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Counsel and Work

Counsel and Work

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By T. Harwood Pattison, D. D.

This also cometh forth from the Lord of hosts, which is
wonderful in counsel, and excellent in working. — Isaiah 28 : 2p.
By T. Harwood Pattison, D. D.

This also cometh forth from the Lord of hosts, which is
wonderful in counsel, and excellent in working. — Isaiah 28 : 2p.

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COUNSEL AND WORK By T. Harwood Pattison, D. D.This also cometh forth from the Lord of hosts, which is wonderful in counsel, and excellent in working. — Isaiah 28 : 2p. A THEME the most suggestive and entrancing occupied the prophet's mind. He was thinking of the exquisite adaptation of means to ends in the government of God. This theme had apparently been started by a very slight illustration of it. He watched the husbandman at his toil, and he marked how when he threshed now the fitches, now the cummin, now the bread-corn, he chose for his pur-pose not the same, but various instruments. He suited the implement to the material with which it had to work. To do this indicated forethought, and that was itself the fruit of past experience. "For," saith Isaiah, *'his God doth instruct him to discretion, and doth teach him." The power with which we think, the power with which we act, are alike from God. They are but broken lights of thee : And thou, O Lord, art more than they.
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One step further, and the speaker stood at the fountain head. "Through nature he passed up to nature's God." The husbandman's brain and the 75 "J^ COUNSEL AND WORK husbandman's hand are from him. But the maker is more than his masterpiece. The creator is more than the creature. Such intelHgence and skill as the Hebrew farmer showed came from God ; but like rays of Hght pouring through a broken and clouded crystal, they only faintly shadowed forth what he himself was. " He is wonderful in coun-sel. He is excellent in working." You will see that we have an argument for the existence of God ; and that it is an argument which is redeemed from the sphere of speculative theology by an applica-tion to divine interposition in the matters of eveiy-day life. For this reason we are wise to study it ourselves ; and in doing so we will first consider, and then we will apply the prophet's words.
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I. Consider the arguments of our text. "Great in counsel, and mighty in work ! " exclaimed Jeremiah ; and so gave expression, in briefest and most strik-ing form, to the thought which I have now to en-force. What is it that is remarkable here ? Surely the combination in one being of the wisdom which plans with the power which performs. Well may that be called remarkable ! Proverbially the in-ventor is a poor man. He labors, and other men enter into his labors. " Old men for counsel," says an adage with which we are familiar, ** and young men for war." The type of mind which sits, like Mary, at the Master's feet, is distinct from, very often it is in antagonism with, the type of mind COUNSEL AND WORK 7/ which, Hke Martha, is ''cumbered about much serv-ing/' In your famihes some children are already developing the studious and thoughtful natures, others the active and executive natures. In your circle of acquaintances you recall at once the men who think but fail to put their thoughts into deeds ;
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