Sterling Standard from Sterling, Illinois on February 18, 1897 · Page 6
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The SUN DAY'S SUBJECT. Hf« . Was His Body W»» Wet With »*w 4:S3. BfTTER shade you eyes lest they be put out with the fcplendor of Babylon, as some morn- Ing you walk out wl^h Nebuehadnez- |ar on the suspension bridges which hang from the housetops, and he shows you the vast- oess of his realm. As the sun kindles the domes with gllstiringa almost insufferable, and the great streets thunder up their pomp Into' the ear 01 the monarch, and armed towers stanc •round, adorned with the spoils oi conquered empires, Nebuchadnezzar •waves his hand above the stupendous ecene and exclaims: "Is not this great Babylon, that I have built for the house of the kingdom by the might of my power, and for the honor of my majesty?" But In an'instant all that splendor is gone from his vision, for a voice falls from the heaven, saying, "O ' King Nebuchadnezzar, to thee it is spoken: The kingdom Is departed from thee; and they shall drive thee from men, and thy dwelling shall be •with the beasts of the field; they shall make thee to eat grass as oxen, and sefen years shall.-pass over thee, until thou know that the Mosfc High ruleth In the kingdom of men, and glveth It to whomsoever he will." One. hour from the time that he made the boast be iq on the way to the fields, a maniac, 'and rushing into the forests he becomes one of the beasts, covered with eagles' —faathers-for-protectipn-fronv-the-coldT- and his nails growing to' birds' claws order that he might dig the earth for roots and climb the trees for nuts. You see there Is a great variety in • the Scriptural landscape. In several discourses we have looked at mountains of excellence, but now we look down into a great, dark chasm of wickedness as we come Jto speak of Nebuch- adnezzar. God in His Word sets before ns the beauty of self-denial, of sobriety, of'devotion, of courage, and then, lest we should not thoroughly understand him, he introduced Daniel and Paul, and Deborah, as illustrations of those virtues. God also speaks to us in His Word as to the hatefulness of pride, «f folly, of impiety, and lest we should not thoroughly understand him, introduces. Nebuchadnezzar 'as the impersonation of these forms" of depravity. «The former style of character Is-a lighthouse, showing us a way' into, a safe harbor, and the latter style of character is a black buoy, swinging'on '• the rocks, to show where vessels wreck themselves. Thanks unto God for both the buoy and the lighthouse! The host' of Nebuchadnezzar is thundering at th£ gates of Jerusalem.- The crown of that —sacred-city is struck into the dust'by the band of Babylonish Insolence. The vessels of the temple, which had never been desecrated by profane touch, we're ruthlessly seized, for sacrilege .and transportation. Oh, what a sad hour wtien those Jews, et the command of the invading army, are oblige J to leave the home of their nativity!. How their hearts must have been wruag with anguish, when, on the day th«y departed, they heard • the trumpets from the top of the Temple announcing the hour 'for morning sacrifice and saw the smoke of the altars ascending around the holy fclri of Zion, for well they , knew that in a far distant land they . would never hear (that trumpet''call, nor behold the .majestic ascent of the sacrifice. Behold those captives on the road from Jerusalem to Babylon! Worn and weary;, they did not daro halt, for roundabout are armed men, urging them on with hoot, and shout, and blasphemy.' Aged men tottered 'along on their staves, weeping that they could not lay their bones, in : the sleeping- place of their fathers, and children wondered at the length of ttia way atnd sobbed-••themselves to sleep when, the night bad fallen." It seemed as if at every step a heart broke^ Bui at a turn of the road Babylon suddenly springs JUJKHT the view of the capt!ves, with Its gardens and, palaces. A ufcoult goes up from the army as they bohold their A native cjlty, but not one huiaa is heard from the captives. These exiles aaw no splendor there, for It was. not home. The Euphrates did not have the water- fi«am of the biuok Kedron op the pool of Sitoam. The. willows of Babylon, on which they hutg.their untuned harps, wara not as gr&aeful as the treea.whieh *t ib$ toot of Mount Moria1» seefned to : w«*P at the departed glory of Judah, ttuA,«dl jtce fragrance that descended the b«i#ing~gardena upon t that elty va^ not so aweet ,as one of the" w«aei» and franklacense he blgh' Driest kMdled in the Met *> a a certaia nfg&t, a Utt^e ^hile &f- Uw«* captive* h&d beea broaght to , Nefcucliaduezasar is Beared with visioi.. A had maa's pillow la %# «tu«ad with deeds and fore- which keep talking ip the H0 will fln4 titat the eagles' to Ma »Wo«r will gtl«k him like «\tiite. The gbaata "of old to aad in. ttr>-" m ^ nn<! fi^ir rr-m'-y -w**r.