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the displeasure of Jehovah, as to induce | shew that indeed they were Abraham's Him to forsake them-retract what He children, and heirs of the promise ? had promised, and cast them off for ever. Did they evidence a spirit different from That there was sin even then among that of the deluded nations from which them, and that it did prevail, without in- they had been separated, and shew that termission and without exception, from they were fit to value the knowledge of Abraham, to those who departed in the Most High, and be announced to surtriumph from the land of bondage, there rounding nations as the chosen of the can be no question ; but yet, it was not Lord ? Had such been their demeanour sin like unto that which they afterwards then could we not have wondered that committed; for we have no reason to the “song of Jacob ” were “not consuppose that they ever had forsaken the sumed "-because their God was “the God of their fathers, forgotten the duty Lord who changeth not,” but to them which they owed to Him, or given and to their children, we should have that worship which was His to the idols confidently looked for the fulfilment of and vanities of Egypt. No! as Abra- all that was promised unto Abraham ham's children, they had remained the when this language was addressed to servants of Abraham's God, and what him: “I will make of thee a great ever were their shortcomings, their nation, and I will bless thee and make follies or their crimes, assuredly they thy name great, and I will bless them had not been aggravated by giving that that bless thee, and curse him that glory which was due to the Creator of curseth thee, and in thee shall all famithe universe alone, to the senseless works lies of the earth be blessed.” But of their own hands. But when we follow Israel, borne as on eagle's wings, went them from Egypt, trace their wanderings out of Egypt, and what was the result ! through the desert, and finally contem- They went after the idols of the heathen, plate them put in possession of the land and worshipped the works of their own of promise, we behold a state of things hands! They forsook the Lord who very different.

The sons of Jacob are had bought them, who had broken their miserably changed, and, in human judg- bands asunder, and made the oppressed ment, more than sufficient grounds are to go free! Although the Lord went afforded for the withdrawment of heaven's before them in a pillar of cloud by day, protection, and for the forfeiture, of every to lead them in the way, and in a pillar promised blessing. For after the good of fire by night, to give them light, yet ness and mercy which had followed them, in their deep infatuation they thus re-after their deliverance from the jaws solved among themselves: “Let us make of famine by the providential interference us gods who may go before us ;” and of Jehovah,—after the Lord had caused although the Lord had miraculously them to increase and multiply exceed-shewn himself to be their God and ingly, and made them, who had been but Saviour, yet did they make unto thema despised remnant, a mighty nation, selves a calf, and they worshipped it, and after He had carried them victorious and sacrificed thereunto, and said: “These triumphant beyond the power and malice be thy gods, O Israel, which have brought of their enemies, reversing even, on their thee out of the land of Egypt!” And behalf, the laws by which He governed did the Lord now forsake them, when the universe,-after all these proofs, and they had so shamefully forsaken Him ? many more than these of the love where Did His wrath was very hot against with He loved them, and the scrupulous, them, to consume them even from off unyielding steadfastness with which the earth? Was His love turned into He held to the word that He had hatred, as well it might, and the blesspassed, that “ blessing He would bless ings wherewith He had blessed them, them,” how did they act, or what followed with a righteous and eternal, proof did they afford of their attach- curse 2-Ought it not to have been so ment and their gratitude ? Did they if He is unchangeable, for is not sin

unchangeably hateful to Him, and has which is scattered over the face of the He not declared that they who commit earth, but which still continues & sepit shall not escape ? Might He not arate and distinct, though a broken justly have withdrawn His promise, or nation, without a country or fathercould His faithfulness for doing so have land. When we think of the troubles been called in question ? By us it might through which they have passed, but al. not. But the love of God is stronger ways have survived. When we find that than men, and the faithfulness of God of the mightiest of their contemporary nais greater than men. “ Behold He is oftions there remains not a wreck behind one mind, and who can turn him ? the that Babylon, by whose rivers poor cap. same yesterday, to-day, and for ever.” tive Israel once sat and wept, while they Israel had turned and gone away back hung their tuneless harps upon the wilward, but for that His word did not faill low; that this Babylon has fallen, and Though they had sinned, He was not left no trace of its governmentor people!“man that He should lie, or the son of that Rome, which claimed the empire of man that He should repent." Although the world, and for long regarded Judea as they had forsaken Him, yet them He her tributary, can now only be said to would not,

