The Land of Cabul
(Brooks, "A Word in
Season to Suffering Saints")
"An incorruptible inheritance." 1
All earthly inheritances are liable to corruption; they
are true gardens of Adonis—where we can gather
nothing but trivial flowers, surrounded with many
briars, thorns and thistles.
Oh, the hands, the hearts, the thoughts, the lives—
which have been corrupted by earthly inheritances!
Oh, the impure love, the carnal confidence, the vain
boastings, the sensual joys—which have been the
products of earthly inheritances!
If a man's estate lies in money—that may rust, or
thieves may break in and steal it. If a man's estate
lies in cattle—they may die, or fall into the hands of
the Sabeans and Chaldeans. If a man's estate lies
in houses—they may be burnt. Witness the recent
dreadful fire that turned London into a ruinous heap!
If a man's estate lies in lands—a foreign enemy may
invade them and conquer them.
All earthly inheritances are no better than the cities
which Solomon gave to Hiram, which he called Cabul,
that is, 'worthless, good-for-nothing, displeasing, dirty.'
"But when Hiram went from Tyre to see the towns that
Solomon had given him, he was not pleased with them.
'What kind of towns are these you have given me, my
brother?' he asked. And he called them the Land of
Cabul, a name
have to this day." 1 Kings 9:12-13
Earthly inheritances do but dirt, daub, and dust people.
It is only the heavenly inheritance which is incorruptible.