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t.t. -*THE PARAB LE SOF OUR LORD.THE WEDDINd GARMENT.HE kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, which made amarriage for his son,"And sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to thewedding: and they would not come."Again, he sent forth other servants, saying, 'Tell them which arebidden, Behold, I have prepared my dinner: my oxen and my fatlings arekilled, and all things are ready: come unto the marriage.'" But they made light of it, and went their ways, one to his farm,another to his merchandise:"And the remnant took his servants and entreated them spitefully,and slew them.t " But when the king heard thereof, he was wroth: and he sent forthhis armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city." Then saith he toJhis servants, 'The wedding is ready, but they which* were bidden were not worthy." 'Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bidto the marriage.'"So those servants went out into the highways, and gathered togetherall as many as they found, both bad and good: and the wedding was fur-nished with guests."And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a manwhich had not on a wedding garment."And he saith unto him, 'Friend, how camest thou in hither nothaving a wedding garment ?' And he was speechless."Then said the king to the servants, 'Bind him hand and 'foot, Adtake him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there shall be weepingand gnashing of teeth.'The wedding garment of Christians is their trust in the merits of Our* Saviour, GOD will not let any proud man, who thinks he can be quitegood without our LORD'S help,*enter into His heavenly kingdom.The Baldwin Libry:u -O
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THE TALENTS.E UR SAVIOUR once told His disciples this parable. A certainman, who was going to travel in a far country, cabled his servants,and gave each of them some money called talents. The piece of moneywhich was called a talent was worth a great many of our sovereigns.To one servant he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one,just as he thought they were able to use them.After a long time the lord of these servants came back, and wished toknow what they had done with the talents.The one who had received five brought five more, which he hadgained by trading wisely with the money.-So he had ten."Well done, thou good and faithful servant," said his master: "you havebeen faithful over a few things; I will make thee ruler over many things;enter thou into the joy of thy lord."Then the servant who had received two talents brought back four (heis the servant in the picture); and he also was praised and rewarded by.his lord.But the servant who had only one talent to use, did no good with it, buthid it in the earth, and made a rude excuse, and said he was afraid to use it.Then his master was angry, and took away the talent from him, Endgave it to the one who had ten, and ordered the idle servant to be punished.GOD gives us all some talents.-Time is one. We must use it so asto please Him; and so we must all our talents, however small they maybe. We can all workl for GOD if we try.aX
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THE WISE AND FOOLISH VIRGINS.- X ,ERE is a picture of a parable that our LORD told, to teac~ us thatwe must take care to live every 4ay just as if we expected Him tocall us home to heaven at any moment.There were ten young girls-five were wise and five were foolish.They were all asked to a wedding, which in that country always took placeat night; so every one who was to be at it would need a lamp. The foolishvirgins took their lamps, but took no oil with them; the wise took oil intheir vessels with their lamps.And while they waited for the bridegroom to come, they all fell asleep."And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroomcometh; go ye out to meet him.'"Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps."And the foolish said unto the wise, 'Give us of your oil; for ourlamps are gone out.'"But the wise answered, saying, 'Not so; lest there be not enoughfor us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, ar4 buy for yourselves.'"And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they thatwere ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut."Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, 'Lord, Lord, opento us."But he answered and said, 'Verily I say unto you, I know you not.'" Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wher:nthe Son of Man cometh."So the foolish virgins were shut out, and could not go to the marriagefeast.Let us see if we can find a lesson in this story.3
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. 9The Wise and Foolish Virgins.These virgins wee young; for in the East, if they;ad been old, theywould have been married; and yet they were asked to their lord's wedding.Christ still says, "Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid themnot, for of such is the kingdom of GOD." Now, by a marriage feast ourLORD sometimes meant the kingdom of GOD, as He did in the parable ofthe Wedding Garment. And I think you know when children are askedto that feast. It is when they are baptized.At our baptism we are told to prepare for the Great Feast with ourLORD in heaven, when He calls us; and, like the virgins in the parable, wemust be quite ready.h Thtoil in the lamps ready to light meant gentle and good behaviour,kind fords, and love and obedience; and children who have these have"oil for their lamps," and even if JESUs calls them to Him when they arenot expecting Him, they will be ready.a_ GOD has sent us into the world that we may do all the good we canto everybody. We are told we must "do unto others as we would theyshould do unto us." Now, no one likes to be spoken to crossly, or to beunkindly treated. So children must take care to speak gently, and to mindwhat is said to them, and not to be idle and careless, but always trying todo that which pleases GOD.Then if He calls them home to heaven soon, they will be quite readyto go. You will see by what we have said, that the wise virgins were notunkind to the foolish ones when they would not give them some oil, because'it is not possible for us to help each other, when we are called by JESUS togo to Him. We cannot give other people our good works. You cannotunderstand this yet, but the virgins were not unkind.Let us try to keep the lamp of love and obedience lighted, and thenwhen He calls us, we shall be ready for JESUS to take us to His heavenlyhome.An,
THE RICH MAN AND LAZARUS.'lNE day our LORD told some covetous men this parable:"There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple andfine linen, and fared sumptuously every day:"And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid athis gate, full of sores,"And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man'stable: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores."And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by theangels into Abraham's bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried;"And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abrahamafar off, and Lazarus in his bosom."And he cried and said, 'Father Abraham, have mercy on me, andsend Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool mytongue; for I am tormented in this flame.'"But Abraham said, 'Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime re-ceivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he iscomforted, and thou art tormented."'And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed.;so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can theypass to us, that would come from thence.'"Then he said, 'I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest sendhim to my father's house: ;"'For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest theyalso come into this place of torment.'"Abraham saith unto him, 'They have Moses and the prophets; letthem hear them.'"And he said, 'Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them fromthe dead, they will repent.'"And he said unto him, 'If they hear not Moses and the prophets,neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead."'This parable teaches us not to be greedy, and unkind to other people-for only those who are kind, and loving, and unselfish, can live with GoD'in heaven after they die.< s
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i HE LOST PIECE OF SILVERZ " '* '**'.n.^ NCE when CHRIST was talking to some very bad people, whom Hewished to make good, some unkind proud men who stood-:y; wereangry because the good LORD talked to those sinners.'Then JEsus, to make them understand how glad our dear HeavenlyFather is to forgive His children when they are sorry for being naughty,said to them,"What woman having ten pieces of silver, if she lose one piece, dothnof light a candle, and sweep the house, and seek diligently till she find it ?"And when she hath found it, she calleth her friends and her neigh-bours together, saying, 'Rejoice with me; for I have found the pitce whichI had lost.' '"Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angelsof GOD over one sinner that repenteth."And so, added our loving Saviour, the angels of GOD are glad whenany one who has been naughty and wicked is sorry, and tries to do better.Now children should try to be like JESUS and the angels, and- be gladwhen a little playfellow, or sister, or brother, is sorry for being naughty.Every child knows how nice it is to find something he or she has lost-how much more they care for it than they did before; they ought to bejust as glad when a naughty child is good as if they had found a lost pieceof silver.And they should try and coax the cross child to be good, and not[ teaze and be unkind.Here we end our Pictures of Parables. Was it not very good of ourLORD JESUS CHRIST to tell people so many pretty stories, which had, asyou have seen, two meanings, one of which the hearers had to find out?These pretty'stories or allegories are called in the Bible "Parables."
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