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-all that you see of progress will be a must be efficient workmen. Ignorant, delight to you, and this feeling will lessen inattentive, lazy, unfaithful, or indifferent your labour. If teaching the young, it workmen will mar and ruin all. Let it will help you to bear with the dulness, be your fixed resolve, 'whatever I may the obstinacy, the frivolity, and the care- be allowed and enabled to do this year, I lessness, which you may see in some of will pray for wisdom, energy, and perthem, and induce you to use the best severance, that I may be efficient in my efforts you can to impart instruction to calling and my sphere.'"-Anon. them, and to fasten it on their minds. In
XIV. every work of usefulness, then, delight in How imperfect is our present condition ! your work.”—T. S. Guyer.
What is the body now, but a dormitory XII.
for the soul to sleep in, rather than a " How useful,” remarked Lady Wort- mansion in which it may live? What is les Montague, “is early experience ! our present state, but a kind of night without it, half of life is dissipated in scene ? Much of our life now, in the correeting the errors that we have been view of angels, must be judged as vain taught to receive as indisputable truths." and unmeaning as dreams, and will apEvery year our experience of what is pear to ourselves hereafter like the vagaexcellent and valuable should be enlarg- ries of sleep. Nothing reviewed from ing, and it should be our solicitude and eternity will be deemed solid and truly prayer that all may be improved, wisely valuable, but what has been connected applied, and Divinely sanctified.
with the service and enjoyment of God. XIII.
XV. * Are you a teacher, a minister, an “My religion," observed a great man, agent in any holy and important service ? “not only mounts up with wings as then be an efficient workman. Nothing the eagle, but, like that noble bird, seeks will compensate the loss of efficiency. the sun.” Let that be the motto and the That any organization may accomplish its ruling sentiment of every Christian proposed results, no matter whether it reader during the current year, and every relate to a manufactory, a valuable in. succeeding one. stitution secular or religious — there Witney.
Pages for the Little Ones.
not? But, Miss Minton, how can Jesus, ARE you, my little friends, tired of em- so kind, so good, be like a cruel, savage blems? If not, get your Bibles and turn
lion ?" to Rev. v. 5, and we will tell you what “You are not right to call the lion a Miss Minton, Mary Jane, and Bertie cruel creature, my dear Mary Jane. I found there to talk about.
have read, and I believe it is true, that “Two emblems here, I think,” said while the tiger will kill everything that Mary Jane; “which shall we have this comes in its way, the lion rarely kills morning, Miss Minton?"
unless he is hungry; and that is not “Oh, the Lion! the Lion !” said being cruel. Then remember, when we Bertie. “ Please, let us have the Lion.” use an emblem, the person or thing to
“Yes, we will take the Lion, because which it is likened will not be like it in it forms such a beautiful contrast to the every point; and if we try to find out last emblem we had."
more points of resemblance than there “Ah, I remember!" said Mary Jane; really are, we spoil the emblem. For " that was the Lamb, and a contrast | instance, we might say your dear grandmeans just the very opposite, does it papa's hair is like snow, it is so beautifully white; but there is no other point | My Saviour like a lion! I can fancy of resemblance. Supposing the lion to the poor slave repeating this name, and be cruel ; we know Jesus was never loving it almost better than any other. cruel, so that would be a point of con- But there is a slavery of the soul as trast instead of resemblance."
well as of the body. A slave is one “Oh, I know something !" said Bertie. who cannot do what he wishes, because “ We read in · Pleasant Pages' the other he is not his own master ; and many a day, that the lion is so strong, he can | little English child says sorrowfully, “I carry off a big buffalo quite easily : can't be good.' No, you can't, by yourand Christ is strong.
