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HISTORY OF JOSEPH. HISTORY OF OUR SAVIOUR.
HISTORY OF MOSES. MIRACLES OF CHRIST.
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THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL.
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THE MOTHER of the little Boy for
whom "Mamma's Bible Stories" were
originally written, has been repeatedly
asked by his younger brothers and sisters,
who are now quite familiar with that little
volume, to tell them some new Bible
Stories. While attempting to comply
With their request, and to select and sim-
Splify some of the beautiful histories with
* which Scripture abounds, so as to suit
their infant capacities, it has occurred to
her that the little readers of the first
volume may, like her own little nursery
group, be pleased to possess a Sequel.
May He who often condescends to
bless the most humble attempts to guide
the youthful mind to a knowledge of
divine things, grant a blessing in this
instance, and may every dear child who
reads this little book be numbered indeed
among the lambs of its Saviour's flock.
LESSON I. Cain and Abel, 1
II. The Children of Israel, 10
III. Crossing the Red Sea, 22
IV. Their Food in the Desert, 29
V. The Commandments, 41
VI. The Golden Calf, 51
SVII. The Twelve Spies, 62
VIII. The Great Giant, 72
IX. The Queen of Sheba, 86
X. The Woman of Shunem, 96
XI. Naaman, 112
XII. The Good Young King, 127
-XIII. Queen Esther, 138
"XIV. Proud Hainan, 150
XV. Job, 162
LESSON I. Jesus in the Temple, 171
II. Jesus Riding on an Ass, 180
III. Lazarus. 194
IV. Mary washing Jesus' Feet, 203
SV. The Draught of Fishes, 210
VI. The Poor Lame Man, 220
SVII Peter in Prison, 228
MAMMA'S BIBLE STORIES.
CAIN AND ABEL.
Little Wilberforce. WHEN my
brother Daniel was a little boy,
dear Mamma, you used to tell him
pretty Bible Stories, and I wish
you would tell some to me. I
mean some new ones, such as I
have never heard before, for I have
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read Mamma's Bible Stories so
often that I know them all quite
Mamma. I will try, my dear,
but I cannot promise that they
will all be quite new to you.
The first story I will tell you
shall be about Cain and Abel.
After Adam and Eve were turned
out of that beautiful garden, in
which God had put them to live,
they had two little boys, and their
names were Cain and Abel. As
they grew up, they had both to
work hard. Cain used to plough
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the ground and sow corn, that
there might be bread for them to
eat; and Abel used to take care
of sheep, for he was a shepherd.
Cain was not good when he was
a boy; and when he became a
young man, he was a bad man.
He did not love God. He did
not love his brother Abel. And
he was so naughty that he would
not do what God told him to do.
W. What did God tell him to
do, Mamma ?
Mamma. He told him to bring
a lamb, and offer it for a burnt-
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offering. But Cain did not obey
God. He brought some fruit in-
stead of a lamb, and so God was
not pleased with him.
W. And did Abel mind what
God said, Mamma ?
Mlamma. Yes, my love. God
told Abel also to bring a lamb ;
and, as he wished to please God,
he chose out the very best lamb
in his flock, to offer as a burnt-
offering. So God was pleased
with Abel, but He was not pleased
with Cain. This made Cain very
angry. He was angry with God,
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and angry with his dear brother.
This was very sad, for brothers
and sisters ought always to love
each other, and to do all they can
to make each other happy.
W. I think Cain was like
Joseph's brothers, Mamma, for you
know how unkind they were to
Mamma. Yes. Cain felt to-
wards his brother Abel just as
Joseph's brethren felt towards him,
though there was no reason for it.
But this naughty, unkind feeling
soon led to something worse. First,
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Cain found fault with his brother;
then he grew jealous, and became
angry with him; and, at last, one
day when he was alone with him
in the field, he rose up against him
and killed him!
W. Oh, Mamma, how very
sad! Did Cain really kill his
brother Abel ?
Mamma. Yes, my dear, I am
sorry to say he really killed him.
This shows us how careful we
should be not to give way to
naughty, evil tempers, for one bad
thing- leads to another, and, at
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last, if people get very angry they
hardly know what they do. We
should pray to God to fill our
hearts with love, and try all we
can to be kind and obliging to
every one around us.
W. I should think naughty
Cain was never happy again; was
he, Mamma ?
lMamma. I do not think he
ever was, my dear, for wicked
people, who break God's commands,
cannot be happy. Soon after
Cain had done this cruel thing to
his poor brother, he heard God's
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voice calling to him, and saying,
" Where is Abel, thy brother ?"
