These objects, though distinct are intimately connected; for if we can be induced suitably to prize the Sacred Scriptures ourselves, there will be little difficulty in persuading us to aid, in communicating them to others; and there is but too much reason for presuming, that he, who is not desirous to impart this treasure to all around him, knows nothing of its real value, nor of the temper which it is designed to produce.If you're not blown away by the weight of the Scriptures and desiring to tell others all around of it's ungraspable value, then you yourself probably don't understand the value of the Bible.
This too is the book, for the sake of which our pious ancestors forsook their native land and came to this then desolate wilderness; bringing it with them as their most valuable treasure, and, at death, bequeathing it to us, as the richest bequest, in their power to make. From this source, they, and millions more now in heaven, derived the strongest and purest consolation; and scarcely can we fix our attention on a single passage in this wonderful book which has not afforded comfort or instruction to thousands and been wet with tears of penitential sorrow or grateful joy drawn from eyes that will weep no more.This is the book from which our ancestors, and "millions more now in heaven" have drawn strength. And we keep it under our side tables with nary a thought.
To this volume alone it is owing, that we are not now assembled in the temple of an idol; that stocks and stones are not our deities; that cruelty, intemperance and impurity do not constitute our religion ; and that our children are not burnt as sacrifices at the shrine of Moloch. To this volume we are also indebted for the reformation in the days of Luther; for the consequent revival and progress of learning; and for our present freedom from papal tyranny.And think of where we'd be without it!
Who then can doubt, that he who formed the sun, gave the Bible to be “ a light unto our feet, and a lamp to our path.” Who, that contemplates this fountain, still full and overflowing, notwithstanding the millions who have drank of its waters, can doubt, that it has a real, though invisible connection with that river of life, which flows forever at the right hand of God?Me. I can doubt like an idiot. I can treat the Bible as just another book, or one which probably has less to teach me than Tozer, or C.S. Lewis. But as good of writers as both of those guys were, their writing was not inspired. Their writing is not a gift directly from God.
I only read half way through the first sermon last night, and I woke up more excited to get in the Word than I have been in a while. Thank you Payson.