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Charles Spurgeon's Illustration Collection
Death: Desired by Few
Burckhardt states, that although the Arabs are strict predestinarians, yet when the plague visited Medina, many of the townsmen fled to the desert, alleging as an excuse that although the distemper was a messenger from heaven sent to call them to a better world, yet being conscious of their own unworthiness, and that they did not merit this special mark of grace, they thought it more advisable to decline it for the present, and make their escape from the town. If it really came to the point with those of us who talk of longing for death as a great deliverance, should we not cling to life? It is a question perhaps more easily asked than answered.
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Spurgeon, Charles. Entry for 'Death: Desired by Few'. Charles Spurgeon's Illustration Collection. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/fff/d/death-desired-by-few.html. 1870.
the Week of Proper 21 / Ordinary 26