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THE FEEDING OF THE FIVE THOUSAND.
myself, what is always one of my most valued grati i pressed the crowd to people it with life, and make fications, that of paying my humble and most affec it echo with their solicitations and prayers. Of the tionate respects this day, and must rest satisfied with
words that were there spoken, and tbe truths which renewing in my retirement those earnest supplica
held that crowd of more than five thousand in such tions for your Majesty's health and happiness, which are equally dictated by regard for the public welfare,
long and breathless attention, nothing has come and by a thankfully cherished remembrance of much | down to us, but that he healed their sick, restored distinguished and unmerited kindness.--I have the their lame, and melted and consoled the hearts of honour," &c.
all. Hour after hour they stood with upturned The sequel was no less worthy of the King. Next
Next | faces, and drank in the messages of love and kindmorning, whilst they were seated round the breakfast table, a royal messenger arrived charged with
ness, heedless alike of the declining day, and the long an invitation to the Pavilion that evening. His Ma- journey back to their homes. What a picturesqu jesty made no allusion to the letter; but to show how scene they presented there on the sloping shore ! perfectly he appreciated the motives of his guest, he Above them leaned the Saviour - behind themi went beyond even his usual urbanity and kindness; heaved the seafar away rose barren mountains, and to the close of his reign no interruption occurred
and all around them was dreary and wild. Not a in a friendship equally honourable to the accomplished commoner and to the frank and warm-hearted
house, not a cultivated spot in view—that single bark monarch. To every pious subject it must also be a moored to the shore-the dark throng encircling the source of lively satisfaction to know, that in the Pa- Son of God--these were the only objects betokening vilion itself originated measures which have ma- life amid the universal desolation. And now over terially tended to promote the better observance of all, the setting sunbeams are streaming, flooding the Sabbath in Brighton. It is said that there were
with light the form of Christ-giving a deeper colour certain arrangements in the royal household which undesignedly entailed a large amount of Sunday la- |
to the sea, and throwing in stronger contrast the bour; but when the facts were represented to Queen dark group on the shore. On the stillness of that Adelaide, she immediately commanded that the or evening no sound breaks but the voice of the Saviour. ders in question should be given on Monday instead Did he point to that wild scene as he once did to the of Saturday as heretofore; and this act of Christian |
n lilies of the valley to enforce his words? Did the consideration has been extensively copied, to the
encompassing heavens seem to bend nearer as his great relief of many a laundress who formerly could not "remember the Sabbath-day to keep it holy."
eye pierced their depths? Did the setting sun blaze up with greater brilliancy before he left the presence
of his God? THE FEEDING OF THE FIVE THOUSAND.
As the disciples, filled with the same tender sym
pathy as their Master, watched the multitude, and BY J. T. HEADLEY.
thought how long and weary was the journey to their We are told that once, wearied with the press of the homes, they besought him to send them away before crowd, the Saviour took his disciples into a ship, and dark, that they might get food to appease their sought a lonely and desert place, where he might hunger. From the city, the hamlet, the farm-house, rest and commune with himself and them. But the the shop, and the hovel, they had come, bringing no multitude was not so easily shaken off-the hungry supplies with them; and when the excitement which soul was but half satisfied, and hundreds of lame and then upheld them should subside, faintness and sick were yet to be healed.
weariness would make them sink by the way. Jesus Behold that solitary bark is on the placid deep, knew this as well as they, and bade his astonished bearing onward the weary Son of God. The waves disciples feed them before they left. Having nothing are scarcely stirred by the summer wind, the sunlight | themselves, they inquired for bread amid the multiglitters on the sparkling waters; and save the dip of tude, but sought in vain. Not one out of the five the oar, the leap of a playful fish, or the scream of thousand had food, save a poor lad on whom were the wild-bird after its prey, not a sound breaks the found “five barley loaves and two small fishes." solitude of the scene. But as Jesus casts his eye Whence came this lad, and how happened he there over the broad bosom of the sea, he perceives at a with his basket of bread and two little fishes ? Perglance that no seclusion or rest awaits him; for the chance he was sitting on the shore fishing, to provide distant beach is crowded with men and women food for a lone mother, when the crowd came rushing watching the progress of that frail bark, as though it past him with their eyes bent on the slowly moving carried their destiny. Litters on which the sick are vessel in the distance; and, snatching up his basket, stretched, cripples struggling along, blind men grop followed after to see what it all meant. He was ing their toilsome way by the sound of rushing foot doubtless led by curiosity alone, and deemed hiinself steps, the wretched of every description, help to unnoticed in the throng. But his basket was taken swell the throng that lines the sea-shore, and endea from hiut, and he led trembling into the presence vour to keep pace with the vessel that wafts Jesus of of the Saviour, who made the mass separate itself Nazareth on.
