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Title: The book of Sunday pictures for little children New Testament
Physical Description: 96 p., 6 leaves of plates : ill. (col. plates) ; 18 cm.
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Publication Date: 1854
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LITTLE boys and girls: are you fond- of true stories,
aid pretty pictures? If you are, you will find stHl e
here. The stories are all taken from the holy
of God. You may read them now in these pages;
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but you must learn to read them in the Bible,
where you will find them as the Holy Spirit has
caused them to be written for our use. They are
given to us to make us wise and holy in this world,
and to lead us to a happy home above the sky.

A long time ago, some men were seen on their
way to the little town of Beth-le-hem. This name
means "the house of bread."
There are some places we love, because they are
the prettiest spots to be found, or because we have
there spent many happy days. We may have, sat
under the trees, or picked the flowers that grew
there. Or we love them because some of our kind
friends live in such places. There is not a town or
village but is dear to some one. The town of Beth-
le-hem was loved by many, for in the fields around
it, pious Ruth once went to glean the ears of corn.
There, too, David spent his early days with his
harp, and first sang some of his sweet and holy


The men who were now on the way to this town
had come a long journey-from some lands in the
east. They did not wear a dress such as we do,
and we suppose the colour of their skin was much


Darker than ours.
seen a star in the


These were wise men, who had
sky. It was a bright and lovely



star, such as they had never seen before. God had
put it into their minds to know what this star
meant. It was to show them that there had been
born a little child, who was the King of the Jews.
The wise men left their homes, and had at last
come to the land where the child was born, but
they did not quite know in what city to find him.
So, as they went along, they asked of those they
met, Where is he that is born King of the Jews?
for we have seen his star in the east, and have
come to worship him."
At this time there was a king named Herod, who
was told of the coming of the wise men. He was
not a good man, and when he heard about them, he
was full of trouble. He thought that the new born
child would grow up to be king, and take away
his throne.
Herod asked of the wise men when it was that
they first saw the star. He then told them to find
the young child, and to come to him again. He
said he also wished to worship him; but this was
not true. It was to know where the young King
was, that he might kill him.

When you were born, you were laid in a nice
bed, in a warm and quiet room. When the son of
a king is a babe, he sleeps in a palace. His cradle
is often made of silver; and curtains of silk and
gold are drawn around it, and it is all made soft
within. But where did the wise men find the
infant Jesus ? They found him in the stable of an
inn. And they saw that Mary his mother was a
poor young woman, and not a rich lady. Did they
find all the people in the place full of joy ? No;
yet they knew they were right, for God made the
bright star stand over the place where the young
child was laid.
Would no one, then, give up his room in the inn
for the dear babe? Must he be born where the
cattle rested at night, and be laid in the manger
where they fed? No room for the Son of God?
Oh, how strange! Yes, he was born as a poor
babe, and now even the poorest children may be
sure that he can feel for them, andithat if they love
him he will be a friend to them.
The wise men had brought with them some rich
gifts. These gifts were fine gold, and sweet spices.
How glad they must have been that they had found


him whom they had come so far to see; and not
only to see, but to worship him as the King of
kings. They bowed at the feet of the sinless babe;
and may we not hope that they gave him the best
gift ot all, the love of their hearts ?
But these wise men were not the only ones who
came to see the lovely babe. Not far from the


city of Beth-le-hem, there were fields in which
some shepherds kept watch over their flocks by
Night. When it was quite dark all at once a clear


light shone in the skies, and then shone on the field
where they sat. They had never seen such a
golden light before. It was not like the light
of the moon, or the stars, or the sun; it was far
more bright than these, for it was as the glory of
You may be sure that the men were at first
afraid; and the more so when they heard a voice in
the skies. It was the angel of the Lord who had
come to them to tell them not to fear. And then
he spoke to them these sweet words: "Behold,
I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall
be unto all people. For unto you is born this day
a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord." Then he
told them in what place the babe was born, and
that they should find him in a manger. We never
knew before of any child whose birth was made
known in this way. But now he who is the
Lord of angels had been born, one of the holy
beings came with joy to tell the good news to the
The wonder of the shepherds was great indeed.
When all at once many angels-perhaps more than
we could count-were seen in the sky, and thus


they sang: "Glory to God in the highest, and on
earth peace, good-will toward men."
How sweet must have been the sounds in that
dark still night, when a host of angels sang the
praises of Jesus! Such music had never been
heard by man before. It was heaven come down
to earth. You never heard an angel sing. What
would you say if you were to hear many angels
singing, and to see the glory of heaven shining
aroxind them! But that cannot be now. Yet, if
you love Jesus, you shall one day not only hear
them sing, but shall join in their songs. In heaven,-
saints and angels love to sing his praise.
The shepherds said one to another, Let us go
and see this great sight." So they came to the
stable where the babe was laid; and when they
saw him, they also bowed before him.
The good news brought by the angels was not
only for these poor men; but for all people-for
you who read this book-for children all over the
world. When the wise men saw the babe in the
manger, they did not know that he had come to
suffer, bleed, and die. They did not know that
those little hands and feet were to be nailed to a


cross. But we know that they were. We know
that God sent his Son to die, that he might save
all who believe on him.
Shall we not, then, love Jesus who became a
poor babe for us? Do you say that if he were
to come again to the earth, you would love him,
and give him room in your house? But we know
that he will not come again to be pooi and
cast out. We cannot give him room in this
way. Yet this we may do; we may ask him to
come and dwell in our hearts. But if he should
come, and we have no room for him there, what
would he say to us? We may be sure there is no
room for Jesus in our hearts, if we love sin.
Oh, may I love and praise his name
Who once for me a child became:
Help me, O Lord, thy will to do,
My sins forgive, my heart renew.

MATTHEW ii. 14-23; LUKE ii. 40-52.
The Son of God came to this world as a little
child. Every other child has. been born in sin,
and has grown up in sin. Jesus was the only


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HOLY CHILD. He was quite holy, and always
holy. In his heart there was no wrong desire;
his lips never spoke a foolish word; all he did
was pure, and true, and good. In all his life there
was not one sin.

No mocking jest, nor angry word,
Was ever from the Saviour heard;
Holy he was, and meek, and mild,
A pattern for the youngest child.

The name given to the holy child was the
sweet name of JESUs, which means "a Saviour."
He was so called because he came to "save his
people from their sins." For this he was born,
lived a life of sorrow, and died on the cross.
He dwelt as a child at home with his mother.
With her he sat in the house and knelt in prayer;
and with her he walked the fields near the
town where they lived. Children have their little
cares and trials, and so we think Jesus had. He
knew how a child feels, and what it loves. He
felt what makes the young heart happy. When
he saw children show their evil ways, his holy heart
must have been very sad. And as he once felt as


a child, so he now knows how to comfort and help
all those little ones who look to him in faith.
Oh, is it not a blessed thought,
Children of human birth,
That once the Saviour was a child,
And lived upon the earth ?
We have seen how the shepherds went to see
the holy babe as he lay in the manger. When
they went away, they told all they*met about the
angels' song in the field, and of him they had seen
in the stable. The news was soon taken to Herod.
The Jews had long looked for a king who should
rule over them. When Herod heard that a child
was born who was called "King of the Jews," he
was full of fear. He tried to find out which was
S the young child, that he might kill him. He gave
a cruel order that all the little boys in the town
of Beth-le-hem, who were under two years old,
should be slain. In this way he felt sure that
the child Jesus would be among them..
But God knew the evil thought that was in his
heart. And he told Joseph, the husband of Mary,
S to take the young child and his mother, and go
into Egypt.



