"WHAT OF WOMAN?”
A Sermon by Rev.
WAS DELIVERED AT THE BAPTIST CHURCH
"Th: lOJgh The Woman We Come to The Christ
ina ! ermon Baing a Tribute to the Goorfne s
and the Furity of Women.
“I heard a Voice that spake—The Voice of The
/ The "Voice that spake” to Ezekiel has spoken to us. As
fbe Almighty spoke to His prophet in vision?.of revelation, so
3m He spoken to us in the records of Nature, in the declara
tions of His Word. The Voice of The Almighty has spoken to
tro, an Creation, in Providence, in Redemption. That Voice
still speaks—of Purpose, in Human Destiny.} and of Means for
Sfce accomplishment of that Purpose, Listenfwe.as the mighty
topes resound along fc|ie corridors of time.
The Oninipotehi$}poke—arid the world wits a^fact. ' •
“Jo the beginning, God cheated ...... and the earth!
its without form, and voitf, and darkness rested upon the
The inee'ptjve processes of mundane genesis were, doubt
less, hidden from the angels. The earth was an orb inchoate,
whirling through space in the midst of a monstrous enveloping
«lowL darker in its deep gyrations than the vortex of a cyclone.
■iTSse phwtio nucleus, a cooling yet still viscous mass, ,was as-
ffoniiirg, as it revolved, the shape of an oblate spheroid,. grad
ually conforming, in due time, to the present figure of ritVr
jsaSanet.. The quaking continents were raising their slimy sur-
fcw <Diuifc of the seething paters. All unseen, in the rayless
maelstrom of an atmosphere blacker than a Stygian midnight.
That was the first phase.
The Voice of The Almighty—The “Breath” of God-
swept over the surface of the boiling oceans. The clinging va
pors were rolled upward and away, parting as they rose, and
between the rifted masses of steamy clouds, the,, rays of sun-
Hght found access to the reeking lands and buobling seas of
®artb. “God (had) said “‘Let there be light!’—and there
That, was the second phase.
The wondering angels, who might formerly have paused
»their ethereal flight and while balanced above the swiftly
whirling cloud, may have sought to sound its pitchy depths
and fathom the mystery of its tenebrious core, now saw! The
Voice of The Almighty spoke and a shapely planet rolled out
through space, before them.
But, while they gazed, the angels, doubtless, wondered,
yet the more. Vegetation sprung up, greening, upon the slop-
l»jr lands and along the muddy shores 1 Animated creatures
swarmed in the tepid waters; teemed in sweltering'jungles;
Slapped broad, leathery wings in the torrid air! Again and
again, The Almighty Voice was heard: “Be thou! and thou!
and yc\”! And as each new object of cieation sprung into be
ing, orders and genera succeeding one another, in marked pro
gression, yet “each (distinctly) after! its kind,” the unfallen
•angels marveled and adored.
But. what is this? the newest and the last, which now ap
pears upon the scene? The Creator has reached the point at
which Ho pauses to review His handiwork, and as His eye
rests upon His master-piece, The Almighty Voice applauds the
finishing touch of The Almighty Hand: “Behold! That is
very good!’’ And amazed at the beauty and the fitness of his
environments, the angels hover in the verdant grove and gaze
in speechless admiration upon the lordly man—“the image
and the glory of God”! A completed world and the master,
lowborn He had given “dominion” over it.
But, wonder of wonders! Even the last presents a later
phase! Perfection is improved upon! The lily is painted!
the rose perfumed! “God saw that it was not good for n an to
four alone”; so He “made woman—the glory of the man”.
See! how the holy angels gather ’round and crowd and jostle
«nc another, in their eager struggle to gaze upon that being of
transcendent beauty, the first woman! Behold the shining stream
®-f radiant forms, pouring down from the blue empyrean, as
II® story of wondrous new creation spreads afar! and hark! to
tfbc music of the myraid rustling wings, as the bright ones sweep
tiarough space and poise themselves on snowy pinions, a cluster
ing surging throng, around and far above that charming crea
ture, whose like has never graced the universe, before!
“In nakfd beauty, more adorned,
More lovely than Pandora, whom
The Gods endowed with with all their gifts!”