So there's a self. You are a poor little slave to bad point of resemblance-isn't there, Miss habits and naughty tempers; but Jesus Minton?”
is strong and able to help you. He is “Yes, my boy. Now, who can tell me the Lion of the tribe of Judah.'" a name given to Christ, which shows “But why does it say of the tribe of that He is strong stronger than any Judah,' Miss Minton?" man or angel ever could be. It was - In Heb. vii. 14 we read, Our Lord given him by Isaiah."
sprang out of Judah ;' that is, was “Before he came into this world, descended from Judak. You surely have then?"
not forgotten that Judah is the name of “ Yes."
one of the twelve sons of Jacob, the “We don't remember ; please will you grandson of Abraham; and you know tell us in which chapter, that we may God promised Abraham, that in his seed find it?"
(or children) should all the nations of “ Isaiah ix. 6."
the earth be blessed. To show how this “Oh, here it is! The Mighty God.' promise was fulfilled by the birth of Jesus is like a lion, for He is strong." Christ, we have that long list of names
' And, Miss Minton, did they not call in the first chapter of Matthew, which King Richard the lion-hearted' because looks so hard and uninteresting to a he was so brave?"
child." “They did ; and when you can read “I have often wondered what those the old poets of Greece and Rome, as I hard names meant. Shall we read hope you and Bertie both may some day, them?" you will find that they delighted to call “ The second verse will be sufficient their bravest soldiers lion-like men.” for our purpose this morning. Now
“I begin to think this is a beautiful let us think again about the name lion. emblem after all, though at first I did You have, perhaps, heard the lion not like it."
called the king of the forest,' and you “Ah! my child, this blessed book of know that a lion is part of the royal God is not only for little English children arms of England. When great King in their happy homes, but for the wide Solomon would make to himself a world. Amongst others, for poor down. glorious throne, such as no other king trodden negroes, like Uncle Tom, far had ever sat upon, we read in 1 Kings X., away in a land of strangers, who feel The throne had six steps, and twelve they cannot help themselves, and have lions stood there on the one side and on no one on earth to care for them. Per- the other upon the six steps.'” haps they remember when they were "I remember now," said Bertie, little children the fearful roar of the lion "when papa and mamma took us to see in dear old Africa. They may have seen the wild beasts, there was a lion, such a him run off with a calf as easily as a cat fine fellow, marching up and down, as with a mouse. They cannot read, but though he cared for nobody ; and papa they have heard somewhere that Jesus, the said, "Look, is he not every inch a tender, loving Saviour, is called a lion ; king?' and I heard mamma whisper, and they will rejoice to think that some The lion of the tribe of Judah.' I one strong and brave cares for them. wondered what it meant, but now I know it all: Jesus is a King. That is know too much, and then they would not it, is it not ?"
mind him." ** Yes, Bertie, that is it. In Rev. · Yes, that was it. About this time xix. 16, He is called the King of kings, there reigned in England a bad man, because no one, not even a king, may who was a strong king, and in some make new laws for Him, or alter the respects a good one too. He quarrelled laws He has made."
with the Pope, and then he made a law “But when He was on earth, we do that Bibles should be placed in all the Dot read that He lived in a palace or churches, chained to the desk, so that Fore a crown, except when the soldier no one might carry them away, but mocked Him."
