The Glory of the Ear. 325
THE GLORY OF THE EAR.
"He that hath an ear to hear, let him hear what the Spiirt saith unto
the churches."-Rev. 2:7.
Our text, as you perceive, is from the Book of Revelation.
We briefly mention both the author and the book. The author
is John. Of him it has been said: He was the son of Zebedee;
and was the youngest of the apostles and among the earliest
called. Had a brother, James, also one of the Twelve. The
two brothers were surnamed by Jesus, Boanerges-"Sons of
thunder." John was known as the disciple whom Jesus loved.
The youngest called, he lived to be the oldest. Banished by
the Emperor Domitian, A. D. 96, to Patmos, it was on this
island he saw and recorded the things contained in the book
As to the book: A few things peculiarly characterize it. It
is the last book of the Bible. It was the last book admitted
into the sacred canon. It was the last book the Holy Spirit
inspired; and it was the last book written by this apostle. Who
will say that such facts as these do not lend dignity to the book
itself and importance to whatever it may say?
To this last fact especially we can afford to say a word:
God's last word to the race. For quite fifteen hundred years
God had been speaking to man by the mouth of those whom
His Spirit moved. Here and there, in this reign or in that, by
mouth of prophet or of priest, an unearthly voice was heard,
calling back both the church and the nations of the earth to
God and to duty.
But the time had come when the last word must be spoken,