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you go on a little. 'Tis a great saying with some of in language be strong and simple; in spirit be ferthese people, that they like praying in power.
vent and humble; in behaviour be reverent and soOld S. And so do I too, Mary — but what is lemn. Our good old Church makes great account of praying in power ? It is not praying in uproar and all these ; and the whole of the litany, but particonfusion, as some of them do, making another Babel, cularly the latter part, is one of the most beautiful as it were, to climb to heaven by, and with no better specimens of " effectual, fervent prayer" that ever success; neither is it pouring out a flood of words, the heart of man indited. which others seem to glory in-at one time running M. Will you be so good, James, as just to point on in vain repetitions, and at another in such a wild out what part you mean, that I may look at it at strain of this, that, and the other, without any order home? or connexion, that it is plain neither head nor heart Old S. To be sure I will, Mary. can be properly engaged -- and, I'm sure, they, who
pray with the understanding,” never pray with the “Spirit of God.” Oh, Mary, I can mourn THE SAVIOUR'S TESTIMONY TO JOHN over these persons, whilst I marvel at them. Did
THE BAPTIST. they never consider that there is such a thing as
The decided testimony which the Saviour bore to the indecent familiarity with God, taking liberties with
exalted virtues of that individual, who, as “the voice him, as you may say? He is never served “ac
of one crying in the wilderness,” was sent as the mesceptably," unless it be according to the apostle's senger to prepare the way before him, and whose rule, “ with reverence; and godly fear." Our own
nativity the Church calls on us this day to commeChurch, in tcaching us
to pray for a
“ heart to
morate, naturally leads the mind to contemplate, with
lively interest, a character so exalted. There were love and dread God," seems just to have hit the right
many distinguished features in the character of the state, a state of safety and enjoyment too. Love will
Saviour himself, which proved him to be the Son of take you swift to God; but dread (or reverence and God. He appeals to his miracles as proofs of his godly fear) will steady you,—'twill be the ballast of Messiahship; and, as he said to the Jews, " the works your little ship. You look at the behaviour of all the
which the father hath given me to finish, the same
works that I do bear witness of me, that the Father Bible men of God in their approaches to the throne of
hath sent me;" so, in reply to the question put by the grace. Look at Abraham, Moses, Ezra, Isaiah, Da
disciples of the Baptist, “ Art thou he that should niel, David, and St. Paul, to mention no others- come, or do we look for another ?” he answered aud what self-abasement, what fear, what holy awe was said, " Go and shew John again those things which theirs ! And, just in proportion as they had clearer
ye do hear and see. The blind receive their sight, manifestations of God to their souls, so were they
and the lame walk; the lepers are cleansed, and the
deaf hear; the dead are raised up, and the poor have more humbled and self-condemned. But 'tis the
the Gospel preached to them.” Besides these mirafashion with many, now
w-a-days, to go just contrary cles, there were many other circumstances which into this. They would have you suppose that much contestably proved him to be the Messiah. The of God's glory is revealed to them; but you don't prophets, among other marks whereby he might be see them in the dust, you don't hear the cry of “ Woe
distinguished, declared he should be preceded by
some remarkable person-according to the testimony is me, I am undone!" These persons talk at God
of Malachi, " Behold, I will send my messenger, and rather than pray to him; they take advantage of the he shall prepare the way before me.” And again, apostle's invitation to come boldly, and forget that they “ Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet, before are going to beg for mercy and grace to help them.