And then this wicked Cain said
he did not know.
W. Oh, Mamma but that was
telling an untruth, for he must
have known he had killed him.
Did not God punish him for being
so wicked ?
Mamnm. Yes: God told him
that he should leave his father
and mother, and wander about on
the earth all the rest of his life;
and God put a mark upon Cain,
that every one who met him might
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know that he was the wicked man
who had killed his brother. Let
us learn from this story how wrong
it is for brothers and sisters to quar-
rel, and let us pray to God to help
us to obey His holy commands in
all things, and to fill us with love
to Him and to each other.
THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL.
W. Mamma, you know Joseph
sent a great many waggons for
Jacob and his children and grand-
children to ride in, when they went
down into Egypt.* I should like
to know whether they stopped in
Egypt all the rest of their lives, or
whether they ever went back to
their own country again ?
Mamma. The children of Israel,
as Jacob's children and grand-
See "Mamma's Bible Stories," page 42.
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children were called, lived a great
many years in Egypt, my dear,
after the death of good old Jacob.
God loved them, and called them
His own people. The king of the
country, who had been so kind
to Joseph, was very kind to them
also, and for a time they were very
happy, and everything seemed to
go on nicely. At length, how-
ever, Joseph died, and soon after
him the good king died also; then
a very wicked man came to be
king, and he did not like the
children of Israel. He was very
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unkind to them, and treated them
in a very cruel manner, making
them work hard by night and by
day, just as though they had been
W. What work did the cruel
king make them do, Mamma ?
Mamma. He gave orders that
they should make a great many
bricks, and build very high walls;
so, instead of taking care of their
flocks, as they used to do, they
had now to dig up the clay, and
to make bricks., and to dry them
in the sun; and the wicked king
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sent men to beat them if they did
not work hard. Nor was this all,
for at last he said that all their
little boys should be thrown into
the river and drowned. Moses,
whose name is well known to you,
was one of those little boys.
TV. Oh, Mamma, then the king
who was so unkind to the children
of Israel, in making them work so
hard, was the very same king who
gave orders for all the little boys
to be killed when Moses was a
baby, and when his mother hid
him in the little cradle of rushes.
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Milamnma. You are right. Moses
was one of the children of Israel,
and I am glad you remember the
story I once told you about him.
When Moses grew up to be a man,
he did not forget the good God
who had watched over his cradle
as it floated in the river, and who
had kept him in safety there, until
the king's daughter found him.
He loved and served God himself,
and did all he could to lead others
to serve Him too. It made him
very unhappy to see how cruel and
unkind the new king was to the
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children of Israel. One day he
saw one of this cruel king's people
beating a poor slave very much.
Moses could not bear to see him
treated in that cruel manner. So
he killed the man, and then dug
a hole in the ground, and put him
into it. When the king heard
what Moses had done, he was very
angry, and he said he would kill
Moses also if he could find him.
So Moses fled into a country some
way off, and instead of living in a
fine palace with the princess, as he
used to do, he spent his time in
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taking care of sheep. One day,
while he was watching his flock on
a mountain, God called to him, and
told him to return into Egypt, and
tell King Pharaoh to let the chil-
dren of Israel go back into their
W/V. What was their own land
called, Mamma ?
Mlamma. It was called the land
of Canaan, my love.
WI. Did the naughty king give
leave, Mamma ?
Mamma. No: he was angry,
very angry indeed, at the message
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which Moses brought, and he said
he would never let the children of
Israel go. Indeed, he was now
more cruel to them than ever, and
made them work harder than they
had ever worked before. God
thought it right to punish him for
being so unjust and wicked; and He
sent many dreadful judgments upon
him and upon the people of Egypt.
W. Will you tell me what
they were, iMamma ?
MJamma. There was a great
river which ran through the coun-
try, of which the people used to
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drink; and God turned the waters
of it into blood. He did this to
try whether proud Pharaoh would
listen to the message Moses
brought; but no, he still said the
children of Israel should not go.
God then sent great swarms of
insects called locusts, very much
like large grass-hoppers. They
came upon the land and ate up
every green thing, the flowers and
the corn, the trees and the shrubs;
not a leaf was left.
W. And did the wicked king
let the people go then, Mamma ?
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lMamma. No: he did not mind.
