WATER FROM THlE ROCE,
Sequel to Bible Storis
MAMMA'S BIBLE STORIES.
Works nat freubig ties AllUabls.
BY THE AUTHOR OF
*MAMMA'S BIBLE STORIES," "FANNY AND HER
NEW YO K:
CARTER & BROTHERS
THE MOTIER of the little Boy for whom
"Mamma's Bible Stories" were originally writ-
ten, has been repeatedly asked by his younger
brothers and sisters, who are now quite familiar
with that little volume, to tell them some new
Bible Stories. While attempting to comply
with their request, and to select and simplify
some of the beautiful histories with which
Scripture abounds, so as to suit their infant
capacities, it has occurred to her that the little
readers of the first volume may, like her own
little nursery group, be pleased to possess a
May lie, who often condescends to bless the
most humble attempts to guide the youthful
mind to a knowledge of Divine things, grant a
blessing in this instance, and may every dear
child who reads this little book be numbered
indeed among the lambs of its Saviour's flock.
I.-Cain and Abel 7
II.-The Children of Israel . 15
III.-Crossing the Red Sea . 2
IV.-Their food in the Desert . 33
V.-The Commandments 43
VI.-The Golden Calf 52
VII.-The Twelve Spies . 62
VIII.-The Great Giant 71
IX.-The Queen of Sheba 84
X.-The Woman of Shunem 93
XII.-The Good Young King 120
XIII.-Queen Esther 130
XIV.-Proud Haman 141
XV.-Job .. 152
I.-Jesus in dte Temple 101
II.-Jecsu Ii(ling on an An 100
III.--lzaI . 180
IV.-Mary Wahing Jesus' Feet . 188
V.-The D)rught of Fe 194
VI.-The Poor Lame Man . 202
Vl.-1eter in Prison S09
SEQUEL TO BIBLE STORIES.
I.--^is 0sa bel.
Little Wilbegforce. When my brother
Daniel was a little boy, dear Mamma, you
used to tell him pretty Bible Stories, and
I wish you would tell some to me. I
mean some new ones, such as I have
never heard before, for I have read
"Mamma's Bible Stories" so often that I
know them all ouite w rll
Mamma. I will try, my dear, but I
cannot promise that they will all be quite
new to you.
The first story I will tell you shall be
about Cain and Abel. After Adam and
Eve were turned out of that beautiful
garden, in which God ihad put thnem to
live, they had two little boys, and their
names were Cain and Abel. As tlev
grew ul, they ihad both to work hard.
Cain used to plough the ground and sow
corn, ththMere might be bread for them
to eat; and Abel used to take care of
sheep, for he was a slheplherd. Cain was
not good when he was a boy, and when
CAIN AND ABEL.
he became a young man he was a bad
man. He did not love God. He did not
love his brother Abel. And he was so
naughty that he would not do what God
told him to do.
W. What did God tell him to do,
Mamma. He told him to bring a lamb
and offer it up for a burnt-offering. But
Cain did not obey God. He brought
some fruit instead of a Lamb, and so God
was not pleased with him.
W. And did Abel mind what God
Mamma. Yes, my love. God told
It I ILE STORE I S.
Abel also to bring a lamb; and, as he
wished to please God, lie close out the
very best lamb in his flock, to offer as a
burnt-offering. So God was pleased witl
Abel, but lie was not pleased with 'ain.
This made Cain very angry. He was
angry witl G(x and angry witl his dear
brother. This was very sad, for brothers
and sisters ought always to love each
other, and to do all they can't make
each other happy.
IIT I think Cain was like Joseph's
brothers, Mamma, for you know how un-
kind they were to poor Joseph.
Mamma. Yes. Cain felt towards his
CAIN AND ABEL.
brother Abel just as Joseph's brethren
felt towards him, though there was no
reason for it. But this naughty, unkind
feeling soon led to something worse.
First, Cain found fault with his brother;
then he grew jealous, and became angry
with him; and, at last, one day when he
was alone with him in the field, he rose
up against him and killed him!
W. Oh, Mamma, how very sad! Did
Cain really kill his brother Abel?
Mamma. Yes, my dear, I am sorry to
say, he really killed him. This shows us
how careful we should be not to give way
to naughty, evil tempers, for one bad
thing leads to another, and, at last, if
people get very apgry they hardly know
what they do. We should pray to God
to fill our hearts with love, 1and try all we
can to be kind and obliging to every one
WI. I should think naughty Cain
was never happy again; was lie, Mam-
Mamma. I do not think lhe ever was,
my dear, for wicked people who break
God's commands cannot be happy. Soon
after Cain had done this cruel thing to
his poor brother, he heard God's voice
calling to him, and saying, "Where is
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CAIN AND ABEL.
Abel thy brother ?" And then this wicked
Cain said, he did not know.
W. Oh, Mamma! but that was telling
an untruth, for he must have known he
had killed him. Did not God punish
him for being so wicked ?
