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Letter from Madisonville, Texas

 Dear Brother Dalton:--After reading your editorial on Psa. xxxvii 25, I have concluded to copy some remarks of a learned Jew, who was converted to Christianity and became a minister and author of great ability--was the "Author of a Hebrew and English Dictionary," "Joseph and Benjamin," "Judah and Israel," etc, etc.  He wrote his books over sixty years ago.  I have only two of his books, "Scripture Types."  I am of the opinion that all Jews open to conviction would be greatly benefitted by reading his works, if what he wrote on "Scripture Types" is a fair specimen of them.

"7.  A word of encouragement to the children of God to trust in the promises and providence of Jehovah.  He who supplied Israel in the wilderness, can still supply the wants of Spiritual Israel.  David's observation is yet true: "I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread."---Psa. xxxiv 25.  [The particle "nor" creates a difficulty.  For it is not often the case that a righteous man is in distress without a friend, or that his children and reduced to poverty?   But let the particle have its usual signification, and, i.e. parents and children to be forsaken and poor, David's observation will be found true.  How often has it happened that a pious family had been in the greatest distress and want, but too modest and diffident to make it known, but as soon as it was found out, either by sickness or death, their children were always taken care of, and prevented from the necessity of begging their bread.]  God's gracious conduct toward the children of Abraham was only an emblem of his more gracious dealings with the Scriptural seed of Abraham.  Be assured, fellow-traveller to the heavenly Canaan, that he who was everything to them will be the same to you.  In the wilderness they had no pathway; but he led them by a pillar of cloud by day, and a pillar of fire by night.  They were in danger; but he was their defense.  They had no abode: but he was their dwelling place.  They had no provision; but he rained down manna around their tent.  So that what nature refused, providence furnished; and what could not be derived from the ground came from the clouds.  "Trust in the Lord and do good, so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.  Delight thyself also in the lord, and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.  Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him, and he shall bring it to pass." ---Psa. xxvii 3-5.  "In thee. O Lord, do I put my trust, let me never be ashamed; world without end.  Amen."


               Depraved minds on ashes feed,

                    Nor love, nor seek for heavenly bread.

               They choose the husks which swine do eat,

                    Or meanly crave the sepent's meat.


               Jesus!   Thou art the living bread

                    By which our needy sould are fed;

               In thee alone thy children find

                    Enough to fill the empty mind.


               Without this bread, I starve and die;

                    No other can my need supply:

                But this will suit my wretched case,

                     Abroad, at home, in every place.


                'Tis this relieves the hungry poor

                    Who ask for bread at mercy's door.

                This precious food my heart revives;

                     What strength, what nourishment it gives!

                 O let me evermore be fed

                     With this divine, celestial bread."


I feel it safe to say the light thrown upon this subject by your editorial and these remarks of this Author, are both instructive and comforting.  I have heard David's words quoted with what seemed to me an air of egotism or fleshly pride and boasting, because, for instance, the speaker had been successful in business; thus insinuating that such as suffer distress or want, though modestly and patiently enduring it, are not righteous!  Oh, how corrupt and deceitful is the human heart.  I now think of one Baptist who has been very successful in his worldly business, and talks his religion with strong zeal, but I know of no preacher, widow, or other person who has shared of any liberality of his; nor do I think any have.  But of another brother whom I know well, I can say that, though he has worked his way up from poverty and obscurity, he has all along, through the love, faith and fear that comes from God, sought to do good to the poor---to "Trust in Lord and do good."  And he did not wait to get rich to begin to do good.  Not a minister had passed his way without receiving help from him, and the widow and the orphan and other needy ones tell the story of his liberality.  And the Lord prospers him. Surely he will "never be ashamed; world without end.   Amen."  Will never be ashamed on account of his courteousness, and I trust on no other account.  But how many of our people are so "rich in good works?"  Not very many, I fear.

J. C. Denton

April 28th '95

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