the Week of Proper 19 / Ordinary 24
Word: Ways of Treating It
Spurgeon's Illustration Collection
There are two ways of treating the seed. The botanist splits it up, and discourses on its curious characteristics; the simple husbandman eats and sows; sows and eats. Similarly there are two ways of treating the gospel. A critic dissects it, raises a mountain of debate about the structure of the whole, and relation of its parts; and when he is done with his argument, he is done; to him the letter is dead; he neither lives on it himself, nor spreads it for the good of his neighbours; he neither eats nor sows, The disciple of Jesus, hungering for righteousness, takes the seed whole; it is bread for to-day's hunger, and seed for to-morrow's supply.: W. Arnot.
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Spurgeon, Charles. Entry for 'Word: Ways of Treating It'. Spurgeon's Illustration Collection. https://www.studylight.org/​dictionaries/​eng/​fff/​w/word-ways-of-treating-it.html. 1870.