Object Lessons

Time Tests and Tells

Objects: Two large hearts cut from wall paper or other absorbent paper, a solution of one part of potassium nitrate to six parts of water, a Bible, a flask-shaped bottle filled with vinegar, and two matches. (Several hours before presenting the lesson, write the word "SORROW" on one heart, with small soft paint brush, using the solution, and write the word "JOY" on the other heart. Be sure that there is no break in the writing between letters. The chemistry department in high school will be able to furnish the potassium nitrate if your local store cannot. Place the bottle in a pocket on the back of the heart labeled "SORROW," and the Bible on the back of the other.)

These two hearts look very much alike, but they are entirely different. You can never tell what people are like, until you know what they are hiding in their hearts. When we know what each heart contains, we shall be able to tell what the end of life will be.

This heart has a flask-shaped bottle in it, reminding us of whisky. There is coming a day when Christ will test and reveal the secrets of all hearts. I shall place this glowing match on this heart to show you what will happen to the one who drinks whisky. It is burning, and as it burns, it is spelling a word, "S-O-R-R-O-W." The man who persists in drinking will not only have earthly sorrow, but eternal sorrow as well.

We shall look in this other heart. It has a Bible. We are reminded of the words of the Psalmist, "Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee" (Psa. 119:11). Not only does God's Word keep us from certain sins, but it also tells of Christ who can cleanse from all sin. We shall let the other match test this heart, and we shall see what happens. It, too, is spelling a word, "J-O-Y." How much better it is to hide God's Word in the heart, and to know Christ as a personal Saviour, than to experience the drunkard's sorrow.

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