Toys and playthings of the religious babyhouse!
(J.C. Philpot, "The Good Shepherd and His Work")
"I will feed My flock." Ezekiel 34:15
"As newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the Word — that you may grow thereby." 1 Peter 2:2
The only real food of the soul — must be of God's own appointing, preparing and communicating.
You can never deceive a hungry child. You may give it a plaything to still its cries. It may serve for a few minutes; but the pains of hunger are not to be removed by a doll. A toy horse will not allay the cravings after the mother's milk.
So it is with babes in grace — a hungry soul cannot feed upon playthings.
intoning priests, and
singing men and women —
these dolls and wooden horses — these toys and playthings of the religious babyhouse, cannot feed the soul that, like David, cries out after the living God. (Psalm 42:2)
Christ, the bread of life, the manna that came down from Heaven — is the only food of the believing soul. (John 6:51)
"Your words were found, and I ate them; and Your Word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of my heart!" Jeremiah 15:16