Front Cover
 Front Matter
 Title Page
 Return of the prodigal son
 The saviour's first miracle
 Jacob blessing the two sons of...
 Simeon and Anna in the temple
 Dedication of the altar
 Joseph before pharaoh
 Jesus walking on the sea of...
 The ruins of Babylon
 The little God-child
 Jesus and the sea
 Jesus and the storm
 Back Cover

Group Title: Sunday readings for little folks
Title: The prodigal son and other stories
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Sunday readings for the little ones
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Table of Contents
    Front Cover
        Cover 1
        Cover 2
    Front Matter
        Page i
        Page ii
    Title Page
        Page iii
        Page iv
    Return of the prodigal son
        Page 1
        Page 2
        Page 3
        Page 4
    The saviour's first miracle
        Page 5
        Page 6
        Page 7
        Page 8
    Jacob blessing the two sons of Joseph
        Page 9
        Page 10
        Page 11
        Page 12
    Simeon and Anna in the temple
        Page 13
        Page 14
        Page 15
        Page 16
    Dedication of the altar
        Page 17
        Page 18
        Page 19
        Page 20
    Joseph before pharaoh
        Page 21
        Page 22
        Page 23
        Page 24
    Jesus walking on the sea of Galilee
        Page 25
        Page 26
        Page 27
        Page 28
    The ruins of Babylon
        Page 29
        Page 30
        Page 31
        Page 32
    The little God-child
        Page 33
        Page 34
        Page 35
        Page 36
    Jesus and the sea
        Page 37
        Page 38
        Page 39
        Page 40
    Jesus and the storm
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    Back Cover
        Cover 1
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HEN the Saviour was on earth, he
was often followed by a great many
people who were glad to hear him,
and were astonished to see the miracles
which he performed. In one verse, however,
we read, Then drew near unto him all the
publicans and sinners for to hear him." Not
the respectable and the good people, but
"publicans and sinners." Publicans, in the
Saviour's time, were tax collectors, men who
farmed the taxes; that is, they paid the Ro-
man government a certain sum of money for
the taxes of a certain district. These taxes
Sthe publicans would collect from the taxpayer,
and in many cases would demand more than
was due. On this account they were much
disliked by the people, for in this verse they
are spoken of as if they were the lowest

Return of the Prodigal Son.

class of men. The Scribes and Pharisees
murmured because they came to listen to the
Saviour, and tried to make the Jews believe
that if Jesus treated these bad men so kindly,
he must be as bad as they were, or he would
not visit them, or be found in their company.
They forgot, or would not know, that Christ
said, I came not to call the righteous, but
sinners to repentance." To prove to them
that there is joy in the presence of the an-
gels of God over one sinner that repenteth,"
Jesus told them that if a shepherd had a hun-
dred sheep and lost one out of the hundred,
he would think more about the lost one after
he had found it, than of all the others who
were not lost.
To make the Scribes and Pharisees (who
thought they were so good, while everybody
else was so bad,) think more about what he
had said, Jesus told them the parable of The
Prodigal Son." No names are mentioned, only
that "A certain man had two sons." The
youngest was tired of his home and wanted
to leave for a foreign land, so he asked his
father to let him have the share of the prop-

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Return of the Prodigal Son.

erty which belonged to him. Among the
Romans, any son when of age could claim
his property, and most likely sons of Jews
could do the same. He collected all his
money together and soon set off on his trav-
els. Where he went to, or how far he went, we
are not told, but we are told that he soon
made away with his money, by living with-
out saving anything," or wasting his sub-
stance by riotous living. A famine in the
land made him seek employment, and when
"he came to himself" he thought of his
father and his home. "And he arose and
came to his father. But when he was yet a
great way off. his father saw him," "and ran
and fell on his neck and kissed him."


N the Bible many wonderful things
are mentioned which happened at
different times, in the presence of dif-
ferent people, and of witnesses who could not
be mistaken. Aaron's rod became a serpent.
The water of the river Nile was changed into
blood. The Red Sea was divided for the
Israelites to cross over. The river Jordan was
divided for the army of Joshua to cross. More
than five thousand people were fed with five
loaves and two fishes, and even dead men were
raised to life.
These were all miracles, and the meaning
of the word miracle is a wonder, or wonder-
ful thing." A miracle cannot be wrought by
man, but by Almighty power. Peter and John
healed the lame man at the Temple gate, but
Peter said to him, In the name of Jesus
Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk."

