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reliance on any earthly arm, said to him one day, when | tures; which he read more for the purpose of refuting be had been much chagrined at the delay of his expected than profiting by.” A part of a tract was then read to visit, “ Henry, Jesus is your best friend." He answered, | him, in which was beautifully described the state of * Yes, indeed, I know it; but, is it sinful to love one mind to be wished for, previous to receiving the Lord's who has brought me to Christ?".
Supper; and part of the 11th chapter of First of bringing you, you mean, Henry.” “Yes, that is Corinthians, which appeared to give rise to profitable what I mean. How often do I lament the way in reflections, and he was left in a sweet state of mind. The which I used to avoid his instructions! How kind is it next day the second, third, fourth, and fifth chapters for him to come and sit to read to me, pray with me, of the First Epistle of John were read to him; to and treat me like a brother! How kind to come so near which, after attentively listening, he said, “ Now I feel to such a poor wretched sinner, and to bear with the nothing but love to my brother; and I beg he may be offensive smell from my sores!" Another day he said, sent for, that he may be present." The matron binted “My brother in Christ has been with me. Oh! I have here at the peculiar state of mind of his brother; and had such comfort!” Indeed, he was never tired of he said, “Oh! it may raise convictions in his mind seeexpressing to the matron, his feelings of gratitude to ing me openly acknowledge the Saviour; for do I not the writer, the clergymen, and others, who visited him. do so in partaking of the Lord's Supper ?” He was He was very eager that all who read to him should exhorted to be much in prayer and heart examination also pray. He one day said to the writer, “Mr during the day and night previous to receiving, and visited me, and spoke to me to-day, but he did not to entreat that, if it were the Lord's will, he might pray. Do you not think that every minister should have some alleviation of pain, lest the pains of the pray with the sick?”
body should deaden bis devotions; and he was, in this He was wonderfully anxious for the souls of others, respect, answered; for before and during this ordi. almost immediately after he came to the trutb; and he nance, indeed for some time afterwards, he was, com. appeared to feel for their pains, and shed tears on ac. paratively speaking, free from pain. Solemn and af. count of their sufferings, even wben he was himself | fecting, indeed, was that blessed rite. The minister's enduring great pain. A poor German had been placed address, previous to the service, seemed to make much in the next bed to him, and he could not be easy when impression on that little circle of Christians and sufhe found that he had some concern for his soul, until ferers, met together to celebrate their Redeemer's a clergyman had been sent for; and he was very ear- death; and let us confidently trust, that the Holy nest that the writer should instruct him. How won- Spirit was, indeed, shedding abroad, in the hearts of derful are the workings of the Holy Spirit ! and how those present, bis healing power, and binding up and strongly was His teaching here shown forth! That pouring precious balm into the wounds which sin had which poor Henry so lately despised, he now prized made. There were few dry eyes among those present; as the greatest blessing. At different times the matron and let us hope, that the affectionate address of the proposed reading tracts to him; but he would say, minister to the brother, who was present, (although of “ There is no book like the Word of God; I love it course not a partaker,) might be vouchsafed a blessing, best.” And at another time, “I would rather hear and that the seed might, ihrough Divine Grace, then the Scriptures; they give me most comfort." Never be sown in his heart, although he exhibited little feel. did he appear tired of them, and would request the ing. This divine ordinance was, indeed, attended with nurse, or any of the patients, to read to him, when a blessing on poor Henry, and appeared to deepen the they had time. The matron one day said to him, divine work in his soul. For some days after his inind "Henry, do you never feel tired hearing so much was kept in a sweet happy frame; and he appeared reading ?” “Oh, no!” (shaking his head,) "I never glad that his brother had been present at the ordifeel tired hearing the Word of God. I hear the same nance, as he seemed to think that the impressive adchapter sometimes read by you, the captain, and the dress of the minister, and the whole of the solemn nurse; but I ever think it seems new, and better each scene, must, through the divine blessing, have a happy time."
