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STARS.

lives of all His creatures. But when in The golden glow is paling

answer to the prayer of Joshua the sun Between the cloudy bars ;

stood still in the midst of heaven for a I'm watching in the twilight

whole day; when the Israelites walked To see the little stars.

through the Red Sea on dry land; and I wish that they would sing to-night

when the Hebrew children came unhurt Their song of long ago;

out of the fiery furnace, these were special If we were only nearer them,

acts of God's providence.' What might we hear and know!

These were miracles, mamma, and the

answer to the question is not about a Are they the eyes of Angels

miracle at all, it is, " When God had created That always wake to keep

man, he entered into a covenant of life with A loving watch above us,

him, upon condition of perfect obedience, While we are fast asleep?

forbidding him to eat of the tree of the Or are they lamps that God has lit

knowledge of good and evil, upon the pain of From His own glorious light,

death.To guide the little children's souls

When God deals with any one in a very Whom He will call to-night?

unusual manner, it is a special act of We hardly see them twinkle

providence, though He does not work a

miracle. When He commanded Abraham In any summer night, But in the winter evenings

to offer up his son Isaac, this was a special They sparkle clear and bright.

act of providence. It was a very unusual Is this to tell the little ones,

command, given for a special purpose-to So hungry, cold and sad,

prove the sincerity of Abraham's faith by That there's a shining home for them,

his obedience. What is the special act of Where all is warm and glad ?

providence named in the answer ? '

It is God's entering into a covenant of More beautiful and glorious,

life with man.' And never cold and far,

You know what the covenant or agreeIs He who always loves them,

ment God made with Adam was. Harry The Bright and Morning Star.

can tell us what God did for Adam and I wish those little children knew

Eve while they were holy and happy like That holy, happy light!

Himself?' Lord Jesus, shine on them, I pray, "God put them into a beautiful garden And make them glad to-night!

where there were a great many trees, and FRANCIS RIDLEY HAVERGAL. flowers, and plants of every kind, and a

river to water it, and the tree of life of HOME LESSONS FOR THE LORD'S DAY.

which they might eat and live for ever.'

And what about the tree of the knowTHE BROKEN COVENANT.

ledge of good and evil?' T HAT special act of providence did God That was the one, the only one in all

exercise toward man in the estate the garden of which God said they were wherein he was created ?

not to eat, or they would die.' • Mamma, what is a special act of provi That is the covenant God made with dence?' asked Katie, when she had read Adam, and he was able to keep it. God these words.

had written the first and great command"Something extraordinary, quite out of ment on his heart, and now He required the usual course of God's government, is him to shew his love by his obedience. called a special providence. It is by His | This was a special act of providence, because constant providence that God makes the no one else was ever placed in the same sun to rise and set daily, and preserves the position as our first parents. Do you THE BROKEN COVENANT.

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know, Willie, what is the difference be body, it meant spiritual and eternal death, tween the covenant God made with Adam little Maggie asked mamma, Could Adam before the fall, and the covenant He makes and Eve never be saved?'. now, with those who seek him ?

Neither Adam nor Eve nor any one of God did not tell Adam to believe in mankind could ever be saved by that Jesus. I think that is the difference, broken covenant; but God, full of love mamma.'

and pity, told them of the new covenant. That is the great difference. Adam was He told them that promised life upon condition of his own

“One of Eve's descendants perfect obedience to God's law; we are

Not sinful like the rest, promised life if we receive the Lord Jesus Should spoil the work of Satan, and trust in His perfect righteousness.

And man be saved and blest." There is another point of difference between I have got a story for you now, and you the covenant God made with Adam in must try to find out what it means. Eden, and the covenant He makes with A long time ago, a great king built a His children now. Read the 16th answer, fine ship and sent it on a voyage to a Willie, and you will know what I mean.' distant land. For a few days the wind was

16. The covenant being made with Adam, favourable, the vessel glided swiftly on her not only for himself, but for all his posterity; way, and the captain thought not of danger. all mankind, descending from him by ordinary For a moment the pilot turned the vessel generation, sinned in him, and fell with him, out of its course to examine a dangerous in his first transgression.""