He could not forsake. have once existed ! when on the surface Although Him they had forgotten, yet of the globe, we can find neither Roman them He could not forget, for they were nor Assyrian, nor one to claim a Baby"engraven upon the palms of His hands,"lonish origin ; while on the other hand, - their walls were continually before amid the fall of nations, and the convul. Him! Other gods they desired, but He sion of empires, and the change of dynasdesired not another people, for on them ties, and all the revolutions which have He had set His love, and them He had shaken thrones, and made the slaves of taken for His heritage ! Their iniquity to-day the victors of to-morrow, we still He punished, and the death of the idol- recognise the posterity of Abraham-disaters proclaimed His displeasure at their tinct and secure amid the wreck of ages! sin, but a full end of them He would not enfeebled, it is true, but still like unto make. He remembered the word which themselves; persecuted, but not forsaken He had spoken unto Abraham : “I will --cast down, but not destroyed! When make of thee a great nation, &c.," and thus we find Israel to be Israel still, and because it was impossible that one jot or as a separate, peculiar people, as much tittle should pass from His word, because so as ever, do we not feel most impresHe was “the Lord that changeth not, sively the truth of what is stated in the the sons of Jacob were not consumed." text, that “ the sons of Jacob are not

But while in the past history of Israel consumed,” because their God is “ the this truth is so remarkably exemplified, Lord that changeth not,” and apprehend, is not their condition at the present day as Perchance we never did before, the as clear an illustration of it, as we could sense of those deeply-interesting words: possibly desire! God is still the Lord “ For a small moment have I forsaken who changeth not, and therefore Israel thee, but with great mercies will I gather is not consumed. Their sins have caused thee; in a little wrath I hid my face Him to forsake them for a season, but from thee for a moment, but with everHis truth and faithfulness remain the lasting kindness will I have mercy upon same! They are still the heirs of the thee, saith the Lord thy Redeemer." promise, and to them the promise is yet to be fulfilled. For although Jehovah has punished, yet a full end He has never “He that aims high, shoots the higher made, and though “blindness in part for it, though he shoots not so high as he hath happened unto Israel,” it is only till aims. This is what ennobles the spirit of " the fulness of the Gentiles be brought a Christian, this propounding of this our in.” And when we contemplate that high pattern, the example of Jesus poor, despised, and persecuted remnant Christ."-Leighton.

EMBLEMS FROM EDEN. *

SELF-DENIAL.

the next greatest be absent, whatever else there

be, there is not Christianity. Reader, have you Said our Lord, "If any man will be my disciple, got it? To Christ's question, “Lovest thou let him take up his cross, and deny himself, and me?" is it your answer, “Lord, thou knowest follow me." The fruit of the Tree of Life is

all things, thou knowest that I love thee?" tonic and invigorating, and nowhere is self- Then, if you love Jesus, you will love Him denial so easy as in the society of the meek and

whose express image Jesus is. To God in lowly Redeemer. But what is self-denial? Is it Christ, your soul will be attached in gratitude, sackcloth on the loins? Is it a wooden block for submission, and complacency. You will not a pillow? Is it pulse or lentil-pottage for the wish Him less holy, less righteous, less true. daily meal? Is it a crypt or kennel for one's Awed by His glorious majesty, and melted by lodging? Ah no! In all this flesh-pinching His ineffable mercy, all that is dust and ashes in there is often a subtle self-pleasing: but when you will be humbled, and all that is devout and the temper is up to rule the spirit, and over a filial will be kindled into grateful adoration. If "manly revenge" to let Christian magnanimity nothingness and sin bid you be silent, the sight triumph, -that is self-denial. To take pains of your Great Representative gone back to the with dull children, and with ignorant and in. bosom of His Father, inspires you with a joyful sipid adults,-that is self-denial. To hide from