“The glory of God” made more glorious still, bv added
glory! The voice of The Almighty hath declared it! Witness
the language of God’sinspired spokesman: “Man is the image
and glory of God” —“The woman is the glory of the man.”
Behold the splendid twain! standing there together, amid
’.he fragrant I lowers of Eden!
But a diabolic shadow falls athwart the sylvan scene and a
malignant ophidian eye is fixed upon that glorious pair! A
shadow that brings the chill of death and an eye that glares with
baleful menaces of ruin!
The story is not long. A tender, susceptible, confiding
heart. Trustfulness used as an avenue for the entrance of dis
trust . The voice of The Tempter was heard—and'Jieedcd. The
woman fell! And in her fall,,the man went downl
A thrill of horror shot through heaven 1 and the holy angels
tood aghast! The grand, crowning purpose and plan of Om
nipotence appeared to have been thwarted and His supremacy
seemed at an end!
But God was equal to the emergency; and in that awful
crisis, The Voice of The Almighty was heard: “Her seed shall
bruise thy head 1 ” The parents of the human race, with all
their prospective progeny, had been enfolded within the en
slaving coils of The Serpent—Satan; but (to use another figure,)
in the woman, although fallen, was a promise given which
transformed the dungeon of captivity into the gateway of free
dom, burst out the nether wall of death and disclosed in the
grave, the open door of heaven!
The human creature never could have entered paradise, save
through the portal of the tomb. Enoch and Elijah, even as
Paul says of those who shall be alive in the last day, were
doubtless as coinplotly changed in their translation, us if they
had died and dissolved in the grave and risen from the dust.
After the fall, human beings were multiplied upon the earth
- and some heard The Voice, and turned to God, and lived.
Then, were the holy angels glad again and “there was joy
in their presence, over the sinner that repented.”
Again and again, through the growing years, The Almighty
Voice was heard; commanding, warning inviting. Those who
heeded were saved. Those who heed not were lost. And, at
last, came, Sinai.
The whole Law of God, at the first summarizahle in three
brief words, “Thou shall not,” may be summed up in one
Obedience is the first principle of government, human and
Divine. Of man, in the family, in the state; of God in all
tilings, temporal arid spiritual. By disobedience, humanity had
fallen; only by obedience, could man be restored to the Divine
In the course of events, the time had now come for the
code. The publication of The Law, in its details, was requis
ite. A compendium of duty, on the part of man, toward God
and one’s fellows. A ceremonial system, which should, “in
types and shadows,” set forth the Divine plan by which per
fect obedience, expiatory, should be secured, and man, by a
human sacrifice, satisfy the penalty of the violated Law and
thus propitiate the justly offended Deity.
Then the periinsular mountain trembled to its foundations
and quaked to its core. Its stony summit was wrapped in smoke;
the swirling clouds were wreathed about its frowning brow; the
flashing lightnings twined themselves into a scintillating crown
of fire; and detonating thunders woke the echoes, fa’’ and wide,
from Horeb’s answering top, from Meribah to Kolsum and Elan.
For forty days, The Voice ofiThe Almighty thundered through
out Petraea; and, attheerid of that period, Moses 1 came down
from the heights of Sinai, bearing in his hands the sculptured
Thenceforth, men lived under the written code. The
Judges and The Kings administered—or violated—its statutes;
the inspired Psalmist embalmed its holy teachings in loftiest
strains of sacred poesy; Proverbial Wisdom graved its pringent
sentences upon enduring tablets; the Prophets stressed it, while
they warned the people and comforted the heedful with the as
surance of The Coming One, who, in His own‘person, should
fulfil it, by rendering perfect obedince to all its behests, and,
through faith in Him, bring the obedient believer at one with
That is the word: At-one-merit—“Atonement.”
But, in the meantime, what of woman?
She had illustrated The Law. ^ #
Sarah had demonstrated the possibility of the impossible,
in her motherhood of Isaac,—a prototype of Christ, both in
his miraculous birth and in his arranged-for immolation on
Mount Moriah’s altar. Miriam was the guardian and pre
server of the infant Moses—a prototype of Christ in other as
pects of His character—; and she led the'song of deliverance,
over the Egyptian corpses that stre\ved the beach—types of the
pursuing sins that have been washed from the redoemed be-
io/er’ssoul arid drowned in The Red Sea of The Redeemer’s
blood!—“The Exodus” of Israel being a striking type of the
transition of the saved, from the bondage of Satan into the lib-,
erty of Christ. Esther was crowned with amaranthine glory,
as a reward of her fidelity to her God and, also, to her people,
for whom and of whom she was the mediator and the saviour.