So God poured down great hail-
stones from Heaven, and killed all
the cattle that were in the fields,
the cows, and the goats, and the
sheep. It was a dreadful storm ;
but still the wicked king would
not let the people go.
W. And what did God do at
last, Mamma ?
IManmma. After sending a num-
ber of dreadful punishments, none
of which seem to be of any use,
God sent an angel to take away
the eldest child out of every house
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in Egypt. So Pharaoh was afraid
lest he and all his people should be
killed, and he was at last willing
to do as God bade him. He told
Moses that the children of Israel
W. Oh, Mamma, how glad I
am! Did they set off at once,
and how did they go ? There
was no kind Joseph living now,
to send waggons and donkeys for
them, and they had a great way
to travel. It must have taken
them a long time to get back to
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MIamma. A very long time, my
dear. It was forty years before
the children of Israel reached their
own happy country.
W. Oh, Mamma, what a long
long time How did they find
their way ?
MJamnma. The Lord went be-
fore them by day in a pillar of a
cloud, to lead them the way; and
by night in a pillar of fire, to give
them light." Just as the wise
men were guided by a star, when
they went to look for Jesus in
the stable, so the children of Israel
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were guided by this moving pillar,
which God kindly placed before
them, on purpose to direct them
what road to take.
CROSSING THE RED SEA.
W. Mamma, I wish very much
to know what that cruel wicked
king Pharaoh said, when he found
that the children of Israel were
really gone. Do you think he
was sorry or glad ?
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Mamma, No sooner had they
set off, my love, than Pharaoh
began to be sorry, and to wish
that he had not let them go.
And what do you think he did ?
IT. I do not know, Mamma.
Will you tell me?
Mlamma. He got together all
his horses, his chariots, and his
horsemen, and went after them
to bring them back, if he could,
into Egypt. Now reach out your
map, and I will show you where
they were. Here is Egypt, and
there is Canaan, or the Holy Land
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whither they were going. What
divides the two countries ?
1W The Red Sea, Mamma.
Was it called the Red Sea because
the water was red?
Jlamma. No, my dear. Al-
though it had the name of the Red
Sea, the water was like other water.
Well, just as the children of Israel
had reached the sea-side and put
up their tents, that they might rest
a little after their long journey,
they heard a great noise, a noise
of wheels and a noise of horses.
They looked at each other, full of
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alarm and fear, and soon they saw
the haughty king, and his soldiers
and people, coming after them.
Then they were very much afraid,
for they did not know how to get
away. The Red Sea was before
them, and they had no ships in
which they might sail across it.
On their right hand and on their
left hand were high rocks, which
they could not get over ; and had
they tried to go back the way they
came, they would only have met
the cruel king, and his cruel soldiers
and people. But just at this very
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moment the great God was their
friend. He is the friend of all who
put their trust in Him. He told
Moses to stretch out his hand over
the sea, and that He would then
make a path for the people to g'o
through. Moses did as God told
him to do. He held tip his hand ;
the mighty waters parted in the
middle, the waves went back on the
right as on the left, thus leaving
a safe dry path for the children of
Israel to walk in.
W. What, Mamma! through
the middle of the sea ?
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lMamma. Yes, my love. The
children of Israel walked through
the middle of the Red Sea as
though it had been dry ground,
and their cattle went with them.
God in His great mercy and good-
ness took care of them, and kept
them in safety.
W. But what became of the
king and his people, Mamma?
iMamma. I will tell you, my
dear. They thought that they
too could march safely through the
sea. And they went in with their
horses and their chariots, and their
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soldiers and captains, a great way;
but they never came back again,
for God blew with His wind ; the
sea dashed its great waves over
their heads; the water came across
their path; and whilst the happy
Israelites had safely landed on the
other side, Pharaoh and all his
people were drowned in the middle
of the sea. Thus God was pleased
to punish this wicked king, who
would not obey His commands, and
who had no fear or love of God in
his heart. My dear child, may we
learn from this story, that if God
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be our God, we shall be safe and
happy wherever we are, and what-
ever we are doing. And may we
learn with Moses, to praise His
holy name, and to thank Him for
all the blessings He is day by day
pouring down upon us.
THEIR FOOD IN THE DESERT.
W. When the children of
Israel had reached the other side
of the Red Sea, did they go on
their journey, Mamma ?
