of the scripture is addressed to Israel. But in them we,
non-Israelites---may learn how God feels about certain things.
Let us consider the teaching regarding the sabbath. Non-Israelites have
never been under a commandment concerning this matter, but what was said
to Israel on the subject will show us the
value of stopping. The word, sabbath, does not denote rest, primarily.
It is from a Hebrew word that speaks of stopping. God did not rest from
His work as mentioned early in Genesis. He was not tired. He STOPPED.
And when, later, God commanded Israel to observe the seventh day and to
keep it holy. He said literally, that they were to stop on the seventh
day. Of course, when we stop, rest follows.
No such commandment has been given to non-Israelites, but the value of
stopping one day of the week, that our body, spirit and mind might be
refreshed, and that we might have a whole day in which to specially
think of God and worship Him, is evident. This practice, if adhered to
by all our population, would, eventually, perform wonders in point of
health, calmness, and a recognition of God. And I am sure that we would
do more and better work in six days, than in seven.
Many people quit work Friday, until Monday. I said they quit work. I
mean that they quit what they are doing, but the next two days are spent
in carousing, or going, or in doing some other kind of work, so that,
really, they do not stop at all.
The dire things that were to befall Israel because of the neglect of the
sabbath, may be seen in great measure in nations that have spent years
making a specialty of ignoring the need for a day of stopping. In some
of the countries of Europe, Sunday is the special day on which to hold
national elections. The particular day of the week, whether the first or
the seventh, is of no moment. Long ago man changed from the seventh to
the first day. The idea is, man needs a certain day each week, in which
to stop. For the best benefit, it should be the same day each week,
otherwise, there is danger of not stopping at all.
I am not telling you that God commands us to observe the sabbath. But I
am telling you it is far better to do it than to not---better for the
health and morale, as well as the cultivation of the spirit.
But let us never advocate forcing people to do it.
Inasmuch as the sum of all the people is composed of individuals let us
not wait for some other person, and certainly not for ALL the people to
start the stopping. Let us do it our self. For, just as sure as it would
benefit all the people so will it benefit each person.
The stopping includes the mind. People are in a mental tension, which is
the product of worrying. This, in turn, produces nervousness. In ITS
turn, it makes hypertension, which is called high blood pressure. Many
medical men have begun to recognize that this "popular" trouble is
produced, not only by what we eat, but by HOW we think.
There is a value in attending worship meetings. I mean really ATTENDING
in mind, as well as in body. If we sit down in the meeting house while
our mind in on the farm, or building a house, or doing some other kind
of work---the body just waiting to join the thoughts---the atmosphere of
worship does us no good. But if the mind is taking a vacation from work,
and if we consciously remember that we are in an atmosphere of worship,
we feel refreshed and happy. And while we are in this condition it may
be that the preacher says something that arrests our attention. Soon we
will find our self listening calmly to the message.
A mind that has stopped, so far as its daily pursuits are concerned, is
in condition to enjoy, not only faith IN God, but to become conscious
that in it is the faith OF God.
It is refreshing to remember that God acts always with intelligence. He
does that in creation. Its orderliness is proof of His intelligence,
power, and love.
These are around us at all times. We do our self a great wrong when we
do not take time to meditate on this fact. This is one reason why we
need a sabbath, or a stopping.
We hardly need "professional thinkers". But there is a necessity for
calm, sensible thinkers. Meditation does not necessarily mean
concentration. It signifies thought that is calm, unhurried, unmolested,
and without tension. Preachers would do well to promote and encourage,
as well as provide for, this kind of thinking. A person who hears a
sermon should be more rested than when the talk began.
We can move easily into the fulfillment of life's pattern if we have the
quiet faith of that great power of wisdom within. Trusting in Him, we
may know that which we need to know. The wisdom of God in our hearts
unfolds it to us. The speech of God distills as the dew. His doctrine
drops as the rain. We may, with the intellect, learn much of the
doctrine, but unless we attend to the speech of God, the doctrine has a
tendency to make us selfish, clannish, and intolerant. Let the mind
stop, let it listen to God.
And He speaks to us, not only when we are in a place of worship, but
also day after day in our pursuits. He spoke to Moses in the burning
bush, Moses had a sabbath right there. He took time to listen. He
stopped. Whether or not he heard an audible voice, I am not able to say.
