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THLIE DR'W AND LIFTED UP JuOEPH ,'i. u THE PIT, AND SOLD
JOSEPH TO THE ISHMEELITES. Gen. xxxvii. 28.
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ie Stoir of JOSEPH
OSEPH was one of twelve brothers, the sons of Jacob.
He lost his mother when he was still a boy, and
when his youngest brother, Benjamin, was a tiny baby.
The other brothers were all older than himself. Jacob
loved Joseph the best of all his sons, and he gave him a very gay
robe, such as princes wore, for his own. But his brothers were
very jealous of him.
One day Joseph had some strange dreams, which were sent
him from God; for in those days, when there was yet no Bible,
God often spoke to men by dreams. Joseph dreamed that he and
his brothers were binding sheaves in the cornfield, and that his
sheaf stood upright, and all the others came and bowed down to it.
Then he dreamed that the sun, and the moon, and eleven stars
came and bowed down to him. He told these dreams to his
brothers. They understood what the dreams meant-that Joseph
should one day be very great, and that they should come and bow
down to him. They hated him for all this, and gave him nothing
but cross, unkind words.
Joseph's brothers had large flocks of sheep to take care of, and
they used to lead the sheep about to find the best grass, and
sometimes went a long way off, many miles from home.
One day, when Joseph was seventeen years old, his father sent
him to see how his brothers were getting on. Joseph set off to
do his father's errand, and went to the place where he thought he
THIS HAVE WE FOUND: KNOW NOW WHETHER IT BE THY SON'S
COAT OR NO. Gen. xxxvii. 32.
should find his brothers. There he met a man who told him they
had gone on farther. So Joseph went on, over hills and fields, till
at last he saw them, with their sheep, in the distance. They saw
him coming, and these cruel men determined to kill him.
As soon as he came near, they seized him, pulled off his
beautiful robe, and threw him into a pit, meaning to leave him there
to die. And then they sat down to take their dinner.
While they were eating, they saw in the distance a long train
of camels and men. The men were merchants going down into
Egypt to sell their goods. One of the brothers, called Judah,
said: Had we not better sell Joseph to these merchants for a
slave, instead of leaving him in the pit to die ?" So they went and
pulled Joseph up out of the pit, and though he begged and prayed
them to let him go, they sold him to the merchants for twenty
pieces of silver.
They dared not tell their father Jacob what they had done.
But they did something much worse. They killed a kid, and
dipped Joseph's beautiful robe in the blood, and took it home, and
said to their father: "We have found this : is it your son Joseph's
robe ? Then poor Jacob thought that some wild beast had killed
his dear son; and he wept, and they could not comfort him.
Joseph was taken by the merchants far away into the land of
Egypt, and there bought by a rich man, named Potiphar, and
taken to work in a strange house, among strange people, speaking
a strange language. But he was not left alone and comfortless.
God took care of him, and Joseph loved God, and knew that God
was with him. So, in spite of his grief, he set to work, and soon
learned to speak the strange language, and to do all that his
master wanted. And he did it so well, that by-and-by Potiphar
THE CHIEF BUTLER TOLD HIS DREAM TO JOSEPH. Gen. x\. 9.
made him head over all the other servants, and over all that
Potiphar's wife was a very wicked woman, and when she found
that Joseph would not help her in her wickedness, she told his
master that he had behaved very ill, and ought to be punished.
Potiphar believed his wife, and Joseph was thrown into prison.
This was terrible for him, but even here he did not lose heart.
He trusted in God, and God helped him, and made the keeper of
the prison kind to him. And by-and-by the keeper gave him
the charge of all the other prisoners, and trusted him with every-
Among the prisoners were two great men, officers of the king
of Egypt, who had offended their master. One morning they
were looking very sad, and when Joseph asked them what
was the matter, they told him of a dream each had had.
Joseph was able to tell them the meaning of their dreams, and it
came to pass just as he said. One man was taken out of the
prison and put to death, and the other, who was the king's chief
butler, went back to Pharaoh's palace. Joseph had asked this
man to remember him, and try to get him out of prison; but the
butler forgot all about him for two years.