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IMatmma. They did, my dear,
but I am sorry to say they were not
so good, and not so grateful to
their Father in heaven, for all His
kindness to them, as they ought
to have been. One would have
thought that, after He had taken
care of them in such a wonderful
manner, they would have loved
Him more than ever, and have
trusted that He would still preserve
and keep them, and supply all
their wants. But, no! They had
gone only a little way farther,
when they reached a part of the
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wilderness where no water was to
be found. They went forward for
three days without finding any
cool spring to quench their thirst,
for it was a hot, dry sandy desert
they were passing through,-and
water is always very scarce in
desert countries. At last, to their
great joy, they came in sight of a
stream ; but when they had tasted
it, they could not drink it, for its
waters were bitter. But God was
so good to them now in the time
of their distress, that He showed
Moses a tree, which, when it was
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cast into the waters, made them
sweet, and thus the children of
Israel had plenty to drink.
W. And when they had left
this place, Mamma, were they as
badly off for water again ?
Mamma. Yes : some time after-
wards they w ,.ir again in very
great trouble for want of water.
The men and the women, and the
dear little children, were all ready
to die for want of something to
JWV. Why did they not pray to
God, Mamma, and perhaps He
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would have heard their prayer, and
sent them to some spring they had
not seen before ?
l1Mamma. Moses did go and cry
unto the Lord, my dear child, and
the Lord heard his prayer, and
told him to take a stick in his
hand, and go and strike a rock a
little way off, for that if he did so,
water should come out. Moses did
not stop to ask how this could be,
and how a stream of clear fresh
water could flow out of a hard
rock. He knew that God could
do everything. He went at once
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and struck the rock, and a vast
torrent of water gushed forth in a
moment, to the great joy of the
people, who crowded around it,
with their children and cattle, and
rested their weary limbs, while
they drank of the cool stream.
W. And had the children of
Israel plenty to eat, Mamma,
during their long journey ?
Mamma. Once, my love, they
were very sadly off for want of
bread, for all that they had brought
with them was eaten up. There
were no corn-fields in the desert,
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and no flour or rice was to be had.
Then they were so foolish and
naughty as to complain and mur-
mur at Moses, for having brought
them out of Egypt ; and some of
them even began to wish that they
were there again ; but their hea-
venly Father still supplied their
wants by sending large flocks of
birds, called quails, which came in
immense numbers every evening
into their camp, and which they
caught and cooked for food. He
also told Moses that He would send
them bread from heaven. This
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bread from heaven was called
manna. God sent it down fresh
every morning, and the children of
Israel went out of their tents, with
their jugs and baskets, and picked
up enough at a time to last them
for one day; for if they kept any of
it after the day on which it was
picked up, it was not good to eat.
W. What was the manna like,
Mjriinma. It had a sweet taste,
my dear, and was like wafers made
with honey. When the people first
saw it lying about the ground, they
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FOOD IN THE DESERT,
WATER FROM THE ROCK.
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did not know what it was, for it
looked like the hoar frost, which
you sometimes see on the grass on
a winter's morning. And Moses
said to them, This is the bread
which the Lord hath given you to
eat." He also told them, that
they were to gather enough on the
sixth day of the week to last them
on the Sabbath, for on that day,
which we call Sunday, you know,
they were to rest from their work
and not to pick any up. God so
ordered it, that the double por-
tion which they picked up on
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the sixth day was good on the
W. Oh, I know why they were
not to pick it up on the Sunday,
Mamma, because that is God's holy
day. You know my little hymn
"This day belongs to God alone:
lie chooses Sunday for His own;
And we must neither work nor play,
Because it is the Sabbath day."
This is the reason that you like
us to read our Bibles, and hear
about Jesus Christ and heavenly
things, instead of walking in the
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field or playing with our toys on
Sunday. How very good God was,
Mamma, in giving the children of
Israel all they wanted! I think
they ought to have loved Him more.
IMan, iwa. Alas, my child, very
few people love God as they ought
to do! Does not the great God
send us bread from heaven, but do
we love Him as we ought ? Does
He not cause the corn to grow
when it is sown in the ground, and
send rain to water it, and make it
spring up, and then the warm sun
to ripen it, and make it fit for use ?
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Not a single ear of wheat would
grow if God did not make it; not
a bit of bread could you and dear
little Emily and Fanny have for
your breakfast, if your heavenly
Father did not cause the corn to
grow. Therefore, every time you
sit down to a meal, my dear, you
should thank God for all the bless-
ings He has given you, and praise
His holy name.
WV. Now, dear Mamma, I am
come to hear a Bible story. I
wish very much to know something
more about the children of Israel.
