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vival,” said he to a small weekly, but tearful and praying company, who ear. nestly begged of God that he might witness it before he was removed from us. “Go on, go on praying thus—God will surely answer such petitions as these.” And now that he is indeed seen of us no more, methinks I hear numbers in our churches and congregations saying, like Elijah, “Dear and honoured servant of God, why leave us so suddenly and so soon? Will notour entreaties prevail with you to stay with us a little longer? If you have chidden and reproved us, it has always been in kindness and love, for you loved us all as your brethren and sisters. We needed your instructions and counsels, your faithful warnings and reproofs. You have more frequently edified and comforted, than blamed us. You drew us with the cords of love and the bands of a man. Your voice to us was always pleasant, and you knew well how to play on that instrument. We will be no longer slothful, remiss in prayer, and negligent of our own salvation and that of others. Do come and speak to us again. Come and tell us the results of your increased knowledge and experience of the glories of the heavenly world. Do come back and preach to us once more, and we will be negligent, careless, and trifling no longer. My father! my father! The chariot of Israel and the horsemen thereof !”
II. The dismission of great and good men from the world is, under all circumstances, glorious and triumphant.
Many good men have left this world under circumstances of outward and apparent disgrace. The mockery addressed to Elisha, “Go up, thou bald head!" is only a specimen of the world's infidel malice. They who gnashed on Stephen with their teeth, beheld not, as he did, the heavens opened, and Jesus standing at_the right hand of God. (Acts vii.) Elisha, in this respect, was favoured above the disciples of Jesus, for he not only saw his master, but living creatures as horses of fire, or like the cherubim and seraphim, convey him away. It would have been too much for mortal sight to bear. The senses of the disciples would have been overpowered had they seen the glorious phalanx of angels that accompanied Jesus to heaven! The figurative language of the text must refer to angelic agency, and be taken in connexion with other passages of Scripture. " The
chariots of God are twenty thousand, even thousands of angels." (Ps. Ixviii.17.) “ God is gone up with a shout, the Lord with the sound of a trumpet. Sing praises to God, sing praises, sing praises to our King." (Compare with Acts i. 9.)
Faith in these historical facts is in. dispensable. They are the basis on which our salvation rests, and point us to the finished work of Christ.
And are the extraordinary operations of His Spirit less wonderful in the present day?
The preacher has lately visited the county of Antrim, in the north of Ireland, and seen many persons who have been stricken down and believed in Jesus, and are still holding on their way to Zion,
Some few, as Dr. McCosh has shown, have proved visionaries-the counterwork of Satan. The twelve who beheld Jesus go up into heaven on a luminous cloud were not of this class, any more than the five hundred brethren who at one time saw Him after His resurrection, and were witnesses of the fact. If every person who has lately been the subject of physical prostration had seen, as Saul of Tarsus did, a light from heaven shining around him, and heard supernatural voices, it would have unhinged the business of life, and stopped at once all the affairs of commerce; but when it has been followed with a cry like his, “ Lord, what wilt thou have me to do ?” there can be no uncertainty in the matter. That is the work of the Holy Spirit. But these spiritual realities are not believed, because men see them not with the naked eye, and cannot receive them because they refer to a spiritual state, of which they know nothing, and therefore they are rejected and despised. They can more understand how Elijah's physical and corporeal nature should at once be transformed into a spiritual body and fitted for heavenly society, than they can comprehend the new birth, and the nature of that inward, spiritual; vital, and mighty change, which we must all experience before we can enjoy the company of good men and enter the kingdom of God. This mysterious truth, the conversion of the soul to God, was the constant theme of our departed friend's ministry; and it is this which can alone give vitality to the church, and inspire with hope the dying believer. “And if Christ be in
you, the body is dead because of sin, sibilities, and says it shall be done? but the spirit is life because of righte- Are you a man of decision, and very ousness; but if the spirit of Him that jealous that the name of God should be raised up Christ from the dead dwell in hallowed in our country? These emiyou, He that raised up Jesus from the nent servants of God, of whom we have dead shall also quicken your mortal been speaking, were the sworn enemies bodies by His Spirit that dwelleth in of every prevailing sin. Against the you."--Rom. viii. 10, 11.
