King Sermon Illustrations

King Sermon Illustrations

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Love for the King

When Robert Bruce was fleeing from the English, when they invaded Scotland, he came to a poor old Highland woman's house, and asked for a night's lodging. 'Who are you?' said she. 'I am a stranger, and a traveler,' said the King. `All strangers and travelers are welcome here,' said she, 'for the sake of one.' And who is that one?' asked the king. 'Our good King Robert the Bruce,' said she, 'whom, though he is hunted by hounds and horns, I acknow­ledge to be the rightful king of all Scotland.' She could not enthrone Him except in her heart, but she would if she could; and in his rejection she acknowledged him as her rightful king.—Indian Christian

I Chron. 12. 31; John 18. 36, 37; Heb. 2. 9; 1 Pet. 3. 15)

Voice of the King

One of the great and good Tsars of Russia frequently visited the cities and towns of his kingdom incognito to see how his subjects fared. On one occasion, dressed in a peasant's garb, he knocked at the door of an inn. The innkeeper, who answered the door, listened to the 'peasant's' request for a night's accommodation, and was about to dismiss him with the words, 'There are many of the king's nobles in this inn tonight, and there is no room for a peasant here. You must seek a lodging elsewhere,' when one of the knights, having heard the voice and recognized the accent of his liege lord, rushed to the door and, bidding the king enter, said, 'The dress may be that of a peasant, but the voice is the voice of my lord, the King.'

(Jer. 14. 8; Luke 2. 7; Matt. 2. 2; 1 Pet. 3. 15)

King of kings

One Saturday King George V and Queen Mary were out in the country with Lord Stamfordham, and came to a humble little cottage. Desiring to sit down and rest for a few minutes, the Queen asked if she might enter. The good woman who answered the door ran inside and cried, '0 William, here's the king and queen. Whatever shall we do?' Let 'em come in, of course,' said William.

When the royal visitors were seated in the spotless little parlour, they noticed a family Bible in a prominent position. 'I am glad to see you have got the good Book,' said the king. `Ay, your Majesties,' said William, 'would you like to hear about my conversion?' Of course I should,' said the king. The story was told with enthusiasm.

The queen, with tears in her eyes, turned to the good wife. 'And have you had an exper­ience like that?' Yes! she had, and she too told how she was saved. When they rose to go, the king and queen, much affected by the incident, thanked them and said simply, 'We love Him too, you know.'

(Ps. 72. 11; Phil. 2. 10)

"I think," said the heir apparent, "that I will add music and dancing to my accomplishments."

"Aren't they rather light?"

"They may seem so to you, but they will be very handy if a revolution occurs and I have to go into vaudeville."

The present King George in his younger days visited Canada in company with the Duke of Clarence. One night at a ball in Quebec, given in honor of the two royalties, the younger Prince devoted his time exclusively to the young ladies, paying little or no attention to the elderly ones and chaperons.

His brother reprimanded him, pointing out to him his social position and his duty as well.

"That's all right," said the young Prince. "There are two of us. You go and sing God save your Grandmother, while I dance with the girls."

And so we sing, "Long live the King;
Long live the Queen and Jack;
Long live the Ten-spot and the Ace,
And also all the pack."—Eugene Field.

FIRST EUROPEAN SOCIETY LADY—"Wouldn't you like to be presented to our sovereign?"

SECOND E.S.L.—"No. Simply because I have to be governed by a man is no reason why I should condescend to meet him socially."

One afternoon Kaiser Wilhelm caustically reproved old General Von Meerscheidt for some small lapses.

"If your Majesty thinks that I am too old for the service please permit me to resign," said the General.

"No; you are too young to resign," said the Kaiser.

In the evening of that same day, at a court ball, the Kaiser saw the old General talking to some young ladies, and he said:

"General, take a young wife, then your excitable temperament will vanish."

"Excuse me, your Majesty," replied the General. "It would kill me to have both a young wife and a young Emperor."

During the war of 1812, a dinner was given in Canada, at which both American and British officers were present. One of the latter offered the toast: "To President Madison, dead or alive!"

An American offered the response: "To the Prince Regent, drunk or sober!"—Mrs. Gouverneur.

A lady of Queen Victoria's court once asked her if she did not think that one of the satisfactions of the future life would be the meeting with the notable figures of the past, such as Abraham, Isaac and King David. After a moment's silence, with perfect dignity and decision the great Queen made answer: "I will not meet David!"

Ten poor men sleep in peace on one straw heap, as Saadi sings,
But the immensest empire is too narrow for two kings.—William R. Alger.

Here lies our sovereign lord, the king,
Whose word no man relies on,
Who never said a foolish thing,
And never did a wise one.

Said by a courtier of Charles, II. To which the King replied, "That is very true, for my words are my own. My actions are my minister's."

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