Mam, i"n. About three months
after the children of Israel had left
the land of Egypt, they came to a
part of the desert in which there
was a mountain or very high hill.
They pitched their tents at the
foot of this mountain, which was
called Mount Sinai, and stopped
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there some time. You know what
I mean by pitching their tents ?
W. Oh, yes, Mamma ; for
Grandpapa has so often told us
in his letters, during his travels in
India, about pitching their tents
for the night. It means, fixing the
poles in the ground, and throwing
the curtains over them; and then,
in the morning, you know, when
they want to go on, they undo
them again, and roll them up, and
carry them with them.
Mlamma. Whilst the children of
Israel stopped near Mount Sinai,
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God called His servant Moses to
the top of the mountain, that He
might speak to him. And Moses
went up. Then the Lord told
Moses what things He wished the
children of Israel to do, and what
He wished them not to do, if they
would be His own dear people ;
and when Moses went down, and
asked them if they would obey
God, they all spoke with one voice,
and said, All that the Lord hath
spoken, we will do." Then Moses
went back to the top of the moun-
tain again, and told God what the
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people had said. Then God told
Moses, that in three days from that
time all the people should hear
His voice, and see Him in a cloud
at the top of Mount Sinai, and
that they must all be ready to hear
what He had to say to them. So
in three days, early in the morn-
ing, the children of Israel heard a
loud sound, such a sound as they
had never heard before. It made
them tremble to hear it. There
was thunder and lightning, and a
thick cloud upon the mountain,
with smoke going up from it; and
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the mountain shook, and there was
fire in the cloud ; and a voice
seemed to come out of the cloud,
like the sound of a trumpet, and
every moment it grew louder and
louder. Then Moses bade all the
people come out of their tents, and
listen to what God had to say to
them. And they came out, and
stood round the lower part of the
W. And what did God say to
them, Mamma ?
Mamman God then spoke the
words which you hear read in
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church every Sunday morning, and
which are called the Ten Com-
mandments. He spoke so loud
that all the people could hear.
The first four are Commandments
to teach people how they must
love and serve and obey the good
God, who has done such great
things for them; how they must
pray to Him, and Him only,
instead of praying to goats and
calves and idols of wood and stone,
as the people of Egypt did; and
how they must keep holy the Sab-
bath day, and never use the name
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of God in an improper manner.
The other six Commandments are
to teach us, that if we really have
the love of God in our hearts,
we must show that we have, by
not giving way to naughty tem-
pers and naughty feelings, but by
being kind to each other, and try-
ing to get the better of all selfish
and wicked passions, and by doing
to each other what we would wish
others to do to us.
W. What a happy world this
would be, Mamma, if all the people
kept God's commandments !
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Miamma. It would indeed, my
dear. But too often sin comes
into our hearts; we give way
to unkind tempers and jealous
feelings. We do not love and
serve God as we ought to do.
We should therefore often pray
to Him that He will send His
Holy Spirit into our hearts, that
we may love Him better, and try
more and more to do His holy
W. One of the texts I learnt
last week, Mamma, was, If ye
love me, keep my commandments."
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I did not then know the Com-
mandments which we were to keep,
were the same as those God gave
to the children of Israel.
Miamma. Yes, my love. They
are the very same, though it is
now more than four thousand years
since they were first given to the
children of Israel.
W. What did all the people
do, Mamma, when God had done
speaking to them ? Did they
really obey God, as they had said
they would do ?
Mlamma. Happy would it have
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been for them had they kept their
word, but I am sorry to tell you
they very soon broke their promise,
and seemed even to forget they had
ever made it.
But it is getting late, my dear
little boy, and you must wait till
to-morrow, before I can tell you
more about the children of Israel.
THE GOLDEN CALF.
W. Now, dearest Mamma, if
you please, will you go on with
the Bible story you were telling me
last night ?
Mamma. The children of Israel
were glad when God had done
speaking, for the sound of His
voice, and the noise of the loud
trumpet had filled them with
alarm. If they had had more of
the love of God in their hearts,
I do not think they would have
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been so afraid. After all these
things had come to pass, God
called Moses to come up to Him
quite alone, at the top of the
mountain. So Moses went up,
and he stayed at the top of Mount
Sinai forty days and forty nights ;
for God had many other things
to say to him, and many other
laws to give him, that he might
teach the people. At the end
of the forty days, God gave him
something. What do you think
it was? It was a book. But it
was not made of paper like our
THE GOLDEN CALF. .3
books. It was made of stone, and
had only two leaves. Upon these
two leaves, or tables, as they are
called in the Bible, God himself
had written the Ten Command-
ments with His own finger.
