Excerpt from Stories From the Old Testament
The stories in this book are those which were told and retold by the Hebrew people a long time ago, and are found in that part of the Bible called the Old Testament.
It is good for us to know what they in that far-off time thought about the things which we still think about and won der over, - the earth, the people and creatures upon it, and the God who made it. We must keep in mind the fact that we are not reading histories, but stories which give us thoughts about things instead of facts about them. We are not to think that all they tell us is true, but read the stories for the truth that is in them.
In them God walks on the earth, and talks with men as if He were Himself a man. Sometimes He sends angels to speak for Him and to do what He wants to have done. This was the old-time way of thinking and speaking; but we may be lieve that God spoke in the past as He speaks to-day, - that is, in the thought and conscience of those who love Him. Who ever brings to us a word of truth and life is His angel, or mes senger.
Sometimes He and His servants do impossible things and things which do not seem to us right or good. This is be cause the stories come to us from a time when people did not have schools and churches and the same thoughts of what is good and true that we have to-day. But in each story there is a lesson that is as good for us as it was for them of olden time.
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