Bible Sermon Illustrations

Bible Sermon Illustrations

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His Word Shall Stand

Why not take God at His Word,
As you read it:
Let your confidence be stirred,
Read, then heed it.

All He says will come to pass,
So receive it;
Why should you your mind harass?
Just believe it.

Do not try one word to change,
Seek to fix it;
This, and that, to rearrange,
You will mix it.

Let each prophecy remain,
As He told it;
You may make its meaning vain,
If you mold it.

Believe it always as it is,
Don't add to it;
Ev'ry statement made, is His,
Take not from it.

Prophecy will never fail,
Why deny it;
Ev'ry sentence shall prevail,
Don't defy it.

If you cannot grasp it all,
Why dissect it?
It must live e'en though you fall,
Don't reject it.

Time will show that God is true,
It will show it;
So, His prophecies pursue,
Then you'll know it.

Soon upon the golden shore,
You will say it:
Naught has failed, God said of yore,
You'll essay it. —R. E. Neighbour, D.D.

Bible Bulwark

A physician, bright but critical, went to hear D. L. Moody. Although he had no thought of such a result, he was converted. When asked the reason for his change of heart, he said, "I went to hear Mr. Moody with no other idea than to have something to laugh at. I knew he was no scholar, and I felt sure I could find many flaws in his argument. But I found I could not get at the man. He stood there hiding behind the Bible, and just fired one Bible text after another at me till they went home to my heart straight as bullets from a rifle. I tell you, Moody's power is in the way he has his Bible at the tip of his tongue." Jesus didn't convert the devil; He did not set out to, but He defeated his purpose, and in just the same way that Moody defeated the physician.Christian Instructor.

The Pear Test

"You tell me that your book is the Word of God, but you do not prove it so." So said the owner of an orchard in North Italy to Colporteur Mariani, who offered him the Scriptures as be stood admiring the fruit trees. "What fine looking pears," said the colporteur, suddenly changing the subject; "but what a pity they are of such poor quality." "What!" exclaimed the orchard owner. "Of poor quality? It is plain that you have not tasted them. Pick one or two and try them!" The colporteur did as he was bidden, and began to eat. "Yes, you are right," he said, smacking his lips, "the pears are excellent; but, sir, you must deal with my book as I have dealt with your fruit. Taste, and you will see that the Word of God is good."—Bible Society's Report.

A Doctor Witnesses

Dr. Malan, of Geneva, on a trip to Paris fell into conversation with a chap who began to reason with him about Christianity. The doctor answered every argument with a quotation from the Scriptures—not venturing a single remark or application. Every quotation his companion evaded or turned aside, only to be met by another passage.

At last he turned away. "Don't you see, I don't believe your Bible. What's the use of quoting it to me?" he screamed.

But the only reply was another thrust, "If ye believe not that I am He, ye shall die in your sins."

Years afterwards Dr. Malan one day tore open a letter in an unfamiliar hand­writing. "You took the Sword of the Spirit and stabbed me through and through," it read. "And every time I tried to parry the blade and get you to use your hands, and not the Heavenly steel, you simply gave me another stab. You made me feel I was not fighting you, but God."

At the close Dr. Malan recognized the name of his Paris-bound companion of years before.—Arthur Mercer in "Problems"

Saved Through Wallpaper

There is an interesting little story related oncerning the incalculable good which was accomplished through the agency of a pile of Bible leaves which had been cast away as useless.

A lady on one occasion went into a cake-shop in Japan to purchase some cakes for her children. While waiting for the cakes she saw that the walls were papered with leaves from the Bible. This was so strange that she asked the old woman about it; and she told the lady that one day, passing by a book-shop, she saw a pile of papers which had been thrown away. As her shop needed papering, she thought this was just the thing and took some of the papers home, and pasted them over the walls.

One evening her grandson came in and began reading aloud from the paper on the wall. The old woman was so interested in what she heard that she listened eagerly, and got all who would to read it to her. One day a young man came who asked her if she understood it, and whether she was a Christian. She told him how much she enjoyed hearing it, but she did not understand it much; so he promised to take her to church the next day. After this she attended regularly, and became an earnest Christian. She now keeps a stock of tracts by her, and into every bag of little cakes she drops one.—Selected.

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