W. Do you mean the same Ten
Commandments which we see writ-
ten up in the church, Mamma, and
which He had spoken in that loud
voice from the top of the moun-
Miamma. Yes, my dear. God
was so good as to write down
the Ten Commandments upon two
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tablets of stone, and to give them
to Moses that he might read them
to the children of Israel, from time
to time, so that they might not for-
get them. But, alas! although they
had said they would obey God,
and do all that He wished them to
do, they soon forgot their promise,
and did something very wicked.
They had even broken one of God's
Commandments before Moses came
down from the mountain.
TV. Oh, Mamma, so very soon!
Which of the Commandments had
they broken ?
THE GOLDEN CALF. 55
Mamma. They were tired of
waiting during the forty days and
forty nights that Moses stopped on
the top of the mountain. They
could not go on their journey with-
out him, and they began to think
he would never come back. So
they went to his brother Aaron,
and asked him to make some gods
to go before them, for they did not
know, they said, what had become
of Moses. How very naughty it
was of them to ask such a thing.
They had seen the people of Egypt
worship idols, little images of brass
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and wood and stone ; and now they
thought they would do the same,
instead of praying to the true God,
and keeping His laws.
W. And did Aaron do what
they asked ?
Mamma. I am sorry to say
Aaron was so foolish as to listen to
what they said. I believe he was
afraid they would kill him if he did
not make an idol to please them:
so he told them to bring all the
golden ear-rings which the women
and children had brought out of
Egypt ; and then he melted them
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down in a fire, and made them into
a large soft lump, and this lump of
gold he cut out'into the shape of a
calf, and put it up on a high place
where they could all see it. I told
you, the people of Egypt used to
worship idols and animals-a calf
was one of their favourite idols.
How sad it was to think that God's
own people followed their bad ex-
ample ; for as soon as they saw it,
they began to worship it, and to
say, This is he who brought us
out of Egypt! "
W. Oh! Mamma, then they
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broke the very command they had
just promised to keep ; for you
know they had said they would not
kneel down to graven images.
Mamma. Indeed they did, my
dear. And when Moses came down
from the mountain, and saw the
golden calf set up, and all the
people singing and dancing round
it, he was so grieved and so sorry
to find they had broken God's laws,
that he threw down the tables of
stone, on which the Command-
ments were written, and broke them
to pieces. Then he took the golden
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calf which Aaron had made, and
burnt it in the fire, and ground it
to powder, and threw the powder
into some water, and made the
children of Israel drink that bitter
water. After this Moses prayed
to God that He would forgive the
sins of the people, and God heard
the prayer of His servant Moses.
And He told Moses to hew out
two tables of stone like the first,
and said that He would write the
Ten Commandments upon them,
as He had done upon those tables
of stone which Moses had broken.
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So Moses made two tables of stone,
like the first, and took them up to
the top of Mount Sinai; and then
God wrote the Ten Command-
ments upon them again, as He had
done before. And Moses stayed
talking' with the Lord for forty
days and forty nights. God did
not now speak in a loud voice, and
with the sound of a trumpet, as IHe
had done when He first gave the
Commandments to the people ; nor
did He make it thunder or lighten,
as it had done before. Moses was
not afraid of being alone with God,
THE GOLDEN CALF. 61
for God let him see some of His
glorious brightness, and talked to
him as though He Were his friend.
And when he came down from the
mountain, his face shone as though
it had been the face of an angel;
and he told the people what God
had said to him.
It is getting late, my dear, and
I will tell you more to-morrow.
THE TWELVE SPIES.
W. Now, dearest Mamma, will
you tell me some of the things that
God said to Moses when he was on
the mountain ?
Mamma. One of the things He
told Moses to do was to make a
large tabernacle, that is a sort of
tent, in which these two tables of
stone were to be kept. This tent
was a very holy place. The people
were to meet together in it to join
in praising God and praying to
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Him, as we now meet in our
W. Then there were no churches
in that country, I suppose, Mamma?
Mamma. No, my love, and this
tent, or tabernacle, was instead.
The people were to carry it with
them from place to place. When
they stopped, they were to set up
their tabernacle; and when they
went on, they were to take it with
them. There was a small chest
covered with gold, called the ark,
in which the two stones upon which
God had written the Ten Command-
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ments were to be kept; and wher-
ever the tabernacle went, the ark
was to go too.