Joseph did as God told him. It was a long
way to travel; and they had to go over rocky
paths and across a dry desert of sand. We may
think we see Mary sitting on an ass with her lovely

babe in her arms, covered to keep him from the
heat of the sun; and Joseph walking by their side.
This was the way God saw to be best to keep
the child from the anger of the cruel king. Jesus
was thus cast out by man almost as soon as he
was born.


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'Mary and Joseph did not stop very long in the
land of Egypt, for king Herod soon died. They
then came to their own land, and lived in a small
town. There in the midst of its green hills and
vales Jesus spent his early youth. Here he grew
in favour with God and man. "He became strong
in spirit, filled with wisdom, and the grace of God
was upon him."

Once a year the Jews went from all parts of
their land to the Temple in the great city. They
went there to worship God, and to keep a feast as
he had told them to do. When Jesus was twelve
years 'old his mother and Joseph saw that he was
a wise and good child, and they took him with
them to the feast..
When the feast' was over, they made ready to
go on their way home, along with other people
Swho were going the same road. It was a long
way, ,and they would be some days on the road.
At night they must rest in a tent, or in the open
air. On the first night of their journey, when it
was time to rest, Mary looked for her son Jesus;
: but she could not find him. Was he among some


of her friends ? If so, she must seek for him. But
no one had seen him. Where could he be? Was
he left behind in the great city? Mary and
Joseph soon went back, and sought him for
three days.
When a mother loses her child in a strange
place her heart is full of fear: she can get no
rest; she goes about in tears, and asks, "Have
you seen my dear lost child ?" And oh, what joy
she feels when at last she finds him!
After three days Mary found Jesus; and where
do you think he was? He was in the Temple,
sitting among the doctors, or teachers. As he sat
with them he asked about holy things. He was
not talking vain and foolish words, but they
were about God, and truth, and heaven. We
may be sure he spoke in a meek and proper way.
He was not like some children who are bold and
pert; but he was gentle and humble. When the
doctors heard him, they were filled with wonder.
Jesus was not ,yet called to be a teacher: he was
glad to be a learner. While other children were
at play in the streets, he was in the Temple-not
to look at the fine things that were there, but to


hear about his Father's will. All the time he
lived he never forgot that he had come to do his
Father's will on earth.
After this, Jesus went home to Nazareth with his

mother and Joseph, and as a holy youth he obeyed
them. We .may be sure he never once did any
thing to make them unhappy. It is thought he was
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brought up as a carpenter. Yes, though he was
" equal with God," and "was God," when he came
into the world he learned to obey in all things.

There is not much told us about the child-life of
Jesus; but what we do know may teach the young
what they must seek, and what they must do, if
they would be like him.
If you would be like Jesus, you must never
speak a false or unkind word; never be angry or
sullen; but in all things seek to do his holy will.
And that it may be so with you, ask for the Holy
Spirit, to make your heart a loving and a true
heart, and that you may be humble, gentle, and
meek. Like him too, ask of those who can teach
you, that you may grow in wisdom, and in favour
with God and man."
You must be subject to your parents; which
means, you must obey them, and seek to please
them. Jesus did not think he was too old to obey.
Some children, when they are twelve years old,
wish to do as they like, and to have their own way;
but they should know, that this is not right. The


will of. God is that they should obey their parents
in all things.
If you are a poor child, you should think that
Jesus was a poor child too. He lived in a lowly
home, and had few rich friends; he did not wear
fine clothes, or feast on the most dainty food. All
he wore or had was plain and simple, and with such
you must be content.
Lord, help me by thy grace to be,
Lowly and kind of heart like thee;
Gentle and loving, meek and mild,
Thy servant, though a little child.


There are many names given in the Bible to
Jesus Christ. Among others,, he is called the
LAMB OF GOD. He was so named by John the
This John was a man of God. He was sent to
preach to the people, and to prepare the way for
Jesus. He did not preach in a city, or in a house,
but in a wild part of the country, and, in the open
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air. It was in such a place he lived. He wore a
dress made of camel's hair, and around his body


-there was a girdle or sash, made of skin. His food


was partly wild honey, which he found in the holes
of trees or in the rocks.
When John preached he used to cry, "Repent."
He told the people they must be sorry for their sins,
and not sin any more.
One day John saw Jesus coming to him, when
he said to the men that were with him, Behold
the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the
Why did John call Jesus the Lamb of God?
The Jews would know very well. They used to
offer lambs in the Temple. These lambs were killed,
the blood was spilt, and part of the flesh was
burned. This was as the Jews were told to do by
the law of God, to take away sin. It was not that
the death of these lambs could take away the guilt
of sin. But it was a type, or sign, of what Jesus
Christ should suffer on the cross to take away our
guilt. There is a sweet text which says, "The
blood of Jesus Christ-cleanseth us from all sin."
Do you not know that we are all sinners, and
that Jesus came to die for us ? We look to him as
the Lamb of God: he was meek and gentle as a
lamb, and like a lamb he offered himself. And now


all who believe in him shall be saved; they shall go
to heaven when they die. All the happy saints in
glory sing the praises of Jesus; and in their song
they say, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain."
And if we go to heaven, we shall sing it too.

Lamb. of God, thy death hath given
Pardon, peace; and hope of heaven.

LuxE xv.
Do you love a teacher who is kind and good and
wise? Jesus was such a one. He taught the
people in so plain and pleasing a way that they
knew what he meant. He taught them by parables,
or short stories. .One of these parables was about a
lost son.
A rich man had two sons. The younger of these
sons did not wish to live at home with his father,
he wanted to do as he liked. "Father," said he,
" give me my share of goods." And when his
father gave him his portion, or share, the son went
away into a distant land. The young man now


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lived a wild and wicked life. He was far away fiom
his kind father, and was as one lost and dead.
It was not long before he had spent all his

money, and those who had led him into evil ways
now left him. There was no one who would be
kind to him, and he was so poor that heewent into
the fields to take care of swine. And he was so

hungry, that he would gladly have taken some of
the food that the swine did eat. All his fine
clothes were now changed for rags, his merry feasts
for want, and his gay friends for lonely sorrow.
As he saw the swine feed, he thought of the
happy days he had spent at home. Then he said,
"I will arise and go to my father, and will say to
him, Father, I have sinned against heaven and in
thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy
son." We think there must have been many tears
on his pale face as he spoke these words, and that
they must have flowed fast from his eyes.
Then he arose, and went to his father. Perhaps,
as he went along he said to himself, "If my father
will not speak to me, what shall I do? If he
should drive me away from his door, I must lie
down and die. I am not fit any' more to be called
a son; if my dear father will only let me be a
servant in his house, how happy shall I be !"
We do not know what he said as he went along;
but we do know that when he came near to the
home of his youth, his father saw him. Some one
may have told the old man that his poor ragged son
was on his way back, he soon went to meet him.


