Ellen G. White Writings

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Manuscript Releases, vol. 14 [Nos. 1081-1135], Page 14

Nebuchadnezzar's, with the beasts of the field.” But the Lord does not do this. He is patient, longsuffering, full of goodness, mercy, and truth; and for this very reason men presume upon His goodness and forbearance. How few treat their fellow men as God has treated us. They are ready to exact the uttermost farthing, [and are] severe in judgment and condemnation.

Our redemption was laid by a sacrifice, the most costly that Heaven could give. The Son of God was rich, yet for our sakes He became poor, that we through His poverty might be made rich. He has made it our privilege to share in His self-denial and self-sacrifice for the salvation of men. When men spend their precious, probationary time in gratifying self, living for self-pleasing, refusing to cooperate in the Lord's beneficent designs for the world, what fellowship of communion can they have with Christ? Every one who partakes of the Spirit of Christ will unite with Him in His labor and sacrifice for the good of others.

“By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter” [Hebrews 11:24]. “Moses was learned in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and was mighty in words and in deeds” [Acts 7:22]. Yet he gave up his prospective honor as the king's grandson, “choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt; for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.”

Egypt, in that age the greatest kingdom of the world, offered its highest position of honor to Moses. But he did not accept the alluring temptation;

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