any one who wished might come and “No; He said to Pilate, My kingdom read." is not of this world.' He came not to " That was a good thing." sit on an earthly throne, and have people “ Yes ; but he had not read the Bible bend their knees before Him, but to enough himself to find out that Christ reign in our hearts, and have our wills only was the King of souls—that he bent to His. He came to tell us what we was King of kings. So when he had are to do to please God on earth, and thrown the Pope overboard he set to how we may be made fit to live with work to tell his people what they should Him in heaven. We cannot see God, believe. Many who had been reading we cannot see heaven; we can only the Holy Book with earnest thought and believe what we are told about them. prayer, grew wiser than the king, and Now who can tell us about them: As having learned Christ's laws, said, “These Jesus said to Nicodemus, •No man hath we must keep, and obey the king in those seended up to heaven but He that came things only that have to do with this down from heaven, even the Son of world.' For many and many a year in man ;' so He only can tell us the truth our own old England, those who spoke about God and heaven. He only can tell and acted in this way were called wicked Is what we should believe. He only is people, and put in filthy prisons, or the King of souls. When you are older, burned to death. and read of all that has happened from “Dark and dismal were the days the time that Jesus was on earth until when kings and queens like Henry VIII. now, you will find what sad sorrow has would interfere with the laws of Christ. come into the world because so many Think what confusion there would be. people have forgotten that Christ is the Perhaps some poor old grandfather who only King of souls. You have heard of had never been taught to read would the Pope. Well, there was a time when say, 'Ah! well, I don't know about these little children in England were taught new things. My father and ther told that he was king of their souls; that me always to mind what the Pope said, whatever he gave them leave to do, they to pray to the Virgin Mary and all the might do, whether it were good or bad. saints, and when the priest lifted up the If bad men wanted to steal or kill, they bread to fall down on my knees and worwould ask leave of the Pope, or one of ship it, because it was really changed his servants, the priests; and they would into the body of our blessed Lord. I say, 'If you give half of the money you shan't listen to any of these new teachget to the Pope, you may.'”
ings.' Then he would grow angry with "But could not people read the Bible, his son who had read the Scriptures, and and learn better?"
did not believe these things, and bid him “Before printing was invented, Bibles begone and never enter his house again. cost so much that very few could have Perhaps some one would go and tell the them; and when they were printed and magistrate, and the old man would be put getting cheaper, the Pope said only priests in prison for speaking against the laws might read them.”
of the king. Before many years there "I see ; he thought the people would would be another ruler, who would have
all go back to the old way again; so that am glad I live in the days of good Queen the poor ignorant people hardly knew Victoria, and that we have Bibles to what to do.
read for ourselves." “Now, happily, we have the Bible to “ May we sing our hymn, "We won't read for ourselves, and there we learn give up the Bible?" that Christ is our King, and if we obey Him we must be right. Besides, Queen Our little readers will find this favour. Victoria is far too wise and good ever to ite hymn in “The Child's own Hynin interfere with our obedience to Christ. I Book."
“ You may."
Evangelism among the Jews. DURING the November afternoons,
of old time God himself gave them, prewhen the stream of visitors came away
served in the sacred letters. from the Exhibition by gaslight, the And this one word ISRAEL was enough. eyes of many thousands were attracted, Without coat of arms or banner, or name as they poured forth from the eastern of fatherland, it caught the eyes and entrance, by a pretty little erection which hearts of the scattered ones, and drew had been on the same spot ever since the them to the spot. No less than two thou1st of May, but had never been so much sand Jews, from almost every part of the noticed as now that it was fronted with a world, called at the Hebrew division of brilliant illumination. There was a mys- the Bible-stand, and asked for copies of tery about it, which occasioned many
the Word of Life. A large number of inquiries and speculations; and some them, on being informed that the books who did not take the trouble to ascertain were not sold, but freely given away, its real nature, passed it with the vague expressed themselves as unwilling to idea that it was one of the ever new receive them without making some recontrivances for puffing and selling. A turn, and accordingly deposited in the little observation, however, convinced offering-box contributions which assisted one that something worthy of a closer
the work of love. It was pleasing to inspection was going forward ; and as think how God was, by this means, soon as the eye had time to take in the employing this extraordinary people as inscriptions on the front, the matter be- missionary agents.
Jews from every came satisfactorily explained.
