"Hast thou heard the secret of God?"

What lover of rhetoric does not delight in the majestic cadences of the book of Job! In all literature can cue find, for instance, a more exalted expression than this (Job 38:7): "When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy"? Earlier in the book, Eliphaz the Temanite in the same poetic imagery asks a question which remained unanswered until the coming of Christ Jesus and his disciples. We read (15:8). "Hast thou heard the secret of God?"

The word translated "secret" in the King James Version carries also in the original Hebrew the meaning of "counsel" or "ordinance." So the question which humanity has been asking since the beginning of time is What are the ordinances of God which seem so secret, so unknowable to mortals? The Psalmist speaks of "the secret place of the most High" (Ps. 91:1), and of the blessings which flow to him who dwells there. Have not many earnest seekers after Truth longed to banish the mystery about God and His laws and to fathom that spiritual consciousness which has seemed so hidden to the carnal mind?

Holy men of old prophesied the advent of the great Teacher who would rend the veil of material sense and point the path to health and harmony. But when Christ Jesus appeared, revealing truths which had been secret to human eyes and ears since the dawn of history, how many believed him? His immediate disciples and Paul, who came later, caught the glorious message, and in gospel and epistle have recorded it for posterity. But let it not be forgotten that the Master indicated beyond cavil that because of his hearers' lack of spiritual receptivity the full meaning of his transcendent words would not be grasped until the coming of the Comforter, or "Spirit of truth": and the Apostle John in his book of Revelation unquestionably prophesied that greater spiritual light was to be brought to earth through the exalted thought of woman.

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"Thou art mine"
August 3, 1946

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