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MESSAGES OF THE LOVE OF GOD
LOST IN A DESERT!
Mr. Albert never expected to get lost the day he left his friends in the mountains of Bolivia. They had had a happy time singing hymns and reading the Bible together the day before He had stayed overnight and now he planned to take, the bus home. He would have to walk a few miles over to the road in order to catch the bus.
“Stay on the footpath,” his friends told him, “Don’t go on the goat path.”
So Mr Albert started out on the path to find the road. A bus would be coming by sometime that morning and would stop to pick him up.
Everything went fine for a while, but the path often divided and went in two directions. He was not always sure which way to turn. Soon Mr. ‘Albert noticed that there were goat tracks on the footpath. Perhaps he had taken the wrong path. He went back to check, but now it seemed that there were footprints on the goat path, and goat tracks on the footpath! How could he tell which was which?
Mr. Albert continued walking, but just ahead, someone had dragged firewood along so that it was impossible to see any path at all. He walked back to where the thorn bushes had blocked out the path to see if he could find it again. But to him it looked as if the path went in all directions. Now he could not find his way back to his friends, and he could not find the road. He had less than a quart of water and was lost in a Bolivian desert!
Mr. Albert knew he was lost, but there are many people in this world who are lost and they do not even know it. You do not have to be in the middle of a desert to be lost. Thousands of people in this world are lost because they do not know where they are going when they leave this world. Many would like to go to heaven, but they do not know how to get there. They are lost in their sins, because they have turned away from God.
But there is good news for people who are lost. It is found in the Bible in Luke chapter 19, verse 10. “The Son of man [Jesus] is come to seek and to save that which was lost.”
The Lord Jesus came into this world to look for and to save those who are lost in their sins. If you would like to go to heaven but do not know how to get there, then turn to the Lord Jesus. He said, “I am the way.” John 14:6.
When Mr. Albert realized he was lost, he said a prayer in his heart and then climbed a hill to see if he could see anything. There were only desert sand, thorn trees and another hill to climb. He climbed the second hill, and in the distance, he could see what looked like a slice in the mountainside. It could be the road. He took off, forgetting completely about paths, and walked toward the slice in the mountainside. When he got there, he found it was the road! Not long after that, a bus came along and took him home.
Mr. Albert found the road almost by accident, though it was with the help of God answering his prayer. But if you are saved, it will be no accident, for Jesus has been looking for you. Are you 8 years old? Then He has been looking for you for 8 years. Are you 12? Then Jesus has been looking for you for 12 years. Come to the Lord Jesus today for salvation and you will be on your way to heaven.
One time I was invited to a friend’s house for dinner. While we were eating, I happened to see a spider on the wall. I hoped my friend would not notice it, or she might be upset.
Another time I was visiting friends for a weekend. The family’s three children and I took a walk. When we returned, we found a big spider on the floor of the front hall. The children made quite a commotion over it, and one of them quickly stomped on it and squashed it.
I am sure you could find a spider in my house right now. And I think you might even be able to find one some place in a king’s palace, if you ever had the opportunity to visit a palace.
Some people are afraid of spiders and they will not go near them. Others think they are ugly and make them shiver, so they kill them. But spiders are really very wonderful and clever. If you will look closely at their webs, you cannot help but be amazed.
I want to tell you about a spider that saved a man’s life. This happened during a terrible time in history. King Charles IX of France did not like the Huguenots (who were Christians). On Saint Bartholomew’s Day in 1572, he ordered, “Kill them all so that not a single one be left to reproach me!” Thousands of Huguenots were killed before it all ended.
One man who was saved was a baker. King Charles’s soldiers were hunting for him to kill him, because they knew he was a Christian.
The baker knew they were hunting for him, so he climbed into his big oven, which was not heated that day, and closed the door on himself. As soon as he did, God sent a little spider along to help him. This spider spun a web all over the oven door.
When the soldiers searched the bake house, one of them suggested that the baker might be hiding in the oven. However, another soldier said, “No man, he is not there; don’t you see the spider’s web all over the door?”
