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A. We are getting very tired of our minister. For sailing; councils have been held; and on the opposite my part, I have received no benefit from his preach-| side of the world, in broad noonday, what revolutions ing for a year past. He never touches my feelings,
have taken place, without my consent, concurrence,
or knowledge! Great God, what am I in the world? and the fact is he often preaches me to sleep. We
An insect-a nothing! In the morning, O Lord, must try to get rid of him, or the church will go down. thou Great Being! unto thee will I look up.
B. I am very sorry to hear that there are grounds How many of my fellow creatures have spent the of complaint against Mr T., for he certainly appears last six hours in praying in vain for one hour's sleep! to be a very good and conscientious man. I have
How many in racking pain, crying, “ Would to God been told by those who have been in his family, that
it were morning!" How many in prison ! How
many in commission of great crime! How many he is a man of much prayer, and that he by no means
have been burnt out of house and home! How many neglects his study.
have been wrecked at sea, or lost in untrodden ways A. Well, it is just as I tell you. I go to church on land! How many have been robbed and murderregularly, and I come away just as I went. It seems ed! How many have died unprepared, and are now as if I had feeling while he is preaching.
lifting up their eyes in torment !. - And here I stand, B. Did it wer suggest itself to your mind, that
a monument of mercy, “ the living," to praise God.
In the morning, O Lord! thou gracious and merciful the fault was sometimes more in the hearer than the
being, unto thee will I look up. I will bemoan the preacher?
vices, and sympathise with the distresses of my fellow A. How can that be? I am always in my pew, creatures. I will try this day to show my gratitude and surely it must be Mr T.'s fault if I am not bene to my Preserver, by taking care not to offend him.
Robinson, fited. B. Will you suffer me to ask you a few questions?
WARMTH FOR THE COLD. A. Certainly.
I HAD a letter and comfortable tidings from my dear B. Well, then, have you not, during the past year, father (Philip Henry), as also four directions how to greatly enlarged your business?
keep warm within in this cold season. A. I certainly have.
1. Get into the sun, that is Christ. Under the B. Has it not required so much of your attention, beams of this blessed Sun of righteousness there are
warmth and comfort. that you sometimes have to go out in the morning
2. Walk to the fire, that is, the word of God. “I without secret prayer, and even without calling your
| not my word like fire?" How many warming, comfamily together for social worship? And are you forting passages are there! not often so hurried and fatigued at night, that you 3. Keep in motion and action; stirring up ourselves Trop into your bed without first going to your knees and the gift and grace of God that is in us. co implore a blessing? And still further, does not
4. Christian converse and communion. How can| he reading of one chapter in the Bible now satisfy
one be warm alone ?-Life of Mrs Savage. ou for several days ? and are you not sensible that
NOVEL-READING. he world has got full possession of your mind ? So long as the slightest shade of uncertainty rests
A. Who told you this? I am not disposed to make upon a question, we are not fond of dogmatizing; but ou my father confessor,
there is, at least, one deliverance about works of B. You need not. Answer the questions to your
fiction, in the safety and soundness of which we feel
altogether confident. Did we hear of any one acown conscience. Presuming, however, that I am
quaintance who had now bidden his conclusive adieu ot far wrong in my surmises, I ask you frankly, if
to them all, we should not have the slightest appret be not possible that poor hearing, rather than poor hension lest either the moral or intellectual of his Dreaching, is the true cause of your not being edified nature should at all suffer by it. Did we hear of him, oder the ministry of Mr T. He is no worker of on the other hand, much and greedily addicted to miracles. How can you expect the good seed to take
the perusal of them, we should tremble for the de
terioration of both.--Dr Chalmers. oot in your heart which you have been filling with weeds all the week? You take six days in stupi
fragments. iying your conscience by devotion to the world, and
Across the night of Paganism, philosophy flitted on complain that he cannot, in one hour, raise your like the lantern fiy of the tropics—a light to itself, and thoughts to heaven. You ask too much. Mr T. is an ornament; but, alas! no more than an ornament, 10t omnipotent. He cannot melt stones. If you of the surrounding darkness.-Coleridge. harden yourself against instruction, the fault is your
| 0! the grandeur and the littleness, the excellence own.- Presbyterian.
and the corruption, the majesty and the meanness of man !-Pascal.
When we are to execute the fierce anger of the MORNING THOUGHTS.