spot marked in the chart, and there she Adam represented all his children, the struck on the rocks and was shipwrecked, whole human family, excepting the Lord and her crew were cast on a desolate island. Jesus, and when he broke the covenant of Here their condition was very miserable. life it became the covenant of death to all They could get no bread; seaweed, shellmankind. All have broken it.'

fish, and injurious herbs were the only food • How could Adam represent us so long they could obtain. Without protection before we were born ?' asked Willie. from the cold by night or the heat by day,

Adam represented all mankind in the disease reduced them fearfully. The king, same way that Jesus represents all who who had seen the shipwreck, though believe on Him. Jesus is the second displeased with the captain for venturing Adam, He kept the covenant which the so near the point of danger of which he first Adam broke. Read Rom. v. 19.' had been warned, pitied his forlorn con

"" For as by one man's disobedience dition, and immediately sent out another many were 'made sinners; 80 by the fine ship, larger and stronger than the first, obedience of one shall many be made to conduct the distressed ones to their righteous."

destined haven. A few of these feeble Now we shall read in Genesis üi. the dying ones rejoiced when they heard the sad story of sin's entrance into our beautiful good news of the ship's arrival. They were world, of Satan's temptation, and of how 80 weak that they could not even step on “Our father ate forbidden fruit,

board themselves, but the kind captain And from his glory fell;

bore them in his arms and placed them in And we his children thus were brought the ship where all their wants were tenderly To death and near to hell.”

supplied; and oh, how those saved ones When the children had read the account loved that good captain. Many a message of our first parents having broken the they sent on shore to tell of his goodness, covenant of life by their disobedience, and and to entreat those still on the desolate mamma had explained to them what the island to come and share in his love. death was which then passed upon all men, The captain himself entreated every opo telling them that besides the death of the l of them to come into the ship and be saved,

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THE STORM ON THE LAKE.

for that ship was so wonderfully built, and had so very skilful a pilot, that it was quite impossible it could ever be shipwrecked. And yet, what do you think most of those foolish men did? Some of them said they would much rather remain where they were, and others said they were quite able to sail to the good land on the broken pieces of the shipwrecked vessel which were strewed on the shore, and the good captain, though sorely grieved, was obliged to leave them to their own way. He knew well that none but those who were in his ship would ever reach the good land.

· Maggie, dear, Do you know the meaning of this story?'

I think the ship that was wrecked moans Adam, when he disobeyed God, and the wonderful ship that could never be lost means Jesus, who could never sin.'

Quite right. The first ship is the broken covenant, and the second ship is the new covenant, ordered in all things and sure.'

• And, mamma, who were the people who thought they could reach the happy land on pieces of the broken ship?'

All those who, instead of trusting in Jesus, try to save themselves by their own righteousness, are like those foolish men who thought they could cross the ocean on a frail raft, and refused to come into the good ship, and so perished whenever the storm arose.'

is filled with water, and all other hope fails, do the disciples resolve to arouse the Sleeper; yet so grand, that they feel, as probably they never felt before, that He is i able to save. Then He awakes, -He, the Man of Sorrows, and the Mighty God. No more need now to struggle with sail and oar and helm; there is no hurry, no strain; there is even time for the tender yet grave words to sink into their hearts : Why are ye so fearful?' And then—then He arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, •Peace, be still. And there was a great calm.'

Not long ago I saw a storm of wind on the lake of Lucerne, which showed us how real and exact the Evangelist's description is. The lake of Lucerne is one of the loveliest in the world. We sailed from one end to the other,--at first over a wide expanse of exquisite clear green water, with a fairy island here and there, and green and purple mountains all around; while far away, beyond and above, we had glorious glimpses of shining snow mountains. We passed close under the Rigi, where a wonderful railway goes up from the edge of the lake to the very top of the mountain, 5,900 feet high ; the railway itself being so steep in many places that it would be stiff work even for a Scotch pony or a Swiss mule to mount. Then the lake narrowed, and for another hour we steamed along between the mountains, till it seemed that we were going to reach the very end, when all at once they opened on the right, and disclosed the grandest scene of all, of which till that moment we had not had the least glimpse. There lay the emerald water, glittering in June sunshine, stretching away for miles ahead, surrounded by dark pines and giant rocks, with touches of brilliant green pasture, and magnificent precipices and gorges; and right before us, under a dazzling blue sky, the great snow mountains, - pure and beautiful and glorious beyond anything that mortal eyes can rest upon. Right in the centre rose the superb white cone of the Bristenstock; and winding from its base was the famous Pass of St. Gotthard, leading up into the

