The Ichthyology of the Bible; or, God Among the Fishes
T. DeWitt Talmage
What a new book the Bible is! After thirty-six years preaching from it and discussing over three thousand different subjects founded on the Word of God, much of the Book is as fresh to me as when I learned, with a stretch of infantile memory, the shortest verse in the Bible, "Jesus wept." In this course of sermons on God Everywhere I find many things I had not before noticed. Today I speak to you concerning the Ichthyology of the Bible, or God among the Fishes. A fish was the early monogram of Christianity. It is found on the walls of the catacombs, and the Pope still wears "The Fisherman's Ring." The reason is that the Greek word for fish is composed of five letters, of which the first stands for Jesus, the second for Christ, the third for God, the fourth for Son, and the fifth for Saviour. So the word represented the initials of Jesus Christ, God's Son, the Saviour.
Our horses were lathered and tired out, and their fetlocks were red with the blood cut out by the rocks, and I could hardly get my feet out of the stirrups as, on Saturday night, we dismounted on the beach of Lake Galilee. The rather liberal supply of food with which we had started from Jerusalem was well-nigh exhausted, and the articles of diet remaining had, by oft repetition, three times a day for three weeks, ceased to appetize. I never want to see a fig again, and dates with me are all out of date. For several days the Arab caterer, who could speak but half a dozen English words, would answer our requests for some of the styles of food with which we had been delectated the first few days, by crying out, "Finished." The most piquant appetizer is abstinence, and the demand of all the party was, "Let us breakfast on Sunday morning on fresh fish from Lake Gennesaret," for you must know that that lake has four names and it is worth a profusion of nomenclature it is in the Bible called Chinnereth, Tiberias, ...
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