effect. The change which grace had so freely worked About a month after his conversion, our conversa- in poor Henry's heart, was now more than ever evitions often turned on the Lord's Supper; and his de- dent. He had been formerly unthankful and fretful, sires for receiving that blessed ordinance seemed daily impatiently receiving even acts of kindness; but now to increase. He evidently was eager to fulfil bis Sa- be was meek, forbearing, patient, and grateful for the viour's dying command. Tbose parts of the Scriptures least attention. His sutferings, though nowise abated, which treat more immediately on the subject, were were borne with Christian fortitude, and with a wil. read and explained to bim, and he appeared to receive lingness to endure that which it might please the Lord benefit. A day or two previous to his being permitted to put upon him. thus to make an open profession of his Saviour's name, Often, when hearing in the Scriptures of the suffer. and to receive this blessed seal of the covenant, he ap- ings of Christ, he would exclaim, “Oh what a wretch peared to the matron to have something more than have I been to deny my Saviour ! Oh for a filtby, usual on his mind; and in answer to her inquiries, he dirty worm like me to deny my Saviour ! and after all, said he wished to converse with her a little; and on He forgives me. Oh what condescension, what love!" her sitting down for that purpose, he appeared rather Often he would appear lost in reflection on the love of unwilling to speak. She inquired, if he were prepared Christ, which passeth knowledge. “ It was fathom. to receive the sacrament? He answered, “Yes, I hope less,” he would say. His sense of unworthiness and I am; but I would wish to feel more love to my bro- vileness was indeed great. His evidences of his having ther than I do; for if you knew how I have been received pardon, and applied to his own comfort the treated by him, you would not wonder,-he was the blessings of the atonement, were seldom clouded, but cause of my embracing Unitarian principles.” She at times the extreme violence of his pains appeared to asked, “ Henry, if you had it in your power, would have a somewhat deadening effect. His usual morning you do your brother an injury?' He answered, “ Oh answer to the matron's kind inquiries was, “I have po! I could not; and it would add to my happiness to spent the night comfortably, although I have slept know that my brother had also embraced the Saviour." little. When all slumber and silence reigns around, I Ou being asked if he never spoke to his brother upon am able to pray and meditate upon the love of God to religion, when he came to visit him, he said, “ No; my soul.” When sometimes, towards the termination be was afraid, because his brother had a stronger mind, of his illness, he was asked if he still felt resigned to had a better education, and knew more of the Scrip- | the Lord's will, he answered, “ Yes, perfectly;" and
being questioned if he should like to recover, he said, She inquired if he now felt his mind bapny. He slight),
Yes, if I thought I could hold fast what I now en. bowed his head in assent; and when asked if be felt joy ; and being told that God was able to keep his Jesus precious to his soul, he assented in the same soul in health as well as sickness, he answered, “ You
About ten minutes afterwards, his breath do not know what a weak-minded man I am, but God's became soft and easy as that of a sleeping child, and will be done!” As the closing scene drew near, his shortly after he breathed out his soul to his Lord, a mind at times appeared to wander, which cannot be gentle and pleasing smile illuminating his countenance. wondered at, as he was wasted to a skeleton; his bones Thus died, on 1st March 1836, after a lingering illness protruded through his flesh, and his sores gave him of eleven months, Henry L, a signal monument dreadful torment; indeed, the surgeon of the hospital of divine mercy and forgiving love. Oh! if any poor said his pains must be terrible. When, however, read sinner, fallen into like misery through the deceitfulness to, and prayed with, he generally became almost im- of sin, and the temptations of the enemy of souls, cast mediately soothed, and often said, “ Oh this has been his eye over this narrative of facts, let him at once sweet comfort to me!” His excruciating pains some- stop, and consider whither he is hurrying, and let him times, however, overpowered him; and when, in con- not for an instant deceive himself by the delusive hope sequence of the necessity of smoothing his bed, or that he ever will be able, by stifling convictions, to turning him, his sufferings were more than usually in- escape the dreadful punishment in reserve for sin and tense, he could not help uttering piercing cries; he unbelief. Rather let him “ taste and find that the Lord showed then the tenderness of his renewed heart, by is gracious." Let him come to the living fountain of anxiously inquiring if such were sinful, “ for I say no had waters, let him come in deep sorrow and humiliation words now, I do nothing but scream;" and if he had of soul to cast himself at the foot of his Saviour's occasion to address the nurse or patients, he would use cross, and find pardon and peace for ever! the kindest words, such as, “ dear John," " dear nurse." The evening previous to his death, he had his mind
