Charles Simeon's classic commentary on Isaiah is now available in electronic format! The entire Horae Homileticae Collection has been converted to the Logos Bible Software and these valuable resources are easier than ever to use. In this, the eighth volume of the series, Simeon expounds on Isaiah 27–66 in relentless detail.
These expository outlines (or "skeletons") are not a verse-by-verse explanation of the English Bible. Rather, they are a chapter-by-chapter study with explanations of the most important and instructive verses in each chapter. Simeon's aim with this commentary is "Instruction relative to the Composition of Sermons." To this end, his exposition of the Scriptures is designed to maintain a focus on the more general aspects of a passage over and above possible treatments of particulars. His test for a sermon, as he teaches in Horae Homileticae, is threefold: does it humble the sinner, exalt the Saviour and promote holiness?
Opposing all human systems of divinity, Simeon's commentary is also marked by an avoidance of any possible systemization of God's Word and entanglement with theological controversies. A self-described "moderate Calvinist" or, more plainly, a "Biblical Christian," Simeon believed that the Bible should speak for itself. "Be Bible Christians, not systems Christians" was his maxim; "My endeavor is to bring out of Scripture what is there, and not to thrust in what I think might be there. I have a great jealousy on this head; never to speak more or less than I believe to be the mind of the Spirit in the passage I am expounding." With Horae Homileticae this conviction is soundly applied.
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“Of such addresses it becomes his people, under their heaviest distresses, to take advantage. As Benhadad, when” (Page 294)
“THE more just our views of God’s perfections are, the more firm and enlarged will be our expectations from him. We are apt to distrust his mercy and love, because we ‘judge him to be such an one as ourselves:’ whereas, if we considered how infinitely remote his ways and thoughts are from ours, we should repose the most unlimited confidence in him, and have every fear swallowed up in the contemplation of his power and grace.” (Pages 473–474)
“We measure his wisdom by the scanty line of our own reason; forgetting that ‘his ways are in the great deep,’ and ‘past finding out’ by any finite intelligence: that ‘there is no searching of his understanding.’” (Page 136)
“The blood which Jesus shed upon the cross is as a balm, which heals the disorders of our souls, and restores to man the free and legitimate use of all his powers.” (Pages 357–358)
“Cannot He who created all things by a word, and spake them into existence, accomplish for us whatever our necessities require?” (Page 135)
[Horae Homileticae] is the best place to go for researching Simeon's theology. You can find his views on almost every key text in the Bible … What Simeon experienced in the word was remarkable. And it is so utterly different from the counsel that we receive today that it is worth looking at …
If Wilberforce is the most famous evangelical layman in the Church of England, then Simeon is the most famous evangelical clergyman.
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[The volumes of Horae Homileticae] have been called 'a valley of dry bones': be a prophet and they will live.