In a verse of glorious promise Isaiah describes the realization of Israel's long-sought freedom from the Assyrian and writes (Isa. 10:27), "And it shall come to pass in that day, that his burden shall be taken away from off thy shoulder, and his yoke from off thy neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing." Symbolically the Assyrian may be thought of as typifying the belief of life in matter.

Humanity has sought its freedom along devious ways—the increase of materialistic knowledge, the research of materia medica, the waging of war, rebellion, strikes, and in countless other ways; and while the yoke of oppression has often seemed to be momentarily somewhat lifted, it has never been destroyed.

The insecurity of human experience is in sharp contrast to the promise of the beauties of nature and the aspirations of the human heart. Many a one has stood speechless before the prodigality of bird and blossom, the far horizon and the lofty peak, his heart warmed to acknowledge the creator and his innermost desire for a purer life quickened, only to find the ravages of pain still persisting and the deadly fear still there. Surely in the material sense of life is no destroying of the yoke!

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Notes from the Publishing Society Pamphlets
October 11, 1947

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