And when his father saw
his neck, and kissed him.

him, he ran, and fell on

The good father forgave him all that he had
done wrong. He called to the servants to take
away the ragged dress, and to bring the best robe
for him to put on. Then a ring was placed on

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his hand, and shoes on his feet. A feast was got
ready, while the happy father cried, "This my son
was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is
We see in this parable or story what a sad state
we run into if we will have our own way. When
we go from God our Father, we go into sorrow and
ruin. All sin leads from God, and brings us into
shame and trouble. But our Father in heaven is
ready to forgive us. He will, for Christ's sake,
pardon our sins, put on us a new robe, and receive
each one as a child who was lost and is found.
You know how glad you are to find anything
you have lost. The woman who lost a liece of
money, and the man who lost a sheep, were glad
when they had found what had been missing.
How much more glad is a father who finds a lost
child. So there is joy among the angels of God
when a poor lost sinner repents, and turns to

MATT. vii. 24-27.
Little children, when at the sea-side, often make


a house of sand. Then they watch it till the waves
beat it all down. But this they do in play.
They would not think of making a house of sand
to live in, for they know it would soon be washed
away. Yet there are some people who are so
foolish as to Act as if they built such a house for
their home.
Our Lord Jesus Christ once sat on a mount, and
taught the people. He told them many things
they should do, and also what they should not do.
He was so wise and kind that they were glad to
hear his words. But Jesus knew that they would
soon forget what he'had told them. To show them
that they must not only hear his words, but obey
them, he told them the parable of the two men
who built their houses, one on the sand, and the
other on a rock.
The two houses may have been so much alike,
that they looked as if they were built in the same
way, and to be both alike strong. But soon the
black clouds came along the sky, the rain fell in
heavy showers, and the water rushed over the
ground. The storm beat upon the two houses.
Which was found to be safely built ? Not that on


the sand; for it was soon shaken, and fell, and
great was the fall of it.
The other house did not fall, for the man had
dug deep into the ground till he came to some
rock, and on that rock he built. He made his
house strong and firm, and when the wind blew

loudly, and the waters rushed wildly, the man and
his house were quite safe.
Do you not say, how foolish was the first of these
men not to take better care how he built his house;


and how happy was the other man whose house
stood fast when the storm beat upon it ?
Jesus says that those who hear his sayings, and
do them, are like the wise man, who built his house
on a rock. But all those who hear his words, and
do them not, are like the foolish man who built his
house on the sand.
Little child, you hear the words of Jesus Christ
in the Bible. You must not only hear and read
them, you must love them, you must obey them.
You are like a builder. All your life you will be
like a man who builds a house. Everything you
do, will be as brick or stone added to the house.
And soon this house will be tried. There are many
things in the world that will try it. God will try
it. Ask of him to help you by his Holy Spirit,
that you may be a wise builder.
Lord, teach me all that I should know;
In grace and wisdom may I grow;
The more I learn to do thy will,
The better may I love thee still.

Have you ever seen a blind man sitting by the


side of the road, and begging of the people as they
pass along ? You may have seen such a sad sight,
and not have given a kind look or word. Jesus
never passed the blind without showing his great
pity, and how ready he was to help.

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One day when Jesus was going out of a city,
a great many people were with him. On the way
side there sat a blind man. He heard the noise of
the feet, and the sounds of the voices, of the crowd
of men as they came along the road. And he may


have asked what the noise meant. Some one told
him that Jesus, who had cured so many people, was
coming that way. When he heard that, he began
to cry aloud, Jesus, thou Son of David, have
mercy on me!"
The people told him not to call out They
thought that Jesus would not care anything about
a poor blind beggar. But the man cried the more,
"Thou Son of David, have mercy on me!"
Jesus heard his cry, and did not turn away from
the man. Never did he refuse his help to those
who sought it. His heart was full of love and pity,
and he had such power that he could heal every ill.
He called him to come near, and then said to
him, "What wilt thou that I should dounto thee ?"
Jesus knew what the man wanted, but he would
have him ask for a cure. "Lord, give me sight,"
said the man. And as he turned his poor blind
eyes to Jesus he heard the glad words, "Go thy
way, thy faith hath made thee whole."
Oh, think how great was his joy when he first
looked up! All his life he had been quite dark.
He had never seen the green trees, or the bright
sky, or the flowers on the earth, or his dear mother's


face. But now he had sight, and could gaze on all
things. His first look, we think, must have been to
Jesus. He had left his home that day a poor blind
man; he went back at night with light in his eyes
and joy in his heart. He had got a cure without
money, without pain, and without delay.
Jesus Christ came into the world "to open the
eyes of the blind:"-not only those who have blind
eyes, but who have blind minds-dark, wicked
Do you say, I am not blind ? But do you not
know that the Bible speaks of those who having
eyes, see not ?" They can look on the earth and
the sky, and yet they are blind in their minds; sin
has made them so.
But Jesus still hears those who call on him in
faith. By his Holy Spirit he now makes us see,
Then like the man of whom you have read, we arise
and follow him. Ask him, then, to open the eyes
of your mind. It is as if he were now passing by.
If you pray to him you shall find that he can bless


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A FLOCK of sheep and lambs are in the field. A
man sits under the hedge: he takes care of them
while they feed on the sweet grass. He is called a
shepherd. If he is a good shepherd, he will be

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kind and gentle with the flock. He must not let
any one hurt them; and at night he must take them
home to the fold.
Who are like the little lambs and sheep? The
Bible says that we are; for we are weak and need
help as they do. We often wander, and may soon
go far away. When we do not fear and obey God,
we go astray like lost sheep. We should be lost for
ever if there were no good Shepherd to seek and to
save us.
Jesus Christ is the good Shepherd. In his great
love he came to this world to seek those that are
lost. For us he was born, and lived, and died. His
heart is full of love. He is such a loving Shepherd
that at all times he keeps watch over his flock. He
looks upon them when they lie down, and when they
rise up. He knows they may go astray, or be hurt
by those who seek to kill them. Satan is like a
strong lion, and .goes about -to destroy the flock.
When we feel likely to do wrong, or when we know
we have done wrong, we must ask the good Shepherd
not to leave us, but to keep our souls for his name's
sake. We must seek his help to do what is right.
A shepherd must feed his flock. He will guide


them to places where they may find nice grass to
eat and sweet water to drink, and where they may

lie down and be quite safe. He will go before
them, and they will follow him. Jesus feeds his
sheep and lambs. The truths of the Holy Bible are
like food for our souls. If we read and love them,
they will keep us in a true life. If we follow Jesus,
trying to do his will, he will guide us into all truth.
When a little lamb is weak or ill, a kind
shepherd will carry it in his arms, or on his back.


