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made more than gain, "All these things shall be added unto you". Are you called to take
up more time in the Lord's service? Prudence, your own plans and the advice of your
friends will tell you that you cannot afford it. Remember the Lord's "Prove me now
herewith". Is there some service opening before you that will take more of your money?
Consider! Compare the blessed experience of the widow of Zarephath ("the place of
refining") with that of the people addressed by Haggai and Malachi. Let us render to the
Lord unstinted service, let us accept His blessed "Herewith".
"There shall not an hoof be left behind."
(Exod. 10: 26).
"Your carcases shall fall in this wilderness."
(Numb. 14: 29.)
pp. 110, 111
While the reading of these two passages together produces the feeling of a
contradiction, that feeling is superficial, for it is an instance of the proverb
"Circumstances alter cases".
The quotation from Exodus refers to Egypt, the quotation from Numbers refers to the
wilderness. The first passage stands at the head of a long line of passages, all of which
teach in type, prophecy and doctrine the blessed truth, that salvation being by grace
through redemption, is thereby indefectible. Of all who are typified by Israel in Egypt
under the shelter of the shed blood it is true, "They shall never perish". Were we
concerned to develop the doctrine known as "the final perseverance of the saints", we
could easily fill more space than is at our disposal with passages of scripture which
would prove beyond question that those who have once passed from death unto life, can
never pass back from life into that death again.
The second passage equally stands at the head of another long line of passages, all of
which, in type, prophecy and doctrine, emphasize that over and beyond the blessed fact
of an unconditional salvation, is placed a conditional prize or crown or recompence of
reward. Again, the passages which speak of present endurance being linked with a future
glory, present conflict with a future crown, present denial with the attainment of a future
prize, are too numerous for such a short article as this must be.
Together with these passages come the converse, those which speak of the possibility
of even Paul himself being disapproved ("castaway", A.V.), and of Moses, that man of
God, forfeiting his right of entering the promised land. The believer who has been
delivered from the bondage of sin and death cannot be left behind in Egypt--"not a
hoof", but by reason of unfaithfulness, of murmuring, of the worship of self instead of the
whole-hearted following of the Lord, many who were thus redeemed from Egypt fell in