SITTING AMONG THE ASHES
Sermon By Dr. Jesse M. Hendley
October 11, 1907---November 30, 1994
Colonial Hills Baptist Church
East Point, Ga.
December 17, 1944
There are two texts for my message today. The first is
Job chapter 2, verse 8. If you have read chapters 1
and 2 of Job, you will know the background of the
statement that is made here. "So Satan went forth from
the Presence of the Lord and smote Job with sore boils
from the sole of his foot to his crown, and he took
him a potsherd to scrape himself withal; and he sat
down among the ashes." The latter part of that verse,
"he sat down among the ashes," is my text.
Then in Jonah, the 3rd chapter and verse 6, we read
that the king of Nineveh (an unsaved man and a
heathen) sat in ashes, and God almighty warned him of
the judgment to come.
These two men are the subject of our study this
morning. They typify the believer sitting among ashes,
and then the unbeliever sitting among ashes.
Ashes is a terrible word. Ashes are coals that have
burned out, coals that were at one time hot, but are
now cold. Ashes are worthless. Ashes are a thing of
humility. They signify the idea of bringing us down,
not lifting up; of mourning and lamentation, of
suffering, of a wasted life! Abraham said, "I am but
dust and ashes," when he was talking to the Lord about
Sodom and Gomorrah. "I am just dust and ashes." Here
we see real humility and humiliation. We read in the
Book of Isaiah, concerning the man who has an idol,
"He feedeth on ashes." He is trying to feed his soul
on ashes! But that man is not the only man that tries
to feed on ashes. There are people today who are
trying to do it. Any man who is trying to keep himself
alive without the Word wouldn't sit down to a table of
ashes, would you? At lunch today, instead of having
some good meat, good vegetables and good bread, would
you sit down to a plate of ashes? You wouldn't get
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