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Adam and Eve driven out of the Garden The Good Samaritan, 38
of Eden, 5 TheJewsinCaptivitybytheRiversofBabylon 41
Eliezer and Rebekah, -, 8 The Holy Family, 44
Abraham's Sacrifice, -I Jesus and His Parents on their way to
Hagar and Ishmael, 14 Nazareth, -- 47
Ruth Gleaning in the Fields of Boaz, 17 Christ's Discourse with Nicodemnus, -
Isaac Blessing Jacob, 20 The Widow's Mite,- 53
Elijah taken up to Heaven, 23 Christ and the Woman of Saimaria, 56
Moses in the Ark of Bulrushes, 26 Anointing the Feet of jesidss-.f: ::- 59
David and Goliath,- 29 The Good Shepherd, 62
Daniel in the ions' Den, 32 Christ Walking on the Sea, 67
The Captive Maid, 35 Christ Blessing Little Children, ,,. 71
LIST OF PLATES.
Frontispiece, 2 The Good Samaritan, 39
Adam and Eve driven out of the Garden ThelewsinCaptivitybytheRiversofBabylon 42
of Eden, 6 The Holy Family, 45
Rebekah at the Well, 9 Jesus and His Parents on their way to
Abraham Offering up Isaac, 12 Nazareth,- 4.8
Hagar and Ishmael, 15 Christ and Nicodemus, -
Ruth Gleaning in the Fields of Boaz, S The Widow's Mite, 54
Isaac Blessing Jacob, 21 Christ and the Woman of Samaria, -57
'Elijah taken up to Heaven, 24 Anointing the Feet of Jesus, 6
Moses in the Ark of Bulrushes, 27 The Good Shepherd, 63
David and Goliath,- -30 Christ Walking on the Sea, 66
I aniel in the Lions' Den, 33 Christ Blessing Little Children, 69
The Captive Maid,- 36 Christ Blessing Little Children, -72
Adam and, Eve aiven out of tbe Gapden of Eaen,
G OD had created Adam and Eve,. and placed them in the
beautiful Garden of Eden to dress it and to keep.it.
How happy they must have been as they wandered about
in that earthly Paradise, tending the trees and the flowers,
and finding their every want supplied. They were happy
because they were without sin, and had everything around
them that they required. But we read in the beginning of
Genesis that the Devil took- the form of a Serpent, and
. determined to work their ruin. The Tree of the Knowledge
of Good and Evil, in the midst 6f the Garden, they were
commanded not to touch; but the Serpent, or the Devil,
beguiled Eve, and told her that there would be no harm in
eating of the fruit from that tree. So she put forth her hand
and plucked the apple, and gave also to Adam her husband,
and both their eyes were opened, and they knew that they
were naked, and -they went and hid themselves. And the
Lord God called to the. guilty pair, and asked- them if they
had eaten of the forbidden fruit, and their 'consciences
reproved them. And God saw that if they remained in the
garden they might also put forth their hand, and eat of the
Tree of Life; so He drove them forth out of Paradise, and
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Adam and Eve driven out of the Garden of Eden.
guarded the Tree of Life with Angels and a flaming sword
which turned every way to prevent them from coming near
it.. And now the ground was to be cursed for his eske, and
it would produce thorns and thistles, and Adam would have
to work hard for a living. A promise was made to thenfi at
the same time of a way of escape from the punishment of
their sins, and for the sins of their descendants. God
promised to send a Saviour, when the fulness of time was
come, who was to die and be punished intheir stead. And
we know that Jesus did come as a little babe to Bethlehem,
and that He died upon the Cross of Calvary, that all who
believed on Him should not perish in their sins but have
TME VAIIsEY OF EBEJ,.
BEAUTIFUL valley of Eden! Over the heart of the mourner
Sweet.is thy noontide calm; Shineth thy golden day,
Over the hearts of the weary, Wafting the songs of the angels
Down from the "far away."
Breathing thy waves of balm. Down fromthe "far away."
There is the home of my Saviour;
Beautiful valley of Eden, There, with the blood-washed
Home of the pure and blest, throng,
How often, amid the wild billows, Over the highlands of glory,
I dream of thy rest-sweet rest Rolleth the great new song.
Elie3ep ana ReBekaD,
V HEN Isaac became a man, Abraham was afraid he
might marry one of the daughters of the land, and,
by marrying an idolatress, so be led to forget God. To
prevent this, Abraham sent a faithful servant, called Eliezer,
to the home of his fathers, a long journey off, that he might
ask and bring one of his kinswomen to be wife unto Isaac.
The servant left, laden with presents. When he neared his
destination, he prayed to God that He would help him to find
the proper damsel. This was to be the sign: When the.
women came out to draw water, if he asked one of them for a
drink, and she answered kindly, and gave him water, and his
camels also, then he.would know this was the one. While he
was praying, a beautiful damsel, called Rebekah, came forward
to. draw water. At his request, she gave him to drink, and
his camels also. He then inquired who she was, and, on
finding she was a daughter of -Bethuel, he worshipped God,
for Abraham was Bethuel's uncle. Rebekah ran and told her
mother, and her brother Laban care out to welcome the
servant. He was kindly treated. Rebekah received his
presents, and consented to accompany him back to be Isaac's
wife. When Rebekah neared the country where Isaac lived,
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she met him as he was meditating in the fields at eventide.
Isaac took her home, and she became his wife, and he loved
her dearly, and she became the mother of Jacob and Esau.
Esau was the elder of the two, and was a great hunter, but
Jacob, the younger, was a plain man, living in tents. And
Isaac became very rich and great, and had large flocks af
cattle and many servants.