idolatries of a Sabbath-breaking and III. The triumphant departure of pleasure-loving age, they shot their most good and useful men should stimulate us pointed arrows; and with what lionto imitate their excellences, and lead us hearted boldness, though dead, do they to prepare to join their society in the now speak! “Choose ye this day whom heavenly world.
ye will serve; God, or Baal ? How It has been intimated that the trans- many at this moment, who have the lation of John Angell James, out of the ability to serve both the pulpit and the kingdom of Satan into that of God's dear
press, are no better than dumb dogs Son, was somewhat sudden, like his that cannot bark, and who, like wizards, departure out of it. We are better
and mutter while they witness prepared to think of him as a child of the shams of Popery, and the disgrace God, than an heir of glory. We cannot brought on our land by the fantastic conceive of the modus of our existence tricks of St. Barnabas and St. George'syonder. It doth not appear what we in-the-East! Are you a man of integrity shall be. The views of God's ancient and zeal? You know that you are a people respecting the future world were dying man, and must soon cross the exceedingly limited and dim. The river of Death. Can you hope to go over speculations of heathen philosophers dry shod, as Elijah did, or to pass into were at the same time altogether the heavenly state without dying? absurd. All the light they obtained What will you do in the swellings of was derived either from tradition or Jordan, unsanctified and unpardoned ? revelation-till the Son of God ap- Are you daily employed like these dear peared, and then the full blaze of life departed servants of God ? You may not, and immortality was made manifest in like them, be engaged in visiting and the Gospel. The miracles of Jesus, the instructing the students in the schools wonderful vision of His transfiguration of the prophets, or in writing books, on Mount Tabor, His glorious resurrec- and sending monthly epistles of intion and ascension, confirmed the truth struction, encouragement, and warnof His mission; and the acceptance of ing to the churches, but you must have His atoning sacrifice gave an earnest sympathy with Christ and with these and pledge of immortality, and at once good men in the work they carried on. opened the gate of heaven to all Your light must shine, your talents believers. But where are the men to be must not be put under a bushel ! found who possess the piety and zeal of “ Blessed is that servant whom, when his Elijah, or the pastor of Čarr's Lane ? Lord cometh, He shall find so doing ! Yet, in these particulars, we may imi- Luke xii. 37. tate, if not excel them. Are you a man The reason why many do not listen of prayer? If not, are you fit to die? to the calls of Jesus and His ministers Why does the prophet, before he is is because they have no sincere love to translated, instruct Elisha, on the day Him, have never been truly and deeply of his translation, to tarry at Bethel, convinced of sin by the Holy Spirit; then at Jericho, and last at Jordan ? they fear the world's resentment and Was it not to give time for meditation the frown of friends. Such do not and prayer? Oh, if we gave ourselves, rightly estimate the advantages conas David and Elijah did, to prayer, nected with the service of Christ. They superstition and paganism—those giant may be losers by it, but never in it. forms of evil-would fall like Goliath of Verily I say unto you, there is no Gath ; the fire of heaven would descend, man who hath left home, or parents, . and Baal's priests be again confounded. or brethren, or wife, or children for the If Queen Mary dreaded the prayers of kingdom of God's sake, but shall receive John Knox more than the English manifold more in the present time, and army, shall not Satan and his emissaries in the world to come everlasting life.” tremble at ours, while our faith looks Matt. xix. 29. alone to the promises, laughs at impos- It was truly said, Mr. James's de.
