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perish:” and dare any of you still live in sin? Since, without repentance, where Christ has gone no sinners can go, and liable as you are every moment to drop into eternity, CAN YOU longer defer repentance ?
Before the 3rd verse a is inserted, which, according to the Key page, asks, What prophecy is here ACCOMPLISHED? The voice of one crying in the wilderness, &c. Where is it found? At the bottom of the 16th page of the Tables the nswer will be found, viz. Isa. xl. 3. How many years had it been written The answer will be found on the 15th page of the Tables, viz. About 700 years. The teacher will then draw this inference : If such men as Isaiah could predict future events with minute accuracy, several centuries before they took place, they must have been different from other men. Who can now foretell events, for three, or five, or seven centuries to come? These prophets were therefore, what the New Testament calls them, “ holy men of God, who spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.” In other words, they were inspired men. God has spoken by them to us. We must implicitly believe all he has revealed, and cheerfully obey all he has commanded. By some such process, young minds will more deeply revere the Bible ; they will be more ready to believe all its doctrines, and have its high and holy claims press upon their consciences.
Before the 4th verse f again occurs. What account can you give of John Baptist's raiment ? He was clad in a course garment of camel's hair, bound about him with a girdle of leather. What was his diet? Locusts and wild honey, Here the instructer can bring present oriental customs in confirmation that locusts are sometimes eaten; and he can shew that in the days of Saul and Jonathan, honey from wild bees abounded in the woods of Palestine. Is any doctrine or duty connected with them? We may learn the duty of plainness in dress, and abstemiousness in diet, when these will subserve our greatest usefulness.
In the indentation of the 5th verse, you find g. This directs the attention to GEOGRAPHY. What geographical information is known of Jerusalem, Judea, the Jordan, and the region beyond it? The 11th page of the Tables with the Maps, will enable pupils to reply with readiness and pro. priety.
Against the 7th verse there stands a t, the representative of doctrinal TRUTH. The questions are, What doctrinal' TRUTH is here inculcated ? The exceeding depravity of that generation, directly ; and since, as in water face answereth to face so the heart of man to man, we indirectly learn the doctrine of universal depravity. How illustrated ? By recurrence to natural history. Man is inclined to evil as the viper is to be venemous. What practical influence should this truth have ?. It ought to humble us. But is there not another doctrinal truth here? Yes; the doctrine of future punishment.
And from the 12th verse, before which another t stands, we may learn the duration of that punishment. For when the righteous are gathered to the heavenly garner, the wicked will be doomed to unquenchable fire, or everlasting destruction, from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power. It would be easy to protract this illustration through the intermediate and subsequent verses of this chapter, but it is not necessary. The pupils ought, as much as possible, to be made to feel, that they are individually addressed in these messages from God ; that they are depraved, condemned, and perishing, without renewing grace by the Holy Spirit, producing repentance, and its necessary fruits, holiness of heart and life,
The character and preaching of John Baptist might constitute the basis of some general remarks. He was a man of God, plain in dress and abstemious in his habits. He was discriminating in his views of divine truth, and in disclosing them kept back nothing which was profitable to his hearers. He preached the doctrine of universal and entire depravity in man, his merited exposure to future endless punishment, and that deliver. ance was obtained by the renewing influence of the Divine Spirit, inclining aud enabling the soul to exercise repentance towards God, and faith towards our Lord Jesus Christ, with corresponding purity of life. He was faithful to warn, reprove, and rebuke sinners of every rank or description, fearless of personal consequences. Here we may learn ministerial duty, and what criterion can be used for determining who are, and who are not, faithful stewards of the mysteries of God.
To illustrate the application of two or three other letters, turn to the 8th chapter of Matthew. Again f precedes the 1st verse. What facts are here related ? The descent of Christ from the mountain with multitudes in his train, the divine homage he allowed to be given bim by a leper, with the remarkable and importunate prayer which accompanied that worship. Is any doctrine or duty connected with them? Yes; both may here be learned by inference. For if INCARNATE TRUTA allowed himself to be honoured even as men honour the Father, such homage is his due, and it is OUR DUTY and the duty of all to worship Him. Heaven worships Him; and if idolatry is not in heaven, it is not idolatry to worship Him on earth.
