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Light and Truth: The Old Testament

By Horatius Bonar

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   Preface - Light and Truth The Old Testament By Horatius Bonar, D.D. Light and Truth: Bible Thoughts and Themes Volume I. The OLD TESTAMENT 1868
   Chapter 1 - The Old and New Creation - Genesis 1 FAITH only can read this chapter aright; for the record goes back beyond human history; and for its statements we have the authority neit
   Chapter 2 - The Link Between Being and Non-Being - "God said." -- Genesis 1:3 THIS chapter, in many places, prefixes the name of God to what is said or done, that there may be no mistake as to the s
   Chapter 3 - A Happy World - Genesis 2 WHAT a poem, what a picture was the first chapter! Unrivalled in magnificence. The work done, and the words which describe it, are both
   Chapter 4 - The Sin, the Sinner, and the Sentence - Genesis 3 THE first two chapters gave us creation's perfection. Like a newly finished statue, there it stands. The chisel has given its last touch.
   Chapter 5 - Man's Fig-Leaves - "They sewed fig-leaves together, and made themselves aprons." -- Genesis 3:7 THEY are alone, yet they are ashamed. They are in Paradise, yet they a
   Chapter 6 - Expulsion and Re-Entrance - "So he drove out the man: and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden cherubims and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of th
   Chapter 7 - The Blood of Sprinkling and the Blood of Abel - "And he said, What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother's blood crieth unto me front the ground." -- Genesis 4:10 "And to Jesus the mediator of
   Chapter 8 - The Way of Cain - "And Cain went out from the presence of the Lord." -- Genesis 4:16 "Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore sle
   Chapter 9 - The Man of Rest - "And Lamech lived an hundred eighty and two years, and begat a son; and he called his name Noah, saying, This same shall comfort us concerning our wo
   Chapter 10 - Going Out and Keeping Out - "Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee:
   Chapter 11 - The Shield and the Recompense - "After these things the word of the Lord came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward." -- G
   Chapter 12 - Liberty and Service - "Let my people go, that they may serve me." -- Exodus 8:1 THUS God spoke of Israel in Egypt, commanding deliverance for them. It was a word of pow
   Chapter 13 - The Day of Despair - "Intreat for me." -- Exodus 8:28 PHARAOH is brought down from his haughtiness. He had but a little before scoffed both at Moses and his God; now h
   Chapter 14 - The Blood of Deliverance - "It is Jehovah's passover." -- Exodus 12:11 WE first notice, I. The name here given to the ordinance. The Lord's, or Jehovah's, passover. This
   Chapter 15 - How God Deals with Sin and the Sinner - Leviticus 4:27-35 WE have here, (1.) the sinner. He is one of the common people; "any man;" "whosoever." (2.) The sin. It is one of ignorance; he i
   Chapter 16 - The Fire Quenched - "The fire shall ever be burning upon the altar; it shall never go out." -- Leviticus 6:13 THIS was one of God's special commandments to Israel, and
   Chapter 17 - The Vision from the Rocks - "From the top of the rocks I see him." -- Numbers 23:9 IT was of Israel and Israel's glory that the false seer of Pethor spake. He stood upon the
   Chapter 18 - The Doom of the Double-Hearted - "Balaam also, the son of Bear, they slew with the sword." -- Numbers 31:8 BALAAM had taken the field against Israel,--against a people whom he had
   Chapter 19 - Be Not Borderers - "Go in and possess the land." -- Deuteronomy 10:2 ISRAEL passed through many changes in their history; but here we have its termination,--the posse
   Chapter 20 - The Outlines of a Saved Sinner's History - "He found him in a desert land, and in the waste howling wilderness; he led him about, he instructed him, he kept him as the apple of his eye." -- De
   Chapter 21 - Divine Longings Over the Foolish - "Oh that they were wise." -- Deuteronomy 32:29 THESE are the words, not of anger, but of love, of disappointed affection, of a sorrowful friend, o
