The Greatness of Little Things

The Greatness of Little Things

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1879 edition. Excerpt: ...Matt. vii. 3-5. Matt, xxiii. 24. Those who are acquainted with Hebrew and Talmudic literature have produced various quotations not unlike this little parable of Jesus. Thus: "In the days when the judges were judged themselves, said the judge to one of them, Take the mote out of thine eye; whereat he made answer, Take thou the beam out of thine own eye." No doubt the proverbial saying existed before Jesus used it; but He might as properly employ it for a spiritual purpose as Samson laid hold of the jawbone of an ass to smite the Philistines, or as Paul used a line from the heathen poet Aratus (or was it Cleanthes?) when he preached on Mars' Hill. Without going farther into the meaning of this little parable, let us take advantage of the suggestion of our brother with a beam in his eye, who proposes to reform us, and let us think for a little about our mote. Sometimes, as Christian men, we get sick; sometimes a little deaf; sometimes lame, so that we can only limp along; sometimes we are afflicted with withered hands: in this case something is the matter with our eye. I do not understand that Jesus means exactly faults or sins, smaller and greater, by the mote and the beam; rather He means something that.mars the perfectness of spiritual vision. To have a mote in the eye is a very different thing from being xjuite blind; still it does a little--if but a little--to prevent clear seeing. The ordinary mote, a small chip of straw, or wood, or sand, blown into our face by the wind, gives us pain if it gets into the eye, and we wish ourselves rid of it as soon as possible; but not so with the kind of mote that Jesus means. There are little motes of prejudice, little crotchets, little-vanities, little jealousies, little dislikes, little more

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