6 THY WORD IS A LAMP UNTO MY FEET, AND much exercised about the welfare of his little girl, to
A LIGHT UNTO MY PATH." be left an orphan in a land of strangers, and, he was fearful, amongst Roman Catholics, at two hundred BY THE REV. R. M. M'CHEYNE, A.M., miles' distance from him. The writer, however, having
Minister of St. Peter's Church, Dundee. received the necessary instructions from Quebec, was
WHEN Israel knew not where to go able to bring lawyers to the hospital, and to receive
God made the fiery pillar glow; the necessary authority from poor Henry to become
By night, by day, above the camp guardian of this poor child; that is to say, he had the
It led the way—their guiding lamp; power of handing her over as an apprentice to the cu
Such is thy holy Word to me rate of the Protestant Church at Quebec, in order to have
In day of dark perplexity. her placed in the orphan asylum ; and it may be as well to When devious paths before me spread, state that, after some months' delay, the French woman
And al invite my foot to tread, who had charge of the child, and who was really attached
I hear thy voice behind me say,to her, consented to give her up, on condition of receiv
“ Believing soul, this is the way, ing fifteen pounds for board, &c.; and this was paid. He Walk thou in it." Oh gentle Dove was perfectly sensible, but so weak as to render the
How much thy holy law I love, operation of signing his name a very difficult and harass
My lamp and light ing task. It would appear a signal interposition of
In the dark night. Providence in the child's favour, that the father who, about a month previous to his decease, had not been
When Paul amid the seas seemed lost, expected, from appearances, to live many hours, had
By Adrian billows wildly tossed, been favoured with a temporary revival of strength,
When neither sun nor star appeared, which enabled the writer to accomplish the wishes of
And every wave its white head reared poor Henry as to his child, for he was spared but very
Above the ship, beside his bed few hours after thus disposing of his little girl. He
An angel stood, and “ Fear not” said. felt very grateful that he had been spared long enough
Such is thy holy Word to me thus to care for her immortal interests. The matron
When tossed upon affliction's sea; read to him at night, as usual, and inquired if he felt
When floods come in unto my soul, his mind comfortable ; he answered, " Oh yes, much
And the deep waters o'er me roll, happier than in the morning." He was quite composed,
With angel voice thy Word draws near and as usual, seemed prepared to pass a night of medita
And says, “ 'Tis I, why shouldst thou tear ? tio.l. She did not expect that he could long survive,
Through troubles great my saints must go nor did be, for he bid her a most affectionate good
Into their rest, where neither woe night. About four in the morning she was called to
Nor sin can come; where every tear his bed-side, and found him apparently near his end;
From off the cheek shall disappear, and seerningly restless, both in body and mind; he was
Wiped by God's hand.” Ob gentle Dove evidently under strong temptation, wading through
Thy holy law how much I love, deep waters,—which he, upon being questioned, ac
My lamp and light knowledged. Being then exhorted to look to God in
In the dark night. prayer, and to plead with him for Christ's sake, that When Holy Stephen dauntless stood He would clear away every cloud of unbelief, he was Before the Jews who sought his blood, enabled to do so with a child-like simplicity for a long With angel face he looked on high, tiine. The matron gave him all the encouragement she And wondering, through the parted sky, could, representing to him that the enemy was en
Saw Jesus risen from bis throne deavouring to deprive him of that which he had for To claim the martyr as his own. some time enjoyed, and that it was not only bis privilege Angelic peace that sight bestowed, to believe, but to rejoice. She left him engaged in pray
With holy joy bis bosom glowed, er, which, she learnt from the nurses, he continued in And while the murderous stones they hurled, whilst speech was left him, and from the tenor of his His heaven-wrapt soul sought yonder world prayer he appeared happy. At about nine o'clock, when
"My spirit, Saviour, keep," she again drew near his bed, he was unable to speak. He cried, he kneeled, he fell asleep:
Such be thy holy Word to me
single copy of the Word of God. As an encourage. In hour of life's extremity!
