Somewhat disheartened, he patiently seeks another dwelling, — only to find its inmates asleep at noontide!
15Robust forms, with manly brow nodding on cushioned chairs, their feet resting on footstools, or, flat on their backs, lie stretched on the floor, dreaming away the
18hours. Balancing on one foot, with eyes half open, the porter starts up in blank amazement and looks at the Stranger, calls out, rubs his eyes, — amazed beyond
21measure that anybody is animated with a purpose, and seen working for it!
They in this house are those that "provoke Him in
24the wilderness, and grieve Him in the desert." Away from this charnel-house of the so-called living, the Stranger turns quickly, and wipes off the dust from his feet as a
27testimony against sensualism in its myriad forms. As he departs, he sees robbers finding ready ingress to that dwelling of sleepers in the midst of murderous hordes,
30without watchers and the doors unbarred!
Next he enters a place of worship, and saith unto them, "Go ye into all the world; preach the gospel, heal the
1sick, cast out devils, raise the dead; for the Scripture saith the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath
3made you free from the law of sin and death." And they cast him out.
Once more he seeks the dwelling-place of mortals and
6knocks loudly. The door is burst open, and sufferers shriek for help: that house is on fire! The flames caught in the dwelling of luxury, where the blind saw them not,
9but the flesh at length did feel them; thence they spread to the house of slumberers who heeded them not, until they became unmanageable; fed by the fat of hypocrisy
12and vainglory, they consumed the next dwelling; then crept unseen into the synagogue, licking up the blood of martyrs and wrapping their altars in ruins. "God is a
Thus are all mortals, under every hue of circumstances, driven out of their houses of clay and, homeless wan-
18derers in a beleaguered city, forced to seek the Father's house, if they would be led to the valley and up the mount.
21Seeing the wisdom of withdrawing from those who persistently rejected him, the Stranger returned to the valley; first, to meet with joy his own, to wash their