Mamma. Yes: God told him that he
should leave his father and mother, and
wander about on the earth all the rest of
his life; and God put a mark upon Cain,
that every one who met him might know
that he was the wicked man who had
killed his brother. Let us learn from
this story how wrong it is for brothers
and sisters to quarrel, and let us pray to
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God to help us to obey his holy com-
mands in all things, and to fill us with
love to Him and to each other.
Ii)e Clil( of I 1lf.
W. Mamma, you know Joseph sent a
great many wagons for Jacob and his
children and grand-children to ride in,
when they went down into Egypt.* I
should like to know whether they stop-
ped in Egypt all the rest of their lives,
or whether they ever went back to their
own country again.
See "Mamma's Bible Stories," page 42.
the river and drowned. Moses, whose
name is well known to you, was one of
those little boys.
W. Oh, Mamma, then the king who
was so unkind to the children of Israel,
in making them work so hard, was the
very same king who gave orders for all
the little boys to be killed when Moses
was a baby, and when his mother hid
him in the little cradle of rushes.
Mamma. You are right. Moses was
one of the children of Israel, and I am
,iad you remember the story I once told
you about him. When Moses grew up to
be a man, he did not forget the good God
THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL.
who had watched over his cradle as it
floated in the river, and who had kept him
in safety there, until the king's daughter
found him. He loved and served God
himself, and did all he could to lead
others to serve Him too. It made him
very unhappy to see how cruel and un-
kind the new king was to the children of
Israel. One day he saw one of this cruel
king's people beating a poor slave very
much. Moses could not bear to see him
treated in that cruel manner. So he
killed the man, and then dug a hole in
the ground and put him into it. When
the king heard what Moses had done he
was very angry, and he said he would
kill Moses also if he could find him. So
Moses fled into a country some way off,
and instead of living in a fine palace with
the princess, as he used to do, he spent
his time in taking care of sheep. One
day, while he was watching his flock on
a mountain, God called to him and told
him to return into Egypt and tell King
Pharaoh to let the children of Israel go
back into their own land.
W. What was their own land called,
Mamma. It was called the land of
Canaan, my love.
TIHE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL.
W. Did the naughty king give leave,
Mamma. No: he was angry, very an-
gry indeed at the message which Moses
brought, and he said he would never let
the children of Israel go. Indeed, he was
now more cruel to them than ever, and
made them work harder than they had
ever worked before. God thought it
right to punish him for being so unjust
and wicked; and He sent many dreadful
judgments upon him and upon the people
W. Will you tell me what they were,
Mamma. There was a great river which
ran through the country, of which the peo-
ple used to drink; and God turned the
waters of it into blood. He did this to
try whether proud Pharaoh would listen
to the message Moses brought; but no,
he still said the children of Israel should
not go. God then sent great swarms of
insects, called locusts, very much like
large grasshoppers. They came upon
the land and ate up every green thing,
the flowers and the corn, the trees and
the shrubs; not a leaf was left.
W. And did the wicked king let the
people go then, Mamma ?
THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL.
Mamma. No: he did not mind. So
God poured down great hailstones from
Heaven and killed all the cattle that were
in the fields, the cows, and the goats, and
the sheep. It was a dreadful storm; but
still the wicked king would not let the
W. And what did God do at last,
Mamma. After sending a number of
dreadful punishments, none of which
seemed to be of any use, God sent an
angel to take away the eldest child out
of every house in Egypt. So Pharaoh
was afraid lest he and all his people
should be killed, and he was at last will-
ing to do as God bade him. He told Mo.
ses that the children of Israel might go.
W. Oh, Mamma, how glad I am!
Did they set off at once, and how did
they go? There was no kind Joseph liv-
ing now, to send wagons and donkeys for
them, and they had a great way to travel.
It must have taken them a long time to
get back to Canaan.
Mamma. A very long time, my dear.
It was forty years before the children of
Israel reached their own happy country.
W. Oh, Mamma, what a long, long
time! how did they find their way ?
THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL. 25
Mamma. The Lord went before them
by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them
the way; and by night in a pillar of fire,
to give them light." Just as the wise
men were guided by a star, when they
went to look for Jesus in the stable, so
the children of Israel were guided by this
moving pillar, which God kindly placed
before them, on purpose to direct them
what road to take.
W. Mamma, I wish very much to
know what that cruel wicked king Pha-
raoh said when he found that the chil-
dren of Israel were really gone. Do you
think he was sorry or glad ?
Mamma. No sooner had they set off,
my love, than Pharaoh began to be sorry,
and to wish that he had not let them go.
And what do you think he did ?
CROSSING THE RED SEA.
W. I do not know, Mamma. Will
you tell me ?
Mamma. He got together all his horses,
his chariots, and his horsemen, and went
after them to bring them back, if he could,
into Egypt. Now reach out your map,
and I will show you where they were.
Here is Egypt, and there is Canaan, or
the Holy Land, whither they were going.
What divides the two countries?
W. The Red Sea, Mamma. Was it
called the Red Sea because the water
was red ?
