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thing in appearance which we are not in reality, they disputed the commands, or wounded the to have the decorum of our manner substantiated feelings of their earthly parent, and yet times inby the virtues of the heart, the maxims which we numerable, and without one repentant feeling, have profess the rules of our daily conduct, and because, violated the laws and sought to tarnish the honour in the strong and impressive language of the Re- of that great Being who has revealed himself to deemer, because it is not that which goeth into the their experience under the affectionate appellation man that can defile a man, but only that which of their Father in heaven, who has fostered and cometh out of the man, that which cometh out of the fed them from their first of days until now,— —who, heart, let it be our firm purpose to comply with the amid all their forgetfulness of Him has never been exbortation which God addresses to us, to keep unmindful of them,—who has guided and guarded the heart with all diligence, regarding it as con- them in their steps through life with a hand that taining the issues of life, as worthy to be watched is never weary, and with an eye that never either over with all sorts and all degrees of care, as the slumbers or sleeps,—who was at first the Author of fittest object for our most anxious and engrossing their being, and has been ever since the free Giver of fears.
all the blessings they have enjoyed. And it is true 2. Beware of the doctrine of the Pharisees, of those who would not refuse the earnest request in respect of lowering the authority of the com- of a friend that was dear to their affections, to mandments of God, and allowing a preference to whom they lay under many obligations, and whose be given to the commandments of men.
pleasure and whose interests had become objects of The Pharisees, we know, were guilty of doing solicitude to their minds, and yet can unceremonithis, for they held in a superstitious veneration ously refuse compliance with the requirements of the the traditions of their forefathers, and in their Friend who loved them with the love of a brother, zeal for the observance of these, made the com- and voluntarily submitted to the death of crucimandments of God of none effect. They deemed fixion as the sign and confirmation of it. And it it a matter of no consequence, though the eter- is true of those who would be too happy to gratify nal rules of righteousness were all violated, the wishes, or to minister to the convenience of provided no neglect was paid to their frivolous those who are raised by their intelligence, or by observances, and they acted as if it were of their virtues, or by their rank, over them in the more moment that the wisdom of their ances- scale of society, and who yet feel no anxiety for tors should be reverenced by the homage paid to observing the commandments of that Master above, their traditions than that these moral laws, which who is not only the greatest of beings, but is also proceed from the only fountain of truth should be the best, and who sets forth, in his own character, respected by us, and meet, in all instances, with whatever excellence can adorn it, all that wisdom the honest and the hearty tribute of our obedience. can admire, and all that virtue can love. One and And this is more or less the case with multitudes all such people are in our own days the very Phaeven now. The assertion is literally true of many risees who flourished in the days of our Lord, are men in this world, that they pay more regard to reacting the part which they acted before them, mere human enactments than they do to any of are liable to those censures and reproofs which our ibe matters of divine legislation. It is true of Lord administered to them, have great cause to those who would, upon no account, be seen doing be cautioned against the influence of their doctrine wtat implied the least disrespect to the commands and leaven, and, in regard of whom, it may, with of their earthly sovereign, and yet, without fear, all truth be affirmed, that they make the comand without compunction, can every day show mandments of God of no effect. Let each of us, despite to the authoritative laws of Him who was brethren, examine ourselves and be sure that such head over all from before the foundation of the a charge can, in no degree, be laid to us, that we world, who are most solicitous to evince the loyalty need not the caution which was here given to the and the love toward their king that preponderate disciples, and that, while we pay all due respect and that reign within, and yet give daily the to the laws and authority of men, we, in no inmost convincing manifestations of that hatred with stance, wilfully neglect the homage and the obewhich their hearts are inflamed toward that great dience which we all unreservedly owe to the comGod, who alone ought to have dominion over mandments of our God. them ; who exhibit the most obsequions observance II. Beware of the leaven or doctrine of the of those fasts or festivals, which, in token of humi- Sadducees. liation