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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It is one of those passages in which St. Paul speaks of himself and his brother
labourers in the vineyard; and from this instance you will be able to decide how
little Christ has saved those whom He loves from toil and trouble. Christ, we know
, is ...
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 ...
Nor is St. Paul's instance solitary; stranger cases still have occurred in the times
after him. Not unregenerate sinners only like him, but those who have sinned
after their regeneration; not sinners in ignorance only, like him, but those who
... to which souls which have served God from their youth up have in fact attained,
there is none so high but, as far as we are given to know or judge, has been
attained by men who have sinned and repented, as St. Paul's instance shows us.
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