Mamma. No, my dear. Although it
had the name of the Red Sea, the water
was like other water. Well, just as the
children of Israel had reached the sea-
side, and had put up their tents, that they
might rest a little after their long journey,
they heard a great noise, a noise of wheels
and a noise of horses. They looked at
each other full of alarm and fear, and
soon they saw the haughty king, and his
soldiers and people, coming after them.
Then they were very much afraid, for
they did not know how to get away. The
Red Sea was before them, and they had
no ships in which they might sail across
it. On their right hand and on their left
hand, were high rocks, which they- could
CROSSING THE RED SEA.
not get over, and had they tried to go
back the way they came, they would only
have met the cruel king and his cruel
soldiers and people. But just at this
very moment the great God was their
friend. He is the friend of all who put
their trust in Him. He told Moses to
stretch out his hand over the sea, and
that He would then make a path for the
people to go through. Moses did as God
told him to do. He held up his hand;
the mighty waters parted in the middle,
the waves went back on the right as well
as: n the left, thus leaving a safe dry path
for the children of Israel to walk in.
TV. What, Mamma! through the mid-
dle of the sea?
Mamma. Yes, my love. The children
of Israel walked through the middle of
the Red Sea as though it had been dry
ground, and their cattle went with them.
God in his great mercy and goodness took
care of them and kept them in safety.
W But what became of the king and
his people, Mamma?
Mamma. I will tell you, my dear.
They thought that they too could march
safely through the sea. And they went
in with their horses and their chariots,
and their soldiers and captains a great
CROSSING THE RED SEA.
way; but they never came back again,
for God blew with his wind; the sea
dashed its great waves over fheir heads;
the water came across their path, and
whilst the happy Israelites had safely
landed on the other side, Pharaoh and all
his people were drowned in the middle
of the sea. Thus God was pleased to
punish this wicked king, who would not
obey his commands, and who had no fear
or love of God in his heart. My dear
child, may we learn from this story, that
if God be our God we shall be safe
and happy wherever we are, and what.
ever we are doing. And may we learn
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with Moses, to praise His holy name,
and to thank Him for all the blessings
He is day by day pouring down upon
Rei/ F0O0 a IQ f1le hese^t.
W. When the children of Israel had
reached the other side of the Red Sea, did
they go on their journey, Mamma ?
Mamma. They did, my dear, but I am
sorry to say they were not so good, and
not so.grateful to their Father in heaven,
for all His kindness to them, as they
ought to have been. One would have
thought that, after He had taken care of
them in such a wonderful manner, they
would have loved Him more than ever,
and have trusted that he would still pre-
serve and keep them, and supply all their
wants. But, no! They had gone only a
little way further, when they reached a
part of the wilderness where no water
was to be found. They went forward for
three days without finding any cool spring
to quench their thirst, for it was a hot
dry sandy desert they were passing
through,-and water is always very
scarce in desert countries. At last, to
their great joy, they came in sight of a
stream, but when they had tasted it they
FOOD IN THE DESERT.
could not drink it, for its waters were bit-
ter. But God was so good to them now
in the time of their distress, that he
showed Moses a tree, which, when it was
cast into the waters, made them sweet,
and thus the children of Israel had plenty
W. And when they had left this place,
Mamma, were they as badly off for water
Mamma. Yes: some time afterwards
they were again in very great trouble for
want of water. The men and the women,
and the dear little children, were all ready
to die for want of something to drink.
W. Why did they not pray to God,
Mamma, and perhaps He would have
heard their prayer, and sent them to
some spring they had not seen before.
Mamma. Moses did go and cry unto
the Lord, my dear child, and the Lord
heard his prayer, and told him to take a
stick in his hand, and go and strike a
rock a little way off, for that if he did so,
water should come out. Moses did not
stop to ask how this could be, and how a
stream of clear fresh water could flow out
of a hard rock. He knew that God could
do everything. He went at once and
struck the rock, and a vast torrent of
FOOD IN THE DESERT.
water gushed forth in a moment, to the
great joy of the people, who crowded
around it with their children and cattle,
and rested their weary limbs, while they
drank of the cool stream.
W. And had the children of Israel
plenty to eat, Mamma, during their long
Mamma. Once, my love, they were
very sadly off for want of bread, for all
that they had brought with them was
eaten up. There were no corn-fields in
the desert, and no flour or rice was to be
had. Then they were so foolish and
naughty as to complain and murmur at
Moses, for having brought them out of
Egypt; and some of them even began to
wish that they were there again; but
their heavenly Father still supplied their
wants by sending large flocks of birds,
called quails, which came in immense
numbers every evening into their camp,
and which they caught and cooked for
food. He also told Moses that He would
send them bread from heaven. This
bread from heaven was called manna.
God sent it down fresh every morning,
and the children of Israel went out of
their tents with their jugs and baskets,
and picked up enough at a time to last
FOOD IN THE DESERT.
them for one day, for if they kept any of
it after the day on which it was picked
up it was not good to eat.