for national sins, or as a grateful commemora- The Sadducees, as we have already observed, tion of national mercies, are proclaimed by royal were infidels both in faith and practice. They authority, and yet do weekly profane that high and believed the soul to perish with the body, and the that holy day which He who is the source of power, idea of an after-state to be one of those notions He “by whom kings reign and princes decree which were only fitted to entertain a capricious justice,” even that jealous God who will not give and a credulous fancy. Hence it was that, with his glory to another, and who spareth not to such a creed, they laughed at all providence about claiio it for himself, hath commanded them to futurity, led lives of the most thoughtless volupsanctify and to set apart to his more immediate tuousness, having thrown down one of the most service. And it is true of those who would be powerful barriers which God has erected against sin, shocked at any instance of filial ingratitude in which they were not restrained in the excesses to which they ran, by any principles of prudence, or by any | which God hath threatened, and views all the impressions of piety, and showed, by the loose forms and all the degrees of sin as an object of manner in which they acted in this world, how divine wrath. And, lastly, for it is needless confidently they believed that there never was to to multiply more examples, I see a Sadducee in be another We cannot say that there are many all those who live not under the powers of the to be met with who make an open profession of a world to come ; who, though they speak of a deportment like this, who thus speak in loftiness, heaven, yet do nothing to seek it; though they setting their mouths against the heavens, who, deny not a hell, yet do nothing to shun it; who, like the proud Sennacherib of old, lift up their frequently as they say they anticipate a coming eyes and exalt their voice against the Holy One day of retribution, yet conduct themselves here of Israel; though there are not a few in the world as if the contemplation of such a day were one of who, within the covert of their own hearts, have the delusions of the fancy, who cling with all the become infidels for their own defence, who, be- affections of the heart to objects sensible and precause they will not forsake their sins, do therefore sent, and never suffer the thought of an hereafter renounce the opinions which condemn them, and to shoot across the horizon of their lives, and finding that faith will be but an unsocial compa- to mingle with their pleasures the image of a nion to an evil conscience, believe the Gospel to judgment to come ; who, mispending the valuable be false, because it is expedient that it should not period of preparation for futurity, act as if this be true. But though comparatively few have at- were their only state of being, and death put a tained that baleful maturity of guilt that leads final extinguisher upon the hope and the happithem to infidelity in undisguised acknowledgment, ness of man; who, as if, notwithstanding of all though comparatively few can, in this respect, be the professions which they make, they were both said to glory in their shame, yet infidelity hath a ignorant and incredulous of a future state, blaze wider dominion than we at first sight would
out their lives here in a course of the most thoughtpose, and unbelievers there are to be found, under less dissipation, and make no more preparation the mask of a Christian profession, who, with an for that eternity, which they profess to believe, unobjectionable creed in the mouth, have yet no and upon which they must one day enter, than faith in the heart. I see a Sadducee in the man, did those Sadducees before them, who preached up who gives not to the great truths of the Gospel the absurdity of believing it, and who practised revelation that assent which is evinced by the be- and professed accordingly. Take heed, therefore, lief of the heart, who, in despite of the care brethren, lest there be in any of you this evil and willingness with which he may profess them, heart of unbelief. Never forget the sore punishyet never suflers them to enter and to reign with ment which God hath denounced against such, an uncontrolled ascendency over all his habits, and that he shall send them strong delusion that they over all his actions, who carries not their influ- should believe a lie, that they ail might be conences along with him in the intercourses of world- demned who believed not the truth, but had plealy business, or in the enjoyments and satisfactions sure in unrighteousness, and that our Lord himself, of private life, and who, though his respect for on his coming to judgment, is to take vengeance them is sure to be made visible in all the profes- on them that know not God, and obey not the sions which he makes, yet loses the measure of Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ ; and in impasthat respect in the conversation and practice which sioned appeals to the throne of mercy, let it be he follows. And I see a Sadducee in the man the heart's