the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord ;
and he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the I trust, Mary, the Bible has shewn us a more ex
children, and the heart of the children to the fathers : cellent way. Praying in power is praying in humble
lest I come and smite the earth with a curse." And faith, fervency, and truth. The prayer of power, the that by this person was meant, not Elijah), who had effectual prayer, is one that comes from a sense of been translated to heaven, but another that resembled want, and desire, wrought into the heart by the Holy him in many qualities, even the Baptist, was asserted
by our Lord himself on more than one occasion. Thus, Ghost, and put forth with trust in God's mercy through
when the disciples asked him, Why say the scribes the Saviour. There needs no clamour, haste, or vio
that Elias must first come?” Jesus allowed it to be in lence of manner; "God is not the author of confusion, a certain sense that Elias was first to come and restore but of peace.” The divine Spirit wears a dove's all things. But then he adds that “ Elias is come image, and his “fruit is gentleness.” Besides, length already,” and they, i.e. the Jews, knew him not; and and noise are no signs of sincerity. The groanings | by the Elias that was come already, St. Matthew adds,
lest any doubt should remain whom our Lord meant of the spirit in a man are groanings that cannot be
" That the disciples understood that he spake unto uttered;" and he who takes upon himself to speak to them of John the Baptist.” And again, the same the great God, would do well to think before he evangelist introduces our Lord saying, that “ all the speaks, that he may not be “rash with his mouth,” | prophets and the law prophesied until John.” To or forget that he is sinful dust and ashes. No doubt
which he immediately adds —" And if ye will receive
it, this is Elias which was to come.” Betv:een the there are times (thank God, I know them) when the
prophet Elijali and the Baptist there were many points enlarged heart breaks out beyond its usual bounds, of similarity. If Elijalı was distinguished by the when the soul wrestles hard for the blessing; and then coarseness of his external garb, so had John his of course the prayer is suited to the frame. But these raiment of camel's hair, and a leathern girdle about times, I believe, are neither frequent nor lasting; and
his loins. If Elijah took refuge in the wilderness, so
did John come preaching in the deserts of Juuea. If they come mostly to the Christian when he is in his
Elijah zealously opposed the corruptions of Ahab, so closet alone with God. The general rule in prayer, did John reprove the enormities of İlerod. and especially in public prayer, to my mind, is this: Let us, then, consider the testimony which is here
borne by our Lord to the character of the Baptist; and, , filled with the Holy Ghost even from his mother's in the words of the collect of the day, “may we so fol- womb." It was the powerful agency of this divine low his doctrine and holy life, that we may truly repent Spirit which enabled him to fulfil the high duties of according to his preaching, and after his example his station. Without this assistance the Baptist would constantly speak truth, boldly rebuke vice, and soon have felt himself unable to perform the work patiently suffer for the truth's sake, through Jesus assigned him—to overcome the difficulties which must Christ our Lord."
have presented themselves at every step. The same Our Saviour makes two declarations respecting divine Spirit must lead and guide us in our journey John, one representing him in a superior, the other through life, or we shall never arrive at the heavenly in an inferior light-GREATER than the greatest who kingdom. The world will ensnare us ; Satan will get had been born of women - Less than the least in the the advantage over us ; our own weakness will ruin us; kingdom of heaven. Verily I say unto you, among for, while partakers of a corrupt nature, we are conthem that are born of women there hath not risen a tinually liable to fall away; and then only are we greater than John the Baptist : notwithstanding he secure when the Divine strength is perfected in our that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than weakness. The doctrine which St. John preached he."
was prcached in power ; the common people flocked I. He was greater than any that had been born of to him in vast multitudes, and with them publicans
He was a prophet, more than a prophet; and soldiers, all anxious to know how they might flee and this he proved himself to be by the miraculous from the wrath to come. No prophet had appeared circumstances of his birth ; by the unblamable at all to be compared to John - none in qualifications tenour of his life; by his boldness in reproving the for his great work of calling sinners to repentance ; licentiousness of the age in which he lived; above all, none had been ushered into the world in so miraby the distinguished honour conferred upon him of culous a manner; none had so many seals to the being the immediate harbinger of the Messiah -- the blessed effects of their ministry ;-and yet these things morning-star which betokened the approach of the did not constitute the high dignity of the Baptist, or Sun of righteousness about to arise with healing on raise him above other preachers of righteousness. his wirigs, and which, though resplendent in itself, He was more than a prophet-greater than those born was soon lost in the effulgence of the beams of the of women-not because he was endowed with higher more glorious luminary. Eminent as were Noah, attainments, but because it was his high privilege Abraham, Moscs, David, Daniel, they were all in- immediately to precede the Messiah--to bear testimony ferior to the Baptist. The Saviour calls him " a to him as “ the Lamb of God which taketh away the burning and a shining light.” By the manner in sin of the world"-to baptise him in the Jordan-to which he put the question to the multitudes, "What bear record when he saw the Spirit descending as a went ye out to the wilderness to see ? a reed shaken dove, and abiding upon him, when he came out of the with the wind ?" it is obvious he regarded him as a water. Nay, he bore testimony, even before he was man of decided principle, tirm in the faith, resolute of born, to the Messiah's dignity; for St. Luke informs us, purpose, not tossed about by every wind of doctrine. that it came to pass when Elizabeth heard the saluBy the question, “ A man clothed in soft raiment ?" it tation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb, and is obvious he regarded him as one dead to the allure- Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost, and said, ments, and luxuries, and pleasures of the world Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the ready to make any sacrifice of personal comfort or fruit of thy womb." convenience for the advancement of the cause he had The death of the Baptist fully proves how zealous in hand-one who counted not his life dear, so that he he was in the Messiah's work, in endeavouring to lead might fulfil his high oflice, might call men to repent- men to repentance, in placing before them the grievous ance, and direct them to that Saviour through whose nature of sin, and in being not dismayed by the fear merits mercy is shewn to the penitent.
