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vival,” said he to a small weekly, but , chariots of God are twenty thousand, tearful and praying company, who ear. even thousands of angels." (Ps. Ixviii.17.) nestly begged of God that he might “ God is gone up with a shout, the Lord witness it before he was removed from us. with the sound of a trumpet. Sing “Go on, go on praying thus-God will praises to God, sing praises, sing surely answer such petitions as these." praises to our King." (Compare with And now that he is indeed seen of us Acts i. 9.) no more, methinks I hear numbers in Faith in these historical facts is inour churches and congregations saying, dispensable. They are the basis on like Elijah, “Dear and honoured ser which our salvation rests, and point us vant of God, why leave us so suddenly to the finished work of Christ. and so soon? Will notour entreaties pre And are the extraordinary operations vail with you to stay with us a little of His Spirit less wonderful in the longer? If you have chidden and re- present day? proved us, it has always been in kind The preacher has lately visited the ness and love, for you loved us all as county of Antrim, in the north of your brethren and sisters. We needed Ireland, and seen many persons who your instructions and counsels, your have been stricken down and believed faithful warnings and reproofs. You in Jesus, and are still holding on their have more frequently edified and com way to Zion. Some few, as Dr. forted, than blamed us. You drew us McCosh has shown, have proved visionwith the cords of love and the bands aries--the counterwork of Satan. The of a man. Your voice to us was always twelve who beheld Jesus go up into pleasant, and you know well how to heaven on a luminous cloud were not play on that instrument. We will be of this class, any more than the five no longer slothful, remiss in prayer, and hundred brethren who at one time saw negligent of our own salvation and that Him after His resurrection, and were of others. Do come and speak to us witnesses of the fact. If every person again. Come and tell us the results of who has lately been the subject of your increased knowledge and expe physical prostration had seen, as Saul rience of the glories of the heavenly of Tarsus did, a light from heaven world. Do come back and preach to us shining around him, and heard superonce more, and we will be negligent, natural voices, it would have unhinged careless, and trifling no longer. My the business of life, and stopped at father! my father. The chariot of once all the affairs of commerce; but Israel and the horsemen thereof !”. when it has been followed with a cry
II. The dismission of great and good like his, “Lord, what wilt thou have men from the world is, under all circum me to do?" there can be no uncertainty stances, glorious and triumphant.
in the matter. That is the work of Many good men have left this world the Holy Spirit. But these spiritual under circumstances of outward and realities are not believed, because men apparent disgrace. The mockery ad see them not with the naked eye, and dressed to Elisha, “ Go up, thou bald cannot receive them because they refer head!" is only a specimen of the world's to a spiritual state, of which they know infidel malice. They who gnashed on nothing, and therefore they are rejected Stephen with their teeth, beheld not, as and despised. They can no more he did, the heavens opened, and Jesus understand how Elijah's physical and standing at the right hand of God. corporeal nature should at once be (Acts vii.) Elisha, in this respect, was transformed into a spiritual body and favoured above the disciples of Jesus, fitted for heavenly society, than they for he not only saw his master, but can comprehend the new birth, and living creatures as horses of fire, or the nature of that inward, spiritual; like the cherubim and seraphim, convey vital, and mighty change, which we him away. It would have been too must all experience before we can much for mortal sight to bear. The enjoy the company of good men and senses of the disciples would have been enter the kingdom of God. This overpowered had they seen the glorious mysterious truth, the conversion of the phalanx of angels that accompanied soul to God, was the constant theme of Jesus to heaven! The figurative lan our departed friend's ministry; and it guage of the text must refer to angelic is this which can alone give vitality to agency, and be taken in connexion the church, and inspire with hope the with other passages of Scripture. “ The | dying believer. “And if Christ be in