Sheep and lambs are very silly things, and some will
be sure to wander from the rest of the flock. It was
so in the land where
Jesus lived. A lamb
-. --. would stray into some
--=g wild place, where it was
in danger of falling
-'- down the steep sides of
hjgh rocks. The shep-
Sh' erd had often to go a
S long way in search of
the lost lamb. When
it was found it was very
tired, or much hurt, or
S nearly dead. The thorns
had torn its sides; or it
had fallen down, and the blood was coming from its
head. The shepherd would then kindly take it on
his back, or in his arms, and carry it to the fold.
His heart would be full of joy when he had found
the little sheep he had lost.
Our good Shepherd takes care of his little ones.
It was said of him: He shall gather the lambs with
his arm, and carry them in his bosom." Are not


The little lambs of Jesus' fold
To him are very dear;
He loves them now, as when of old
He called the infants near.


these sweet words ? They show us how much he
loves his little flock, and how gentle he is to them
when they wander from him.
But there is one way which more than all shows
the love of the good Shepherd. He laid down his
life for his sheep. He died for them. For them
his hands and feet were nailed to a cross of
wood; for them he hung in pain, and shed his
blood. Oh, what love to bear all this that they
might be saved, and at last go to the fold in'
Who are the true lambs of the flock? Wicked
boys and girls are not. And while they go on in
their evil ways they cannot be. Yet the good
Shepherd pities them, and calls them to come to
him. He sees that they will be lost if they do not
hear his voice. Satan would draw them away, and
the Shepherd says to them, "Come unto me." To
go to him, is to believe in him, to trust in him to be
saved, to give him our hearts' best love.



Kind gentle words of truth and love.
In easy portions found
Like manna falling from above,
In his good word abound.

Dear Shepherd, let thy lambs be fed
With thine own truth and love,
And by thy tender care be led
Safe to thy fold above.

LUKE xvi. 19-31.
A poor man lay at a rich man's door. He was
very poor, for he was a beggar. His body was full
of sores, which gave him much pain, and he could
not work to get his bread. It may be that he had
no kind friend, no child, no- one to care for him or
to love him. Day after day he sat in the street,
near a rich man's door. He would have been glad
of the crumbs that fell from the table in that house.
As he lay in this place the dogs came and licked
his sores.
Every day as the door of the great house stood


open, the rich man was seen at his table. His dress
was fine linen and purple cloth. A feast was
spread before him. Much money had been spent
to buy all that he could desire to eat or drink.
Servants were seen very busy in waiting on their
master. Sounds of joy and sweet songs were heard
in the rich man's gate.

poor beggar"at the door, which state would you
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The time at last came when both these men must
die. And then what a change! The poor man
was taken by angels to heaven. He had no house
on earth, and no friends; but now he was carried to
a bright home in the skies, and holy beings were to
be his friends for ever. The rich man sank into
hell, where he cried for a drop of water to cool his
tongue, which was full of pain. He had no fine
home or rich feasts there, but dark woe and burn-
ing pain.
Why was one of these men happy, and the other
lost? The one had loved God; the other had not
loved God. The beggar was pious; the rich man
lived only to enjoy this world.
Do all poor men then, love God and go to
heaven? No, many are very wicked. Do all rich
men love the world only, and forget God? No,
there are many who love him with all their hearts,
and their love to him leads them. to show their
love and pity to the poor. No one will go to
heaven because he is poor. No one will go to hell
because he is rich. God gives us all our places in
this world. Some are high, and others are low.
Some are full of pain, and others have health. But


we may all love and serve him in that state in
which he has placed us.
Jesus can give us true riches: those which are
better than money, or houses, or fine clothes, or
jewels. His love and blessing are better than any
thing in this world. These he will give us if we
ask him. These are riches for the heart; they will
make us truly happy; and when we die we shall
enjoy them in heaven. A little child who lives in
a poor home or in a 'large house, may have them.
Will you not ask of him to make you rich with the
best riches ?
May you his will obey
For all his will is love,
While in this world you stay,
And in the world above;
Then shall you see your Saviour's face,
And praise him better for his grace.

MARK x. 13, 14.
Jesus went about the land to teach the people,


and to heal the sick. Once when he was on his
way, some mothers heard that he was near to where
they lived. Were not their hearts glad? They
did not wait to be asked, but they took their chil-
dren, and with joy and hope went to the place

where Jesus was talking to the people. See how
quickly they went along the road. Here was one
mother with a baby boy in her arms, and there
another mother leading by one hand a little girl,
and by the other her little son. Others came after
them, with their children by their side. They felt


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quite sure that Jesus was the tender friend of the
young. And were they not right?
Yes; Jesus had come into the world to bless
even little infants. When he saw the mothers, he
took their children in his arms, and blessed them.
But there were some men who would have kept
the little ones from coming to Jesus. Did they
think that he was too great a teacher to take notice
of children? Or did they suppose that he had no
blessing for such as these? If they did, they were
soon taught better; for Jesus spake these sweet
words: Suffer the little children to come unto me,
and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of
God." He had not met with them before: they
were taken to him for the first time; and yet he
looked upon them with love. Oh, if we could have
seen him press one little infant to his bosom, and
then put his hand on the head of the next; and so
take them all and bless them all, should not we
have been glad! And are you not ready to say-

I wish that his hands had been put on my head,
And that I had been placed on his knee,
And that I might have seen his kind look when he said,
"Let the little ones come unto me."


If you had been there, he would have done the
'same to you. Perhaps you think if Jesus were now
on earth, you would go to him. But it is long
since he went to heaven, how then can you go?
You can go to him by faith. You may be quite
sure that he loves you, and sees you, and can bless
you. You can pray to him, and he will hear you.
Though you cannot see him, you may be certain
that he sees you, and hears you when you call upon
him. Little children in China, in Africa, in France,
and in every land, may now all seek and find him.
You must believe all that the Bible tells you
about Jesus. When you read his words, "Suffer
little children to come unto me," you must feel they
are as true as if you saw him stand and place his
hands on your head. He still in the Bible speaks
to you these words-" I love them that love me;
and those that seek me early shall find me."
When you read that he will be your Saviour, you
must trust in him as much as if you heard him say
so, or as if an angel came to tell you.
You may be quite certain that Jesus loves you,
though you are so weak and young. He would
have you go to him, though you have an evil heart,


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and often show such sinful ways. He knows that
you have a soul that will never die, and he came to
save it. He sees that your sins would shut you out
of heaven, and he died on the cross so that your
sins might be forgiven. Listen to a short story.
There was once a little girl named Mary. Her
father went down a trap-door into a dark cellar.
When Mary missed her father, she went to seek him.
As she came to the door of the cellar, she cried out
aloud, "Are you down there, dear father?" Then
the father said, "Yes, Mary; would you like to
come to me ?" "Oh, it is so dark," said the little
girl, "I fear I should fall." But the father said,
"Well, my dear, I will catch you in my arms."
"But I cannot see you, father." I know it," he
said, yet I am really here. I see you, and you shall
not hurt yourself. If you will jump, I will catch
you safely. Mary then took a step, and then
another, and then threw herself into the cellar, and
was caught by her father in his arms. This little
girl had faith in her father, that he meant what
he said, and that he loved her too well to let her
fall. If you trust in Jesus, you shall be safe
for ever.


