Thursday, June 01, 2006

"I Climb the Rainbow Through the Rain" George Matheson, IV.

George Matheson was licenced to preach by the Presbytery of Glasgow on 13th June 1866. He signed the register himself, but another had to place the point of the pen for him to begin writing.
He did not actual begin to preach until the following year, spending the remainder of 1866 writing sermons and otherwise preparing for the work of the ministry. Although he found travel difficult, Matheson managed to travel to Paris and London in this period, both of course by railway.
George Matheson was determined to be a great preacher. This was, after all, the age of the great preacher, with Spurgeon and Parker in London, AlexanderMaclaren in Manchester, R.W. Dale in Birmingham, and a host of men in Scotland. Matheson studied particularly the men who were the 'greats' of the Church of Scotland in that period, Caird, Norman Macleod, Charteris, Pulsford and Macduff, all of whom have vanished into the oblivion of history.
It was Dr. Macduff of Sandyford Church, Glasgow, who was to have the greatest influence on Matheson, for the simple reason that he was the pastor of the church where Matheson's parents were members, and where young Matheson had gone from early boyhood. It was Dr. Macduff who called the young man to be his assistant pastor six months after Matheson had been licenced. Matheson asked to be excused on the ground that he had so few sermons prepared, but when it was discovered that he had thirteen, Macduff declared that this was quite enough, and so George Matheson was officially appointed Dr. Macduff's assistant on 8th January 1867. Once again it will be seen how God provided a relatively easy route for the blind preacher.

Next time, God willing, we shall consider Matheson's time at Sandyford Church.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the words you quote in this article are not right. To my knowledge, the correct words should be "I trace the rainbow through the rain", not "I climb the rainbow". The correct words make much more sense because the writer makes the point that even in the midst of the storms of sorrow, faith can see a rainbow. There isn't much liklihood of climbing a rainbow of joy in such a time, but there is an under pinning of strength based in faith which gives the sure hope that all is well and God is still in control. The person in sorrow is able to hold on in faith in such times.

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