Sermons on Various Subjects by the Late Henry Kollock, D. D, Vol. 2 of 4
Excerpt from Sermons on Various Subjects by the Late Henry Kollock, D. D, Vol. 2 of 4: With a Memoir of the Life of the Author It will not then be uninteresting nor useless to us, briefly to review his history. We shall find much to praise and imitate, but much also to blame. Let me, however, previously remark, that the manner in which the lives of eminent men are related in the Scriptures, affords a strong proof of the sincerity of the sacred writers. The simplicity of truth every where shines. There is no attempt to extol their favourites. Their failings are neither concealed nor extenuated, but presented with as much impartiality as are their virtues. How different is this from the manner of those historians who write merely to promote a particular cause, or to eulogize a favourite hero. The family of Saul, in consequence of his violation of the commands of God, had been rejected from the succession to the throne. Though Samuel, faithful to the orders of the Lord, had announced these tidings to Saul, yet he still mourned for a king whom he had once so tenderly loved, and interceded with Jehovah in his behalf. But his prayers were not seconded by the penitence of Saul; and God, to show that his sentence was irrevocable, ordered the prophet to consecrate the future king by the sacred anointing oil. In compliance with this revelation, Samuel departed for Bethlehem, and there anointed the youngest of the sons of Jesse, who had hitherto lived in obscurity and retirement, following the peaceful occupation of a shepherd. There appeared few prognostics of his future eminence: but the Lord can, from any situation, raise up and quality instruments for the work he designs to perform. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.