The Saviour's First Miracle.

The first miracle which Jesus performed
was at a marriage feast in the little town of
Cana, in Galilee. The mother of Jesus was
there, and both Jesus was called and his dis-
ciples to the marriage." It is most likely that
Mary, the mother of our Saviour, was related
to one of the persons married, for she took
part in the arrangements, and when so many
were present, and the wine was all gone, she
said to the Saviour, They have no wine." A
marriage feast among the Jews, at that time,
would last for seven or eight days. Many
more might come than were expected, and this
might account for the scarcity of wine. Why
Mary told the Saviour they had no wine, we
are not told, but she seemed as if she thought
that Jesus could and would work a miracle
to furnish a supply, for she said to the ser-
vants, "Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it."
Jesus told the servants to fill six large stone
jars, which were in the house, with water;
" and they filled them up to the brim." Ac-
cording to Jewish measure, there might have
been about fifty gallons in all these stone jars
or water-pots of stone. No sooner was the

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The Saviour's First Miracle.

water poured in the stone jars, than Jesus told
the servants to take the wine (for it was not
water then) to the ruler or governor of the
feast. He was quite surprised that such good
wine should have been kept back till then ; and
told the bridegroom so.
The servants knew the water had been
changed into wine, but the governor, who had
charge of the feast, did not. This was a mir-
acle, for no man could have changed, in an
instant, so many gallons of clear water into
the best and purest wine. This was the first
miracle which the disciples had seen Jesus
perform, "and his disciples believed on him."



ACOB, the son of Isaac, and grand-
son of Abraham, left his home in
Canaan, when he was one hundred
and thirty years old, to go to Egypt, that he
might see his son Joseph before he died.
He was now seventeen years older, and the
time drew near when Jacob must die. Every-
body has to die sooner or later. All the
good men we read of in the Bible died, ex-
cept Elijah, who was taken to heaven with-
out dying. Jacob had been feeble so long
that Joseph was not surprised when some
one went to him and said, Behold, thy father
is sick." Joseph thought his father had not
many days to live, and that no skill of the
physician could do him any good. Without
waiting to call all his brothers, Joseph took


yacob Blessing the Two Sons of yoseph.

his two sons, Ephraim and Manasseh, with
him, and went to* his father's house. He
wanted them to have his father's blessing,
and he also wanted them to see how a good
man can die.
When Jacob heard that Joseph was come,
he roused himself up, and sat on the bed.
" And Joseph brought his sons near unto
Jacob, and he kissed them, and embraced
them. And Israel (or Jacob) said unto
Joseph, I had not thought to see thy face:
and lo, God hath showed me also thy seed."
" I thought you had been killed by wild beasts,
but God hath spared me to see you and your
children." Joseph then placed both his sons
before his father, that they might receive the
blessing of the aged patriarch. And Israel
stretched out his right hand, and laid it upon
Ephraim's head, who was the younger, and
his left hand upon Manasseh's head, guiding
his hands wittingly; for Manasseh was the
first-born. "
Joseph wanted and expected his eldest
son to have the blessing first, as was the cus-
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some way, that the younger son should have
the chief blessing. Joseph was not pleased,
and said unto his father : Not so, my father:
for this is the first-born ; put thy right hand
upon his head. And his father refused, and
said, I know it, my son, I know it: he also
shall become a people, and he also shall be
great: but truly his younger brother shall
be greater than he."
The portion of land which Ephraim after-
wards inherited was large and central, and
contained some of the best land in Canaan,
from the Jordan to the sea. The descend-
ants of Manasseh settled on both sides of
the Jordan, and as a tribe, was in wealth and
power very much inferior to Ephraim, accord-
ing to the prediction of Jacob.