He scrupled not to rebuke Herod, though His birth was, like that of the Saviour, remark- he was sure that the rebuke would call down his able. Zacharias and Elizabeth were old and well severest hatred-he scrupled not to address the many stricken in years -- according to the common course of Pharisees and Sadducees who came to his baptism, as nature they could expect no offspring; when an angel a generation of vipers-to warn them to flee from the was commissioned to announce to Zacharias the birth wrath to come, to exbort them to bring forth fruits of a son.
In the Temple, moreover, when engaged meet for repentance; not to trust to their supposed in the most solemn services, this announcement took privileges in having Abraham for their father. He place; and the circumstances respecting it, his birth, would allow of no compromise with sin. What an and the recovery of his father's speech, who had been example for Christian ministers at the present day! struck dumb for unbelief, were noised abroad through- how incumbent is it on them to lay to heart the words out the whole hill country of Judea; and one said to of St. Paul-" Moreover, it is required in stewards another, What manner of child shall this be ? In due that a man be found faithful ; but with me it is a very time the Baptist appeared preaching in the wilderness small thing that I should be judged of you, or of man's of Judea. Multitudes flocked to hear him at Bethabara, judgment." Is it not the duty of private Christians, and to be baptised of him in Jordan. He fulfilled in as much as of the Christian minister, boldly to rebuke this respect the prophecy of Isaiah, " that he should vice-to rebuke it by their exhortations, and also by be the voice of one crying in the wilderness.". His their living-to suffer no opportunity to pass by of doctrine was repentance-< Repent ye ; for the king- / bearing their testimony to the truth of the Gospel? dom of heaven is at hand.” What doctrine was more It is impossible not to advert to two points in the suitable for him to preach ? Repentance is the best character of the Baptist well worthy our particular introduction to Christianity: before a cordial recep- consideration—to his candour and humility. tion is given to the saving truths of the Gospel, there To his candour. “ When the Jews sent priests and must be a heartfelt sorrow for sin, an earnest desire to Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, Who art thou? be freed from sin ; without this there may be the he confessed and denied not, but confessed, I am not name, there cannot be the genuine spirit of godliness. the Christ. And they asked him, What then ? Art The need of a Saviour's mercy must be felt before the thou Elias ? And he saith, I am not. Art thou offer of this mercy is accepted; and this need will not that prophet? And he answered, No.” The Jews, be felt unless the conscience be heavy laden on account groaning under a foreign yoke, torn asunder by inof transgression. The ministry of John was as re- ternal disputations, were willing to have received him markable as his endowments; and his endowments as their deliverer. The sensation which he had excited must have been great, for St. Luke tells us," he was among all ranks of the community was so great, that
according to the testimony of Jesus, they were willing humblest Christian, the meanest, the poorest, the most for a season to rejoice in his light. He had only to say ignorant of Christian believing people – the most he was the Messiah, and the whole Jewish council, abject, enjoys privileges which were denied to the the priests, and elders, and scribes, would, with one prophets in old time, and even to the Baptist himself. accord, have hailed him with transport. Here, then, They enjoy a clearer revelation of the Saviour's was candour, candour which well merited the appro- character, of the true nature of his kingdom, and of bation of the Saviour, and which no impostor would the mighty purposes for which he came into the ever have displayed-which proved how anxious he world. Abraham rejoiced when " he saw the day of was to ascribe the honour to whom honour was due. Christ afar off;" and doubtless he built all his hopes of
To his humility. He declares himself unworthy to be acceptance on him. The Baptist bore testimony to the servant of the Saviour---so far from being the his person, to his office, to his work, to his pre-existSaviour-not even worthy to perform for him the most ence; and yet it is probable he did not enter fully menial offices. “ There cometh one mightier than I, into the great work he came into the world to perform. the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to stoop Even the apostles themselves, though the companions down and unloose." “ I have need to be baptised of of his ministry, constantly listening to his discourse thee," said he to the Saviour, as he came to be bap- addressed both to themselves and others, had impertised of him in Jordan ; “and comest thou to me?" fect notions upon many points connected with his And when some, touched perhaps for his honour, and salvation, until the Holy Ghost was given to them jealous for his reputation as a preacher of righteous- from on high, and they were led into all truth. It is ness, informed him of the multitudes who flocked to the privilege of the very lowest Christian to be assured hear the Saviour, " Ye