Look Into the Christian’s Necessity
thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose
name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that
is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the
humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.” Isaiah
Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in the Lord.” Psalm 4:5. “Gather my saints together unto me; those that have made a covenant with me by sacrifice.” Psalm 50:5. “And Samuel said, Hath the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.” 1 Samuel 15:22.
From the travels on this journey of spiritual transformation, of shedding the old and on with the new, the journey that begets through enlightenment and divine grace the transformation of that mind whose natural moral settings the sin of Adam had fixed, and into the likeness of Christ’s—it has come to the attention of this traveler that among those things foremost to be sought in one’s relationship with his Maker, are these two: humility and obedience. My observation has been, and of which I am strongly convinced, that in the estate when both virtues are wanting there is an inevitable reciprocation of division in our oneness with God; that we are brought to bear with grief and difficulty in the separation thus created as we later attempt to extricate ourselves from the grasps of apathy and obstinacy which seem to have since laid a hold upon us. This look into the Christian’s necessity of humility is based upon the experiences of this particular traveler on that road of enlightenment and transformation, as there are many upon this same journey, each with their own observations that are equally valuable. It is the hope that these written here will offer encouragement even to one in the way.
Hence, let us begin. I have observed that gaining the victory once this separation with God has occurred, where we must fight our way back to God, is much more difficult than it would have been to deny disobedience, pride, and sin when it first came, that is, before giving in to its enticement, and when the heart was still pledged in allegiance to God. Victory would have been an easier gain when it was to be won by the simple contest of resistance to that lust for which our faithfulness was brought into trial. Now greater energy is called for in this matured struggle with sin, made more difficult by our yield to it, and this we must do while suffering from the weakness of will and motivation for godliness that apathy and obstinacy comes to exert over us whenever allegiance toward God is abandoned. The check upon the carnal nature of a humble, submissive spirit with God has been removed, and the rebellion of our nature becomes more wildish than before. Thus we find it much harder now to bring ourselves into submission to God. It is easier to resist a force whose control you are not under than it is to wholly turn from one that was submitted to previously, and had time to take root within during the season of submission. That is, it is easier to turn sin away before it has been indulged and had time to work its foul influence, hardening the heart and corrupting the will.
In Christ-like humility is life for mortal man. “By humility and the fear of the Lord are riches, and honour, and life.” Proverbs 22:4. It brings a quiet joy to the soul; an inner rest. It offers a secret place of repose and tranquility for the inhabitants of a fallen world tossed about by its delusions and passions, where the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, preside. 1 John 2:16. It is as if, in this humility, we enter a closed and hidden recess of the mind that we should not find except as we are aided by divine enlightenment to recognize and discern, and there finding communion with God; for it is in the mind that humility is possessed. Acts 20:19; Colossians 2:18. And we can know that it is with humility that we come to have communion with God because only those who have a humble spirit are brought to dwell in a high and holy place with Him, as He says, “I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit.” I witnessed that when the Spirit guided to be more fervent in seeking, more diligent in obedience, and prompted an active desire to put away all known sins—and there had been the humility and willingness to follow—God could then bring us into close union with Himself.
Yet this union was disturbed through the choice to commit sin, when our humility and obedience was sacrificed. Pride had entered; a marked change could be felt within by the individual. His ability to enter that secret recession of the mind was gone. He found that his connection with God was not the same as it had been before. Pride is bred in every corner of the earth, by no means discouraged to take root, as it is one of its three chief characteristics. Refer to 1 John 2:16. Human reason is misled by pride and arrives in the confines of darkness and satanic misconception. “Cast ye up, cast ye up, prepare the way, take up the stumblingblock out of the way of my people.” Isaiah 57:14. There, in the confines of pride, man is exposed to the same sentiments that first appeared in the heart of Lucifer. With pride is the same aspect of behavior manifested as to that which led Satan on his downward path of rebellion. Isaiah 14:12-17; Ezekiel 28:12-17. Compare to Ezekiel 16:2, 14, 15. Such a striking contrast between the heart of Christ and Satan’s! His became proud and lifted up, while Christ’s is meek and lowly. Matthew 11:29. We may, by prayer and petition, be clothed with the humility of Christ. 1 Peter 5:5. With humility the heart is brought into harmony with God, and thus into unity with Him. I find that pride is used as a means of defense against the criticism of others when there is insecurity within.
