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 will be seen from this document that some of the Sermons have been rewritten
—by which word where it occurs it is meant that the first Edition of the printed
Sermon was “rewritten” from the MS. as preached on the day assigned. Thus Vol.
28), the clause “in His own words” has been inserted, to meet a criticism of Mr.
Keble's at the time of its first publication. It may be interesting to the reader to
know that the text (Ps. 104:23) which stands at the head both of the first (itself a
ADVERTISEMENT THE Sermons which follow were all preached in the Author's
late Parish; but in preparing them for publication, a few words or sentences have
in several places been added, which will be found to express more of private or ...
... as a few words will show. For what is meant by “the burden and heat of the day
”? I have explained it already. It means that religion pressed heavily on the Jews
as a burden, because they were unequal to it; and it was as the midday heat, ...
“The word of God,” says the Apostle, “is quick and powerful, and sharper than any
twoedged sword;” and therefore it did but probe and wound those who were
unprepared for it, and they could but cry out, “O, wretched man that I am, who