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The Lord is Thy Healer.

The Lord is Thy Healer.

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REV. J. BATTERSBY,
REV. J. BATTERSBY,

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THE LORD IS THY HEALER.A SERMOPREACHED ATSt. Mary's Churchy Clarence-street, Old Kent-roady London^on Wednesday evening , January 31, 1883, by theREV. J. BATTERSBY,(OF SHEFFIELD,) O BEHALF OFTHE PROTESTAT BLID PESIO SOCIETY.I the 15th chapter of the Book of Exodas, and the latter part of the 26th verse, you will read these words: *' For lam the Lord thatheahth thee!^ This chapter gives ns an account of Israel havingpassed safely through the Bed Sea, of the overthrow of Pharaoh andhis hosts, and of how Moses, Miriam, and the children of Israel joinedin a song of praise to God having triumphed gloriously over theirfoes. After this we read that Moses led Israel three days* journey intothe wilderness, where they were in want of water to drink. " Andwhen they came to Marah they could not drink of the waters of Marah,for they were bitter, therefore the name of it was called Marah. Andthe people murmured against Moses, saying. What shall we drink ? "In the next verse we have an account of how these bitter waters weremade sweet. A tree is cast into the waters. There are many bitterwaters which the children of God come to. Sometimes they have totaste them, but at other times they have to drink them, and the onlyTree that makes them sweet and palatable is the Lord Jesus Christ, thesweet Tree of Life. I think that the tree spoken of in this verse is avery apt emblem of the Saviour, who sweetens all the bitter waters of Marah to the Christian. The Lord having proved Israel, takes theDigitized by VjOOQIC194credit to Himself for all that had been done for them, saying, '^ I amthe Lord that healeth thee, Jehovah Bophi." The Lord bears manybeantifhl titles in the Scriptures, bnt we have to deal only with one of 
 
them this evening. In bringing onr subject before you, I shall ask you to look at it in the following order. I am very fond of havingtwo or three heads in a sermon. I know that some preachers beginand end without any order at all, bnt it is very difficult both for thepreacher and for the hearer. I shall, therefore, ask you to consider (1)*^ The persons diseased and in need of healing; and, (2) " The JieaUng,**What is a 7 and (8) " The Healer "— " I am the Lord that healeth thee."ow to begin with the first of these: The persons diseased and inneed of healing. What is the nature of the disease that these personsare suffering from? What is it that has got into the whole system of man that makes him so out of repair, so disorganised, and so ill-affectedtowards Qod? I know only of one thing which is the great cause of all, and which is expressed in a word of three letters, sin. And thisword of three letters has made sad work of another word of threeletters, law. Sin is the transgression of the law. The mark hasbeen missed which is the idea connected with sin.Sin is likened to many things in the Scripture in order that ourfinite minds may grasp what God thinks and says about it. He callssin a thief. What has this thief done? It has stolen the humanheart, and drawn it away from God. Sin is likened to a debt, and adebt, too, which man can never pay. It is compared to a burden whichis heavier than man can carry. Job knew this, and so cried out toGod to pardon, or to lift off his transgression, and to take away hisiniquity (viii. 20, 21). He wanted someone else to bear his burden forhim. A sensible old man ! Sin is also described as a sting. '^ The stingof death is sin." When sin is destroyed, death has no sting. Again,sin is described as a festering wound, a plague, the leprosy of the soul;and so we might go on, for it is a loathsome disease, a sickness untodeath; and such is natural man. It is very hard, and very difficultsometimes to tell persons plainly the real truth, but we may venture todo so when we have God's word for it; then it is God who speaks, andnot man. We are no better ourselves than other persons as we comeinto the world. You know what David says, that we ''are shapen ininiquity, and conceived in sin." This is the disease. It may soundvery hard to say that that little baby, so beautiful to look upon, socaressed by, and so pleasing to its parents, that that sweet looking littlething is a little sinner. It is diseased, friends, and will die as theDigitized by VjOOQIC195
 
resnlt. This is the corrnption, or sin, which has got into the wholefamily of Adam. Yon know what onr Lord says abont the hnmanheart in Mark vii.: " For from within, ont of the heart of men, proceedevil thoughts, adulteries, fornications^ mnrders/' and sach like; ''Allthese things come from within and defile the man." This sinfal diseaseaffects a man all over, within and withont^ for the words of Isaiah aretrue of every person, " The whole head is sick, and the whole heartfaint; from the sole of the foot even unto the head there is no soundnessin it, but wounds and bruises, and putrifying sores " (ver. 5, 6). Man iscorrupted, and corrupting. Sinners naturally are hateful and hating*' one another." This is the teaching of the Holy Ghost with regardto man in his depraved and lost condition. With all the science, andwith all the education, and with all the philosophy of the present day,there is no improvement made in the human heart. This is not alwayspleasing to the refined and devdoped intellect, but, it is neverthelesstrue. atural man is the same now that he ever was. If you readthe description of man in the time of oah, as given in Gen. vi., youwill find, " That every imagination of the thoughts of his heart wasonly evil continually." God destroyed the old world, hut mankindgrew no better for it. Man naturally is like the woman who spent allthat she had upon physicians, and was no better, but rather grew worse.David takes a survey of human nature in his days, and says, " TheLord looked down from heaven upon the children of men to see if therewere any that did understand and seek after God." And what was theresult? " They are all gone aside, they are altogether become filthy."He could not find one; all fiesh had corrupted its way, there was notone that did good, no, not one. What a picture ! Was it any betterin St. Paul's time? If any person thinks so, let him read his Epistle tothe Romans, and compare chap. i. and iii. together. The corrupted,the depraved, and the diseased nature of man cannot be more fallydescribed than by the Apostle. Is man any better in our own day?Alas! alas! Then comes the great question. How is man that is sodiseased to be healed? This is the question. I wish to speak simplyand plainly upon this all important point. Let us proceed.Secondly — What is the healing which has to take place in the hmianheart f What can man do towards healing himself ? There are manywho think that they can do a great deal; I meet with many of thissort, both in my own town and elsewhere. Job found out that, let himdo what he would he got no better. He said, '' If I wash myself withsnow water, and make my hands never so clean, yet shalt ThouDigitized by VjOOQIC

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