How bitter is the grief of him who has not been able to enter again the secret place of communion with God that he had come to know! None but those who have entered the high and holy place of intimate oneness with God can fully grasp the reason for placing so high a value upon it. Nor can those ignorant of the experience understand why this dissolution should cause such frustration and dejection. “But your iniquities have separated between you and your God.” Isaiah 59:2. Through a lack of purity we are unable to be joined to Him who is pure, for says the prophet, “Thou art of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look on iniquity.” Habakkuk 1:13. Christ said, “Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.” Matthew 5:8. The purity is a contrite and humble spirit; the listening (obedience) to divine voice. “Whoso offereth praise glorifieth me: and to him that ordereth his conversation aright will I shew the salvation of God.” Psalm 50:23.
That which has been made known to be forbidden ground to the conscience of those traveling on the journey of spiritual transformation, must not be entered upon. God knows that when we thus enter a door is opened to the forces of spiritual wickedness and we subject ourselves to be influenced by licentious thoughts, pride, self-exaltation, or whatever captures the fancy and carnal delights that Satan has marked with us individually. The cord becomes broken that joined us to God; and when we return to our senses after this rendezvous with sin, we realize that we have lost the grasp of our communion with God. The quiet place into which God brings us with our spirit— the intimate closeness with Him—is to be guarded with studious vigilance and protected. It is the thing that Satan directs his efforts to specifically interrupt and dissolve. “But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit.” 1 Corinthians 6:17. “The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God.” Romans 8:16. It is my strong belief that the desire of God is to train the discernment and perception of those who follow Him to be skillful and experienced in this area, and successfully detect beforehand the efforts of the old serpent to overthrow their unity with God and Christ. He desires us to be seasoned and well-trained opponents in this contest, not to be defeated. All who seek the refined discernment will receive it through prayer and petition. It is one of the intended purposes behind God’s cumulative dealings with us, all working together to bring expected results. I have found that in that close connection to the Father there is a continual supply to our spirit of peace and stillness, in the continuity of that connection, as we learn the ways of successful defense and as we refrain to partake of that which has been made known to bring disruption. “Take heed! Take heed!” is the cry raised to pilgrims near or far, young or old, faint or strong. “Let your faithfulness be sacrificed for nothing! For once it’s gone how hard it is to find again! And how sadly reels the regretful heart, pierced by the sorrow of dissolution!”
Satan approaches with temptations that he knows will arouse and excite the passions of the carnal nature. He knows the weak points of the human character and studies to devise new ways in which to indulge these passions for the purpose of destruction. Earthly attractions are specifically designed to distract the mind from God and profitable reflection, and occupy the energies and interests that otherwise could be used to advance the cause of Christ. Temperance and regulation and care are the only safe and proper ways for Christ’s followers to engage in earthly enterprise, that even here they might remain true, the greater portion of the heart’s affections still retained by God. Matthew 6:21. Paul advises that we are not to be ignorant of Satan’s devices. 2 Corinthians 2:11. It is with “all deceivableness of unrighteousness” that Satan contrives and creates, to lead man astray. And because man’s character is naturally unrighteous he is drawn to these deceptions with little difficulty. Our victory in this life depends upon us having personal connection to Christ. A subject of the earth, void of Christ’s leadership and guidance, would be deceived by the cunning of Satan. “And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming.” 1 John 2:28.
It has come to be my firm belief that there is a kind of fellowship with God and Christ that is reserved only for the obedient; an experience into which aspirants of complete obedience to divine voice are admitted and entitled that is unmatched by what the careless and indifferent can know. “Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? And your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness.” Isaiah 55:2. It is significant to note that when God said, “Hearken diligently unto me,” His words were immediately followed by, “and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness.” Again He says, “Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live…” Isaiah 55:3. “Hear,” says God—an indication of obedience to His voice—and concludes with, “and your soul shall live.” Beginning from verse 1 through verse 3, this entire portion reads: “Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? And your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness. Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David.” Isaiah 55:1-3. There is just as assuredly a reward in obedience to God as there is “a just recompence” for “transgression and disobedience.” Hebrews 2:2. Yet it is humility that makes obedience possible, the stimulating force that moves obedience to bow the knee before God.
