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The University of N. Iowa in America once offered an art course that included an unusual exercise. The teacher brought to class a shopping bag filled with lemons and gave a lemon to each class member. The assignment was for the student to keep his lemon with him day and night, smelling, handling, and examining it. Next time the class met, without warning, students were told to put their lemons back in the bag. Then, each person was asked to find his lemon. Surprisingly, most of the students did so without difficulty. (This was adapted from an illustration found at

Those students recognised their lemon because they had spent time with it. They had studied it and held it close. It was their lemon! In fact most of them knew their own lemon so well that as they looked at other lemons, other ‘false’ lemons, they knew it was not theirs. So it is with us and the word of God. So it is with us and the commands and the call of God.

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