A Scripture Help; Designed to Assist in Reading the Bible Profitably Volume N . 1

A Scripture Help; Designed to Assist in Reading the Bible Profitably Volume N . 1

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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. 1850 edition. Excerpt: ...from nature, such as light and darkness, sun, moon, and stars, &c.;--from the persons and actions of holy men, as those of Moses, David, &c.--from the institutions of the law, as the sacrifices and feasts--and from the history of the church, as the saving of Noah and his family from the flood. It is the excellence of this mode of speaking, particularly as it respects figures from nature, that it is not confined to any particular nation or language, but applies itself equally to all men in all nations. Words are changeable, and language has been confounded; but the visible works of nature speak to us now, as they spoke to Adam in Paradise. The scripture itself generally contains a key to the figures, and is the best guide to their interpretation;-as the book of Hebrews is to the ceremonial law. Dr. Coke has the following useful observation on this subject, in the Introduction to his Notes on the Bible-- In order to judge of the extent of the spiritual sense in the Old Testament, it must first be recollected, that in every emblem and enigma in every parable and comparison, the parallel can never be perfect, because the shadow and the image are always below the truth. The shadow would be no longer a shadow, if it contained all the perfections of the body which it represented; the image would be no longer an image, if it contained all the substance of the original. Thus Christ says, Behold I comeaa a thief I Rev. xvi. l5. Is he then a thief? He has not the wickedness of one; but, as the thief comes and surprises us in the stillness of the night, so Christ, at his last coming, shall surprise men who are resting in perfect security. And so in the parable of the unjust steward, (Luke xvi. 1-8.) his prudence, not his injustice, is...show more

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  • Paperback | 104 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 200g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236607201
  • 9781236607201