HE Bible was not written to give us a
history of the persons mentioned there-
in. Very little is said about the life
and death of some of the worthies whose
names we find. Some one particular fact is
related about them, and that is all we know.
This is true respecting Simeon and Anna:
we only see them once, but we see them in
the best place, and we find that they were
there for the best of purposes. Simeon was
a very old man, and a very good man, who
lived at Jerusalem.
We are told that he was a just man, and a
devout or a religious man. His neighbors
could say nothing against him. He had
lived a long time on earth, and was ready to

Simeon and Anna in the Temple.

die, but he did not want to die till he had
seen the Saviour, or as it is in the Bible,
"the Lord's Christ."
In some wonderful way it was told him by
the Holy Ghost that he should not die till
he had seen Jesus. The spirit directed him
to the Temple at the very time when Mary
and Joseph brought in the infant Jesus "to
present him to the Lord." Simeon took
Jesus "up in his arms and blessed God,
and said, Lord, now lettest thou thy servant
depart in peace, according to thy word; for
mine eyes have seen thy salvation." He
had seen all he wanted to see on earth, and
now was quite willing to leave earth for
Just at that time an aged widow named
Anna came into the Temple: she too "gave
thanks likewise unto the Lord, and spake of
him to all them that looked for redemption
in Jerusalem;" or she told them, that this
child was the infant Saviour, the Messiah
promised and expected. Neither of these
two aged saints would have said what they
did to a little child, unless they had been


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certain that that child was the infant Jesus.
Every "first-born male child" among the
Jews was considered "holy to the Lord."
That is, they were to be the priest in the
family, and conduct the religious services
of the family, in case the father was dead,
or too sick, or too old, to conduct them him-
When a new-born child was presented to
the Lord in the Temple, the parents made an
offering or offered a sacrifice. Those who were
rich brought a lamb, but those who were poor
were to bring a "pair of turtle doves or two
young pigeons."
As Mary and her husband did not bring a
lamb, but the offering made by the poor
(which was quite as acceptable to God), we
know they were not rich, but they did not on
this account neglect the service of the Temple
and the worship of God.


iHE Jews, perhaps more than any
other people, were very particular in
dedicating, or setting apart by a
religious service, any person, place, or thing
devoted to the service of God, or used in his
In the Book of Samuel, we read of "ves-
sels of silver, of gold, and of brass, which
King David did dedicate to the Lord." New
houses were also dedicated. In the time of
war, officers were to say, What man is there
that hath built a new house and hath not
dedicated it? let him go and return to his
house, lest he die in the battle, and another
man dedicate it."
"At the dedication of the wall of Jerusa-
lem, they sought the Levites out of all their
places to bring them to Jerusalem to keep
the dedication with gladness."

Dedication of the Altar.

In the time of our Saviour, the Jews seem
to have forgotten that the Temple or its
courts had ever been dedicated, for "Jesus
went into the Temple of God, and cast out
all them that sold and bought in the Tem-
ple, and overthrew the tables of the money
changers, and the seats of them that sold
doves, and said unto them, It is written, my
house shall be called the house of prayer, but
ye have made it a den of thieves."
After the tabernacle was erected it was
anointed, and also the furniture, with holy
oil. The altar of burnt offerings was set
apart, by having a special sacrifice offered
upon it during seven days.
Besides this special sacrifice, the twelve
princes, who governed the twelve tribes,
offered on twelve several days, oblations or
donations for the dedicating of the altar.
And the Lord said unto Moses, They shall
offer their offering, each prince on his day,
for the dedicating of the altar." Moses
stands near the altar, to receive in God's
name the presents offered by the princes.
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offerings of oil and flour, for a meat offering,
were made every day for twelve days.
The tabernacle, which we should think of
as a movable church, was very different from
the Temple at Jerusalem.
But we should remember that the taber-
nacle, and everything connected with it, was
made of the very best materials that could
be found. It was erected at great cost.
The gold and silver alone used for its
decoration has been valued at no less than
a million dollars. It was taken down when
the camp was moved by the priests, covered
up carefully, and carried by the Levites in
regular order-only the Levites were allowed
to carry the tabernacle, and they had to be
of a certain age, between thirty and fifty.