JOHN xi.
Jesus had no house of his own to live in. He
was the Son of God and the Lord of all worlds,
yet he had not a home on earth. He once said,
The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air
have nests, but the Son of man hath not where
to lay his head." No man was ever poorer than
Jesus. But there were many who loved him,
and who were glad to ask him to their homes, that
he might have food and rest.
If Jesus were now on the earth, do you so love
him that you would ask him to come and dwell
with you? Would it be your delight to wait on
him, and to do what he told you? Well, Jesus
will come, if you seek him, and live with you
always; but the place in which he must dwell,
is your young heart. And the way in which you
must show your love is by obeying him in all
In a little town called Bethany, there lived two
sisters and a brother. Their names were Martha,
Mary, and Lazarus. They were a happy, pious


family; and Jesus often went to their house. But
neither their piety nor the visits of Jesus kept away


The brother fell ill. We may be sure that the
sisters did all they could to make him well. But
when they saw him get worse, they sent to their
best Friend. This was the message they sent:
"He whom thou lovest is sick." When Jesus
heard these words, he did not go to heal the sick
man. Why did he not hasten to the house ? Did
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he not care for their grief? Oh, yes, but it was
for "the glory of God" that the brother should
die. Jesus knew that this sorrow would be for their
good, and that the Jews would see his great power.
If you had a kind brother who was very ill,
would you not send for some one who could make
him well? Would you not do all you could to
save his life ? To be sure you would.
But for two days Martha and Mary waited for
Jesus to come to them; yet he came not. And
then the brother died, and was buried.
Where was Jesus all this time? He "stayed
two days in the place where he was." Did he not
know there was great danger? Yes; he, knew all
that was taking place in that sick-room. He knew
that the brother was getting worse, and then he
knew that he was dead.
When any one we love is taken away by death,
we think it is very kind in friends to come to us,
and speak words of comfort. It was the custom
in the land where Martha and Mary lived, for the
Jews to go to the house where any one had died,
and weep; and then they went to the grave, and
with music made a mournful sound, and cried aloud


with their voices. In this way many of the Jews
came to weep with the sisters, and go with them to
the grave.

Jesus now said to his disciples, Lazarus is dead.
And I am glad for your sakes that I was not
there, to the intent ye may believe. Now let us go
unto him."
Jesus came to the town, and went to the grave.
And when he saw the sisters in their grief and the
tomb of his friend, he wept. What a sight was
that, to see the Son of God in tears. We do not
wonder that the Jews should say when they saw
him weep, Behold, how he loved him."




The sisters soon heard the voice of Jesus call
their brother to come out of the grave, and in a
moment the dead came to life again. We can
suppose we see the body in its grave-clothes
coming out of the tomb, and the sisters on their
knees at the feet of Jesus. And there is the man
who has just rolled away the stone from the grave.
He stands as if afraid of what he now beholds.
The people around lift up their eyes to heaven.
Some are full of fear, and some of joy. While
others run to touch the body, to see if it were truly
This great deed was done for those who were at
the grave; and not for them only, but for all
who should hear of it in every age. It was
done for our sake. Young as you are, you may
say, All this Jesus did, and he did it for me."
As you think of it, do not forget the love of Christ
-and what he does for those who believe in him.
If we have faith in him, we shall share in his love
now, and at the last day we shall hear his voice
call us from our graves. He will raise us to a life
of glory in the world to come. There all will be
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There we shall not weep again;
Never know a grief or pain;
But with joy for ever sing
Praises to our God and King.

When any one has been kind to us, we like to
show our love in any way we can. If a dear
parent, or brother, or sister, has been made quite
well, when we feared they would die, we thank
those who have helped to make them well.
If Mary loved Jesus before her brother died, she
must have loved him much more after he was
raised to life. One day she showed her love in
this way. She was told that Jesus had gone into
the house of a rich man named Simon. She then
got a box-made of a sort of pretty white stone,-
and filled it with a sweet perfume, which cost much
money. With this box in her hand, Mary went to
the room into which Jesus had gone.
People then did not always sit at table as we do
now. ThMy used to lie on a kind of sofa or bed so


that any one could come
their feet and their heads.

behind them, and 1
In this way Mary


behind where Jesus lay, and broke the white box,
and the sweet perfume fell on his head and feet.
Some who were at the table were angry when
they saw what Mary had done; but Jesus was
pleased. And he said, She hath wrought a good
work on me. She hath done what she could."
What a happy woman was Mary to hear these
words from her Lord! Should not we like to do
as she did, and to hear the same kind words spoken


of us ?. But we cannot do as Mary did, for Jesus
is now in heaven. Yet if we do what we can to
show our faith and love to him, we shall, at last,
hear his words of praise, and share in his joy for
Do you ask, What can a little child do?
If you ask the Lord to help you with his grace,
you will soon find many things you can do to
honour him. "Even a child is known by his
doings." You may be gentle and loving in your
family. You may help to send the gospel to
the heathen. You may tell some one you know
of. the love of Jesus Christ. And though you have
no box of sweet perfume to offer, you may give
the sweet love of your heart to him, which will
please him more than any other gift.

LUKE xviii.

Two men went to the Temple at the same hour.
They went to pray. One was a Pha-ri-see, and the
other was a Pub-li-can.


The Pharisees made a show of their piety. They
prayed, fasted, and gave money to the poor; and
it was right so to do. But then they did not do
these things from love to God. When they prayed
they did not mean what they said; nor did they
live a holy life. They were vain and proud. They
loved to be seen of men, and to be talked about as
if they were the most pious people in the land.
They looked upon others as riot being so good as
they were. But our Lord Jesus knew what was in
the heart of man. He said they were like whited
tombs; and though they were fair to look upon, yet
they were full of evil.
The Publicans were those to whom the taxes were
paid. They were mostly very wicked persons, who
did not care to do right to man, nor to please God.
The Pharisee went to pray in the Temple. He
stood near to the most holy place. He got as far
from the Publican as he could, as if he were too
proud to be seen near to him, or feared that he
would touch him. Then he began to tell God what
a good man he thought he was; that he often fasted
and prayed and gave away much money. He
proudly said that he was not a bad man like the


Publican. This he called his prayer; but it was not
prayer at all. He did not cry for mercy; nor con-
fess his sins; nor ask God to help him. All he did

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was to talk of his own ways, which he made sure
were very good.
God did not regard this proud man's prayer.
And so, after all the fine words he had said about
himself, he went home with the anger of God still
upon his soul.