Ruth, whose arteries throbbed with Gentile blood, a strain of
which flowed on down through her posterity into the veins of
Mary, the espoused of Joseph, was the ancestress of Him, who,
being by descent, of the royal liouse of Judah, was. of a verity,
a Hebrew, yet akin to aliens-born, arid “a Saviourof one blood
with all nations of men.” The Voice of The Almighty had
foreordained that she, who, in the fall, had become a double
slave—the slave of the man, who, himself, as well as herself,
was Satan’s slave—should be the mother of her emancipator.
And, moreover, His srle parent, “after the flesh.’,’
The name of the first woman signifies “life;” as further
defined! in the Scriptures, “the mother of all living.” In a
double sense, was she “Eve:” “The mother of all living,” in
the physical sense; The mother of Hifn in whom, alone, any
can live, in the spiritual sense.
“The law was (tha) school-master, !o bring (men) to
Christ.’ By man, it was to be fulfilled; by woman, illus
ilie Divine Spirit moved the lips of Elizabeth arid The Al
mighty Voice spoke through her, when she exclaimed to Mary,
Blessed art thou, among women!” — “Blessed is (thy seed)”!
The Voice of The Almighty had said to Satan, “Her Seed,”
not his, (Adam’s,) shall bruise thy head.” The Messiah of
God, The Saviour of the lost, was to be The Seed of the wo
rn an—not of’the man! As the woman was, originally, of
ham,’ in token of His human nature. But His introduction
into the world, genetically speaking, was in His human na
ture, exclusively of the woman, without any procreative
agency except of The Holy Spirit; and, thus, was He. in the
language of the centurion, atHis crucifixion, “truly The Son
of f-lrwl f * 1
of God! 1
Blessed, indeed, is woman, "the glory of man!” She is,
ndeed, “a help meet,,” i. e. fit, or necessary, for him. She is,
n truth, the help of man, the most potential on earth; bpt
The Voice of The Almighty had declared that, in the fullness
of her mission in the world, Bhe should be a helpmeet for
him, in his estrangement from God. And, verily, in Jesus,
has that fullness beon attained.
My countrymen, build a pedestal for woman, broad and
Young man, take that fading old mother in your arms and
thank God for her. Wasto no pity on her, as “as a poor, weak
creature,” whose Bole mission on earth is to have introduced
you into the World. She is your glory, my friend.
Husband, fold that gentle wife to your heart and praise
God for having glorified your life, in her. She has not been
created merely to become your satellite. Pray to be worthy of
Father, clasp that sweet daughter in your loving embrace
and bless God for having honored you, in her. She is no mere
toy. She is vour glory. Guard well her young life. Train
her, mind and heart, as you would a nestling angel, strayed
into your home, from heaven.
Brother, place vour strong arm tenderly about your sister’s
loved form and crucify the prideful self assumption you may
feel of superiority over her. Protect her, defend her. That is
your blest privilege, in view of your greater physical strength.
Bui remember that she is, in most respects, \our equal, in sev
eral, your superior, and that a Christian sister exerts a.peculiar
influence with God, in behalf of the brother whom she loves.
And oh! woman, lament not, assome have lamented, that
you are not a man. Careworn and weary you may_.be. Yours
may lie a life of toil and self-sacrifice, with frequent experiences
of suffering and grief. But God, Himself, has placed the crown
of glory upon .your brow and exalted the whilom double slave
to a supernal plane. Only be true. Be true to Him who has
done so much for you. To The Blessed Redeemer, who,
through the passive agency of a woman w as ushered into the
world and through whose influence, alone, the gentler sex have
been emancipated from their galling bondage and restored to the
exalted sphere which, in her creation, the woman was de
signed to fill.