-» f<--(; [f Is Not By prld* My fri^n.i«. do you not wv> 1 find ruin rtfo in the sain* See Nebuchadnezzar on the proudest throne of ^ali the earth, aad then see him graze "with tha sheep atid the cattle! Prfde is commander, well plumed and caparisoned, but H le&ls forth a dark and frowning host . The arrows from the Almighty's qulrer ftra Apt to strike a man when on the wing. Goliath shakes his great spear In defiance, but the smooth stones from the brook make him stagger tod fall Ilk* an ox under the butcher's bludgeon. He who is down cannot fall. Vessels scudding under the bare poles do not feel the force, of tho storm, while those with, all sails set capsize at the 'sudden descent of the tempest. Remember that we can be as proud of our humility as of anything else. Antlsthenes walked the;. streets of Athens with a ragged cloak to demonstrate ihla humility, 'but "Socrates declared he could see the hypocrisy through the holes In his cloak. We would all see ourselves smaller than we are If we were as philosophic as Severus, the emperor of Rome, who oald at tlhe close of his life: "I hare been everything, and everything Is nothing." And when the urn that was to contain his ashes .was, at his command, brought to him, he said: "Little urn, thou shalt contain one for whom the world was'too little." Do you not also learn from the jnlH- fortune of the king of Babylon what a terrible thing Is the loss of reason. There Is no calamity that can possibly befall us In this world so great as derangement of Intellect; to have the. body of man, and yet to fall even below the Instinct of a brute. In this world of horrible sights, the most horrible (a the Idiot's stare. In this world of horrible sounds, the most horrible Is the maniac's laugh. A vessel driven on the rocks, when hundreds go down their mangled and shivering" bodies upon the winter's beach, Is nothing compared to the foundering of Intellects full of vast hopes and, attainments and capacities. Christ's heart went out toward those, who were epileptic, falling into the flre,. or maniacs cutting themselves among the tombs. We are accustomed to be'more grateful for physical health than for the proper working of our mind.' We are apt to take it for granted that tie Intellect which has served us so well will always be faithful. We forget that an engine of such tremendous power, where the> wheels have such vastness of circle and such swlftneaa, of motion, and' the least impediment might put it out of gear, can only be kept In proper balance, by a. Divine land. No human hand coufd engineer the train of Immortal faculties. How' strange it is that our memory, on wfcose shoulders all the misfortunes and, successes and occurrences of a lifetime are placed, should not oftener break down, and that the scales of ludgment, 1 which have been' weighing so much and so long, should not lose ;helr adjustment; _and that.--fancy; for tie attainment of,its objects, should not sometimes maliciously wave it, >ringlng into the heart forebodings and Hallucinations the most appalling! Is t not strange that this mind, which lopes so much in its' mighty leaps for the attainment of its objects,'should not be dashed to pieces on its dlsap- >ointmentB? Though so delicately ,uned, this instrument of untold harmony plays on though'fear shakes it and vexations rack It and sorrow and oy and loss and gain In quick sucr cession beat .out of it their dirge 1 or ;6ss from it their anthem. At morning and at night/ when in your prayer you rehearse the causes of your thanksgiv- ng, next to the salvation by Jesus Christ, praise the Lord for the preset vation of your reason. . i See also in this story.of Nebuchad- nezzar the use God makes of bad men. The actions of the wiqked'are used as nstruments for the punishment of wickedness in others .or as the illus- ratfon of some principle in the Divine :overnment. ^Nebuchadnezzar sub- served both purposes. Even so I will ;o back with 'you to the history of every reprobate that the world has ever seen,-and I will .show you how to a Teat extent his wickedness was limited n its destrucUve*yower, and how Qod glorified himsi'l? in the overflow and disgrace of hi* enemy; 'Babylon is full cfc abomination, and wicked. Cyrus de-' strays U. Persia fills the cup of ita niquity. and vile Alexander puts an ami to it.',-Mevadoa must bo chastised, nil bloody Emilius doea it. The Bas- ;jo Is to be destroyed and ' corrupt N'npoleon accomplishes it-, Even "so icttlsli and wlcked.men are often made o accomplish great and glorious pur- inses.. Joseph's brethren