by T. De Witt Talmage

T. DeWitt Talmage

There is a fashion in sermonics. A comparatively
Small part of the Bible is called on for texts. Most of
The passages of Scripture, when announced at the
Opening of sermons, immediately divide themselves
Into old discussions that we have heard from boyhood,
And the effect on us is soporific. The auditor guesses
At the start just what the preacher will say. There are
Very important chapters and verses that have never
Been preached from. Much of my lifetime I am devoting
To unlocking these gold chests and blasting
Open these quarries. We talk about the heart and
Sing about the heart, but if you refer to the physical
Organ that we call the heart, it has not half so much
To do with spiritual health or disease, moral exaltation
Or spiritual depression, as the organ to the consideration
Of which Solomon calls us in the text when
He describes sin progressing "till a dart strike through
His liver." The Gospel of Health is a theme we all
Need more to study and practise.

Solomon's anatomical and physiological discoveries were so
very great that he was nearly three thousand years ahead
of the scientists of his day. He, more than one thousand
years before Christ, seemed to know about the circulation
of the blood, which Harvey discovered sixteen hundred and
nineteen years after Christ, for when Solomon, in Ecclesiastes,
describing the human body, speaks of the pitcher at the
fountain, he evidently means the three canals leading
from the heart that receive the blood like pitchers.

When he speaks in Ecclesiastes of the silver cord of
life, he evidently means the spinal marrow, about
which in our day Doctors Mayo and Carpenter and
Dalton and Flint and Brown-Sequard have experi-
nmenited. And Solomon recorded in the Bible thou-
sands of years before scientists discovered it, that in
his time the spinal cord relaxed in old age, producing
the tremors of hand and head: "Or the silver cord
be ...

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