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June 5

2 Samuel 23; Luke 19:11-28

Thought From Today’s Old Testament Passage:

“As the tender grass springing out of the earth by clear shining after rain.”2 Samuel xxiii. 4.

The beautiful simile, by which David sets forth the rule of a good king, I will first take out of its connection, and look at it for other purposes; and then I will put it back into its connection, and use it as David used it, only in a higher sense. The beautiful picture that he draws is produced by a combination, first, rain, and then, clear shining after rain, and the most flourishing conditions of spirituality is produced by the same two causes; it comes as the result of a combination of rain and sunshine. We shall never rise to the highest spiritual state by having all rain and no sunshine. Although we may prefer it, we shall never attain to the fullest fruit-bearing by having all sunshine, and no rain. God puts the one over against the other, the dark day of cloud and tempest against the bright day of sunshine and calm; and when the two influences work together in the soul, as they do in the natural world, they produce the greatest degree of fertility, and the best condition of heart and life.

(Charles H. Spurgeon, The Treasury of the Bible (Zondervan Publishing House, Grand Rapids, MI: 1962), Vol. 1, page 742)

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