assurance and a humble confidence Godward; the left hand what the right is doing : to ply and, boldest where you are most abased, beneath the task when fellow-labourers drop away and the Cross you learn to cry, Abba, Father. You lookers-on wax few: for the Lord's sake still to love Him who first loved you, and, “feeling it follow up the work when the world gives you no sweet to be accepted of God on any grounds, to credit,-that is self-denial. When you might be accepted in His own beloved Son, you feel is tell your own exploits, to let another praise you, sweeter far." and not your own lips; and when a fancy-touch 2. And joy. The essence of love is attachment. would make a good story a great deal better, to Joy is the happiness of love. It is love exulting. let the "yea" continue simple yea,- that is self- It is love aware of its own felicity, and rioting in denial. Rather than romantic novelties to pre. riches which it has no fear of exhausting. It is fer duty with its sober common.place routine, love taking a view of its treasure, and surrenderand to stand at your post when the knees are ing itself to bliss without foreboding. “God's feeble and the heart is faint, -that is self-denial. promises appear so strong, so solid, so substan.

From personal indulgence,-from the lust of tial, more so than the rocks and everlasting hills; the flesh and the pride of life, to save where. and His perfections, what shall I say of them ? withal to succour the indigent and help forward When I think of one, I wish to dwell upon it for Christ's kingdom on earth,-that is self-denial.

ever ; but another, and another equally glorious,

claims a share of admiration; and when I begin “O could we learn that sacrifice,

to praise, I wish never to cease, but to find it the What lights would all around us rise !

commencement of that song which will never How would our hearts with wisdom talk

end. Very often have I felt as if I could that Along life's dullest, dreariest walk!

moment throw off the body, without first going

to bid them farewell that are at home in my " We need not bid for cloister'd cell'

house. Let who will be rich, or admired, or Our neighbour and our work farewell,

prosperous, it is enough for me that there is Nor strive to wind ourselves too high

such a God as Jehovah, such a Saviour as Jesus, For sinful man beneath the sky,

and that they are infinitely and unchangeably " The trivial round, the common task,

glorious and happy !"4 And in a similar frame Would furnish all we ought to ask ;

another felt, " Were the universe destroyed, Room to deny ourselves ; a road

and I the only being in it besides God, He is To bring us daily nearer God."

fully adequate to my complete happiness; and had I been in an African wood, surrounded by

venomous serpents, and devouring beasts, and UNION WITH CARIST.

savage men, in such a frame I should be the sub.

ject of perfect peace and exalted joy." 1 1. Wherever there is union to Christ there is

3. Peace. If joy be love exulting, peace is love. This, as we have said, is the essential

love reposing. It is love on the green pastures, principle. Whatever else there be, if there be

it is love beside the still waters. It is that great not love, it profits nothing, it proves nothing. I calm which comes over the conscience, when it Love to God and our neighbour is the essence sees the atonement sufficient and the Saviour of piety. It is the body, the basis, the staple willing. It is unclouded azure in a lake of glass ; element; and if the great commandment, and it is the soul which Christ has pacified, spread

Emblems from Eden. By James Hamilton, D.D., F.L.S. London: James Nisbet & Co,

• Nevin's Remains, p 27.