V. What was the manna like, Mam-
Mamma. It had a sweet taste, my
dear, and was like wafers made with
honey. When the people first saw it ly-
ing about the ground, they did not know
what it was, for it looked like the hoar
frost, which you sometimes see on the
grass on a winter's morning. And Moses
said to them, "This is the bread which
the Lord hath given you to eat." He
also told them, that they were to gather
enough on the sixth day of the week to
last them on the Sabbath, for on that day,
which we call Sunday, you know, they
were to rest from their work and not to
pick any up. God so ordered it, that the
double portion which they picked up on
the sixth day was good on the seventh.
W. Oh, I know why they were not to
pick it up on the Sunday, Mamma, be-
cause that is God's holy day. You know
my little hymn says,
"This day belongs to God alone;
He choose Sunday for His own,
And we must neither work nor play,
Because it is the Sabbath day."
FOOD IN THE DESERT.
This is the reason that you like us to
read our Bibles, and hear about Jesus
Christ and heavenly things, instead of
walking in the fields or playing with our
toys on Sunday. How very good God
was, Mamma, in giving the children of
Israel all they wanted. I think they
ought to have loved Him more.
Mamma. Alas, my child, very few peo-
ple love God as they ought to do! Does
not the great God send Is bread from
heaven, but do we love Him as we ought ?
Does He not cause the corn to grow when
it is sown in the ground, and send rain to
water it, and make it spring up, and then
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the warm sun to ripen it, and make it fit
for use ? Not a single ear of wheat would
grow, if God did not make it; not a bit of
bread could you and dear little Emily and
Fanny have for your breakfast, if your
heavenly Father did not cause the corn
to grow. Therefore, every time you sit
down to a meal, my dear, you should
thank God for all the blessings He has
given you, and praise His holy name.
T Ih e Coohat"801)h)epi .
W. Now, dear Mamma, I am come to
hear a Bible story. I wish very much to
know something more about the children
Mamma. About three months after the
children of Israel had left the land of
Egypt, they came to a part of the desert
in which there was a mountain or very
high hill. They pitched their tents at the
foot of this mountain, which was called
Mount Sinai, and stopped there some
time. You know what I mean by pitch-
iiny their tents ?
W. Oh, yes, Mamma, for Grandpapa
has so often told us in his letters, during
his travels in India, about pitching their
tents for the night. It means, fixing the
poles in the ground, and throwing the
curtains over them; and then, in the
morning, you know, when they want to
go on, they undo them again, and roll
them up, and carry them with them.
Mamma. Whilst the children of Israel
stopped near Mount Sinai, God called his
servant Moses to the top of the mountain,
that He might speak to him. And Moses
went up. Then the Lord told Moses what
things He wished the children of Israel to
do, and what He wished them not to do,
if they would be His own dear people;
and when Moses went down, and asked
them if they would obey God, they all
spoke with one voice and said, "All that
the Lord hath spoken, we will do." Then
Moses went back to the top of the moun-
tain again, and told God what the people
had said. Then God told Moses, that in
three days from that time all the people
should hear His voice, and see him in a
cloud at the top of Mount Sinai, and that
they must all be ready to hear what He
had to say to them. So in three days,
early in the morning, the children of Is-
rael heard a loud sound. such a sound as
they had never heard before. It made
them tremble to hear it. There was
thunder and lightning, and a thick cloud
upon the mountain, with smoke going up
from it; and the mountain shook, and
there was fire in the cloud; and a voice
seemed to come out of the cloud like the
sound of a trumpet, and every moment it
grew louder and louder. Then Moses
bade all the people come out' of their
tents and listen to what God had to say
to them. And they came out, and stood
round the lower part of the mountain.
W. And what did God say to them,
Mamma. God then spoke the words
which you hear read in church every Sun-
day morning, and which are called the
Ten Commandments. He spoke so loud
that all the people could hear. The first
four Commandments are to teach people
how they must love, and serve, and obey
the good God, who has done such great
things for them; how they must pray to
Him, and Him only, instead of praying to
goats, and calves, and idols of wood and
stone, as the people of Egypt did; and
how they must keep holy the Sabbath
day, and never use the name of God in
an improper manner. The other six
Commandments are to teach us, that if
we really have the love of God in our
hearts, we must show that we have, by
not giving way to naughty tempers and
naughty feelings, but, by being kind to
each other, and trying to get the better
of all selfish and wicked passions, and by
doing to each other what we would wish
others to do to us.
W. What a happy world this would
be, Mamma, if all the people kept God's
Mamma. It would, indeed, my dear.
But too often sin comes into our hearts;
we give way to unkind tempers and jeal-
ous feelings. We do not love and serve
God as we ought to do. We should
therefore often pray to Him that He will
send His Holy Spirit into our hearts, that
we may love Him better, and try more
and more to do His holy will.
W. One of the texts I learnt last week,
Mamma, was, "If ye love me, keep my
Commandments." I did not then know
the Commandments which we were to
keep were the same as those God gave
to the children of Israel.
Mamma. Yes, my love. They are the
very same, though it is now more than
four thousand years since they were first
given to the children of Israel.
W. What did all the people do, Mam-
ma, when God had done speaking to
them? Did they really obey God, as
they had said they would do?