So they went away without opening the oven door, and the baker escaped.
There is a verse in the Bible that says, “The spider taketh hold with her hands, and is in kings̓ palaces.” Proverbs 30:28. What do you think it means? I am sure it was not put in the Bible just to tell us what we already know—that a spider can be found in a fancy palace as well as in a plain little bakery.
There must be another reason; God must have some lesson to teach us from this verse.
We know that a spider is little and weak and even ugly. But it is wise and takes hold with its hands and climbs into a place of safety.
Let us just change the word spider to sinner and think about it for a minute. Isn’t a sinner little and weak? And in God’s sight, there is nothing uglier than sin! Then think about this—why does God, the Creator of the whole universe, think we are worthy of anything or even notice us? This is truly a miracle—in spite of how worthless we are, God loves us! His love for sinners is so great that He sent His only Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, to die on the cross for us. “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16.
Let us be wise like the spider. Let us take hold of the Lord Jesus Christ with hands of faith, accepting His love. He promises a place of safety in heaven from the punishment that is coming soon for sin.
“God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.” Romans 5:8,9.
A SERPENT PUZZLE
S_ _ _ _ _ _ Genesis 3:
F _ _ _ _ Numbers 21:
B _ _ _ _ _ 2 Kings 18:
C _ _ _ _ _ _ Job 26:
W _ _ _
In each chapter mentioned, you will find an adjective describing a serpent, starting with the letter given, and having, as many letters as there are dashes. Print the missing letters on the dashes. Who is the serpent? (Revelations 12:9).
THE OSPREY AND ITS PREY
“Doth the hawk fly by Thy wisdom?.. . Doth the eagle mount up at Thy command, and make her nest on high?” Job 39:26,27.
The osprey (also called fishing hawk), with a five-to-six-foot wingspread, is a pretty bird in the hawk family. It is shiny brown above, but parts of its head and neck are yellow and white. The under parts of its body are plain white, including its heavily feathered legs. It is very impressive with its erect head and sharply curved beak.
These birds are found in many countries. In America, they spend summers from Labrador to Florida and Alaska to California. Most migrate to Central America for the winter.
Ospreys do not have songs; they have high-pitched whistles. They feed only on fish, which is why their homes are near lakes, rivers or ocean shores.
Their huge nests are a mass of sticks, usually lined with grass or seaweed. They use the same nest year after year, always adding to it until it may reach three feet high and three feet wide. Before so many forests were cut down, trees were a favourite nesting place. From high branches they could look down into the water and choose their fish targets. But now many build nests on telephone poles, roofs of barns, posts in water, etc. Helping solve this problem, naturalists build platforms 30 feet or more above the water, and the ospreys find these good substitutes.
Others build nests on rocks as high as 300 feet. It is quite a sight to see one take off from this height, then dive feet first into the water to snatch a luscious fish in its strong talons. It carries the fish back home in its talons, perhaps eating a few mouthfuls on the way.
The male migrates north again in early spring, soon followed by his lifelong mate. Returning to the same nest, they clean it and add to it. Soon they have three or four little ones to care for. The mother stays with the young at all times, and the father provides all the food. The little ones eat so much they become heavier than the parents do, but return to normal size before learning to fly.
The Bible tells us that on the fifth day of creation “ God created... every winged fowl after his kind.” Genesis 1:2 1. And in Psalm 145:15 we are told, ‘The eyes of all wait upon Thee; and Thou givest them their meat (food) in due season.” Another Bible verse says: “For His eyes are upon the ways of man, and He seeth all his goings.” Job 34:21 . Is that comforting to you? Or does it trouble you?
TEST - LESSON 1 – MESSAGES OF LOVE OF GOD
Mark an X if front of your answer True or False or fill in the missing words
1. Mr. Albert ________that he was ______
2. Is that important to know if you want to be saved? True False
3. There are many people who are ___and do not know it.
4. Many __to go to heaven but do not ____how to get ______
5. One king said, “___all the Christians.”
Have you received the Lord Jesus as your Saviour?______ When? ______________
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