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215 Comment on Church - SerThe Bird-keeping Boy (con- vice (continued).

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220 Poetry: Pimpernel; Martha The Common Snake

228 and Mary; the Guardian The Red-cross Knight 229 Angel

235 October



The Golden Candlestick. The golden candlestick is an emblem of the Church, which has not the light it shews from itself, but only holds it forth from Christ. We read in the Revelations, “ The seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches.” The seven lamps on the branches represent the sevenfold operations of the Spirit of God. Spiritual knowledge is frequently represented in Scripture under the emblem

a light or lamp; and the station from which this light shines is that which bears the light, that is, the Candlestick, which denotes the Church.

In the first ordering of the rites and ceremonies of the Jewish Church we find laid down with great exactness (Exodus xxv. 31) the form of the golden


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Candlestick. It was of hammered gold, a talent in weight; and had one foot of the same metal. The stem and branches were adorned at equal distances with flowers like lilies, with bowls and knops placed alternately. Upon the stem and six branches were the golden lamps, which were immovable. It was set on the south side of the holy place, and served to illuminate the altar of perfume and the table of shew-bread, which were in the same place.

Of the seven golden lamps we may say, that the word seven, besides its usual meaning, is used in holy Scripture as the number of perfection. We there find many events and mysterious circumstances are set forth by the number seven. God consecrated the seventh day, on which He ceased from His works of creation, as a day of rest and repose. And not only the seventh day was honoured among the Jews by the rest of the Sabbath, but every seventh year was also consecrated to the rest of the earth by the name of a sabbatical year; as also the seven-times seventh year, or forty-nine years, was the

year of jubilee. Jacob served his father-in-law Laban seven years for each of his daughters. Pharaoh's mysterious dream represented to his imagination seven fat oxen and seven lean ones, seven full ears of corn and seven blasted. These stood for seven years of plenty and seven of famine. The golden Candlestick had seven branches; there were seven trumpets, seven priests that sounded them ; seven days to surround the walls of Jericho (Josh. vi.). In the Revelation are the seven churches, seven candlesticks, seven spirits, seven stars, seven lamps, seven seals, seven angels, seven vials, seven plagues.

In the construction of the golden candlestick, the tabernacle, the ark, and the vessels appointed for the services of the sanctuary, not only is it ordered that they shall be made costly and beautiful, but the Divine command is repeated to Moses: “Look that ihou make them after their pattern which was shewed shee in the mount” (Ex. xxv. 40, xxvi. 30, xxvii. 8). For forty days and nights Moses had been in the Mount in the presence of God, and receiving from Him that divine law which was to rule His people; and not only the law and commandments, but, as has been already said, the whole order and ceremony of worship were appointed; and the ark, the altar, the sacred vessels, were all thought worthy to be made after a divine pattern.

“ See that thou make all things after the pattern I shewed thee in the mount.”

This thought ought surely to make us careful that every part of our churches should be as seemly and beautiful as it is in our power to make them. The Christian dispensation differs from the Jewish, in that we are not under the law, but under grace. Love is now our guide. We have not now a pattern fron the mount for the ordering of our Christian ceremonies; but the skill and the ingenuity of man are divine gifts, and as such are most worthily and nobly employed in giving outward dignity and beauty to the service of God. And who, possessing such gifts and the means of using them, would be content to lavish beauty and adornment on their own dwellings and the palaces of the great, and leave the houses of God, the palaces of the Gospel, poorly set forth and meanly furnished ?

What though in poor and humble guise

Thou here didst sojourn, cottage-born ?
Yet from Thy glory in the skies,

Our earthly gold Thou dost not scorn;
For love delights to bring her best,
And where love is, that offering evermore is blest.

The Keys. I THINK all must remember that great occasion when the keys were made the emblems of the power and authority of the Church. Our Saviour asked His disciples, “ Whom do men say that I the Son of man am ? And they said, Some say that Thou art John the Baptist; some, Elias; and others, what a nice dinner I have brought you ; pray, get up, and

eat it."1

It is said that a nobleman, who was imprisoned in the Tower of London a great many years ago, was agreeably surprised one day by a visit from his favourite cat, which, having found out where her master was, came down the chimney into his room. But the attachment of cats is generally greater to the house in which they have been brought up than to their masters. They have been known to travel thirty miles back to their old home, when the family to which they belonged had moved to another house.




LITTLE family party had just returned from their cool refreshing walk in the neighbouring fields, on a pleasant Sunday evening in May, and were now seated round their cottage -door to rest

themselves and look on the fine prospect before them, which would every now and then suggest some good thought or plan of neighbourly kindness to the father of the party, a man of grave yet pleasant aspect. His wife answered or followed up these thoughts in the same spirit; while their children, Susannah and Maurice, sat content to be quiet listeners. Soon, however, they were interrupted by the approach of a neighbour.

“ Good evening, Master Favell,” said James Dixon, the new-comer. Hot enough, isn't it?"

i Fennell's History of Quadrupeds.


ten on this subject. I will extract some passages from his writings, which a little attention will enable children to understand.

“ Our Lord and Saviour, in the 16th of St. Matthew's gospel, giveth His apostles regiment in general (i. e. the rule and government) over God's Church; for they that have the keys of the kingdom of heaven are thereby signified to be stewards of the house of God, under whom they guide, command, judge, and correct His family. The souls of men are God's treasure, committed to the trust and fidelity of such as must render a strict account for the very least which is under their custody. And because their office herein consists of sundry functions, some belonging to doctrine, some to discipline,-all contained in the name of the keys, they have for matters of discipline their courts erected by the authority of His most sacred voice, who hath said, “Tell the Church;' and against rebellious persons, who refuse to obey their sentence, they are armed with power to eject (cast out) such out of the Church, to deprive them of the honours, rights, and privileges of Christian men, and to make them as heathens and publicans, with whom society was hateful. Furthermore, lest their acts should be slenderly accounted of, or had in contempt—whe ther they admit to the fellowship of saints or seclude from it-whether they bind offenders or set them again at liberty-whether they remit or retain sins, —whatsoever is done by way of orderly and lawful proceeding, the Lord Himself hath promised to ratify. This is that grand original warrant, by force whereof the guides and prelates in God's Church, first His apostles, and afterwards others following them successively, did both use and uphold that discipline, the end whereof is to heal men's consciences, to ease their sins, to reclaim offenders from iniquity, and to make them, by repentance, just."

Whenever we hear the absolution spoken in church

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