Sam Charlton - Almonte Convention, Ontario, Canada - Friday Afternoon, July 1953

Hymn 307

Convention is like a clinic.  The heart and mind may be diseased, but are hard places to operate on.  God is the Doctor.  Hebrews 2:4 is God’s X-Ray apparatus.  We can please God better by using a preventative.  A fence at the top of a precipice is better than a hospital at the bottom.  David says, “He healeth all my diseases.”  David knew how to use preventatives. 

God’s heart is disappointed with the world’s discord.  Isaiah 49—Listen;  51—Hearken; 52—Awake! Awake!; 53—Who has believed our report.  It is easy to labour when we get praised and recommended for it but Isaiah laboured and suffered reproach.  The delight of God is to show himself strong on behalf of His children.  Who shall declare His generation?  Who will take up His life and live it again?  Isaiah did, so did Jeremiah, Paul, etc.  A person can’t be a Christian unless we try to do this. 

Isaiah 58. “Cry aloud spare not lift up thy voice like a trumpet.  Show my people their transgressions,” etc.  The god of the world puts people behind a partial eclipse.  A partial eclipse is bad enough, but a total eclipse is worse.  Chapter 59 - Behold!  Chapter 60 - Arise and Shine. 

There are 66 books in the Bible; 39 in old Testament.  The Isaiah 40 corresponds to Matthew’s gospel.  Isaiah 66 corresponds with book of Revelation.  Chapter 60 corresponds with l Peter.  Jesus spoke of Peter first in John 1:42 as a stone, next as a foundation, then Peter spoke of all his followers being spiritual stones or magnets.  Jesus said, “If I be lifted up will draw all men unto me.” 

In 21:19, Peter was a jasper stone.  Peter had stood many rebuffs to make him a jasper stone.  How much of God’s purifying have we stood?  The moon is a good type of the church on earth.  Arise, shine, reflect Christ to others.  A little dew drop on a blade of grass can show forth the colours of which the sun is composed.  A little diamond can reflect nothing until cut and polished.  These are the only things that can make us useful. 

Desire the image of the Lord, seek after it, behold His beauty.  God never asked you to admire anything.  He didn’t give you power to acquire.  Consider the Apostle and High Priest of your calling.  In Exodus 24, a picture was given Moses of God.  There is a place, a stone by God where you can see God, but it's on the top of a mount.  Admire, adore, worship. 

Is God a hindrance to you in some places you want to go, or in things you want to do?  Psalm 149:4 is God’s beauty parlour.  Jesus uses the whip of small cords and the gentle protests of the Spirit.  This can be ours these days.