Mamma. Happy would it have been
for them had they kept their word, but I
am sorry to tell you they very soon broke
their promise, and seemed even to forget
they had ever made it.
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But it is getting late, my dear little
boy, and you must wait till to-morrow,
before I can tell you more about the
children of Israel.
J1}e o 10 e qlf.
W: Now, dearest Mamma, if you
please, will you go on with the Bible
story you were telling me last night ?
Mamma. The children of Israel were
glad when God had done speaking, for
the sound of His voice, and the noise of
the loud trumpet, had filled them with
alarm. If they had had more of the love
of God in their hearts, I do not think they
THE GOLDEN CALF.
would have been so afraid. After all
these things had come to pass, God called
Moses to come up to Him quite alone, at
the top of the mountain. So Moses went
up, and he stayed at the top of Mount
Sinai forty days and forty nights, for God
had many other things to say to him, and
many other laws to give him, that he
might teach the people. At the end of
the forty days, God gave him something.
Whit do you think it was? It was a
book. But it was not made of paper like
our books. It was made of stone, and
had only two leaves. Upon these two
leaves, or tables, as they are called in
the Bible, God himself had written the
Ten Commandments with His own finger.
W. Do you mean the same Ten Com-
mandments which we see written up in
the church, Mamma, and which He had
spoken in that loud voice, from the top
of the mountain ?
Mamma. Yes, my dear. God was so
good as to write down the Ten Command-
ments upon two tablets of stone, and to
give them to Moses, that he might read
them to the children of Israel, from time
to time, so that they might not forget
them. But alas! although they had said
they would obey God, and do all that He
THE GOLDEN CALF.
wished them to do, they soon forgot their
promise, and did something very wicked.
They had even broken one of God's Com-
mandments before Moses came down from
W. Oh, Mamma, so very soon! Which
of the Commandments had they bro-
Mamma. They were tired of waiting
during the forty days and forty nights
that Moses stopped on the top of the
mountain. They could not go on their
journey without him, and they began to
think he would never come back. So
they went to his brother Aaron, and
asked him to make some gods to go be.
fore them, for they did not know, they
said, what had become of Moses. How
very naughty it was of them to ask such
a thing. They had seen the people of
Egypt worship idols, little images of
brass, and wood, and stone, and now
they thought they would do the same, in-
stead of praying to the true God and
keeping His laws.
W. And did Aaron do what they
Mamma. I am sorry to say Aaron was
so foolish as to listen to what they said.
I believe he was afraid they would kill
THE GOLDEN CALF.
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THE GOLDEN CALF.
him if he did not make an idol to please
them; so he told them to bring all the
golden ear-rings which the women and
children had brought out of Egypt; and
then he melted them down in a fire, and
made them into a large soft lump, and
this lump of gold he cut out into the
shape of a calf, and put it up on a high
place where they could all see it. I told
you, the people of Egypt used to worship
idols and animals-a calf was one of
their favorite idols. How sad it is to
think that God's own people followed
their bad example, for as soon as they
saw it they began to worship it, and to
say, This is he who brought us out of
W. Oh! Mamma, then they broke the
very Command they had just promised
to keep; for you know they had said
they would not kneel down to graven
Mamma. Indeed they did, my dear.
And when Moses came down from the
mountain and saw the golden calf set up,
and all the people singing and dancing
round it, he was so grieved and so sorry
to find they had broken God's laws, that
he threw down the tables of stone, on
which the Commandments were written,
THE GOLDEN CALF.
and broke them to pieces. Then he took
the golden calf which Aaron had made,
and burnt it in the fire, and ground it to
powder, and threw the powder into some
water, and made the children of Israel
drink that bitter water. After this, Mo-
ses prayed to God that he would forgive
the sins of the people, and God heard the
prayer of his servant Moses. And he told
Moses to hew out two tables of stone like
the first, and said that He would write
the Ten Commandments upon them, as
he had done upon those tables of stone
which Moses had broken. So Moses made
two tables of stone, like the first, and took
them up to the top of Mount Sinai; and
then God wrote the Ten Commandments
upon them again, as he had done before.
And Moses stayed talking with the Lord
for forty days and forty nights. God did
not now speak in a loud voice, and with
the sound of a trumpet, as he had done
when He first gave the Commandments
to the people, nor did he make it thunder
and lighten, as it had done before. Moses
was not afraid of being alone with. God,
for God let him see some of His glorious
brightness, and talked to him as though
He were his friend. And when he came
down from the mountain his face shone
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as though it had been the face of an an-
gel; and he told the people what God
had said to him.
It is getting late, iy dear, and I will
tell you more to-morrow.
Dhe Jtwelbe spies.
W Now, dearest, Mamma, will you
tell me some of the things that God said
to Moses when he was on the mountain.
Mamma. One of the things He told
Moses to do was to make a large taber-
nacle, that is a sort of tent, in which these
two tables of stone were to be kept. This
tent was a very holy place. The people
were to meet together in it to join in
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praising God, and praying to Him as we
now meet in our churches.
