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or every fiftieth year, on the day of atonement, the trumpet was to sound. The inheritance that had been mortgaged, was to be restored freely at the Jubilee ; and the man who, by reason of the pressure of his circumstances, had been constrained to sell himself, should go out free at the Jubilee. The trumpet which thus proclaimed deliverence to those who were impoverished and enslaved, was indeed a joyful one. So blessed is the people that know the joyful sound, ever the gospel of salvation, through Jesus' blood! When sinners hear ibis sound, and be. take themselves to Jesus Christ, and understand his characters, and believe the report respecting Him, they are truly blessed!
They who thus know the sound of mercy, may be said to be blessed, in opposition to Heathens who never heard it, and in contradiction to formalists and hypocrites, who never have expe. ricnced its power and influence. Tney only who know the joyful sound, by being taught of God, and thus enabled to understand it, are really benefitted by it, because they feel its heavenly and cheering influence. What a deplorable condition must theirs be, who never heard of this salvation? The joyful sound never reached their ears, nor gladdened their hearts:they have been following after lying vanities, and groping in the dark, and perhaps knew it not. How sad also is their state, who are satisfied with names and forms, and remain destitute of the power of godliness! They grasp a shadow, but they lose the substance! But the peculiar, and distinguished blessedness of genuine believers, is here largely described ; let us consider it a little more attentively,
Their pleasing course is one part of their blesse Iness. “They shall walk, O Lord, in the light of thy countenance.” God, who at the first commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined into their hearts, to give them the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ Thus they know and feel the truth of the joyful sound : they enjoy the light of God's countenance in their journey Ilcavenward : they prize this, and ardently desire it; and it comforts and animates them in all their distresses and difficulties. The righteous Lord loveth righteousness; his countenance doth be. hold the upright. Oihers, who have never experienced the sweets of the divine favour, may say, Who will show us any good thing ?--but the saints will say, “Lord, lift thou upon us the light of thy countenance!” Careless walking, carnality of nind, and conformity to the world, will obscure or intercept these animating rays; but this is only to bring them to themselves, and lead them to God : --. and sensible of their loss, and humblei ci account of their iniquity, they go to Him sup. plicating forgiveness, and seeking renewed manifestations of his reconciled countenance. This leads them to cry, “Turn us again, O Lord Gud of hosts, cause thy face to shine, and we shall be saved!" Psal. lxxx. 19. While they enjoy this card
they shall never be totally deprived of it) they are truly blessed ; and their lot and their journey are rendered truly delightful. It may be mingled with intervals of obscurity or darkness ;--but at last, they shall bask beneath an unclouded sky, and an unsetting sun for ever. They who never heard the joyful sound, never hcard of that remedy which gives case to the conscience and safety to the soul: they go on trembling under the apprehensions of the frowns of their cruel deities : 'they remain in the dark, and never had their minds cheered with the smiles of Jehorah's favour. Those too, who rest in a mere profession, are strangers to this felicity, and are very well satisfied, if they can pacify their consciences, and please men. Vain refuge!
Another ingredient of their blessedness is their daily enjoyment, and continual satisfaction in God. “ In thy name shall they rejoice all the day.” The saints have daily cause of rejoicing in God. The Lord watches over them every moment, and daily loads them with his benefits. The name, or the perfections of God, are theirs ; — God is their portion and friend, --- his perfections are all on their side, united for their advantage, and displayed for their comfort. In all their ways they are under the protection and care of the Almighty. When they are involveri in distresses, engaged in duties, or contending with difficulties, they always recollect that they are under the inspection of the Most Iligh. They say, therefore, “ Thou God scest me.” In the midst of all their wants and weaknesses, it is the Lord wlio affords them what they need. They answer every unbelieving apprehension, hy saying, “ The Lord will provide. Jehovah Sebaoth being always with them, their habitation may be called Jehovah Shammah, the Lord is there. Here their joys may be mingled with sighs and with tears; - bat, at last, they shall olitain joy and gladness; and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.
"God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.'
.” Those who never hicard this joyful sound, never knew what real joy is. They quake for fear of unseen evils and unseen enemies, their life bangs in doubt from day to day, and they have no assurance of salvation. Those who have hcard, but understand not, -- seek joy in themselves, or the creature; but not in God; and seek gratification by recommending themselves, or by stigmatizing others.
The final advancement of the saints forms the crowning ingrodicat in their blessedness. “In thy righteousness shall they be exalted.” The joyful sound brought to their view Immanuel finishing transgression, making an end of sin, making reconcia Jiation for iniquity, and bringing in everlasting righteousness. They fled to this atonement, and, being arraved in this righteousness, they are justified and accepted. 'l'o the Lord they are indebted for their advancement :- they are complete, and thercfore none can cast ibem down. This robe introduces ihem in!n lle veil, lits them for appearing there, and exalts iímun ia
perfection of happiness before the throne on high. But tlost who have not heard the heavenly message, live without hope here, and at last sink into final despair. Those who have not felt the power of the truth, try to sow together fig-leaves of their own deeds or dutics, for a covering,mand in this expect to be exalted before God, as they are in their own eyes; but alas ! here is their sentence: “ Behold, all ye that kindle a fire, that compass yourselves about with sparks: walk in the light of your fire, and in the sparks that ye have kindled, this shall
have of mine hand, ye shall lie down in sorrow. What a portion! This is what they have to expect when they shall rise again, at last, to slame and everlasting con: tempt!
Let sinners be intreated to consider these things, and take warning, and consider that they cannot escapa if they continue unconverted; for justice and judyincnt are the habitation of God's throne.
converte:), and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingiloin of Heaven.” Unless you know this joyful sound, you lose all. But take encouragement also to apply to Jesus; bc will redeem and save you. You have sold yourselves for nought, and shall be redeemed without money. Seek this joy and happiness in Jesus. Falkland.
LIBERAL EDUCATION RECOMMENDED. Mr. Editor,
I OBSERVED, with peculiar satisfaction, some hints which one of your correspondents recently offered, relative to the formation of a Public Grammar School, for the Sons of Protestant Dissenters. Understanding that it is shortly to be established in the vicinity of the metropolis, I have embraced the opportunity of conversing with a few individuals who are more iminediately concerned in the project, that I might_more fully ascertain the pecific object of the intended institution.
In so enlightened an age as the present, nothing need be said on the general importance of the Education of Youth. All persons who are not sunk into gross ignorance, or fettered by barbarous prejuciice, acknowledge, thatschools are the nurseric: of the church and state. It is therefore of no small moment to whom the care of our children is intrusted, or what are those plans and principles upon which the characiers of the next generation are to be formed.
The remarks of Onesians on the study of languages, m.et viib my entire approbation; and though I do not wish to cast the byhtest reflection on those well-enalified tutors who privile over several of our seminariesyei ii is an undeniable faci, that, in 400 many of them, a very superficial regard is pead in die nudimental parts of classic instruction. The boys cu burtical
Urongh a number of books, that they may quickly arrive at those of high repute, and surprize their friends by an appearance of rapid proficiency, while they remain lamentably ignorant of the construction of those languages in which they are professediy tau, bt This is a serious evil; but it is sometimes associated with a worse,- I mean, the neglect of evangeliç and scriptural tuition. Even in some establishments, where the forms of religion are observer!, ihe peculiar sentiments of the gospel are not habitually ir pres ed on the ininds of the pupils, nor is there any spiritual V1 in the noblest oflice of the educational economy. An at:
A a broad scale, to lay the axe to the root of these im
sons, is surely desirable, and, under the blessing of God, noises extensive advantage to the rising youth.
One of the apostolic maxims is, “ Knowledge puffeth up." Ii dos so, when unsanctificd, and likewise, when it is light and cesuluory. We otien complain, and with justice too, that our young men berome pedantic and sceptical : but if these sciolisie were possessed of sound intelligence, both of a literary and moral kind, it would tend to correct their vanity and their
It is a paltry skill, which, aided by the corruption of the heart, enables them to discover frivolous objections to in. spired truth, and which is sanctioned only by feeble wits like 'themselves. I conceive, however, it is in a great measure owing to the di fective mode of education, to which I allude, that we have so large a class of those empty and profane babblers, for whom I can find no epithet too insignificant or contemptible.
The grand superiority then of this proposed school, is to consist in the scrupulous regard which is to be paid to religious principle. It is the earnest wish of those who are solicitous for its establishment, to find masters, who will not content themselves with imprinting upon the juvenile wind mere injunctions of dry morality, or cold degmas of speculation, but men, whose sentiments are purely evangelical, whose hearts have felt the power of vital godliness, and whose lives will be a constant source of instruction, enforcing their salutary lessons on the scholars whom they superintend. Longum iter est per præcepla, breve et efficar per exempla. An institution which unites the two great objects of solid learning and true piety, cannot require many arguments to be urged in favour of its support; and as we are encouraged to expect, that what a man sows, he shall also reap," I cannot but cherish a lively hope, that it will be instrumental in multiplying those characters, which shall prove like inestimable wheat a:nidst the chaff of the trifling, worldly. inindal, and erroneous.
I was going to add a few of my own reflections on the chief end of a beral and scriptural mode ot' education ;-but it o curs to my memory, that there is an excellent paragraph on the subjrct in Rollin's Belles Lettres, and which I shall transcribe :“ If we consult our rcason ever so little, it is easy to discern,
that the end which masters should have in view, is not barely to teach their scholars Greek and Latin, to make exercises and verses,--to charge their memory with facts and historical dates, -to draw up syllogisms in form,-or to trace lines and figures upon paper. These branches of learning are useful and valuable as means, but not as the end, when they conduct us to other things, and not when we stop at them; -- when they serve us as preparatives and instruments for better knowledge. The end of masters is, to habituate their scholars to serious application of mind, to make them love and value the sciences, and to cultivate in thein such a taste as shall make them thirst after them when they are gone from school; to point out the method of attaining them; to impress a sense of their use and value; and, by these means, to dispose them to the different employments to which it shall please God to call them. Besides this, to improve their Hiearts and understandings-to protect their innocerice,—to inspire them with principles of honour and probity,-to train them up to good habits,-to correct and subduc in them, by gentle means, the evil inclinations they may be observed to have, such as pride, insolence, an high opinion of theinselves, and a saucy vanity continually employed in lessening others; a blind sell-l ve, solely attentive to its own advantage; a spirit of raillery, which is pleased with offending and insulting others; an im pertinence and sloth, which render all the good qualities of the mind uscless.” I am, Sir, yours, &c. ADJUTOR.
GOOD EFFECTS OF DISTRIBUTING BIBLES
AND RELIGIOUS TRACTS. Mr. Editor,
I suppose most of your readers have learned that, in the maridate which the Emperor of the French transmitted to the Archbishop of Paris, to return thanks to God for the capture of Dantzic, he declared himself the Protector of the Roman Catholic R+ligion; and has craftily availed himself of some late political differences among onr:elves, to declare to Roman Catholics in general, that he considers the British government “as persecuting Their religion.” Now, as Bonaparte's sentiments become of increasing importance to us by his successes, my object, Mr. Editor, is, in few words, 'to excite the attention of Protestants, of every denomination, to sow the secd of God's word, by the prompt and liberal distribution of Bibles and Religious Tracts, * while it is called To-day, lest the night come upon them, when no mai can york.” I am one of those who apprehend the Protestants, as such, may yet be exposed to public persecution; and, therefore, wow may be the time to diffuse widely those books which may excile and keep alive in mens' hearts à love to the peculiarities of the Protestant Religion.