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have been penned on account of the ark's 1 lenting about Simeon; also Joseph thought ascension to Zion, the resting place of his father Jacob would much less feel SiIsrael, and the dwelling place of the Most meon's being bound than any other of his High.
sons; therefore Simeon was bound and The manner of Christ's ascension, or in put into prison. There was an opportuwhat sense He might be said to ascend: not nity for him now to reflect upon all his figuratively, as God is said to go down and evil deeds—whether it was to the humbling to go up, Gen. xi. 6, and xvii. 22, nor in of his spirit is not said ; but when the appearance only, as it might seem to be brethren returned with Benjamin, Simeon holders, but in reality and truth; nor was was released. Simeon sowed cruelty and it a disappearance merely, as in Luke xxiv. he reaped accordingly; let this be remem31, nor was it in a visionary way, as the bered by us--it is not possible to avoid Apostle Paul was caught up into the sustaining injury ourselves when we inflict third heaven; nor in a spiritual manner, in injury upon others. This is one of the dark mind and affection, in which sense saints consequences of the Fall. I gladly turn ascend to heaven, when in spiritual frames from it, and invite my readers' attention to of soul; but really, visibly, and locally; two things. First, to the triumphs of this ascension of Christ was a real motion mercy over the evil results of sin; and of his human nature, which was visible secondly, to the faithful fulfilment of every to the apostles, and was by change of part of the Word of God. Read the fol. place, even from earth to heaven. lowing from Thornley Smith's “ History of
Joseph.” He says : “ Israel's curse did not MAZZAROTH;
fall upon the persons of Simeon and Levi, OR, THE
nor yet upon the persons of their children TWELVE SIGNS IN THE BIBLICAL and posterity, but only on their sin. HEAVENS.
Would no sad consequences, then, follow (Continued from page 180.)
from their conduct? Hear the old man's
words :- I will divide them in Jacob, and Is the few remarks I have made on Si- scatter them in Israel.' 'If you mark,' meon's character, I hope I have been says Bishop Andrewes, in a singular but under the influence of the best of all admirable sermon on this passage, the teachers; and in going somewhat further, punishment is very proper, and well-proI pray to be instrumental in laying open portioned to their fault. Their fault was a another page of that deeply-hidden wisdom bad union; their punishment is a just diwhich lays within the folds of that hea- vision. Their fault was “ hand in hand," venly register, the WORD OF GOD. I will they were too near; their punishment is, dot this month digress, if I can hold the they shall be set far enough asunder, for reins of my thoughts tight enough. I taking any such counsel any more. must be brief; for we are in deep waters, whom the devil hath joined, God puts in and where the “ VESSEL” may be driven sunder. And a righteous thing it is it none on earth can tell.
should so be. For punishments should In Simeon, see, first of all, a picture of have in them the nature of medicine : the hardness and cruelty of some men's they cure ever by contraries; heat by hearts. See, secondly, how true it is, that cold, drought by moisture. Even as this what a man sows that shall he also reap. doth-an evil joining by a just disperJarchi says that it was Simeon who said to sion.' Levi, when little Joseph approached them, “ Jacob here speaks as a prophet, and “Behold, this dreamer cometh;” and that the prophets are often said to do what they it was Simeon who cast Joseph into the predict. This prophecy was literally ful. pit, and would have killed him outright. filled. On the division of the land of CaSuch was Simeon's cruelty. He was a naan, the tribe of Simeon received an inman of a fierce and desperate disposition. heritance within the inheritance of the When, therefore, we read, in Genesis xlii., children of Judah (Josh. xix. 1), which, that Joseph would take one of Jacob's however, became too small, so that it is sons and keep him as prisoner, while the supposed that they were under the necesothers went to carry corn and bring down sity of frequently emigrating from their Benjamin, the historian says, “ Joseph own part of the country, to seek a resitook from them Simeon, and bound him dence and bread for their families amongst before their eyes.” It is thought Joseph their brethren of the other tribes.' (See say there was still a hardness and unre- 1 Chron. iv. 41-43.) There is a Jewish
tradition in the Targum of Jerusalem to the Lord, to minister unto him, and to the effect that multitudes of Simeon's bless in his name, Wherefore Levi hath posterity were scattered among the other no part nor inheritance with his brethren: tribes in the capacity of teachers, so that the Lord is his inheritance, according as the Hebrews were accustomed to say that the Lord thy God promised him.” In a every poor scribe and schoolmaster was a worldly and temporal point of view, I have Simeonite. Then, as to the tribe of Levi, said, they were a sort of outcasts; they it had no inheritance in the land; but had no share in the land. And how true "the children of Israel gave unto the Le- this is of the greater portion of the Lord's vites out of their inheritance, at the com- ministers to this day. I know many of mandment of the Lord, cities and sub- them, poor fellows! they have no palaces, urbs, so that they were indeed scattered nor 6000.. per annum pensions; they throughout the country, (See Josh. xxi. have neither houses nor lands; they have 3.) Their punishment, however, was neither farms nor fruitful fields. The ris. turned into a blessing; for they were ing or falling of the funds is not a matter chosen to perform the services of the ta- noticed by them. Their inheritance, genebernacle, and Jehovah himself became rally speaking, is the Bible, the throne of their inheritance."
