Wallace Mackay - Second Speaker at Simon Dawson's Funeral - January 1, 2013

I have had the privilege of knowing our brother Simon since he was a schoolboy. Not that I had much to do with him except at conventions and special meetings, but the last few years have been very special to me.  I am very thankful that Simon obeyed the call to the work that God had put into his heart many years before.

 

When it came to the time when he was willing to give his life in the harvest field in the work of the gospel, I asked him, "How old are you now?"  And he answered, "47."

 

These last three years have been very wonderful years for him and for us.  Nearly every time he spoke in the meetings, he would say, "There is much joy in this way and in serving the Lord.’”  I believe that is the way God meant it to be.  We think of Jesus a man of sorrow acquainted with grief.  That was the side of Jesus where it says about Him, there were pain, suffering, and grief.  But in spite of all that, He was the happiest person on this earth.

 

The Bible gives us to understand that He loved righteousness and hated iniquity, and the joy He had, He wanted His disciples to have.  John15:11, "These things have I spoken unto you that My joy might remain in you and that your joy might be full." "My joy and your joy."  He wanted the disciples to have the same joy as He had.  We saw that in our brother Simon, as he had that joy, especially in those last three years.  He had joy in giving his heart and life in the service of the Lord.

 

Genesis 5:22, it tells us Enoch walked with God.  Enoch loved his heavenly Father and he enjoyed being with his heavenly Father.  He kept in step with Him.  He did not want to part from his heavenly Father.  He enjoyed his walk with the Father.

 

Then it says, "He was not, for God took him."  We think of Simon, he enjoyed his walk in this way of God and with Jesus.  I believe he wanted to be in the presence of his heavenly Father and Jesus.  He was also walking and talking with us and we have enjoyed his fellowship.  Then he was not for God took him.

 

Simon was with us the last few days and he is not with us anymore.  The body is still here with us but the spirit has gone.  The body without the spirit is dead.  The spirit has gone back to God who gave it.  That is what Simon was living for, hoping for, and praying that he would be accepted on that day.  His spirit would be taken and he would be with the Father.

 

2 Corinthians 5:1, "For we know that if our earthy house of this tabernacle be dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens."  It’s like somebody moving from an old worn out tent and moving into a brand new house.  "To be with Jesus forever and ever."  Someone that has been living for the things of God, then leaving this old worn body and God has given them a new body.  This is a wonderful experience for God’s people and for His servants.

 

Song of Solomon 6:2-3, "My beloved has gone down into his garden, to the beds of spices, to feed in the gardens, to gather lilies. I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine, he feedeth among the lilies."  The beloved who laboured here, speaks of Jesus and that is where He loves to be.

 

Proverbs 8:31, "My delight is with the sons of men." That is where He delights to be and we delight to be; in His presence.

 

The last few months we see a few of God’s lilies have been gathered in; one in Sarawak, two in Singapore, and two from here.  We are thankful God knows the right time to gather His own to Himself.  

 

Malachi 3:17, "'and they shall be Mine,' saith the Lord of hosts. 'In that day when I make up My jewels." Then my mind turned to something in Mark 10:17, when a young man came running to Jesus and asked Him, "Good Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?"  And then Jesus spoke to him of the things he should do and he answered, Mark 10:20, "These things I have observed from my youth." Mark 10:23-27, with man it is impossible, but with God all things are possible.

 

Verse 28, "Peter said to Him, ‘Lo, we have left all and followed Thee.’" But this young man was not willing for what Peter and the other disciples were willing for. God made the impossible possible for them because they obeyed the words of Jesus and followed Him.  This is what we saw in our brother Simon, that God made the impossible possible, when he left his good job, his home, sold all and went out into this work with this gospel.

 

Verses 29-30, "And Jesus answered and said, 'Verily, I say unto you, there is no man that have left house or brethren or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My sake and the gospel, but he shall receive a hundred fold, now in this time, houses and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions and in the world to come eternal life.’

 

How did Simon feel when he left those things behind and went out to preach this gospel? Did he feel he was losing a lot and leaving a lot behind?  I don’t think so. He gained a hundred homes.  The doors of a hundred homes and more were opened to him and he was welcome to homes, not because he was Simon, but because he was the servant of the true and living God.  Not only that, he gained brothers, sisters, mothers, and children, and lands with persecution and eternal life.  There is still persecution and the reward and in the end, eternal life.

 

I’m very thankful for what God is holding out for those who love and serve Him. We have very happy memories of our brother Simon and he has gone home to be with his Father, which is far better.  I hope the desire of everyone of us to continue in the way that God has shown us in the gospel and we want to keep our love, our Faith, and trust in the living God and finish as well as Simon has.

 

Close with Hymn 239, "Our Hearts O’erflow"


Ian Johnston closed in prayer