A Sermon Delivered by HULDA REES, February 7, 1891, Portsmouth, R.I.
Rees, Byron J., ed. Hulda, The Pentecostal Prophetess. Philadelphia: Christian Standard Co., 1898, pages 58-62.

This is The Quaker Homiletics Online Anthology, Part Three: The 19th Century.

"And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called the way of holiness."--Isaiah xxxv: 8.

The entire chapter from which this text is taken is a prophecy concerning the coming of Christ and the glorious reign of His Church and kingdom.

In ancient times they cast up highways over which rulers, armies and great personages passed. God has east up an elevated road for His people, and termed it "the way of holiness. This is God's designation of the way, and we will not dare, therefore, to call it "a deeper work of grace," or "the higher life." We will be ashamed of neither Him nor His words.

You will notice that there is a way distinguished from the highway. Someone compared "the way of holiness" to an elevated road, such as is seen in New York or Chicago, while the highway is the surface line. The former is above the dust and dirt which annoy the passengers in the cable or trolley car.

It is a clean way. "Let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit." "From all your idols will I cleanse you." "The unclean shall not pass over" this way. They shall neither defile it by their presence, nor disturb the pilgrims who journey upon it.

God demands cleanness. The Church is filled with worldliness. The heart is made sick when we see the great tide of worldliness which engulfs the people generally; but, thank God, here is a place where the unclean cannot come. Uncleanness cannot even "pass on," to say nothing of remaining in this way.

It is a safe way. "No lion nor any ravenous beast!" This is the one safe place in the world. To think that men are afraid to trust God, when this is the only way in which we are safe from the brutes and beasts of evil! Bunyan saw lions, but they were chained; and trusting his God, he passed unharmed to the House Beautiful.

If you are a backbiter, a slanderer, a malicious gossip, you are a "ravenous beast," and you do not travel this way; you are not "found there."

"The redeemed shall walk there." God deals not only in negatives, but in positives. He not only informs who shall not walk there, but describes those who shall and do. This is a prepared way for a prepared people. One must have an adequate preparation in order to enter upon this way. You say: "You make the way too narrow, too strict." God forbid that I should alter or abridge or modify God's means and methods of saving men. Men and women who ave "redeemed" walk there; redeemed not with silver and gold, but with the blood of Jesus. They were rebels; now they are disciples. They were at one time sinners; now they are saints. Formerly "darkness;" now they are "light."

"They shall walk there." The text does not say that they shall even groan and struggle to walk there and then never do it, but "they shall walk there." God assures us of this; why should we doubt? The man who, so far as we know, first tried to "walk there" made a success of it. For three hundred years he walked with God, and "he was not for God took him." He kept walking with God so far that one day he went off from earth with the Lord, and never came back. And yet Enoch was not an angel, but a man. He was not a recluse, not a monk. He had cares and trials just as truly as we do. He passed through domestic and family cares, for he was the father of "sons and daughters."

Abraham walked with God. We cannot walk with God and also with the world at the same time. The commands and admonitions in Scripture are very explicit on this point. We cannot fellowship a disorderly brother even: "Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly.'' There is but one way to associate with the world, and that is as Jesus did.

"The wayfaring man." They who journey on the road are of this character; they are simply passing through; they do not belong here; they are citizens of another country; they indulge in no worldly schemes for money-making; they meddle with no unholy speculations.

What, can "the fool" have it? Yes; the text says he can. In the eyes of the world every traveler in this way is a fool, but in walking in this way he shows his wisdom.

"Shall not err." God has promised that as long as we stay in this way nothing shall cause us to sin. He has vouchsafed His protection in this "way."

"Everlasting joy." God expects his people to be happy. Jesus was glad. He was anointed with the "oil of gladness." "I delight to do Thy will." This is one quality possessed by these travelers. They are glad. They started out on the day of Pentecost in great exuberance and gush of joy. Bloody persecution, fire, mobs, threats, imprisonments-none of these things saddened them. This joy is for us all! Bless the Lord!