Lord upon our sins, yet we are kind-hearted and spare The solemn stillness of the morning, just before break | Ayag--the reigning sin, and the splendid temptation. of day, is fit and friendly to the cool and undisturbed -Jeremy Taylor. recollection of a man just rigen refreshed and in per- Our heart is impatient of seeing its own stain, like fect health. Let him compare his condition with the elephant which tramples in the pure stream and half of the world, and let him feel an indisposition to first troubles it, then stoops and drinks, when he can adore and admire his protector, if he can. How many least see his huge deformity.-Ibid. great events have come to pass during the hours I have Death ends not the life of Christians, it only end: reposed! I feel my insignificance. The heavenly their sins.--Ambrose. bodies have moved on; the great wheels of nature Some Christians resemble the moon rather than have none of them stood still; vegetation is advanced; the sun; less heat and less light, and subject to many the season is come forward; fleets have continued changes.
THE CHRISTIAN TREASURY.
THE ANGELS' TEXT;
BY THE LATE REV. AUGUSTUS WILLIAM HARE, A.M.*
Luke ii. 14.—“ Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good-will toward men.” Srch was the text of the angels on the night of just as most men have themselves ever in their vur Saviour's birth; and to that text our Sa-thonghts. I do not mean that we should be viour's life furnished the sermon. For it was a always considering what God is like ; any more life of holiness and devotion to his Father's ser than a selfish man is always considering what vice, a life spent in doing good to the bodies he himself is like. But the selfish man does and souls of all around him; and it was ended every thing with a view to self, to his own pleaby a death undergone on purpose to reconcile sure, to his own interest, to his own profit and man with God, and to set earth at peace with convenience, and no more dreams of crossing heaven. Here is a practical sermon on the his own wishes, or his own will, than of cutting angels' text, the best of all sermons—a sermon and maiming his body. This, you must be well not of words, but deeds. Whoever will duly aware, is the way most men look to themselves study that practical sermon, whoever with a Now I would have you look to God exactly in teachable, inquiring heart will study the ac- the same manner. But why say, I would have counts of our Saviour's words and actions you! The Bible would have you, Jesus Christ handed down in the four Gospels, will need would have you, make a habit of trying to obes little else to enlighten him in the way of goali. and to please God in every thing, and thereby 'ness. Nevertheless, since it has pleased God offerivg and devoting to him all your daily do. that faith should come by liearing, and hearing ings. Whether you eat or drink, or whatever by the multitude of preachers, I will say a few you do, you should do all to God's glory. Then words to you on each of the heads into which will you be like the angels, who began their Ithis, the angels' text, divides itself.
text with Glory to God ! The first words of it are, Glory to God! and The next branch of the text is, Peace on a most weighty lesson may we draw for our earth. Our Saviour is especially called the selves, from finding the angels put that first. Prince of Peace, because his great purposes A world is redeemed. Millions on millions of were to bring down peace to man, and to plant human beings are rescued from everlasting and foster peace within man. He brought death. Is not this the thing uppermost in the down peace to man; for he came with a mes. angels' thoughts? Is not this mighty blessing sage of free pardon from the Father to proclaim bestowed on man the first thing that they pro- | that God was willing to reconcile the world to claim? No, it is only the second thing: the himself, and would not impute their trespasses first thing is, Glory to God! Why so ? Be to men, if they would only turn to him and because God is the giver of this salvation ; nay, lieve in him. Had not Jesus brought us this is himself the Saviour, in the person of the only- | blessed message he would not have been the begotten Son. Moreover, because in heavenly Messiah. For it was prophesied of him in the minds God always holds the first place, and ! Psalms, that he should speak peace to his they look at every thing with a view to him. people, and to his saints (lxxxv. 8); and again But if this was the feeling of the angels, it is in the prophet Zechariah, “He shall speak clear we cannot be like angels, until the same | peace to the heathen” (ix. 10); and more feeling is uppermost with us also. Would strongly still in that sublime passage of Isaiah, ve become like them, we must strive to do
where the prophet says, “ Comfort ye, comfort God's will; as it is done in heaven ; that is,
ye my people, saith your God : speak ye combecause it is God's will : and because we are fortably to Jerusalem; and cry unto her, that fully persuaded, that whatever he wills must ber warfare is accomplished.” Here is a plain Deeds be the wisest and best and rightest thing proclamation of peace : for the warfare is said to do, whether we can see the reasons of it or to be accomplished, or to be at an end. But not. We must have God ever in our thoughts, when war is over, peace begins. This, however,
• From “ Sermons to a Country Congregation.” is not all. The prophet adds how the war was to end : “ her iniquity is pardoned.” From your very heart to part with it, do you, instead these last words we learn that the war is a war of weakly sinking under the blow, or proudly with God; and that he puts a stop to it by a hardening yourself against it, do you meekly pardon. Well then might the angels sing, sorrow over it, with a patient and hopeful sorPeace on earth! when He was appearing upon row, like men who know that the spirits of earth who was the ambassador of peace with such as die in the Lord are blessed ; and that Heaven.
