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"In those days there was no king in Israel ; every man did what was right in his own eyes.” Judges xxi. 25.
Alas for the unguided, unruled, and ungoverned minds of men, how often come these states upon them, when there is no dominant truth in the spirit, and every faculty runs riot according to the nature and trend of its own depravity !
"But after I am risen I wilt go before you into Galilee. " Mark xiv. 28.
It is not until after a true spiritual conception of the Lord has dawned upon the mind of man that there is an ideal of the Lord in man's natural mind which can really be followed.
''And Isaac went unto Abimelech, king of the Philistines in Gerard.” Genesis xxvi. 1.
In its early stages of growth the truly spiritual rational mind is frequently mistaken for the natural - rational. Or rather the latter for the former. Men will frequently be led into the error that they have learned a thing when they have learned about a thing. A musician may have mastered all the mysteries of Mason and of Richter, and yet not be able to produce the simplest aria worth the singing.
“Go not down into Egypt " [spoken to Isaac] . Genesis xxvi. 2.
The reasoning power of the spiritual mind is not benefitted by an application to science or to scientifics. It cannot deal with facts, but only with deductions from facts as made by the reasonings of the natural man. Hence Isaac goes to Gerar with his sister-wife, as Abraham went to Egypt with his sister-wife.
''And Abram journeyed, going still toward the south. " Genesis xii. 9.
It is the purpose of the Lord in His regenerative work in the soul of man that the inner recesses of the mind should persistently strive to acquire wisdom.
''And they ascended by the south, and came unto Hebron. " Numb. xiii. 22.
The regenerating man rises upward through wisdom until he attains that pure state which the Lord built into his soul during childhood — until he becomes "as one of these little ones." This state is called “the state of remains. “
''And Abraham journeyed thence toward the south country."' Genesis xx. 1.
It is the celestial degree in man which learns wisdom during the pilgrimage of life.
Author: A. Roeder (1900)