Daily Plumer – Hebrews 1:1 – There is no book like the Bible; the glory of a progressive revelation

“Nor will a wise and good man be offended because God gave us his will in parcels, at sundry times and in divers manners, v. 1. It is amazing kindness and condescension in God to speak to us at all. His infinite wisdom and goodness chose the right way. To criticise his methods, or arraign his proceedings is both arrogance and profaneness. Moll: ‘The fragmentary character of this revelation produces in it no error; for God is he who speaks to us in the prophets, and all the utterances of revelation are oracles of God. The great variety of its forms best bears testimony to the goodness of God in graciously condescending to human necessities, and demonstrates at once the sincerity and earnestness with which he draws near to us, and the depths of his condescension.’

If men love history, where can they find such records as in the Bible? If they are fond of poetry, ‘there are,’ says Milton, ‘no songs comparable to the songs of Zion.’ All the prudential maxims of the ancient wise men are put into obscurity by the consummate wisdom of the book of Proverbs or even by the thirty-seventy Psalm. The doctrines of the Bible are truly heavenly. The worship it enjoins is simple, reasonable and elevating. Its morals are pure, practicable and ennobling.

The great secret of successful teaching is, A little at a time and often repeated. This is the precise plan of scripture, Line upon line, precept upon precept, here a little and there a little.”

(These hopefully daily remarks come from William Swan Plumer’s 1872 commentary on the epistle to the Hebrews.)



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