   Chapter 22 - What a Believing Man Can Do - Joshua 10:12-14 THERE are several miracles referred to in Scripture in connection with the sun. When the sun was darkened in Egypt (Exodus 10:21);
   Chapter 23 - Song of the Putting Off of the Armour - "O my soul, thou hast trodden down strength." -- Judges 5:21 THIS is one note of the warrior's song; a note loud and glad. It is the exulting cry o
   Chapter 24 - The Kiss of the Backslider - "Orpah kissed her mother-in-law; but Ruth clave unto her." -- Ruth 1:14 IN this book we have the Gentile sheltering the Jew, and the Jew in return
   Chapter 25 - The Priestly Word of Peace - 1 Samuel 1:12-18 HERE we have an earthly high priest dealing with a child of sorrow; and in his treatment of her we find both a contrast and a comp
   Chapter 26 - Human Anodynes - 1 Samuel 16:14-23 OF Saul we may say, "Thou didst run well, who hath hindered you?" He began well, but ended ill. His first days and works were bet
   Chapter 27 - Spiritual and Carnal Weapons - "And the men of Israel said, Have ye seen this man that is come up? surely to defy Israel is he come up: and it shall be, that the man who killeth hi
   Chapter 28 - Divine Silence and Human Despair - "And when Saul inquired of the Lord, the Lord answered him not, neither by dreams, nor by Urim, nor by prophets. Then said Saul unto his servants, Se
   Chapter 29 - Jewish Unbelief and Gentile Blessing - "And the ark of the Lord continued in the house of Obed-edom the Gittite three months: and the Lord blessed Obed-edom, and all his household." -- 2 S
   Chapter 30 - The Restoration of the Banished - "For we must needs die, and are as water spilt on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again; neither doth God respect any person; yet doth he dev
   Chapter 31 - The Farewell Gift - "And it came to pass, when they were gone over, that Elijah said unto Elisha, Ask what I shall do for thee, before I be taken away from thee. And Eli
   Chapter 32 - God's Dealing with Sin and the Sinner - "Er, the first-born of Judah, was evil in the sight of the Lord, and he slew him." -- 1 Chronicles 2:3 HERE we have, in one brief sentence, a state
   Chapter 33 - God Finding a Resting-Place - 1 Chronicles 21:1-30 THERE is something very peculiar about this fragment or episode of Israel's history. It is abrupt, and in a manner isolated, t
   Chapter 34 - The Moriah Group - 1 Chronicles 21:1-30 WE have taken up some general aspects of this narrative, chiefly in connection with the temple and Moriah; let us look at it f
   Chapter 35 - Diverse Kinds of Conscience - "So did not I, because of the fear of God." -- Nehemiah 5:15 WHEN Joseph was dealing with his brethren he said, "This do, and live; for I fear God"
   Chapter 36 - The Soul Turning from Man to God - "Behold now, I have ordered my cause; I know that I shall be justified. Who is he that will plead with me? for now, if I hold my tongue, I shall give
   Chapter 37 - Man's Dislike of a Present God - "They say unto God, Depart from us; for we desire not the knowledge of thy ways." -- Job 21:14 THE men who speak thus are not atheists. They do not
   Chapter 38 - True and False Consolation - "How then comfort ye me in vain, seeing in your answers there remaineth falsehood?" -- Job 21:34 MAN needs consolation,--"man that is born to troub
   Chapter 39 - Gain and Loss for Eternity - "For that is the hope of the hypocrite, though he hath gained, when God taketh away his soul." -- Job 27:8 THE word "hypocrite" means properly the
   Chapter 40 - Man's Misconstruction of the Works of God - "By them judgeth he the people." -- Job 36:31 THIS verse suggests Acts 14:17, "He left not himself without witness, in that he did good, and gave u
   Chapter 41 - The Two Cries and the Two Answers - "There be many that say, Who will shew us any good? Lord, lift thou up the light of thy countenance upon us." -- Psalm 4:6 THERE are two cries here
   Chapter 42 - The Knowledge of God's Name - "They that know thy name will put their trust in Thee." -- Psalm 9:10 THERE are three things here which sum up this passage,--the name; the knowled