IHE history of Joseph is one of the
most pleasing and instructive in the
It is not often that we read of a prisoner
taken from the prison and made ruler over
a large kingdom, or of a younger brother
who was sold by his elder brothers into slave-
ry, and able years afterwards to supply his
brothers, their families, and his aged father
with food in a time of famine.
Joseph was a younger son of the patriarch
Jacob. His father was so fond of him that
his brothers were jealous, and would not
speak kindly unto him. His brothers were
shepherds, and after they had been away
from home some time with their flocks and
herds, Jacob told Joseph to go and see how
they were-whether the flocks were well, and

yoseph before Pharaoh.

bring him word again. His brothers were in
Dothan. And when they saw him afar off,
even before he came near unto them, they
conspired against him to slay him."
Reuben persuaded his brothers not to kill
Joseph. So he was sold to some merchants
who were going into Egypt.
Of course the brothers could not go home
without Joseph, without their father knowing
it; and as one sin is often followed by another,
they took Joseph's coat, dipped it in blood,
and made their father believe that his fa-
vorite son had been killed by some wild
When he arrived in Egypt, Joseph was
sold to Potiphar, captain of the guard to
Pharaoh, king of Egypt. The captain was
so pleased with his new servant that he
made him "overseer over all his house, and
all that he had he put into his hand."
"The Lord was with Joseph, and he was
a prosperous man." A false charge was
made against him, and Joseph was placed in
an Egyptian prison, where he behaved so
well that the keeper "committed to Joseph's

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hand all the prisoners that were in the
prison." "The Lord was with him, and that
which he did, the Lord made it to prosper."
The king being offended with two of his ser-
vants, they were sent into the same prison
with Joseph. Each of these men had a dream
which he interpreted, and they found out to
be true.
Two years afterwards the king had a
dream which troubled him, and as no Egyp-
tian could interpret it, Joseph was sent for.
The prison doors were soon opened, and
in haste Joseph shaved himself, changed his
raiment, and went before the king. God
had told Joseph what to say, and he said it
so well that the king was pleased, and made
him ruler over the land.


T FTER Jesus had fed more than five
thousand persons with five barley
loaves and two fishes, twelve baskets
were filled with the fragments left. This won-
derful miracle was seen by so many, that some
of the men said, "This is of a truth that
prophet that should come into the world."
The multitude wanted to take Jesus by force
and make him a king, for they thought that
the Messiah promised was to reign on the
earth like a king, or as king of the Jews.
Jesus then told his disciples to get into a ship
and cross over to the other side of the sea,
while he sent the multitudes away. The dis-
ciples did as Jesus commanded them; they
went without their master, and after the peo-
ple had been sent away he went up into a
mountain to pray.

fesus Walking on the Sea of Galilee.

The sea of Galilee, often called the lake of
Tiberias, was not more than seven miles wide
at its broadest part, and although sheltered
by hills, was liable to sudden squalls and
whirlwinds; and travelers on its shores have
met with violent tempests. About the middle
of the lake the disciples were overtaken by a
storm, the ship was tossed by the waves, for
the wind was contrary. It was dark, and the
Saviour was not yet come to them. Now they
wished they had not left their Masterbehind;
but he had not forgotten them, for he saw
them toiling in rowing." In the fourth watch
of the night, or between three and six in the
morning, Jesus cometh unto them, walking
upon the sea, and would have passed by them."
"And when the disciples saw him walking on
the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a
spirit; and they cried out for fear." For they
all saw him, and were troubled." But straight-
way Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of
good cheer: it is I ; be not afraid."
They knew the Master's voice. Peter, as
usual, was the first to speak, and said, Lord,
if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the



Yesus Walking on the Sea of Galilee.
water." "And he said, Come. And when Peter
was come down out of the ship, he walked on
the water, to go to Jesus." Peter did not walk
far; while he looked at the Saviour he was
safe, but as soon as he looked at the rough
waves, he began to sink. He did walk, but
howfar we are not told. He did not sink far
in the water, for Jesus put out his hand and
caught him.
The wind soon went down, but not till Jesus
and Peter were in the ship. No wonder that
the disciples came and worshipped him, say-
ing, Of a truth thou art the Son of God."
Another miracle followed, for immediately
the ship was at the land whither they went."



O one would think from looking at
a picture of Babylon in ruins that
There was once on this very spot,
and on both sides of the great river Euphrates,
one of the most splendid cities in the world.
Babylon was a very old city, and is said to
have been built where the tower of Babel
once stood, or in its neighborhood. Noah
was alive when the tower of Babel was
erected by some foolish men, who wanted to
save themselves from being drowned in case
God sent another flood. The Bible says they
wanted "to build a city and a tower, whose
top might reach to heaven." When these
men "were scattered abroad" because they
could not understand each other's language,
"they left off to build the city. Therefore is
the name of it called Babel," or confusion.
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The Ruins of Babylon.