TYEE WATE1E OF IBIFE,
JESUs the water of life has given, Jesus has promised a home in
Freely, freely, freely; heaven,
Jesus the water of life has given, I Freely, freely, freely;
Freely for ev'ry sinner, Jesus has promised a home in
Come to that fountain! oh drink heaven,
and live! Freely to those that love Him.
Freely, freely, freely; Treasures unfailing will there be
Come to that fountain! oh drink : n
and live! Freely, freely, freely;
Flowing for ev'ry sinner. Treasures unfailing will there be
The Spirit and the Bride say, Come, Freely to those that love Him.
Freely, freely, freely,
And he that is thirsty, let him come, Jesus has promised a robe of white,
And drink of the water of life. Kingdoms of glory and crowns of
The fountain of life is flowing, light.
Flowing, freely flowing;
The fountain, of life is flowing, Jesus has promised eternal day,
Is flowing for you and 'for me. Pleasures that never shall pass away.
A BRAHAM was called the Father of the Faithful
because he trusted God with all his heart. God loved
Abraham for this, but once He put his faith to a very severe
test. God ordered him to get up one day, and take his only
son Isaac, and offer him as a burnt offering on Mount Moriah.
Sad at heart, no doubt, but without murmuring, Abraham got
up very early one morning, and, taking Isaac with him, he
reached Mount Moriah. Here he built an altar unto the
Lord. You can imagine how his heart was torn with anguish
when the young boy, Isaac, asked him, My father, behold
the fire and the wood; but where is the lamb for a burnt
offering ?" The father quietly answered, My son, God will
provide Himself a lamb for a burnt offering." Yet, notwith-
standing, he bound his dearly beloved son unto the altar, and
the knife was even raised aloft to plunge into his side, when
the voice and the hand of an Angel stayed Abraham, and his
eyes were opened, and he saw a ram caught by the horns in a
thicket. So God did provide a lamb for a sacrifice, and
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Abraham worshipped God there. And God was pleased with
Abraham because he had not withheld his son from sacrifice;
and the Angel of the Lord spoke to him, and told him that,
because of- his obedience, his descendants would be' as the
grains of sand upon the sea-shore for multitude, and that in
them all the nations of the earth would be blessed. This
meant that the Saviour, whom God had promised, should be
descended from him. After all these things, Abraham went
back with Isaac to. Beersheba, where he was living at the
FAITH Tx4.qT WILEA J0T mj KI~T,
OH for a faith that will not shrink, A faith that shines more bright and
Though pressed by ev'ry foe; clear
That. will not tremble on the When teinpests rage without;
brink That when in danger knows no fear,
In darkness feels no doubt.
Of any earthly woe :
Lord, give us .such a faith as this,
That will not murmur or complain And then, whatever may come,
And then, whatever may come,
Beneath the chast'ning rod; We'll taste, e'en here, the hallowed
But in the hour of grief or pain bliss
Will lean upon its God: Of our eternal home!
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T HIS is a picture of Hagar and her son Ishmael in
the wilderness. Hagar has lost her way, and is
weeping because the water, is spent in her bottle, and the and
her son must' die of thirst. But Ishmael prayed to God, for
the Bible tells us, God heard the voice of the lad; and the
Angel of the Lord called to Hagar out of heaven, "and said*
unto her, What aileth thee, Hagar? fear not; f6r God hath
heard the voice of the lad where he is. Arise, lift up the lad,
and hold him in thine hand; for I will make him a great
nation. And God opened her eyes, and she saw a well of
water; and she went and filled the bottle with water, and gave
the lad to drink. And God was with the lad; and he grew, and-
dwelt in the wilderness, and became an archer." Ishmael's
children were called Arabs. They founded, long afterwards,
a great empire, which has now passed away; but the Arabs
still exist as a nation.
0.UR Father, which art in heaven,
Hallowed .be Thy name.
Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done-iri earth, as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses, as we: forgive them that
trespass against, us.
SAnd lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil:
For Thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, for
*ever and ever.
Ktzf Gleaning in .tea Fielcd of Booa3
N AOMI, a good woman, was married to Elimelech, in
the country of' Beth-lehem-judah. But there was a
famine in that land," and so they went 'into the country of.
Moab, to get food there. Elimelech died, and poor Naomi .
was left with her two sons, Mahlon and Chilion, who married
women of that country. The wife of the one was Orpah, and
of the other Ruth. But Mahlon and Chilion also both died,
and Naomi told her daughters-in-law that it would be best for
them to return to the different homes from which they had
come; and she asked the Lord to bless them.. Then she
kissed them, and they lifted up their voices, and wept. Orpah
went back to her home, but Ruth loved Naomi, and would
not leave her. She said, "Whither thou goest I will go, and
where thou lodgest I will lodge; thy people shall be my
people, and thy God my God." So Naomi and Ruth
returned from the land of Moab, and came to Beth-lehem
about the beginning of the barley harvest. Now, Naomi had
a rich friend, called Boaz, and Ruth went to glean in his
fields; and the kind-hearted Boaz saw her, and asked his
servants who she was. When they told him, he allowed her
to glean in the very best part of the field, for he was pleased
to hear about her great kindness to her mother-in-law; not
only so, but he afterwards bought the inheritance which had
belonged to the two sons of Naomi, and took the dutiful Ruth
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Ruth Gleaning in the Fields of Boaz.
to be his wife. There is a grand lesson for us here in the
conduct of the affectionate and dutiful Ruth. A blessing
rests upon those children who are kind to their parents and
friends. Ruth did not know what her lot in life might be
with her mother-in-law, but God watched over her, and
rewarded her richly for all the sacrifices she had made.