THE STORM ON THE LAKE. F THE storm on the lake!' How in

I instantly the words remind one of the sweet old story of the storm, so long ago, on the lake of Galilee, so far away! We seem to see it all;—the wild sudden wind raising wild sudden waves; the little boat quivering and tossing, and filling with water, as the white spray flies over it; the frightened disciples trying to manage the ship, but in vain ; the noise and confusion and terror and danger! Then in the hinder part of the ship, a calm, holy Face, weary and wan, but grand and peaceful, asleep on a pillow. So weary, that not till the ship

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heart of the mountains, and then down This was the famous Föhn-wind, of which into the plains of Italy.

I had often heard, but never before felt. But what about a storm on such a day? It is supposed to be the same which overJust after we turned the corner and entered took the wicked Gessler on the lake, after this beautiful reach, some one said, “Look! he had cruelly forced William Tell to is not that lovely, that line of white ripple purchase his life by aiming at the apple and foam, which seems coming towards us!' placed on his little son's head. It sweeps We looked, and saw it apparently about a down from the icy heights above the Pass mile ahead, in exquisite contrast with the of St. Gotthard, and has been fatal to many smooth green water. But before any one a boat on the fair lake of Lucerne. had time even to answer the remark, we He commandeth, and raiseth the stormy were startled by an unceremonious rush of wind, which lifteth up the waves thereof. waiters and sailors,--not a word spoken, Psalm cvii. 25. FRANCES RIDLEY HAVERGAL. no time for explanation, only for instant action,—they furled up the awning like a flash; seized the seats, and threw them flat

PIONEER QUESTIONS on the deck; rushed off with every movable; PREPARED FOR THE CHILDREN'S SERVICE.' shouted to the ladies to go below instantly;

BY REV. DAVID MACRAF. and even turned the tables on their backs, with their legs sticking up in the air.

SERIES B.-OLD TESTAMENT BOOKS. There was really no time to apologise and III.-The Twenty-two Books of be civil, they knew too well what was Sacred Poetry and Propheoy. coming. In a few seconds it came; all at 56 How many books are left in the Old once, and without an instant's warning, Testament? Twenty-two. the storm of wind' struck the vessel like

57_What do they consist of? Sacred Poetry a shot. There had been no time to go

and Prophecy. below, all we could do was to hold on to

(a) SACRED POETRY &c. some fixture, and I shall never forget the 58 What is the first of these? The book of Job. strange sensation of the sudden stagger of 59 Why so called? Because it tells of the the vessel under the shock. Everything

trials of Job's faith. movable was whirled along like a dead leaf;

60 Who was Job? A patriarch of Uz.

61 Is Job a very old book? It is thought to the only table which had been left standing

| be the oldest in the whole Bible, although it is was capsized in an instant, and one or two not placed first. cups and saucers upon it, though made of

_62 What book comes after Job? The book of heavy ware more than an inch thick, were Psalms. blown straight along the whole deck, just 63 Why so called? It consists of Psalms or like thistledown, without even touching the

Spiritual Songs. ground! The blast was almost paralyzing,

64 By whom were these written? Most of them it seemed both deafening and blinding;

by David. at first it was impossible even to stand,

65 What book comes next? Proverbs. and one's only chance of getting down

66 Why so called? It consists of proverbs or stairs into the shelter was to sit on the steps,

wise sayings.

.67 Who wrote these? Most of them were holding tight, and lowering one's self a step written by Solomon. at a time till out of reach of the hurricane. 68 Who was he? The Son of David. The line of white foam which we had

69 What is Solomon sometimes called? The seen was but the outrider of the wild white

Wise Man. waves which leaped and raged all around, 70 What book follows Proverbs ! Ecclesiastes. where a minute before all had been trans

71 What does the word Ecclesiastesmean? parent smoothness and calm. The first

It is the Greek word for a “Preacher.” fury lasted perhaps half an hour, but it was

72 Why is this book so called? Because it is

a Sermon on the vanity of worldly things, and several hours before it passed entirely. I on the true duty of man.

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