   Chapter 43 - Deliverance from Deep Waters - "He sent from above, he took me, he drew me out of many waters." -- Psalm 18:16 WE take these words as the expression, (1.) of David's experience;
   Chapter 44 - The Excellency of the Divine Loving-Kindness - "How excellent is thy loving-kindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings."-- Psalm 36:7 THERE are
   Chapter 45 - The Sickness, the Healer, and the Healing - "I said, Lord, be merciful unto me: heal my soul; for I have sinned against Thee." -- Psalm 41:4 THIS is the cry of the needy; of him who has no he
   Chapter 46 - The Consecration of Earth's Gold and Silver - "And the daughter of Tyre shall be there with a gift; even the rich among the people shall entreat thy favour." -- Psalm 45:12 THIS is a latter-day
   Chapter 47 - The Gifts of the Ascended One - "Thou hast ascended on high, thou hast led captivity captive; thou hast received gifts for men; yea, for the rebellious also, that the Lord God might
   Chapter 48 - The Speaker, the Listener, the Peace - "I will hear what God the Lord will speak: for he will speak peace unto his people, and to his saints; but let them not turn again to folly." -- Psal
   Chapter 49 - The Believing Man's Confident Appeal - "Preserve my soul, for I am holy." -- Psalm 86:2 SOME mountain-heights, whether of the Alps or Grampians, look very formidable and inaccessible, so
   Chapter 50 - The Love and the Deliverance - "Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him.'' -- Psalm 91:14 THIS is one of the psalms of Messiah; and Satan's quotation o
   Chapter 51 - The Sin and Folly of Being Unhappy - "Serve the Lord with gladness." -- Psalm 100:2 I once had the question put to me, "Do you think a sinner has any right to be happy here?" Without e
   Chapter 52 - The Book of Books - Proverbs 2:1-5 THE words "my Son" are not spoken at random, or inserted without a meaning. In them God speaks to us as unto children (Hebrews 12).
   Chapter 53 - The Secret of Deliverance from Evil - "By the fear of the Lord men depart from evil." -- Proverbs 16:6 THERE is "evil" in the world. The world is now the opposite of what God made it, "
   Chapter 54 - The Voice of the Heavenly Bridegroom - "Rise up my love, my fair one, and come away."-- Song of Solomon 2:10,13 THE speaker is the heavenly Bridegroom, the Lord Jesus Christ. It is his v
   Chapter 55 - The Love that Passeth Knowledge - "Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the foods drown it: if a man would give all the substance of his house for love, it would utterly be con
   Chapter 56 - The Vision of the Glory - Isaiah 6:1-13 WHETHER this vision records Isaiah's first call to the prophetic ministry matters not. It is either the introduction to his whole min
   Chapter 57 - Man's Extremity and Satan's Opportunity - Isaiah 8:19-22 "Man's extremity," says the good proverb, "is God's opportunity"; but we may coin another proverb, and say, "Man's extremity is the
   Chapter 58 - The Day of Clear Vision to the Dim Eyes - "The eyes of them that see shall not be dim." -- Isaiah 32:3 THESE blessed words tell us four things, (1.) There are eyes that do not see; (2.) the
   Chapter 59 - The Unfainting Creator and the Fainting Creature - Isaiah 40:28-31 THIS was God's answer to Israel of old in their day of trouble; it is still his answer to a desponding spirit which thinks its case
   Chapter 60 - The Knowledge that Justifies - "By his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many." Isaiah 53:11 OF whom speaketh the prophet this? Of himself, or of some other man?" said
   Chapter 61 - The Heritage and its Title-Deeds - "This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord." -- Isaiah 54:17 IT is of "servants" that God is here speaking,--this is the name he gives them;
   Chapter 62 - The Meeting Between the Sinner and God - "Thou meetest him that rejoiceth and worketh righteousness; those that remember thee in thy ways: behold, thou art wroth; for we have sinned; in thos