STxE JOYS OF TjHE "MRKVEST NIOME,"
OH, where are the reapers that Go out in the by-ways and search
garner in them all:
The sheaves of the good from the The wheat may be there, though
fields of sin? the weeds are tall;
Then search in the highway, and
With sickles of truth must the work
pass none by,
be done, But gather from all for the home
And no one may rest till the on high.
The fields are all rip'ning, and far
Where are the reapers? Oh, who will and wide
come ,The world now is waiting the
And share in the glory of the "harvest harvest tide;
home" ? But reapers are few, and the work
Oh, who will help us to garner in is great,
The sheaves of good from the fields of And much will be lost should the
sin? harvest wait.
So' come with your sickles, ye sons of men,
.And gather together the- golden grain;
Toil on till the Lord of the harvest come,
SThen share in the joy of the "harvest home." -
Isiaae Ble:ssing .JacoB,
I SAAC had two sons; they were called Esau and Jacob.
The two brothers were very different, both in
appearance and character: Esau was bold, .daring, and fond
of hunting, while Jacob loved to stay at home. Now, Isaac
loved Esau, but Rebekah loved Jacob. Esau was the eldest
son, and, by right, should have had the best blessing.
Rebekah knew this, but she wanted Jacob to fare best; so
one day, when Esau was out hunting; she'took a kid and
made a Savoury dish; she also took the skin of the kid and
covered Jacob's hands and arms with it, because he was
smooth skinned while Esau was hairy. All this was done to
cheat- Isaac, who was" now old and' blind. When these
preparations were made, she sent in Jacob with the savoury
dish, pretending that he was Esau, and that he had killed and
cooked some venison for him; and so Jacob asked him for
his blessing. The old man was cheated, and gave Jacob the
best blessing. Jacob was not long gone out of the tent when
Esau came in from the fields. Finding out what Jacob had
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done, with an exceeding bitter cry, he craved a blessing
likewise from his father. He was indeed blessed, but not
with the blessing of the first-born. This made Esau hate his
brother very much, and he determined to kill him when he
had an opportunity. When his mother, Rebekah, heard this,
she told Jacob to go to her brother Laban, in the country where
she used to live. And we know that Jacob, for his meanness,
became an exile from the house of his father. And we also
know that God cheered him on the way with the vision of the
ladder stretched from heaven to earth, with the angels
ascending and descending upon it. And the Lord stood
above the ladder and told him that the land of Canaan should
be given to him and to his descendants. And Jacob called
the name of the place Beth-el, which means the House of God;
and he made a vow; and promised, if the Lord would watch
over him, and lead him back again in safety to his father's '
house, he would strive to obey Him in everything, and would
set aside, for a good purpose, one-tenth part of all that he had.
Jacob and Esau afterwards became good friends; and Jacob's
name was changed to Israel, which means a Prince of God,
because he had wrestled with an angel and had prevailed.
Elijab taken tip to Neaven.
E LIJAH was the prophet of God, raised up amongst the
children of Israel about nine hundred years before the
coming of Christ. He was a very good and brave man, by
whom God had performed many. wonderful acts. But now
the last scene was come; His purposes on earth with Elijah
were fulfilled, and God was about to take him up into heaven.
But Elijah did not lie down in his bed and die, and have his
body buried in the earth like other men. No, he was carried
up into heaven in a chariot of fire. Elijah went one day with
his servant, Elisha, to Gilgal, and he wanted to be quite alone
when the Lord should take him up; but Elisha would not
leave him, and said, "As surely as the Lord liveth, and as
thou art living, I will not leave thee." And they went
together to Beth-el. Elijah now tried again to get Elisha to
leave him, but his faiLhful servant would not do so.:'. And
they went on to Jericho.. Twice on their way the young men
who were in the schools of: the prophets had come' out to
Elisha, and said, "Knowest thou that the Lord will take away
thy master from thee to-day ?" He answered, "Yes, I know
it; hold ye your peace." Fifty of these young men came to
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look at them ascthey neared the Jordan. Elijah, when they
reached the Jordan, struck the waters with his mantle, and
the waters parted, so that they went over on dry ground.
Elisha's parting request, before his master was taken up, was
that he might have more of God's spirit in his heart. And,
as they walked and talked together, there came a chariot of
fire, with horses of fire, that took Elijah away from Elisha up
into heaven. Elisha, when he saw it, bowed to the earth,
and cried out, My father, my father! the chariot of Israel,
and the horsemen thereof."
NEAE MY NUMBIhE CRY.
PASS me not, O gentle Saviour, Trusting only in Thy merit,
Hear my humble cry; Would I seek Thy face;
While on others Thou art calling, Heal my wounded, broken spirit,
Do not pass me by-
Sn Save me by Thy grace.
Saviour, Saviour, hear' my humble cry !
And while others Thou art calling, do
not pass me by Thou the spring of all my comfort,
More than life to me,
Let me at a throne of mercy
Find a sweet relief; Whom have I on earth beside
Kneeling there in deep contrition, Thee?
Help my unbelief. Whom in heaven but Thee ?
Moze in t~ YP k of BuIPa e,
HE descendants of Jacob had prospered and multiplied
in the land of Egypt. But there arose up a king who
was not friendly to them, and commanded that all the little
boys that were born should be thrown into the river Nile, as
he was afraid they might become too strong for him. This
was a great grief to the Hebrew women, and a very cruel and
sinful command by the king. A child of Levi, a priest, was
hid by his mother for three months, until they could conceal
him no longer, when his mother made him a little floating
cradle, and left him, amongst the tall grass on the banks of the
Nile. When Pharaoh's daughter came down with her
attendants to bathe in the river, she saw the child in its little
floating .cradle amongst the flags, and she had compassion
upon it, and sent her maid to fetch it. And when they looked
into the little .cradle or ark the child was crying, and they saw
it was one of the Hebrew children. The sister of Moses -at
once offered to call a nurse for the child, ahd she went and
called the best of all nurses, the child's mother, to whose care
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the infant Moses was committed. And young Moses was
brought up at the Court of Pharaoh, and was learned in all
the wisdom of the Egyptians; but we know that when he
grew up he did not forget the sufferings of his owlApeople,
but cast in his lot with them. One day a Hebrew and an
Egyptian were quarrelling; he took the part of his country-
man, and slew the Egyptian, and hid his body in the sand.
