1. CONCERNING what did Paul reason before Felix?
"He reasoned of righteousness, temperance, and judgment to come." Acts
NOTE.-Temperance means habitual moderation and control in the
indulgence of the appetites and passions; in other words, self-control.
2. Of what is temperance a fruit?
"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering,
gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance." Gal. 5:22,23.
NOTE.-"Temperance puts wood on the fire, meal in the barrel,
flour in the tub, money in the purse, credit in the country, contentment
in the house, clothes on the back, and vigor in the body."-
3. Where in Christian growth and experience is temperance placed by the
"Add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; and to knowledge
temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; and
to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity." 2
Peter 1:5-7. See Chapter 118 Growth in Grace.
NOTE.-Temperance is rightly placed here as to order. Knowledge is a
prerequisite to temperance, and temperance to patience. It is very difficult
for an intemperate person to be patient.
4. What is said of those who strive for the mastery?
"And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all
things." 1 Cor. 9:25.
5. In running the Christian race, what did Paul say he did?
"But I keep
under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest
that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be
a castaway." Verse 27.
6. Why are kings and rulers admonished to be temperate?
"It is not for kings to drink wine; nor for princes strong drink: lest
they drink, and forget the law, and pervert the judgment of any of the
afflicted." Prov. 31:4,5.
7. Why were priests forbidden to use intoxicating drink
while engaged in the sanctuary service?
"And the Lord spake unto Aaron, saying, Do not drink wine nor strong
drink, thou, nor thy sons with thee, when ye go into the tabernacle:
. . . that ye may put difference between holy and unholy, and between
unclean and clean." Lev. 10:8-10.
8. Why is indulgence in strong drink dangerous?
"And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the
Spirit." Eph. 5:18.
NOTE.-The danger in the indulgence of stimulating foods and drinks is
that they create an unnatural appetite and thirst, thus leading to
excess. Both food and drink should be nourishing and non-stimulating.
9. For what should men eat and drink?
"Blessed art thou, O land, when thy king is the son of nobles, and thy
princes eat in due season, for strength, and not for drunkenness! "
10. Why did Daniel refuse the food and wine of the king?
"But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile
himself with the portion of the king's meat, nor with the wine which he
drank." Dan. 1:8. See Judges 13:4.
11. Instead of these, what did he request?
"Prove thy servants, I beseech thee, ten days; and let them give us
pulse to eat, and water to drink." Verse 12.
12. At the end of the ten days' test, how did
he and his companions appear?
"And at the end of ten days their countenances appeared
fatter in flesh than all the children which did eat the portion of the
king's meat." Verse 15.
13. At the end of their three years' course in
the school of Babylon, how did the wisdom of Daniel and his
companions compare with that of others?
"Now at the end of the days . . . the king communed with them;
them all was found none like Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah:
. . . and in all matters of wisdom and understanding, that the king
inquired of them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians
and astrologers that were in all his realm." Verses 18-20.
14. What warning is given against leading others into intemperance?
"Woe unto him that giveth his neighbor drink, that puttest thy bottle to
him, and makest him drunken." Hab. 2:15.
15. What kind of professed Christians are not
"But now I
have written unto you not to keep company,
if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an
idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard." 1 Cor. 5:11.
16. Can drunkards enter the kingdom of God?
"Neither fornicators, nor
idolaters, . . . nor thieves,
nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall
inherit the kingdom of God." 1 Cor. 6:9,10. See Rev. 21:27.
17. For what perfection of character did the apostle pray?
very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray
God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the
coming of our Lord Jesus Christ." 1 Thess. 5:23.
NOTE.-For notable examples of total abstinence in the Bible, see the
wife of Manoah, the mother of Samson (Judges 13:4, 12-14); Hannah, the
mother of Samuel (1 Sam. 1:15); the Rechabites (Jer. 35:1-10); and
John the Baptist (Luke 1:13-15).
SONG OF THE RYE
I WAS made to be eaten,
And not to be drank;
To be threshed in the barn,
Not soaked in a tank.
I come as a blessing
When put through a mill;
As a blight and a curse
When run through a still.
Make me up into loaves,
And your children are fed;
But if into drink,
I'll starve them instead.
In bread I'm a servant,
The eater shall rule;
In drink I am master,
The drinker a fool.
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