Now look at the Publican. He knew that he had
lived an unholy life. He felt as if he were not fit to
come into the Temple. So he stood afar off-just
at the door. He did not dare so much as to lift his
eyes to heaven. As the tears fell fast down his
face, he smote on his breast, and cried, "God be
merciful unto me a sinner."
This was a short prayer, but his heart was so full
of grief that he could say no more. Though so
short, it means a great deal. God heard that prayer.
He saw the man was sorry for his sins, and that he
felt the need of mercy. And God did forgive him,
for all who humbly seek pardon shall find it. The
man went home in peace with God.
We must not be proud, or boast that we are
better than others. We may thank God if he has
kept us from being so bad as others, but we must
not trust in what we have done. We can only be
saved through what Jesus Christ has done for us.
When we pray, we must tell God that we do not
deserve any good thing, but that we ask for mercy
and grace on account of the merits of Jesus. If we
seek pardon trusting in Him, God will hear and
bless us.


LUKE vii. 11-17.
Jesus went about doing good. He did good in
all places, at all times, and to all people who came to
him. He gave sight to the blind, and hearing to
the deaf. He made the dumb to speak, and the sick
to be quite well. No one ever did such good and
great things as he did. And why? Because he was
God as well as man; and had all power in heaven
and earth.
As Jesus went one day to a little city, called Nain,
many people were with him to see the wonders he
did. He was now going to do good. Had any one
sent for him ? No; he knew there was a work of
mercy to be done, and he went a long way to do it.
He drew near to the city, and saw a crowd
coming from the gates; and as they came along
they wept. They were taking the body of a young
man to the grave. It was not in a coffin, but on a
sort of frame, called a bier, over which was a white
linen cloth. Some of the friends were before it; and
after it came the mother of the dead young man.
Poor woman, we think- we can see her. How she


weeps and cries aloud. She is a widow, and this is
her only son.
Jesus saw her tears, and he came nigh to help her.
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grave, for he knew all about the loss. He then
spoke to the poor mother, and in kind words said to
her, "Weep not." Why did he tell her not to
her, LLWeep not." Why did he tell her not to


weep? Because he knew that in a moment he
would turn her sorrow into joy.
Jesus went to the bier, and told the men who
bore it to stand still. They at once obeyed him.
Then with that voice which shall one day call our dead
bodies from the grave he cried, Young man, I say
unto thee, Arise." And he that was dead sat up,
and began to speak. In an instant the blood again
flowed in his veins, the cold body was warm with
life, and the pale face had the glow of health.
The young man then came from the bier, and
Jesus took him by the hand, and gave him back to
his mother. Do you not imagine you hear her cry,
"Can it be my child? Oh, yes, it is my son I
feel his warm kisses on my cheek, and his arms are
around my neck. It is indeed my son."
The tears of those who were going to the grave
were changed into joy. Every one was ready to
speak the praises of Jesus who had raised the dead
to life.
Let this true story show us that the young may
die. They grow up like a sweet blossom; but the
stem is broken, and just as we hope to see the
lovely flower it withers and dies.


But Jesus speaks to the young. He asks them to
love and follow him. Then, if they live many years,
or only a few, on the earth, they shall arise from
their graves and bloom in glory.

MATT. xiii. 45, 46.
What is a pearl? It is a white shining thing
found in some kinds of oyster shells. Pearls are
worn by ladies on their necks, and some are placed
in the crown of our queen. Most pearls are very
small, but when a fine large one is found, it is worth
a great deal of money.
Jesus spoke a parable of a man who went a long
way to buy pearls. He was a merchant. We may
suppose he came to a place where pearls were
sold. Every one who had any of these fine jewels,
took them to the market place, and spread them
out on mats. Then the merchant went to look
at what were to be sold. He saw the people all
busy: some were buyers, and some were sellers.
As he walked along the market he looked at the
pearls in the shells. At last he saw a very large


and fine one. There was not such another in all the
place. So he said to the seller, "What is the price
of this pearl ?" The man asked a very large sum for

it. What was the merchant to do? He had not so
much money, and yet he knew there never could be
found so good a pearl as that one. He-then made
up his mind that it should be his own, and he took
all his goods and sold them, to buy this lovely pearl.
Some of the people may have looked at him, and
some may have said he was mad. But did he do


rightly ? Yes; he had got a most lovely pearl. He
would now be a rich man all his life.
All people-young and old-are seeking for a
pearl. What is it? It is called happiness. They
wish to be happy. Some think if they are rich, they
shall gain this pearl. Others hope to be noble and
great in the world, or in some other way to secure
it. But the only way to be happy is to be pious-
true religion is the lovely pearl, and for which we
must be ready to give up all things.
And what is true religion? It is to love and fear
God; to believe in Jesus Christ who shed his blood
to take away our sins; and to live in peace with all
men. That you may be early pious, ask of God to
give you his Holy Spirit, then you will look on all
things in this world as only like pebbles on the road-
side. But to know and love Jesus will make you
rich for ever-you will have the Pearl of great price.
In some of our Sunday Pictures we have seen
how many good and wise lessons we may lean from
what our Lord Jesus Christ said and did/ Let us
think of them very often, so that we may love him
more, and serve him better than we have done in
our past days.


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CHILDREN should love to go to the house of God.
They can there join in prayer to God, they can
listen to his holy word, and unite in songs of
praise. "Young men and maidens, old men and
children, let them praise the name of the Lord."
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When Jesus was on the earth, some children
were one day in the house of God. Let us see what
they did there, and what was their song of praise.
The house of God was then called the Temple.
Jesus called it his Father's house. It was the place
where God had said he would dwell, and where the
people went to pray to him. This Temple was in the
great city of Jerusalem.
Once when Jesus went
to the Temple, he rode
S there on an ass, and a
little colt ran by its side.
Crowds of people came
to meet Jesus, and went
along the road, singing
and making a great
noise. This was their
song: "Hosanna: Bless-
ed be the King that
cometh in the name of
THE PAIM TREE. the Lord: peace in hea-
ven, and glory in the highest." The word hosanna"
means save, we pray."
Some of the people took branches from the palm-


trees, which grew by the way side. They carried
them in honour of Jesus. Others cast their robes
on the ground, as a carpet for him to pass over.
As the crowd went along many children heard
the noise, and they soon found what it meant.
They saw Jesus riding, and the people, some going
before, and some coming after him. Did they say,
" It is nothing to us; let us go and play; we do
not care about joining in the praises of Jesus?"
No; they were glad when they heard the song,
and they began to do as the people did. They too,
with their young voices, cried, "Hosanna to the Son
of David."
Then they all came to the Temple, and went
into it. It was not long before the blind and the
lame heard that Jesus was there. Some felt theii
way or crept along; and others got some kind
friends to lead them to the place. And soon was
heard their cry to Jesus for pity and help. Nor
did they call on him in vain. In his great love he
made them quite well. You may be sure there
was much joy among all the people who had come
there, when they saw what was done. And then
again the children cried aloud, Hosanna."


The priests tried to stop the shouts of the little
ones; and they said to Jesus, "Hearest thou what

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and sucklings thou hast perfected praise ?"
What did these children mean when they thus
cried in the Temple? It may be that some of

did as other people did. Like some children now,
who sing the praises of God, but do not mind the
words they use. Yet we think some of them may

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have known. It was as if they had said, We are
glad that the Saviour has come. Save us. Wel-
come to the Son of David. May he be King in the
earth." They may have heard from their parents
what was written in the Bible, of the great things
God would do for his people, and now they hoped
it was all about to take place.
You cannot do as these little children did; but
you may do what will be like it. You can go
to the house of God, and sing the praises of Jesus
there. But be sure to sing them with your heart as
well as your voice. You can pray that his kingdom
may be over all the earth. And he will be pleased
to listen to your songs, and by his grace he will
fit you to sing the "new song" in heaven.