Payson's Life, chap. 19.
| Memoirs of Rev S. Pearce.

out in serenity and simple faith, and the Lord | words are obnoxious. It is firmness marching God, merciful and gracious, smiling over it. through fire and through water to the post

4. Long-suffering. This is love enduring. If where duty calls and the captain waits. It is the trial come direct from God, it is enough. It Elijah before Ahab. It is Stephen before the is correction. It is his Heavenly Father's hand, Sanhedrim. It is Luther at Worms. It is the and with Luther the disciple cries : “ Strike, martyr in the flames. Nay, it is a greater than Lord, strike. But, oh! do not forsake me." If all, it is Jesus in the desert. It is Jesus in the trial come from Christian brethren, till it be Gethsemane. It is Jesus on the cross. And it seven-fold seventy times repeated, love to Jesus is whosoever pursuing the path, or finishing demands forgiveness. If it come from worldly the work which God has given him, like the men, it is the occasion for that magnanimity great Forerunner, does not fear to die. which recompenses with good. And in every 8. Meekness is love at school,-love at the case, it is an opportunity for following a Saviour Saviour's school. It is Christian lowlihood. whom sufferings made perfect. That Saviour it is the disciple learning to know himself ; nerer loved the Father more intensely, than learning to fear, and distrust, and abhor him.. when His Father's face was hid, and when the self. It is the disciple practising the sweet but bitter cup proclaimed His justice terrible, and self-emptying lesson of putting on the Lord His truth severe One apostle denied Him, and Jesus, and finding all his righteousness in that all the disciples forsook Him; but Jesus prayed righteous Other. It is the disciple learning the for Peter, whilst Peter was cursing, and His love defects of his own character, and taking hints followed the rest, eren when they were running from hostile as well as friendly monitors. It is away. Jerusalem killed Him; but in foresight the disciple praying and watching for the im. of the guilty deed, it was over Jerusalem that provement of his talents, the mellowing of his Jesus wept; and when the deed was done, in temper, and the amelioration of his character. publishing pardon and the peace of God, it was It is the loving Christian at the Saviour's feet, at Jerusalem that evangelists were directed to learning of Him who is meek and lowly, and begin.

finding rest for his own soul. 5. Gentleness or affectionateness. This is 9. Temperance,-Love in the gymnasium, love love in society. It is love holding intercourse enduring hardness, love seeking to become with those around it. It is that cordiality of healthful and athletic, love striving for the aspect, and that soul of speech, which assure us mastery in all things, and bringing the body that kind and earnest hearts may still be met under. It is superiority to sensual delights, with here below It is that quiet influence and it is the power of applying resolutely to which, like perfumed flame from an alabaster irksome duties for the Master's sake. It is self. lamp, fills many a home with light and warmth denial and self-control. Fearful lest it should and fragrance all together. It is the carpet, soft subside to gross carnality, or waste away into and deep, which, whilst it diffuses a look of shadowy and hectic sentiment, temperance is ample comfort, deadens many a creaking sound. love alert and timeously astir ; sometimes rising It is the curtain which, from many a belo, ot before day for prayer, sometimes spending that form, wards off at once the summer's glow and day on tasks which laziness or daintiness de. the winter's wind. It is the pillow on which clines. It is love with girt loins, and dusty feet, sickness lays its head and forgets half its misery, and hands which work makes horny. It is love and to which death comes in a balmier dream. with the empty scrip but the glowing cheek,It is considerateness. It is tenderness of feeling. love subsisting on pulse and water, but grown It is warmth of affection. It is promptitude of so healthful and so hardy, that it " beareth all sympathy. It is love in all its depih, and all its things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, delicacy. It is every melting thing included endureth all things." in that matchless grace, “the GENTLENESS of Christ."

• Matt. iv. -11, 6. Goodness or beneficence. Love in action, love with its hand at the plough, love with the Hope says, Thy health and life may be, burden on its back. It is love carrying medicine And years of joy for hours of pain ; to the sick, and food to the famished. It is love Christian it matters not to thee; reading the Bible to the blind, and explaining To live is Christ : to die is gain. the Gospel to the felon in his cell. It is love at the Sunday class, or in the Ragged-school. It Life has a thousand hopes to give, is love at the hovel-door, or sailing far away in A thousand blessings to bestow; the missionary ship But whatever task it And thou, I know, wouldst joy to live,

ndertakes, it is still the same,-Love following Or, if thy Father bids, to go. His footsteps, “who went about continually DOING GOOD,”

Little it matters thus to part, 7. Faith. Whether it means trust in God, or

The same our way, the sanie our shore; fidelity to principle and duty, Faith is love in the One Lord, one life, one hope, one heart, battle-field It is constancy following hard after One meeting-and we part no more, God, when the world drags downward, and the flesh cries, “Halt." It is zeal holding fast

“ There is a little child in every healthy sound words when fer vour is costly and sound heart, if one only knew it, that is pleased

with all simple, natural things." - Mrs. χρηστότης. . +: 2 Cor. x, 1.