At the end of two years God sent some strange dreams to
Pharaoh, and he was very much troubled by them, and wanted
to know their meaning. Then the chief butler remembered
Joseph, and told the king about him, and the king sent for him to
explain his dreams.
Joseph told Pharaoh that it was God who showed him what
the dreams meant. God had sent them for a warning to let
Pharaoh know what was going to happen. There were to be
seven years of plenty in Egypt, when there should be good
harvests, and a great deal more corn than the people needed;
and after that were to come seven years of famine, when the corn
would not ripen, and there would be no bread. So Joseph said:
" Let the king choose a man to collect the corn that is not wanted
during the seven years of plenty, and store it up, so that when the
famine comes the people may have food. And Pharaoh said there
could be no better man than Joseph himself, because God was with
him. He gave Joseph a beautiful robe and a gold chain, put his
own ring on his finger, gave him a chariot to ride in, and made
him ruler over all the land. Joseph's dreams when he was a boy
were beginning to come true! Whatever God tells us is sure to
come true, and nobody can stop it.
Joseph was now a great man. But he was busier than ever.
He collected quantities of corn, and stored it up carefully for the
time of need. Then when the years of famine came, and the people
cried to the king for bread, Pharaoh said: "Go to Joseph, and
do whatever he tells you." And Joseph helped them.
By-and-by the people in other countries heard there was corn
to be had in Egypt, and came there to buy. Joseph was one day
selling the corn to these foreigners, when he saw among them his
own brothers, who had sold him long ago. They did not know him,
but took him for a great Egyptian prince. Joseph asked them
about their family, and let them buy some corn. But he said if they
wanted to come again for more they must bring their youngest
brother with them. For he wanted to know whether they were
kind to Benjamin, and whether they had told him the truth about
They carried the corn back to Jacob their father, and lived
THE CUP WAS FOUND IN BENJAMIN'S SACK. Gen. xliv. 12.
upon it for some time. When it was used up, Jacob said to
them: "Go again into Egypt and bring us some food." They
told him they could not go without their youngest brother,
Benjamin; but for a long time Jacob refused to part with him.
At length Judah promised to take care of him and bring him back
safe, and then at last Jacob let him go.
When Joseph saw his youngest brother coming he longed to
take him in his arms, but he did not want to tell his brothers yet
who he was. He wanted first to see if they had become kind and
loving, instead of hard and cruel as they used to be. He asked
them all to dine with him, and 4,iav,- the best share of e ry llt'i,
When they went away he told his steward to fill their sacks
with corn, and to hide his silver cup in the mouth of Benjamin's
sack. Then when they had gone a little way, the steward
came after them and said: "Why have you stolen my master's
silver cup?" They said: "We have not taken it; you may
look in our sacks." And he looked, and found it in Benjamin's
sack. Then he said: Benjamin must go back with me for a
slave, but you may go home to your father."
But none of them would leave Benjamin, and they all came
sadly back, and were brought again before the great prince. A ,d
they said : "God has found out our wickedness; we will all be your
servants." -Joseph said: "No; I will only keep the y'ouinr-,-.l."
Then Judah said: "Oh, do hear me." And he told all about his
father's grief for his dear son Joseph, and his sorrow at t,. .tir,.
with Benjamin, and said: Oh, do let me be your slave instead of
Benjamin, and send Benjamin home-to his father."
Joseph could bear it no longer. He told all his EgyptiA.
servants to go out of the room, and he wept aloud, and said : I
am Joseph; is my father still alive?" His brothers were
frightened to find that this great prince was the brother th+,-y ha.
treated so cruelly. But he comforted them, and kissed them, and
told them how God had brought good out of all the evil.