| it is good for the departed to be taken away, But Jesus was not content with proclaiming though it is bitter for the survivor to be left peace to man. He further made it one of his behind ? prime objects to plant and foster peace within There is still another kind of peace, concerninan. Peace was his legacy to his apostles. ing which you should examine yourselves : I ‘My peace I leave with you,” were his words mean, peace and union with your Christian to them the night he was betrayed. But what | brethren. Let each ask himself whether he kind of peace ? Truly every kind which man feels any thing of that. It is no common goodcan enjoy : peace of conscience, such as a man fellowship, it is no weak tie that will suffice. enjoys who knows his sins to be forgiven : We are to love our neighbour as ourselves : so peace of heart, such as a father may feel even says Christ. We are to love him, not in word in the hour of his bitterest sorrow, if he knows only, but in deed and in truth : so says St Juhn. chat the child whom death has just taken away! We are to be one with our Christian brethren, s only sleeping, as the daughter of Jairus so as all to make up one family. Nay, this is lept, and that Christ will hereafter come to not enough. St Paul's words are still stronger: vake him ; peace of a mind at ease about he would have us all be as it were one body, vorldly inatters, such as befits persons who one in interests, one in affections, one in heart have been taught that only one thing is really and mind and soul and spirit. This can only leedful to a reasonable and immortal spirit, | be brought about by our emptying ourselves or hat our heart and treasure should both be in ourselves, that the love of Christ may flow into leaven, and that, with regard to our earthly us, and fill us all with the same affections and vants and wishes, every thing here below is in desires. Have we thus emptied ourselves ? he hands of God, who cares for us, has no plea. But it is useless to ask the question. Of course ure in afflicting us, and has promised to make we have not. This is the last and highest step Jl things work together for our good, if we will toward Christian perfection, which a man is alonly love and fear him ; lastly, peace and union lowed to take bere below : and of course we bet ween brethren, that we may all make up have not taken it. But have we ever so much one body under Jesus Christ our head.
as made the attempt ? Have we ever begun to This is the fourfold peace which our Saviour fight against our own selfishness? Have we ever canie to plant and foster in the hearts of men. | determined to deny ourselves, to mortify ourNow let each of us ask himself with all serious. selves, to esteem others better than ourselves, ness, Do I feel any thing of this godly peace? to look not only to our own feelings and inteAsk yourselves, for instance, whether you have rests, but also to those of others? Have we the peace arising out of the humble hope that ever begun to seek this peace and union, far as your sins are pardoned. But remember, it is we may be from having attained to it? impossible to arrive at this, without being first If we have not done so, if our hearts cannot convinced of sin. He that knows not the dan- / bear us true witness that we have any of these ger and the misery of being at war with God, different kinds of peace within us, what share will not feel the blessedness of being at peace have we in Christ's coming? What good is it with him. Ask yourselves again, whether you to us that peace on earth has been proclaimed, have the peace of heart and mind growing out if we are still lying under God's wrath, still a of a thorough trust in God through Christ. Do prey to eating cares, still tossed about and torn you look to him as a child looks to its parent by raging passions, so thist our hearts are full for the fulfilment of all your wishes! When of war? The same holy book, which tells us in he thwarts you, do you bow down ? When he one place that the angels proclaimed peace on chastens you, do you kiss the rod ? When he earth, tells us likewise in another place, “ There blesses you, do you ascribe the blessing to the is no peace, saith God, to the wicked." Yet, only Author of every good gift? When he brethren, thongh Christ may have failed on all takes away some object of earthly love, which former occasions to bring home peace to some has struck its roots so deep into you, it tears of you, let bim not fail of doing so pow. He
THE ANGELS TEXT.