ment to parents I may statc, that this individual, and Although no more the murdering hand
one of those already mentioned, had pious parents, who Is raised within our peaceful land,
early instructed them in the Scriptures. The seed The Church has rest, and I may ne'er
which so long lay dead and forgotten, has now sprung Be called the martyr's crown to wear ;
up to the praise and glory of God. Let none, thereYet suill, in whatsoever form
fore, be discouraged: the promise is sure.
OR THE GIVING OF THE LAW,
BY THE Rev. James EspaiLE, D.D.,
Minister of the East Church, Perth.
It has been supposed that the regulations given to the
Israelites by Moses were, for the most part, in studied How much thy holy law I love!
opposition to the practices of the surrounding nations. My lamp and light In the dark night.
This is only to a certain extent true ; it holds in regard
to the idolatrous rites and practices of the heathen peoA WORD SPOKEN IN SEASON.
ple; in every other respect there is a great similarity of
manners and customs among all the nations descended WITHIN the last two years, the Rev. Mr Richmond, of from Abraham, that is, the Edomites, the Ishmaelites, Reading, was travelling on one of the Bath coaches. the Israelites, and we may add, the Moabites and AmHe entered into conversation with one of his fellow-travellers upon the state of bis immortal soul, and finally monites, the descendants of Lot, Abraham's brother's obtained a solemn promise from him, that he would read
All these people being of cognate origin, and, a New Testament which he gave him. The person who moreover, being placed in similar circumstances, may (as he expresses it) was led by the kind and affectionate naturally be expected to exhibit great similarity of manmanner of Mr Richmond to make this promise, was, at the ners and institutions. The climate, the soil, the protime, a most unpromising subject for the reception of ductions of the earth being the same, the habits, occupaGod's truth; brought up from childhood on the turf, associated with characters who knew nothing of the name
tions, customs, and political regulations will, in most of God, save in taking it in vain, dissipated and extra
cases, bear a striking resemblance; and if to these prevagant in the extreme. He had, however, been a man disposing circumstances we add affinity and intercourse, of good conduct in his business, and lived for several as in the case of the people mentioned above, we may years as stud groom to a noble Marquis when he filled expect great similarity of manners, even where there is a high diplomatic situation at the Court of Vienna.
the greatest opposition of interests; indeed, they are At this time he filled a similar situation with a foreign the more apt to quarrel when they have the same wants, nobleman at a considerable salary, and was much liked by his employer. For many months he did not fulfil and when there is but a scanty supply to answer the his promise, which, however, still haunted him, and demands of each. would give him no rest. Among the grooms and jockeys But, beyond this general coincidence, there is great under his inspection was an English lad, to whom he similarity between the Jews and the conterminous nagave directions to ride a race on the Sabbath-day, that tions in matters of greater importance, viz., their exbeing the day on which such exhibitions take place in a
ternal religious observances. We need not be surprised country calling itself Christian. The boy refused, and
at this, when we reflect, that revolt from God consisted said no consideration should induce him thus to desecrate the Lord's day. The arrow of conviction came chiefly in transferring the service due to the Most High home to his heart; he remernbered his neglected pro
to the idols of the heathen. Generally speaking, the mise, had recourse to the Scriptures, and after much form and rites were little altered; and the sacrifices conflict, was enabled to go to his employer, and, much offered on the heathen altars were, for the most part, to his regret and surprise, resign bis lucrative employ; of the same nature, and presented generally in the same ment, as inconsistent with a Christian profession, and form, as the offerings of the true God, as prescribed by thus took up his cross and followed Christ. I must
the law of Moses. Thus, when Balaam was called by mention, that previous to his taking the decisive step, he had become so changed a character, as to excite the Balak, king of Moab, to curse Israel, he commenced surprise of those under his direction, and of all who operations, by offering seven bullocks and seven rams. knew him. His mind was still much harassed and per- Here, we have the same animals, and the same number, plexed, not seeing clearly the way of the Lord, who offered by a Gentile high priest, which formed an acbrought him to Brussels, and placed him in the same ceptable sacrifice to the true God, when offered in street with a Christian lady, who instructed him more