W. Then there were no churches in
that country, I suppose, Mamma ?
Mamma. No, my love, and this tent,
or tabernacle was instead. The people
were to carry it with them from place to
place. When they stopped they were to
set up their tabernacle, and when they
went on they were to take it with them.
There was a small chest, covered with gold,
called the ark, in which the two stones
upon which God had written the Ten Com-
mandments were to be kept, and wherever
the tabernacle went the ark was to go too.
W. And did the children of Israel
ever reach Canaan, Mamma ?
Mamma. About a year after they left
Egypt, my dear, they came near that
beautiful land, so near that they could
see the high hills that were in it; and
they wished to know what sort of place
it was, and what kind of people lived
there. God told Moses that he might
send twelve men into Canaan to see the
land and to bring back word about it.
Then Moses chose twelve of the children
of Israel, and sent them. They were
called spies. When they got there, they
found fields and gardens full of flowers,
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lovely flowers, such as they had never
seen before. The trees were laden with
olives, and figs, and other fruit; and
there were holes in the trees, which the
bees had filled with honey-so much
honey that it quite dropped on the
ground as the men walked by. There
were plenty of cattle, and fine fresh milk
was to be had. There were vines, too,
trees, you know, upon which grapes
grow; fine large rich grapes were grow-
ing on them. The spies found one bunch
of grapes so very large that one man
could not carry it, and they said to each
other, "Let us take back this bunch of
grapes, that the children of Israel may
see what a beautiful land Canaan is."
W. I thought you said it was too large
for one man to carry, Mamma ?
Mamma. True, my dear; but two of
the men took a strong stick, and tied the
bunch of grapes to the middle of it, and
then one- man held one end of the stick
on his shoulder, and the other man held
the other end, and in this manner they
carried it all the way. The rest of the
men picked figs, and other nice fruit, and
took them back with them.
W. Were not the children of Israel
very glad, Mamma ?
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Mamma. I think they were glad to
see the nice ripe fruit; but when they
asked the spies what sort of land Canaan
was, the spies said it was a very fine
land, full of fruits, and milk, and honey,
but that they were sure the children of
Israel could never get into it, because the
people lived in great towns with high
walls; and that they were very strong,
and that some of them were great giants,
who would not let them come in. When
the children of Israel heard this they were
full of fear, and they began to murmur and
complain again, and to wish they had stayed
in Egypt instead of coming with Moses.
W. How very naughty it was of them
to do so, Mamma, when God had been so
kind, so very kind to them!
Mamma. It was, indeed, my dear, for
it showed they did not believe what God
had said, when He said He would help
them to get into Canaan. There were,
however, two good men among the spies,
who were not afraid, and who tried to
persuade the people to trust in God. But
nothing was of any use. They said they
would go no further.
W. Did not God punish them, Mam-
ma, for being so wicked?
Mamma. Yes: God was so much dis-
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pleased with their conduct, that He said
none of the people who came out of Egypt,
except the two good spies, should enter
the beautiful land of Canaan; and He
bid Moses lead them back into the des-
ert, and said they should wander about
for forty years longer, until all the men
who would not obey Him, and trust Him,
were dead; and that when they were
dead, and their children and grand-chil-
dren grown up, he would give the land
to them. How sad it is when people do
not believe all that God says to them.
Such people cannot be happy. The only
way, my dear boy, to be truly happy,
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is to place your trust in God, to rely
upon His holy word, to do His holy will
in all things, and to love our Lord Jesus
TW Was it true, Mamma, that some
of the people who lived in Canaan were
Mamma. Yes, my dear, I believe it
was. I can tell you a story about one of
those giants, if you please. The children
of Israel had a king whose name was
Saul. He became a very wicked king.
Some of the people who lived in Canaan,
and were called Philistines, came to fight
against Saul and his people. Among
them was one tall great man called a
giant. He was very tall indeed, much
taller than papa; he could not have
walked in at the drawing-room door
without stooping. He was also very
strong, and he wore armor.
W. What do you mean by armor,
Mamma. It used to be the custom in
times of war, for the people who went to
battle to wear clothes made of brass and
iron, that the arrows or spears thrown
against them might not hurt them so
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much, and these clothes were called ar-
mor. This giant had a cap of brass upon
his head, and he wore a coat of mail.
His legs had brass upon them. A great
sword hung in the sheath by his side,
and he held a spear in his hand, and a
man went before him with a shield.
W. What do you mean by a shield,
Mamma. A shield, my dear, is a large
plate of steel or brass, as large as the
nursery tea-tray, which men used to carry
before great persons in battle, to keep
the arrows from hurting them. This gi-
ant thought that no one could kill him.
For forty days he showed himself morn.
ing and evening, often calling out in a
loud voice, and asking who would come
and fight with him. He said, that if
either of the people of Israel were able
to kill him, all his people should belong
to the king of Israel, but that if he killed
the man who tried to do so, then all the
people of Israel should belong to the
W. And would any one fight this
great giant, Mamma?
