The counsel of the LORD stands for ever, the thoughts of his heart to all generations.
I. How BLESSED IS IT TO HAVE A PERSONAL REVELATION OF GOD IN THE CHARACTER OF HIS SON. His majesty and mercy are revealed in Christ, tested in honour and ignominy, in power and in pain. There is uniformity and radiance, a joy and rest to man in this revelation of God's character and counsel.
II. No KNOWLEDGE IS SO IMPORTANT AND SO PRACTICAL AS THAT OF GOD'S PLAN. None so personally, universally and eternally affects us. In this plan happiness is made to correspond with piety, sorrow with sin, and the plan works with certainty; inexorable, yet simple. The force that binds the moon to the earth and the earth to Sirius is simple but sure. So in the sweep of the ages, God's truth standeth for ever and the thoughts of His heart to all generations. Eternity itself shall emphasize and illustrate it.
III. IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF THIS PLAN WE MAY EXPECT SURPRISES TO US. The plan is eternal. We are of yesterday. You admire mosaic painting for the beauty of its tint, the free, flowing majesty and grace, the delicacy and beauty of its delineations. But should a child in the artist's studio take up a bit of ruby, turquoise, agate or pearl, and ask you what its relation was to the scene depicted — the Crucifixion or Resurrection perhaps — it might not be easy for you to explain its use, or mark its place till the master's work was complete. When Jerusalem was razed, the early Christians were surprised and alarmed. But that event led to the spread of the Gospel, just as the Jewish act of homicide end decide instrumentally led to man's salvation. So each event in God's plan has its place as each capital and gargoyle has its fitting location in the cathedral.
(R. H. Storrs.)
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