And I sent messengers to them, saying, I am doing a great work, so that I cannot come down: why should the work cease…
This narrative illustrates —
I. THE CHARACTERISTICS OF A GREAT WORK. It has —
1. A high purpose. It was —
2. Beset with difficulties. A true work will have generally to surmount —
(1) Men's scorn.
(2) External hindrances.
II. THE TEMPTATIONS THAT BESET A GREAT WORK.
1. Temptations from armed enemies.
2. Temptations from professed friends.
III. THE SPIRIT OF A TRUE WORKER. There will be —
1. Prayer for the work.
2. Earnest prosecution of it.
3. Resistance of all temptations to leave it.
(Urijah R. Thomas.)
Parallel VersesKJV: And I sent messengers unto them, saying, I am doing a great work, so that I cannot come down: why should the work cease, whilst I leave it, and come down to you?