European territory, as well as
from In seven different languages were Palestine—from Africa, Australia, India, printed the words : “ Believe on the and even from China-took away porLord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be tions, and in many cases the whole of saved.” Beneath each quotation of this the New Testament, and by this time hare passage was the name of the country in conveyed them to regions where probably whose language it was rendered, and no ordinary missionary has penetrated, above it the flag and arms of the particu- but where the interests of commerce give lar nation. In the centre was old Eng- the ubiquitous Israelite facility of access. land, and on either side of the land of It may interest our readers to know, Bibles were France, Germany, Sweden, that while the Bible-stand was originated Italy, Spain--and then, over the com- and sustained by the private liberality of partment furthest on England's right, a few noble-hearted Christian men, who there was a blank, and above that the thus availed themselves of the InternaHebrew word " Israel," with the Gospel tional concourse to circulate gratuitously, promise in Jewish characters. Israel has in seven languages, three millions of no country; and in the gathering of the copies of the books of the New Testanations, the most ancient of them all ment, the distributor in the Hebrew could only be known by the name which department was
a missionary of the
** Brit sh Society for the Propagation of missionary schoolmaster in Wallachia, the Gospel among the Jews,” who by this whose young Jewish scholars have for means found an opportunity of spi- several months carried on a monthly ritual conversation with multitudes of "Missionary Concert," at which they his brethren. With many of them he give their offerings, in a box consecrated had repeated interviews; and he has to the object, towards the evangelization good hope that not a few have been led of the heathen. to embrace the truth as it is in Jesus. Those who have concerned themselres
This is one of the several ways in with the affairs of Italy, will also have which the above society has recently noticed that a most important work is extended its operations, and no one who being done among the Jews of that has observed its useful course of labour country. In Leghorn they have welcan help rejoicing in its success. comed the missionary, and it seems that
Among its newest agencies is one he not only has access to them in their which may well command special sym- | dwellings and in the synagogues, but in pathy, viz., a Female Mission to the his own house, where many constantly Jezesaes. The Jewish mothers and visit him; and large congregations are danghters have been sadly neglected, now assembling every week, sometimes and it is time that Christian women twice or thrice, to hear the public preachconcerned themselves as to what be- ing of the Gospel, specially addressed comes of their Jewish sisters when they to them. We congratulate the British part from the world, where no one has Society on the blessing with which God cared for their souls, to the awful reali- has crowned their Italian mission, and ties of eternity. Alas ! for these children only regret that we have not space for ef the race whose Marys and Marthas, further reference to the fields of labour "and Joanna and Susanna, and many occupied by their twenty-five missionothers ministered unto Him with their aries. It has gratified us occasionally to substance." Alas! that they should be hcar of the admission of converts, under permitted to grow up from infancy to its auspices, into various metropolitan womanhood without even hearing of churches ; and it was a truly animating Jesus, except when His name is blas- and affecting scene when, a few weeks phemed, and to pass away from us with ago, a densely crowded congregation out a ray of light in their last hour! It assembled in Finsbury Chapel, to hear is a relief to know that some one is caring a solemn confession of Christ from the for them; and we can only say we wish lips of a son of Abraham, who declared the society may be enabled to employ himself a follower of Abraham's faith. not merely one solitary Christian woman We cannot, however, conclude this among the thousands of Jewesses living brief notice without expressing the within our own neighbourhoods, but a deepest regret that, according to statesufficient number to reach every Jewish ments in the Jewish Herald, of last sister to whom access can be gained. It month, the society is in difficulties for will be a blessed day for Israel when want of funds. It appears that the enthat most beautiful of all forms of in. largement of the mission agencies in fluence—the hallowed power of pious Palestine, on the Continent, in Italy, motherhood-comes to be established and in London, during the last three among them.
years, has entailed so much unforeseen Another interesting branch of Evan- expense, that the committee are now on gelie effort among the Jews is found in the eye of withdrawing some of their the Christian schools, maintained in missionaries, unless a liberal and imregions where the Jews have none of mediate augmentation of the income can their own. It is delightful to witness be obtained. It is to be hoped that the the effect of the Gospel on the hearts of challenge of the treasurer--who offers children, and we recently observed a an additional £10 for every £100 specially pleasing proof of this in a letter from a contributed in this emergency--will meet