has come to you once more to-day. Once more serpent's head,--the prophecy to Abraham, that have we been permitted to hear the story of his in his seed all the nations of the earth should birth, the message of the angels, the song of the be blessed,- the prophecy of Malachi, that the heavenly choir. We have followed the shep- Sun of Righteousness should arise with healing herds to the humble stable ; and our souls have on his wings.--these and all the other prophecies looked on the wondrous babe, the Son of God, which speak of the Messiah's coming, are now the Maker of the world, lying, where none of fulfilled. The eternal counsels of the Lord are you would suffer a child of yours to lie, among now about to take effect. His faithfulness, his the cattle in a manger, and all to bring us peace. truth, his righteousness, his mercy are coming Will you again refuse the precious gift which down from heaven to dwell among men, that he has come from beyond the stars to offer you ? men may see with tbeir bodily eyes, and hear Accept it this time for his sake, for your own with their bodily ears, the goodness of their sakes. Begin now, whatever you may have done Father and their God, who has brought to light heretofore, to seek his peace, and to pursue it. a marvellous way of reconciling his justice with
There is a third part of the angels' text,- his mercy, and of proving himself the eternal Damely, “ Good will to men :" and a very im- and implacable enemy of sin, at the very moment portant part it is. For it sets forth the ground when he is most forgiving to repentant sinners. of our salvation. It was no excellency or merit | It is this union of goodness, of wisdom, and of of ours that drew our Saviour down from hea- | mercy, that we now proclaim and announce to ven : for we were full of nothing but demerits. you, under the name of good-will to men." It was the wretchedness of our fallen state, the Now, to apply this part of the angels' text to seeing how impossible it was for us ever to re- ourselves, have we any proper sense and feelcover by our own strength, that moved Aling of this good-will? If we have, we shall be mighty God in his infinite loving-kindness to humble ; inasmuch as we are saved, not by our sead his Son to rescue and redeem us. He saw merits, but by the love of God, in spite of our that there was nove to save : therefore his own manifold demerits. We shall be thankful ; for arm, the arm of God, brought us salvation ; the surely kindness like this ought to fill our hearts righteousness of God was manifested to sustain with gratitude. God's love toward us should us. Well then might the angels proclaim good-beget in us love toward him. Above all, we will to man at Christ's birth; since his birth should be full of faith, trusting that he who has was so great and wonderful a showing forth of begun so excellent a work will bring the same God's good-will to us. For herein, as St Paul to good effect,- that he who for our sakes gave tells us, “ God commendeth, or showeth forth his only Son to live a poor and humble life, and his love toward us, in that, while we were yet to die à painful and shameful death, will tosinners, Christ died for us.”—(Rom. v. 8.) To gether with that Son freely give us all things. the same purport are the words of St John : We cannot suppose it was a pleasure to the Son • Herein is love, not that we loved God, but of God to suffer the pains of infancy, the lathat he loved us, and sent his Son to be the bours and mortifications and trials of manhood, propitiation for our sins."-(1 John iv. 10.) the pangs of a cruel death. It was no pleasure
But though this love of God for his sinful to him to quit the glories of heaven in order to creatures is worthy of all gratitude and praise, dwell in lowliness and contempt. Why then the good-will declared in the angels' text means did he undergo all this? From good-will to something more than mere love. The word save man. And think you he will leave this which we translate good-will is a word very full salvation imperfect, and so render his incarnaof meaning, and signifies that mixture of good. tion, and birth, and human life and death, of ness and kindness and wisdom which leads to no avail ! O no! he must desire to finish his good and wise plans. The good will then in the work; he must be anxious to make up the crown angels' text is no other than the great and mer- he has toiled and bled for, by placing in it all ciful purpose of our redemption : and had one the jewels, all the souls he can gather. He of the angels enlarged on the text, we may con- will never be wanting to us, if we are not wantceive bim expressing himself after the following to ourselves. ing manner :-" This night, Oman ! is our Thus have I spoken to you on the angels' Father and your Father carrying into effect text, and in so doing have spoken of man's salthat wonderful plan which he has prepared ever vation. The end of the whole is God's glory ; since the fall of Adam. The prophecy to Adam, the means is peace on earth; the sole motive that the seed of the woman should bruise the is goodness and loving-kindness to us miserable sinners. But there are still three words in the UNDESIGNED SCRIPTURAL COINCIDENCES text which I have not noticed. The angels did IN THE BOOK OF JOSHUA, &c.* not simply say, Glory to God; but Glory to God Moses being dead, Joshua takes the command of in the highest, that is, in heaven. Here is a won
the armies of Israel, and marches then over Jor
dan to the possession of the land of Canaan. It derful, a glorious, a soul-sustaining scene opened
was a day and a deed much to be remembered. to us. The angels in the very presence of God “It came to pass, when the people removed from
their tents, to pass over Jordan, and the priests bearare moved by our sufferings and our redemp
ing the ark of the covenant before the people; and tion. Even to them, with all their knowledge
as they that bear the ark were come unto Jordan, of God, and his divine works-even to them, and the feet of the priests that bare the ark were that the Word should stoop to be made flesh,
dipped in the brim of the water (for Jordan over
floweth all his banks all the time of harvest), that unfolded new views of the eternal Father's
the waters which came down from above stood and goodness, and furnished a fresh theme for their rose up upon an heap very far from the city Adam, songs of praise. Even the angels strike their
that is beside Zaretan: and those that came down
toward the sea of the plain, even the salt sea, failed, golden harps at the joyful news of man's salva and were cut off : and the people passed over right tion. Shall they glorify God for liis goodness
against Jericho. And the priests that bare the ark
of the covenant of the Lord stood firm on dry to us? and shall we forget to glorify him for
ground in the midst of Jordan, and all the Israelites his goodness to ourselves ? Shall they rejoice passed over on dry ground, until all the people were over us, and feel for us? and shall we be so in passed clean over Jordan,"-(Josh. iii. 14-17.)