were guilty of ^superlative perfidy and meanness when they sold him into slavery for about sevgr dollars, yet how they njust haye been overwhelmed with the truth hat God never forsakes 'the righteous when they saw that he had'become the prime minister of Egypt! Pharaoh oppresses the Israelites with the most diabolical tyranny; yet stand still and see the salvation'of,God. The plagues descend, the locusts, the hail and the deatroylng ajagel, showing that there a. a God who will defend the cause of lie people, aa«J finally, after the .Israel" tea have passed through the parted* sea, behold, -la the wreck of the drowned army, that God'a enemies ar* haff in a whirlwind! la some ftnaa- j|al panic the righteow aafffred wjth ha wicked Houses and stores au<l shops i» a ulgitt • fouadsre*} on the rock of bankruptcy, and-toesUtiiy credit the for want /vf work, tf> fl r -« tumjrT 'n i*t Of faJjSf ttnH upon Uv? hearth, bles? his breath o! trout through fingers of icicles, and sheriffs with ftttach merits dng among the cinders of fallea storehouses, a-nd whole cities Joined fn the long funeral procession, inarching to the grave of dead fortunes and a fallen commerce. Verily, the righteous suffered with tho wicked,, but generally the wicked had the worst of It Splendid estates that had coma together through sciteraes ,of -wicked- jBess were dashed to pieces like a potter's vessel, and God wrote with letters of flre, amid the ruin and destruction of reputations and systems that were, thought impregnable, the old-fashioned truth, which centuries ago he wrote In His Bible, "The way of the wicked he turneth upside down." As the stars of heaven are reflected from the waters of the earth, even BO God's great and magnificent purposes are reflected back from the boiling sea of human passion and turmoil. As thiS voice of a sweet song uttered among the mountains;may be uttered back T?rom the cavernous home of wild beast and rocks split and thunder-scarred, so the great harmonies of God's providence are rung back from the darkest, caverns of this sin-struck earth. Sennacherib, and Ablmelech, and. Herod, and Judae, and Nero, and Nebuchadnezzar, though they struggled, like beam* unbroken to the load, were' put Into a yoke, where they were compelled to help draw ahead God's great projects of mercy. l v Again, let us learn the lesson : that men can bo guilty of polluting the sacred vessels of the temple and carrying them away to Babylon. -The sacred vessels In the temple at Jerusalem were the culm and plates of gold and silver with which the, rites and ceremonies were celebrated. The laying of heathen hands upon them and the carrying them off as spoils was aa unbounded offense to the Lord of the temple, ret Netouchadnezzar comlnlHedT this very sacrilege. Though that wicked kin? Is seme, the sins he inaugurated wa k up and down the earth, curs- ' ing it from century, to- century. , The sin of desecrating sacred things Is com. mitted by those who on sacramental day take, the communion cup, •wtbjle their conversation arid actions all show that they live'down In'Babylonl 'How solemn is the sacrament! It is a time for TOWS, a time for repentance, a time' for'faith. • Sinai 'stands near, with its flre split clouds, and Calvary, wjth its Victim. The Holy Spirit broods ; over the tfcerie, and the'glory of heaven sterns to gather In the sanctuary. Vile indeed must that man be wtho comes in from his idois and uhrepentod follies to, take hold of the sacred vessels of the 'temple..; O, thou Nebuchadnezzar! Back, with you to Babylon! *' ..* * He who breaks the Sabbath not more certainly robs God than jx>ba himself/ Inevl&bly, , continuous desecration of the\pacred day; ends either in bankruptcy or destroyedhealth. - ! A great merchant said, "Had it not'been for the Sabbath I have no doubt I should have 'been a maniac long ago/' This' -remark-was made In a. oompany-ol'merfi chants, and one, of thenr said, • "That corresponds -with ,'the; experience , of my friend, a great importer, He often said, "The Sabbath is the heat day;of the week tp:plan successful voyages.' He has for yeara 'been. In an insane hospital, and will-probably die there." . , Those also repeat, the eln ctf Neb- uchadnezzar wiho in any way desecrate the, Holy Scriptures. There are men who use th» Word of God as Instrument of ajigry controversy. Bigots at heart, and zealots ,in the-, advocacy of their religious peculiarities, they meet other sects! with the fury of a highwayman, thrusting;. them through, and through with what they consider the sword of the Spirit. It IB a,wonder to me that some men were not made with horns to hook with, and.ihoofa to kick with, and •with claws' to grab with. What Christ said to rash Peter, when he struck off the ear of Malchus, he says to every' controversialist: "Put up again : thy sword Into Its place; for all they that take, the sword shall perMi with the sword."; ' ",."' ... •-.' " ".' ' .