Mamma. For some time no one could
be found. King Saul and his people
were in dreadful fear, for they thought
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the great giant would kill them all. Now
there was living at this time a young
man whose name was David. He had
three brothers older than himself, who
were in the battle, but he was a shep-
herd boy, and used to take care of his
father's sheep. One day his father told
him to go to the camp and see how his
brothers were, and take some bread and
cheese to them. So he rose up early in
the morning, and set off towards the
place. When he got there, and whilst
he was talking to his brothers, who
should come up towards the camp but
this mighty giant, speaking in a loud
voice, and saying, as he had done before
"Who is able to fight with me ?" Then
David's brothers and the rest of the peo-
ple were filled with fear, and ran away,
but David, though he was quite a boy,
was not afraid, and he said he would kill
him. Shall I tell you why David felt no
fear ? It was because he trusted in God,
who lives up in heaven, and he knew that
God is ever ready to help and defend
those who place their trust in him. He
knew also that the children of Israel were
God's own people, whom he had brought
out of Egypt; but the people of whom
the giant was one, were a naughty,
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wicked set of people, who prayed to use-
less idols, and who did not love and honor
the one true God.
W. Well, Mamma, and did David
really kill the giant?
Mamma. You shall hear-some one
soon went and told King Saul what Da-
vid had said. When King Saul heard it,
he sent them to fetch David to him.
When David came, the king said he
looked very young, and the giant was a
strong man and used to fighting,--he
thought it would be of no use for him to
try. David then told the king, that once,
when he was keeping his father's sheep,
there came a lion and a bear, and took a
lamb out of his flock, and he went after
the lion, and took the lamb out of his
mouth; and when the lion flew at him,
he caught him by his mane and killed
him, and he killed the bear too; and
now, he said, he knew he could kill this
great giant, as he had killed the lion and
the bear, for it was God, he said, who
took care of him then, and he knew He
would take care of him now. When the
king heard what David said, he lent him
his own armor, and his own cap of brass,
and his own sword, and said he might go
and kill the giant. But poor David was
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only a shepherd boy. He had not been
used to- such things, and when -he had
tried the armor on, he only took it off
again, and said he could not wear it;
neither would he take a sword or a
W. Then, how did he kill the giant,
Mamma. He went to the brook, and
chose five smooth stones, and put them
in a shepherd's bag, which he had. A
shepherd's bag is sometimes called a
scrip. In the other hand he held a sling.
Then he went towards the giant. The
giant heard he was coming, and went to
meet him, and a man walked before him
bearing his shield.
W. I dare say he was surprised to
see such a young man as David coming
to meet him, Mamma.
Mamma. Yes: I suppose he thought
he should see a great man like himself,
dressed in armor and holding a spear in
his hand, instead of a shepherd boy; and
he was angry when he saw him, and used
wicked words and laughed at David. But
David was not afraid. He said to the
giant, Thou comest to me with a sword,
and with a spear, and with a shield; but
I come to thee in the name of the Lord
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THE GREAT GIANT.
of Hosts." Then the giant came still
nearer to David, and David made haste
arid ran quickly towards the giant, and
he put his hand in the bag and took out
a stone, and placed it in the sling, and
threw it with all his might at the giant,
and it hit his forehead so that he fell upon
his face to the ground. Then he ran up
to him and took his sword out of its
sheath, and cut off the giant's head.
W. Oh, Mamma, then he did really
kill him! What joy there must have
been among the people of Israel when
they heard that that great wicked giant
Mamma. Yes: they were indeed glad,
and they set up a great shout-such a
shout that all the army who were fight-
ing against them ran away, full of alarm
and terror, but the Israelites caught many
of them, and killed them.
W. Did David thank God for helping
him to kill the giant, Mamma?
Mamma. Yes: he played upon his
harp and sang praises to God. This
same David, once a shepherd boy, be-
came afterwards a great king, and wrote
many of the beautiful Psalms which you
sometimes hear read in the Bible, and
one of which you already know by heart.
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I mean the twenty-third Psalm, which
begins with "The Lord is my shepherd."
W. Oh, yes, Mamma! That is Emi-
ly's favorite Psalm, and Lucy intends
soon to teach little Louisa to say it also;
and I dare say little darling Ellen and
Edward will learn it, as soon as they are
able to talk.
Jhe Qqeer of Seq.
Mamma. I told you, my dear boy, that
when David grew up to be a man he be-
came a king, and was called King David.
King David had a son, whose name was
Solomon; and when David was dead, he
also became a king, and was called King
Solomon. King Solomon built a large
and beautiful church, called the Temple,
for the people to go and worship, and
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pray to God in. The walls of this Tem-
ple were made of wood, and within it was
lined with gold. When it was done, Sol-
omon knelt down and prayed that God
would bless all the people who came to
worship in this temple.
