Sunday, August 13, 2017

Taylor: factions

Sunday, August 13, 2017
    Feast of Jeremy Taylor, Bishop of Down & Connor, Priest, Teacher, 1667
    Commemoration of Florence Nightingale, Social Reformer, 1910
    Commemoration of Octavia Hill, Worker for the Poor, 1912
    Korah son of Izhar, the son of Kohath, the son of Levi, and certain Reubenites—Dathan and Abiram, sons of Eliab, and On son of Peleth—became insolent and rose up against Moses. With them were 250 Israelite men, well-known community leaders who had been appointed members of the council. They came as a group to oppose Moses and Aaron and said to them, “You have gone too far! The whole community is holy, every one of them, and the LORD is with them. Why then do you set yourselves above the LORD’S assembly?”
    —Numbers 16:1-3 (NIV)
    The kingdom of God did not then consist in words, but in power, the power of Godliness; though now we are fallen upon another method, we have turned all religion into faith, and our faith is nothing but the production of interest or disputing;—it is adhering to a party and a wrangling against all the world beside; and when it is asked of what religion he is, we understand the meaning to be what faction does he follow, what are the articles of his sect, not what is the manner of his life: and if men be zealous for their party and that interest, then they are precious men, though otherwise they be covetous as the grave, factious as Dathan, schismatical as Korah, or proud as the fallen angels.
    ... Jeremy Taylor (1613-1667), The Whole Works of the Right Rev. Jeremy Taylor, D.D., v. VI, London: Ogle, Duncan & Co., 1822, Sermon III, p. 283-284 (see the book)
    See also Num. 16:1-3; Rom. 1:16; 14:17; 1 Cor. 1:22-24; 2:4-5; 4:20; 2 Cor. 10:4-5; 12:20; Gal. 5:19-21; Tit. 3:10; Jas. 2:24
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, lead us all to look towards Jesus constantly.
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