King Pharaoh was very glad when he heard Joseph's brothers
were come. And he told Joseph to send for his father and all tr _
family to live in Egypt, where there was plenty of food. So
Joseph sent his brothers home with waggons laden with corn and
good things to fetch his father. When Jacob heard the wn'ierf'-
JLUDAH .AND HIS BRETHREN CAME TO J(_SEPH'5 HOUSE; FOR HE
WAS YET THERE : AND THEY FELL BEFORE HIM. Gen. xliv. 14.
news, he could hardly believe it; but when he saw what Joseph had
sent, he said: "Joseph my son is yet alive; I will go and see
him before I die." And God spoke to Jacob, and told him not to
fear leaving the country where he had lived so long, and going
down into Egypt. He promised to be with him and his children,
and to bring them back again into the land of Canaan, which He
was going to give them one day for their own.
It was a joyful meeting between Joseph and his aged father.
Joseph took Jacob to see King Pharaoh, and Jacob blessed Pharaoh.
Pharaoh gave Joseph's family the best part of all the land of Egypt
to live in, and Joseph watched over them and took care of them.
The story of Joseph reminds us of the Lord Jesus. As Joseph
was cruelly used by his brothers, so the Lord Jesus was hated, and
tormented, and put to death for our sakes. And as Joseph came
out of prison and was made a great prince, so the Lord Jesus rose
again from the grave, and went up to the right hand of God. He
is there to help all who need Him. He can save us from sin, and
make us happy. He is the "Bread of Life" for all who are
hungry. And just as Joseph loved and forgave his cruel brothers,
so the Lord Jesus loves and forgives all who come to Him and
confess their sin.
The day came at last when Joseph had to die; but the Lord
Jesus Christ, our Saviour, lives for ever. He will never fail
those who trust in Him.
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PHARAOH. qen. xlvii. 7.
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HERE was great joy one day in the pleasant house
where Elkanah lived with his wife Hannah. A dear
little baby was born. For a long time Hannah had
wanted a little son, and she had prayed to God to send
her one. God had heard her prayer, and now she and her hus-
band were full of gladness. The neighbours, too, were pleased
to hear about the new baby, and no doubt many of them came to
see it. I dare say they asked : "What are you going to call the
baby ? Is he to take his father's name ?" Then Hannah said:
" No; I asked God for my baby, and God has given him to us.
So we are going to call him Samuel, which means asked of God,'
or 'heard of God.' He is to be God's servant as long as he
lives.". So the baby was called Samuel.
When Samuel was still a little child, his parents took him a
journey. They went to a place called Shiloh. Shiloh was the
place where the Israelites used to meet together to worship
God. It was on a hill, right in the middle of the country.
There was a building there called the Temple," and in it was the
tent where the Ark of God was kept. The Ark was a wooden
chest or box covered over with gold, and inside it were the two
great stones on which God had written the law for His people
Israel. The Ark was a very sacred thing, and was kept behind
AS LONG AS HE LIVETH HE SHALL BE LENT TO THE LORD.
i Sam. i. 28.
a curtain. No one was allowed to go behind that curtain except
the high priest, and God had told him to go only once a-year.
Outside there was a great altar of brass, and there the priests
used to offer sacrifices to God.
Elkanah and Hannah took their little boy up here, and brought
him to the high priest, an old man whose name was Eli. Eli knew
all about Hannah's prayer for a child. I dare say he was very
glad when he saw her with her little one. Hannah said : I am the
woman who came here to pray to God, and God has heard my
prayer. Now I have brought my little boy to be God's servant."
Eli took little Samuel to live with him, and his father and
mother went back to their home. They must have missed their
dear child very much, but they were happy to think he was to be
brought up for the service of God.
So now little Samuel's home was in the Temple," where Eli
lived. Eli loved him very much, and took care of him as if he
had been his own child. He taught him about God, and gave him
little things to do. He would run and fetch anything that Eli
wanted, and as he grew older he learned to do more. He could
light the lamps, and open the doors, and do many other things.
He always slept near to Eli.
But did he never see his father and mother ? Oh yes; he saw
them when they came up to worship God, and once a-year his
mother used to bring him a little dress, whici she had made with
her own hands. Samuel must have been very pleased to put on
the new dress his mother had made him.
