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Come and Rest Awhile

Come and Rest Awhile

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Mark, vi. 31.

And he said unto them, Come ye yourselves apart into a desert
place, and rest a while.

Mark, vi. 31.

And he said unto them, Come ye yourselves apart into a desert
place, and rest a while.

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Published by: glennpease on Oct 04, 2013
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COME AND REST AWHILEBY THOMAS ARNOLD, D.D.Mark, vi. 31.And he said unto them, Come ye yourselves apart into a desertplace, and rest a while.I am now come to the conclusion of the subjectwhich I have been dwelling on in my four lastsermons. I said, that in the verse from which mypresent text is taken, there were three things de-serving of our separate attention : first of all,Christ's constant diligence and activity; " they hadno leisure so much as to eat;" secondly, the na-ture of that employment : intercourse with othermen, for the purpose of doing them good, in bodyor soul : and, thirdly, his thinking it right, fromtime to time, to have intervals of rest: "Comeye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest awhile." And, with respect to this latter point, ISaid that we knew from other places, how our Lordemployed these periods of rest ; ami that although,as partaking of the bodily weaknesses of our na-ture, ho may be supposed to have needed rest as240 SERMON XXV.we do, in its common and simplest sense, yet hisconduct teaches us what further use may be madeof such seasons, and how they may be improvedto fit us for a renewal of work afterwards, bystrengthening us, not only in body but in soul.
It is this last part of the subject which I havereserved for this present occasion ; and I confessthat I did so purposely, because it suits our pre-sent circumstances so exactly, for just at this timethere is one of these periods of rest going to com-mence for us ; and we may well consider howwe may turn it to some account. Six weeks,even to the youngest of us, are a longer termthan we can afford to waste; they are a period,whose influence upon the character cannot goaltogether for nothing. When I speak of notaffording to waste them, I do not mean thatwe are wasting them if we are not going on inour common employments : but we are wastingthem utterly if we think that we have nothing elseto do in them than to enjoy ourselves to the ut-most ; if we fancy that we can safely dismiss allthoughts of duty, all recollection of the past, allregard for the future, and live as if all things aroundus would stand still while we were slumbering.Let us see how we may so sanctify the rest thatis now coming to us, as that Christ may acknow-ledge it to be fit for his disciples; how we mayso pass it, as to make it no less useful to us, in theSERMON XXV. 247highest sense, than any of our hardest hours of labour.First, I will say plainly, that the period on whichwe are going to enter, is intended for our rest, inthe simplest sense ; it is meant as a relief and re-laxation from our common labour. According,then, to the degree of exertion that we may havemade here, is our greater or less title to it ; for itis absurd to talk of rest where there has been nolabour to call for it. In this sense, to those who
have been idle here, it is like a pleasure which theyhave no right to ; a reward which they have notearned ; and which they are doubly bound to usewell when they have got it, as their having it atall seems more than they deserve. I mean, thatwhen a boy feels that he has been idle here, hemust feel that it is foolish for him to talk about itsbeing fair for him to enjoy himself when he is athome ; he must know, that, as a mere matter of fairness, he has no right to enjoyment, since he didnot choose before to work. But it is not un-common to hear even those boys who have donelittle or nothing when at school, speak as if theyhad earned their rest when at home, and as if theywere hardly used, if called upon then to make anyexertions : whereas, in truth, there are compara-tively few who work so hardly here, as to need restafter it ; as we shall see at once, if we consider thefar harder labour which persons of the same age.248 SERMON XXV.in other situations of life, often have to endure.Indeed, even with those who work the hardest, theapproaching period is more required for other ob- jects, than as a mere rest from labour ; and though,even in this respect, it is, no doubt, good for them,yet there are other ends answered, or which mightbe answered by it, to render it much more valuable.It may be said, however, that if the labour of school cannot in most cases be considered verygreat, yet that school is altogether a place of hard-ship and irksomeness in one way or another, andthat therefore it may fairly be varied with seasonsof greater indulgence. It is certain this doctrineis very much acted upon, as many parents seem tothink that a boy can never be too much humoured,or have too many amusements, when he is at home,

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