After Jesus had done so much good in the world
he died a sad and cruel death. He, before whom
the wise men bowed when an infant.;-who healed
the sick and raised the dead,-who rode as a


king into the great city, and whose praises were
sung by the children in the Temple, was put to the
shameful death of the cross.
When we die some kind friends may stand by
our bed-side. They will try to ease our pain,
and comfort our hearts. They will speak loving
words, and pray 'for us. It was not so with
Jesus. Bad men smote him with their hands, and
spit upon him. They mocked him as they put on
his head a crown of thorns, and cried, "Hail, King
of the Jews !" They called him evil names. They
struck him on the back with rods, till the blood fell
on the ground. After this, though he was weak
and bleeding, they made him carry a large and
heavy cross of wood.
The wicked men took him to a place out of
the city, and pierced his hands and feet with nails.
Then they raised him up in the air, that all might
see him suffer on the cross. And to dishonour him
they hung him between two thieves. Yet not an
angry word came from his lips. Only words of
peace and love were spoken by him. He even
prayed to his Father for these bad men.
When they saw him suffer so meekly, and heard


him pray for them, did they not pity him? No
for they shook their heads, and mocked again,
saying, He saved others; himself he cannot save."
Could he not then have saved himself? Yes;
but he knew that he had come into the world to
die such a death.
Do you then ask, "Why did Jesus die?" The
Bible tells us: "Christ died for our sins." (1 Cor.
xv. 3.) Death came by sin. But Christ never did
sin. He did not then die for any sins of his own.
But it was for our sins he died on the cross.
God is holy, and all sin is hateful in his sight.
He has given us a holy and good law to keep, and
has said, The soul that sinneth it shall die." God
cannot forget or neglect his own words. He
cannot give up his law. He cannot give up his
right to rule over us, or to punish the wicked. What
then did he do ? In his own love and pity he sent his
Son into the world to live and die, that we, through
him, might be saved. We should be lost for ever, but
he, the Holy One, died for us, who are sinful. This
is why we call him OUR SAVIOUR.
Jesus died of his own will. He said, "I lay
down my life. I give my life for my sheep." God


was well pleased both with Christ's life and with
his death. The law we had broken, he obeyed.
The curse, or anger of God, which would have come
upon us for our sins, he bore. He bore our sins
in his own body on the tree;" that is, the cross.

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Among the Jews, in former times, a sheep or a
lamb was slain, and put upon an altar. Its blood
was shed to show how sin would be taken away
by the death of Jesus Christ. Jesus is the Lamb
of God, that taketh away the sin of the world."
All who are saved, are saved by him alone.


The very youngest child that goes to heaven will
be saved only by him.
The death of Christ will save only those who
believe on him. If you would be saved, you must
believe and trust in him. You have been born in
sin, and sin is seen in what you do. It is in your
nature, and in your life. There is only one way in
which you can find pardon, and go to heaven.
Jesus says, "I am the way." Go to him, then, in
faith, and say, Lord, save me."

MATTmEW xxviii.
Some of those who loved Jesus stood by the
cross. They saw him suffer; they heard him pray;
they looked on him when he bowed his head and
died. When Jesus was dead they asked if they might
take his body and bury it. With weeping eyes and
loving hearts, they gently took the body from the
cross, placed it in a clean linen cloth, and bore it to
the grave.
It was not such a grave as those we see. It was


a kind of vault or tomb in the side of a hill. It was
cut in a rock in the garden of a rich man, and
was quite a new tomb.
In a short time there came a guard of men, to
watch the grave, at the wish of the wicked Jews.
They said that the friends of Jesus would take away
the body at night, and then say that he had risen.
They knew that he had said that on the third day
he would rise again. So the guard of men rolled a
great stone over it, and a seal was put on the stone,
so that no one should move it. The men then sat
down to watch the place. But the stone, the seal,
and the guard could not keep Jesus in the grave.
In the night a great noise was heard; the earth
shook; the door of the tomb flew open; the stone
was rolled away; and Jesus arose from the dead.
For fear of him the guard shook with terror, and
were as dead men.

The full moon shone over the tomb; then a little
grey light in the sky showed that it would be soon
day. The streets in the city were empty; the birds
were asleep on their nests, and all was quite still in
the garden. It was not long before Mary and other


pious women came to the place. They had in their
hands some sweet spices to put upon the body. This

was what people often did to the dead in those
days. It was to show their love and grief.
We may think of them, as they went sadly
on their, way. As they walk along they talk of
their Lord; how good he was, and what great things
he had done. Then they tell how gentle and kind
he was, so that they could not but love him.


When they came to the door of the tomb, they
saw the stone was rolled away, and the grave was
empty. An angel, in a bright white dress spoke
to them, and told them that Jesus was risen.

After this John and Peter, who had heard that
the body of Jesus was not in the grave, came


running to the place. They looked into the tomb,
and knew not what to think as they saw the linen
clothes lying by the side, but the body was not
Soon the good news spread abroad that Jesus
was risen. He was seen by many who loved him.
They saw the marks in his hands and feet where the
nails had pierced, and in his body into which a
spear had been thrust, and on his head where the
crown of thorns had been placed; and then they
knew that he was their Lord.
After forty days Jesus went up to heaven. All
was joy there, and there was joy on the earth.
Angels sang aloud as the King of Glory rose to the
skies; and the disciples went into all the world
and made known the good news of his love and
Yes, Jesus has risen: he is now in heaven. Yet
he hears our prayers, and as our High Priest offers
them to God. He sees us when we need his help.
How great is our mercy that we have such a loving
friend in heaven. He is now ready to give his
Holy Spirit to them that ask him. He pleads for
his children, that their sins may be pardoned; and


he waits to welcome the souls of those who have
loved and served him on the earth.

A field was sown with wheat. But when the
wheat began to grow many weeds sprang up among
it. What was done to the weeds? They were of
no use; they were taken away and burnt. It was
like this at first among those who said they were the
friends of Christ; there were some who were not
his real friends. They were like the weeds among
the wheat.
Some of the chief disciples who had lived with
Jesus, were called apostles. These apostles were
sent to make known the gospel in the world. They
often meet with the other disciples. As it was a
time of trial to the poor friends of Christ, those
that were rich sold a part or all of their lands and
goods, to help those that were in want. It was as
if they had only one purse among them all.