He had to fly away into the desert for this, and hide himself,
when he became a shepherd in Midian. He was afterwards
chosen by God as the great leader of the Hebrews, to lead
them from thence into the Land of Promise.
AWAKE, RJaD SIJG,
AWAKE, and sing the song Ye pilgrims on the road
Of Moses and the Lamb; To Zion's city, sing!
Wake every heart and every tongue Rejoice ye in the Lamb of God-
To praise the Saviour's name. In Christ, the eternal King!
Sing of His dying love, There shall each raptured tongue
Sing of His risen power; His endless pri:,e proclaim;
Sing how He intercedes above And sweeter voices tune the song
For those whose sins He bore. Of Moses and the Lamb.
David anad iollati?
D AV I D, from his youth upwards, was a man after God's
own heart. His life, from the time we read of him as
feeding his father's flock until he became king and the sweet
singer of Israel, was full of incident and very interesting.
The subject before us is peculiarly so. The Philistines had
come up to do battle against the children of Israel. One of
their soldiers, Goliath by name, a giant at least ten feet high,
armed with helmet, spear, and shield, came out and walked
before the armies of Israel, and defied them, asking that they
should send out a man to fight with him. To see and hear
this giant made King Saul and the people very much afraid.
David at this time was feeding sheep at Beth-lehem, when his
father sent him with some provisions to his three eldest
brothers, who were in the camp. David saw and heard
Goliath's challenge, and expressed his willingness to go and
fight him.. This was told King Saul, who tried to dissuade
him because of his youth; but David put his trust in the
Lord,' and, with his staff in his hand, he went down to the
brook and chose a few smooth stones, which he put in his
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shepherd's bag, and, with his sling, he went forth to meet the
Philistine. So David prevailed over the Philistine with a
sling and with a stone, and smote the Philistine, and slew
him." Now we may think that we have no big giant coming
to kill us as David had, yet we have a great many giants
which it would be well for us to fight and guard ourselves
against. There is the giant of anger, which sometimes holds
us in its grasp; the terrible giant of selfishness or envy.
These are real giants, and we will be happy if we smite them
and kill them as David did the Philistine.
A SOIER OF TNE CKOMS.
AM I a soldier of the Cross- Are there no foes for me to face?
A follower of the Lamb? Must I not stem the flood?
And shall I fear to own His cause,, Is this vile world a friend to grace,
Or blush to speak His name? To help me on to God?
Must I be carried to the skies Since I must fight if I would reign,
On flowery beds of ease, Increase mny courage, Lord i
While others fought to win the prize, I'll bear the toil, endure the pain,
And sailed through bloody seas? Supported by Thy Word.
Daniel in tie, Laioni Deen.
W HAT a strange place to find Daniel in! and yet he.
does not look afraid, but is quietly praying to God.
That is the secret of his calmness, for God has heard his
prayer; and see, the lions are not even looking at him. But
why is he in that strange place ? Did he not hold a high
position in: the land, and was he not a favourite with King
Darius? True; and just because of these things Daniel had
many enemies who plotted to do him mischief. These
wicked men went to the king, and asked him to issue a
decree that for thirty days no man should ask a petition of
any God or man save of King Darius; if any one did so, he
was to be cast into a den of lions. Darius issued this decree,
and put his seal to it. Daniel heeded not this command, but
three times a day, with his window open and his face towards
Jerusalem, worshipped God, while his enemies watched him.
They hastened to inform the king, who, unwilling to punish
Daniel, because he loved him, ordered him to be cast into the
den. That night Darius could not sleep, and, rising very
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early in the morning, he went unto the mouth of the den and
called upon Daniel. How pleased he was to hear his voice,
and how quickly he ordered Daniel to be drawn up. Then
the king commanded those wicked men who had plotted
against Daniel to be thrown into the den of lions, with their
wives and children: and the lions rushed- upon them, and had
every bone in their bodies broken ere they reached the
bottom of the pit.
DB~IE TO BE ~K DAJIEIh.
STANDING by a purpose true, Many. mighty men are lost,
Heeding God's command, Daring not to stand,
Honour them, the faithful few! Who for God had been a host,
All hail to Daniel's Band! By joining Daniel's Band.
Dare to be a Daniel! Many giants, great and tall,
Dare to stand alone! Stalking through' the land,
Dare to have a purpose firm Headlong to the earth would fall,
Dare to make it known !i
If met by Daniel's Band.
Hold the Gospel banner high!
On to victory grand!
Satan and his host defy,
And shout for Daniel's Band!'
