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to take a wife for his son, and he said, “And now if ye will deal kindly and
truly with my master, tell me, and if not, tell me.” They said, “The thing
proceedeth from the Lord” and gave Rebecca to be his master’s wife. When
people are living under the guidance of God’s Holy Spirit, it does not take
them very long to hear the voice of God, and they are willing to obey. Praise
God! Then Eliezer ate and tarried with them that night, because he had
received the desire of his master’s heart and his heart.
But on the morrow, her brother and mother said, “Let the damsel abide
with us a Few days, at least ten days.” But he said, “Hinder me not.” It is
best, when we hear the words of God and the Spirit is upon us, to receive
now the baptism with the Holy Spirit, instead of waiting two or three days
and meeting friends and meeting the devil, who will try to persuade us out
of it. If Rebecca had remained, perhaps her friends might have talked her
out of going with Eliezer over the plains away oV to that distant land to her
husband Isaac.
Eliezer said, “Hinder me not.” O may we do nothing to hinder the en-
trance of the baptism with the Holy Ghost. We should see that everything is
out of the way and nothing to stand between us and this glorious blessing.
Then they called Rebecca and said to her, “Wilt thou go with this man?”
And she said, “I will go.” To receive the baptism with the Holy Ghost, we
must forsake all and follow Jesus all the way. For the Lord Jesus says, “For
this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife.” So
we that are Christ’s bride must forsake all and cleave to Christ, as Rebecca
left father and mother, brother and sister, and rode on the camel to meet
Isaac.
“And Isaac went out to meditate in the fields at eventide; and he lifted up
his eyes and saw, and behold the camels were coming. And Rebecca lifted
her eyes, and when she saw Isaac, she lighted oV the camel” to meet him.
Now we are living in the eventide of this dispensation, when the Holy Spirit
is leading us, Christ’s bride, to meet Him in the clouds.
–W.J.S.
14. THE BAPTISM WITH THE HOLY GHOST
(AF, February— March 1907, 7)
Dear one in Christ who are seeking the baptism with the Holy Ghost: do
not seek for tongues but for the promise of the Father, and pray for the bap-
tism with the Holy Ghost, and God will throw in the tongues according to
Acts 2.4.
We read in Acts 1.4, 5, “And being assembled together with them, com-
manded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the
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