Now, there were a man and his wife who isol
some land, but they did not give up all the iinrire
to the common stock; they kept back part of the
price, though they wished it to appear that they had
Given it all. Perhaps when they gave this part to
Peter, one of the apostles, they were proud of
what they did, and hoped that all who saw their
gift would speak well of them, and say how kind
they were. This was what we call deceit. It was
acting a lie. They tried to make what was false
look as if it were quite true. Did they think there
was no one who knew that they had kept back part
of the money ? We shall soon find that the eye of
God had seen what they had done.
Peter knew by the Holy Spirit that they had not
done what was right. When he saw the man, he
said thim, Why hath Satan filled thine heart to
lie to he Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the
price of the land ?" What did the wicked man say ?
He could not speak a word. He fell down in a
moment, and died. Some young men then wound
up the body in a cloth, and took it away to bury it.
While they were gone, the wife, who did not
know what had been done, came into the house.
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Peter then asked her, Tell me if you sold the land
l )h so much?" And she.said, "Yes, for so much."
It. was the same lie the man had just told. Then
said Peter, "How is, it that you have agreed to
tempt the Spirit of the Lord? Behold, the feet of
them which have buried thy husband are at the
door, and shall carry thee out.

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SThen she also fell down, and died. And when
-the young men came in, they took up her body,
and put it in the grave by the side of her husband.


God cannot love those who tell lies. He is
angry with them every day. Yoi iuu-st fear to sin
in this or in any other way. Ask of the Lord to
give you a holy heart, that you may speak the truth
at all times. For "all liars shall have their part
in the lake that burns with fire." We know the
anger of God will come upon all sinners unless
they seek. for pardon through Jesus Christ, and
confess and forsake all sin.

ACTS ix.
These words were spoken by a man named Saul.
He was born in the city of Tarsus. When he was
young he had the best teachers, that he might be a
wisean. All his friends thought he was very good
an oly, and he looked upon himself as serving
God much better than most people did. But all
was done to get to heaven by his own deeds.
But did he truly fear God? How could he when
he was cruel to those who loved Jesus Christ? He
went into their houses, bound them, and dragged
them out. Some he put into dark prisons, and
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others he killed. In this way he showed that his
heart was not right in the sight of God.
One day, Saul with a band of men was on his
way to a city. He was going to search for those
who loved Christ. He was full of anger, and was
mad against them. But he did not know how hard
it was to fight against the Lord.

It was about noon as Saul and the men were
passing along the road, when on a sudden a bright
light shone from the sky. The light was more


bright than the sun is even at.noonday. It was as
the glory of heaven. The light was so strong that
Saul could not look upon it. It struck him blind,
and he fell to the ground.
Then a voice from heaven was heard: "Saul,
Saul;" and he was asked why he was so cruel and
wicked in going to destroy the friends of Christ. In
his alarm he cried, "Who art thou, Lord?" And
the Lord said, I am Jesus."
Saul was now in great fear. It may be that
he thought Jesus would strike him dead on the
spot. Then he cried aloud, Lord, what wilt thou
have me to do ?" And the Lord Jesus said, "Rise,
and stand on thy feet." It was then made known
to him that he was chosen by the Lord to -preach
the gospel to the world.
From that hour Saul was like a new man, for the
41oly Spirit had touched his heart. He was born
again." He joined himself to the friends of Christ,
whom he loved very much; and he preached the
faith he had tried to destroy. His name was after
this changed to Paul.
There is work to be done by all, even by a child.
You should ask, Lord, what wilt thou have me to




do ?" Pride and passion are to be overcome.
Self-will and evil desires are to be put away. All
that is good and lovely is to be sought. The Lord
is to be obeyed, and all who know you are to see
that you wish to make them happy.

AcTs xvi. 19-31.
Paul was now a missionary. He went from land
to land, and from city to city, to tell the good news
that God had sent his Son into the world to save
sinners. He passed over wide seas and across hot
deserts. He was often in peril by land, in peril by
water, and in peril by robbers. He was hungry
and thirsty, cold and naked. But he did not care
for pain, or trouble, or the loss of all he had it the
world. Love to Jesus made all things easy. He
was willing to die in the work of so kind a master.
But good men who try to lead others to God
are often like lambs among fierce wolves. Paul
found it to be so, for he was beaten with rods, and
large stones were cast at him. Then he was put


into a dark cell in a prison, along with a pious
man called Silas. Their feet were made fast in the
stocks, or a frame of wood with holes in it.
Do you think they were full of sorrow as they lay
in the dark and dirty cell, with their feet in the
stocks? But they were not. For listen to those
words that are heard at night in prison. And again
hear the sweet sounds of a holy song. What can
they mean? Oh, Paul and Silas are praying,
and they sing praises to God as they lie in the
prison. They feel that the Lord whom they serve
is with them, as he was with Daniel in the lions'
den. They are quite happy. If we love God we
may be happy in every place, and at all times.
And now, in the middle of the night, there were
other sounds. A loud noise was heard, the earth
shook, the prison walls trembled, the door flew open,
and the chains were broken. The keeper of the
prison awoke from his sleep, and drew his sword to
kill himself, as he feared Paul and Silas had got out
of their cell. But Paul cried, "Do thyself no
harm: we are all here." Then the keeper called for
a light, and sprang into the cell, and saw that they
were all safe.


The keeper ill at the feet of Paul, and cried,
"What must I do to be saved ?" He now saw that
he had been a cruel and wicked man. Paul then
said to him, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and
thou shalt be saved, and thy house." Perhaps he

had never before heard the way m which a sinner
could be saved; but he now hears it. believes with
his heart, and is baptized.
This is a question for old and young: What
must I do to be saved ?" Happy are they who say
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these words from the heart, who look to Jesus,
and believe in him. They shall be saved for ever.

Look at this picture. It shows you Paul in
chains. He stands before two men of power and
rank. Their names are Festus and Agrippa. They
have come with much pomp, and have sat down on
their seat to hear what Paul has to speak.
Some wicked Jews have come a long way to lay
false charges against Paul. He now stands up
before his judges, and the chains are upon his
wrists. He tells them that he was born a Jew, but
when on his wayto bind those who love Christ, he
saw a light from heaven. And so he goes on to
make known to them all that the Lord had done
for his soul, and the way in which he had been sent
forth to preach the word of truth.
As he thus spoke, one of his judges told him he
was mad. But the holy man kindly and boldly
wished that they were like what he was, except his
chains. After this Paul was put on board of a ship,
sent to a far-off land, there again to be cast into a



Paul once came to a place called Berea. Here
he found many who loved to read the word of God.

They had not the whole of the Bible, as we have.
But the part they had, they read with care. We


may think we see some of them with the word of
God in their hands, seeking to know what God had
spoken for their good.
After Paul left them, he went to the city of
Athens, to preach the gospel to the people there.
What did Paul see? He saw a large and fine
city, with its wide streets, and houses of marble.
He saw the temples with their idols made of ivory,
and silver, and gold. Along the sides of the streets
he saw other idols and altars. There were so
many that he could not count them. But there
was one altar on which he saw the words To the
unknown god." Though the people at Athens had
so many gods, they thought there might be one
whom they did not know; and lest he should be
angry with them, they built this altar to his
How did Paul feel? He felt sorry that such
wise men as those were who dwelt in this city
should bow before idols which their own hands had
made. They did not know the true God, and Paul
wished to make him known to them. If they died
in their sins, he knew they would be lost for ever.
He felt pity for them, that they had not heard of

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