into groups and companies, and sit down on the grass. O how his heart swelled as he saw the distant He then took the five barley loaves, and after giving coast black with human beings who would not lose thanks, broke them before the people. Each of the hirn from their sight! Solitude and weariness were five thousand received what he wished, and yet the both forgotten in the deep love and compassion he loaves did not waste, nor the fish diminish. At first bore them.
it seemed a farce to distribute that immense throng On swept the vessel to the desert place, and on into bands of fifty, and in their presence commence dividing the mere pittance; but wonder and awe soon O what a spectacle that self-illuminated and gliding usurped every other feeling. The lad saw his barley form must have presented to the alarmed disciples loaves and fish feed more than five thousand, and yet on deck! No wonder they cried out,“ It is a spirit!” twelve baskets of fragments remain.
and turned from the messenger of doom to the As night began to come down on the sea, Christ wrathful deep around them. But when that calm dismissed the multitude to their homes. Following and gentle voice, heard in its lowest accents above him from afar, bound as by a spell in his presence, the loud gea, " It is I, be not afraid," fell on their they involuntarily obeyed his bidding, conscious only ears, despair and horror gave way to the wildest joy, of being under the influence of a superior power. and Peter leapt into the surge to meet his Lord.
The scene is now changed. The multitude is merely a black speck on the far-winding shore. The hum of their subdued voices as they talk of what
EXCELLENCY OF CHRIST. they have heard and witnessed, and the sound of their footsteps, have long since died away. Even
He is a path, if any be misled; that solitary vessel is gone, and is rising and falling
He is a robe, if any naked be: on the steady swell far out upon the water. The
If any chance to hunger, he is bread; disciples are on deck, watching with straining eyes
If any be a bondman, he is free; the fast-fading form of their Master on shore. He
If any be but weak, how strong is he! is once more alone with the night. O who can tell
To dead men, life he is; to sick men, health; the emotions that then stole over his human soul!
To blind men, sight; and to the needy, wealth; The far parting multitude, the distant tossing vessel,
A pleasure without loss; a treasure without stealth. were forgotten in the mightier, more fearful events
Giles Fletcher, before him. The thickening shadows of night were not darker than the forebodings that gathered around his spirit. The moan of the deep, and the solitude
SLEEPING IN CHURCH. of the desert scene, were in harmony with the feel
BY THE REV. DR HUMPHREY. ings that oppressed him, and he turned his footsteps towards a lonely mountain to pray. Kneeling under Tuis is the season of the year when hard-working the open sky, he unburdened his heart to his Father people are peculiarly liable to be overcome by drowin heaven. What words of anguish and sadness siness in the house of God. Of these, there are two startled the night air, what sweet submission and classes. One class of sleepers in church, would glad. tender sympathy succeeded both, we shall never in | ly keep awake if they could. They take a great deal this world know. It was a secret and hallowed in of pains for it during the public exercises. When terview; but while it continued, a far different scene their eyes grow heavy, they resort to various ero| was passing on the sea below him. Dark thunder pedients to shake off the sleepiness which is stealing clouds were hovering over its bosom, the wind swept upon them. They say, and we have no reason to by in angry gusts, lashing it into fury, and amid the doubt it, that they would give any thing if they could boiling waters that frail bark was struggling despe overcome the infirmity, but they struggle in vain. rately for life. By the flashes that ever and anon | Ere they are aware of it, the voice of the preacher rent the gloom, its plunging form was seen dividing dies away upon their ears, and they fall asleep. the waves, as the wild wind and wilder sea hurled it The other class of church-going sleepers give along the distracted waters. Jesus, who had arisen themselves very little trouble about it. They are from prayer, and slowly retraced his steps to the willing enough to keep awake perhaps, and for apshore, now stood and looked on the turbulent scene, | pearance sake, if nothing else, would rather choose and his heart was moved for his terror-stricken fol. to, but they generally doze and nod more or less, or, lowers, whom he knew to be in despair on deck. what is more common with many, lay their heads Calmly, serenely stepping on the crest of the bil. quietly down in some snug corner of their pews, till lows, as they rolled and crumbled at his feet, he the amen or the last singing notifies them that the moved out upon the watery waste. Around him the | exercises are drawing to a close. Under some of the leaping billows crouched like fawning lions—the most solemn and faithful gospel sermons they had lightning slipt harmlessly along his forehead, and rather sleep than not, though they cannot always the thunder stopped “mid volley” as he passed. succeed when they have chosen the most convenient Though foam and cloud and tempest were spread attitudes. To this class of church-sleepers we have around “thy form, thou Son of God,"
not much to say, because we have but little hope that # And the heavy night hung dark,
they would hear and heed us. We could remind Yet like a spirit in thy gliding tread,
them, that the time is coming when they must all Thou, as o'er glass, didst walk that #tormy sea, Through rushing winds, which left a silent path for thee.
