Character Study

Joseph

Joseph Genesis 37 - 50. J. G. Bellett. Section 6 of: The Patriarchs: Being Meditiations upon Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Job; The Canticles, Heaven and Earth. New Edition, Morrish, 1909. Joseph becomes principal in the narratives of the book of Genesis as soon as we reach Gen. 37, and so continues, I may say, to the end. So that I now propose to close with this paper on "Joseph," referring to the others, entitled "Enoch," "Noah," "Abraham," Isaac. "Jacob," as if they had...

Job

Job James 5: 11. J. G. Bellett. Section 7 of: The Patriarchs: Being Meditiations upon Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Job; The Canticles, Heaven and Earth. New Edition, Morrish, 1909. "Behind a frowning providence He hides a smiling face" May surely be said, upon the reading of this deeply affecting story. Said, too, with peculiar fitness and fulness of truth, as though the thought of the Christian poet had been suggested by the tale of the inspired historian. The frown w...

Hosea

Hosea J. G. Bellett. Section 1 of: The Minor Prophets (Ed. W. Kelly, Allan, 1870.) Hosea prophesied in the prospect of the breaking up of the kingdom of the ten tribes, and near the end of the house of Jehu. He is full of the thought of the ruin that was at hand; but he anticipates scenes of restoration and glory beyond it. As I may express it, the death and resurrection of Israel is contemplated by him, and announced under different figures, in a very abrupt and vivid style. At the openi...

Joel

Joel J. G. Bellett. Section 2 of: The Minor Prophets (Ed. W. Kelly, Allan, 1870.) The age of this prophet is not given to us. From this, we might say, it matters not when he flourished: but we may say the same also from the character of his prophecy. And thus the silence of the Spirit on that point is more than accounted for: it is justified. He delivered the word of the Lord in some day of sore national calamity, when either again and again the adversary came in to waste and destroy, or ...

Amos

Amos J. G. Bellett. Section 3 of: The Minor Prophets (Ed. W. Kelly, Allan, 1870.) Amos was, the prophet who went before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah, king of Judah. (Amos 1: l) We may say that he was the prophet of that event (Amos 8: 8; Amos 9: 5.) That earthquake is treated by Zechariah as typical, as a notice of the Lord's controversy with the world, when again there will be earthquakes and pestilences, ministers of judgment and vessels of wrath. (Zech. 14: 5) Accordingly, jud...

Obadiah

Obadiah J. G. Bellett. Section 4 of: The Minor Prophets (Ed. W. Kelly, Allan, 1870.) The Spirit in the prophets constantly looks beyond Israel and Judah, taking notice of the nations of the Gentiles. "An ambassador," as Obadiah speaks "is sent among the heathen," now and again. Thus, Nahum was sent to Nineveh, and now Obadiah is sent to Edom. But from the very beginning, the Lord had a word or controversy with Edom, as by His prophet He now has. "I hated Esau, and laid his mountains and h...

Nicodemus

“There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: the same came to Jesus by night”(John 3:1,2). When we turn in the Bible to John chapter three we find recorded for our learning the interesting interview between the Lord and Nicodemus—a dialogue full of the very deepest and most important instruction. We may truly say, if ever there was a time in which the history of Nicodemus claimed special attention, it is just today, in this day of man’s proud ...

The Rich Young Ruler

Rich fools, however, do not appear only in parables. They also appear in real life. On one notable occasion Jesus met one. He was a wealthy young man, and his interview with our Lord is both familiar and classic. It was an interview that plainly disclosed the Savior's striking capacity to probe beneath the issues men raise--in order that He might reach the issues they should have raised. The disciples as usual were with Him. And they stood to profit immensely from the exchange, which they ar...

Epaphras - The Service of Prayer

Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ, saluteth you, always labouring fervently for you in prayers, that ye may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God (Colossians 4:12).

 


There is a very striking difference between the inspired records of the people of God and all human biographies. The former may truly be said to be “much in little”; while many of the latter may as truly be said to be “little in much.” The history of one of the Old Testament saints—a history stretching over a period of 365 years—is summed up in two short clauses—“Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him” (Gen. 5:24). How brief! but yet how full, how comprehensive! How many volumes would man have filled with the records of such a life! And yet, what more could he have said? To walk with God comprehends all that could possibly be said of any one.


A man may travel round the globe; he may preach the gospel in every climate; he may suffer in the cause of Christ; he may feed the hungry, clothe the naked, visit the sick; he may read, write, print and publish; in short, he may do all that ever man could or did do; and yet it may be all summed up in that brief clause, “He walked with God.” And right well it will be for him if it can be so summed up. One may do nearly all that has been enumerated and yet never walk with God one hour; yea, one may not even know the meaning of a walk with God. The thought of this is deeply solemnizing and practical. It should lead us to the earnest cultivation of the hidden life, without which the most showy services will prove to be but mere flash and smoke.

Rahab Perished Not

The writer of the book of Hebrews tells us that Rahab did not perish with the others in Jericho. Why was she chosen from among the many others of this ancient city to become an object of divine grace? Why is Rahab used so frequently by New Testament writers to illustrate genealogy, faith, and theology? Spiritual minds bow in wonder at the God of infinite mercy who reached down low to lift her up to the very lineage and genealogy of the Messiah. Faithful Rahab is a shining example to every Gentil...
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