This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1882. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... VII. WRESTLING WITH COD. In his narrative of events Luke does not always follow the exact order of time; but at the point where we now are he inserts a paragraph which may be regarded as occupying its proper place, and which contains information communicated by him alone. The paragraph is Luke 22: 43, 44: "And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him. And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly; and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground." By some this paragraph is looked on as spurious (1), but this opinion is not well supported. Others find difficulty in a literal interpretation of the narrative. The appearance of the angel, and the "sweat as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground," they would consign to the imagination of the witnesses, or the region of poetry. If, however, the appearance of angels on any occasion is granted; if, for instance, the angels who came and ministered to Jesus after the temptation in the wilderness were real, there ought to be no difficulty in the appearance of an angel now. The testimony as to the bloody sweat is the same as that with respect to other points in the narrative which have not been questioned. As if to compensate for the silence of all the historians, with the exception of Luke, on the events before us, the writer to the Hebrews supplies what may be termed an additional Gospel bearing on them. Heb. 5: 7, 8: "Who (Christ) in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications, with strong crying and tears, unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared. Though he were a son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered." It is on all hands agreed that in this passage there is refer...
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