yourselves," said he, “bear that the Saviour has appeared, has suffered, has me witness, that I said, I am not the Christ, but that I arisen from the dead, has ascended into heaven as am sent before him: he must increase, but I must our Forerunner, and is there sitting, an all-powerful decrease : this my joy therefore is fulfilled.” Not and a willing Advocate, and has declared that he will that I am prospering, but that he is prospering ; not come again to receive his followers to himself. It is that multitudes flock to hear me, but to hear him. his privilege to hear that Saviour's gracious invitaWhat a reproof to the petty jealousies, and envyings, tions, his promise of pardon, of grace, of life eternal; and strifes—which, as St. James affirms too truly, are to know that the way hath been opened to the Father, attended with every evil work-which are too often even through the blood of his Son. It is his privilege found even among the professed followers of the Sa- to know something of the height, and depth, and viour; and which prove that, with the outward form length, and breadth, and to know, as it were, the of godliness, there is something wrong in the heart ! love of Christ, which passeth knowledge. It is his It was the envy of the brethren of Joseph that led privilege to be baptised into the name of the eternal them to commit the cruel act of selling him as a bond- Godhead, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit-to bear on
It was the cnvy of Haman that led him to seek his forehead the mark of his Saviour's cross. It is his the destruction of Mordecai. It was envy in Saul privilege to draw near to the holy table, and to parwhich led him to attempt the life of David, for he take of his Saviour's body and blood-body broken could not bear to hear the song of triumph--Saul for our offences -- blood shed for the remission of hath slain his thousands, but David his ten thousands. sin. It was envy which raised the first murderer's knife to But there is a fearful tendency in man to forget shed a brother's blood. But no such feeling existed the inestimable privileges bestowed upon him-a in the mind of the Baptist.
fearful tendency, even in the professing Christian, to Between the Saviour and the Baptist there was the live unmindful of the mercy of his heavenly Father, most remarkable resemblance ; so that the one was in sending the Son of his love to die on the cross for indeed frequently taken for the other. Herod, when man's redemption. If those who sinned under the he heard the miracles of Jesus, said, the Baptist is old dispensation were amenable to the righteous disrisen from the dead; the Pharisees, when they ob- pleasure of the Almighty if they who repented not served the Baptist, doubted not that he was the Mes- at the preaching of the Baptist were in imminent siah. “How, then,” says Bishop Horne, “shall we raise danger of being made partakers of the wrath to comeour thoughts to conceive adequately of a person thus surely their present condition must be fearful, and their distinguished-thus raised to unrivalled pre-eminence future doom inexpressibly beyond human calculation above the generations of former men! Surely he wretched, to whom the gracious invitations of the deserved the encomium given by the Son of God; Gospel are made in vain; and wlio, while their lot and surely, after this declaration made by the Master, has been cast in a Christian land, and their path the disciples cannot easily exaggerate in their praises illumined by the rays of the true light, continue to of St. John as the great pattern of repentance, the walk on in darkness, and hate the light, because their relative of Christ, the friend of the Bridegroom, the deeds are evil. herald of the King immortal, and the joy of the world." Great, however, as was the privilege conferred on
THE RED SEA. the Baptist, in being the honoured instrument in preparing the way for the Lord-in bearing testimony The Red Sea occupies a deep, rocky cavity, extend/to him as the promised Saviour, the Saviour declares, ing about one thousand one hundred and sixey miles " that he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is
in length, and its mean breadth may be taken at about greater than he," and consequently than all the prophets, and wise men, and patriarchs, who lived
one hundred and twenty. Strabo has compared its under the old dispensation. What, then, are we to
shape to that of a broad river ; and it does not receive understand by the kingdom of heaven? and in what the waters of a single tributary stream. The name respects may those who are the least in that kingdom be greatly puzzled the ancients, and has occasioned, in regarded as greater than the Baptist? The expression, the kingdom of heaven, has several significations: here
later times, a display of much superfluous learning to it must signify the Gospel dispensation. The Baptist
determine whether it was derived from the colour of urged repentance on the ground that the kingdom of the water, the reflection of the sand-banks and the heaven was at hand-that is, that the Messiah was now neighbouring mountains, or the solar rays struggling about to establish his spiritual kingdom over the through a dense atmosphere. These various conjecs hearts of men ; and not merely the humble teacher, or apostle, under that dispensation, but even the
• Irom Andrew Crichton.