This gave the name to the city afterward
built, but by whom, or when, we are not so
sure. Some think Nimrod was the founder
of the city, and the work was carried on to
completion at different times by his suc-
cessors for hundreds of years. Within the
last fifty years, many inscriptions have been
found on fire-burnt brick at or near Babylon.
These have been deciphered or interpreted,
and from the dates and names mentioned
much information is obtained which is not
found in the Bible, but which in every case
proves the truth of the Bible account. Baby-
lon, in its glory, was unlike any other city of
which we read. The walls were three hun-
dred feet high, and more than seventy feet
wide. In shape, the city was an exact square,
divided by twenty-five streets, each street
being one hundred and fifty feet wide and
fifteen miles long. On each side of the city
were twenty-five gates made of solid brass.
No mortar or stone was used in the walls,
but the fire-burnt bricks were cemented to-
gether with bitumen-a kind of pitch, which
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this city was the palace of Nebuchadnezzar,
the king; the celebrated hanging gardens,
four hundred feet high, which the king had
made to please Amytas, his queen; the den
of lions; the burning fiery furnace; the tem-
ple of Belus, the god of Babylon, and the
image of gold set up in the plain of Dura.
The people of Babylon were rich, wicked,
and idolatrous, and as a punishment for their
sins, it did not long remain as the capital of
the world. For hundreds of years it was not
known where this once famous city stood.
Jeremiah wrote, that because the people were
"mad upon their idols," "the wild beasts of
the desert, with the wild beasts of the islands,
shall dwell there," "and it shall no more be
inhabited for ever."


OW many kisses every little baby
gets, and how many loving words
and looks, and yet there has been
only one baby in the world that was ever
worshiped, only one before whom men bowed
down on their knees. He was the little God-
child. When he was born angels told the
good news to shepherds ; then the shepherds
left their flocks and walked until they found
the place where the little God-child was. Al-
though the place was a stable, and the little
child was only wrapped in a long, white cloth,
those shepherds bowed down and worshiped
Not long after that three very wise men
left their books and studies, and traveled for
many weeks, probably, just to find the little
God-child. They knew the stars by name.

ihe Little God-Child.

They had been told that a new star in the
sky should be a sign that the little God-child
was born. So when they saw a new star up
among the stars they knew so well, they
started out to find the God-child. They took
with them beautiful presents of gold and per-
fumes. When they found Him with Mary,
His mother, they fell down on their knees and
worshiped Him, and presented their gifts to
Him. What a strange thing for those old
wise men to do to a little baby they had never
seen before !
When the little God-child was only forty
days' old, His mother took Him into the
great church that was called the Temple.
Joseph went too, and carried two pretty doves.
If Mary had been rich, Joseph would have
taken a lamb instead. For God had said that
when He had given a little baby to a mother,
she must show her thankfulness by offering a
sacrifice of a lamb if she was rich, and of doves
if she was poor.
Just as soon as Mary had entered the Tem-
ple with her dear little baby in her arms, an
old man came up to her and gently took the

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little one in his arms, and thanked God that
he had seen Him. He said that now he was
willing to die. Then he told Mary that her
little boy would grow up to be a king among
the Jews, and to save the people from their
sins. Then Simeon, for that was the old man's
name, worshiped the child.
Just then a very old lady, eighty-four years
of age, came up to Mary, and gave thanks to
God that she had seen Him that should be the
Saviour of men. Her -name was Anna, the
You must know that there was something
very different about the child Jesus from what
you see in other little ones. It was not that
He was more beautiful. It was because He
was God's Son. That is why He was wor-
shiped by the shepherds, the wise men, Sim-
eon, and the aged Anna.