parture froin this world was a universal calamity, for in him every one found a benefactor—the ignorant man an instructor, the poor man a helper, the afflicted a comforter, and all in him a wise and judicious counsellor ; and still, for almost every important class of society, there will be found in his writings the best possible advice. The Young Man and Woman will find a Friend and a Guide to Immortality. “The anxious Inquirer” will not be left in ignorance of the way of salvation. The parent will be taught by the Family Monitor.” The student will benefit by Pastoral Sketches, and an Earnest Ministry the Want of the Times. The widow will be directed to the widow's God. The church-member will be guided to a consistent and holy profession. The young man will be guarded against the temptations he will meet with when far from home; and the experienced believer cheered in his walk and course along the pathway of faith, hope, and charity. And so long as these graces remain in the churches, and the spiritual wants of the world are inquired after, the “ Voice for China" will be heard, and the Committees of our Bible, Missionary, and Tract Societies, who paid, in their deputations, the last token of respect to his mortal remains, will refer to his urgent appeals for help, and point to the vigorous and successful efforts he put forth towards the attainment of this noble object.
Let the humble, poor, and afflicted,
such as may be persecuted and neg. lected by mankind-however deserted, tempted, and afflicted, take heart. You are not overlooked by your sympathising Lord and Saviour. The angels of God, as His servants, are still watching over you, and
now, unseen, strengthen you on the journey to the mount of God. “Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister to them that are heirs of salvation?" (Heb. i. 14.) “For we are not come to the mount that might be touched and that burned with fire, but unto Mount Zion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect.”—Heb. xii. 18–23.
While we glorify God in our departed friend for the gifts and graces bestowed on him, let us follow after, and seek also, as far as is attainable, to be morally and spiritually great-great in our desires for more large-heartedness and faith and zeal for God-great in our repentance for the wrongs and miseries of a lost and ruined world, for which the proud and selfish have no tears and great in our charity towards all men, that the spirit of Christian missions may be sustained among us, that God, in answer to prayer, may pour ont upon us a plentiful supply of His Spirit, revive religion in our land, and hasten speedily the predicted thousand years of blessedness spoken of in the Apocalypse.
CHRIST OUR PASSOVER. “But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father's kingdom.”-MATT. xxvi. 21. On this passage Bishop Porteous observes, “ The meaning is, this is the last time that this supper shall be a representation of the passover. It shall hereafter take a new signification. When my kingdom (that is, my religion) is fully confirmed and established by my rising from the dead, this supper shall be the memorial of a more noble sacrifice. The passover, which was a type of the redemption to be wrought by me, shall be fulfilled and completed by my death and resurrection. The shadow passes away; the substance takes place; and when you eat this supper in remembrance of me, there will I be virtually present amongst you; and your souls shall be
nourished and refreshed by my grace, as your bodies are by the bread and wine.”—Lectures on Matthew.
FIGHTING WITH BEASTS. “If, speaking after the manner of men, I have
fought with beasts at Ephesus, what advantageth it me if the dead rise not?”_1 Cor.
xv. 32. IGNATIUS, in his epistle to the Romans, written before his martyrdom, in his journey from Antioch to Roine, about the year 107, says, "I fight with beasts from Syria even to Rome, by land and by sea, by night and by day, being bound to ten leopards, that is, à troop of soldiers, who are even worse when receiving a kindness : but I am the better instructed by their ill-treatment-yet am I not justified on this account.”—Hefele's Edition.
EASTERN FUEL. " Then he said unto me, Lo, I have given thee
cow's dung, and thou shalt prepare thy bread
therewith."-Ezek. iv, 15. “ BEFORE the doors we saw rice spread on mats and drying in the sun, and near to it cow dung spread to dry for fuel.”—Letter from Mr. Ramsay, American missionary at Bombay, December 23, 1830.
Dr. Kitto, on the passage, remarks, “In some regions of Western Asia, where wood is scarce, it forms the common fuel. In winter, we have seen it used in the best rooms of some of the most respectable houses in towns of northern Persia; and while travelling through the same country, and some parts of Media and Armenia, when we formed our camp near the villages, all the children who were old enough would come out with baskets to gather it.”- In loc.
BROKEN BONES. “ Make me to hear joy and gladness, that the
bones which thou hast broken may rejoice.".