Before the 3rd verse m is inserted. What MIRACLE is here recorded ? The cleansing of the leper. By whom, and for what purpose wrought ? By the Lord Jesus Christ, to shew his power and compassion. In whose name, and by whose authority ? Christ wrought miracles in his own name, and by his own authority. I WILL; BE THOU CLEAN. On the tempestuous wave he could say, PEACE; BE STILL: beside the grave, LAZARUS, COME FORTH. Peter and other apostles were accustomed to say, when healing the sick,“ JESUS CHRIST maketh thee whole. Be it known unto you, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ doth this man stand here before you whole. Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved."
Before the 8th verse c is inserted. What traits of moral CHARACTER are here given? Humility and faith. Are they morally good or evil ? Good. Do they belong to a natural or renewed state ? To the former. What advantages attended ? The strong approbation of Christ, and an answer of mercy. Have we humility and faith? Without some measure of these Christ never will approve our persons, or accept our petitions. And when shall we begin to be humble, and to believe in Christ, if we have hitherto neglected it ? “Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation. The Holy Ghost saith, TO-DAY, if ye will hear his voice hearden not your hearts." O that these dear youth were all truly wise, that they well understood the truths of revelation, and would rightly consider their LATTER END !
It is by no means designed to limit the Teacher's enquiry to the questions here suggested. Sometimes the same passage inculcates more than one doctrine, or enjoins more than one duty. In that case, questions should be repeated. Some passages are designedly left without marking them; and the pupil should never pass over one verse of inspiration, without en. deavours to know the mind of the Spirit there revealed. Usually one letter is intended to apply till another letter occurs. When g, or 0, or u, follows f, while they suggest additional questions, they should not supersede such other questions as might be appropriately asked with only f at the beginning of the paragraph. Whenever the name of a country, city, river, or other subject of geographical, statistical, or chronological remarks, occurs, the pupil ought to be prepared to answer any important question which might be proposed. When i is used before a parable, it is expected that the lead. ing truths intended to be taught by that passage, should be distinctly and particularly stated. It will be useful often to inquire what parallel texts can be named. It should not be understood by pupils that all the questions apply where a letter occurs, but several of them will. Nor should the in. structer fail to ask other important questions which may occur. It is confidently believed that, if pious parents would question their families in some such manner respecting the chapters which should be read for prayer on Sabbath evenings, and then have a free conversation respecting the truths they had read, and their application to family and personal circumstances, important benefits would be realised.
T The Gospel according to Saint MATTHEW.
husband of Mary, of whom was
born Jesus, who is called Christ. CHAP. I. THE book of the generation 17 So all the generations from David, the son of Abraham.
nerations; and from David until the 2 Abraham begat Isaac ; and carrying away into Babylon are Isaac begat Jacob; and Jacob be-fourteen generations ; and from the gai Judas and his brethren; carrying away into Babylon unto
3 And Judas begat Phares and Christ are fourteen generations. Zara of Thamar; and Phares begat t 18 ( Now the birth of Jesus Esrom; and Esrom begat Aram; Christ was on this wise: When as
4 And Aram begat Aminadab; his mother Mary was espoused to and Aminadab begat Naasson; and Joseph, before they came together, Naasson begat Salmon;
she was found with child of the 5 And Salmon begat Booz of Holy Ghost. Rachab; and Booz begat Obed of c 19 Then Joseph her husband, Ruth; and Obed begat Jesse; 6 Ảnd Jesse begat David the to make her a public example, was
being a just man, and not willing king; and David the king begat minded to put her away privily. Solomon of her that had been the wife of Urias;
v 20 But while he thought on these 3 And Solomon begat Roboam; things, behold, the angel of the and Roboam begat Abia ; and Abia Lord appeared to him in a dream, begat Asa;
saying, Joseph, thou son of David, 8 And Asa begat Josaphat; and fear not to take unto thee Mary thy Josaphat begat Joram; and Joram wife: for that which is conceived begat Ozias;