H. B. Stowe.

“THE CREDULITY OF SCEPTICISM.”

We forget which of the French infidel receive not the truth in the love of it, philosophers once remarked to the great there comes, as an awful judgment, the Fichte, that the day would soon come strong delusion which believes a lie! when men would no more believe in a We are led to make those general God than they now believed in a ghost. remarks by the perusal of an excellent “Depend upon it,” replied Fichte, “men lecture of Dr. Vaughan's on “the Creduwill begin again to believe in ghosts the lity of Scepticism,” which he delivered day they cease to believe in God." How lately in Exeter Hall to the London true! Universal scepticism, or unbelief Young Men's Christian Association. It in anything, is an impossibility for man. contains some admirable illustrations of He must believe the truth or the no- the credulity of men in believing the truth. The “infidel" professes to believe grossest and most palpable absurdities as well as the Christian. The one, for who have nevertheless devoted their instance, may believe, with many Jews, talents and their lives to overthrow men's that Christ was an impostor, "and had a faith in God, and in His Son whom Ile devil," while the other believes that He hath sent. spoke the truth, and was the Son of God. His first instance is that of Lord Her. To the thorough going infidel, as well as bert of Cherbury, who appealed to a reto the advanced Christian, we may say: markable and miraculous answer he re“ Great is thy faith!” The one believes ceived to a prayer recorded by him, great lies, and the other great truths. and offered up to know whether or It is very remarkable how near scepticism not he should publish his book De is to credulity. The sceptic and the su- Veritate, as an argument in favour of perstitious man are the same Janus-like that book being published, one great person, with two faces looking different object of that very book being to disprove ways; or like two travellers who, back the possibility of any revelation from to back, journey in a circle, but meet, heaven!* Mr. Atkinson, the atheist priest to their own perplexity, face to face on of the atheist Miss Martineau, is also a the opposite side. He who refuses to remarkable instance of the credulity of believe in Scripture facts from insufficient scepticism. “Philosophy,” writes Atevidence, generally ends in believing his kinson, “finds no God in nature, no perown imagination, or that of others, with-sonal Being or Creator, nor sees the out any evidence whatever. The diseased want of any." The same gentlemaneye of the spirit, which cannot perceive who is an enthusiastic believer in clairthe excellence of Christ, soon sees visions voyance-in a letter printed by Professor of its own. Egypt was never more sunk Gregory of Edinburgh, says: “On one than when the magicians were believed occasion I breathed a dream into a glove before Moses. Saul was at his lowest which I sent to a lady; the dream ocpoint, and God had forsaken him indeed, curred !Can anything go lower than when he went to the witch of Endor. this ? We think credulity has deeper The nation was about to go into captivity abysses still. Dr. Vaughan selects Mr. when " the prophets prophesied falsely," Chapman as a patron of the credulous. and “ of the deceit of their own heart,” | Who would have thought it possible ! and “the people loved to have it so.” Mr. Chapman is the well known bookOur Lord said: “I am come in my Fa- seller in the Strand, and a zealous prother's name, and ye receive me not; if pagandist of all infidel literature. He another shall come in his own name, him considers Christianity effete-gone for will ye receive.” And so it was with the ever. But Mr. Chapman thinks the Jews;—they who neglected the true world may still be the better of a revelaChrist, soon believed in false Christs. • The story is told, not only in Lord Herbert's And thus it has ever been. When men

Life, referred to by Dr. Vaughan, but also in
Leland's Deistical Writers, Vol. I., p. 27.

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