keep wide awake, whether they will or not. It may
not be till after they have done attending public “ So still thy white robes fell- no breath of air Within their long and slumb'rous folds bad sway,
worship-it may not be till they wake up and find So still the waves of parted sharowy hair
themselves in a miserable eternity; but the time will From thy clear brow flow'd droopingly a way! Dark were the heavens above thee, Saviour ! - dark
come, and then, O how will they wish they had given The gulfs. Deliverer ! round the straining bark !
the most wakeful attention to the messenger of salBut thou !-o'er all thine aspect and array Was poured one stream of pale, broad, silvery light:
vation, under which they now so stupidly slumThou wert the single star of that all-shrouding night." ber!
To the other class of church-sleepers, who would prove at the last day to have been inexcusable. God fain shake of their drowsiness, we have a few things does not require men to work so hard, at any season to say. It does not follow, because they really wish of the year, that they cannot enjoy the worsbip of to keep awake during all the public exercises, that his own appointment on the Sabbath. they are not to blame for losing themselves aud losing Another way to avoid sleeping in church is, to the sermon. Do they use all the appropriate means refresh one's self for a few moments before going, or to that end? It is not enough to pinch, or prick between the services. We are no apologists for themselves, or freely to use the smelling-bottle. Some dreamy slothfulness at home on the Lord's day; but preventions are to be tried before they go to church. | surely, where “the flesh is weak," it is better to take If they would meditate and pray more in their closets, half an hour's repose at home, than in the house of and thus get their hearts more deeply interested in God. the subject of religion, as a personal concern of infi- One thought more. A light and spare diet on the nite moment, they would be less likely to be overcome Sabbath, is an excellent antidote to sleepiness in the by drowsiness under the droppings of the sanctuary. church. No wonder if those who indulge themselves If they would reflect, when they enter the courts of with full and luxurious dinners cannot keep awake. the Lord, “ Perhaps this may be the last time; per. It would be strange if they could. And to do them haps this may be the last sermon that I shall ever justice (if that be not a misnomer), they generally hear,” would they be likely to fall asleep? “ What, stay at home to sleep in the afternoon, about which would they not watch one hour ?" If they would we may have something to say at another time. remember, when the preacher rises in the pulpit, “Therestands the legateof the skies," that it is Christ, speaking through the lips of his ambassador, would
THE PESTILENCE. they be so indifferent to the message as to fall asleep in the midst of his discourse ?
“ God's hand is in this pestilence.” He governs this And are there not predisposing physical causes to world. He directs every event-controls every ocsleepiness in church, which might and ought to be currence. If there be evil, that is, distress, calamity, avoided? Are not labouring men, in baying and
in any place, the Lord sends it. It comes from his
hand-from the wise counsel of his will. Whatever harvest time, apt to work harder and to work later |
instrumentality he may employ, whatever may be on Saturday than any other day in the week, in an- the aspect of the evil, and however it may stand reticipation of the rest of the Sabbath; and is not this lated to second causes; still, his agency is concerned one great reason why they are so dull of hearing?" in it. He brings it about. There is a mode of reasonThey get so worn down, so exhausted by the end of
ing on this subject which, we are sorry to see, is be
coming quite common, and which virtually cuts this the week, that they are unfitted for all religious ser
world loose from the control of God's providence. vices on God's holy day. They drop to sleep as soon
Every thing is referred to the action of second causes. almost as they get seated in their pews, and their | The mind goes back to these, and there it stops. excuse is, that they are obliged to work so hard dur Hence affliction comes forth of the dust-tribulation ing the week that they can't help it. But how far springs out of the ground--the pestilence comes upwill this plea avail in the court of conscience, or be
on us from some disturbance in the atmosphere.
