EDITORS NOTE: One of the most popular of A.E.Ks writings was his personal narrative of his visit to the Holy Land. The following brief excerpt is a vivid example written while sitting on a rock atop the Mount of Olives.
To the Mount of Olives this morning! Better than a church service. By
a new way. Up to the Damascus gate. To the east by Herods gate, down into the
Kidron. Up the slope of Olivet, past Bedouin camps. Tents made mostly of old sacks.
Children playing in the dust, quite happily. Up to the Augusta Victoria Institute. The top
of the ridge. First glimpse of the deep Dead Sea and the misty mountains of Moab!
JORDAN A PARABLE OF HUMAN LIFE
The river Jordan and its salty sink is a parable of human life.
Rising high and pure beneath Hermons snowy head, it flows down, with many a tortuous
turn, through the lake of Galilee, into the sea of death, which has no apparent outlet.
Such is the course of mankind, and so also is the life of each mortal of which it is
composed. From infant innocence we descend, by devious ways, into the domain of death,
from which there is no visible release. How hopeless it seems! But hold! There must be an
outlet! Otherwise the Jordans swelling tide would soon fill up this whole
depression. The opposite is the case. The sea is lower now than once it was. Every drop of
water which descends into the sea of death escapes from it in some subtle way. No, there
is no subterranean outlet into the ocean. Water would not flow up even if there were. But
even dead sea water can ascend under the beneficent influence of the sun. It is
transformed and purified and raised above the earth, freed from the defilement and death
which had contaminated its course. So, also, in the spiritual realm. Every sinner of
mankind who enters death may count upon the spiritual Sun to draw him out of death and
transform him by His grace. The sea of death not only will not be eternally full, but it
will be utterly empty when death itself is abolished. Cannot He Who saves and sanctifies
the waters of this sea, do the same for His creatures in the realm of spirit?
A Final Entreaty
BE CONFIRMED IN THE FAITH
IT HAS BECOME the fashion
to make a virtue out of timidity, of dubiousness and uncertainty. Indeed, a firm stand for
the truth is decried as petrified dogmatism and other slanderous epithets. God
gives us, not a spirit of timidity, but of power and of love and of sanity
(2 Tim.1:7). The era has come when they will not tolerate sound teaching, and turn
away from the truth (2 Tim.4:3,4). Some are always learning, yet not at any time able
to come into a realization of the truth (2 Tim.3:7). Many of the saints do not
glorify God as God, they will not have it that all is out of and through and for
Him. This is the principal seed-plot of the apostasy.
A. E. Knoch
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