But He heard the speech of God. First, the bush that was on fire and yet
not being consumed, must have reminded him of Israel---in the fire of
affliction for centuries and yet undiminished. What is more natural than
that the patriarch should think of the unreasonableness of the nation
being in slavery, and that he should reach a determination that the
people should be free? He clearly saw his mission---to lead the captives
into freedom. It was a mind and a heart that was enjoying a sabbath,
that was being exercised to think on God.
One has told of his own "call" in these words:
"One bright and lovely morning,
While walking through a grove,
My theme and meditation
Was Jesus and His love.
His name to me was precious,
His glorious presence sweet,
While nature seemed to join me,
His praises to repeat".
was seeing, in that grove, the things that others might see; hearing
what others might hear. But he was also seeing and hearing that which
another might NOT. His thoughts were enjoying a sabbath. When the silent
voice of God spoke, he heard. The sighing among the trees became, to
him, the speech of God. And, because his mind was in the Sabbath that
day, he spent many a year afterwards, glorifying God and teaching His
I sat on my porch and looked at the plants growing in my garden. It was
a time of sabbath to my thoughts. I heard no voice, but the silent
speech of God impressed me, and He spoke to me in the waving blades of
the corn, and the sweet flowers of the bean stalks. I saw in them a
symbol of God answering prayer. I had planted the seeds, and had left
in the hand of the only One who could make corn and beans. If there had
come grass on the place I would have cleared it off. If the ground had
been dry I would have watered it. But I would not have dug the seeds up
and planted them again, fearing that I had not planted them right at
first. No! This would have prevented the germination.
I learned the lesson of prayer from this. I plant in the loving heart of
God the seed of desire---making sure that it is a good desire, and for
the glory of God. Daily I water the seed with thanksgiving, and wait for
the germinating. It takes place, for God is looking after the seed. I do
not need to fear that it was not planted correctly the first time. I
need not dig it up and plant it again. What I do is wait on Him. He
never forgets. Fruitfulness comes, because the whole affair is in the
hand of God.
If my mind and heart had not been in a sabbath condition as I sat on the
porch, I might not have gotten the lesson.
So the stopping of the thoughts is not an absolute stopping. It means
stopping laborious thinking about the things that engage the most of our
attention during the day, and sweetly and calmly thinking on God. In my
case my attention much of the time is on Lucretia. I have the care of
her twenty-four hours of the day, in addition to my other work. It has
been prophesied by some that I will suffer a breakdown. This is not
necessary. If I can continue to have some hours of sabbath condition of
mind each day, the breakdown will not come. I have seen people break
down because they "knew" they were going to do so. Their mind is on it,
and they bring it about. Most of our illness is brought about by
thought. Whatever it is that bears on our mind is the thing from which
we must take a sabbath, or a stopping. This is especially true in the
case of illness of our loved ones. We must not worry about it, and, as
is the case with me, we must have a complete stoppage of thinking about
it. Lucretia is much improved---she is better than she has been at all
any time since her stroke occurred. But each day I stop thinking about her, I have trained myself
to do it. It is absolutely necessary.
the April issue I made a statement which does not convey just what I
meant. I said, "The race belief, instilled into us ever since the close
of the second eon at the time of the flood, is to the effect that God
did not do a good job of creating, and that we are dependent on the
medicine man to pump, either hyperdermically or by mouth, a foreign
substance that is no part of God's creation, into our body.
I meant that the substance is no part of what God used as ingredients in
making us. He used soil.
I think that that which goes into us should be a product of the soil,
whether is be given as food, or as medicine.
More than forty years ago a doctor told me that a person could not live
in South Georgia without using a certain drug that is made from mercury.
I had then lived in South Georgia for many years, and had already proved
that one did not have to take this poison. I have been proving it ever
It seems that the second eon---the period from Adam to Noah---was a time
of very vigorous health. Evidently people lived sensibly, as to their
emotions, habits, diet, etc. No one tried to keep up with the Joneses.
It is evident that people did very little worrying---if any---and that
they were not in a tension. We have record of some in those days who
lived almost a thousand years. It must have been later, when the
medicine man came on the scene, and with him, the "education" that made
the human family sickness-conscious.
By the way, I have never seen an idea expressed in print by the medical
fraternity, as to the reason for the great increase in cancer cases. I
wonder if the reason could lie in the injection of too much foreign
substance into the blood.