'Te Captive Maidl
N this picture we find a mistress and a maid-servant. They
do not belong to the same country, for the maid is a
captive brought from the land of Israel, while the lady is a
native of Syria. You can see from the clasped hands and grave
face. of the lady that she is in trouble. And it is so; her
husband, Naaman, a brave and mighty soldier, is afflicted with
a loathsome disease, called leprosy. He has tried many cures,
but all have failed. This little maid, sorry for her master and
mistress, thinks of the good and holy man of God who dwells
in her own country, and who is able, with God's help, to cure
diseases; therefore she makes bold to tell of.the good Elisha,
and what he is able to do. Her story is eagerly listened to,
and, after much persuasion, Naaman goes to Elisha. With his
horses and his chariot, this proud Syrian captain stood
before the house of the prophet. And Elisha sent a
messenger down, saying, "Go, wash seven times in the
river Jordan, and thou shalt be clean." When Naaman
heard this he was very angry, and said, I thought the
prophet would surely come out to me himself, and pray
to the Lord his God, and put his hand upon me and make me
well. Are not the rivers in my own country better than all
the rivers in the land of Israel ?" So he turned away in a
great rage; but his servants drew near and reasoned with
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their master, and said, My father, if the prophet had bid thee
do some great thing, wouldest thou not have done it? how
much rather then, when he saith to thee, Wash, and be
clean ?" Then Naaman went down and dipped himself seven
times in Jordan, when 'his flesh became pure and clean
as a little child. He was grateful, and returned to thank
and offer Elisha a present, but Elisha would not receive
anything from his hands.
AT even, ere the sun was set, And all, 0 Lord, crave perfect rest,
The sick, 0 Lord, around Thee And to be wholly free from sin;
lay: And they who fain would serve
Oh, in what divers pains they met! Thee best,
Oh, with what joy they went away! Are conscious most of sin within.
Once more 'tis eventide; and we, O Saviour Christ, Thou too art
Oppressed with various ills, draw man,
near: Thou hast been troubled,
What if Thy form we cannot see! tempted, tried;
We know and feel that Thou art Thy kind but searching glance can
here. scan .
The very wounds that shame
0 Saviour Christ, our woes dispel! would hide.
For some are sick and some are
sad; Thy touch has still its ancient power;
And some have never loved Thee No word from Thee can fruitless
And some have lost the love they Hear in this solemn evening hour,
had: And in Thy mercy heal us all.
Tfe G"ooa Samaritan.
W HEN Jesus wished to teach some important truth,
and when He wished the people to remember it, He
very frequently uttered it in the form of a story. One day.
He told the parable of the Good Samaritan. A man went
down from Jerusalem to Jericho, who was assaulted by
thieves, who stripped him of all he had, and. left him lying
wounded by the road side. A priest passed down that road
Where the poor man was lying, too weak- to rise and help
himself. Now, if the priest had been as good as he pretended
to be, surely he would have helped this unfortunate man who
had been wounded by the thieves. But, instead of doing this,
he passed by as if he did not see him. A Levite next came
along the road, and he was not any better than the priest, for
"he did not help him either. Next came a Samaritan; and
although the Jews and the Samaritans were not on good
terms with one another, yet this man forgot all jealousies
and differences, and came at once to the help of the wounded
Jew. He bound up his wounds, pouring oil and wine into
them to heal them. Then he lifted him from the ground and
set him upon his own beast, and took him to an inn, where he was
STHE GOOD SAMARITAN.
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kindly cared for. When this good Samaritan went away next
day, he told the owner of the inn to look after'him, -and what-
ever more money should be spent upon him he would pay it
when he returned. Jesus had. been telling this story to a rich
lawyer, and this man was made to confess that the Samaritan
had been the most friendly and neighbourly in his conduct.
There is a lesson for every one of us in this story. We have
chances very often of being kind to one another; we should
see that we do not lose them, else we will be as heartless as
the priest and the Levite. There have been many good men
and women who acted as Good Samaritans t6 their suffering
fellow-men. For example, we have had the good cobbler,
John Pounds, who used to tempt ragged boys and girls to his
Sabbath school with a'roasted potato; John Howard, who
made visits to the different prisons of Europe, in -order that
he might alleviate the condition of the prisoners; Florence
Nightingale, who nursed the wounded British soldiers at the
Crimea; and Dora Pattison, who was another model English
nurse. We would call any man or woman a Good Samaritan
who felt for the sufferings of his fellow-men. Christ is the
noblest and best example of His own story, for He not only
felt for the sins and sorrows of us all, but died to save
us from our sins.
T-e Jews in 0aptivitv Bg t1e: Kivwep of Batalon,
W HILE Jehoiachin was king in Jerusalem, Nebuchad-
nezzar, king of Babylon, came up and took possession
of the city, and led off his mother, his wives, and the princes
of Judah, and many of the Jews also, into captivity. And he
gave them a place to live in beside the river Chebar. This
captivity was as a punishment because they would not obey
the Lord. And although the prophet Jeremiah wrote to
them, and told them that they were to remain there seventy
years, and to be contented and obey the King Nebuchad-
nezzar, as Jerusalem was to be destroyed, and those dwelling
there were to be captive also, yet they would not believe it.
In the beautiful I37th Psalm all the feelings of the captives
are fully expressed. By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat
down; yea, we wept, when we remembered Zion. We
hanged our harps upon the willows in the midst thereof. For
there they that carried us away captive required of us a song;
and they that wasted us required of us mirth, saying, Sing us
one of the songs of Zion. How shall we sing the Lord's
song in a strange land ? If I forget thee, 0 Jerusalem, let my
right hand forget her cunning. If I do not remember thee,
let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth; if I prefer
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The Jews in Captivity by the Rivers of Babylon.
not Jerusalem above my chief joy." See how wistful-looking,
and what a yearning desire is expressed in the faces of the
old man and the woman in the picture, for the home and
country from which they have been banished. Many of the
Jews, in.our own time, are anxious to get back to the old
country, and many good men have united to try and help
them to settle, as cultivators of the soil, in Palestine, but the
cruel Turks do not want them to settle there.
