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As we close this brief and superficial study of these great Hebrew books, two impressions will certainly remain in every thoughtful mind.
One of these will be the thought that we have only glimpsed the grandeur of the themes presented by these men who spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.
We have seen the Bible, as one who stands upon the shore may say he sees the ocean. He does see it, and may be much impressed by its vast extent-its majesty and power; but he has seen only the smallest fraction of its bulk and received but the faint whisper of its power. Its sublime and awful majesty, its profound depths and marvelous content are only hinted by all he sees. So the observations we have taken of the Word of God are but a faint and feeble hint of glorious revelations God has given in these books.
At his best, the student of the Bible is constrained to say as Job said when he considered the wonderful works of God's creative wisdom:
“Lo, these are but the outskirts of his ways. How small a whisper do we hear of him. The thunder of his power, who can understand."
The other thought is, that the revelations given in these books are wonderfully plain and simple. It is not a revelation veiled in mystery, or shrouded in darkness; not occult oracles to be interpreted by laborious scholarship, but an open book, intelligible, distinct, and for the most part easily understood. It is a book for all men, everywhere and always, a lamp to our feet and a light to our path.
True, it has depths that challenge to profoundest philosophy to understand, and visions of hope that exceed the powers of
imagination; but the way of life is so clearly marked that the wayfaring man, yea fools, shall not err therein.
It is a river of salvation flowing through the ages, a great flood that brings life wherever its waters come, and whosoever will may take of this water of life freely.
Fall, the, 26
Fullness of the time, 283-288
Image of God, 23-24
Israel, history of, 199, 196-224
Job, the Book of, 241-256
Judges, Book of, 202
Lamentations, Book of, 273-278
Love and law, 77
Man's origin and place, 22-25
Song of, 93
themes of, 112-115
test of, 198
Mystery of, 243
of Thanksgiving, 85