   Chapter 63 - God's Love and God's Way of Blessing - "Go and proclaim these words toward the north, and say, Return, thou backsliding Israel, saith the Lord, and I will not cause mine anger to fall upon
   Chapter 64 - Divine Jealousy for the Truth - "O Lord, are not thine eyes upon the truth?" -- Jeremiah 5:3 THIS first clause of the third verse should be connected with the two previous verses,
   Chapter 65 - Divine Love and Human Rejection of it - "I hearkened and heard, but they spake not aright: no man repented him of his wickedness, saying, What have I done? every one turned to his course, a
   Chapter 66 - God's Desire to Bless the Sinner - "Woe unto thee, O Jerusalem! wilt than not be made clean ? when shall it once be ?" -- Jeremiah 13:27 WITHOUT dwelling on Jerusalem and her apostas
   Chapter 67 - The Resting-Place Forgotten - "They have forgotten their resting-place." -- Jeremiah 50:6 IT was of Israel's apostasy that the prophet spoke. As Moses said, "Of the rock that be
   Chapter 68 - The Day that Will Right all Wrongs - "Thou wilt bring the day that thou hast called." -- Lamentations 1:21 THIS is the voice of faith; sorrowful faith, yet still faith,--faith anticipa
   Chapter 69 - The Glory and the Love - "This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord!" -- Ezekiel 1:28 THE Book of Ezekiel corresponds in many respects with the Apoca
   Chapter 70 - False Religion and its Doom - "I will scatter your bones round about your altars." -- Ezekiel 6:5 IT is of Israel's idolatries that the prophet is speaking; her false gods, her
   Chapter 71 - No Breath No Life - "And when I beheld, lo, the sinews and the flesh came up upon them, and the skin covered them above: but there was no breath in them." -- Ezekiel 37:
   Chapter 72 - Every Christian a Teacher - "They that understand among the people shall instruct many." -- Daniel 11:33 WE do not receive knowledge for ourselves alone. We must share it with
   Chapter 73 - Work, Rest, and Recompence - "Go thou thy way till the end be: for thou shalt rest, and stand in thy lot at the end of the days." -- Daniel 12:13 DANIEL reminds us of John. The
   Chapter 74 - Human Heedlessness and Divine Remembrance - "They consider not in their hearts that I remember their wickedness.'' -- Hosea 7:2 LET me present this passage to you under these two heads: (1.)
   Chapter 75 - Lies the Food of Man - "Ye have eaten the fruit of lies." -- Hosea 10:13 THE subject suggested by these words is, "lies, their fruit, and man's eating it;" or simply, "li
   Chapter 76 - The Love and the Calling - "When Israel was a child, then I loved him, and called my son out of Egypt." -- Hosea 11:1 GOD'S words to Israel by this prophet are hard and stern
   Chapter 77 - The Anger and the Goodness - "Who can stand before his indignation? and who can abide in the fierceness of his anger? his fury is poured out like fire, and the rocks are thrown d
   Chapter 78 - Darkness Pursuing the Sinner - "Darkness shall pursue his enemies." -- Nahum 1:8 IT is of Nineveh and Assyria that this prophet utters his fearful burden. That city and its inhab
   Chapter 79 - Jerusalem the Centre of the World's Peace - "In this place will I give peace, saith the Lord of hosts." -- Haggai 2:9 IT is to something still future that this whole passage refers. Thus Paul
   Chapter 80 - Jerusalem and Her King - "Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy king cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and
   Chapter 81 - Looking to the Pierced One - "They shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him,
   Chapter 82 - The Holiness of Common Things - "In that day shall there be upon the bells of the horses, Holiness unto the Lord; and the pots in the Lord's house shall be like the bowls before the
   Chapter 83 - Wearying Jehovah with our Words - "Ye have wearied the Lord with your words: yet ye say, Wherein have we wearied him? When ye say, Every one that doth evil is good in the sight of the
   Chapter 84 - Dies Irae - Malachi 4:1-6 THIS is a notable specimen of a double prophecy. It contains several distinct predictions,--twice or oftener fulfilled; at first very

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