HEN Jesus lived in this world he had a
great deal to do with the Sea of Gali.
lee. He used often to walk beside it,
and listen to the music of its waves washing
up on the shore. He sometimes went off by
himself to pray to his heavenly Father, and sat
down on a rock very near the sea. At other
times he went up on a mountain to pray where
he could look down on the sea.
One night when he was on the mountain,
and had been praying nearly all night, he
looked down on the sea, and saw Peter and
James and his other friends in a little boat.
The waves were rolling very high and tossing
the boat all about, and those who were in it
were in danger of being drowned. Jesus said
to himself, I will go to help them. He did
not take a boat to go, but just walked right

fesus and the Sea.

out on the sea as if it had been land, although
the waves were very high. The men in the
boat saw some one walking on the water.
They did not think it could be a real, live
person, and so they were frightened. When
Jesus came near he said, Be of good cheer.
It is I; be not afraid." Peter wanted to walk
out on the sea to meet Jesus. He tried it,
but he began to sink in the waves; then Jesus
held him up, and they walked side by side
until they got into the boat. Then the waves
were all still. How the men all looked at
each other in wonder at what Jesus had done!
This was not the only time when Jesus
made a storm on the sea be still. It was in
the night; and Jesus had been preaching all
day, and healing sick people down by the sea-
shore, and when night came on he needed to
rest, so he got into a little ship and told his
twelve friends to take him across the sea. He
was so tired that he laid down in the back
part of the ship, and went to sleep. The wind
began to blow, and the high waves dashed
over the ship. The men were so afraid they
were going to drown that they woke Jesus up,


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and asked him if he did not care about their
danger. Jesus spoke to the winds, and they
stopped blowing; then he told the waves to
be still. Then he told his friends that they
should have trusted him more, and not been
so frightened.
Jesus could make even the fish in the sea
do as he told them. One day a man came to
Jesus asking him for some money that it was
right for him to pay, but Jesus did not have
any money. He told Peter to go down to
the sea, and draw out the first fish he should
see, and open its mouth in which he would
find the money. Peter did as Jesus told him,
and got the money and paid it to the man.
It was a piece of silver money worth about
twenty-five cents.
Another time Jesus made hundreds of fish
come into Peter's net when Peter had been
trying all night, and had not caught one fish.
Jesus had such power over the sea and the
fish because he was God. The sea and the
fish were his, for he had made them.


T HE sun had set, and the stars were be-
Sginning to come out when Jesus said
to His twelve friends, Let us get into
the boat, and cross over to the other side."
Four of the men, Peter, Andrew, James, and
John were fishermen. Before they had begun
to follow Jesus everywhere, they had spent
almost the whole of every day in their boats,
fishing in the Sea of Galilee, so no one knew
better than they how to row a boat across the
Jesus stepped into the boat first, then the
twelve men got in. Jesus was very tired, for
he had been preaching all day and healing
sick people, so he laid down in the back of
the boat, and was soon asleep. He slept so
soundly that he did not see what his twelve
friends saw-great black clouds that seemed
to come down from the mountains, shutting

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out the light of the moon and stars. He slept
so soundly that he did not hear the wind
blow, nor feel the little ship tossing about.
Even the spray of the waves in his face did
not waken him.
The waves grew higher and higher, and at
last dashed over into the ship, and began to
fill it with water. Still Jesus did not waken.
The four fishermen, who knew so well how to
manage a boat, tried to keep the ship turned
so that the waves could not dash in, but the
wind turned the boat around faster than they
could. At last they said they could do noth-
ing more. They all thought they were in
danger of being drowned. Still Jesus slept
on. We must waken him," they all said; so
two of them went to Jesus, and called loudly
to him, Lord, save us ; we perish." Then
Jesus awoke. The first words He spoke were
to stop the storm of fear in their hearts.
" Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith ? "
Jesus was sorry that they had not trusted
him more, and believed they were in no dan-
ger so long as they were in the boat with


Yesus and the Storm.

Then Jesus stood up where he had been
lying, and spoke to the winds and the waves,
and told them to Be still! At once the
wind stopped blowing, and the waves laid
down like a dog whose master had said,
" Lie down, sir; lie down." Then the men
looked at each other, almost as frightened as
they had been in th, storm, and they said to
each other in loud whispers, What kind of a
man must he be that he can make the wind
and the sea do as he tells them! "
Jesus was the God-man; that is why he was
able to do it. There has never been lut one
God-man, and there never will be another.
Jesus was God's only Son, and he was made
a man to live in this world just a little while.



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