“And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, Lord, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.” Psalm 9:10. “Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.” Psalm 2:12. Those that have walked with God, who have known what it is to have close oneness with Him whose name is Holy, had learned the surpassing value of a humble heart with God. Through personal experiences with pride and hardness of heart it was learned that these alienated affections from God and withheld the appreciation of His goodness. In their pride they ceased to trust God, His purposes, His will, and spawned rebellion that dominated emotion and dulled reason. The result was fear, irritation and depression over life’s circumstances, when they might have enjoyed the peace of a calm spirit within. They might have rested, through simple faith and trust, in the assurances that are to be found in the Sacred Word that our circumstances are carefully managed by divine wisdom and permitted to enter the sphere of our existence only as they shall accomplish God’s purposes for us. Behind every situation arising in the lives of God’s people is a commission to accomplish a specific work on their behalf, and a blessed purpose to fulfill for their sakes; for there is nothing that can escape the power of God’s arm or the watch care of His eye and enter into the realms of those whose trust is in Him without His consent. Their circumstances would not have been depressing if only they were perceived in the right light. But in separating themselves through rebellion, sin, pride, these individuals could no longer exercise this trust in God, and speedily became discontent with their circumstances and analyzed their position with error. They were brought to grief and misery in their deluded minds as they made themselves available to the dark suggestions of Satan, who took advantage of the opportunity to influence those that were distancing themselves from God. With humility gone and therefore unable to bring themselves to putting forth trust in God, they were parted from all peace and inward security. The desire to be loyal, obedient, self-sacrificing subjects of God—which might at one point have occupied the heart in time past—was now departed from them.
It was through the errors and mistakes of these believers that God taught them the way of righteousness. It was through experiences with pride and rebellion that the importance of humility was demonstrated. Man’s understanding of righteousness is gained through the knowledge of the Scriptures; but it is also gained and attested to by the conviction of personal sins brought by the Holy Spirit to the conscience. So then, though it is never the will of God for believers to commit sin, it became the means through which God brought to light the principles of heaven. Through the regretful result of sins committed in pride and hardness of heart, and their conviction, the eyes of men were opened and given sight to behold the beauty of Christ-like humility. And now, being made aware of their need, being shown the way that would lead back to fellowship and oneness with God, they pled for a heart of humility to be given them, whose value had been learned to far exceed the measure of gold or the costly treasures of the earth. “For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.” These words had struck their heart with great force, and gave much sanctifying motivation.
How merciful is God not to leave us in our sin but in tender forbearance and mercy clearly shows the way back to Him. He had revealed to these believers the key to their spiritual restoration and reconciliation. Thus could the importance of humility be forever fixed in their minds through the sins of rebellion and pride. God is able to use the failure of His people to accomplish a greater good, according to the power to transform and recreate that belongs only to Him; for if not, His purposes would continually be interrupted and never brought to fulfillment through the interference of humanity’s mistakes, and would lead one to conclude that the success of God’s plans is dependent upon the actions of men. But He who is sovereign in power and might and gives beauty for ashes1; who chooses the foolish things of the world to confound the wise2; the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty3; “and base things of the world, and things which are despised…yea, and things which are not, to bring to nothing things that are,”4 for the purpose “that no flesh should glory in his presence,”5—is the same omnipotent God who is able to make “all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”6 While we do not forget or neglect the confession of sin. 1 John 1:9.
In being taught by God its lesson and witnessing its beauty, men have desired to have Christ-like humility remain with them for the rest of their duration on the earth. They fervently exclaimed before Him their newly found love of the humility, which had been delicately cultivated within them by His hand through appointed experiences of instruction that were made known only to them, kept secret and hidden from the view of others, as He quietly worked deep within their conscience while leading them on their journey of enlightenment. Had they not gone through their past lessons and instructive experiences with pride, they could not have come to having this love for Christ-like humility, only now seeing the broadness of its beautifying influence upon the soul and the peace it sustains, their eyes having been opened by providence. They saw that the pathway of connection to God was made broken through pride and haughtiness of the flesh when they yielded to these lusts, as the Spirit of God later made known these things unto them. And learning from their past mistakes they cried out the next day in greater earnestness of spirit that that humility which had been lost might again be restored unto them, which it was, and they rejoiced in the heavenly gift all the more. “And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: and if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.” 1 John 5:14, 15.
A Beginning, Not the End
At the time of their error and separation from God, before reconciliation, it was viewed by these believers that their misfortunes had thoroughly corrupted their hearts, fixed forever their present condition, and made complete their ruin. They since had become regretful in their choice to sin, and bore their thoughts and feelings in penitent discourse to God. But they were unable to foresee anything but degradation and destruction arising from the errors they had committed; unable to see themselves moving on in victory. It often happens that at times such as these, when we feel we have reached our end or cannot see good arising from our situation, that the groundwork is being laid for a beginning—and precisely, the beginning of something new in God. Not until after our reconciliation, and our eyes have been matured, do we see our past experience in its rightful perspective and realize that such was the mark of commencement of a closer oneness with God, for He had transformed the workings of our errors and used them according to His purpose, teaching us through them. These experiences were necessary for our victory in our battle against sin. Therefore during such difficult times we ought to pray, “Please turn, O Lord, that which I see as my end into the beginning of something new in You. Use to bring me closer to You those things that thought to turn me from You.” As long as we are fighting to regain closeness and oneness with God, these seasons of darkness may be viewed with hope as blessings in disguise, which shall be used by God to bring about wonderful changes in us. We will rejoice in the results of these changes we recognize upon our spirit, loving the new person we are becoming, wishing never to return to our former state.
