Excerpt from Suggestive Illustrations on the Acts of the Apostles: Illustrations From All Sources Picturesque Greek Words, Library References to Further Illustrations, References to Photographs of Celebrated Pictures; For the Use of Leaders of Prayer-Meetings, Christians Endeavorers, Sunday School Teachers and Pastors
In presenting the second volume of Suggestive Illustrations, the order of issue varies from what would naturally be expected, because it de pends largely on my studies in the International Lessons. The intent and persistent looking at the text, required in that work, brings out many thoughts and illustrations which would not otherwise be noticed. Their ﬂood tide overﬂows the limits of that work, and even of this work given wholly to illustrations, as the Nile overﬂows its banks in the spring.
I would emphasize the' word suggestive in the title, for only a small percentage of possible illustrations can be given. Dr. Holmes in the Autocrat of the Breakfast Table, represents the Divinity-student at the table, as saying, after listening to one of the doctor's famous illustra ions, There is no power I envy so much as that of seeing analogies and making comparisons. I don't understand how it is that some minds are continually coupling thoughts or objects that seem not in the least related to each other, until all at once they are put in a certain light, and you wonder that you did not always see that they were as like as a pair of twins It appears to me as a sort of a miraculous gift. You call it miraculous! Then the doctor pictures a man. By the ocean with a tin cup taking up a gill of sea-water, and you call the tin cup a miraculous possession! It is the ocean that is miraculous, my infant apostle! Then picturing all the fancies that poetry has draeamed or humanity has felt, he goes on to say the Epic which held them all, though its letters filled the zodiac, would be but a cupful from the ih finite Ocean of similitudes and analogies that rolls through the universe.
This is equally true of illustrations drawn from literature, to many of which reference is made in these volumes. There is no limit to these, except the bounds of one's reading and memory. Very little has been quoted from books of illustrations. Whatever has been quoted from any source has been placed in quotation marks. Not a little is in a sense original; but much more has been suggested from many sources. The book would have small value unless, like the Amazon, it drained a whole continent of literature for its waters, bringing but a few cupfuls t'o Suggest where larger draughts may be obtained.
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