I am sure Samuel loved his mother, and his father, and the old
high priest, Eli. For they all loved him. But there was One who
loved him better still. God loved him best of all. But Samuel
HIS MOTHER MADE HIM A LITTLE COAT, AND BROUGHT IT TO HIM
FROM YEAR TO YEAR. I Sam. ii. 19.
did not yet know it. He had learned about God from Eli. He
knew about the wonderful things God had done for Israel. But
he did not yet understand that God really loved him. He did not
know God as his own Almighty Friend.
Eli was now an old man, and almost blind, so Samuel must
have done many things to help him. One night Samuel had
finished all his work as usual, and lay down to sleep. No doubt he
slept soundly and sweetly. But before the morning came, while
it was still dark, he was woke up by a voice calling him: Samuel!
Samuel!" He thought it was Eli's voice, and that he wanted
something. Up he jumped, and ran to Eli, and said: Here am
I; you called me." But Eli said: No; I did not call you, my son;
go and lie down again." Samuel went and lay down, but presently
the voice called again: "Samuel! Samuel!" He jumped up the
second time, ran to Eli, and said : Here am I." But Eli said
again: I did not call you; lie down again." After he had lain
down, the voice came a third time and called : Samuel! Samuel!"
Once more he got up and ran to Eli, and said: Here am I, for
you did call me." Then Eli began to understand who it was that
had called Samuel, and he said to him: Go and lie down; and if
the voice calls again, then say, Speak, Lord; for Thy servant
How surprised Samuel must have been to think that God
Himself had come near to him-a little child-and called him by
his name. He must have gone to lie down with his heart full of
wonder. And presently the voice came again. God was there,
calling him : Samuel! Samuel I" And Samuel answered : Speak,
for Thy servant heareth." Then God gave him a long message
which he was to repeat to Eli.
The message was a very sad one. It was about some terrible
things that were to happen on account of the wicked ways of
Eli's sons. It must have grieved Samuel very much. When he
had heard it, he lay quite still till morning. Then he got up as
usual, and went about his work. He was afraid to go straight to
Eli with this sad message. At last Eli called him and said : Tell
me all that God said to you." Then Samuel told him the whole.
He did not leave out nor alter one word. He was a faithful
messenger, though he was so young.
By-and-by, God gave Samuel other messages. And as he
grew up, everyone knew that he was called to be a prophet, that is,
a servant and messenger of God-one through whom God made
His will known to others. Samuel knew God now as his own
Friend, and was careful to do all God told him. He had given
his heart to God, and God was pleased with him.
God loves all little children, and wants them to give Him their
hearts. He gave His only Son to die for them, and He longs to
bless them. He does not call them now in the same way that he
called Samuel. He lets them hear and read the Bible-the great
letter which He has written to us all. And in the Bible he says :
" My son, give Me thine heart;" Come unto Me." And often
the Holy Spirit whispers these calls in a little child's heart. Have
you never heard Him whisper them in yours ?
Every child is called to serve God. But it is not every one
who has such difficult things to do as Samuel had. He lived in a
very sad time. Many people had forgotten God's commandments,
and only lived to please themselves. And Samuel had to remind
them of what God required, and show them how wrong they were.
It was a long time before they began to turn from their evil ways,
and great troubles came upon them first, which must have made
Samuel very sorrowful. His kind old friend, Eli, had a very sad
death; and Shiloh, the place where he had passed the years of his
childhood, was taken by the Philistines, the enemies of Israel, and
destroyed, so that nothing was left of it. After this, Samuel seems
THE LORD HATH ANOINTED THEE TO BE CAPTAIN OVER HIS
INHERITANCE. I. Sam. x. i.
to have gone back to his parents' home at Ramah.
But at length, after many long years, the Israelites began to
feel how wicked they had been in forsaking the ways of God, and
to see how truly they deserved the troubles that had come upon
them. Then Samuel had a message from God to encourage them.
He told them that if they put away their idols, and turned from their
bad ways, God would deliver them from the Philistines. So all
the people came together at a place called Mizpeh, on the top of
a hill, to confess their sins and to pray to God. When the
Philistines heard of this, they got their army together and came
to fight with the Israelites; and the Israelites were very much
frightened, and begged Samuel to cry unto God to save them.