W4. And did the children of
Israel ever reach Canaan, Mamma ?
MIamma. About a year after
they left Egypt, my dear, they
came near that beautiful land, so
near that they could see the high
hills that were in it; and they
wished to know what sort of place
it was, and what kind of people
lived there. God told Moses that
he might send twelve men into
Canaan to see the land, and to
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bring back word about it. Then
Moses chose twelve of the children
of Israel, and sent them. They
were called spies. When they got
there, they found fields and gar-
dens full of flowers-lovely flowers,
such as they had never seen before.
The trees were laden with olives
and figs and other fruit ; and there
were holes in the trees, which the
bees had filled with honey-so
much honey that it quite dropped
on the ground as the men walked
by. There were plenty of cattle,
and fine fresh milk was to be had.
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There were vines too-trees, you
know, upon which grapes grow;
fine large rich grapes were growing
on them. The spies found one
bunch of grapes so very large that
one man could not carry it, and
they said to each other, Let us
take back this bunch of grapes, that
the children of Israel may see what
a beautiful land Canaan is."
W. I thought you said it was
too large for one man to carry,
Mamma. True, my dear; but
two of the men took a strong stick,
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and tied the bunch of grapes to
the middle of it, and then one man
held one end of the stick on his
shoulder, and the other man held
the other end, and in this manner
they carried it all the way. The
rest of the men picked figs, and
other nice fruit, and took them
back with them.
W. Were not the children of
Israel very glad, Mamma ?
Mamma. I think they were glad
to see the nice ripe fruit ; but
when they asked the spies what
sort of land Canaan was, the spies
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said it was a very fine land, full of
fruits and milk and honey, but
that they were sure the children of
Israel could never get into it, be-
cause the people lived in great
towns with high walls; and that
they were very strong, and that
some of them were great giants,
who would not let them come in.
When the children of Israel heard
this they were full of fear, and they
began to murmur and complain
again, and to wish they had stayed
in Egypt instead of coming with
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W. How very naughty it was
of them to do so, Mamma, when
God had been so kind-so very
kind to them!
Mamma. It was indeed, my
dear, for it showed they did not
believe what God had said, when
He said He would help them to
get into Canaan. There were, how-
ever, two good men among the spies
who were not afraid, and who tried
to persuade the people to trust in
God. But nothing was of any
use. They said they would go no
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W. Did not God punish them,
Mamma, for being so wicked ?
Mamma. Yes : God was so
much displeased with their conduct,
that He said none of the people
who came out of Egypt, except the
two good spies, should enter the
beautiful land of Canaan; and He
bid Moses lead them back into the
desert, and said they should wander
about for forty years longer, until
all the men who would not obey
Him and trust Him were dead;
and that when they were dead, and
their children and grandchildren
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grown up, He would give the land
to them. How sad it is when
people do not believe all that God
says to them! Such people cannot
be happy. The only way, my dear
boy, to be truly happy, is to place
our trust in God, to rely upon His
holy word, to do His holy will in
all things, and to love our Lord
THE GREAT GIANT.
W. Was it true, Mamma, that
some of the people who lived in
Canaan were giants ?
Mamma. Yes, my dear, I be-
lieve it was. I can tell you a story
about one of those giants, if you
please. The children of Israel had
a king" whose name was Saul. He
became a very wicked king. Some
of the people who lived in Canaan,
and were called Philistines, came
to fight against Saul and his people.
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Among them was one tall great
man called a giant. He was very
tall indeed, much taller than papa:
he could not have walked in at the
drawing-room door without stoop-
ing. He was also very strong, and
he wore armour.
W. What do you mean by
armour, Mamma ?
Mamma. It used to be the
custom in times of war, for the
people who went to battle to wear
clothes made of brass and iron,
that the arrows or spears thrown
against them might not hurt them
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so much, and these clothes were
called armour. This giant had a
cap of brass upon his head, and he
wore a coat of mail. His legs
had brass upon them. A great
sword hung in the sheath by his
side, and he held a spear in his
hand, and a man went before him
with a shield.
W. What do you mean by a
shield, Mamma ?