Psa. li. 8. DR. WOLFE, in relating his travels, says, "At this time I understood, better than I had ever done before, that expression in the Psalms. The Arabs were mourning and exclaiming, "Our bones are broken, our bones are broken signifying that they were greatly afflicted."Quoted from Caledonian Mercury, 22nd August, 1835.
GREAT DROUGHT. “But I tell you of a truth, many widows were in
Israel in the days of Elias, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, when great famine was throughout all the land. LUKE iv, 25; compare 1 KINGS xvii, 1; JAMES
v. 17. In a sketch of the climate of New South Wales, inserted in the Caledonian Mercury, 22nd October, 1838, it is said, “ Great droughts sometimes prevail for years together. The last began in 1826, and did not terminate till 1829. During all this period very little rain fell, and for more than six months there was not a single shower."
MARK OF THE BEAST.
"And he causeth all, both small and great, rich
and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads."-REY.
xiii, 16. MR. DREW, missionary in Madras, in a letter dated 9th November, 1832, says, “There is one thing in the appearance of the natives which has particularly struck me—the mark in their foreheads. It seems as if they were desirous to fix this seal of Satan in the most conspicuous place. Many wear it most unnecessarily and ostentatiously large. Three lines almost cover the forehead. The centre is a yellow mark, the other two are white. Thus do they force their idolatry upon you; thus do they parade forth their folly, and glory in their shame. It has appeared to me in strong and striking contrast with the prophecy of the latter days, when 'holiness to the Lord' shall be written on their foreheads.”—Christian Herald for July, 1833.
CHARACTER OF THE CRETIANS. “One of themselves, a prophet of their own,
said, The Cretians are always liars, evil beasts, slow bellies. This witness is true."-TITUS
i. 12. The apostle quotes from Epimenides, an epic poet of Crete, contemporary with Solon: he calls him a prophet, in accordance with a common notion entertained by the Greeks, that their poets wrote under a certain divine afflatus. In the life of Mrs. Winslow, American missionary to Ceylon, speaking of the Cingalese, she says, “It seems to be a part of their very nature to tell a lie, if it will serve the purpose better than the truth, and to lay their hands on anything which they wish to possess.”- Page 181.
GREAT HAILSTONES. “Ar there fell upon men a great hail out of
heaven, every stone about the weight of a talent; and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail, for the plague thereof
was exceeding great."-REV. xvi. 21. “And the hail smote throughout all the land of
Egypt, all that was in the field, both man and beast; and the hail smote every herb of the field, and brake every tree of the field.”
Exod. ix. 25. COLONEL STRETTON, in a letter dated near Padua, in the north of Italy, 26th August, 1834, observes, “We have just had a most dreadful storm, which fell upon the city of Padua, about six miles off. The masses of ice which fell were about twenty pounds weight, and three feet in circumference; they broke in all the roofs of the houses, in that half of the city in which they fell; demolished the large marble statues, windows, &c., and beat the lead on the roof of the cathedral into large holes, as if with heavy hammers."Caledonian Mercury.
THE MISSIONARY'S REWARD. “And every one that hath forsaken houses, or
brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name's sake, shall receive an hundred fold, and shall inherit
everlasting life."-MATT. xix, 29. In the diary of one of the Church of England missionaries in New Zealand, dated 26th October, 1837, referring to a catechetical exercise he had held with the natives, he says, “Having put the question, What payment can you render to God, His anger being just? one of them, a candidate for baptism, Tepuke, said, that Christ was our only hope
our payment. The light which appeared to have been conveyed to the minds of many by this heart-cheering truth, filled me with that joy which I think I may say, with Scripture for my authority, is peculiar to the missionary-part of the hundred fold in this life which has been promised him.”. Scottish Missionary Register, August, 1839.
reddish sand exactly reminded him of the bald forehead of some aged man.
LAND OF THE PHILISTINES. “O Canaan, the land of the Philistines, I will
even destroy thee, that there shall be no inhabitant; and the sea coast shall be for dwellings and cottages for shepherds, and
folds for flocks."-ZEPHAN, ii, 5, 6. "Baldness is come upon Gaza; Ashkelon is cut
off, with the remnant of their valley.”
