THE SHEPHERD’S ROD -
"COMFORT YE, COMFORT YE, MY PEOPLE"
Vol. 1 Timely Greetings Nos. 36, 37, 38
THE ONLY PEACE OF MIND
Numbers 36, 37, 38
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"COMFORT YE, COMFORT YE,
THE END OF YOUR
LONG AND TRYING JOURNEY
IF NOT AWAKENED NOW, THEY
MAY SLEEP FOREVER
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TEXT FOR PRAYER
The Narrow, Upward Road
I shall read from "The Mount of Blessing," beginning on page 198 with the second paragraph:
"The narrow, upward road leading to home and rest, furnished Jesus with an impressive
figure of the Christian way. The path which I have set before you, He said, is narrow;
the gate is difficult of entrance; for the golden rule excludes all pride and self-
"In the road to death the whole race may go, with all their worldliness, all their
selfishness, all their pride, dishonesty, and moral debasement. There is room for
every man's opinions and doctrines, space to follow his inclinations, to do whatever
We should pray for power to enable us to turn aside from the broad path, from
following self -
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"COMFORT YE, COMFORT YE, MY PEOPLE"
TEXT OF ADDRESS BY V.T. HOUTEFF,
MINISTER OF DAVIDIAN 7TH-
SABBATH, APRIL 12, 1947
MT. CARMEL CHAPEL
Last week we finished studying the thirty-
Isa. 40:1, 2 -
Verse 2 leaves no doubt that Inspiration is speaking to a people in the latter
Isa. 40:3 -
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True, verse three found fulfillment in the work of John the Baptist; but the verses
preceding and also the verses following, definitely apply to the people in the latter
days and only partially to the people in John's day. Therefore the truth stands
out boldly that the direct fulfillment of this chapter is found in our time, thus
making John's work an ensample of our work -
The "wilderness" and the "desert" (Isa. 40:3) in contrast to the "vineyard," the house of Judah literally and antitypically says: "The voice of him that crieth in the land of the Gentiles, that says, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight in the Gentile world a highway for our God."
Isa. 40:4 -
To make this highway straight, "the voice" is, as it were, to raise up the valleys, cut through the mountains and hills, and grind down the rough places; that is, every obstruction must and will be removed, the saints must be gathered regardless where they live.
Isa. 40:5 -
This shall come to pass as soon as the highway is made ready.
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bloweth upon it: surely the people is grass. The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the Word of our God shall stand for ever."
"The voice" proclaims that all are grass, that all the goodliness in men is as the flowers of the field, but the Word of God stands forever. It must be, then, that men are blind to these realities, else they would not need be reminded of them. It must be that they are depending upon flesh, instead of upon the Word of God and His Spirit.
The message which this chapter contains, we see, is not a message to be preached to the world, but to the cities of antitypical Judah, the church. And those who proclaim it are citizens of antitypical Zion and Jerusalem, members of the church. They are fearlessly to lift up their voices with strength.
They are to explain that the people whom God uses to get His work done are "His arm"; that they are to rule for Him; that His reward is with Him, and His work yet before Him; that He shall feed His flock, and with His arm (with His church) He shall gather the lambs (the newly converted) and carry them to His kingdom.
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Those who are ignorant of God liken Him to something. But the great question
is, to what are we likening Him -
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sown: yea, their stock shall not take root in the earth: and He shall also blow upon them, and they shall wither, and the whirlwind shall take them away as stubble. To whom then will ye liken Me, or shall I be equal? saith the Holy One. Lift up your eyes on high, and behold Who hath created these things, that bringeth out their host by number: He calleth them all by names by the greatness of His might, for that He is strong in power; not one faileth."
O, how great a God our God is! And how slow we are to grasp His promises. How slow we are to let Him take full charge of us just as He has charge of the stars.
Isa. 40:27 -
Obviously God's people are mistaken concerning His knowledge of their ways.
These verses explain that God's people need to know all these things before they earn the right to
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walk into His Holy Kingdom. And what a wonderful privilege is ours if we but wait on the Lord, if we but remain true and faithful to His Word. Then He shall renew our strength like the eagles; we shall run, and not be weary; we shall walk and not faint.
As the great and dreadful day of the Lord is fast approaching, and as we are already
told what to do to make ready, we need not be found wanting. "Surely His salvation
is nigh them that fear Him; that glory may dwell in our land.... Truth shall spring
out of the earth; and righteousness shall look down from heaven. Yea, the Lord shall
give that which is good; and our land shall yield her increase. Righteousness shall
go before Him; and shall set us in the way of His steps." Ps. 85:9-
What a comforting message this is! Any wonder why the Almighty urgingly commands: "Comfort ye, comfort ye, My people."
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