grace, the gospel of Christ, and the hearts Simeon and Levi are brethren." Of and the prayers of a few poor people, this Old Testament Simeon there really is among whom they live and labour, and but little said of a cheering character; from whose hard earnings is derived the but he is joined with Levi, and although small pittance whereby the earthly Moses says not one word of Simeon, he has house” of the poor Levite is kept together. a most remarkable prediction respecting Could you look into his cottage-(beg parLevi. (See Deut. xxxiii. 8-11.) A more glo. don, I mean his parsonage)-on many rious prediction of the character and work days in the week, you might have full of the gospel ministry I never have found, proof that he is both a teetotaller and a nor do I think the Old Testament fur- | vegetarian; for a small piece of bread, a nishes anything more brilliant, more com- few nice potatoes, and a glass of clear cold prehensive, or more correct. Here is a water makes up bis healthy and his ecosign indeed of the first magnitude--an nomical meal; and for the most part he is hieroglyphical star hung up in the biblical therewith content. It is quite possible heavens, wherein every feature of a true that when the poor provincial Levite hears and living ministry is drawn by the Spirit his noble and valiant metropolitan brother of the true and living God. This Leviti- exclaim in the pulpit at PR-'I cal prediction is "a bundle of myrrh" I have 1800 congregation and 700 members, never saw untied yet. If the Lord would and they keep me well!"-I say, it is just open it to me, and in me, I shall cheer- possible that a little sprig of old Adam's fully give to my readers all that is given to weed, called “ carnally coveting," might me; but I feel my mental and spiritual then spring up, and he might almost wish destitution so deeply, that I really fear to some such portion had fallen to him; but approach a mystery so sublime. If any of he may wish long enough in such days as my brethren have clearer light into this these, when churches and chapels are Word than I may be favoured with, I truly nearly as thick as the streets, and when hope they will be enabled so to throw in popular parsons are every day coming into their light as to remove all the darkness such amazing notoriety that no places can and difficulty hovering over my mind. I hardly be found large enough for the would consider the prediction in the fol. crowds who flock to feed upon the dainties lowing order:-1. The tribe of Levi as re- there provided. Nay, indeed, from all that presenting the separated and sanctified I have seen for many years, if a man be servants of God, and officers in the main sent to work in the Lord's vineyard (untenance of the worship of his house. less he have some extraordinary natural The Levites were a kind of outcasts. In gist; unless he marry some very rich wife ; the settlement of the land of Canaan, the unless be be called to stand in the well-presons of Levi had no share in the division; pared shoes of another, as the Manchester they had no inheritance with their breth- Standard-bearer stands in the shoes of his ren. How strong and empbatic is that venerable predecessor; or, unless he be Seripture—“ At that time, the Lord sepa- left executor to a property for which no rated the tribe of Levi, to bear the ark of owner can be found — unless some of the covenant of the Lord, to stand before these “ accidentals," as they are called, fall into his lap), he must be resigned to be sisters, lands, &c.; but if not in kind, it " a respectable, well-dressed country pas- shall be in equivalency: he shall enjoy tor, passing rich at twenty pounds a-year.” | more in God than all creatures would be But what of that? If the Lord be his to him were they multiplied an hundredinheritance, the unseаrebable riches of fold. The gifts and graces, the comforts Christ are his eternally; and with him, at and consolations of the Holy Spirit, are last, it must be well.