Mamma. A shield, my dear, is
a large plate of steel or brass, as
large as the nursery tea-tray, which
men used to carry before great
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persons in battle, to keep the
arrows from hurting them. This
giant thought that no one could
kill him. For forty days he
showed himself morning and even-
ing, often calling out in a loud
voice, and asking who would come
and fight with him. He said, that
if any of the people of Israel
were able to kill him, all his people
should belong to the people of
Israel; but that if he killed the
man who tried to do so, then all
the people of Israel should belong
to the Philistines.
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W. And would any one fight
this great giant, Mamma ?
Mamma. For some time no one
could be found. King Saul and
his people were in dreadful fear,
for they thought the great giant
would kill them all. Now there
was living at this time a young
man whose name was David. He
had three brothers older than him-
self, who were in the battle, but
he was a shepherd boy, and used
to take care of his father's sheep.
One day his father told him to go
to the camp and see how his bro-
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others were, and take some bread
and cheese to them. So he rose
up early in the morning, and set
off towards the place. When he
got there, and whilst he was talk-
ing to his brothers, who should
come up towards the camp but this
mighty giant, speaking in a loud
voice, and saying, as he had done
before, Who is able to fight with
me ?" Then David's brothers and
the rest of the people were filled
with fear, and ran away ; but
David, though he was quite a boy,
was not afraid, and he said he
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would kill him. Shall I tell you
why David felt no fear ? It was
because he trusted in God, who
lives up in heaven, and he knew
that God is ever ready to help
and defend those who place their
trust in Him. He knew also that
the children of Israel were God's
own people, whom He had brought
out of Egypt ; but the people of
whom the giant was one, were a
naughty wicked set of people, who
prayed to useless idols, and who
did not love and honour the one
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W. Well, Mamma, and did
David really kill the giant ?
Mamma. You shall hear: some
one soon went and told King Saul
what David had said. When
King Saul heard it, he sent them
to fetch David to him. When
David came, the king said he
looked very young, and the giant
was a strong man, and used to
fighting,-he thought it would be
of no use for him to try. David
then told the king, that once, when
he was keeping his father's sheep,
there came a lion and a bear, and
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took a lamb out of his flock, and
he went after the lion, and took
the lamb out of his mouth; and
when the lion flew at him, he
caught him by his mane and killed
him, and he killed the bear too;
and now, he said, he knew he
could kill this great giant, as he
had killed the lion and the bear,
for it was God, he said, who took
care of him then, and he knew IHe
would take care of him now.
When the king heard what David
said, he lent him his own armour,
and his own cap of brass, and his
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own sword, and said he might go
and kill the giant. But poor
David was only a shepherd boy.
He had not been used to such
things, and when he had tried the
armour on, he only took it off
again, and said he could not wear
it; neither would he take a sword
or a spear.
W. Then, how did he kill the
giant, Mamma ?
Mamma. He went to the brook,
and chose five smooth stones, and
put them in a shepherd's bag, which
he had. A shepherd's bag is some-
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times called a scrip. In the other
hand he held a sling. Then he
went towards the giant. The giant
heard he was coming, and went to
meet him, and a man walked before
him bearing his shield.
W. I dare say he was sur-
prised to see such a young man
as David coming to meet him,
Mamma. Yes: I suppose he
thought he should see a great man
like himself, dressed in armour and
holding a spear in his hand, in-
stead of a shepherd boy; and he
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was angry when he saw him, and
used wicked words, and laughed
at David. But David was not
afraid. He said to the giant,
Thou comest to me with a sword,
and with a spear, and with a shield ;
but I come to thee in the name of
the Lord of Hosts." Then the
giant came still nearer to David,
and David made haste and ran
quickly towards the giant, and he
put his hand in the bag and took
out a stone, and placed it in the
sling, and threw it with all his
might at the giant, and it hit his
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forehead so that he fell upon his
face to the ground. Then he ran
up to him, and took his sword out
of its sheath, and cut off the giant's
W. Oh, Mamma, then he did
really kill him. What joy there
must have been among the people
of Israel when they heard that that
great wicked giant was dead!
Mamma. Yes: they were in-
deed glad, and they set up a great
shout-such a shout that all the
army who were fighting against
them ran away, full of alarm and
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terror; but the Israelites caught
many of them, and killed them.
W. Did David thank God for
helping him to kill the giant,
Mamma. Yes. He played upon
his harp, and sang praises to God.
This same David, once a shepherd
boy, became afterwards a great king,
and wrote many of the beautiful
Psalms which you sometimes hear
read in the Bible, and one of which
you already know by heart. I mean
the twenty-third Psalm, which be-
gins with "The Lord ismy shepherd."