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Do Not Sin Against the Child - Part 1 (1 of 2)
Charles H. Spurgeon
Thus Reuben reminded his brethren of his admonition concerning Joseph-thus would I address you with regard to your own children.
I thought it meet, beloved friends, as our friend Mr. Hammond is coming among us to labor for the conversion of the young, that I should as it were, this morning, deliver the preface to his series of services. Perhaps by enlisting the consideration and the affectionate prayers of God's people for the young, I may be doing more to help my friend in his work than it would be possible for me to do by any other means.
Note the words of the text. "Spake I not unto you, saying, Do not sin against the child?" The essence of sin lies in its being committed against God. When men are fully convinced that they have disobeyed the Lord, and that this is "the head and front of their offending," then they are brought to a true perception of the character of sin. Hence David's penitential psalm has for its acutest cry, "Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in they sight."
Yet the sword of sin cuts both ways, it not only contends against God but against His creatures too. It is a double evil. like a bursting shell, it scatters evil on every side. Every relationship which we sustain involves duty, and consequently, may be perverted into an occasion for sin. We are no sooner in this world than, as children, we sin against our parents; as members of a family we sin against brothers and sisters; against playmates and acquaintances. We launch into the outside world, and around our barque sins dash like raging billows. As our various relations are multiplied, our sins increase also: we sin against a husband or against a wife, against a servant or against a master, against a buyer or a seller. On all sides the roots of our souls suck up sin from the earth in which they spread. We sin in public and sin in private, sin against our poverty and again ...
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