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Influence of Familiarity With Religious Truth Upon the Sinner.

Influence of Familiarity With Religious Truth Upon the Sinner.

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
REV. WILLIAM BRADFORD HOMER


A PROPHET IS NOT WITHOUT HONOR, SAVE IN HIS OWN COUNTRY, AND IN HIS OWN HOUSE. — Matthew 13: 57.
REV. WILLIAM BRADFORD HOMER


A PROPHET IS NOT WITHOUT HONOR, SAVE IN HIS OWN COUNTRY, AND IN HIS OWN HOUSE. — Matthew 13: 57.

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INFLUENCE OF FAMILIARITY WITH RELIGIOUS TRUTH UPON THE SINNER. REV. WILLIAM BRADFORD HOMER A PROPHET IS NOT WITHOUT HONOR, SAVE IN HIS OWN COUNTRY, AND IN HIS OWN HOUSE. — Matthew 13: 57. That must have been an impressive scene, when Jesus first stood up to teach in the synagogue of his native city. Nearly a year before, he had left his kindred to go up to Je-rusalem. During that absence, he had received the seal of water from the hand of the Baptist, and witnessed the de-scent of the Heavenly Dove with its voice of confirmation. He had met Satan in the wilderness, and achieved a victory never before accomplished by man. In the spirit and power of a prophet, he had purged the temple at Jerusalem of its impurities. He had journeyed through Samaria dispensing his miraculous favors, and by his wisdom and his eloquence bringing multitudes to the truth. Allured by those social at-tachments to which his heart was by no means a stranger, he comes back to revisit the scenes of his childhood. He had left them a poor man's son ; he returns in the power of the Holy Ghost. Pale and worn with his spiritual conflicts, yet animated by the success of his past labors, and enthusiastic in the consciousness of his divine mission, ^* he stands up in
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the synagogue for to read." '' And the eyes of all them that were in the house were fastened on liim." What now was 169 FAMILIARITY WITH RELIGIOUS TRUTH. the question with which this impressive silence was broken? What could they say to rid themselves of the impression of his short but thrilling discourse ? ''Is not this Joseph's son V And supposing that there was arrogance in his pretensions, they thrust him out of the city. After a career of successful benevolence, he appears a second time in the neighborhood of his early home. Again the truth of his sayings is pressed upon their hearts and con-sciences. Again they take refuge from its power by pointing to his former occupation, and to his brothers and sisters who were all with them. Acrain the Saviour of mankind is con-strained to crucify the sympathies of his humanity, and turns his back on the friends of his childhood with the sentiment of the text, '' A prophet is not without honor, save in his own country, and in his o^^Tl house." What was the chief circumstance which contributed to this rejection ? No doubt the envy of an equal, or the contempt
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of an inferior may have had part m it ; but chiefly it was their familiarity with the person of the prophet. Had a stranger appeared to them with these high pretensions, even though his garb had been humble and his mien lowly, he could not have been so contemned. No doubt the multitude would have turned scornfully away from the meek one : but, who can doubt that some expectant mother or daughter in Israel, some veteran waiting for the promises, would have hailed him as the Messiah ? But now, not one comes forward to receive his benediction, or to bid him God speed in his glori-ous enterprise. He was too well kno^^Tl to receive the honor that he merited. Otiier illustrations of the principle of the text are of con-stant occurrence. There is hardly a period in history, or a family that does not testify to its truth : — be it the discove-rer of a new continent, compelled to seek patronage from a foreign court, or the child of genius, nowhere less flattered and less honored than beneath his father's roof The voice FAMILIARITY WITH RELIGIOUS TRUTH. 161 of the preacher, that is as music to the ears of a stranger, falls unheeded upon the slumberers of his own flock ; and he
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