a thousand times sweeter and better por. " Levi and his sons," says Dr. Hawker, tion than all the houses and lands this “ were all types of our Lord Jesus, JE- world contains. HOVAH'S HOLY ONE." They were also My own path has been one of unusually types of all Christ's true ambassadors; heavy trial. For above thirty years I have and then the first feature noted of them is had wave after wave: my own sinful heart, POVERTY, as regards an earthly inheritance. and ever-willing hands, have made for me a Take the Bible, and read therein how the succession of heavy sorrows; but in the word " POOR" stands identified with every midst of them all I have many times been one's worldly position who has been called so enriched in soul-feeling by the unfoldto do business in the spiritual vineyard of ing of Divine truth, and have been so the Lord. It is emphatically declared of favoured in preaching and in private conTHE MASTER, “ Ye know the grace of our verse with the living in Jerusalem, that I Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was could not wish to exchange my position rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, with the richest worldling on earth. that ye through his poverty might be rich." While on this point, I must refer to one In connection with this, do you mark the scripture which has for some years been a strong sympathy Christ has with the poor? | trouble to and a witness against me. Paul, He says, “ I will feed the flock of slaugh- in his second epistle to Timothy, says, ter, even you, O poor of the flock.” It" Thou therefore endure hardness as a was "the poor” of the flock that waited good soldier of Jesus Christ. No man upon the LORD, and they knew his Word. that warreth entangleth himself with the “ Unto the poor was the Gospel preached,” affairs of this life; that he may please and it was preached by them that were him who bath chosen him to be a soldier." poor; for the first disciples said, “Lo! we This scripture has for years stood point bave left all, and have followed thee.” blank against me; because when the first They left ships, boats, nets, and all, and church was formed over whom I was paswent after Christ. And Paul could say, tor, a kind gentleman distinctly offered to "for whom I have suffered the loss of all secure to me 801. per annum if I would things.” And what was Christ's answer ? leave the printing business and devote "Verily, I say unto you, there is no man myself entirely to the ministry. But I had that hath left house or brethren, or sisters, a young family, and many fears as regards or father, or mother, or wife, or children, my ministry; and I had not confidence or lands, for my sake, and the gospel's, to believe that the Lord would supply my bat he shall receive an hundred-fold now, needs; wherefore I refused, and resolved in this time, houses, and brethren, and to keep close to my trade, still preaching sisters, and mothers, and children, and every Lord's day, and sometimes in the lands, with persecutions, and in the world week. But, from that very rejection of an to come ETERNAL LIFE." How can such a 1 offer so noble and needful, I trace all the declaration be understood? Where shall dreadful troubles that befell me. Judging I turn to find a true exposition of such a from circumstances, if I had left my busiscripture ? Some men, in modern times, ness, given myself up to the Lord, and his have had very little to leave for Christ's work, I should never have known those sake. They worked hard in manual labour dreadful sorrows which afterwards befell for a few shillings per week; now they me. A cleaving to my business, and trywork gloriously in the Gospel, and receive ing to do more than I could do, has thrown bountiful remunerations. Look at the low those chains around me that I sometimes estate of William Huntington, William fear never can be removed. I write these Gadsby, John Warburton, and many I things only as cautions to the many thoumight name, but I forbear. Still the sands of young men now coming up into question returns, Is Christ's answer in the ministry. To them, I say, first, be Mark X. 29 to be understood literally? sure, by prayer, by close self-examination, One saith, Christ doth not mean literally by a diligent observance of all Providenthat a man shall receive a hundred brethren, tial dealings, and by the use the Lord
makes of you among his people, that the selves? No! they are “his workmanship, Lord has chosen you to be a soldier. Do created in Christ Jesus." They are quicknot you run about asking the churches to ened. Who quickened them ? “ The Son enlist you: but if the churches will run quickeneth whom He will.” They are after you, if they press you into their begotten. What! by their own act or service - if in that service the dew of will ?
