Sermons: Bearing on Subjects of the Day
THOUGH God created the heavens and the earth in six days, and then rested, yet He rested only to begin a work of another kind; for our Lord says, “My Father worketh hitherto,” and He adds, “and I work.” And at another time He says, concerning Himself more expressly, “I must work the works of Him that sent Me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.” And when that night came, He said, “I have finished the work which Thou gavest Me to do.” “It is finished.” And in the text we are told generally of all men, “Man goeth forth unto his work and to his labour until the evening.” The Creator wrought till the Sabbath came; the Redeemer wrought till the sun was darkened, and it was night. “The sun ariseth,” and “man goeth forth,” and works “till the evening;” when “the keepers of the house tremble, and the strong men bow themselves, and those that look out at the windows are darkened, and desire fails, because man goeth to his long home, and the mourners go about the streets;” when “the silver cord is loosed, and the golden bowl is broken, and the dust returns to the earth as it was, and the spirit returns unto God who gave it.”
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And he continues, “The law of the Lord is an undefiled law, converting the soul;
the testimony of the Lord is sure, and giveth wisdom unto the simple.” What is so
bright and glorious as the sun? yet what so overpowering to the feeble? What so
Adam, for instance, was surrounded by his subject brutes, but had no duties
towards them; he was lord of the creation, and they ministered to him. God
Almighty brought them to him, and he gave them names; and he was free to
accept their ...
Let us “give glory to the Lord our God, before He cause darkness, and before our
feet stumble upon the dark mountains;” and, having turned to Him, let us see that
our goodness be not “as the morning cloud, and as the early dew which ...
... selfdenial for the sake of God and his brethren; according to St. Paul's words, “
None of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself; but whether we live, we
live unto the Lord, and whether we die, we die unto the Lord; whether we live,
we die, we die unto the Lord; whether we live, therefore, or die, we are the Lord's.
” But how many there are who live a life of ease and indolence, as far as they can
—or, at least, who, far from setting the glory of God before them, as the end of ...