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 to the Philippians, “Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it
is God which worketh in you, both to will and to do, of His good pleasure.” But
here an objection may be drawn from the parable of the labourers which requires
... and the shades lengthen, and the busy world is still, and “the door shall be shut
in the streets, and the daughters of music shall be brought low, and fears shall be
in the way, and the almondtree shall flourish, and the grasshopper shall be a ...
It is unlikely that a gross sinner will listen to the Divine Voice at all; it is much to be
feared that he will quench the grace which is pleading with him. Again, even if he
follows the call so far as to repent, yet it is less likely still that the habits of sin ...
Let us not yield to disgust or impatience; let us not fear as we enter into the cloud.
Let us recollect that it is His cloud that overshadows us. It is no earthly sorrow or
pain, such as worketh death; but it is a bright cloud of godly sorrow, “working ...
... having authority.” David, himself a prophet and king, a man of sacred song,
though a man of blood, had shown beforehand what kind of ruler the promised
Christ must be;—“He that ruleth over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God;