Given at Canton, Ohio on March 18, 1928
Based on Leviticus 25, the Sabbatical and Jubilee year
Hymn no. 123
Thy crop prepared its fruit to yield
No matter what our vocation in life may be or what course or special line of endeavor may follow we are all dreamers of one sort or another.
There may be dull: poor and unilluminated lives but there are no dreamless lives, for all, both men and women old and young have what is termed the dreams of their lives.
The dreams I refer to are not the dreams which float across our sensorium, while the conscious mind is lulled into unconsciousness in sleep, nor those dreams which play across the mind in sleep with such persistence, for these are called by Shakespeare " the children of an idle brain, begot of nothing but vain phantasy".
What I particularly refer to are those which are called day dreams and which Webster defines as "a vision to the waking senses."
When we experience a pleasurable something that is so sublime, so delectable, so exquisite as to be beyond description, we say in common parlance and in the vernacular of the street, "Oh it was a perfect dream".
Again the life's ambitions of individuals are spoken of as their life's dream. Take for instance the recent Kaisers dream of Germany's place in the sun. Also we read of "Napoleon's dream of World Power". Moreover we read in today's news of the giants of finance's dreams of wealth and the social position to which it entitles him.
Civil and Structural Engineers will dream achieving the hither to impossible, in building a structure of magnificent beauty and of enormous extent and capacity.
It was my experience while recently in Cleveland to view a building 52 stories in height designed to serve as a Union Depot, and which is to cost $165,000,000. Perhaps this building was the life's dream of one man.
But these dreams, let us not forget will perish and vanish away into nothingness when the Judge of all the earth gives the command, and summons all to their final account.
Most dreams of this nature act as a boomerang. That is they return upon the head of the dreamer with destructive force.
(1 Kings 21 v. 19) Ahab and Jezebel (Dogs and Blood) Look at the life of Alexander the Great, who it is said wept because there were no world to conquer, and indeed for various causes he did not long survive his final military success.
Again Napoleon Bonaparte in solitude of his island prison at St. Helena, after the glamor of his power had vanished away, confessed that Christ's kingdom was the more desirable ambition or life's dream of honor and glory.(Russia &1812.)
Soon Fades Away
While mankind will admit that aspirations of this world are ephemeral and evanescent that is, they soon fade away and perish forever, yet they forget that it is in the full achievement and accomplishment of the worldly desires lies all its happiness, so that after it is fully realized and the glamour has died away, it still leaves in the human heart that which can not be satisfied. This applies to all phases of this life.
Visions of God Satisfy
Herein lies the difference between the visualized dreams of God said Psa. 17:15, " As for me I shall behold thy face in righteousness, I shall be satisfied when 1 awake, with thy likeness." Again we read 2 Thess. 2:16, "Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace".
This hope gladdened the hearts of the old patriarchs as we see from Jesus' word in John "Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day and he saw it and was glad".
Also in Heb.ll:13, In speaking of the faithful from Abel to Abraham Paul says "These all died in faith, not having received the promises but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims, on the earth"
Noticing the attitude of the Jews while they were strangers in Babylon, should give us much instruction. Did they intermingle with the Babylonians? Nay, in Psa. 137:1 to 6 " By the river of Babylon, there we sat down. Yea we wept when we remembered Zion"
v.5 If I forget thee O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her cunning.
v. 6 If I do not remember thee, let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth: if I prefer not Jerusalem above my chief joy."
Job 15:11" Are the consolations of God, small with thee?" Not so to these weeping Jew class.
Psa. 126:1 "When the Lord turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream."
Apply to modern Babylon in which we now live, v.5 "They that sow in tears, shall reap in joy." v.6 "He that goeth forth and weepth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him."
Dream of Mankind is Liberty
If I was asked what in my opinion, was the oldest, universal, and most cherished dream of mankind I would say and answer LIBERTY,
Lev. 25:10, Informs us of the divinely appointed liberty, as follows, "Hallow the 50th, year and proclaim liberty throughout the land unto all the inhabitants thereof."