obedience to his appointment, and in conformity to the perfectly, and with a pious gentleman, who lent him books ; and the result is, that he is now rejoicing in rules which he had prescribed. Thus we read in Scripthat liberty where with Christ makes his people free, ture, that “when God helped the Levites that bare and daily praising the free grace of that God who found the ark of the covenant of the Lord, they offered seven him out, and drew him from the burning. The living bullocks and seven rams." 1 Chron. xv. 26. In the case change wrought in him was so apparent, that it excited of Job, also, who undoubtedly lived before the sacrifi. the attention of his former boon companions; and the cial regulations were prescribed by Moses; for he lived result is, that two of them have been brought under the bonds of the Gospel. His wife, also, there is every
at a time when the head of a family stood in the tworeason to believe, is a partaker of the same grace, and fold capacity of priest and patriarch; and he exercised pressing forward to the mark of her high calling. Such the sacerdotal function, in offering burnt-offerings for are some of the consequences flowing from the gift of a his children daily. Job i. 5. We find him, also, author
ised by God to offer precisely the same sacrifices for spond with this appellation, and thereby exhibit a his friends, which were offered by Balaam and by Da- marked difference with the manners and customs of vid, and recognised and sanctioned by the Levitical every other people. I have already shown that this law: for the Most High thus addresses the erring, but, does not hold to the full extent; neither do the words we believe, the sincere friends of Job : “Take unto you of Scripture on which this opinion is founded, justify now geven bullocks and seven rams, and go to my ser- the inference which has been drawn : “ The Lord hath vant Job, and offer up for yourselves a burnt-offering, chosen thee to be a peculiar people unto himself, above and my servant Job shall pray for you ; for him will I all the nations that are on the earth.” Deut. xiv. 2. accept." Job xlii. 5.
Peculiar, here, is to be understood in its strictly literal Here we may remark, by the way, that the fault of sense, as implying private property, or possession. Job's comforters did not consist in their insincerity and Whatever a man acquires by industry, or by any legal want of sympathy; but in their want of charity, and right, is called his own peculiar. He who created all in their misconstruction of the ways of God's provi- things, and to whom all things belong, can make his dence. Their argument was, • Who ever perished, sovereignty known, only by selection; by the exercise being innocent ?" evidently implying, that Job's suffer- of his free, unfettered will; and had not this been made ings had been inflicted on account of some enormous manifest in his Word, the government and superintendwickedness, which he had concealed from the world, ence of the Most High never could have been distinbut which God was punishing with visible judgments. guished from what is called the course of nature. Hence If we keep this in view, we shall perceive that Job's be selected the seed of Abraham, subjected them to a arguments are not pleas of self-defence, or self-righte- course of extraordinary discipline, and often visited ousness; but vindications of the ways of God's provi. them with terrible judgments; yet confirming to them dence, and arguments for his power to make all events, this distinguished and peculiar honour, that wherever however unpropitious in their aspect, work together to his name shall be known throughout the earth, it shall advance the glory of his kingdom, and to illustrate the be that of “the God of Israel :" to which name, that riches of his grace. And I cannot refrain from digres- doomed people will, one day, rejoice to add that of the sing a little far er, and directing attention to the con- God and Father of their Lord and Saviour Jesus duct of Job's friends, as affording the finest and most Christ. touching example of sympathy that is to be found in We are not, then, for a moment, to suppose, that any language. “Now when Job's three friends heard God has cast off his people : his power is as evident in of all this evil that was come upon him, they came preserving them under the wasting process of their disevery one from his own place—to mourn with him, and persion, as it was in protecting them against the comto comfort him: and when they lifted up their eyes bined power of their enemies, and of the course of afar off, and knew