Bible Sermon Illustrations

Bible Sermon Illustrations

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Winston Churchill Unmoved by Dr. Dryasdust

When professors with high sounding titles attempt to palm off their pernicious denials of the Holy Scriptures by labelling them: "The Findings of Science" or "The Concensus of Scholarship," some folks take them seriously and are ready to throw away their Bibles.

But Premier Winston Churchill is not in that class. Read what that rugged and eloquent individualist said:

"We reject with scorn all those learned and labored myths that Moses was but a legendary figure upon whom the priesthood and the people hung their essential social, moral and religious ordinances.

"We believe that the most scientific view, the most up-to-date and rationalistic conception, will find its fullest satisfaction in taking the Bible story literally, and in identifying one of the greatest human beings with the most decisive leap forward ever discernible in the human story.

"We remain unmoved by the tomes of Professor Gradgrind and Dr. Dryasdust. We may be sure that all these things happened just as they are set out according to Holy Writ. We may believe that they happened to people not so very different from ourselves, and that the impressions those people received were faithfully recorded and have been transmitted across the centuries with far more accuracy than many of the telegraphed accounts we read of goings on of today. In the words of a forgotten work of Mr. Gladstone, we rest with assurance upon 'THE IMPREGNABLE ROCK OF HOLY SCRIPTURE.'

"Let the men of science and learning expand their knowledge and probe with their researches every detail of the rec­ords which have been preserved to us from these dim ages. All they will do is to fortify the grand simplicity and essential accuracy of the recorded truths which have lighted so far the pilgrimage
of man."—Now.

The Hated Mirror

A certain society in order to gain access for a missionary to some African tribes, sent down trinkets to be bartered with the natives. Among them was a package of those little hand glasses, such as ladies use.

The natives had never seen their own faces, except in the waters of some lake or stream, and the news of this wonderful instrument, by which people could see their own features, was spread abroad until the missionary was invited by tribe after tribe to visit them, with his hand glass.

It happened that away in the interior there was a princess in one of the tribes, who had been told that she was the most beautiful woman in the tribe, and that her face was the most beautiful on earth. When she heard of this instrument in which she might see what a beautiful creature she was, she sent for the missionary and bade him bring one of those mirrors.

But the truth was, the princess was the least attractive woman in the tribe. So she got the mirror, and went into the hut to take one good long delicious look at her beauty, but when she held up the glass and saw what a hideous creature she was, how ugly in every feature, she lifted her royal fist and dashed the glass to pieces, banished the missionary, and made a law that no looking-glass should ever be brought into the tribe.

Why did the princess hate the glass? She hated it because it told the truth about herself. The truth was not a pleasant one. She found that she was an ugly woman and she did not like it. Why do men slight the Bible? Because righteousness of a man is as filthiness in God's sight; that out of the heart proceed murders, lying, false witness, adulteries, and such things; that the heart is like a cage of unclean birds. And when this Book, like a mirror, reveals man to himself; when the truth is seen in that mirror, with the light of the great white throne falling upon it, then their hatred is aroused, and the Bible is smitten as the heathen princess destroyed the mirror, because it told the truth.

But she was just as ugly after she destroyed the mirror as before. And it remains true that, though man rejects the Bible and tramples it under foot he is exactly the same sinner as before, and is moving on just as steadily toward eternity and the great white throne, as before he rejected the Bible. Selected

Thy Word is like a garden, Lord,
With flowers bright and fair;
And every one who seeks may pluck
A lovely cluster there.

Thy Word is like a deep, deep mine
And jewels rich and rare
Are hidden in its mighty depths
For every searcher there.Gospel Herald

"Search The Scriptures"

A traveler tells of seeing in one of the Western states men and women engaged in picking minute gold nuggets out of the sands of a small stream, entirely unaware of the fact that a little more effort would have enabled them to uncover a rich vein of the precious metal in a near-by mountainside. Is not that the way most of us approach the riches of the Word of God? How many there are who are satisfied with bits of truth, gathered here and there through the casual reading of His message to mankind, when a more careful and diligent study would open great treasures of the Divine wisdom.

We are to "search the Scriptures," not approach them casually and haphazardly. We are to "study diligently," not merely to read without plan or purpose. Rich rewards await those whose "delight is in the Law of the Lord." The Holy Spirit is ever ready to guide and enlighten the minds and hearts of those who seek to know God's truth as it is revealed in His Word.—Christian Observer.

The Anvil And The Hammers

I stood one evening by the blacksmith's door
And heard the anvil ring the vesper chime,
And looking in I saw upon the floor
Old hammers worn with years of beating time.
"How many anvils have you had," said I,
"To wear and beat these hammers so?"
"Just one," the blacksmith said with twinkling eye,
"The anvil wears the hammers out, you know,"
And so methought the anvil of God's Word
For ages skeptic blows have beat upon,
And though the sound of clanging blows is heard,
The anvil is unharmed, the hammers gone.—Selected

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