By Babel's streams we sat and O how the Lord's song shall we
When Zion we thought on: Within a foreign land?
In midst thereof we hang'd cur harps If thee, Jerusalem, I forget,
The willow trees upon. Skill part from my right hand.
For there a song required they My tongue to my mouth's roof let
Who did us captive bring: cleave
Our spoilers called for mirth, and If I do thee forget,
said, Jerusalem, and thee above
A song of Zion sing. I My chief joy do not set.
MY SO G MAN JaI n BE OF JESUS,
My song shall be of Jesus, My song shall be of Jesus,
When, sitting at His-feet, While pressing on my way
I call to mind His goodness, To reach the blissful region
In meditation sweet. Of pure and perfect day.
My song shall be of Jesus, And when my soul shall enter
Whatever ill betide; The gate of Eden fair,
I'll sing the grace that saves me, A song of praise to Jesus
And keeps me at His side. I'll sing for ever there.
Tbe Nol Familg,
A FTER Adam and Eve had sinned by eating the
forbidden fruit, and had been turned out of the Garden'
of Eden, God promised that a-Saviour should come t, save
the people from their sins, and all the prophets sent to rh,:
children of Israel continually spoke of His coming. All
the incidents connected with His birth are deeply interesting.
You know that there were shepherds watching their flocks
upon the plains of Bethlehem when the angel of the Lord
came down to them, and a bright light shone round
about them, so that they were afraid.- But the angel
spoke in an encouraging manner to them, and said,
"Fear not, for I bring you good news which shall give
joy to all people; because there is born to you this day, in
the city of David, a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord."
And they were to know Him in this way: He was to
be .wrapped in swaddling clothes, and lying in a
manger. As soon as the angel had said this, they heard
a multitude of angels praising God, and saying, "Glory
to God on high, and on earth peace, and goodwill toward
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men." These good shepherds hastened to Bethlehem and
found the Babe in a manger, and everything just as the
angel had told them. The wise men of the East came also,
and brought presents, and adored the infant Saviour. When
He was eight days old, Joseph and Mary dedicated Him to
the Lord, and called His name Jesus. We love to think
of the holy family, which was also a happy family. Joseph
was a carpenter by trade, and Mary was a kind and devoted
woman, who tenderly cared for and reverenced the
wonderful child which had been given to them.
THIE PFIJNCE OF PEACE.
To us a Child of hope is born, His name shallbethePrinceofPeace,
To us a Son is given; For evermore adored,
Him shall the tribes of earth obey, The Wonderful, the Counsellor,
Him all the hosts of heaven. The great and mighty Lord !
His power, increasing, still shall spread,
His reign no end shall know;
Justice shall guard His throne above,
And peace abound below.
JEoSo ana Hig Papetnt on t1i5i wav to JNajaret5,
T HE wicked King Herod had heard of the journey of the
wise men in search of Jesus, and, because the young
child was called king, he thought of putting Him to death.
Herod was king of the Jews, and he was jealous of any other
king growing up to take his place; so he called the wise men
to him, and asked them to let him know afterwards where the
child was, that he might also go and worship Him. But
these men knew that Herod was not friendly to the child, for
they were warned of God in a dream, and so they returned to
their own country by another way. And Herod was very
angry when he found that the wise men had disobeyed him,
and he sent his servants and i- l,, as we have previously said,
all the children of two years old and under in Bethlehem, in the
hope that the child Jesus would perish amongst them. But
the angel of the Lord had warned Joseph to flee with his
family into Egypt. So Joseph and Mary remained there
until Herod was dead. After that they returned to their
home at the city of Nazareth. We love to think of the child-
hood of Jesus, spent in His home among the mountains; how
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ruler ol tihe J"4. Thle 'A'ame name tc Jeeuu b:, night. .nd
aid unto him. Rabbi %e kn.., that ih..u ar a iei.-Fer -ni.
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rule d' Je lle ..cne amre co, Je,u b,, nighl. *rd
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this ruler of the Jews, and be continually adding to our
knowledge and our faith, and love to Christ will increase also.
We live in a time of light and privilege, and we do not need
to go to Christ at night to hear His words; we have them
written in His Word. Let us listen to them,'and act them
out in our lives.
"I was a wandering sheep, "Jesus my Shepherd is,
I did not love the fold; 'Twas He that loved my soul;
I did not love my Shepherd's voice, 'TwasHethatwashedmeinHisblood,
I would not be controlled. 'Twas He that made me whole.
I was a wayward child. 'Twas He that sought the lost,
I did not love my home; That found the wandering sheep;
I did not love my father's voice 'Twas He that broughtme to thefold;
I loved afar to roam. 'Tis He that still doth keep."
"YE MUST BE BORJ AGAIJ .!"
A RULER oncecameto Jesus bynight, 0 ye who would enter this glorious
To ask Him the way of salvation rest,
and light: And sing' with the ransomed the
The Master made answer in words song of the blest:
true and plain: The life everlasting if ye would
"Ye must be born again !" obtain,
Ye ust be born again Ye must be born again "
"Ye must be born again !"
I verily, verily say unto thee-- A dear one in heaven thy heart
Ye must be born again i"
yearns to see,
Yechildrenofmen,attendtotheword, At the beautiful gate may be watch-
Sosolemnlyutteredby Jesus the Lord; ing for thee;
And let not this message to you be Then list to the note of this solemn
in vain; refrain:
"Ye must be born again !" "Ye must be born again !"