him not, they lifted up their voice nature ; which seemed to conspire with them, for the and wept; and rent every one his mantle, and sprink- destruction of this singular, this peculiar people, whom led dust upon their heads towards heaven. So they sat God has chosen for his heritage, and for the manifesta. down with him upon the ground, seven days and seven tion of his glory to all the ends of the earth. We must nights, and none spake a word unto him ; for they saw not, for a moment, imagine, that God has forgotten his that his grief was very great." There is nature and covenant which he made with Abraham, when he called propriety in every idea presented in this extract. him out from amongst his kindred, promising to make
It seems to be intimated, that the laws and institu- him the father of many nations, and declaring that in tions of Moses were burdensome and inconvenient; "a him all the families of the earth should be blessed. yoke,” says St. Peter, “ which neither our fathers nor Gen. xii. 3. Can we doubt the accomplishment of this we were able to bear.” Acts xv. 10. This is true in a promise? We see it in process of being fulfilled ; in religious sense; the law denounced unmitigated judg- many instances, we see it completely accomplished. ment against transgressors; but it is also literally true. Jesus Christ, of the seed of Abraham, has appeared at The worship of God was easy, that is, convenient to the appointed time, when all Israel was expecting him; the Jews, when they carried the sanctuary about with but lest the world should suspect any plot or stratagem, them, represented by the ark of the covenant. But it on the part of the Jews, to advance personal pride, or was a very different thing, when it was fixed at Jeru-national importance, he appeared in a character the very salem, to which all who adhered to the family of reverse of what they expected, but exactly as God had David were obliged to repair at least once a year. The appointed; and the consequences were such as he had same remark applies to their annual feast of tabernacles, distinctly foretold; for of the long and ordently expected when they dwelt eight days, in green tents and arbours, Messiah, it is announced, “when we shall see him, there in memory of their tabernacling in the wilderness; and is no beauty that we should desire him.” Isaiah liji. 2. to the whole series of their multiplied observances, pe- Certainly, when we consider the overwhelming eviculiarly proper during the period of their lengthened dence presented alike to the senses and reason of the and tardy wanderings; when it was a matter of great Jews, in the fulfilment of prophecy, in the undenied importance to provide for them varied occupations and display of miraculous power, and in the perfect accomemployments; since they had neither to till, nor to modation of the doctrines and precepts of the Gospel sow, nor to gather into barns, but were fed daily by to the moral and to the immortal condition of man; the bounty of heaven.
the imagination cannot conceive any thing that can be I believe considerable mistake has frequently arisen more complete and appropriate. But their very rejecfrom the circumstance of the Jews being called a pe- tion of Jesus Christ is one of the strongest evidences culiar people;” and that many have imagined that their of his divinity and atonement. The work of God could manners, habits, and customs, must necessarily corre- only have been defeated by their receiving and honouring him; for this would have been a complete contra- | ture the ordinance, the creature of man; because diction of all that bad been written in the law and the the various forms and details of its government, prophets respecting him. He was “the Lamb of God are left to be regulated by the wisdom and authoslain from the foundation of the world;" which, pro- rity of the individuals composing it. Not so in bably, alludes not merely to God's eternal purpose of the smaller kingdom of a household or family. redeeming mankind by the blood of Christ; but also, There every thing is marked out, and immediately to the first lamb that was slain in sacrifice, whether by fixed and defined by God himself; so that, while Adam or by Abel; as a sign and seal of the way, and all national governments are liable to change, manner, in which the redemption of sinners was to be endlessly different in different countries, and the accomplished. This was “the wisdom of God in a government of the same country rastly different mystery ;—which none of the princes of this world often in successive ages, the family constitution knew; for had they known it, they would not have has been substantially the same, in all ages