Samuel prayed to God, and he took a lamb and offered it up as a
While he was offering the sacrifice the Philistines came near.
But God sent a great storm-thunder, and lightning, and rain-on
the Philistines, and their army was broken up and scattered, and
they fled away, while the Israelites pursued them. Then Samuel
took a great stone, and set it up in the place where they were
scattered, and called it Eben-ezer, which means "the stone of
help ;" because God had helped the Israelites, and saved them from
After this, Samuel ruled the people for many years. But when
he was old, the people grew discontented, and asked that they
might have a king, like the other nations round about them. God
gave them a king-a tall, fine, brave man, whose name was Saul;
and Samuel was sent to anoint him king, by pouring oil on his
But Saul was not careful to obey God, who had made him king
of Israel. He was going to fight against the Philistines, and he
had been told to wait until Samuel should come to him. He
waited some time, and then he grew impatient. He himself
offered up sacrifice to God before they went to the battle. When
the sacrifice had been offered Samuel appeared. He told Saul
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that he would never prosper, because he was not obedient to God.
Saul went his own way, and did many things that were wrong.
At length God sent a message to him by Samuel, and told him
to go and fight against the Amalekites, who were the enemies of
the Israelites, and had treated them very badly. When he had
defeated them he was not to keep anything .that belonged to them,
as soldiers often did in those days, but to destroy it all. So Saul
went to battle, and won the victory over the Amalekites. But
instead of destroying all that belonged to them, he chose out the
best of the sheep and the oxen to keep.- Then when he was
coming home after his victory, God sent Samuel to meet him.
Saul said to Samuel: "I have done what God told me." But
Samuel said: Why have you kept the sheep and oxen ?" And
Saul said: The people kept them to offer sacrifice to the Lord."
Then Samuel told him that God wanted obedience first. Because
Saul had disobeyed God he would one day lose his kingdom, and
God would make another man king .instead of him.
At length the time came for Samuel to die. All the people
mourned over the loss of their faithful old friend, but Samuel went
home to God, to be happy for ever.
How much better to be like Samuel, obedient and faithful, than
like Saul! Those who begin to obey God when they are little
children, and who serve Him faithfully, like Samuel, are the
happiest people in the world.
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SAMUEL SAIID TO SAUL, THOU HAST DONE FOOLISHLY : THOLU HAST
NOT KEPT THE COMMANDMENT OF THE LORD THY GOD. i Sam. xiii. 13.
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ITTLE DAVID'S home was a very pretty place. It
was on a hill, and there were gardens round about with
plenty of fruit trees, and vines which bore beautiful
grapes. And there were green fields stretching far
away, where the sheep fed. David was the youngest of the family.
He had seven brothers and two sisters. His father's name
was Jesse. They all lived together, even after David's
brothers were grown up to be men. Some of them were
soldiers. David was riot idle, though his father was rich, and had
plenty of servants. It was his business to look after his father's
sheep. He used to lead them to places where there was nice
grass to be had, and sweet, fresh water to drink. He was often
alone for long days, but he did not mind that. He liked to look
round about upon the fields, and the flowers, and the trees, and
think of God above who made them all. And he liked to see all
the green things springing up after the rain, and to watch the corn
growing and ripening in the sun. He liked the bright sunshine;
and he liked, when the sun went down, to watch the stars come out
in the sky. And he knew that he was not alone. He knew that
God was near, and that God loved him. He loved God, and
trusted in Him.
One day a terrible thing happened. A great lion and a bear
THERE CAME A LION, AND A BEAR, AND TOOK A LAMB OUT OF THE
FLOCK. I Sam. xvii. 34.
came out of the forest. They sprang upon a poor little lamb, and
carried it off. Do you think David ran away as quickly as possible,
lest they should turn and spring upon him ? No; that little lamb
belonged to his father, and he loved it, and was determined to save
it. He' ran after the lion, and the huge beast turned round to
attack him. David had no sword, nothing in his hand but the
staff or stick which every shepherd carried. But he looked up to
God to help him, and God gave him strength to kill that fierce
lion, and the bear too, and to save the poor little lamb. This was
like the Lord Jesus, the Good Shepherd who came to save the
sheep that were lost. But the Lord Jesus not only went into
danger; He laid down His life, that you and I might be saved.
