Sorrow and Mourning Begun
death in Adam's family must have cast a great shadow. The hope
centered in the Divine promise that the Seed of the woman should bruise
the serpent's head was temporarily snuffed out. Shortly after, Seth was
born. His name indicates that his parents hoped that he would be the man
promised of the Lord--not seeing that the promised One would be the
Messiah, who would come long afterward, and for whose work the world still
Although we speak of this as the first
death, we must not forget that from the Divine standpoint Adam and his
race were already dead, in that none can regain everlasting life except
through the Redeemer's work of Sin-Atonement.
At present the population of the world
consists of sixteen hundred millions, ninety thousand dying every day.
It is undoubtedly fortunate for our fallen
race that we cannot appreciate deeply the sorrows and difficulties of
others. Each individual, each family, has about as large a share of sorrow
as it can properly bear. Indeed, the poet, realizing the folly of
unrestrained grief, has well sung,
"Go bury thy sorrow,
The world has its share,
Go bury it deeply,
Go hide it with care."
Hope, joy and peace come to us through the
Divine promise that the time is coming when there shall be no more sorrow
or dying, no more sin or pain. For Messiah's Kingdom shall conquer Sin and
Death and cause God's will to be done on Earth as fully as it is now done
in Heaven.--Matthew 6:9,10.
experiences with Sin and its penalty should make us all sympathetic.
We should do nothing to add to the sorrow of others, but everything to
relieve. The words of Jesus touch this chord of sympathy, "Come unto
Me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest."
There is no rest for the weary of heart except in union with Christ.