and in crucified the Lord of Glory.” 1 Cor. ii. 7, 8. Thus, all climes, bearing upon it the visible impress of we find, that whilst men are merely following the blind the wisdom, goodness and authority of Him who impulses of their nature, unconscious of, and unfettered is “the same yesterday, to-day, and for ever.” lig, any controlling over-mastering destiny, the Al- | The family, moreover, viewed in reference to its mighty is making their most perverse purposes the peculiar ends and objects, combines, in a high demeans of promoting the interests of his kingdom, and gree, those of the Church and of the Commonthe glory of his Son: whilst, on the other hand, it not wealth. Without being either a Church or a seldom happens that measures, planned in the soundest nation, it largely partakes of the character of both. wisdom, and directed to the most benevolent end, It deals equally with the consciences and the perprove not only utterly abortive, but subversive of the
sons of its members. It is designed at once for very end intended by the benevolent projector. Such their spiritual and temporal welfare, the nurture an issue as this, the world is always disposed to regret; of their souls in piety, and the support and combut it is one of those processes which seems absolutely fort and wellbeing of their outward man, to raise necessary to repress the self-sufficiency of man; and to
up a“ godly seed” for the Church and for heaven, show us, “ that he that glories should glory only in the and to furnish quiet and peaceable, sober, honest, Lord.” The Apostle Paul had better grounds for glo- industrious and reputable members of the state rying than, perhaps, any other man, and he was not and nation. The importance, in one word, and insensible to the fact; but " what things were gain to manifold influence and power of the family rehim, these he counted loss for Christ:” and he earnestly lation, are altogether incalculable. From this inculcated this maxim on every Christian,
“ Let him
nursery both the Church draws its members, and that glorieth, glory in the Lord.” This is glory which the state its citizens. Here they necessarily are, no man will envy; the wicked will despise it; the during that long and important period, when their righteous will honour it; and God will reward it, by minds are most tender and pliant, and most strongdisplaying bis glory here and hereafter to his righteous ly susceptible either of good or evil. No other
influence can equal theirs, with whom they are so long and constantly associated as their natural
heads and guardians. All the most precious lesA DISCOURSE.
sons of piety and integrity, of truth and industry, BY THE REY. CHARLES JOHN BROWN, self-denial and subordination, must be taught Minister of the New North Parish, Edinburgh.
and learned here, or they are little likely to be
learned at all. In short, the family relation is “I know him (Abraham) that he will command his evidently pointed out by nature itself, as one of
children, and his housebold after him.”—Gen. the most powerful of all imaginable engines for the xvii. 19.
welfare, or, when abused, for the ruin of mankind. EVERY one is aware of the distinction between a God himself every where proceeds on this idea in community and a mere assemblage of individuals bis Word. In the passage where the text lies, in one place. A community is an association of the fulfilment of the whole promises given to persons bound together by certain fixed and per- Abraham, not excepting that of Messiah himself, manent ties, linked into one indivisible body or is declared to have been bound up with the right society, and having a permanent collective or cor- discharge of Abraham's duties as the head of his porate character, distinct altogether from the in- family. Not that the promise was thereby rendividual character of the persons composing it. dered contingent ; because God knew, and exThus the Church of Christ is a community. The pressly declares, that he should command his nation is a community, though of a different na- children, and his household after him.” But still ture. And each particular household or family is they were inseparably connected in point of fact. a community, and one, as will appear on a mo- The end was decreed only in connection with the ment's consideration, of the highest and most means.
“ Abrabam shall surely become a great honourable, important and influential kind. The and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth ties, first of all, by which a family is bound to- shall be blessed in him. For I know him, that gether, are of immediate divine appointment. A he will command his children, and his household nation, though in one material sense the ordinance after him, and they shall keep the way of the Lord and creature of God, in another, is styled in Scrip- to do justice and judgment; that the Lord may
THE FAMILY RELATION AND ITS DUTIES: