Posted by: the watchmen | January 8, 2008

CH Spurgeon_______January 8

January 8-Morning {Daily Reading: #Ge 22:1-24:67} {Quick Study: #Ge 20:1-22:24}

“The iniquity of the holy things.” {#Ex 28:38}

What a veil is lifted up by these words, and what a

disclosure is made! It will be humbling and profitable for us to

pause awhile and see this sad sight. The iniquities of our

public worship, its hypocrisy, formality, lukewarmness,

irreverence, wandering of heart and forgetfulness of God, what a

full measure have we there! Our work for the Lord, its

emulation, selfishness, carelessness, slackness, unbelief, what

a mass of defilement is there! Our private devotions, their

laxity, coldness, neglect, sleepiness, and vanity, what a

mountain of dead earth is there! If we looked more carefully we

should find this iniquity to be far greater than appears at

first sight. Dr. Payson, writing to his brother, says, “My

parish, as well as my heart, very much resembles the garden of

the sluggard; and what is worse, I find that very many of my

desires for the melioration of both, proceed either from pride

or vanity or indolence. I look at the weeds which overspread my

garden, and breathe out an earnest wish that they were

eradicated. But why? What prompts the wish? It may be that I may

walk out and say to myself, ‘In what fine order is my garden

kept!’ This is pride. Or, it may be that my neighbours may

look over the wall and say, ‘How finely your garden flourishes!’

This is vanity. Or I may wish for the destruction of the

weeds, because I am weary of pulling them up. This is

indolence.” So that even our desires after holiness may be

polluted by ill motives. Under the greenest sods worms hide

themselves; we need not look long to discover them. How cheering

is the thought, that when the High Priest bore the iniquity of

the holy things he wore upon his brow the words, “HOLINESS TO

THE LORD:” and even so while Jesus bears our sin, he presents

before his Father’s face not our unholiness, but his own

holiness. O for grace to view our great High Priest by the eye

of faith!

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