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O U R Lord was the greatest and best preacher and teacher
that ever lived, because He was always about
His heavenly Father's business. His life, with its noble
example, was a silent sermon, but words of help and comfort
or warning were continually dropping from His lips. The
lilies of the field and the fowls of the air were all drawn upon
for lessons to teach the things concerning the kingdom of
God. One day Jesus sat in the courts of the Temple, near
the place where the boxes were placed into which the people
put the money they intended to give to buy sacrifices. The
rich people that passed by gave much out of their abundance,
but a poor widow gave only two mites, which were less than a
penny. Jests, when. He saw this, called. His disciples, and
told them that what the widow had just given counted for far
more in the sight of God than all that the rich people had
given, for they had plenty of money left over for themselves,
and would never feel the want of it; but this widow had
nothing left to herself; she had cast in all she had-even her
living. There is a good lesson for us here. It is not what
we give for God, but how we give it. He loves a cheerful
giver. Therefore, whatever we give or do, let us do it
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heartily, as unto the Lord and not as unto men, and great
shall be our reward in heaven. Our heavenly Father that
seeth in secret shall then reward us openly. It is more
blessed to give, than to receive." We have all something
that we can give for God. Whenever we help a fellow-
creature, smile a pleasant smile, or do a kind action for
Christ's sake, we are imitating this poor widow who gave so
willingly all that she had.
JESUS, MY AI~T.,
LORD, at Thy mercy-seat Hark how the words of l ve
Humbly I fall, Tenderly fall! I
Pleading Thy promise sweet- Ere in the realms above
Lord, hear my call! Heard is my call!
Now let Thy work begin: Now every doubt has flown,
Oh, make me pure within, Broken my heart of stone,
Cleanse me from ev'ry sin, Lord, I am Thine alone,
Jesus, my all! ... Jesus, my all!
Tears of repentant grief Still at Thy mercy-seat
Silently fall; Humbly I fall;
Help Thou mine unbelief, Pleading Thy promise sweet, .
Hear Thou my call! Heard is my call;
Oh, how I pine for Thee Faith wings my soul to Thee;
This all my hope, my plea- This all my hope shall be-
Jesus has died for me, Jesus has died for me,
Jesus, my all Jesus, my all!
Cpistt and t~e Woman of Samaria,
SF our lot were cast in a warm country we would soon find
out the great value of a well of water. Water is so
common and plentiful a thing with us that we are very apt to
undervalue it; but in the East a well or a river of water is
looked upon as one of the most important necessaries of
existence. There was a famous well, no doubt dug by the
patriarch Jacob, situated near the foot of Mount Gerizim, just
a little distance out of the -village of Sychar. This place is
now called Nablus or Neapolis. 'Early in the year, about
noon, when the sun was hot overhead, Christ felt tired and
thirsty from a long journey, and sat down at the well's mouth.
The disciples who had been with H im had .gone off to buy
bread, and He was left alone. As He sat there a Samaritan
woman came out to draw water. Christ asked her for a draught
of water, but, as the stranger who made this request was
dressed like a Jew, and, as she was a Samaritan, and the two
did not like one another, she spoke to Him and said she
wondered at this request. But Christ, had an answer ready
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for her when He said, "If thou knewest the gift of God, and
who it is that saith to thee, Give Me to drink; thou wouldst
have asked of Him, aid He would have given thee living
water." The woman began at once to realise that she was
speaking to a prophet, and, as they talked together, it became
plainer, for Christ revealed to her all her past life. And,
when they came to speak of the hope of Israel, the.Messiah
that should come, Christ acknowledged, I that speak unto
thee am He." It is wonderful to think, is it not, that the
well where this interview todk place was dug about eighteen
hundred years previously.by Jacob? It is still in existence,
although about four thousand years old. It is about seventy
five feet down to the water, and it has been dug through the
solid rock, but no one can tell how'it was done. It is about
nine feet wide, and the sides of it are finished off quite smoothly.
Some big stones and broken columns now mark the site of
the well, but long ago the top of it used to be arched over.
The small chapel built over it has now disappeared. It is
very interesting to know that Joseph was buried near this
place. His bones, you know, were brought up from the land
of Egypt by the children of Israel, and laid in the parcel
of ground which Jacob had given to Joseph. A square
enclosure marks this spot, with a white wall around it.
Rnoinfing tte: Feed of Je~zu,
S IMON, a rich Pharisee, had asked Jesus to his house,
and they sat down to eat together. Now, in Eastern
countries, where it is very warm, the people wear sandals,
which are tied upon the soles-of the feet instead of shoes. In
walking any distance the feet become hot and dusty and
uncomfortable. It is therefore the greatest kindness that can
be shown to a visitor to have the head anointed with oil, and
to place water to wash his feet. Simon had done none of
these things for Jesus, but a woman, who had been a sinner,
and was sorry for her sins, and wanted the forgiveness of
Jesus, brought an alabaster box of ointment very precious,
and knelt down at His feet; and she wept and washed His
feet with her tears, and wiped them with the hairs of her
head, and kissed His feet and. anointed them. When the
Pharisee saw this he thought that Jesus would reprove her,
as she was a sinner. Jesus knew what was in Simon's heart,
and told him a story, which showed that this woman had
sinned much and was forgiven much, and therefore her
gratitude was all the greater. What He said was also a
reproof to Simon. Jesus told him that when He came into
the house no water had been given to wash His feet, but this
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woman had washed them with her tears and wiped them with
the hairs of her head; Jesus had received no kiss, but this
woman had not ceased to kiss His feet; there had not been
any ointment bestowed upon Him, but this woman had
anointed His feet. Therefore Jesus said to the woman,
because of her faith and love, Thy sins are forgiven thee; go
in peace." When we are kind to any of the followers of
Christ we are also kind to our Master, because a cup of cold
water given to a disciple in His name shall not lose its reward.
LET ME BE WIOIlY' TIIJIE.