God had tried to reach the heart of King Manasseh his whole life, until finally he was brought to that place where he was willing to surrender. 2 Chronicles 33:1-18. God permitted circumstances into his sphere that, working together, were planned to accomplish a specific purpose. So in our experiences. The Assyrian forces were stirred and rallied themselves together against the apostate kingdom of Judah, and under divinely granted success captured its proud king, who bound in chains and fetters was thus removed from Jerusalem, and carried eastward to the capital of his conquerors. What seemed as the end of Manasseh—and surely the conjecture of his own mind—was in fact the working of God to bring a beginning to closer oneness with Him; for there, “when he was in affliction, he besought the Lord his God, and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers, and prayed unto him.” From that dismal Babylonian prison, whose walls were not accustomed to the witnessing of noble deeds, there arose a solemn prayer of humility and submission to the God of heaven from the lips of one who had so long been in rebellion. Those who, in their periods of darkness, cry out for the promise of Ezekiel 36:26 to be fulfilled in them will come out conquerors on the other side. “A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.”
I have recognized that the primary goal in seeking humility and obedience with God is to be reconciled with God. It is for reconciliation with Him that one puts forth the effort to submit self and for which is offered up the supplication to have Christ-like humility. There is peace in that reconciliation, for our spirit becomes one with God. It penetrates the deepest part of our being, as the created is brought into harmony with its divine and benevolent Creator; and in this reconciliation there comes self-assurance and inward confidence. “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” Romans 5:1. A truce is made; the human heart, naturally at enmity with God1, wills to have unity and oneness with Him against whom it has all this time resisted. Surely these right undertakings can only yield great rewards. The soul that had been created in the image of God but whose nature was subjected to rebellion through the disobedience of Adam, has found the secret balance of life in its desire to once again have union with its Maker, and is among life’s greatest treasures. Yet few will have the wisdom to find it. “We have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” Peace through Christ because it is He who has made the reconciliation possible, and grants inimitable peace. The possession of earthly treasure cannot bring into balance the soul with God, and thus the reason that those who have them can lack inward peace still. The wicked are spots in the universe, out of place in the cosmos ruled by One who is just, to whose government it belongs, as they refuse to submit to His authority. “But the wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt. There is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked.” Isaiah 57:20, 21.
This was the object of Christ
in descending to earth. It was to reconcile man with God. 2
Corinthians 5:18-20; Colossians 1:20; Hebrews 2:17. “And that
he might reconcile
both unto God in one
body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby: and came
peace to you
which were afar off,
and to them that were nigh.” Ephesians 2:16, 17. He was sent to
bear to a world that sat in darkness through satanic misconceptions
and woe that dominated it, the truthful knowledge of a Father’s
love for a fallen race; and that in Christ, who is the express image
of the Father’s person1,
all should see the lovingkindness, mercy and goodness of the
character of God and might turn unto Him and be saved; for it was
through that knowledge that man was to be reconciled. Since Satan’s
rebellion in heaven, it has ever been his design to suppress the
Truth leads man to God and points him to the salvation that God
offers in Christ His Son; and it uncovers the philosophies with which
Satan masquerades his evil designs and behind which he hides his
malignant purposes, lest his deceptions are disclosed to the race he
endeavors to ensnare and his cause is lost. See Revelation 12:9; 1
Peter 5:8. The words of John and Peter we may read again and again;
yet the inspiration will do us no good if we do not have the faith to
believe the validity of its testimony, and live according to that
The Atonement of Christ
Pride, arrogance, stubbornness, rebellion, do not allow us to accept Yahusha’s (Jesus’) salvation and the fact that we are sinners by nature and cannot earn salvation ourselves. It is the experience of many to try to earn it through their own works and merit, trying to build up something of their own, instead of submitting to the fact that they cannot and must accept what Yahusha has done. Take, for instance, one of these individuals. He has been fighting against Christ, unknowingly, all this time, wanting to attain salvation himself. This is pride. It has been pride that has made him unwilling to acknowledge that his own merit comes short and that he must rely on Christ. Pride does not want to rely on anyone but self. The individual could not bring himself to accept Christ’s love, and salvation, and work on the cross, when he has not deserved it. It would directly point to his inability and ineptness to secure salvation himself, lowering the sinner and exalting Christ. This, pride cannot take, and combats by refusing to rely on Christ and instead continues its efforts to reach salvation on its own, to prove itself capable and not having to rely on Another to do it for him.