•••.. - . '••;. ..; • Her. William Jay met a countryman who" said to* him, "I was extremely alamed this morning, sir, It was yery foggy and 1 was going, down to a lonely place and I "thought I saw a strange monster. It seemed in motion, but I could not discern its form. I did not like to turn baofc, but my heart heat; and the more I looked toe more I was iptfr&ld. But as I approached, it was a man and' who do you think it was?" "'I know not." "Oh, It was my broth-'.'- er John." Then Hr. Jay remarked, "It •vras early in the morning and very foggy, and how often do wa thus mistake our Christian brethren." v. Just In proportion as men are wrong will they be boisterous in their religious contentions. The lamb of religion la always gentle, while there Ja no lion 80 fierce as the roaring lion that goes •bout seeking whom he may devour. Let GibraltarB belch their war flame on the sea, and the Dardanelles darken the Hellespont with the smoke of their bat, teries, but forever and ever let ther^ be good will among those who proleea to be the"strbiects of the Gospel of gea- tleness. /'Glory to Gc4 In \M highest and on earth peace, good will to men," What an embarrassing thing to meat in heaven if we have not settled our controversies on, earth. So I give out lor all people of all religions to slag, Jo&a F&wtett's hymn, in short metre, eunipoaed in 1772, but Just m ajtjtro!- priat0 for 189T: Blest ^ba-fc&e tie that binds (hi* besfirta la Ciu-isllan of MfuSwI ' That our tnmne?<t ha« to Its pre,«ent of the goods, and fair de*l!nf^ have done It, Our old customers know this. We wafot , every one to know It. We have a gwd supply 9$ fuel on hand. Coe & VanSanf s. C. E. BAILEY, HOOK JUST IN Sells Only for Cash. Give him your trade and saVe money and you will not have to help pay others' debts. Here are a few prices. Everything else In the same proportion in hla line. 22 Ibs Gran. Sugar, &1.00 22 Ibs Light G Sugar, 1.00 I'iUsbnry Flonr.per sack, 1.20 Kansas Beauty Flour, per sack, 1.10 As good as others ask 81.25 for.if^ Lion Coffee, or Atbnckle's, . 20 1 Ib XXXX Coffee, 15 85 Clothes Ping, 5 1 pksr Yeast Foam, - , 3 1 Ib Best Fine Cut Tobacco, • • SO 1 Ib Qnallty and Quantity. 20 1 Ib Hcst Uncolored Jap Tea. • 35 Same as others aekGuc. 1 Ib Best Lard, - 8 1 Ib Good Bating Powder. :• 20 1 Ib Baker's Chocolate, 85 0 Bars Santa Clans Soap, 25 0 Bars Favorite Soap. 25 1 GftU^est Cider Tlnegar. 15 5 Oahfiasollne, 60 1 Gal. Perfection Oil, 9 1 _pkg Gold Dust or Kirkoline, / 20 1 ID Best Creamery Batter. 22 1 Ib Best Dairy Bntter, . 18 3oc. Novelty, 650. " cs 47C the Very Best. $1.25 / «. '. Others in proportion. Also, a full line of " Sierges, Henriettas, Cravenettes, • ... f and other plain goods. Standard Styles. * " / • • • .1 , TERMS CASH. Revival Meetings AT THE i , , Every Night The New Patterns Are In. Compare the Prices of STANDARD PATTERNS AND , OTHERS; CONDUCTED BY BEY; H, C. LELAND, \ of Dixon. JOB For ill kind* ot Job Printing to Turn STAJTDAao office prom , exeented, At r«gul*r runs. TH8 HTAOT ABD. Btorllng, 111. First Class Heats of All Kinds. Try'our Owia Make of kar<|, 6c per-pound by tfce jar. Pildding^ l>y the pan, 6c per > pound* Scrappel, l>y the pan, 3c per pound. Full line of Bulk and Bottle Pic&les. Best Bulk Olives ip town. Armour's Extract of Beef. Heinze's Best Catsup. * Heinze's O. K. Saur Kraut, JiOc per gallon. Fine Fail Maokeral. Try one of our Own Make of Hams, lOo per pound. Heisize's Best Bakod Beans. "» Best Horse Uadlsli. Ladies'. Skirtsj Jaekete, Etc. Ladies' Costume^ Etc., Misses' and Girls' Costumes Misses' Basqtfes, Skirts, Etc. Gtyildren'g Jackets, Etc. Small Patterns Pride tiit of • Standard Patterns,. Price U»t ot Other Patterns. 25 to 35o 40to50o 25 to 30c 20 to 25o 15to20c 10 to I5o ',' 'ul j <(^ Qreattst Valuei for Smallest Cost. Highest Style and Lowest Prices. Always Reliable as to Fit, That's Why Millions of : : : :' : : : : STANDARD PATTERNS Are Used. 1 Exclusive Agent for Sterling and Rock Falls. A. Lv HECKMAN. .- wR n . ,'M ^-^a :.#» Your Cough Annoys * You. Why then keep it when I can furnish you a remedy that ( will please you fry curing that Cough. The cost is small, being only 350 for a good sized bottle. Remember the place to get this cure is opposite the Gait House, CHMMMMMM* That Cough You Have p 0 per pound jporfc ILailiy ;t9 Can be cured by using our White Pin© and S ' Tar Compound, , ' . M ' • % *y £JJHll£taSMS*4fiS«*»*f11**« . • _ - .* Blantc Books; i^dgmi, Ordtr «nd Pock^l

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