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The Coin Thief

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The Coin Thief
Signs of the Times, August 7, 1907. Via the Signs of the Times Newsletter, May 2008.
Submitted By
Scott Severance
Submitted On
May 4, 2008
Last Modified
May 4, 2008

In urging the sacredness of the Lord's Day, a Chinese preacher used this story:

"It came to pass that a man went to market, having on his shoulder a string of seven large, copper coins (Chinese coins were strung on strings and carried on the shoulder at that time). Seeing a beggar crying for alms, he gave the poor man six of his seven coins. Then the beggar, instead of being grateful, crept up behind the kind man and stole the seventh coin also. What an abominable wretch! Yes; but in saying this you condemn yourselves. You receive from the hand of the gracious God six days, yet you are not content. The seventh you also steal!"