Note the glorious contrast to the so-called liberty of today. What a wonderful arrangement that this year of liberty, follows a sabbatical year (7th) when all debts were blotted out of the accounts. We find here a type of the promised true liberty as recorded in scripture Isa. 63:4 "The year of MY (note the my) redeemed is come." This is called by Paul in Rom.8:21, as being delivered from the bondage of corruption, into the glorious liberty of the children of God.
Apply the Points
No. 1 Consequent Upon Atonement
Lev. 25:9 "Then thou shall cause the trumpet of the jubilee to sound on the 10th day of the 7th month, in the day of atonement shall ye make the trumpet sound throughout all your land."
Paul says (!Cor.l5:52) "the trumpet shall sound and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed."
Thus we see, that as Christ has already atoned for us, that our Jubilee trumpet blast: will also be after the true day of atonement and judgement. Thereupon we shall be released and enter glorious liberty promised.
No. 2 Release of Debts Financial
Jesus pictures the conditions of these things concerning debts in Matt.5:26 " Thou shalt by no means come out thence, till thou hast paid the uttermost farthing" and how if in prison?
Moral debts. Jesus reminds us that no matter what we do we can never pay our moral debt to God, "After having done all #### unprofitable servants. "The truth will make you free and if ye be free ye shall be free indeed."
Note how Paul confesses his debt (Rom.7:24) "O wretched man that I am who shall deliver me from the body of this death? I thank God thru Jesus Christ our Lord." How he visualizes the future "Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness against that day and not for me only".
Picture a Jew in slavery for debt how he would dream of the year of liberty, how he would long for it, pray for it, how it would encourage him, Now is our attitude towards Gods promised liberty? It should be. If not something is wrong.
No. 3 Family Reunion
Every man shall return to his family. It is generally admitted that even the man who had ears bored or digged was released at Jubile. There is fitness in this because even God will not hold us captive, even though we should so choose. What a grand family reunion will that be.
No. 1 The father with his first born multitudinous family all completely reunited again as first in the garden.
No. 2 Then again we shall see and meet Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, David, and others of our own acquaintance.
No. 3 To see the Supreme Being and his host of associates (Of the Uncreated One). No. 4 The Repossession Of His Property. To a Jew this would be the start of a new life.
So to us also it will be a new life, Acts3:21 speaking of Christ says "Whom the heavens must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began."
v.24 'Yea, and all the prophets from Samuel, and those that follow after, as many as have spoke have likewise foretold of the days."
Now then where do we come in at? Paul says in Gal. 3:26, "For ye are the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus." v.29, "And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise."
Romans 8:17," And if children then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together."
And so then we will be like Christ as John writes for we shall see him as he is. (1 John 3:2)
Not Two Dreams but Only One
The lesson to be learned is this, we cannot have two ambitions or life's dream, but one only. Jesus warns us that no man can serve two masters, either we will love the one and hate the other, or vise versa. So we cannot have two aims in life, one or the other will supplant, displace and eventually supersede the other, which will be either to our joy, or sorrow.
So we must cling to our choice, and hold fast to the one desired. The recent attempt to fly the Atlantic westwards, is a very potent warning to all of the dissatisfaction attendant to the worldly aims of this life. (Weds. March 14 1928)
The woman had (so it seems) a loving father and mother, is 34 yrs old, riches in her own right yet like the moth towards the flame she was drawn to what now seems to have been destruction.
God through Isaiah (55:2) also warns us thus, "Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not?"
In every human heart there are two voices one is wee small voice which would lead us towards worshiping a Super Being, and things eternal.
The other voice we all recognize as the urge toward the things of this life.
Now love is blind, and oblivious to its surroundings so our love to God and of things spiritual blind us to this great urge.
This eternal liberty promised will place us above the necessity of eating, drinking, breathing, and sleeping.
Closed door will not confine us.
Air resistance and gravitation will not govern us. Weakness will not incapacitate us and render us unable to do that which is good.
Even though we know these things fills our hearts with a joyous expectation and feeling of gladness and gratitude to God for all his wonderful works unto the children of men. Let us cast all our cares upon the Lord for He cares for us.
submitted by his grandson David Phillips- Willis, Texas •