Much effort has been put forth to ascertain the fore that high tribunal to which we are all hasten
causes of disease, and especially of those forms of it ing? Ought not labourers and other men of busi- which, from time to time, sweep over the earth, and ness, to remember, as the week wears away, that the lay man in the dust. Theories have been started, Sabbath is “ drawing on," and instead of laying out and results arrived at, which in no one particular remore work than common on Saturdays, so to order
cognise the band of God in these matters. While their affairs as to close up at an early hour ? Our
we heartily approve of this search for the proximate
or immediate cause of any calamity, and of all proPuritan fathers used to do it. They left their fields
per efforts to remove it, yet we would have men see on Saturday, in time to have all their chores done up the finger of God in what befalls them-we would before sundown, and why may not their descendants have them trace it back in the line of accusation until do the same? We do not believe they do more work
| it reaches the counsel of his will. in a week, by driving all day and late into Saturday
It is a poor, blind philosophy that looks through
nature, without looking up to nature's God. It minevening, than they might accomplish, by a little
isters no comfort to the human spirit to find the forethought and extra effort, earlier in the week. If cause of its sorrows in the operations of nature, and hard labourers would favour themselves somewhat on so fixed and unalterable as to silence the voice of Saturday, and retire at an early hour, they would rest prayer, and to make the arm of God even impotent to well, and find themselves refreshed on Sabbath mor
save. We have no sympathy with such teaching.
It is not found in the Bible. In the lessons of that ping, to their great comfort and wakefulness, when
book, we are taught that disease has its existence in they go to the house of God, and indeed in all the
the appointment of God. However, therefore, it religious duties of the day. Who is so poor, and ab may prevail, or be aggravated through the action of solutely obliged to work so hard, that he cannot keep causes which we may and ought to remove, atill it awake for an hour, or an hour and a half, forenoon exists aside from these causes. Men tell us that the and afternoon, in the church? We know by some
pestilence that is now upon us is owing to some dis
turbance of the atmosphere-to the absence of some experience, how difficult it is for men who labour in
element essential to the health of man--and it may be the field all the week to resist drowsiness when they all true; but what, we ask, created that disturbance ? come to sit still; but just so much of it as comes from Whose hand has withdrawn that element essential to the cause above mentioned, will, we verily believe, its healthy condition? We connect the existence of this calamity directly with the hand of God. We mitted himself to the waves, hoping to be able to can no more separate it from his agency, and froin swim to the land; but, alas! land was very far off. the wisdom of bis providence, than we can any other | He continued swimming for a long time, but finding aspect of affliction, or of human woe. He has sent it upon this land, and for wise ends. And these ends
the treasure he had about him added greatly to his are corrective-reformatory. He employs this pes.
fatigue, he cast away his Bible, which, notwithstand. tilence to chastise us for our sins- to make us feeling his wish to preserve it, he thought he could most our dependence-to lead men to repentance. Sin, easily do without. therefore, is the reason that it is upon us.
“ Yes," said he, when mentioning the circum! As long as Israel was a willing and obedient people
stance, “yes, I threw from me the Bible; I cast it they were safe-were prosperous and happy. But when they forgot God, and departed from him, evil
into the waters, being sorry only because it had be came upon them-famine spread over the land-pes. longed to my mother; I knew it not as containing; tilence invaded their habitations. God laid his hand the pearl of great price. But though I had thus far upon them-punished them for their transgressions, lightened myself, the money still weighed rather and thus brought them to see and to forsake their
heavily; yet, being unwilling to part with it, I tried sins, and to come back into the light of his favour. Here, then, is the great principle of his providence.
all my strength, and continued swimming. After If we walk contrary to him, he will walk contrary
some time, and when I must have made considerable to us. If we depart from hiin, he will punish us, way, I turned to see whether my Bible was in sight, and make the pestilence cleave unto us. The Bible though I could not suppose it possible, even from the declares this fact. The history of every individual,
distance, and thought, indeed, that it had sunk into and of every community, shows us that a departure
the waters; but, to my great surprise, I found it
the from God has its consequence in the chastisement from his hand. Let this event, then be connected
borne up by a wave, and now close to my shoulder! directly with the hand of God-let us regard it as
My heart thrilled with joy; I seized my precious sent for wise ends, and look upon these ends as cor book, and could not help crying out, O my Bible ! rective. If we take this view of this aspect of God's so you would not leave me, though I cast you away! providence, it will lead us down into the valley of re
Well, then, come what will, you and I will never pentance-of humility before God, and thus to a life of new obedience.
part.' Gladly did I put it into my jacket, and then emptied my pockets of my money, which, being the greater part of it silver, was bulky as well as heavy."
