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great wonders and miracles among the 4. How Stephen died.-In that dread. people.” We cannot do that, nor is it ful hour, how did Stephen feel? Was now needed; but may we get“ power” he angry at these wicked enemies of with God? Yes. May we be “full his ? No, he prayed for them, that of faith?” Yes. May we be “full of God would forgive them for their evil the Holy Ghost ? ” Yes, even that also; to him. Was he in terror at the pain for Jesus has said that the Spirit shall of the stoning, or at the fear of death ? dwell in them that love Him and keep No; he said, “ Lord Jesus, receive my His words. How this can be we may spirit,” and “ fell asleep.” So calmly not know; but we may know and feel and peacefully did he die. Would that it is so.
you wish so to live and to die? Then 2. Why men hated him.--Stephen you must love and serve the Lord worked with all his might for the Lord Jesus as he did. The friends of Stephen Jesus; many believed what he said, were full of sorrow at his death. But and became servants and disciples of as they “carried him to his burial," Jesus. But many evil men rose up they thought of his wisdom, and his against him, and“ disputed
faith, and his love to Jesus and to all saying what he said was not true. But men, and prayed and strove that they “they were not able to resist the wis- might be like him. dom and the spirit by which he spake.” How came he to have this wisdom ? RevisioN.-Who was Stephen ? What sort This made these bad men angry, and
of man was he? Why did people hate him?
Why did they put him to death? How did they “stirred up the people” against they do this? What is said of his death? him. This is how the enemies of For whom did he pray? How may wo be like
him? Jesus have ever done; when they could not resist the truth, they have tried to destroy those who spake it. But could
March 15.--Seeking for the Truth. they destroy the truth? No, that can never perish. Still these men seized
ACTS viii. 30: “ Understandest thou what
thou readest?" Stephen, and took him, a prisoner, before the rulers. They charged him 1. Philip's errand.-Philip was with doing what was wrong. But he servant of the Lord Jesus. Of whom feared not. Why was this? Because did our last Lesson tell us? The great he knew he was doing right, and that work of the Apostles was to teach others God was with him.
what they had learned of Christ. Who 3. Before the High Priest.–The set them their work? Who fitted High Priest asked Stephen whether them for it? One day," the angel of what they said was true. He then the Lord” bade Philip go a long told them what the Lord had done for journey from Jerusalem to the desert their nation in long years past; how land which lay on the way to Egypt. they had lived in Egypt, and how God “ He arose and went,” not knowing had taken them out, and all that He why, nor asking questions, but just had done by Moses in the long journey doing his Master's will. When he to Canaan, and of what happened there. got there, he saw a stranger travelling Then he told them of the coming of towards Egypt. He was not alone, Jesus, and of their sin in putting Him and Philip could see at once he was to death. “When they heard these not a poor man. He was “sitting in things, they were cut to the heart," his chariot;" servants were about him, and looked upon him with fury. But and his dress and manner showed him he feared not even for this, and God to be great in wealth and power. Who helped him in a strange and wonderful was this stranger? An officer of the way. For he “looked up.. into heaven, great Queen of Ethiopia. Let us see and saw the glory of God, and Jesus now where he had been, and what he standing” there. And he said, “ Be- was doing. hold, I see the heavens opened, and the 2. Looking for Jesus.—This officer Son of Man standing on the right had come from Ethiopia up to Jerusalem hand of God. Then they cried out “ to worship.” It was a long journey with a loud voice,..and ran upon him, to take for this purpose. And he did ..and cast him out of the city, and not know much about the God Whom stoned him” to death!
he had come to worship. But he
a BIBLE-LESSONS FOR INFANT-CLASSES.
sought to know more. And God, Who March 22.-A Stone with a Name. had seen him, and Who knew all that 1 SAMUEL vii. 12: “Hitherto hath the Lord was in his heart, now bade Philip “go helped us.” near and join” him. Philip ran till he 1. How the ark was lost.–The people overtook the chariot, and found him of Israel had been in great trouble. reading the Scriptures. This was a
This was because they had sinned blessed way of passing the time on his greatly. Sin ever brings trouble. The journey. Philip heard him as he read Philistines, their fierce enemies, had aloud out of the Prophet Isaiah, and come upon them, spoiled them of their he said to him, “ Understandest thou goods, and killed many of them, and, what thou readest?' It is easy to
worst of all, they had taken away read when once we have learned, but " the ark of the Lord.” This was a who shall teach us to understand what great grief to them. But in time they we read ? He only Who bade Philip sent it back to the Israelites, for God go to this man. The officer said, would not allow it to remain long from · How can I, except some man should His people. They were so glad to guide me?” And he asked Philip to have it, that they forgot how sacred a
come up and sit with him” in his thing it was, and “they looked into" chariot.
it, as though it were not “the ark of 3. Finding the Saviour.-So they the Lord.” For this God's anger was read together of One Who was led as raised against them, and many of the a sheep to the slaughter,” Who was to people died. They had lost the fear die a painful death; and the stranger of the Lord, and forgot His command, asked Philip of Whom the prophet that the priests only should deal with spake this. Then Philip preached the ark. Now they feared very much, unto him Jesus.” For it was of Jesus and were even afraid to bring the ark the Scripture spoke, though the man up to its place. It was left in Kirjathknew it not. God helped him now to jearim for many years in the house of understand. His heart was opened, a good man, whom the Lord greatly and he earnestly wished to become a blessed. servant and follower of Christ. The 2. How it was restored.—The people outward sign or mark of this was “ to often longed to get the ark put again be baptized.” So he asked Philip to into its own place. For it was the baptize him. Philip told him this sign of God's presence with them. might be if he believed in Jesus with And they all “lamented after the all his heart. And he said, “I believe, Lord.” But why had the Lord that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.” departed from them?
Because they So they went down into the water, had done evil in His sight. We can. and he was baptized. And after they
not look for God's blessing upon us, were come out of the water, “the if we keep not His word. Samuel Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip.” knew this, and he told them if they So he “saw him no more,” but “he wished the presence and help and went on his way rejoicing.” Why did blessing of God, they must put away he rejoice ? Because he had given his evil from amongst them, and turn to heart to Jesus. But why did this give Him with all their heart. They did him joy? Because it made him feel this, and Samuel bade the people safe and happy. The love of Jesus gather together to Mizpeh, and he does this for every one who has it. would pray to the Lord to return to Would you wish to get it? Seek it as their help. They greatly noeded this, the eunuch sought it, and the Spirit for their enemies the Philistines were of God will guide you to it.
pressing sore against them.
3. The cry, and the answer. - The REVISION.- Where was Philip sent? Whom did he see? What was he doing? What
people came together as Samuel bade question did Philip ask? What was the them in great numbers, and fasted and answer? How did he find what he sought? prayed, and worshipped the Lord. Why was he baptized ? What did he say of
While they were doing this, the Jesus? What difference did it make to him? Why did he rejoice?
Philistines came up fierce and strong against them, for they had heard that the Israelites were all gathered there. When the men of Israel knew it, they
were very much afraid, for they were not strong enough to drive the Phil. istines back. What could they do? They said to Samuel, “ Cry unto the Lord our God for us, that He will save us out of the hand of the Philistines.” It might have been better for them if they could have prayed for themselves, but it was indeed well to have Samuel to pray for them; " and Samuel cried unto the Lord for Israel; and the Lord heard him." For while he prayed, “the Lord thundered.... upon the Philistines,.. and they were smitten before Israel.” Are we in trouble ? Let us pray. Do we need One to pray for us? We have a Greater than Samuel. Who is He?
4. The sign of God's mercy.—Samuel did not wish to let this great mercy pass without something to keep it in mind. So he “took a stone, and set it” up in the place, and “called the name of it Eben-ezer, saying, Hitherto hath the Lord helped us. This was what the name meant. There it stood, with its wonderful name. And in years after, the stone and the name brought to the mind of the people who saw it, how great and how many the mercies of the Lord had been to them, and thus put hope and courage and comfort in the hearts of those who feared Him. Has the Lord helped 28? Let us think and speak of it, and make it known to others.
to death. Then, too, Saul of Tarsus rose against them, and his hatred seemed worst of all. He went from house to house, dragging forth men and women, and casting them into prison. To save themselves, these friends and servants of the Lord Jesus went forth from their homes, and were “scattered abroad.” Still they ceased not to love their Master; nothing could take His love from their hearts. Had He not forgotten them ? Did He see and care for the harm which befell them ? Yes, and now after the days of trouble came,
2. A time of rest.–First, Saul was changed. How was he changed? The Lord turned his heart. So that from hating Jesus, he began to love and serve Him. This was a great wonder to all who knew him. None but God could have done this. He was just in the midst of his cruel and evil work, on his way to do greater wrong than ever to the people of God, when a great light from heaven shone upon him, and the voice of Jesus came to him, and he saw in a moment how wrong his life had been. He prayed to the Lord Whom he had hated, and sought forgiveness of his sin.
Did Jesus forgive him. Yes, He never refuses a prayer like that. Saul's heart was changed; he became the great apostle Paul, and preached the faith which he had tried
to destroy. Other enemies ceased their wicked and cruel ways, and so the disciples of Jesus had rest.
3. How these people lived. They walked in “ the fear of the Lord.” They thought of Him at all times, and sought to do only what would please Him; they spoke of Him, spreading the knowledge of his Word and of His Gospel; their fear of Him kept them from evil ways; and thus they walked in “the comfort of the Holy Ghost.” There are many ways and means in which men seek comfort ; the comfort of health, the pleasure which riches may bring to the homes and the senses of men. Yet these may all be had, and no true comfort with them. Where is it that comfort must be felt? In the heart only. If there be no peace there, there is no comfort. But the comfort of the Holy Ghost brings joy and peace to the heart, which nothing can destroy. He will
REVISION.-Why did God allow the Philis tines to take the ark? How did the Israelites get it back? Why did they want it? What did Samuel tell them to do? How did the Lord help them ? How did Samuel keep it in mind ? What did he call the stone? What does the name mean?
March 29.-About True Comfort. Acts ix. 31 : “Walking in the fear of the Lord, and in the comfort of the Holy Ghost.”
1. A time of trouble.-Do you remember our Lesson about Stephen ? That told us how a good man died; today we are to learn how good men lived. They had passed through much trouble, yet out of all the Lord had brought them, and now they were “in comfort." In the days of trouble, rulers had set themselves against them, men spoke ill of them, they were put in prison, beaten, and hurt in many ways, and one of them was even stoned
give this comfort to you, if you
walk in His fear. Will you not seek this great blessing ?
REVISION.-What trouble did the servants
of Jesus suffer? Who made the trouble worse? How was Saul changed? How did rest come? How did they then live? What comfort does the Holy Ghost give? How may this comfort be got ?
removed her from a world of sin and SPOTLAND - ROAD, ROCHDALE,
sorrow, and took her to the mansions LANCASHIRE,
above. ALICE ANN BRADBURY was born in a During her sickness she was very calm humble but tidy little cottage in
and reserved; but when spoken to by Spotland-road, on the 9th of March, any of her friends, she would express a 1860. She was blessed with parents who longing desire to be with Jesus. The were ready at every point to do anything scholars, teachers, and friends with that lay in their power for the good of whom she had been accustomed to their child. At about the age of four mingle, would often visit her, and sing she was sent to a Methodist Sunday- for her some beautiful hymn. On one school situated in Spotland, about a
occasion she requested that they should mile from the place where she lived. sing the hymn beginning, While she remained in the school she
“I want to be an angel." was very regular in her attendance, and
Whilst it was being sung, she was paid great attention to her teacher's
observed to be absorbed in prayer. instructions. At about the age of nine
After the hymn was finished, her she sustained the loss of her affectionate
teacher asked her if she loved Jesus, to father. She being the oldest of three
which she answered, “Yes;” adding, that children, was sent at that early age to
she was going to Him in heaven, and barn her own livelihood in the mill.
that she should see in heaven her late But she had a good mother, who took
teacher, Miss Gregson, who a few months great interest in her welfare.
before had passed away.
She often At the death of her father she was
made mention of this dearly-beloved removed from the school at Spotland,
teacher. Whilst prayer was made at her and joined the Wesleyan-Methodist
request, many of her schoolmates wept Sunday-school, Cinnamon-street, Spot
bitterly. land-road, it having been just opened,
One of the hymns to which she was and much nearer to her home. She was
much attached, and would often have very attentive to herteacher,and appeared
sung to her, was, to have a longing desire to obtain all the
“Jesu, Lover of my soul,” etc. knowledge she could about her blessed Saviour. Whenever her teacher was During her affliction she fully mani. speaking about Jesus and His sufferings, fested the Christian's calmness, and tears of gratitude might have been seen seemed quite ready for her dear Saviour's to trickle down her cheeks.
call, Come up hither. The night but one She was a lovely, bright-eyed girl, and before she passed away, one of the seemed almost too good to breathe amid teachers visited her, but she was too weak the wickedness with which she was daily to speak, and could only just muster surrounded.
strength enough to ask the teacher to At the early age of twelve, her pray with her. May God grant that Heavenly Father saw fit in His all-wise her fellow scholars may take her as an providence to lay her on & bed of example, and try to meet her in heaven! affliction, on which she remained some
J. W. BELLARBY.
were very much afraid, for they were not strong enough to drive the Phil. istines back. What could they do ? They said to Samuel, “ Cry unto the Lord our God for us, that He will save us out of the hand of the Philistines.” It might have been better for them if they could have prayed for themselves, but it was indeed well to have Samuel to pray for them; “and Samuel cried unto the Lord for Israel ; and the Lord heard him.” For while he prayed, “ the Lord thundered.... upon the Philistines,.. and they were smitten before Israel.” Are we in trouble ? Let us pray. Do we need One to pray for us? We have a Greater than Samuel. Who is He?
to death. Then, too, Saul of Tarsus rose against them, and his hatred seemed worst of all. He went from house to house, dragging forth men and women, and casting them into prison. To save themselves, these friends and servants of the Lord Jesus went forth from their homes, and were “scattered abroad." Still they ceased not to love their Master; nothing could take His love from their hearts. Had He not forgotten them? Did He see and care for the harm which befell them ? Yes, and now after the days of trouble came,
2. A time of rest.–First, Saul was changed. How was he changed? The Lord turned his heart. So that from hating Jesus, he began to love and serve Him. This was a great wonder to all who knew him. None but Gu: could have done this. He was just the midst of his cruel and evil war on his way to do greater wrong the ever to the people of God, when great light from heaven shone : him, and the voice of Jesus ca. him, and he saw in a momen wrong his life had been. Il to the Lord Whom he had ) sought forgiveness of his Jesus forgive him. Yes. refuses a prayer like that. was changed; he beca apostle Paul, and prea which he had tried to enemies ceased their ways, and so the dis rest.
3. How these walked in “th They thought sought to do Him; they the knowl His Gost them fro walked Ghost mea the
4. The sign of God's mercy.-Samuel did not wish to let this great mercy pass without something to keep it in mind. So he “took a stone, and set it” up in the place, and “called the name of it Eben-ezer, saying, Hitherto hath the Lord helped us. This was what the name meant. There it stood, with its wonderful name. And in years after, the stone and the name brought to the mind of the people who saw it, how great and how many the mercies of the Lord had been to them, and thus put hope and courage and comfort in the hearts of those who feared Him. Has the Lord helped Us? Let us think and speak of it, and make it known to others.
REVISION.-Why did God allow the Philis tines to take the ark? How did the Israelites get it back? Why did they want it? What did Samuel tell them to do? How did the Lord help them? How did Samuel keep it in mind? What did he call the stone? What does the name mean?
March 29.-About True Comfort. Acts ix. 31 : “Walking in the fear of the Lord, and in the comfort of the Holy Ghost.”
1. A time of trouble. —Do you remember our Lesson about Stephen ? That told us how a good man died ; to. day we are to learn how good lived. They had passed thro trouble, yet out of all ti brought them, and now comfort." In the da rulers had set them? men spoke il!