JEREM. xlvii. 5. We entered the land of the Philistines on the first of June. It may be described, in one word, as an open pasture country, composed of vast undulating plains, or, more graphically in the words of Zephaniah, “dwellings and cottages for shepherds, and folds for flocks." I have counted ten folds of immense size from a single eminence: We did not enter Gaza, as the plague was raging there; but as we stood on Samson's mount, and looked down upon the town encircled with gardens of figs and olives, we could trace the fulfilment of every word that God had spoken against it. The old city of Gaza seems to be actually buried beneath smooth red hills of sand. Baldness is come upon Gaza. The next day we found the reapers busy in the valley of Eshcol, and met many a camel carrying to the threshing floor the ripe barley. Its vines and pomegranates are gone-some fine spreading fig trees remain.-McCheyne's Letters.
Dr. Keith, who visited the spot, corroborated the same statement. In relating the impression which the scene made on his mind, he remarked, that the round hills of smooth
ZOAN IN EGYPT. “And I will make Pathros desolate, and will set
fire in Zoan, and will execute judgment in
No." - EZEK. Xxx, 14. The city of Zoan, called Tanis by the Greeks, was very ancient, and is referred to in Numbers xxx. 22. It was situated on one of the eastern mouths of the Nile, and was celebrated for its wealth and its philosophy. Mr. McCheyne, in a letter dated Mount Carmel, 27th June, 1839, says, “ You may believe that the ruins of this once noble city afforded us matter for deep reflection. For about three miles there are immense mounds of brick and pottery, entirely covered with loose alluvial matter. At one spot, we found immense blocks of granite, the remains, no doubt, of some ancient temple. Two sphinxes were lying close by-one in very perfect preservation, and a great many obelisks beautifully carved.
There are also many vitrified stones, as if the place had been destroyed by fire. How full of meaning Isaiah's words appeared to us (xix. 11, 12), “Surely the princes of Zoan
are fools." Where are they? We have no doubt that this is the very field of Zoan where God did his marvellous works upon Pharaoh and His people"-Psa. Lxxyiii. 12.
worth, and he achieved so much
for the loan
THE LATE BISHOP WILSON, OF CALCUTTA. BISHOP WILSON was a man of so much ham and Bisley, Surrey. From 1803
to 1812 he held the post of vicecause of God in India, that he deserves
principal or tutor of his hall, at the a notice in the pages of a Dissenting same time undertaking the ministerial magazine. In later years, moreover, charge of the small parish of Worton, his heart enlarged into a noble and Oxfordshire. In 1808, a wider sphere truly Christian liberality.
of duty opened itself to him ; for Dr. Daniel Wilson was the friend of in that year he was licensed as assistant Wilberforce and Simeon, and a person curate of St. John's Chapel, Bedford of note in his day. His father was a Row, Bloomsbury. In 1812, he resigned respectable silk manufacturer of the his college offices on becoming sole city of London, and it was in Church- minister of that chapel, which, during street, Spitalfields, that the future the twelve years of his incumbency, was bishop first saw the light. He was well known as the head-quarters of the born in 1778, and consequently at the Evangelical party in London. In 1824, time of his decease had entered on his he became vicar of St. Mary's, Islington, 80th year. He received his early edu- which parish was then, and still recation at St. Edmund's Hall, Oxford, mains, in the patronage of his family. which he entered in 1797, having taken In 1832, mainly through the influence his Bachelor's degree. He was a suc- of Lord Glenelg and his brother, the cessful competitor for the Chancellor's late Sir R. Grant, M.P., Mr. Wilson was prize for an English essay in 1803; the nominated to the important episcopal subject of his year was
“ Common see of Calcutta, with a diocese extendSense.” He was ordained in the year ing over the entire Presidency of 1801, when he became curate of Cob- Bengal, and exercising a quasi-metro