W. Waq Solomon a good king then,
Mamma. Yes, my dear. Solomon was
both a wise and good king. Almost the
first thing he did when he began his
reign, was to bring a great number of
calves and lambs to offer to God. This
was right, because it was the way in
which God liked people to serve and
worship him at that time. The night
after Solomon had brought the calves
and lambs, God spoke to him, while he
was asleep, and said, "Ask what I shall
give thee." Now, if a little child were
told he should have anything that he
wished to have, what would that little
child say. He would, perhaps, wish for
new playthings, or for a holiday, or for a
nice long journey. It is very likely that
he might never think of asking for what
W. Ah! but, Mamma, Solomon was a
man, you know, and a man would wish
for wiser things than little children.
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Mamnma. True, my dear; but few men
would make Solomon's wise choice. Most
men would have asked for riches, wealth,
and honor, but Solomon asked for wis-
dom. He was a young man; but he was
a king; and he knew that he could not
judge the people well unless God gave
him wisdom to do so. God was pleased
with the choice that Solomon made, and
He did make him wise. He was the
wisest man that ever lived. There was
a great Queen living at that time. She
lived in a country a long way off, and
was called the Queen of Sheba. When
she heard of the fame of King Solomon,
and of his glory and wisdom, she came
to pay him a visit. She had with her a
great train of servants, and a number of
camels, laden with spices, and gold, and
precious stones, as presents for the king;
but I think her great object in coming
seemed to be to ask him questions, and
to hear his wisdom, and to see the house
which he had built. The house, or tem-
ple, which he had built for God, was a
very beautiful place, the most beautiful
in the world. King Solomon also built a
very grand palace for himself. It was
made of cedar wood, which smelt very
sweet, and there was a great throne in it
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for him to sit upon. This throne was
made of ivory, and it had six steps up to
it, all of gold; and there were two golden
lions on each side of the steps. King
Solomon used to send ships across the
sea; and they came back laden with
gold and silver, and ivory, and apes, and
peacocks; and thus Solomon became the
richest man in the world. But I was tell-
ing you of the Queen's visit. King Solo-
mon was very kind to her, and gave an
answer to all the questions she liked to
ask him; and he showed her the Temple,
and the palace, and all the things he had
built. The Queen was very much pleased
with all she saw, and she said, that al-
though she had heard much before she
came, yet the half was not told her.
W. What questions do you think she
asked the king, Mamma?
Mamma. I believe she had not heard
much about the true God in her own
country, my dear, and that she wished to
know what King Solomon could tell her
about Him. He was, as I told you be-
fore, the wisest man in the whole world.
He knew about God, and how to honor,
serve, and please Him, as his father Da-
vid had done. He also knew a great
deal about all the plants that grow, from
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the largest tree down to the smallest
flower; and all about birds, and beasts,
and fishes,-and, indeed, about every-
thing that the Queen of Sheba thought
of asking him.
W. The Queen must have thought him
very wise and clever, Mamma.
Mamma. She did indeed, my dear.
Her surprise and delight were very great,
and she said to King Solomon, "Happy
are thy men; happy are these thy ser-
vants which stand always before thee,
and that hear thy wisdom." Then she
gave the king many of the handsome
presents she had brought with her, the
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gold, and the silver, and the precious
stones; and after this she went back,
with her camels and her servants, to her
W. Did King Solomon write any part
of the Bible, Mamma ?
Mamma. Yes; he wrote the Book of
Proverbs, which is a part of the Bible full
of wisdom and useful knowledge, as well
as some other parts.
Dbe IiJoQli of 5tqpah).
Mamma. Shall I tell you a story out
of the Bible this morning, my dear ?
W. Do, if you please, Mamma. I
should like very much to hear one.
Mamma. There was once a prophet of
God, a very good and holy man, whose
name was Elisha. He lived near the foot
of a mountain, called Mount Carmel, and
he sometimes went to a place a few miles
off, called Shunem. As he used to go
there, he passed the house of a kind rich
lady. She was a pious woman. She
loved God's people, and she asked the
prophet one day to come in, and have
something to eat at her house. He did
so, and often after that time, as he passed
by, he used to call upon her. At last,
she said to her husband, "Behold, now, I
perceive that this is an holy man of
God, which passeth by us. Let us make
a little chamber, I pray thee, on the
wall, and let us set for him there a bed
and a table, and a stool, and a can
dlestick; and it shall be, when he comr
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eth to us, that he shall turn in thith-
W. And did he, Mamma, did he go in
to rest himself at that kind lady's house ?
Mamma. Yes: and I have no doubt
he was much pleased with the little sim-
ple room she had fitted up for him; for
one day, when he went in as usual, he
told his servant to let her know that he
wished to speak to her.
W. And did she come, Mamma?
Mamma. Yes: she soon stood before
him. The prophet then thanked her for
all her kindness to him, and tried to find
out whether he could be useful to her in
any way, for he wished to be kind to her,
as she had been so kind to him. But she
had plenty of money, and a nice home to
live in, anld dear friends around her, and
it seemed as though there was nothing
she wanted. At last the prophet's ser-
vant said to him, "She has no child."
W. No child! Oh, Mamma, then I
dare say she wished for a little boy or a
little girl, to make her happy, for I have
often heard you say how happy it makes
you to have little children-I mean when
they are good little children.
Mamma. You have thought right.
ihis was the thing of all others she most