queen of William the Conqueror. Augustus, the Emperor, would not wear any garments except those that were fashioned by a member of his royal family. So let the toiler everywhere be respected! Continue reading

Capital and Labor*

Bibliology
Guest Writer Thomas DeWitt Talmage

“Whatever you would that men should do to you, do you even so to them”
(Matthew 7:12).

The greatest war the world has ever seen is between Capital and Labor. The strife is not like that which in history is called the Thirty Years’ War, for it is a war of centuries, it is a war of the five continents, it is a war hemispheric. The middle classes in this country, on whom the nation has depended for holding the balance of power and for acting as mediators between the two extremes, are diminishing; and if things go on at the same ratio as they are now going, it will not be long before there will be no middle class in this country; but all will be very rich or very poor, princes or paupers, and the country will be given up to palaces and hovels. Continue reading

The Day We Live In*

Bibliology
Guest Writer Thomas DeWitt Talmage

“Who knows whether you are come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”
(Esther 4:14).

Esther the beautiful was the wife of Ahasuerus the abominable. The time had come for her to present a petition to her infamous husband in behalf of the Jewish nation, to which she had once belonged—and, by blood, still belonged. She was afraid to undertake the assignment lest she should lose her life; but her uncle, Mordecai, who had reared her and still served as her mentor, encouraged her that probably she had been raised up of God for that peculiar mission. “Who knows whether you are come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” Continue reading

The Banished Queen*

Bibliology
Guest Writer Thomas DeWitt Talmage

“Queen Vashti refused to come at the king’s commandment … therefore was the king very wroth, and his anger burned in him” (Esther 1:12).

You know the story—or should. “Vashti the queen made a feast for the women in the royal house, which belonged to King Ahasuerus. On the seventh day when the heart of the king was merry with wine, he commanded Mehuman, Biztha, Harbona, Bigtha, and Abagtha, Zethar, and Carcas, the seven chamberlains that served in the presence of Ahasuerus the king, to bring Vashti the queen before the king with the crown royal, to show the people and the princes her beauty: for she was fair to look on. But the Queen Vashti refused …. Therefore was the king very wroth, and his anger burned in him” (Esther 1: 9-12). Continue reading