Wednesday, November 20, 2019

D'Oyly & Mant: keeping Scripture in our hearts

Wednesday, November 20, 2019
    Feast of Edmund of the East Angles, Martyr, 870
    Commemoration of Priscilla Lydia Sellon, a Restorer of the Religious Life in the Church of England, 1876
    When his parents saw him, they were astonished. His mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you.”
    “Why were you searching for me?” he asked. “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?”
    But they did not understand what he was saying to them.
    —Luke 2:48-50 (NIV)
    It is to be acknowledged that many passages in the Bible are abstruse, and not to be easy to be understood. Yet we are not to omit reading the abstruser texts, which have any appearance of relating to us; but should follow the example of the Blessed Virgin, who understood not several of our Saviour’s sayings, but kept them all in her heart. Were we only to learn humility thus, it would be enough; but we shall come by degrees to apprehend far more than we expected, if we diligently compare spiritual things with spiritual, darker expressions with clearer, that are like or opposite to them; for contraries illustrate one another.
    ... George D’Oyly (1778-1846) & Richard Mant (1776-1848), Holy Bible According to the Authorized Version, Introduction to, London: SPCK, 1839, p. 18 (see the book)
    See also Luke 2:48-51; Matt. 13:11-13; Luke 2:19; 1 Tim. 4:13-15; 2 Pet. 3:15-16
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, grant me the patience and faith to live with less than all the answers.
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