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The LORD Our Righteousness (2)


Yāhweh Sidqēnû


Yesterday we studied the compound Jehovah-S.idqēnû, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS, in Jer_23:5-6. Based on this name of God, the beloved Scottish preacher, pastor, and poet Robert Murray M’Cheyne (1813–43), who was also a Hebrew scholar, wrote the wonderful hymn, “I Once Was a Stranger,” (which can be sung to the melody of “My Jesus, I Love Thee” by Adoniram Gordon). It is a truly blessed piece of work:


I once was a stranger to grace and to God,
I knew not my danger, and felt not my load;
Though friends spoke in rapture of Christ on the tree,
Jehovah Tsidkenu was nothing to me.


I oft read with pleasure, to sooth or engage,
Isaiah’s wild measure and John’s simple page;
But e’en when they pictured the blood-sprinkled tree
Jehovah Tsidkenu seemed nothing to me.


Like tears from the daughters of Zion that roll,
I wept when the waters went over His soul;
Yet thought not that my sins had nailed to the tree
Jehovah Tsidkenu—’twas nothing to me.


When free grace awoke me, by light from on high,
Then legal fears shook me, I trembled to die;
No refuge, no safety in self could I see—
Jehovah Tsidkenu my Saviour must be.


My terrors all vanished before the sweet name;
My guilty fears banished, with boldness I came
To drink at the fountain, life-giving and free—
Jehovah Tsidkenu is all things to me.


Jehovah Tsidkenu! my treasure and boast,
Jehovah Tsidkenu! I ne’er can be lost;
In thee I shall conquer by flood and by field,
My cable, my anchor, my breast-plate and shield!


Even treading the valley, the shadow of death,
This “watchword” shall rally my faltering breath;
For while from life’s fever my God sets me free,
Jehovah Tsidkenu, my death song shall be.


Scriptures for Study: What is the assurance and promise of Isa_41:10? Where does God lead us, according to Psa_23:3?




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317 – Nov. 13 – This Day in Baptist History Past


On Christ the solid Rock I Stand…”


1874 – Pastor Edward Mote peacefully slipped into the arms of Jesus, his body was borne by weeping saints to whom he had ministered, and he was buried in the little graveyard in the back of Rehoboth Chapel, Horsham, Sussex England. In June of 1873 he had become so weakened that he could no longer minister to his church, where his ministry had been used of God to bring many to Christ. Mote was one of the great hymnists that is numbered with those who have written some of the half million or more hymns that have remained from days gone by that are still in the hymnals of today. Singing has ever been a part of Christian worship. At the last supper it says, “And when they had sung an hymn, they went out…” In a letter written to the Roman Emperor Trajan by Pliny the Younger, Governor of Bithynia about A.D. 100, he said the following about a Christian worship service. “They are accustomed to meet on a fixed day before daylight to sing a hymn of praise to Christ as God.” Mote was born in London on Jan. 21, 1797 to parents who ran a “public house”, and growing up in that influence strayed. He was apprenticed to a cabinet maker and began attending religious services, and through the ministry of John Hyatt received Christ as Savior. Later he was baptized by Rev. John Bayley on Nov. 1, 1815, moved to Southwark, and was under the ministry of the famed Dr. John Rippon. It was there that he penned the words to that great hymn “On Christ the solid Rock I Stand, All other ground is sinking sand. My hope is built on nothing less Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness; All other ground is sinking sand.” [Henry S. Burrage, Baptist Hymn Writers and Their Hymns (Portland, Maine: Brown, Thurston and Company, 1888), pp. 155-59. This Day in Baptist History II: Cummins and Thompson, BJU Press: Greenville, S.C. 2000 A.D. pp. 620-22]   Prepared by Dr. Greg J. Dixon


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J.R. GRAVES – Life, Times and Teachings – 7


Young Graves was so timid and retiring that he shrank from taking any active part in public services, but his pastor had a keen appreciation of the young man, although he was a little severe in his treatment of the youthful school teacher, who could not be easily induced to take part in public worship; but the pastor, like Eli with Samuel, “perceived that the Lord had called the lad.”

So, upon one occasion, the pastor besought the young man to go with him into the pulpit and read the Scriptures for him, as “he was not feeling very well.” While young Graves was reading, the pastor feigned a sudden illness and said to Mr. Graves, “You will have to preach as I am sick,” and without waiting for his protest, he escaped through a door beside the pulpit and did not return until the services were closed. Young Graves, being unexpectedly left in charge of the services, was startled and cast about in his mind as to what he should do. He said he selected the longest hymn he could find and called on the people to sing it. Then he arose to speak and took the text that came uppermost in his mind, which was, “Adam, where art thou?’ Dr. Graves refused to call that a sermon, but they who heard him insisted that it was great preaching, and, having heard him, they insisted that he be licensed to preach. This the church did without his knowledge or consent, and soon called for his ordination.

He was in great distress over this, as we have often heard him say. His idea of a minister was so high and his estimate of his own powers as a speaker was so small that he sought to avoid the responsible position. He pleaded that Jesus waited until he was thirty years old before he began his public ministry and so he would do. It was a trying time.

Those who knew Dr. Graves intimately will appreciate this representation of him by a friend of many years, Dr. S.H. Ford, who says” “With all the heroic fearlessness which distinguished his after life, he was always bashful, sometimes to awkwardness, when he arose to speak. He would hesitate. He seemed to lack for a vocabulary. He has been likened to some large bird, especially a water fowl,, which seems to rise from the earth with great effort, flapping its wings and struggling to slowly rise, but once risen and the body in the air, it moves with graceful curves, darting with unimpeded swiftness or floating in the air without effort. He toiled at the start, but when once entered into his subject there was a mastery of all his powers and a command of all the elements of oratory equaled by few. He was, owing to this peculiarity, unable to make a short telling speech in a convention and, consequently, rarely took part in one. It was in a two hours’ address or sermon that his great powers appeared and the latent fires within him burned.”

His bashfulness, often the sign of greatness, made him shrink from becoming a preacher, although in his soul was the belief that God had called him to that work. In the end he consented and was ordained to the gospel ministry. Dr. Dillard was chairman of the presbytery, as pastor of Mt Freedom Church, of which Dr. Graves was a member. He preached the ordination sermon and gave counsel and caution and encouragement which young Graves never forgot. Who can estimate the influence of one wise, genuine, gospel man when exerted over a young minister like he? Dillard relived in Graves as Graves still lives in many others.

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