Bible Sermon Illustrations

Bible Sermon Illustrations

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One day, in company with some of the Directors of the Limerick and Waterford Railway Company, Mr. Joseph Robinson of Limerick and Moate had by arrangement waited on Mr. Gladstone, who was at the time Chancellor of the Exchequer of Great Britain and Ireland, with a view to obtain a loan for the completion of the railway. Mr. Gladstone received the deputation at Hawarden Castle.

After the business was concluded, Mr. Robinson stepped forward and asked Mr Gladstone if he would accept a tract, offering him one entitled The Books of the Bible. With characteristic promptness Mr. Gladstone took the tract and hurriedly read it through. Taking Mr. Robinson by the hand, he said:

`Mr. Robinson, this is remarkable. When you were at the door, Mrs. Gladstone and I were reading the Bible and she said to me: "Is it not strange that with all the tracts that are written, there is not one to tell me in short compass what the Bible is about. And here you come and put a tract on this very subject into my hands. It is most remarkable. I thank you most gratefully for this tract, and may I ask you for a copy for Mrs. Gladstone"?'

Mr. Robinson was as delighted to give Mr. Gladstone another copy as Mr. Gladstone was to receive it. The following comprised the contents of the tract:

Old Testament:

In Genesis the world was made by God's creative hand;
In Exodus the Hebrews marched to gain the promised land;
Leviticus contains the Law, holy and just and good;
Numbers records the tribes enrolled-all sons of Abraham's blood.
Moses in Deuteronomy records God's mighty deeds.
Brave Joshua into Canaan's land the host of Israel leads.
In Judges their rebellion oft provoked the Lord to smite,
But Ruth records the faith of one well-pleasing in His sight.
In First and Second Samuel of Jesse's son we read:
Ten tribes in First and Second Kings revolted from his seed.
Next, First and Second Chronicles see Judah captive made,
But Ezra heads a remnant back by princely Cyrus' aid.

The city walls of Zion Nehemiah builds again;
While Esther saves her people from plots of wicked men.
In Job we read how faith will live beneath affliction's rod,
And in the Psalms are precious songs to every child of God.
The Proverbs, like a goodly string of choicest pearls, appear.
Ecclesiastes teaches man how vain are all things here.
The mystic Song of Solomon exalts sweet Sharon's Rose:
Whilst Christ the Savior and the King the 'rapt Isaiah' shows.
The warning Jeremiah apostate Israel scorns;
His plaintive Lamentations their awful downfall mourns.
Ezekiel tells in wondrous words of dazzling mysteries;
And kings and empires yet to come, Daniel in vision sees.
Of judgment and of mercy Hosea loves to tell;
Joel describes the blessed days when God with man will dwell
Among Tekoa's herdsmen Amos received his call,
And Obadiah prophesies of Edom's final fall.
Jonah enshrines a wondrous type of Christ our risen Lord;
Micah pronounces Judah lost-lost, but again restored.
Nahum declared on Nineveh just judgment shall be poured.
A view of Chaldea's coming doom Habakkuk's visions give;
Next Zephaniah warns the Jews to turn, repent and live.
Haggai wrote to those who saw the temple built again,
And Zechariah prophesied of Christ's triumphant reign.
Malachi was the last who touched the high prophetic chord
Whose final notes sublimely show the coming of the Lord.

New Testament:

Matthew and Mark and Luke and John the holy Gospels wrote,
Describing how the Savior died-His life and what He taught.
Acts proves how God the Apostles owned with signs in every place.
St. Paul in Romans teaches us how man is saved by grace.
Th' Apostle in Corinthians instructs, exhorts, reproves:
Galatians shows that faith in Christ alone, the Father loves.
Ephesians and Philippians tell what Christians ought to be.
Colossians bids us live to God and for eternity,
In Thessalonians we are taught the Lord will come from heaven.
In Timothy and Titus a bishop's rule is given.
Philemon marks a Christian's love which only Christians know.
Hebrews reveals the Gospel as prefigured by the Law.
St. James insists that without works faith is but vain and dead:
And Peter points the narrow way in which the saints are led.
St. John in his epistles on love delights to dwell,
And Jude gives awful warning of judgment, wrath and hell.
The Revelation prophesies of that tremendous day
When Christ, and Christ alone, shall be the trembling sinner's stay.


Criticism of the Bible

A tourist looked nonchalantly round a Florence picture gallery and exclaimed, 'Are these your masterpieces?

I certainly don't see much in them."Sir!' said the curator, 'these pictures are not on their trial. It is the visitors who are on trial.'

So the Bible, though much criticised, is not on trial today: but it will come up in the Day of Judgement to try those who reject its testimony.—Selected

(John 12. 48)


Last eve I passed beside the blacksmith's door
And heard the anvil ring the vesper chime;
When looking down, I saw upon the floor

Old hammers worn with use in former time.

`How many anvils have you used,' said I,
`To wear and batter all these hammers so?'
`Just one!' said he, and then, with twinkling eye,
`The anvil wears the hammers out, you know.'

Just so-I thought-the anvil of God's Word
For ages skeptic blows have beat upon;
Yet, though the noise of falling blows was heard,
The anvil is unharmed, the hammers gone.Selected

(Mark 13. 31; Luke 21. 33; 1 Pet. 1. 24, 25)


Daily Reading

General McArthur told an American Bible Society visitor: 'Never a day goes by, be I ever so tired, but I read the Bible before I go to bed.'

(John 5. 39; Acts 17. 11)

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