There be four things which are little on the earth, but they are exceeding wise:…
The text may be taken as illustrative of a twofold view of the people of God. On the one hand, the weakness of the Church; on the other hand, the strength of the Church.
I. THE WEAKNESS OF THE CHURCH.
1. It is a collection of "feeble folk" in an historical sense. It has always been a poor, persecuted minority.
2. In a spiritual sense. The generic character of our race is summed up in two words — the "flesh is weak."
3. In an experimental sense. They become feeble in their own estimation.
4. In a relative sense. As compared with their "ghostly enemies."
II. THE STRENGTH OF THE CHURCH. Not in itself, but in Him, the Rock of Ages, in whom it ever finds shelter and help.
(J. B. Owen, M.A.)
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