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Hope Through Scriptures

Hope Through Scriptures

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BY REV. THOMAS RENNELL, B.D.



ROMANS xv. 4.

Whatsoever things were written aforetime were written
for our learning, that we, through patience and comfort
of the holy Scriptures, might have hope.
BY REV. THOMAS RENNELL, B.D.



ROMANS xv. 4.

Whatsoever things were written aforetime were written
for our learning, that we, through patience and comfort
of the holy Scriptures, might have hope.

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HOPE THROUGH SCRIPTURESBY REV. THOMAS REELL, B.D.ROMAS xv. 4.Whatsoever things were written aforetime were writtenfor our learning, that we, through patience and comfortof the holy Scriptures, might have hope.IT hath pleased the Almighty, from the time of his first covenant with the children of Israel,never to leave himself without a living witnessin the world, by means of his written Word.The history of the first creation of the world, of the fall of man, of the destruction of the wholehuman race (oah and his family alone except-ed,) by the deluge, is recorded by the hand of Moses. The call of Abraham, the birth of thepatriarchs, the bondage of the Israelites inEgypt, their deliverance from captivity, theirrebellions and wanderings in the wilderness, areall faithfully related by the same inspired historian. The Almighty did not permit his chosenpeople to trust to dark, fabulous, and faint tradition for the knowledge of these importantx306 SERMO XXlV.events, but it pleased him, by the pen of Moses,to give them an authentic account of the origin,not only of themselves as a favoured nation, butof the world around them. This history has,by the goodness of Providence, been preserved
 
to us, and though it carries us up to a period of the remotest antiquity, far beyond the reach of any other narrative, we know it to be true, because we know that it comes from God. Duringthe long period of the residence of God s chosenpeople in the Holy Land, from the time of Joshua to the birth of our Saviour, records of all the Jewish history were preserved, the writings of the prophets came down entire, and together with the works of David and Solomon,form that body of history, of prophecy, and of wisdom, contained in the Old Testament. Theprovidence of the Almighty seems to haveguarded such a treasure with peculiar care ; itsvery existence is a living miracle. For if weconsider the destruction of Jerusalem, the demolition of the temple> the long captivity of theJews in a foreign country, and all the lengthenedconfusion which followed their obstinacy andtheir rebellion, no written history, no law, noprophet, not a remnant could have remained,had not the whole been guarded and preservedby a higher power than that of man. ot onlytheir Author, but their Preserver, was God.SERMO XXIV. 307Thus then the Sacred Volume remained unmuti-lated and entire, in the hands of the Jews, at thecoming of our blessed Lord, and it is of this theApostle declares, that " whatsoever things werewritten aforetime, were written for our learning."They were written for our learning, not onlybecause they acquaint us with the history of ancient times, and of former years ; not only because they instruct us in the mighty works of 
 
the Lord in the days of old, and his wondersupon earth; but because we can receive thesame information from no other quarter. Didnot the Scriptures inform us of the fall of ourfirst parents, we should know no more of theirtransgressions than the heathens of old. Ourexperience teaches us that we are fallen creatures, but Scripture only can teach us how andwhen we fell. But by learning, the Apostle doesnot mean empty and barren speculation, butlearning unto salvation ; not merely to render usbetter scholars, but better men ; not only to satisfy us in useless curiosity, but to confirm us inthe belief of Christianity.I shall consider, therefore, the words of theApostle in the first instance, as they apply to theOld Testament, for at the time in which hewrote the epistle from which my text is taken,the ew Testament had not assumed a settledx2SOS SERMO XXIV.and certain form ; parts only were in existence,the Apostles writing as the Spirit gave them utterance, and the one sacred and majestic whole,had not hlessed the Christian world with itsgreat body of heavenly light. Let us thereforereflect, how a serious and attentive study of thebooks of the Old Testament best answer thegreat end for which they were written, namely,for our learning, that we through patience andcomfort of the Holy Scriptures might have hope.Who is there who shall read the history of ourfall, of all the corruptions of the human race, of all the dreadful crimes there recorded, withouta deep and awful sense of man s native and here

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