Sermons on Amendment of Life by Alexander Penrose Forbes

Sermons on Amendment of Life

byAlexander Penrose Forbes

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1857 edition. Excerpt: ... SEEM ON XII. ESAU, OR THE SORROW THAT WORKETH DEATH. Gen. Xxviii. 38. "and Esau Lifted Up His Voice And Wept." We must read the crimes and virtues of the men of the olden time by the light of the New Testament. On a cursory perusal of the book of Genesis, we feel very sorry for Esau. There is much in him that appeals to the good opinion of the natural man, and this is enhanced by the contrast with his holy brother. It is a strange thing that even in secular works of the imagination, great poets have succeeded better with their secondary characters than with their heroes. We prefer Hector to Achilles, Turnus to iEneas. Perhaps the mind revolts at any character which is held up to it for praise alone, and on that account judges it by a severer standard. I believe that most people have felt this in the history of Jacob and Esau. Even with a due submission to the just award of God, they cannot help having sympathy with the great hunter,--strong, hearty, voracious, passionate, placable, while they feel less kindly towards his brother,--smooth, astute, devout, reverential. To appreciate the good points of the latter we must place ourselves in his position. In the midst of an idolatrous and very sinful state of society, it was a great thing to retain the faith and trust in the God of his fathers which Israel maintained. He and Esau had a similar domestic training; the one fell away to godlessness, the other in the midst of much imperfection maintained his religion. Of his generation, (for of course the life of Isaac was more than exemplary, it was pious and contemplative,) Jacob was the one who maintained the cause of God. It was Jacob against the world; and they who have felt the difficulty of confessing Christ before men, in the present day,...

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Title:Sermons on Amendment of LifeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:108 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.22 inPublished:May 20, 2014Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:021705031X

ISBN - 13:9780217050319

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