desire, and the earnest prayer of every who, though he acknowledge the being of God, one of us, that we may be kept from conduct so yet has no fear of him before his eyes; who, in foolish, and so certainly fatal as this ; that we any of the many scenes through which he doth may have grace given us to prepare for that daily pass, realizes not the truth that God doth futurity, of which the Gospel warrants the besee him ; who indulges in thoughts, and lends lief; that, by the refreshing visitations of God's himself to actions, of which, if he believe in His loving-kindness, our hopes of it may be more and existence at all, he cannot but know He doth more brightened, our capacity for it more and highly disapprove, and will one day call him to more enlarged, our relish' for it more and more account; whose character is already tarnished with quickened, and our preparation for it more and a degree of guilt, and whose conduct closely tills more extended ; that we may ever act like those up a measure of iniquity, which he who know that there is a Great Being who sees could have contracted in the presence of a
us, and that there is a Great Judge who is heremortal like himself, and much less had he believ. after to reckon with us; and that while we avoid ed in the presence of that searching God, who is the speculative error of saying that there is no now his witness, and is ultimately to be his Judge. God, we may yet not perish by the practical error And I see a Sadducee in the man who, in the of acting as if there were none. Amen. deportment which he maintains, impugns the exercise of the attributes of God, contests his
A RABBINICAL STORY OF SOLOMON. wisdom, by refusing to do what he commands,
BY THE Rev. Robert JAMIESON, distrusts his fidelity, by refusing to confide in
Minister of Currie. what he has promised, and regards as a timorous It is well known to every reader of the Bible that religionist every one who believes the punishment | Solomon reccived, in his early years, a promise from God,
of the gift of wisdom, and melancholy as was his abuse of “to prove the king with hard questions.” And that that divine talent in after life, so far as regards the high these were neither of a learned nor philosophical cast, purposes of his moral nature, there was no period in his but nothing else than enigmas and riddles, is placed belong and busy reigu wanting in proofs that he was pre- yond all doubt by the testimony of Josephus, who informs eminently wiser than his contemporaries. The admirable us that the wise monarch of Israel used to relieve his economy of his government; the comprehensive plans graver cares by corresponding about these agreeable he formed for engaging the industry of his subjects at trifles both with King Hiram and another Tyrian of great home, and for introducing rivers of wealth into his celebrity for his skill in them, and also by the well kingdom through the channels of foreign commerce ; known fact that they form a favourite source of enjoythe order that reigned in the vast establishments of the ment with the higher circles, in many countries of the palace and the temple ; his exquisite skill in the fine East, at the present day. The legend, after informing arts; the literary works he composed, displaying a per- us that the queen having gone over her whole collection fect familiarity with the whole range of the natural of “ questions," which she had studiously made of the science of his age, and the penetrating insight he pos- most difficult kind, but which the quick and penetrating sesed into the principles of human nature ; all these mind of Solomon easily unravelled, determined on are sufficient to attest the justness of his claims to making her last and greatest effort, by which she the attribute of wisdom. The Spirit of God, indeed, persuaded herself she would bring to a stand the hither. bas seen fit to preserve comparatively few memorials of to invincible powers of the monarch. She formed a the fruits of his gigantic mind; for of the numerous nosegay of the rarest and most beautiful exotics,—such works, in which he embodied the results of his scientific as were growing in the pleasure gardens of the palace, researches, and his observations on men and manners, and with the names and the hues of wbich she knew the the greater part have long since fallen a prey to the royal student of nature to be well acquainted. In the ravages of time; and as to the measures of policy be construction of this artificial bouquet she had exhausted pursued, the course of the sacred history turns so ex- all the resources of art to render it a perfect imitation clusively on his splendid and extensive preparations for of natural beauty, and carefully concealing from all but the national worship of God at Jerusalem, that but few her immediate attendants the secret of its origin, she anecdotes are recorded of those singular qualities, which, arranged and brought it out in such a manner that it in the exercise of his judicial and legislative functions, was impossible to judge by the eye whether it was a and in the intercourse of his public and private life, production