Anonymous Personages. Being a Series of Meditations on Some of the Unnamed Characters Mentioned in the Passages of Scripture Appointed to Be Read in the Church Services During the Sundays After Trinity
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1882 edition. Excerpt: ... are told, spat in the act of healing this deaf and dumb man, even as, on another occasion, He spat and made clay of the spittle in the act of healing a blind man. Many reasons for this strange action on His part have been assigned. It has been said that, as the mouth is purified by ejection of saliva, so this action of His was intended to typify the purification about to come upon the afflicted man whose evil spirit was about to be cast out. Others have thought that as, in the East, to spit upon any one, or in presence of any one, is considered an indignity, so Christ meant as it were to bid defiance to and to insult Satan who possessed this man. May we not suggest that the whole of this miracle is symbolical in a marvellous degree of the Passion of our Lord? Here was a deaf and dumb demoniac, fit emblem, truly, of the insensate mob, mad with passion--deaf to the appeal of the Roman Pilate as well as to the promptings of their own conscience, dumb when called on to testify to the many good works and words that Christ had done and uttered amongst them. The gaping crowd around, regardless of the afflictions that they saw the poor demoniac enduring, and only concerned to whet their curiosity by gazing at a novel spectacle--types these, surely, of those who stood around the cross in callous indifference and morbid curiosity. Christ puts His fingers in the ears of this H deaf man, spits, and touches his tongue. This gentle, soothing treatment forms, surely, a sad irony on the usage to which He Himself was afterwards subjected by His inhuman persecutors, when, in place of a spit harmlessly let fall upon the ground, they "spitted upon Him;" when, instead of fingers tenderly inserted into the ears, "they buffeted Him; " and...
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