Object Lessons

Reading Between the Lines

Objects: A picture of a ship, a white life line, a life-saver on which is printed, "Jesus Saves," a miniature gallows with a black noose attached, and five placards on which Bible verses are printed.

Do you know what the expression, "reading between the lines," means?

It means to guess at something the person means, even though he doesn't write it in words."

Yes, that is correct. I have two lines with me this morning, and I want you to read between them. Here is a ship with a life line. (Place it on one end of the table.)  We will call this the "life line."

On the other end of the table I will put the "death line."   Now we shall read between the lines. Jeremiah said, "Thus saith the Lord; Behold, I set before you the way of life, and the way of death" (Jer. 21:8). [(Place placards in view when verses are given.)

Elijah said, "How long halt ye between two opinions?" (1 Kings 18:21).

Joshua said, "Choose you this day whom ye will serve" (Josh. 24:15).

People are constantly being confronted with the necessity of choosing between the way of life and the way of death. In the days of Ezekiel, we read that the prophet said, "As I live, saith the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live; turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die?" (Ezek. 33:11).

I wish each one of us might "read between the lines" today and, hearing God's message, would turn to the way of life. Joshua once said, "As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord" (Josh. 24:15).

As we look at the life line, we notice these words, "Jesus Saves." If we are to escape eternal death and enter into eternal life, we must receive Christ as a personal Saviour, our very own Saviour.

Read between the lines, receive Christ as your Saviour, and rest in His redemption.

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