of nature or of art. It only remained to inust have so often surprised and delighted the people choose a proper time, when the king might be taken of his day. But the want of such memoirs of his every by surprise, for the trial of her ingenious stratagem ; and day habits and conversation will be no subject of regret fixing, therefore, on the hour when Solomon was seated to those who believe that divine wisdom has recorded amid a circle of his courtiers at the gate of his paiace, every thing respecting him which is profitable for doc- l in the course of his daily administration of justice, she trine, for reproof, for instruction, and correction in presented herself abruptly before him, and holding up righteousness; and as to any other notices respecting her nosegay, at such a distance, that no scent, had eitber bis princely establishments, or his private and there been any, could have been perceived, she chalfamiliar conduct among bis courtiers, it is of no great lenged him to tell her whether it was natural or artiticonsequence to inquire rigidly into their authenticity or cial. The king looked intently at the splendid bouquet, the measure of credit they are entitled to receive, as but seemed at a loss for a reply. The whole divan they can never be any thing more than matters of curi. were thrown into confusion by the unexpected occurosity to the student of Scripture. In this light we rence—the first time they had ever seen their king in must regard the Talmud, in which, among the wild perplexity, and, waiting in silence, trembled for the and foolish fictions with which that collection abounds, honour of their prince ; when, happily, looking around many stories are told of Solomon, whom the blind in his distress from the open scaffolding that formed his admiration of his countrymen has made to play as ro- tribunal, he espied a swarm of bees fluttering about irantic a part as their Arabian and Persian neighbours some wild flowers, and causing the nosegay, without have assigned, in their well known tales, to the most declaring his object, to be placed on the meadow, he renowned of the caliphs. Of a prince so greatly loved soon beheld them, with the greatest satisfaction, reand admired as Solomon was by his contemporaries, fuse to alight on the queen's flower, thus giving the both at home and abroad, it is natural to suppose that most decisive evidence that it was a work of art. His many anecdotes, illustrative of the brilliancy and acute triumph was complete ; the whole court rang with apness of his mind, would be circulated in his day, and plause at the sagacity of the king, and the Queen of be fondly transmitted from father to son, as memorials Sheba, when she saw this fresh proof of the wisdom of of a great monarch, in whose reign they could boast of Solomon, “ had no more spirit in her.” Such is the having lived; but whether the stories ascribed to him, story of the Jewish Rabbis. in this strange miscellany, refer to events which actually occurred, and which became afterwards a part of the traditionary legends of the country, or whether they
A MISSIONARY TOUR TO GOA AND THE are the pure inventions of the Rabbis, it is now impos
NORTII OF CANARA. sible to determine. Some of them are too ridiculous
BY THE Rev. John Wilson, D.D., for the grotesque scenes in which they make Solomon and the most venerable characters of antiquity to figure ;
One of the Church of Scotland's Missionaries to the East Indies, and
President of th: Bombay Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society. and others are too extravagant and gross in sentiment to be fit for translation into the pages of a Christian Dr SMYTTAN and I sailed from Bombay on the 26th Journal. But there are a few characterized by a pure, of January 1837, and next morning we arrived at innocent, and beautiful simplicity, in which class is Harnai, where we were kindly received by our friends, the following, selected in the hope that it may gratify Dr and Mrs Robson. I employed myself during a the reader, not only as relating to a memorable passage great part of the day in the examination of the affairs in the life of Solomon, but as affording a pleasant illus- of this our branch mission station. The Scripture tration of a pastime on which the greatest and wisest readers of the schools of Harnai, Murud, and Anmen of the East have, in all ages, delighted to exercise jarlá, were catechised and addressed by me at contheir genius and their wit. "The date of the story is siderable length. They'read with great fluency, the visit of the Queen of Sheba to the court of Jeru- though in the sing-song tone so common among the salem, who came, we are told by the sacred historian, | natives, Our catechisms they have accurately com
