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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 Might He not arate and distinct, though a broken justly have withdrawn His promise, or nation, without a country or fathercould His faithfulness for doing so have land.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 alnot. 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 capsame 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 wil. ward, 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 convulHim! 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 80 as ever, do we not feel most impregHe 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 bath 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. *
| 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 & 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 ioy. 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 surrender. and 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-deninl. Tever, 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
glorious and happy !" + And in a similar frame " The trivial round, the common task,
another felt, " Were the universe destroyed, Would furnish all we ought to ask ;
and I the only being in it besides God, He is Room to deny ourselves ; a road
fully adequate to my complete happiness; and To bring us daily nearer God."
had I been in an African wood, surrounded by venomous serpents, and devouring beasts, and
savage men, in such a frame I should be the sub. UNION WITH CHRIST.
ject of perfect peace and exalted joy." 1. Wherever there is union to Christ there is 1
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, calm which comes over the conscience, when it Love to God and our neighbour is the essence secg the atonement sufficient and thb 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
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 I 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 selflamp, 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. I love alert and timeously astir : sometimes rising It is the curtain which, from many a beloj od before day for prayer, sometimes spending that form, wards off at once the summer's glow ana day on tasks which laziness or daintiness dethe winter's wind. It is the pillow on wbich clines. It is love with girt loins, and dusty feet. sickness lays its head and forgets balf its misery
and hands which work makes borny. 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. i-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;
ndertakes, it is still the same,- Love following Or, if thy Father bids, to go.
Little it matters thus to part,
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. * XenoToTn5. +12 Cor. x, 1.
| H. B. Siowe.
“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 IIe 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 HerTo 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 oce point, 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. 1 . 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
tion, and that it is not unreasonable to corresponds to their physical developments. expect it in the present age, “ when the
Smoothness and evenness are upon their form
generally. But, the clairvoyant adds. “ They do creeds and dogmas of the past have lost
not walk erect, but assume an inclined position, their influence and vitality.” But how frequently using their hands and arms in walkthink you, reader, is this "new revela ing, the lower extremities being rather shorter
than the arms, according to our standard of tion, suited to the enlarged views and
proportion. And by a modest desire to be seen spiritual needs of man, to be obtained ?” only in an inclined position, they have formed Through a far safer channel than pro this habit, which has become an established cus. phets, or apostles, or the Saviour-through
tom among them.'-(Vol. i, 189 ) With all defer.
ence to our clairvoyant, it is not one of our con. “ the mediatorial element between mind
ceptions of a graceful and perfect being that he and matter-the magnetic fluid:" AC should go upon all.fours! But something more cordingly Mr. Chapman, some years ago, note-worthy still is recorded of the inhabitants
of Mars. 'Sentiments arising in their minds,' it published and edited two large volumes,
is said, “become instantly impressed upon their containing the clairvoyant ravings of a countenances, and they use their mouth and knave or lunatic, with the title, “ The tongue for their specific offices, and not as the
agents for conversation. But that glowing radi.
ation which illumes their faces while conversing. tion, and a Voice to Mankind, by and
is to us inconceivable. Their eyes are blue, and through Andrew Jackson Davis, the of a soft expression, and are their most powerful Poughkeepsie Seer and Clairvoyant.” | agents in conversation. When one conceives a This Andrew, when in & clairvoyant
thought, and desires to express it, he casts his
beaming eyes upon the eyes of another, and his state, could see what was doing in every
sentiments instantly become known. And thus part of the universe. The inhabitants of do their countenances and eyes, together with the stars passed before him when asleep their gentle affability, typify the purity and as plainly as his own neighbours did |
beauty of their interiors.' "-(Vol. i. 202.) when awake. Nay more, he could see
The following is the seer's account of down the long vista of time, and know
man before he became perfect, for, accordwhat was taking place before Moses ing to him, he was a growth, a developwrote, and in the world before man was
ment from a less perfect type :created. We almost fear that our readers " The first type of man, it seems, made its will think we ourselves are drawing upon appearance in the early part of the sixth day.
The creatures in question, which then somehow their credulity, in asserting that such worked their way into existence, are called things have been gravely published by any quadrumana, because they were not so much sane person, far less by a would be great bipeds as creatures going, Jupiter fashion, upon social and religious reformer like Mr.1
| all fours, being of a huge monkey or baboon
tribe. This Poughkeepsie Seer, this new cosmo. Chapman ; but it is a fact. We give the
gonist, describing these embryo specimens of following specimens from Dr. Vaughan's humanity, says : Their body was short and lecture of the seer's visions :
beavy, their limbs disproportionately long, and
their heads of a very wide and low form. The "As to the inhabitants of Saturn, so clairvoy
spinal column, in the early species, resembled ant are they, that every man knows the surface
more nearly that of the fish than that of any of the whole globe, and what is everywhere tak. other form. The shoulders were of great ing place. They inhabit buildings,' says the
width, and the neck was very short and full. seer, of an ingenious and peculiar structure,
The whole body was covered with thick, heavy which are also beautiful and convenient. These
hair, like many of the plantigrades of that period. are very large and extensive, covering immense
Some parts of the body of this quadrumana re. areas of land, like an extensive city among us.
sembled those of the lowest animals, such as the There are, however, but few of these large and fore limbs, which were used always in walking united buildings on the surface of the planet,
This animal was the first type, after many ages these being near the equator, where light and of regeneration, which resembled in any particu. heat, which correspond to interior truth and lar the form of man.'-(Vol. i. 315.) So writes our love, are most perfectly enjoyed. Concerning | Poughkeepsie Moses. Behold - Homer and the inhabitants of the planet Jupiter, the clair.
Æschylus, ye Shakspeares and Miltons-behold voyant says, 'Much might be said that would be your sires! Those hairy brutes climbing their of interest; for their relation to our conceptions of way through yonder primitive forest, they-they a perfect being is much closer than the inhabitants are your fathers ! " of Saturn. Their form is full, and well sustained The last specimen needs no comment; by inward and physical forces. Their size, symmetry, and beauty of form exceed those of the
hal it is the manifesto of no less a personage earth's inhabitants. Their mental organization than Mr. Robert Owen, who has been