tures are set at rest: both the air and water are unusually clear; the theory of King Erythrus is exploded; and the name is now admitted to be merely a Greek translation of the "sea of Edom," (a Hebrew word denoting Red,) so frequently mentioned by the sacred writers. Its surface is diversified with a number of islands; some of which, such as Kotemble, and Gebel Tor, near Loheia, exhibit volcanic appearances. The western coast is bold, and has more depth of water than the eastern, where the coral rocks are gradually encroaching on their native element. These reefs are found dispersed over the whole gulf, rising, in some places, ten fathoms above the water. The bottom is covered with an abundant harvest of this substance, as well as of certain plants; and, if examined in calm weather, it has the appearance of verdant meadows and submarine forests,-phenomena which procured this gulf the appellation of Yam Zuph from the Jews, and Bahr Souf from the Arabs, signifying (in both languages) the "sea of green weeds." These beautiful productions attracted the admiration of antiquity. Strabo seems to allude to them when he speaks of trees, resembling the laurel and the olive, growing at the bottom and along the eastern coast of the Red Sea, which at ebb-tide were left uncovered, though at other times they were wholly under water; a circumstance deemed the more surprising when contrasted with the nakedness of the adjacent shores.
Burckhardt remarks, that the coral in the inlet of Akaba is red, and that in the gulf of Suez the white is chiefly to be seen,-facts which may reconcile the discordant statements of Bruce, Valentia, Henniker,
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and other modern travellers.
All who have frequented the Red Sea have observed the luminous appearance, or phosphorescence of its waters. "It was beautiful," says a graphic writer, who sailed from Mocha to Cosseir, "to look down into this brightly transparent sea, and mark the coral, here in large masses of honeycomb-rock, there in light branches of a pale red hue, and the bed of green sea-weed, and the golden sand, and the shells, and the fish sporting round the vessel, and making colours of a beauty to the eye which is not their own. or thrice we ran on, after dark, for an hour or two; and though we were all familiar with the sparkling of the sea round the boat at night, never have I seen it in other waters so superlatively splendid. A rope dipped in it and drawn forth, came up as a string of gems, but with a life, and light, and motion, the diamond does not know." Those sea-lights have been explained by a diversity of causes; but the singular brilliancy of the Red Sea seems owing to fish-spawn and animalculæ,-a conjecture which receives some corroboration from the circumstance, that travellers who mention it visited the gulf during the spawning period; that is, between the latter end of December and the end of February. The coral banks are less numerous in the southern parts. It deserves notice, that Dr. Shaw and Mr. Bruce have stated (what could be true only so far as their own experience went), that they observed no species of weed or flag; and the latter proposes to translate Yam Zuph," the Sea of Coral," a name as appropriate as that of Edom.
BY THE REV. W. WELDON CHAMPNEYS, M.A.
"And there is no God else beside me; a just God and
these two things should meet together; that To human reason it seems impossible that
the God who declares that "there is none beside him," should be both "a just God and a Saviour." We are, indeed, through the deadening effect of sin, so apt to hear Scripture read without thinking or caring what its words mean, that, perhaps, the difficulty there is, that God should be both a just God and a Saviour, may not, at first, be plainly seen. But we shall see it by looking at a case which is plain to all. We will suppose a court of justice to be met, and the judge on his bench -a man has just been tried-he is brought in guilty-the judge must, by his very character and office, condemn the man, or he would not be a just judge; and take away justice from a judge, you take away the very thing which he is appointed to administer. But if the judge be of a merciful temper, he would wish to spare the man; it is plain, however, that he cannot, for the laws having been broken, the man must die: for if he, being appointed to punish the guilty, should not punish them, but let them go free, where would laws be? trampled on and despisedyea, and whose life or property would be safe? Thus, then, we see how impossible it is for a judge to be just and punish, to be merciful and not punish: yet God is a just God and a Saviour,"Twice "the Judge of all the earth, who will do right," "who shall by no means clear the guilty ;"-and yet the Saviour who passes by iniquity, transgression, and sin; and who desireth not the death of a sinner, but had rather that he should be converted and live." Let us see how this is. We must go to the Bible; for the Bible is a history of God's dealings with man-a discovery of his nature and cha
Let us look first at God's justice. Justice means punishing the guilty. The Almighty passed his word, that if man sinned, he should die ;-and does he not die? What day goes by, that you see not "the mourners passing through the streets, and man going to his long home?" What day goes by, without some church-bell ringing to tell the careless and the worldly that they must soon have done with the world they love, and be overtaken by the death they fear? And among
those countless souls that are thronging one Alash of fire from his awful presence through the dark gate into the world of strikes both of them in an instant dead. They spirits, how many an infant spirit passes out, both sinned, and God's justice slew them both. on whose little body death laid his claim, Cain, the first child of the first sinner, was because sin, his mark, was set upon its frame? | the first murderer--himself the sinners' firstIs not this justice--stern, unbending justice-fruits-his sin the first-fruits unto death : that surely punishes the guilty ?
