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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Another instance, and more apposite, is supplied in the history of the call of the
great Prophet Elisha. Elijah, when he had left the wilderness, “found Elisha the
son of Shaphat, who was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen before him, and he
Like the prophet, you must stand upon your watch, and set you on the tower, and
watch to see what He will say to you, and what you shall answer when you are
reproved: recollecting that “the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it
Let the time past suffice us to have followed our own will; let us desire to form part
of that glorious company of Apostles and Prophets, of whom we read in Scripture.
Let us cast in our lot with them, and desire to be gathered together under their ...
As a teacher, —“Full of grace are Thy lips;” and as a conqueror,—“Gird Thee with
Thy sword upon Thy thigh;” or, in other words, as a Prophet and as a King. His
third special office, which is brought before us prominently at this season, is that
... Trinity; for in His own proper character He is a priest, and as to His kingdom He
has it from the Father, and as to His prophetical office He exercises it by the Spirit,
The Father is the King, the Son the Priest, and the Holy Ghost the Prophet.