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References. 14. The men of Jabesh Gilead fasted seven days, after having buried the bones of Saul, and his three sons, under a tree in Jabesh ............................. 1 Sam.xxxi. 13.

15. The walls of Jericho fell down, after having been encompassed seven days by Joshua, and seven Priests, blowing seven trumpets of rams' horns ................ Josh. vi. 15-20.

16. Gehazi went down to the water-side seven times, before he saw the small cloud like a man's hand .................... 1 Kings xviii.44.

17. Christ fed upwards of four thousand people on seven loaves, and a few small fishes .............................. Matt. xv. 36.

18. Christ informs Peter, that he ought not only to forgive his brother seven times, but until seventy times seven .......... Matt. xviii. 22.

LESSON ON NUMBER FORTY. It rained forty days and forty nights, when God brought the flood upon the earth, which destroyed all mankind, except Noah and his family....................... Gen. vii. 17.

Moses fasted forty days and forty nights, when he received the ten commandments from God on Mount Sinai............. Exod. xxiv. 18.

Moses sent out twelve spies, who were forty days searching the land of Canaan, to which the people were going......... .. Numb. xiii. 25.

The Israelites, because of their wickedness, wandered about the wilderness full forty years ......................... Psalm xcv. 10.

Goliath the giant defied the armies of Israel, day after day for forty days, before he was slain by David, the youngest son of Jesse the Ephrathite ................. 1 Sam. xvii. 16.

The prophet Elijah fasted forty days on his journey to Mount Horeb, after having eaten of the food provided for him by the angel ........... .................. 1 Kings xis. 8.

References. The prophet Ezekiel bore the iniquities of the house of Judah forty days, being one day for each year's guilt................ Ezek. iv. 6.

The prophet Jonah cried, “ Yet forty days and Nineveh shall be overthrown.” God however spared it, because the king and people humbled themselves, and repented in sackcloth and ashes .......... Jonah iii. 4.

Jesus was tempted of Satan forty days in the wilderness ........................ Matt. iy. 2.

He continued on earth forty days after his resurrection from the dead, (Acts i. 3.) and was seen at ten different times :

1. By Mary Magdalen, who thought he was the gardener ......

...... John 8x. 15. 2. By the women when He said, “ All hail ........................ ....... Mark xxviii. 9.

3. By two of the disciples as they were going to the village Emmaus ... ....... Luke xxiv. 31.

4. By Simon Peter .................. Luke xxiv. 34.

5. By the disciples when Thomas was absent .............................. Luke xxiv. 36.

6. By the disciples when Thomas was present ......cono ................... John xx. 26.

7. By the disciples when they were fishing ........ ........................ John xxi. 4.

8. By the disciples on a mountain in Galilee............................ Matt.xxviii. 16.

9. By James, one of the apostles...... 1 Cor. sy. 17.

10. By the disciples on the day of his ascension to heaven .................... Luke xxiv. 51.

Jerusalem was destroyed by Titus, the Roman Emperor, forty years after Christ's ascension to Heaven.

CONTRASTS.

The Righteous and the Wicked. Say ye to the righteous, that it shall be well with him, for they shall eat the fruit of their doings........................ Isaiah iii. 10.

References. Woe unto the wicked ! it shall be ill with him ; for the reward of his hands shall be given him ...... ................... Isaiah iii. 11.

Many sorrows shall be to the wicked; but he that trusteth in the Lord, mercy shall compass him about .............. Psalm xxxii. 10.

Whoso walketh uprightly shall be saved, but he that is perverse in his ways shall fall. Prov. xxviii. 18,

The path of the just is as a shining light; the way of the wicked is as darkness; they know not at what they stumble.......... Prov.iv. 18,19.

The righteous is delivered out of trouble, and the wicked cometh in his stead ...... Prov. xi. 8.

The curse of the Lord is in the house of the wicked, but he blesseth the habitation of the just ......... ............... Prov. iii. 33.

The fear of the Lord prolongeth days, but the years of the wicked shall be shortened ..........

...... Prov. x. 27., The fear of the wicked it shall come upon him, but the desire of the righteous shall be granted ........................... Prov. X. 24.

The hope of the righteous shall be gladness, but the expectation of the wicked shall perish ................... .......... Prov. x.

The wicked is driven away in his wickedness, but the righteous hath hope in his death ............................ . Prov. xiv. 32.

The memory of the just is blessed, but the name of the wicked shall rot ........ Prov. x. 7.

The wicked is snared by the transgression of his own lips, but the just shall come out of trouble ........................ Prov. xii. 13.

God will not cast away a perfect man, neither will he help the evil doers........ Job viii. 20.

Many that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt .. Daniel xii. 2.

The importance of such a Lesson as the above, must be obvious; but it will require the Teacher to be very careful in explaining some parts thereof, as well as the meaning of

some words made use of. No better method of effecting this can be suggested by us, than that of holding a simple and familiar conversation with the children on some of the striking characters mentioned in the Bible, as Cain, Absalom, Xchan, Abel, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, &c.

The method of using this Lesson is, by calling out two children, each taking a character, the School generally repeating after them.

THE OFFICES OF ANGELS.
First.To God.

References. They attend on God ................ 1 Kings xxii. 19. They praise and magnify him ........ Rev. vii. 11. They are his messengers ............ Luke i. 11.

Second.- To Jesus Christ. They foretold his conception .......... Luke i. 30, 31. They declared his birth .............. Luke ij. 9-11. They warned him of danger .......... Matt. ii. 13, 14. They ministered to him in temptation .. Mark i, 13. They comforted him in his agony... .. Luke xxii. 43. They opened his grave at his resurrection Matt. xxviii. 2. They witnessed his resurrection to others Luke xxiv. 23. They attended his ascension to heaven.. Acts i. 10, 11. They praise him in heaven .......... Rev. v. 11, 12. They make known his will on earth.... Rev. i. 1. They will come with him to judgment .. Mark viii. 38. They will divide the wicked from the just Matt. xiii. 49, 50.

Third. - To Man. They guard the people of God ........ Psalm xxxiv, 7. They help us against our enemies ...... Daniel vi. 22. They carry the soul to heaven ........ Luke xvi. 22.

The people of God have-1. God's power; 2. Christ's mediation ; 3. The Spirit's teaching; and 4. The care of angels; all engaged for their happiness in this world, and in that which is to come.

This Lesson is given out by two Monitors. One gives the offices, the other the Scripture references; each of

which, in the hands of a judicious Teacher, will be found a ground work for many pleasing and profitable conversations. Sing.

[Tune-Lydia. Immortal angels, bright and fair, &c. (See Infants' Hymns.)

WHO ARE BLESSED.

Referenccs. Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted ...... .

......... Matt. v. 4. Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth .....................................

Matt. y. 5. Blessed are they that do hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled Matt. v.

Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy .................................... Matt. v.

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God .......................................

Blessed are the peace-makers, for they shall be called the children of God ......... Matt. v. 9.

Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for their's is the kingdom of heaven ........................................ Matt. v. 10,

Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners

.............................. Psalm. i. 1. Blessed is he whose transgressions are forgiven .........................

.... Psalm xxxii. 1. Blessed is the man whom thou choosest, O God ..........

.... Psalm lxv. 4. Blessed is the man whom thou chastenest, O God ... ..........................

.... Psalm xciv. 12. Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates ................... Prov. viii. 34.

Blessed are they that hear the Word of God, and keep it ..................................... Luke xi. 28.

Blessed are those servants, whom the Lord, when he cometh, shall find watching Luke xii. 37. Blessed is the man that endureth tempta

............................................... James i. 12. Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord ............................................. Rev. XIV. 13.

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