MY faith looks up to Thee, While life's dark maze I tread,
Thou Lamb of Calvary, And griefs around me spread,
Saviour divine. Be Thou my Guide:
Now hear me while I pray: Bid darkness turn to day,
Take all my guilt away; Wipe sorrow's tears away;
Oh, let me from this day Nor let me ever stray
Be wholly Thine. From Thee aside.
May Thy rich grace impart When ends life's transient dream,-
Strength to my fainting heart, When death's cold, sullen stream
My zeal inspire : Shall o'er me roll,---
As Thou hast died for me, Blest Saviour, then in love,.
Oh, may my love to Thee, Fear and distress remove;
Pure, warm, and changeless be- Oh, bear me safe above,
A living fire. A ransomed soul.
Tje Gooda .epp pcl
T FHE Eastern shepherd walks in front of his flock and
leads them to the green pastures. He knows them by
name; they know his voice, and come when he calls them,
but they will not follow a stranger. Many good men of old
were shepherds, Abel, Jacob, Moses, and David, the ruddy
shepherd boy of Beth-lehem, who slew the lion and the bear
when they came out against his flock. But none of these
were so great as the Good Shepherd, represented in the
picture as tenderly striving to free the lamb from the thicket
"See the King Shepherd, Jesus, stands
With all engaging charms,
Hark how He calls the tender lambs,
And folds them in His arms."
Jesus is the Good Shepherd. He says, "I am the Good
Shepherd: the Good Shepherd giveth His life for the sheep."
Men and women were wandering off into the wilderness of
sin, many of them were getting entangled amongst the thorns
and briars of this world, when Jesus came to deliver them.
What a tender Shepherd He is! How kind to everyone!
How He called and blessed little children; and how un-
wearied He was in ministering to the needs of His flock here
upon earth. What a powerful Shepherd He is! He can
JUtzS az i am.
JUST as I am, without one plea,
But that Thy blood was shed for me,
And that Thou bid'st me come to Thee,
O Lamb of God, I come!.
Just as I am-poor, wretched, blind;
Sight, riches, healing of the mind,
Yea, all I need, in Thee to find,
O Lamb of God, I come!
Just as I am-Thou wilt receive.
Wilt welcome, pardon, cleanse, relieve!
Because Thy promise I believe,-
O Lamb of God, I come!
Just as I am-Thy love unknown
Has broken every barrier down,
Now to be Thine, yea, Thine alone,
O Lamb of God, I come!
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C6ist Walking on te &ea.
T HE fame of J sus had gone abroad, and such multitudes
of people followed Him out into a desert place, that
they became hungry, and there was, nothing around them to
supply their wants. Christ had compassion on the people,
and wrought a wonderful miracle whereby He fed every one
of them. He fed five thousand people with five loaves and a
few small fishes, and there was more left over at the end than
they had at the -beginning. After working this wonderful
miracle, He asked His disciples to cross the lake of Galilee
towards Capernaum. But Christ left them and went up to a
hill-top to pray, for the people, seeing how powerful He was,
were striving to take Him by force and make Him a king.
After Christ had left the disciples, they were just about half-
way across the lake when a great storm arose. They were in
danger of all being overwhelmed in the waters, and they
pulled away at the oars to save their lives. About the fourth
watch of the night a figure drew near to them, walking upon
the waters; and they were frightened, and cried out as if they
had seen a spirit. But Christ spoke these cheering words to
them-" Be of good cheer: it is I; be not afraid." Peter
jumped out of the boat to meet his Master, and walked on the
water for a time, but would have sunk had not Christ
stretched out a hand to help him. And, as soon as Christ
came into the ship, the wind went down, and all who were
there came and worshipped Him, saying, Of a truth Thou
art the Son of God."
Tz 'Sweet SloPe of 01o., '
I THINK when I read that sweet story of old,
When Jesus was here among men,
How He called little children as lambs to His fold,
I should like to have been with Him then.
I wish that His hands had been placed on my head,
That His arms had been thrown around me,
And that I might have seen His kind look when He said,
Let the little ones come unto Me."
Yet still to His footstool in prayer I may go,
And ask for a share of His love;
And if I thus earnestly seek Him below,
I shall see Him and hear Him above-
In that beautiful place He has gone to prepare,
For all who are washed and forgiven;
And many dear children are. gathering there.
For "of such is the kingdom of heaven."
But thousands and thousands, who wander ahd fall,
Never heard of that heavenly home;
I should like them to know there is room for them all,
And that Jesus has bid them to come.
I long for that blessed and glorious time,
The fairest, and brightest, and best,
When the dear little children of every clime
Shall crowd to His arms and be blest.
W HEN Christ was here among men He did a great
many kind and loving things, but nothing more
tender and beautiful than when He called little children to
Himself, put His arms around them, and blessed them. The
disciples that were with Him- had quite a different idea as to
the importance of these little children, and would have sent
those that brought them away. But Christ told them, in His
own loving words, that they must Suffer little children to
come unto Me, and forbid them not: for of.such is the
kingdom of God. Verily I say junto you, Whosoever shall
not receive the kingdom of Gbd as a little child, shall in no
wise enter therein." He meant that grown-up men and
women must become trustful and loving, and full of faith, just
like little children. In the East, little children, both at that
time and since, did not receive the same attention as -they do
with us, so that the teaching of our Lord Jesus Christ on this
point was all the more necessary for, the people. Travellers
say that sometimes the quickest and surest 'way to get into the
goodwill of some Arab parents is- to call the children the
ugliest names they can think of. But we 'know better now
than to copy that example, when we have that of Christ
continually before us. We should cultivate kindness and
gentleness, and simple, trustful faith in Christ.
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