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The Sea of Care and the Harbor of Trust.

The Sea of Care and the Harbor of Trust.

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Neither be ye of doubtful mind" — Luke xii. 29.


Neither be ye of doubtful mind" — Luke xii. 29.

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Published by: glennpease on Feb 28, 2014
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THE SEA OF CARE AND THE HARBOUR OF TRUST. BY SAMUEL COXA SERMON TO THE YOUNG. Neither be ye of doubtful mind" — Luke xii. 29. IF I were to tell you that there is a beautiful parable in the words I have just read, I dare say you w^ould be puzzled to make out what I meant. But are you quite sure that you know what a parable is ? The young do not find it easy, I am not sure that we any of us find it easy, to define even the words with which 144 THE SEA OF CARE
we are most familiar. Only the other day I heard of a boy who, on being asked by his teacher, " And what is faith ? " boldly replied, *' Faith is believing tilings that lue knoiu are not true " — which was by no means a satis-factory definition of a word so short and so familiar as '' faith." And " parable," like *' faith," is a word which has puzzled wiser heads than yours. Even the scholars who translated the New Testament from Greek into English did not know sometimes whether to translate the Greek word they commonly rendered parable by the word " parable," or the word "proverb." And, indeed, there is a close connection between these two words ; and the short, pithy, picturesque saying which we call " a proverb " easily grows into a parable. For example, if an ancient man of God had said — and both Job and Solomon did say some-thing very like it — " Wisdom is a pearl more precious than much fine gold," that would have been a proverb. But mark how easily this proverb grows into a parable on the lips of the Lord Jesus when, speaking of the highest
wisdom and the highest good. He says, '* The kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchantman seeking goodly pearls, who, when he had found AND THE HARBOUR OF TRUST. 145 one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it." On the whole, perhaps, we may define a proverb as a compressed parable, and a parable as an expanded proverb ; or we may say that a proverb is a brief, weighty, and picturesque sentence into which much thought and ex-perience have been crushed ; and that a parable is that same sentence, or that same thought,. drawn out, dramatized, and made into a tale. And if we do thus define them, we may find in my text both a proverb and a parable. Even in its present form, " Be not of a doubt-ful mind," or " Be not of a divided and agitated

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