Such is the grossest manifestation of pride. At times, the condescending pity and love of Christ has been unknowingly despised, resisted, because what makes them valuable is the fact that they are extended without limit towards him who has done nothing to deserve it—pointing again to human failure and insufficiency. He did not want to accept Christ’s love (which is to accept His salvation that He offers) because such would be the acknowledgement and affirmation of the truth of his inability to reach success regardless of how diligent his efforts are.
There must be a continual reliance upon Christ, from accepting salvation to the righteousness that follows. We are instructed: “And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.” Colossians 3:17. This reliance is how we give glory to Christ; and should we be unwilling to have such reliance is the affirmation that there is pride in us, and we will not be able to walk the Christian walk in truth because we are resisting its very Author and Priest. It was the experience of such individuals not to accept Christ fully because they have wanted to acquire salvation for their beings themselves and the approval of God. Some have become enlightened from heaven that this has been the attitude and essence of their course in all their years as a “follower of Christ.” It is a subconscious hate toward Christ that has been manifesting itself. And if hatred toward Christ, it is inevitable that there be a regular fall-back with sin and rebellion, always the former resulting from the latter. This pride, hate, or rebellion is why such a one finds it hard to give Christ his heart, though he is convicted by the words of Mark 7:6 and Revelation 3:20. He has often pondered, though without success, the reasons for his marked contrast in feelings and behavior. It was the difference between humility and pride upon his being; between the heart seeking oneness with God or being allowed to become vain. In his prayers to God he was led to pray, “Let not pride and vanity take over and animate me. Please control these passions within me.” Anything that feeds this pride must be given up. If your hand or foot offends you, cut it off. Mark 9:43-50. Will it not be better for us to let go the hand of vanity, than clasping tightly to it while the present age remained and be refused by Christ at His coming?
The presumption of the rebellious mind to think to create for itself salvation through its own labors, is a mockery to Christ and the Almighty Father. If there existed any other means for the sinner to be saved, Christ would not have given Himself to that suffering and death necessary for man’s atonement; and the Father would by no means have given up His only Son. The sacrifice made would have then been entirely unnecessary. Satan is making a mockery of the sacrifice of God, his Divine Lord, and Christ as the Redeemer of man, when the human mind accepts his false doctrine of self-righteousness and fares to achieve a self-gained salvation. The doctrine cheapens the grace of God—the extension of pardon and salvation toward the sinner—in the understanding of him who believes it, and he is rendered unable to appreciate God’s forgiveness and mercy. His sins he believes he can purchase pardon for through his own efforts. Thus the mercy and forgiveness of God quickly lose significance as the individual is turned to believe that these are mere rightful payments for labors of self-justification. They become viewed in direct opposition to the truth as earnings rather than gifts, and thus the true worth of salvation, as it has been purchased through Christ’s efforts and sacrifice, is cheapened. Not only is forgiveness of sin granted out of divine benevolence alone, but repentance itself is a gift of God1. If mere repentance is a gift, how much more is the atonement?
Christ’s work of salvation and His office of Intercessor and Mediator between God and men, become wholly disrespected and made of little consequence in the minds of the self-righteous and proud. “But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man. For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.” Hebrews 2:9, 10. “And he saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor: therefore his arm brought salvation unto him; and his righteousness, it sustained him.” Isaiah 59:16.
Satan’s efforts are to
turn our focus and dependence off Christ and place them upon self to
procure salvation, pardon, and atonement through its own labors. We
will become hopeless and believe ourselves to be lost in the
revelation of our utter insufficiency that inevitably follows these
efforts, even though Christ had “by himself purged our sins”
and whose arm has brought full salvation to all. In this, Satan
attempts to draw away these self-condemned, dejected ones from the
embrace of Christ, stealing from them the joy that comes in resting
in a divine Savior. The salvation and pardon that Christ has
purchased through His own death needs no refinement to be thorough
and complete for the sinner. Human effort will not add further worth
to that atonement which was accomplished by Christ. We must take hold
of it by faith, resting our salvation and acceptance with God solely
upon the work of Christ, and afterward walk in obedience—which,
once more, can only be accomplished through reliance upon Christ,
“the Captain of our salvation.” Interpreted, He is “the
Chief Leader of our rescue and safety.” –Strong’s
Humility; obedience; sin relinquished for the sake of unity with God—these sacrifices of righteousness the Father will not overlook but will surely gather to Himself all those that have made a covenant with Him by sacrifice, to be His people.
“The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a
heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.” Psalm 51:17.
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