Man Sermon Illustrations

Man Sermon Illustrations

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The Sphinx—in ancient mythology—was supposed to have propounded a riddle, 'What animal goes on four legs in the morning, on two at noonday, and on three in the evening?' The riddle remained unsolved till Oedipus appeared and gave the right answer—'Man!' In infancy the human babe goes on all fours; during life's course he walks upright on two legs; and in the eventide of life he leans on a staff.

(Ps. 8. 46; 39. 4; 90. 10)

How readily upon the Gospel plan
That question has its answer, 'What is man?'
Sinful and weak, in every sense a wretch,
An instrument whose strings upon the stretch,
And strained to the last cord that he can bear,
Yields only discord in the Maker's ear.

But what is man in his own proud esteem?
Hear him—himself the poet and the theme:
A monarch clothed with majesty and awe,
His mind his kingdom and his will his law,
Grace in his mien and glory in his eyes,
Supreme on earth and worthy of the skies.—William Cowper

(Job 15. 14-16; Dan. 4. 30; 1 Tim. 2. 5)

Man in the Glory

There's a Man in the glory I know very well,
I have known Him for years and His goodness can tell;
One day in His mercy He knocked at my door,
And, seeking admission, knock'd many times o'er
But when I went to Him and stood face to face,
And listen'd awhile to His story of grace,
How He suffer'd for sinners and put away sin,
I heartily, thankfully welcomed Him in.
We have lived on together a number of years,
And that's why I neither have doubtings nor fears,
For my sins are all hid in the depths of the sea;
They were carried down there by the Man on the tree.
I am often surprised why the lip should be curled
When I speak of my Lord to the man of the world;
And notice with sorrow his look of disdain
When I tell him that Jesus is coming again.
And yet at His coming I'm sure he would flee
Like the man in the garden who ate of the tree.
Is the Man in the glory a stranger to you?
A stranger to Jesus! What, do you not know
He is washing poor sinners much whiter than snow?
Have you lived in a land where the Bible's unknown
That you don't know the Man Who is now on the throne?
The question of sin I adoringly see
The Man in the glory has settled for me!
And as to my footsteps, whatever the scene,
The Man in the glory is keeping me clean;
And therefore I'm singing from morning till night,
The Man in the glory is all my delight.—George Cutting (abridged)

(1 Tim. 2. 5; Heb. 2. 9)

Man of God

There is no glory halo round his devoted head;
No lustre marks the sacred path in which his footsteps tread;
Yet holiness is graven upon his thoughtful brow,
And unto God and God alone his high-born soul shall bow.
He often is peculiar and seldom understood,
And yet his power is felt by both the evil and the good;
For he lives in touch with Heaven a life of faith and prayer;
His sympathies, his hopes, his joys—his all is centred there.
He is a chosen servant among God's many sons;
He bears His sayings on his lips, and on His errands runs.
No human frown he feareth, no earthly praise he seeks;
But in the dignity of Heaven his burning message speaks.—William Blane

(2 Kings 4. 9; Ps. 90-title; 1 Tim. 6. 11, 12)

Moods of Man

Within my earthly temple there's a crowd,
There's one of us that's humble, one that's proud,
One that's broken-hearted for his sins,
One that's unrepentant, sits and grins,
One that loves his neighbor as himself,
One that cares for nought but fame and pomp and pelf.
From much corroding care I should be free
If I could once determine which of these is me.

(Rom. 7. 21-24; Gal. 5. 17)

Man is a tripartite being, con­sisting of body, soul, and spirit. Body has been defined as world consciousness, soul as self-consciousness and spirit as God-consciousness. These three faculties are brought out in the words for 'Man' in different languages.

Man's body: Latin—Homo—cognate with `humus', the ground. Hebrew—Adam—red earth.

Man's mind: Sanskrit—Manushya—from `manu'—to think. Anglo-Saxon—Man—cognate with the Sanskrit.

Man's spirit: Greek—Anthropos (from which is derived 'anthropology', science of man)—he who looks upward.

(Job. 7. 17, 18; 15. 14, 16; Ps. 8. 4-9; 144. 3, 4; Heb. 2. 5-9)

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