The Penny Sunday Reader. Vol. XIV

The Penny Sunday Reader. Vol. XIV

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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. 1841 edition. Excerpt: ... which he owed to God. But it would appear that his own conscience smote him when brought to the test respecting his fulfilment of the obligations of the second table. Here his heart misgave him. But he seeks to shelter himself under a perversion of the meaning of a plain divine precept; and seeing that an examination of his treatment of his fellow creatures would make against him, he seeks to elude the force of the law of God by an evasion concerning the meaning of the word "neighbour." This affords an occasion for the framing of one of those beautiful and affecting parables which our Lord has left for the instruction of his disciples in their duty towards each other; and we shall discover little acquaintance with the practice of professing Christians, and with the workings of our own deceitful hearts, if we do not discern in the parable before us a needful admonition for ourselves. When it was our Lord's design to give an instance of that generous, disinterested goodness, which his commandments require, it is difficult to imagine a more striking and appropriate one than that which is exhibited in the example of a Samaritan helping a Jew in distress. The Jews hated the Samaritans with a hatred that was both deadly and inveterate. They would not exchange civilities, they would not hold the slightest intercourse, with them. (John iv. 9; Ezraiv. 10; Neh. vi. 13.) The schism between the two nations was wide and incurable. In short, in the eyes of a Jew, there was not upon earth a creature more detested than a Samaritan. "So that," says Dean Stanhope, "the instance of charity here described was such as, all circumstances considered, could least be expected. And this example, when drawn into a rule, and made, as here it is, a...show more

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  • Paperback | 62 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 127g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236578414
  • 9781236578419