by T. De Witt Talmage

T. DeWitt Talmage

Exodus, 8:19 " The finger of God."

Pharaoh was sulking in his marble throne
room at Memphis. Plague after plague had come,
and sometimes the Egyptian monarch was disposed
to do better, but at the lifting of each plague, he was
as bad as before. The necromancers of the palace,
however, were compelled to recognize the divine
movement, and after one of the most exasperating
plagues of all the series, they cried out in the words
of my text: "This is the finger of God," not the first
nor the last time when bad people said a good thing.
An old Philadelphia friend visiting me the other day,
asked me if I had ever noticed the passage of Script-
ure from which I to-day speak. I told him no, and I
said right away, "That is a good text for a sermon."
In strange way sometimes God suggests to his serv-
ants useful discourse It would be a great book that
would give the history of sermons.

We all recognize the hand of God, and know it is
a mighty hand. You have seen a man keep two or
three rubber balls flying in the air, catching and pitch-
ing them so that none of them fell to the floor, and
do this for several minutes, and you have admired his
dexterity; but have you thought how the hand of God
keeps thousands and- thoiusands of round worlds
vastly larger than our world flying for centuries with-
out letting one fall? Wondrous power and skill of
God's hand! But about that I am not to discourse.
My text leads me to speak of less than a fifth of the
divine hand. "This is the finger of God." Only in
two other places does the Bible refer to this division
of the Omnipotent hand. The rocks on Mount Sinai
are basalt and very hard stone. Do you imagine it
was a chisel that cut the ten commandments in that
basalt? No, in Exodus we read that the tables of
stone were "written with the finger of God." Christ
says that he cast out devils with "the finger of God."
The only instance that Christ wrote a word, he w ...

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