in her is of the Holy Ghost. And Ozias begat Joatham; and, t 21 And she shall bring forth a Joatham begat Achaz; and Achaz son, and thou shalt call his name begat Ezekias;
JESUS: for he shall save his peo10 And Ezekias begat Manas- ple from their sins. ses; and Manasses begat Amon; a 22 Now all this was done, that and Amon begat Josias; it might be fulfilled which was g 11 And Josias begat Jechonias spoken of the Lord by the prophet, and his brethren, about the time saying, they were carried away to Baby- n* 23 Behold, a virgin shall be with lon:
child, and shall bring forth a son, f 12 And after they were brought and they shall call his name Emio Babylon, Jechonias begat Sala- manuel, which being interpreted thiel; and Salathiel begat Zoro-is, God with us. babel;
f 24 Then Joseph, being raised 13 And Zorobabel begat Abiud; from sleep, did as the angel of the and Abiud begat Eliakim; and Lord had bidden him, and took Eliakim begat Azor ;
unto him his wife : 14 And Ăzor begat Sadoc; and 25 And knew her not till she had Sadoc begat Achim; and Achim brought forth her first-born son: begat Eliud;
and he called his name JESUS. 15 And Eliud begat Eleazar; and
Tow when Jesus was born than begat Jacob;
in 16 And Jacob begat Joseph the the days of Herod the king, be
hold, there came wise men from appeareth to Joseph in a dream, the east to Jerusalem,
saying, Arise, and take the young f 2 Saying, Where is he that is child and his mother, and fee into born king of the Jews ? for we have Egypt, and be thou there until I seen his star in the east, and are bring thee word: for Herod will come to worship him.
seek the young child to destroy him. ¢ 3 When Herod the king had g 14 When he arose, he took the heard these things, he was troubled, young child and his mother by and all Jerusalem with him. night, and departed into Egypt :
4 And when he had gathered all a 15 And was there until the death the chief priests and scribes of the of Herod: that it might be fulfilled people together, he demanded of which was spoken of the Lord by them where Christ should be born. the prophet, saying, Out of Eygpt g 5 And they said unto him, In have I called my Son. Bethlehem of Judea : for thus it is s 16 1 Then Herod, when he saw written by the prophet,
that he was mocked of the wise a 6 And thou Bethlehem, in the men, was exceeding wroth, and land of Juda, art not the least sent forth, and slew all the children among the princes of Juda : for out that were in Bethlehem, and in all of thee shall come a Governor, that the coasts thereof, from two years shall rule my people Israel. old and under, according to the f 7 Then Herod, when he had time which he had diligently inprivily called the wise men, in- quired of the wise men. quired of them diligently what a 17 Then was fulfilled that which time the star appeared.
was spoken by Jeremy the prog 8 And he sent them to Bethle- phet, saying, hem, and said, Go, and search g 18 In Rama was there a voice diligently for the young child; and heard, lamentation, and weeping, when ye have found him, bring me and great mourning, Rachel weepword again, that I may come and ing for her children, and would not worship him also.
be comforted, because they are not. m 9 When they had heard the v 19 1 But when Herod was dead, king, they departed; and lo, the behold, an angel of the Lord apstar, which they saw in the east, peareth in a dream to Joseph in went before them, till it came and Egypt, stood over where the young child 20 Saying, Arise, and take the
young child and his mother, and 10 When they saw the star, they go into the land of Israel: for they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. are dead which sought the young
f 11 1 And when they were come child's life. into the house, they saw the young f 21 And he arose, and took the child with Mary his mother, and young child and his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: came into the land of Israel. and when they had opened their & 22 But when he heard that Artreasures, they presented unto him chelaus did reign in Judea in the gifts; gold, and frankincense, and room of his father Herod, he was myrrh.
afraid to go thither: notwithstandv 12 And being warned of God in ing, being warned of God in a a dream that they should not re- dream, he turned aside into the turn to Herod, they departed into parts of Galilee : their own country another way.
a 23 And he came and dwelt in a v 13 And when they were depart- city called Nazareth: that it might ed, behold, the angel of the Lord be fulfilled which was spoken by