mitted to memory; but they do not acquit themselves We arrived at Veugurlá on the 1st of February. I so well in the Gospel history as our pupils in the ver- distributed some Portuguese Scriptures and tracts nacular schools in Bombay. I gave them some little among a few officers from Goa, including the Marshall works on ancient profane history, to be used along with Correa, who had left that province on account of its the Word of God, in order that they may benefit by late disturbances, and I preached in the bázár, to which the general information which they contain, learn to I was accompanied by my friend, Lieutenant A. G. distinguish between the Holy Scriptures and uninspired Shaw, to a large and attentive audience of natives. composition, and acquire the mechanical art of reading, Next day, we arrived at Pangim, the modern Goa, but without having it entirely associated with the Sacred I was not successful in getting my books through the Word. To Mr Drake, who is over the schools, and custom-house. We went up next morning to Old Goa, who is anxious to do well, and, all things considered, where we spent two days, principally in examining the is really doing well, I gave such hints as appeared de- churches, monasteries, and other antiquities. A most imsirable. The inmates of the poor's asylum I likewise portant change, we found, had taken place in reference addressed. Several of the children are making respect to their use. The number of clergymen in the metropoable progress in reading, under Samuel, a Hindu con- litan church has, within these three years, been dimivert. Mr D. gives them regularly religious instruction. | nished one-half. All the monastic institutions, DoOne man, who has a considerable knowledge of the minican, Carmelite, Franciscan, Augustinian, &c., with Gospel, is anxious for baptism. Dr Stevenson, who the ex of the nunnery of St. Monica, into kindly superintends this branch of our mission, when which, however, no more novices are to be admitted, on his visits to the Konkan every alternate month, will and the female branch of the misericordia* have been mark his progress.
abolished, and their inmates dispersed, with a right to We reached Ratnagiri on the 28th of January. I receive a small pension for their present sustenance. took up my residence with a pious friend, Dr Law. Their articles of furniture, with the exception of the
On the following day, which was the Sabbath, sacred vessels, wbich await the disposal of the crowr I preached in the morning to the natives in the bázár, of Portugal, and the libraries, which are at present in and made among them a distribution of books, which Pangim, have been sold. There is not the slightest were readily received. An impudent Brahman, how- reason to believe that the extensive establishments, ever, tore one of them, and without the slightest pro- the fruit of priestly extortion and indulgences, which vocation, and evidently to the regret of most of the have been thus destroyed, will ever be restored. No persons who witnessed him, threw the leaves upon my person who reflects on the innumerable superstitions head. Such insolence as this is seldom indeed wit-connected with them, and the advocates of the Man of nessed among the natives. I preached in the forenoon Sin which they sent through the length and breadth of in the Adalát, and in the evening in the house of Mr the land, will mourn over their overthrow, or sympaGlass, the collector, to the Europeans of the station, thise with the votaries of the Papacy who lament their who seldom enjoy the privilege of a regular service by desolation by the civil Government, which though, in a minister of the Gospel, and visited a family under itself, in some respects, unjustly brought about, there affliction,
cannot be a doubt, has taken place, in partial fulfilment On the morning of the 30th, we examined the Go- of the prophecy which, ere long, will be fully accomvernment Marathi school in the presence of Mr Glass, plished, " The ten horns which thou sawest upon the Mr and Mrs Brown, and Mr Harrington, the civilians beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her of the station. The boys, who, with few exceptions, desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn belong to the higher classes of the natives, acquitted her with fire.” Rev. xvii. 16. Of the “lies in hypothemselves in a superior style, and such as to show crisy" formerly forged, and propagated in connection that they have an attentive teacher, encouraged and with them, I may mention one example, which we excited by the personal visitation and superintendence noticed. In the splendid church of the Augustinian of the authorities. In arithmetic they were particu- convent there are several “ relics of the saints.” In larly prompt. Among other questions, I proposed to an ornamental encasement there is, apparently, a comthem the following, which they readily solved; “If plete skeleton. Below it there is on the wall, in large sound travel at the rate of one thousand one bundred letters, the following inscription : “ Saint Fernando de and forty feet in a second, and the sun be ninety-five Jao José, a Saint Augustinian monk, a Spaniard, promillions of miles distant from the earth, what time vincial of the same order in Japan, was slain through will be required for a man's prayers to reach that lumi- hatred of the faith of Christ, and decapitated in a vilnary ?” The Brahmans seemed much amused when lage near to Nonquasiqui, in 1617. His body, which they saw the