No! “ Of his own will begat he heaven rests upon you—if the liberty of us with the word of truth.” Now it may the Spirit be enjoyed by you—if the saints be said, all this is granted. So it is, and continue to receive you—if the word of the contradicted in the next paragraph, and Lord is opened in you, and successfully the very opposite contended for. And then proclaimed by you, then, secondly, be the question is asked, “Why require what careful how you become entangled with is impossible?” God has not been pleased those secular matters which may injure to reveal the why. But He hath declared you bodily, spiritually, and circumstanti. the impossibility (1 Cor. ii. 14). Then, ally; for no man can possibly serve two again, God hath not lost his right to de.
mand obedience, or to command repentI am compelled abruptly here to leave ance, though man has lost all power to this part of the subject, but, the Lord obey; yea, his very impotency is bis sin; permitting, you shall hear again next for God made man perfect. But under the month from CHAS. WATERS BANKS. influence of the carnal mind, man always
thinks his own inventions best.
Tho man with the one talent, in the NO LIE IS OF THE TRUTH.
gospel, charged his master unjustly when DEAR MR. EDITOR, -I am far from he said, “ Thou art an austere man; thou thinking that the admission of such takest up that thou layedst not down, pieces as that by “ Let's have all the and reapest that thou didst not sow.” All Truth,” and “ Anti-Bigotry," is a great who contend for duty-faith and repentance boon to the readers of the “ VESSEL.” If appear to have the very same idea, and to their views be the truth, they might sign be in the very same position. Out of their their names ; or are they ashamed of their own mouth may they be judged. And what gospel? I am not ashamed of the gospel saith the Lord concerning such ?-Go, do of Christ, nor of being known as one who your duty, and make two talents of the one ? adheres to the exhortation of Jude—“Ear-No! but, “ take away the talent, and give nestly contend for the faith which was it to him that hath ten.” Then, in regard once delivered to the saints." And at the to every text adduced, that to some persons outset I may ask—How can it be the duty seem to favour such views, they declare of man to possess that which is alone the solemn and incontrovertible facts; but it gift of God? Repentance is the gift of God is man's fiction to say, that because such (Acts v. 31, xi. 18). Faith is also the gift declarations are made, it is man's duty to of God (Eph. ii. 8). And while the Lord believe and repent. A writer in the “GosJesus said, “No man can come to me, unless pel Magazine " well and truly observes, the Father which hath sent me draw him ;" " Men fancy they can obey most of God's and, “ All that the Fath giveth me shall commands. There is one, however, which come to me,”—I would sooner take his I find generally stops them, viz. • Make words than all the words of all the duty- you a new heart' (Ezek. xviii. 31). This faith men in the world. For He hath they usually acknowledge to be impossaid, “ Heaven and earth shall pass away, sible; and yet until they have that heart but my words shall not pass away." And they will never do or think anything that I do not hesitate to say, whosoever asserts is good; for from the old or natural heart or teaches such doctrines, contradicts, and nothing can come but evil.” (Mark vii. 21, gives the lie to Him who is alone “the 22.) Hath God by his prophet declared truth.” It may be said this is strong language; the truth? “ Can the Ethiopian change it is so, and truth requires it. (2 John 10, his skin, or the leopard his spots ? then 11.) Now what saith the scripture? Why, may ye also do good, that are accustomed of all who believe, they testify that they to do evil.” Then this is a complete and are “born again." Do they procure or decisive answer to all the advocates of produce their own birth? No! they are duty-faith in the world; for the mouth of born, “not of blood, nor of the will of the the Lord hath spoken it. flesh, nor of man, but of God.” They are
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EPISTLES TO THEOPHILUS. Theophilus, I am not at all sorry that you
are the subject of this same incapacity, this same weakness. You may well glory in this infirmity, that the power of Christ may rest
upon you. My GOOD THEOPHILUS,—You know that
Well, these Simon-anythings happily do not it is written that the law entered that the practise all they profess, or not a man of them offence might abound, but where sin abounded, would have a right eye, a right hand, or a grace did much more abound. Now you will right foot, left; for if they took the letter just