did justice let him pass? No; God branded But look at the history of God's dealings him, set a mark upon him, and made him with man, and the same lesson will be learnt. cursed from the earth. Miriam, the sister The world fell into deep transgression; "all of Moses, rebelled against her brother, she flesh had corrupted its way before God;" resisted him whom God had exalted : did Noah alone was found righteous; he warned she pass unnoticed ? No; she was smitten the world for one hundred and twenty years ; on the spot with leprosy. they despised his warning; the flood came God's own Israel sinned against him at and destroyed them all; they fled to the various times : did his love to them make trees, but the waters covered them; they him forget his justice ? Let the Bible tell; mounted the hills, but the swelling waters see twenty-five thousand slain by a plague in mounted after them; they climbed to the one day ; see three thousand killed by the tops of the “ rocks, and the highest points of hands of their own brethren, the Levites, for the ragged rocks," but the avenging waters idolatry, on another ; see Moses and Aaron rose high above the highest : and what were not allowed to go into the land of promise, they but a creature made the minister of because they took upon themselves to bring God's awful justice upon a guilty world? water out of the rock; sce Achan and his
Look at Canaan,--a race cursed from its whole family stoned and burnt, because he very parent, the mocker of his father Noah's had taken of the goods out of Jericho, which weakness; what followed such “a seed of God had forbidden ; see David's house plagued evil-doers ?” surely they were “children that with the sword, because he had slain Uriah were corrupters ;" sin spread among them with the sword: follow through the whole like a leprosy coming down in their blood; history of God's dealings with man, as we they forsook the worship of the living God, have them recorded in the Bible, and there is and worshipped devils; “yea, they shed written, in letters so large and plain that “ he innocent blood, even the blood of their sons who runs may read," " the Lord is a righteous and their daughters, whom they offered unto Judge; he will by no means clear the the idols of Canaan, and the land was defiled guilty.” And yet the world is as careless with blood." The very earth was polluted and unconcerned about their having disobeyed under the wicked inhabitants of it ; the very this just and holy Lord God, as if either he cattle and houses were defiled by their was not the same now as he is set before us owners' sins; and when “ Israel came out of in the Bible, or as if the Bible had set forth Egypt,” God led his own people against the a lie. Canaanites, and they were all but utterly But these who were thus punished were destroyed. And what was Israel then but transgressors, a seed of evil-doers,” one nation made the executioner of Almighty dren whom he had nourished up, but who had justice upon another nation, which had filled rebelled against him.” Come with me, and up the measure of its iniquities,” whom the see another scene—it is night-we will enter great Judge had tried and found guilty ? this garden ; it is not far from Jerusalem
And did the justice that thus swept away who are these asleep on the ground? they whole nations,—that thus " whet its glittering are only poor Jews by their dress -- there is sword," and made it red with the blood of a a look of sorrow upon their faces, as if some disobedient and guilty people ; did that jus- care and trouble had weighed them down to tice ever pass by unrepented guilt? Turn sleep. We will go further, about a stone's your eyes to the tabernacle of the Jews; it throw; see, what is this? a man in prayer ; has just been set up ; Aaron and his sons how earnestly he prays! his heart seems sent have just been consecrated the priests
of God; | forth with every word ; — what deep horror the people are rejoicing before the Lord ;- and pain of soul seems written on his gentle who are those two young men who have put countenance ! what agony of mind seems to incense into their golden censers, have lighted draw every feature ! And now he throws them with fire from the common flame, not himself upon the earth – the big drops of from that altar on which the fire of heaven sweat fall upon the cold ground! What can streamed down? They are two of Aaron's cause this fearful distress ?—and see, such is sons, two of the new-made priests ; pride, or the horror of his soul, that it forces out the it may be wine, or both, have made them rush very blood itself through the skin, so that uncalled into the presence of the Lord—and I sweat and blood pour