you, the body is dead because of sin, 1 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 emi. you, 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 only peep 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 in. tion 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 Carr'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 | such as may be persecuted and neg. calamity, for in him every one found a lected by mankind-however deserted, benefactor-the ignorant man an in tempted, and afflicted, take heart. You structor, the poor man a helper, the are not overlooked by your sympathiafflicted a comforter, and all in him a sing Lord and Saviour. The angels of wise and judicious counsellor ; and God, as His servants, are still watching still, for almost every important class over you, and even now, unseen, of society, there will be found in his strengthen you on the journey to the writings the best possible advice. The mount of God. "Are they not all Young Man and Woman will find a ministering spirits, sent forth to minister Friend and a Guide to Immortality. to them that are heirs of salvation."" “ The anxious Inquirer" will not be left (Heb. i. 14.) “For we are not come in ignorance of the way of salvation. to the mount that might be touched and The parent will be taught by the that burned with fire, but unto Mount “ Family Monitor.” The student will Zion, and unto the city of the living benefit by Pastoral Sketches, and an God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an Earnest Ministry the Want of the Times. innumerable company of angels, and to The widow will be directed to the God the Judge of all, and to the spirits widow's God. The church-member of just men made perfect.”—Heb. xii. will be guided to a consistent and holy 18–23. profession. The young man will be While we glorify God in our departed guarded against the temptations he friend for the gifts and graces bestowed will meet with when far from home; and on him, let us follow after, and seek the experienced believer cheered in his also, as far as is attainable, to be walk and course along the pathway of morally and spiritually great-great in faith, hope, and charity. And so long our desires for more large-heartedness
and faith and zeal for God-great in and the spiritual wants of the world our repentance for the wrongs and are inquired after, the “ Voice for China" miseries of a lost and ruined world, for will be heard, and the Committees of which the proud and selfish have no our Bible, Missionary, and Tract tears—and great in our charity towards Societies, who paid, in their deputa- | all men, that the spirit of Christian tions, the last token of respect to his missions may be sustained among us, mortal remains, will refer to his urgent that God, in answer to prayer, may appeals for help, and point to the pour ont upon us a plentiful supply of vigorous and successful efforts he put His Spirit, revive religion in our land, forth towards the attainment of this and hasten speedily the predicted noble object.
thousand years of blessedness spoken of Let the humble, poor, and afflicted, in the Apocalypse.
CHRIST OUR PASSOVER.
nourished and refreshed by my grace, as your "But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth
bodies are by the bread and wine."-Lectures of this fruit of the vine until that day when I on Matthew. drink it new with you in my Father's king
dom.”-MATT. xxvi. 21. On this passage Bishop Porteous observes,
FIGHTING WITH BEASTS. “The meaning is, this is the last time that “If, speaking after the manner of men, I have this supper shall be a representation of the fought with beasts at Ephesus, what advanpassover. It shall hereafter take a new sig
tageth it me if the dead rise not?'' _l Cor. nification. When my kingdom (that is, my
xv. 32. religion) is fully confirmed and established by IGNATIUS, in his epistle to the Romans, written my rising from the dead, this supper shall be before his martyrdom, in his journey from the memorial of a more noble sacrifice. The Antioch to Rome, about the year 107, says, passover, which was a type of the redemption " I fight with beasts from Syria even to Rome, to be wrought by me, shall be fulfilled and by land and by sea, by night and by day, completed by my death and resurrection. being bound to ten leopards, that is, à troop of The shadow passes away; the substance takes soldiers, who are even worse when receiving place; and when you eat this supper in a kindness : but I am the better instructed by remembrance of me, there will I be virtually | their ill-treatment-yet am I not justified on present amongst you; and your souls shall be | 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 methe 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.
“And 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, shalí 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 hopeHe was 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 gonesome 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 Patbros 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. Ixxyiii. 12.
THE LATE BISHOP WILSON, OF CALCUTTA. BISHOP WILSON was a man of so much | ham and Bisley, Surrey. From 1803 worth, and he achieved so much for the | to 1812 he held the post of vicecause of God in India, that he deserves principal or tutor of his hall, at the & 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