see that this abounding of grace as it is, they must, if they practise what they does not mean everywhere where sin hath profess, part with at least some of their preabounded; sin bath abounded in the Fall, to cious members. Yea, I know not how they the final condemnation of thousands, where could continue to live at all; for it is written, neither grace nor mercy has ever come. What, “ Put a knife to thy throat, if thou be a man then, is the conclusion? it is this, that where given to appetite” (Prov. xxiii. 2); and I conviction, by the power of the Holy Ghost, suppose they have such a feeling sometimes enters the conscience, there it is, that the sin as that of appetite. I am sure even for their of the heart is brought to light (Rom. vii. 1), health's sake I hope they sometimes have this the conscience becomes burdened, and the feeling, and I hope they always do their duty, spirit of such an one is broken down. He and with heartfelt gratitude at all times thank tastes the wormwood and the gall, and here, the Lord for what they have. and here only, it is that grace abounds and But, my good Theophilus, as you belong to reigns with unerring and infallible certainty the incapacitated, and are so weak-minded unto eternal life. Do not, my good Theo that you like to know the sense of things, I philus, lose sight of that new covenant to must, for your profit as well as my own, just which you belong, nor for one moment be notice a few Scriptures. moved by the jargon of those whose
“God said, Let there be light, and there was gant humility" leads them to boast of yield- light;" and just so it is where God commands ing themselves up to the letter of Scripture; repentance, - He commandeth all men everythat is, they are so arrogantly humble, that where to repent (Acts xvii. 30). Now look at they content themselves with the sound of the explanation of this (Luke xxiv. 47), that the Scriptures, but trouble not themselves repentance and remission of sins should be about the sense and meaning of the Scriptures. preached in his name among all nations; and Pity the poor simple Apostle Paul should, in He is exalted a Prince and a Saviour to give his Epistles, especially those to the Romans, repentance unto Israel, and remission of sins; the Galatians, and the Hebrews-pity he and this Israel are a people out of all nations, took so much trouble to give the sense and for those that be Jews inwardly are the Israelmeaning of the Scriptures. If he had been ites indeed. Unto these, one by one,-for ye but versed in the modern science of uniting shall be gathered one by one, Oye children of free will and free grace, or rather of one time Israel,-unto one by one of these God comserving one master, namely, free grace, and mands repentance into the heart, as He did another time serving another master, namely, into the heart of Saul of Tarsus; and all such, free will. O Paul, you simpleton! if you had and none but such, will stand well at the judge but known how to serve two masters, you ment day: and so all Israel shall be saved. would have had no occasion to say, wherefore “ All men everywhere,"—that is, wherever serreth the law. You would have had no occa- his people are: He knows where they are, and sion to say, if by grace it is no more of works, will search out his sheep. This command is otherwise grace is no more grace. Oh no, the like, “ Lazarus, come forth!" It is not a mere Simeons, or rather Simnons of modern times, letter command, but a living command; that would teach us to be good Catholics, and be is what the Lord is pleased to make it-a content with the letter. There it is, and we living command: no room for duty-repentmust ask no questions for conscience' sake, ance here. nor must we even ask our God and Saviour Peter's exhortation to Simon Magus I have, to open unto us the Scriptures. It is true as you know, disposed of in a former letter, the opening up of the Scriptures did make and that in a manner that no one can gainthe hearts of the disciples burn within them; say. but I suppose we must not think much of Again:"Except ye repent, ye shall all likethat, because the poor simple disciples had no wise perish.” Well, and "except a man be born religion, except what they had from above, again, he cannot enter the kingdom of heaven;" which perhaps may, in a measure, account but is it the duty of the creature to regenerate for their being so anxious for many things to his own soul ? And so a declaration of the be explained to them; and indeed the great necessity of repentance no more implies it was Teacher was, and is still, kind to us, even in their duty than it was their duty to regenerate our weaknesses; and so it was, that for this their own souls. Its being their duty to reweakness, this incapacity in not being able to pent with a repentance which is unto life and content themselves with the sound without salvation, is an inference that men unwarrantthe sense, he indulged them, encouraged ably and unscripturally draw from such this weakness in them, rather than not; for scriptures as these. The necessity of repentwhen they were alone, he expounded all things ance, and fruits meet for repentance, is to be to his disciples (Mark iv. 34). Well, my good preached unto all men. It is a testimony
which God will own and bless only let that See last month's VESSEL, P. 195. testimony rest upon right grounds. Bụt these