result of the computation. I was glad to was cast into the sea, was, after two years, raised by see other books in use, than those of the Native Edu- the water at the door of a Christian, who guarded it cation Society, from all of which Christianity is exclud. for three years, and afterwards, having been in various ed, and particularly copies of " England Delineated,” | places, it was found in this box. The head is in the translated by a native friend, Náná Náráyan, and several convent of the same order at Manilla." Here are milittle publications lately issued under the patronage of racles with a witness ! What is not the least remark. Mr Wathen, the chief secretary to Government. The able is, that the cranium has now taken its place with only improvement in the mode of teaching which I its quondam osseous fellows in the encasement. could suggest was, that the pantoii should extend his The opportunities of usefulness in Old Goa, on cross-examinations to the scope of the passages read, account of the changes to which I have alluded, were as well as to the meaning of the words which occur. I not such as Mr Mitchell and I enjoyed on our former rewarded some of the boys, by giving tiem a present of visit. We distributed, however, about half a coolie our books, which they were glad to receive. Several load of Portuguese Bibles and Tracts, taken from the of their parents, and other inbabitants of the town, boat in which we had come from Bombay, among the came to see me throughout the day. In the afternoon persons in charge of the different buildings, several we visited the jail. I was surprised to find a much Padres, with whom we conversed a little in Latin, and larger proportion of its inmates able to read, than can the inbabitants of Panelly. At the latter place, in the be procured in any town or village in the country. Archbishop's palace, we offered a Portuguese Bible to Crime will never be diminished by any system of in the Vicar-General, who refused the gift, observing that struction not strictly moral ; and no sound morality * It now occupies the buildings of the Augustinian convent. will ever be produced without the precepts, examples,
The pupils of the institution, who are permitted to marry, are pod motives contained in the book of divine reveration. I attendants,
about seventy in pumber, with about double that number of female
the use of the translation
prohibited by the Church. existence, rightfully demand that care which corres. We asked him to point out any passages in it which are ponds with their spiritual nature, and has a tendency erroneously rendered.
They are very many, they are to fit them for their future destiny. Death senas the very many," he said in Latin, turning the leaves; but body to the dust from which it was taken, but the he could not condescend on a single instance. He then spirit unto God who gave it; and that spirit must be said, “ in the use of the Scriptures the unlearned fall prepared for appearing before him, by being clothed in into errors.' He was replied to in the words of David, the righteousness of the Redeemer, and adorned with " The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the the graces of Christianity, 01 then let us look besimple," which he was told he could not have more yond the comfort, and indulgence, and well-being of directly contradicted. He then declared that the book our frail and fading tenement of flesh and blood, and which we offered him was imperfect. “ The Apocry- devote our chief attention to the health and improve. pha," I said, " is wanting, because it forms no part of ment of the soul which inhabits it, so that when death the Word of God. "To the Jews,' says Paul, in the comes we may resign ourselves to the ilust, in the exEpistle to the Romans, which onght to be a great pectation of a blessed immortality. Nor are we left authority with you, were committed the oracles of without hope even as to the body. It must, indeed, God.' They never acknowledged the Apocrypha to become the prey of worms and corruption ; but it is be inspired ; and it has no claims to be considered as “ sealed to the day of redemption,” which draweth such.” One of his brother clergymen received what he nigh. The Son of man, when he comes the second tefused, and also some tracts, expository both of Chris- time, shall call it forth to the resurrection of life. He tian truth and Papal error. A young man from Quilon, shall glorify it by making it“ like unto his own glorious in return for the books which we gave him, presented body,” and “this corruptible having put on incorrupme with two defences of the Roman Catholic faith, tion, and this mortal having put on immortality, death lately published in Columbo. They are both distin- shall be swallowed up in victory."_Dr A. Thomson. guished for their deliberate sophistry, perversion of (Sermons.) history, and flagrant misapplication of Scripture. They Watchfulness.- The best rule for watchfulness that will do more to injure than support the Roman Catholic I know is a continued looking to, and dependence on,
the grace of God's Spirit from moment to moment.To be continued.
