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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This was the burden and heat of the day: to have a perfect law, and an
unregenerate heart; the thunders of Sinai, yet the sovereignty of the flesh; Moses
with the tables of stone, and the people setting up the golden calf. At best they
could but ...
They were bid “go their way, eat their bread with joy, and drink their wine with a
merry heart, and let their garments be always white, and let their head lack no
ointment, and live joyfully with the wife whom they loved all the days of the life of
Blessed will they be then, and only they, who, with the Apostle, have ever had on
their lips, and in their hearts, the question, “Lord, what wilt Thou have me to do?”
whose soul “hath broken out for the very fervent desire that it hath alway unto ...
... like him, but those who knew what was right and did it not; not merely the
blinded by a false zeal and an unhumbled heart, like him, but sensual, carnal,
abandoned persons; profligates, who sacrificed to Satan body as well as soul;
these, too ...
The probability is, that he has made his will so torpid, and his heart so carnal, and
his views so worldly, that, even when his repentance is sincere, he will settle
down in an inferior, secondrate sort of religion; he will have no fervour, ...