THE COMING SAVIOUR.
The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver
from between his feet, until Shiloh come ; and unto him shall
the gathering of the people be.—Gen. xlix : 10.
In the days of antiquity, as far back as Homer, it
was thought that the nearer man approached his
dissolution the more his soul grew divine. Modern
theology teaches that sanctification ends with man at
the grave. Abraham's faithfulness was increased
by old age,—Job was more able to detect his frailty
in old age than ever before,—both David and Solo¬
mon were more able to mark humanity's imperfec¬
tion when standing near the tomb than ever before;
so was it with Jacob, his most loyal acts to truth and
justice are seen when contending with the waves of
Jordan or while walking through the valley of the
shadow of death.
Jacob's trials in life had been many, his cross
heavy, but he had ever remembered and respected
*This sermon was preached by your humble servant, be¬
fore the Shiloh Baptist Association, convened in its 20th An¬
nual Session, in the First Baptist Church of Charlottesville,
Virginia, August 5th, 1885.