He did all things well. It is the true laud.—God, CHRISTIAN TREASURY.
when he created the universe, saw that each and every “ Dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return." - thing was very good. God, the Word, in the miracles Yes, my friends, this is the end of all fesh. You see which he showed forth, (for every miracle is a new man walking in the majesty of strength, or in all the creation, and not according to the law of the first crecharms of gracefulness and beauty; you see the cheek ation,) willed to do nothing which should not breathe blooming with health, and the eye beaming with intel- wholly of grace and goodness. Moses performed many ligence, and altogether you might suppose him a god in miracles, and routed the Egyptians by sundry plagues : this lower world, incapable of decay and dissolution. Elias performed them, and shut up the heavens that it Look again, and God has taken away his breath, and should not rain upon the land, and again drew down strength, and heauty, and intelligence are gone, and a from heaven the fire of God upon the leaders and the cold, pale, lifeless corpse is all that remains.' Look cohorts : Elisha performed them, and called forth the yet again, when a few years have elapsed, and behold ! she-bears from the forest to tear in pieces the children: his very bones are consumed, and you cannot distin- Peter struck Ananias, the sacrilegious hypocrite, to guish bim from the earth in which he was laid, and death ; and Paul struck Elymas, the sorcerer, with you cannot even tell that it was a human being whose blindness. But Jesus did none of these things: The remains you are contemplating. O this is the fate of spirit descended upon him in the likeness of a dove; all the children of mortality! The fairest form that concerning which, be said, “ye know not what spirit ever kindled admiration in the eye of man, or made ye are of." The spirit of Jesus was a dove-like spirit. his heart beat and melt with love,-the most stately,
Those servants of God were as the oxen of God, and vigorous, and god-like frame that ever wielded the treading out the wheat, and trampling the chaff; but instruments of batile, or attracted the gaze of a mul
Jesus was the Lamb of God, without anger, and contitude, must cease to be beautiful or strong, and lie demnation. All his miracles concerned the body of down in the grave, and say to corruption, “thou art man; and his doctrines the soul of man.
Man's body my father, and to the worm, thou art my mother and has need of aliment, of outward defence, and of medimy sister!" What a lesson of humility and abase-cine. He gathered the multitude of fishes in the nets, ment does this consideration teach us! How foolish, that he might provide the more abundant food for men : with such a prospect before us, to cherish one feeling he changed the aliment of water into the vorthier aliof vanity or pride! How inconsistent with our known ment of wine, for exhilarating the heart of man: he destiny to live as if we were ethereal beings, and our gave order that the fig-tree, which performed not the pery bodies were to be immortal ! O young man! why office to which it was destined, nainely, of furnishing boast thyself in a robust constitution and an athletic fruit to man, should be withered: he enlarged the form, why so anxious to pamper its appetites, and mi- pittance of fishes and loaves, for feeding the multitude nister to its gratification, since disease may deprive of people : he chid the winds which threatened them thee of all thy strength, and death will certainly bring who sailed: he restored motion to the lame, light to thee to weakness and to dust? O young woman, why the blind, speech to the dumb, health to the sick, clean count upon thy personal charms, since death will soon flesh to the lepers, soundness of mind to the demoniacs,
consume thy beauty like a moth," and why so careful life to the dead. No miracle of judgment; all of beneto adorn thy fair but fading tabernacle, which must, ere ficence, and regarding man's body; for, in respect to long, be shrouded from the eye of those who now ad- money, or worldly riches, he did not condescend to show mire and love thee, and he laid in the cold darksome forth any miracle, save that one for payment of tribute grave, and moulder away unheeded into its kindred to Cæsar.LORD Bacon. (" Meditationes Sacræ,” earth? But while death thus teaches us to be humble, translated by James Glassford, Esq.) as to all that is connected with our mortal part, it, Sanctification.—Labour after sanctification to thy with no legs empbasis, directs us to the care of our im- utmost, but make not a Christ of it to save thee : perishable souls. Our souls surviving the dissolution Christ's infinite satisfaction, not thy sanctification, and corruption of the body, and designed for an eternal must be thy justification before God. Wilcox,