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Christ the Good Maker and Doer

Christ the Good Maker and Doer

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BY F. J. A. HORT

" He hath done all things well : he maketh both the deaf to he
and the dumb to speak." — Mark vii. 37.
BY F. J. A. HORT

" He hath done all things well : he maketh both the deaf to he
and the dumb to speak." — Mark vii. 37.

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CHRIST THE GOOD MAKER AND DOER BY F. J. A. HORT " He hath done all things well : he maketh both the deaf to he and the dumb to speak." — Mark vii. 37. These words are reported to us by St. Mark ; having been spoken by the wondering multitude, wl had seen our Lord restore the deaf and stammerir man to hearing and speech, and then flatly disobey( the Lord's express command that they should tell i man what they had seen. The words do not lej to any further comment by our Lord or by St. Mar for they form the end of the whole story. Nor there much in them, in the sense in which they we probably spoken by the multitude, which need great draw our thoughts to them. " He hath done j things well " may be no more than a rather u meaning kind of applause, such as might have be( given almost as readily to a conjuror as to tl Saviour of men. On some, we may hope, tl
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74 CHRIST THE GOOD MAKER AND DOl chief feeling must have been one of open-n: wonder, such as cannot be fairly called genuin and, as we actually see in the story, joined t( rebellion against Christ's simple command, t which they had ever received from Him. Yet we may feel tolerably certain that these bore another and a fuller meaning to St. M also to St. Peter, who heard them utten repeated them to St. Mark. Many of us musi have at some time noticed how words droppe ally and at random about some slight matt( seemed to go much further and deeper th intended by the speaker, to convey, as we sa; than was meant, and sometimes to have bee prophetic of coming events. Such examph shew us how little our words are our own, 1 they often are from conveying only the meaning which we are thinking of at the tir for the sake of which we use them. For indee is a hidden world which lies behind us all < long, even the world in which God dwells, ar
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which He sends His Holy Spirit into our inspiring the good words that we utter, anc times turning even our bad words into ui messengers of His own Truth, mocking the tl less lips which pronounce them. Bad words the words of the multitudes w( which they spoke when they saw the de stammering man healed ; but they were p CHRIST THE GOOD MAKER AND DOER them well worthy of our attention to-day. They we suggested by one particular act of healing : but the well expressed the nature and purpose of all Chrisi acts of healing, of all His wonderful acts of whatev kind, and His whole work for us men from tl beginning to the present day. St. Mark probab saw in the saying of the multitude an unintend( likeness to the language which the book of Gene* (i. 31) uses about the finishing of the work Creation. " God saw everything that He had mac
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