At length he reached a rock, which raised its head THE SAILOR BOY AND HIS BIBLE.
just above the water; upon this he scrambled, thankAt a village in Warwickshire, England, a few pious ful to rest his weary limbs upon it. A few crumbs people were in the habit of meeting at an early hour of biscuit, which he had in his pocket, though soaked, on the Sabbath-day for prayer and praise. Return- afforded him a scanty, but welcome refreshment. ing from one of these meetings, a Christian female | His Bible, so wonderfully preserved, became, in such observed a poor sailor sitting by the wayside, with circumstances, still dearer to him; he carefully his Bible and his hymn-book in his hand, as if wait pressed out the water, and opening it, these words ing for the time of divine worship. She invited him met his eye, and fixed his attention: “ Kiss the Son, Co her house, when he gave the following account of lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when uimself and his Bible :
his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they He was born in America; at twelve years of age that put their trust in him."
left home. A father's and a mother's tears were | He stretched himself upon his rocky bed; sleep wheeded. He embarked on the wide ocean, and weighed down his eyelids, and tired nature sunk to oon met with many dangers from tempests, and rest; but the words still seemed sounding in his ears. attles with the enemy. One night a dreadful storm He was afraid the merciful Saviour would, in his rose, and the ship became unmanageable, and in the case, cease to be merciful. norning an awful scene presented itself-every per | His situation was dangerous in the extreme; but con on board had been swept away by the waves the Lord heard his cry, and sent him help. A ship
reaking over the ship, and he found himself the only hove in sight, bound on her homeward royage to ising person upon a vessel going to pieces !
Liverpool. What now was his joy! with what an. The poor boy, finding that he must leave the sink- xiety did he strain his eyes to watch the coming res. ing vessel, put as much money in the pocket of his sel! and with what dread did he think of being jacket as he could. He had likewise a treasure, passed unseen! A fresh breeze had sprung up, and which, though he was ignorant of its real worth, yet the vessel was going very fast through the water. He he prized as having belonged to his mother-it was had passed two long days here, and was suffering a Bible. When he left home at twelve years of age, from raging thirst. He had scarce strength enough he determined to take something that should put him to wave his handkerchief. Happily, it was perceived. in mind of her. He had, as he said, no love for the A boat was sent off, and he taken on board the vesbook, and but little knowledge of it; but it was his mother's.
Now, rested and refreshed, he soon regained his Our sailor in all his wanderings had preserved his strength; and with a grateful heart poured forth his Bible, this blessed volume; it was a small one, and thanksgivings to God, and renewed vows ever to be he easily kept it within the bosom of his jacket. the Lord's. At length he was landed safe in LiverHaving made this preparation, and judging that the pool, and was now pursuing his way to London.wreck could be no longer a place of safety, he coun- Teacher's Offering.
SOLICITUDE FOR A NEIGHBOUR.
SOME DIRECTIONS TO BACKSLIDERS.
of your past life in search of evidence that you are a
Christian. You will not be able in your present BY ANDREW FULLER.
state of mind to decide that question ; nor would it 1. Set apart special times to humble yourself before
| be of any service to you if you could decide it. One God by fasting and prayer. Extraordinary cases
thing is certain, you are a sinner-& poor, miserable, require the use of extraordinary means. When a
perishing sinner; the door of mercy is open, and you great army was coming against Jehoshaphat, it is
"I are welcome to enter it. Let your past character said, " he feared, and set himself to seek the Lord,
then have been what it may, and let your conversion and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah.'
This But be ever so doubtful, if you can froin this time relin
But | the loss of a soul is of more account to you than the i qu
than the i quish all for Christ, eternal life is before you. temporal overthrow of a country was to him. When
The Laodiceans, who, though composing a ChrisJudah for his backsliding was under the frowns of
tian Church, were doubtful characters, are counselled God in Babylon, and had been so for about seventy
to deal with Christ in the same manner as sinners years, Daniel says, “I set my face unto the Lord
deal with him, for riches, for righteousness, and for God, to seek by prayer and supplication, with fast
heavenly wisdom. ing and sackcloth and ashes." The apostle Paul
4. In all your supplications, be contented with plainly intimates that there are times wherein we
| nothing short of a complete recovery. It is possible are required to give ourselves to fasting and prayer.
you may obtain so much ascendency over your evil And surely there can be no times in which these
| propensities that they may seem to be slain before means are more necessary than when we have got
you; or at least, that you are in no particular danger out of the way, and desire to recover it. There is
of yielding to them any more; and yet you inay not much meaning in the words, “ He set himself to
have recovered that holy rest in God, that sweet seek the Lord,” and “I set my face unto the Lord
peace which arises from confessing our sins upon the God." They denote something more than the ex.
