Letter and Spirit; Notes on the Commandments
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. 1883 edition. Excerpt: ...in their feasts: but they regard not the work of the Lord, neither consider the operation of His hands." Sloth, idleness, softness, frivolity, evil in themselves, become by natural sequence purveyors of evils beyond themselves, and are sometimes constituted purveyors also of summary punishment. The fertile plain, well watered to his hand, allured Lot to select Sodom for a home: and, although he himself held fast his righteousness, not one member of his family, so far as we know, escaped scatheless (Gen. xiii. 10-13). Esau, harassed by hunger, bartered for food his irrecoverable birthright (xxv. 29-34). Dinah seems to have been out pleasuring when shame befell her: whence for her sake sin and death overtook others (xxxiv.). Unoccupied Israel abandoned themselves to idolatrous revelry at the very foot of Mount Sinai, for which misdeed about three thousand men paid the immediate penalty (Ex. xxxii. 1-6, 25-29); and yet again, on their way to the promised land, filled up a pause in the journey by heathen rites and unbridled licence, whereupon the plague broke out among them (Num. xxv. 1-9). By inaction Meroz earned a curse, and Jabesh-gilead destruction (Judges v. 23, xxi. 5, 8-10). Even David, when he despatched his army to battle and himself stayed at home, spared his body but imperilled his soul (2 Sam. xi.). No blame may attach to Amasa, yet the unpunctuality and heedlessness which made him no match for Joab cost him his life (xx. 4-10). Solomon, unlike David his father, enjoyed peace within and peace without the borders of his kingdom: yet his peace became no peace when he misused it to set up false religions, God on His side raising up adversaries against him to avenge the sacrilege (1 Kings xi. 1-8,14,23, 26-33). Despite Solomon's special gift...
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