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About The commoner. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-1923 | View Entire Issue (Feb. 1, 1922)
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chn modestly declined anything that king or
captain couia give, perferring, she said, to dwell
with her own people.
When she had gone Blisha asked Gehazi if
ho could think of anything that could he done
for her. The prophet's sorvant answered that
she had no child, the greatest misfortune that
could befall her. Then Elisha called fier and
told her that a son would come to bless her.
The woman could hardly believe him and in her
joy begged him not to lie to her.
A MOTHER'S LOVE
In due time the son was born, and when the
child was old enough to help in the harvest he
went out into the field with the reapers and fell
sick, probably overcome by, the heat. The father,
feeling as helplessas fathers usually do at such
a time, had the lad carried to his mother; The'
mother nursed her son until he died upon her
lap. .'.( .
In her grief, there was just onet .person to
whom she could turn-8 Elisha. She took the
child up to his room and laying him on the
prophet's bed, she shut the door upon him and
Her plans were made in an? instant. Calling
to her husband, she 'asked for a servant and an
animal upon which to gqiint search of Elisha.
The father did not seem to guess the purpose of
her visit; possibly he did notithink that the, son's
illness was so serious, or, if .he:. had. known that
he was dead, he might not have, had the faith,
she had in the prophet's plower. . t . f :
She found Elisha in Mount Carmel, who, see
ing her afar off, sent his servant to incluire
what was the matter. Answering-in ;the' usual
language, "It ia well," she hurried 'past the- ser
vant and fell at the feet of Elisha;
Gehazi, of whom .we shall hear more and
worse later, tried to thrust 'her away, -but
Elisha rebuked him.. . seeing' that something
distressed her something Which he said the
Lord had not revealed to-thim. .In her anguish,
she reminded the prophet that she had not asked
a son that she had even begged him not to de
ceive her. ,11 )
Elisha correctly interpreting her words, sent
Gehazi with his staff to restore the child, to life,
warning him not to delay by the way to give or
to receive ' salutations. ;
Rev. Herbert Booth, a son of 'the founder of
the Salvation Army, has a sermon oii the
Shunammite "Woman., in his .inimitable way he
describes Gehazi as he departed on this errand,
puffed up with a. feeling qjC importance;
and then he describes Gehazi's surprise
when ho found himself unable, to use Elisha's
staff as successfully as the prophet used it.
The Shunammite woman did npt seem to have
as much faith in Gehazi as the servant had in
himself. She did not follow' him when he started
toward her home, carrying jElisha's staff. She
remained with Elisha and used the same lan
guage that Elisha had employed in addressing
his master, Elijah: "As the Lord IrVeth and as
thv soul liveth, I will not leave, thee."
So the prophet went with her.
Somewhere along the 12-mile journey they
met the returning servant, and received from
him the report that his mission was a failure.
In. due time Elisha reached the woman's home
and looked upon the child as he lay upon the
bed. Then follows the record of the miracle.
The scene closes with the mother bowing to the
ground in gratitude and taking her living,
breathing son back to her arms.
A WONDER-WORKING GOD
We see in the story of the Shunammite wom
an an exhibition of the power of the Almighty,
and, as usual, the power is called forth. by faith.
Here are present the three factors that appear
again and again throughout the Old and New
Testament. A God, all powerful, acting through
a consecrated servant, rewards the faith of one
in whose heart there is an unfaltering trust.
A miracle? Yes but why should a miracle
disturb a Christian? '
Christianity rests upon a wonderworking
God, on a Bible fijll of miracles and upon a
Christ who displayed supernatural power. With
out faith it is impossible to be a Christian, and
the same faith that leads one to believe in the
virgin birth of Christ and in His resurrection
leads to a belief in the miracles performed by .the
Son of God and by those before His day upon
vrhom the Father bestowed power.
If one discards one miraclp he is likely to
discard them all, for the very 'simple reason that
nUracles are usually discarded, not upon evi
dence or for lack of evidence, but upon the as
sumption that no such thing as a miracle is pos
This objection is traceable, as we have shown
in a previous talk, to one of two propositions,
namely, that God cannot perform a miracle,
nich is equivalent to say iirg "that there is no,
whichVhi04 WUld not pcrform a ra,racl
wmcn is based upon an assumption of intollii
m 3ectiS?' hen U Is analyzed, difTers but
God for n fir?1 a,nd Ia a vlrtual don!al o
that th fin i?d tW5 lms ? plans or Purposes
self finite Cannot comProhend ia Him-
rfnT Sdstian' b0lievIn5 in a God who can
S2f,f V i s A8 PrePared to admit the super
natural when the evidence of it is sufficient, and
the evidence presented by the Bible is sufficient
for the Christian. The Bible being accepted
as unimpeachable authority, the Bible char
acters are real characters because they are Bible
characters. Their power is a real power because
it comes from a living God. Faith is the force
that- turns on the current and makes man the
beneficiary of God's bounty.
PAUL'S TRIBUTE TO FAITH
In the eleventh chapter of Hebrews Paul
pays a wonderful tribute to faith, which ho do
fines as "the substance of things hoped for,
tho evidence of things not seen."
He gives illustrations of faith, beginning
with the faith that enables us to understand
that the worlds were framed by the word of God.
He represents faith as the effective force in
Abel's sacrifice, in Enoch's translation, and in
Noah's preparation for the flood.
To Abraham's faith he traces tho founding
of a race and of a religion. It was by faith that
Isaac triumphed and that Jacob secured a bless
ing. By faith Moses led the children of Israel out
of bondage. It was faith that inspired Gideon
and. Barak and Samson and David and tho
He tells how faith subdued kindgdoms,
wrought righteousness, obtained promises,
stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the vio
lence of fire and escaped the edge of the sword
how men out of weakness were made strong,
waxed valiant, in fight and turned to flight the
armies of the aliens. And in tho 35th verse
he evidently refers to the Shunammite woman;
he speaks of women who received their dead
raised to life again.