Head of the gospel Sacrifice. But while this is the traordinary exercises of prayer; even a special fixed
case, there is no security against their revival. The ness of the thoughts, purposes, and desires, to par.
first temptation by which you are assaulted may ticular objects: and God has usually honoured those
afford lamentable proof that they are yet alive. extraordinary approaches to him, when influenced
Nothing will serve as a preservative against the by a pure motive, with success. It is true, we may
| risings of evil propensities short of walking with attend to duty in a superstitious or self-righteous
God. There is much important truth in that de. spirit, resting in it as an end, instead of using it as
claration of the apostle, This I say then, walk in a means : but this is not "setting our face unto the
the spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lusts of the flesh. Lord God," or "seeking him." A day devoted to
Sin is not to be opposed so much directly as inGod in humiliation, fasting, and prayer, occasionally
| directly; not by mere resistance, but by opposing occupied with reading suitable parts of the Holy
other principles to it. It is not by contending with Scriptures, may, by the blessing of the Holy Spirit, the fire, especially with combustible materials about contribute more to the subduing of sin, and the re
us, that we should be able to quench it; but by dealcovery of a right mind, than years spent in a sort of
ing plentifully with the opposite element. The half-hearted exercise.
pleasures of sense will not be etrectually subdued by 2. To prayer it is necessary to add watchfulness.
foregoing all enjoyment; but by imbibiny other Our Lord unites these together as an antidote against temptation. It has sometimes been one of the de
to what is opposite. It was thus that the apostle vices of Satan, after a backslider has been drawing
became dead to the world by the cross of Christ. Do near to God, and strongly soliciting for mercy: yea,
not therefore reckon thyself restored till thou hast after a time has been set apart for this purpose, to
recovered communion with God. David, though the ply him afresh with some powerful temptation; and
subject of deep contrition, yet was not contented while his mind has been unsuspicious, and it may be
without gaining this important point. Till then, the thinking itself to be somewhat secure on account of
poison would still at times be rankling in his imagihaving so lately been engaged in earnest devotion,
pation. Hence arose the following petitions—“ Create he has been surprised, and overcome! The conse
in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit
within me. Cast me not away from thy presence; quence, as might be expected, has been a future neglect of prayer, under the idea that it must have
and take not thy Holy Spirit from me. Restore been mere hypocrisy before, and would now be add
unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me ing sin to sin. Instead of depending upon spiritual
with thy free Spirit." Make these petitions thy frames for preservation, and especially when they are
own: and if God grant the thing that thine heart over, perhaps we ought to expect that our comforts
desireth, go and sin no more, lest a worse thing come should be succeeded by conflicts. We know it was so
upon thee! in several cases recorded in the Scriptures. Immediately after drinking at the smitten rock at Rephidim, Israel was called to fight with Amalek. Paul's SOLICITUDE FOR A NEIGHBOUR. thorn in the flesh succeeded to extraordinary revelations. Our Lord himself went up from Jordan into More than twenty years ago, Mr Bingham of the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.
C_, in the state of Vermont, then an old man, 3. In your approaches to the Saviour, let it be under
now I trust in heaven, gave me the following narthe character in which you first applied to him for
rative :mercy--that of a sinner. If you attempt to approach the throne of grace as a good man who has back
“When I first came to this town in my youth Mr slidden from God, you may find it impossible to sup
came with me, and we pitched our tents here port that character. The reality of your conversion in the wilderness, not far from each other. Here may be doubtful, not only in your apprehension, but we lived and laboured, side by side, for many years. in itself. Your approach, therefore, must not be as
“Soon after our settlement in C- , it was my one that is washed, and needeth not, save to wash his
happy lot to be led to embrace the Saviour. But feet: but as one who is defiled throughout, whose hands and head, and every part, needs to be cleansed. my neighbour L- remained as he was, unreconDo not employ yourself in raking over the rubbish ciled to God, without hope, and even manifesting a