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WHEREVER concerted movements have been made for the
good of humanity and the glory of God, there has been grand
achievement. I need but hurriedly remind you of the work
of Nehemiah, who listened to the call of his brethren and gave him-
self to the rebuilding of the walls of the city of Jerusalem. He said,
you remember "So built we the wall, because the people had a mind to
work." Another great concerted movement recorded in the Old
Testament is that referring to Moses, as he guides the people, under
divine direction, for the building of the tabernacle. "And they all
came with their gifts," so the record has it, from "gold to goat’s
hair." It was a grand concerted movement. It is well for us in this
hour, to remember that that was a great concerted movement in the
city of Jerusalem after our risen Lord had bidden His disciples tarry
a while, and when they tarried in accordance with His will, there
came upon them the outpouring of the Spirit of the Most High.
A Story of Sinful Ambition
I want to take you back to the Old Testament for a little while
tonight and bid you look at one of the concerted movements therein
set forth. You will find it in the book of Second Kings and in the book
of Second Chronicles. In Second Kings it is found in the eleventh
chapter, and in Second Chronicles, it is found in the twenty-third
chapter, and it is the story of sinful amMtion. And how ruthless is
sinful ambition! I hold before you the character that these chapters
confront us with. Here is Athaliah’s ruthlessness. She is the daugh-
ter of a king and a queen, Ahab and Jezebel. She is the wife of the
King Jehoram, and the mother of a king—Ahaziah. Now this woman
had decided, after the destruction of her son, that she should be the
reigning queen. But there were little grandchildren in the way.
That does not matter. Let the little innocents be destroyed. And
the ivory palace floor ran red with the blood of little children. She
is sitting on the throne. Now it is the seeming,—(and I emphasize
that,) —it is the seeming triumph of sin. But, brethren, I assert that
wherever there is a triumph of sin, it is in the seeming; there is only
triumph for righteousness. There is never any triumph for sin.

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