Such is the language of the Book of Joshua. Now sensible, so deaf-hearted, as neither to rejoice
in the midst of this miraculous narrative, an incinor to feel for ourselves? Our Saviour threat- | dent is mentioned, though very casually, which dates the impenitent Jews, that the men of Ni. | the season of the year when this passage of the Jor.
dan was effected. The feet of the priests, it seems, neveh should rise up in judgment against them
were dipped in the brim of the water; and this is and condemn them. A more glorious and awo explained by the season being that of the periodical ful set of witnesses, if we are impenitent, will
inundation of Jordan, that river overflowing his
banks all the time of harvest. The barley-harvest is be arrayed against us. The very angels will tes
here meant, or the former harvest, as it is elsewhere tify against us, and condemn us : because, when called, in contradistinction to the wheat, or latter they had proclaimed glory to God in the high-harvest; for in the fourth chapter (v. 19) we read,
“ the people came up out of Jordan on the tenth day est, he was forgotten and dishonoured among of the first month," that is, four days before the Pass men; because, when they had announced the over, which fell in with the barley-barvest, the coming of peace on earth, inen rejected the
wheat-harvest not being fully completed till Pente
cost, or fifty days later in the year, when the waveblessed offer, and remained at enmity with God,
| loaves of the first-fruits of the wheat were offered and with themselves, and with each other ; be up. The Israelites passed the Jordan then, it apcause, when they had assured us of good-will
pears, at the time of barley-harvest. But we are
told in Exodus, that at the plague of hail, which was from God to men, our bosoms did not echo the but a day or two before the passover, “ the flax and answering cry of love, and gratitude, and obe the barley were smitten: for the barley was in the
ear, and the flax was bolled. But the wheat and the dience from man to God. Brethren, may none
rye were not smitten, for they were not grown up." of us be among the wretched multitude against -(Exod. ix. 31.) It should seem, therefore, that the whom this testimony will be offered! Let us flax and the barley were crops which ripened about
the same time in Egypt; and as the climate of Canaan bethink ourselves in time, and be reconciled to
did not differ materially from that of Egypt. this. God in time, that, as Jesus on this day brought no doubt, was the case in Canaan too; there also the Godhead down from heaven to earth, so, these two crops would come in at the same time.
The Israelites, therefore, who crossed the Jordan, by the work of his Spirit on our willing and as we have seen in one passage, at the harvest, and obedient hearts, he may raise us up from earth that harvest, as we have seen in another passage, to heaven.
the barley-harvest, must, if so, have crossed it at the flux-barvest.
Now, in a former chapter, we are informed, that WHAT IS REPENTANCE?
three days before Joshua ventured upon the invaREPENTANCE is not mere sorrow for sin, or hell would | sion, he sent two men, spies, to view the land, even be the most penitent world in the universe. Not a Jericho.-(Ch. i. 2 ; ii. 1-22; iii. 2.) It was a lost soul there but is sorry for the course which led service of peril: they were received by Rahab, a to so fearful a termination. Scarcely ever has a | woman of that city, and lodged in her house: but culprit brought himself to the gallows, without being the entrance of these strangers at nightfall was sorry for his crimes. I have conversed with many a observed: it was a moment, no doubt, of great hardened profligate who has assured me that he was suspicion and alarm: an enemy's army encamped sorry for his sins, and I have given him credit for on the borders. The thing was reported to the sincerity in that acknowledgment. Yes, he was sorry king of Jericho, and search was made for the men. for his sins, but he would have been more sorry to Rahab, however, fearing God — for by faith she part with them; he was sorry for his sins, but much
* We take the following interesting specimens of the un more sorry to know that the “ wages of sin is death."
designed coincidences of Scripture from the Hulsean Lec. Romans vi. 23).-D. E. Ford.
tures for 1831, by the Rev. J. J. Blunt.