In the 13th chapter of First Corinthians
Paul describes love as even greater than faith.
To know how great loveis wo must know the
farreaching influence of faith and then remem
ber that love is superior to it.
There are few instances in the Bible of great
er faith than -was shown by the great woman of
Shunem. The record of her life began with
gracious hospitality and ended in the joy of a
mother whose child was called back from the
grave. "According to your faith be it unto
"A GREAT WORK" -HARDING
A Washington dispatch, dated Feb. 7, says-:
The address made by President Harding at the
concluding session of the arms conference fol
lows in part:
"This conference has wrought a truly great
achievement. It is hazardous sometimes' to
speak in superlatives, and I will be restrained.
But I will say, with every confidence, that the
faith plighted here today, kept in national hon
or, will mark the beginning of a new and bet
ter epoch in human progress.
"Stripped to the simplest fact, what is the
spectacle which has inspired anew hope for the
world? Gathered about this table nine great na
tions of the earth not all, to be sure, but those
most directly concerned with the problems at
lianci have met and have conferred on ques
tions of great import and common concern on
problems menacing their peaceful relationship,
on hardens threatening a common peril. In the
revealing light of the public opinion of the
world, without surrender of sovereignty, with
out impaired nationality,-or offended national
pride, a solution has been found in unanimity
and today's adjournment is marked by rejoicing
fn the things accomplished. If the world has
hungered for new assurance it may feasj at the
h-mauet which the conference has spread.
"But your achievement is supremebecause no
seed of conflict has been sown; no reaction in
rtlrei Tor resentment ever can justify resort to
a?ms It little matters what we appraise as the
outstanding accomplishment. Any one of them
alone would have justified the conference But
fne whole achievement has so beared the at
mosnhere that it will seem like breathing the
mS p I w nr of a new morn of promise.
refouhave writteS the first deliberate and ef-
JTT M. and
SffiSS Petltlr. preparation
iSSSWSk lifted burdens and
melted totho world that the one sure way to
recover from tho sorrow and ruin and stagger
ing obligations of a world war Is to end tho
strifo in preparation for more of It, and turn
human onorgies to tho constructlvoness of peace.
"Not all tho world is yet tranquilizod. But
hero is tho example to Imbuo with now hopo all
who dwell in apprehension. At this table came
understanding and understanding brands armed
conflict as abominable in tho eyes of enlight
"I onco believed in armed preparedness. I
advocated it. But I havo come now to bollcvo
there is hotter propnrodnoas in a public mind
and a world opinion made ready to grant justice
precisely as it exacts it. And justtco is bettor
served in conferences of peace than In conflicts
"No intrigue, no offensive or defensive al
liances, no involvements havo wrought your
agreements, but reasoning with each othor in
common understanding has made new relation
ships among governments and peoplos, now se- t
curitios for peace and now opportunities for
achievements and attending happiness."
PAULEY CHEERS BRYAN EULOGY OP FARM
(From tho Washington Herald, Jan. 24, 1922.)
A portly, partially bald man of mature years,
whose face was familiar to every man in tho
room, sat throughout tho session of tho agri
cultural conference opening here yesterday.
He heard numerous speeches, accompanied
by more or less applause. He was a visitor, not
a delegate. He had attended to look and lis
ten. Came tho hour for adjournment. The chair
man, who had noted tho quiet figure, arose and
made some brief introductory remarks, and
"Gentlemen of the conference William Jen
The visitor arose amidst thunderous applause.
These were faces ho was accustomed to look in
to during his thirty years of active political
life. The applause was music. And his ear
during the conference discussions had become
attuned to the dominant note. He launched into
a glowing tribute of tho farm bloc m congress
its work as compared to the "old-time Wall
& And here are some of the things he said whilt,
his audience cheered. ,
"The bloc is better than any I havo known,
in the last thirty years because It is honest
enough to act openly."
"The farmer was the first man on earth and
he will be the last mail. It is a distinct step
forward that tho farmer has a man to speak
for him in congress."
"This congress has done more than the last
congress becau&e it Is more i ,ared. There has
been more coercion on tho part of the farmers'
representatives in congress."
"They say that the agricultural bloc is un
patriotic. This Is very interesting. In my
thirty years of political observation I have never
yet noted the absence of- a financial bloc or a
"The solution of our agrioultural problems
will be reached if the farmer will get back of
his needs just as the financier has gotten back
of his needs in congress."
It was a knockout a regular old-fashioned
Bryan knockout. The farmers liked it and
yelled for more.
AS TO MR. BRYAN'S ELIGIBILITY
A part of the state press seems to bo consid
erably exercised as to William Jennings Bryan's
legal qualifications as a citizen of Florida. Tho
writers Infer that Colonel Bryan may be harbor
ing a senatorial boom. The Colonel is so well
liked by all the Florldians who have become ac
quainted with him that it would be no surprise
if he were to be urged to seek office in this state,
and a great many people no doubt would consid
er it an honor for Florida to be represented in
the senate by a man of the International reputa
tion of Mr. Bryan. The question as to tho eligi
bility must not be taken seriously In view of the
fact that first, the state law which provides for
a continuous residence of five years was Intended
for carpet baggers. Mr. Bryan is na carpet bag
ger. Second: The references to his residence not
b.eing of sufficient duration to constitute ' legal
citizenship are answered by the fact that he has
resided in Florida for eight years.
Third: The state law referred to has never
been enforced in the past, as. in tho case of Con
gressman Clark in 1902.
Fourth: The federal constitution and not the
state constitution fixes the eligibility of United
States senators. Miami Herald.
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