A Modern Gideon and Mrs. Gideon
By Mrs. David L. Cooper
(Installment 10)

"What Is Man, That Thou Art Mindful Of Him?
And The Son Of Man, That Thou Visitest Him?" (Psalm 8:4)

A JEWESS ONCE asked Milford and Mildred Cooper, our younger son and daughter-in-law: "Would God leave off running the universe and limit Himself to the status of a little baby to deal with the problems of insolent, rebellious, sinful man?" Then she declared, "You can never make me believe that! He would have created a being and sent him into the human realm to deal with fallen humanity."

When I visited our son and his wife in San Diego, California, a few days later, they asked, "Mother, why did not God create an angel and send him into the human realm to redeem fallen man?" Heretofore I had been able to answer their many questions on God's Word, but this query I could not answer.

As we went to church that same morning I kept asking the Lord why He came into the human realm to redeem man, instead of sending a created being. I prayed, "Lord, 'What is man, that thou art mindful of him? And the son of man, that thou visitest him?' "

While I was listening intently to the sermon the Lord showed me that, if He had created a being, even creating one as great as Satan (who was originally the anointed cherub and the greatest of all God's creatures, (Ezek. 28:11-19), Satan would have tricked that being just as he had Eve in the beginning; and therefore, that created one would not have been able to redeem fallen man. I almost shouted, that truth was so wonderful, and I could hardly sit still.

After the services, I said to Milford, "I can now answer your question. God revealed it to me while I was sitting in church." Then I told him what the Lord had shown me. He said, "Thank you, Mother, that is wonderful. I can see that no created being could ever out do Satan and redeem man."

When I returned home to Los Angeles, I began at once to look up Scriptures and to copy pages and pages showing how only Deity had power enough to redeem humanity.

When Dr. Cooper returned home from his summer and fall conferences, I strongly urged him to write a book based on these Scriptures to show why one of the Trinity had to come into the human realm by birth to save man from Sheol. With much persuasion and prayer I got him started writing on it.

One Tuesday in 1943, he came to the prayer group and told us he was going to write that day on the atonement and asked us to pray very earnestly that God would give him wisdom according to James 1:5 and also guide him by the Holy Spirit. We prayed most earnestly and definitely for him. When we had finished, one of the Society members remarked, "Well, I have never in my life seen a book prayed right down out of heaven before, but truly I have seen and heard this one."

That same evening Dr. Cooper and I went to our photographers class, which we were taking for recreation, at the Frank Wiggins Trade School. While we were sitting together in the dark room waiting for two films to be developed, he said, "Let me tell you how I outlined that atonement chapter today and how I am going to handle it.'' I listened attentively for a time, then put my fingers in my ears, bowed my head and prayed, "Lord, please quickly answer the prayers of today concerning this atonement chapter."

When I removed my fingers from my ears, I heard Dr. Cooper say, "Oh, Sweetheart, I am not going to write that chapter as I have just outlined it to you! God has shown me that I should write it very differently. I am going to change it and write it as God has shown me. Oh! It is wonderful, it is glorious!" Then he again outlined it while we were yet sitting on two low stools under a tiny green light in the booth where my films were being developed.

We returned home praising God for such a marvelous answer to prayer. If you desire to see what God gave Dr. Cooper in that dark room, in answer to prayer, read the chapter on the atonement in What Men Must Believe.

"If ye shalt ask anything in my name, that will I do" (John 14:14)

One of the real trials of my life has always been the weakness of my eyes. But, as often happens, the Lord makes of such trials a blessing. The Apostle Paul had a thorn in the flesh which became a blessing when it revealed to him the strength and uplifting power of the Lord whom he loved and served faithfully. Some Bible students have suggested that the Apostle's thorn was defective vision. If so, then we who suffer with our eyes can know by experience, as the Apostle Paul did, that God's grace is also sufficient for us.

Since from my early childhood, my eyes have been very weak and have been subject to spasms, I have been unable to do very much reading at any one time. After I have read a few pages, the print blurs and becomes dim, so that I cannot distinguish the words. During my school days, a girlhood friend, Lola Coupples, did nearly all of my necessary reading—from the third grade through grammar school, high school, and one year of college. This condition of my eyes is a great handicap in my work. May I ask you to pray that the Lord will overcome it? I know that He is able, for one of the greatest miracles that He has wrought in my behalf has been, on two different occasions, to strengthen my eyes when I needed desperately to use them for the important proofreading of Dr. Cooper's books What Men Must Believe and MAN: His Creation, Fall, Redemption and Glorification.

