Speech and Silence


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”Likewise also said they all.” Mark xiv. 31.

As soon as any one faculty of the mind is deeply stirred and moved there is a peculiar consensus of all faculties toward the point striven for by the leading faculty. History is full of such instances. Note the cross of Constantine in heaven, the wave of the Crusades, the monastic fever.

”And when they had seen it they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this Child.” Luke ii. 17.

When a man has thoroughly understood a Divine Truth his whole character will show the nature of it — nothing can suppress it. (Read thus all similar statements, as, ”And His fame went abroad;” ”And they noised abroad,” etc.. etc.)

“But Jesus answered yet nothing. ” Mark xv. 5.

In certain conditions of mind, no matter how frequent or how diligent the attempt, there is no gleam of revelation of the Divine Truth.

”And He charged them that they should tell no man of Him. ” Mark viii. 30.

No human figment is to enter into man’s conception of Deity ; no human anger, no human fault, no human weakness.

“And whatsoever Man called every living creature, that was the name thereof. ” Genesis ii. 19.

In whatever way man decides upon using his faculties, that will be their nature.

” And without a parable He spake not to them. ” Mark iv. 34.

All the literal sense of the Word is written according to the science of correspondences.

”And she lifted up her voice and wept.” Genesis xxi. 16.

A desire, an intense, yearning desire for a higher form of revelation comes to the soul of man at times.

“And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curses thee. “ Genesis xii. 3.

That is a blessing to man which by the Lord’s help he makes a blessing to himself, and early recognizes as such. That is a curse to him which against all sense and law and order he has made a curse to himself.

“See that no man know.” Matthew ix. 30.

Let not the opening of the eyes be attributed to self or to things human. It is a Divine act.

”And he sought how he might conveniently betray Him.” Mark xiv. 11.

There is but one portion of man’s spiritual structure which is thoroughly unreliable. His will, his love, his faith, his intelligence, his reason, are all fairly consistent and reliable factors. But the sense-man is not at all so. There is no one sense-impression or series of such impressions upon which any eternal verity can be built. From the appearance that the sun moves, an appearance on the lowest plane of being, to the appearance that man has life in himself, an appearance on the highest plane of being, there is none that can be relied upon for real spiritual verity.

”These are the words which Moses spake unto all Israel on this side of Jordan in the wilderness. ” Deut. i. 1.

The Holy Word is a revelation of the laws of growth and development of the spiritual mind (” Israel “) not only as it develops in its own true life and light of spirituality (“beyond Jordan “), but also as it develops in the natural world (“this side of Jordan”), under the influences of natural and material environments (“the wilderness”).

”And the gospel must first be published among all nations.” Mark xiii. 10.

Many an effort does man make to gain control of himself and mastery over those who are of his own household ; but it is not until in the understanding, enlightened by the Divine Truth, a new will is planted, that he is able to say, ” I and my house will follow the Lord. “

”And Yehovah opened the mouth of the ass and she spake. ” Numb. xxii. 28.

Touched by the Divine Life even the lowliest forms of truth become sources of instruction and intelligence.

” Peter and Jacob (James) and John and Andrew asked Him privately. ” Mark xiii. 3.

Man has a multitude of wants, and makes an endless series of demands upon the Lord so far as the outer life is concerned — food and clothing, light and heat, sunrise and sunset, sound and sight, and so on and so on. But in the secret recesses of his heart there are but four sides of his nature that crave life of the Source of all being, his faith and its resultant activities, his love and the affections growing thence. These turn their questioning faces ever toward the Great Answer, and ask of Him the solution of the problem of life.

“And Yehovah put a word into Balaam’s mouth.” Numb, xxiii. 5.

The Lord has given some form of revelation to every people.

Author: A. Roeder (1900)