Under the guidance of The Restorer, every woman may
find her aopropriate, personal sphere. Every one may not
find herself a Hasseltine Judson, nor a Florence Nightingale,
nor a Clara Barton; but every properly equipped woman may
become great “in her day” and widely important to the race
“in her generation.” In the domestic circle, in the church,
in the community, in the state, her influence is immeasurable
and in a very large sense it is true that she “rules the world”.
A Christian woman is, indeed, a benediction upon man
kind. But what of her opposite? The influence of training
may develop a Eunice; or, on tho other hand, may produce a
Jezebel. A good woman is a fit companion for angels; a vilo
woman is an associate meet for demons.
We have now discovered, in the pursuit of our leading line
of thought, that through the woman we come to The Christ .
In Him the Sinaitic Law fulfilled, in Him is found “The Way”
back to the forfeited favor of God. In Him, The Almighty
Voice now speaks to the hearts of men.’ But, today, ’tis “The
Still, Small Voice” that Elijah heard, after the tornado and
the earthquake and the terrible fire had passed.
Hear the gentle tones of that Almighty Voice: “Lo! I
come! He hath sent me to bind up the broken-hearted; to
proclaim liberty to the captives and the opening of the prison
to them that are bound”! Ah, the thrilling shout: “Arise!
shine l for thy Light is come and The Glory of the Ixird is risen
upon thee. The Gentiles shall come to thy light and Kings to
the brightness of thy rising”.
“The Christ of God”, “The Seed of the Woman”, is
“The Light of the World”!
The advent of solar light, in mundane creation, and the
transformation of chaotic darkness into luminous symmetry
and beauty, were typical of the spiritual phenomenon present
ed in prophetic vision, to Malachi when he saw “The Sun of
Righteousness arise, with healing in His wings”.
Then, in due time, The Herald appeared, announcing
“The Day-Spring” of Glory and the coming of “That Light”.
John The Baptist stood upon the boundary between two
“Dispensations”,—one foot in the “Old”, the other upraised
to step into the “New”. A faint flush tinged the eastern sky,
but the gray mist still hung over the inland valleys and the
waking birds twittered in still twilight groves, when the leathern-
girdlerl Man of Destiny paused upon the shore of Mystery’s
Ocean! and gazed out over the heaving main. The rosy blush
kindles into a golden glow; the orient light is focussed in a
point of intensest brightness on the quivering water line, when
suddenly the eager eyes of the lone watcher meet the dazzling
face of The Glorious King of Day, smiling across the sea.
While “the crimson streak,
On the ocean’s cheek.
Grows into the great’’ day,
the vigil-weary seer lays him down upon the strand and with a
sigh of ineffable peace, his pure spirit passes up to God.
The awakening breeze of morning stirred the odorous
meadows, sparkling with their myraid jeweled dew-drops; w.- fted
out the fragrant breath of flowers; rustled the foliage upon a
thousand hills; and sent the wreathing vapors, twining among
the crags and streaming through the mountain gorges. The
glad wind rippled the sheeny surface of the sea; the forest wn •.
biers burst into raptures of sling; the distant purpling peaks
were edged with burnished gold. Still higher rose The Sun,
until His flooding rays deluged the mountains and swept out
past the barrier ranges, far over the widening plains, beyond.
There was .-day 1 every where. The Voice of The Almighty had
said, “Let there be Light!”
“That Light” abides. “The Sun” still shines. “The
Brightness of The Father’s Glory!” The Human Christ,
“This is He of whom Moses arid the prophets did write! *
proclaims The Almighty Voice. Hear that Voice, 1 ‘as The Spirit
decends in the form of a dove and rests upon the head of the
lowly Nazarene, at His baptism. “This is My Beloved Son!”
Hark as that Voice speaks from the cloud, on the Mount of
Transfiguration: “This is My Beloved Son!”
Ah, blessed, thrice Messed be Woman! T£e Mother of
The Son of God! Down into the abysmal depths, indeed, she
swept like a meteor, while man followed in her lurid train.
But upward, again, cheered, by The Almighty Voice, she winged
her battling flight, until [lie pierced the dome, and shone from
heaven, a beaming star? In The Christ of God, “Th$ Seed of
The Woman,” proclaims The “Voice that. Spake,” is found
the only “Way,” to heaven and rest arid-peace and love and
joy, forever more! vi - ,.v
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