During the summer of 1943, when Dr. Cooper was on his Bible conference tour, I had to read the galley proofs of What Men Must Believe a book of over five hundred pages, to check any errors in wording or in punctuation that would change the doctrinal meaning of any statement. All writers know how very easily a single word or a misplaced comma, period, or other mark of punctuation can change the meaning of a sentence. A careful reading of the proofs was essential. Since Dr. Cooper was so occupied with his conferences that he could not give the galleys the minute scrutiny which they required, I had to compare the galleys with the original manuscript. Staff members helped me, but I had to read the material myself, rather than have it read to me. Since from childhood I had not been able to read very long at a time, I wondered how I could do this close checking. But with God all things are possible. I prayed, "Lord, with Thy help I will do it." His grace was sufficient and I was able to read without having the print blur. It was definitely of God that I did the final proofreading, because although two secretaries and Dr. Cooper himself had read the proofs, the Lord showed me, among other mistakes, one comma out of place which made the doctrine read exactly opposite to that which Dr. Cooper teaches. To have printed the sentence as the proofs read would have indeed been very tragic. How thankful I was, knowing that God was working a miracle for me, and I praised Him constantly. As soon as I had finished reading the proof, my eyes were as bad as they had ever been and continued so.

"In faithfulness thou hast afflicted me" (Ps. 119:75)

This book What Men Must Believe is a marvelous book on theology and has clear teaching on many doctrines of the Bible, but it did not satisfy me on the question that the Jewess had asked and the Lord had answered for me.

I felt that I had not shown Dr. Cooper sufficiently what God had revealed to me concerning the power of Satan to outdo or trick any creature that God might create. When Dr. Cooper was again away for months in conferences, I set myself the task of putting in writing just what had been revealed to me. From day to day for months, I wrote down the questions and God's answers and all the relevant scriptures I could find. When Dr. Cooper returned home, I gave him the notebook filled with typewritten pages and asked him to write another book that would set forth adequately God's answer to the Jewess's question. (Almost every Jew asks this same question.) After much persuasion, I got him at the task, and he worked on it till time for him to leave again for his conferences.

From February through April of 1949, my eyes gave me so much trouble that I consulted a specialist who prescribed new lenses; and I also consulted my physician. Nothing seemed to help me—not even my new glasses.

Later, Dr. Cooper, Miss Fluker, and I went to the beach again to work without the usual interruptions of the office. A friend graciously let us use an apartment she retains for missionaries. While Dr. Cooper worked intensively on the fifth book of the Messianic Series, Miss Fluker and I made the final changes which he had indicated on the copy of the book MAN.

The burden of preparing the copy of the book was indeed heavy upon my heart. I felt definitely that it was essential for me to do this work as I was the only one who knew the doctrine that Dr. Cooper was writing. I felt no hesitancy, therefore, in asking that the Lord perform a miracle in my behalf to enable me to do the final proofreading. As soon as we began this work, I realized that God was answering my prayers in a wonderful way. I was again able to read without the usual difficulty. For two weeks I worked all day, every day, without the pages blurring. How I did praise God from whom all blessings flow! Surely God wants the unsaved of other nations to get this message, as well as Israel, for He enabled me to read for hours at a time as we worked on this book. I would again remind you, dear friends, that "God's callings are His enabling." If He gives us a task to perform, He will also give us the power to do it. "I can do all things in Him that strengtheneth me" (Phil. 4:13).

This book, Man: His Creation, Fall, Redemption and Glorification, reveals why no created being, but one of the Eternal Trinity, only, had power enough to cope with Satan and to redeem man. It also answers many other questions which are asked by the intellectual unbeliever of all nations, such as, how can Jesus of Nazareth born of a woman of the fallen race be sinless? how could Abraham willingly offer up Isaac the son through whom all the promises were given and were to be fulfilled? did the Lord Jesus release the righteous who were in Paradise in Sheol, and did He bring them out with Him when He arose? did He take them into heaven with Him when He ascended? did the blood of Jesus of Nazareth, which was poured out on the cross atone for the sin of man—the Adamic sin?

These questions and many others are all answered scripturally, scholarly, and scientifically in this book Man: His Creation, Fall, Redemption and Glorification.