When David was still quite young, there came a visitor to
Bethlehem, a great man. This was Samuel, the prophet of God.
He had served God ever since he was a little boy, and now he
was old. He had ruled over the land of Israel for many years,
and kept everything in order and peace; but at last the people of
Israel begged that they might have a king, like other nations
round about them. God gave them Saul for their king, and Saul
began to rule well. But after some time he no longer cared to do
what God told him. He went his own way instead, and disobeyed
God, and there came much trouble upon Israel. Then God told
Samuel that He had chosen another king for His people, one of
the sons of Jesse, and that he was to go to Bethlehem and anoint
him. To anoint a man is to pour oil on his head, and this was a
sign that God had chosen him for some special work.
So Samuel went to Bethlehem, and called Jesse to meet him.
He said to Jesse: God wants one of your sons; let me see them
all." So Jesse called his eldest son, Eliab, and he was such a fine,
SAMUEL TOOK THE HORN OF OIL, AND ANOINTED HIM IN THE
MIDST OF HIS BRETHREN. I Sam. xvi. 13.
tall young man, that Samuel thought he must be the chosen one.
But God told him, "No; this is not the one. The Lord does
not care about a man's good looks, but about what is in his heart."
Then the next one was called, and the next, one after the other,
but the right one was not found. So Samuel said to Jesse : Have
you no other son ?" And Jesse told him there was one more, the
youngest boy of all, who waz keeping the sheep. So David was
sent for, and as soon as he came near, God told Samuel that this
was the king whom He had chosen. Then Samuel took out a
little bottle made of horn, and poured oil out of it upon David's
head. I do not think Samuel told anyone what this was for;
only they understood that God had chosen David for some
Then the Holy Spirit of God came upon David, so he grew
braver, and wiser, and better every day. He was not at all proud
because Samuel had singled him out and anointed him, and he
went on keeping the sheep as he had done before.
Saul, king of Israel, was not a happy man. He knew that
God was displeased with him, but he would not give up his bad
ways. Sometimes he got so miserable and so cross that his
servants did not know what to do. They begged him to let them
find a man who could play the harp well, to come and play to him
sometimes, and soothe him. They found that Jesse's young son
David played the harp beautifully, so he was sent for to come to
the palace. He came and played to Saul, and when Saul had
done with him he went back again to his father's sheep.
I must tell you that God had done a great deal for the people
of Israel. He had chosen them for His own people, and taught
them about Himself, and given them His law to guide them.
There were some people living near them called the Philistines,
who worshipped idols The Philistines hated the people of Israel
and their God, and they came with a great army of soldiers to
fight against them. Then Saul gathered his soldiers together and
went out to meet them. The Philistines were on the top of a hill,
and Saul with his soldiers on another. Between the two hills was
a valley, with a brook running through it, but in summer-time the
brook dried up.
In the Philistine army there was a great giant. They were
proud of'him, and thought nobody could stand against him. The
giant's name was Goliath. He came out of the Philistine camp,
and walked down into the valley, and called out to the soldiers of
Israel: Let one of you come out and fight me !" Goliath wore a
helmet on his head, and brass armour over his body. He carried
a tall spear in his hand, and a sword at his side, and his servant
walked beside him, carrying his great shield. The Israelites were
all afraid of him, and dared not go near him. Day after day he
came out, and said: I defy Israel! Give me a man that we may
fight together." And the Israelites got more and more frightened,
and did not know what to do.
David's three eldest brothers were with the army, and one day
his father Jesse said to him: "Go and see how your brothers are
getting on, and take some corn, and some bread, and some cheeses
for the soldiers." So David told one of the servants to look after
the sheep for him, and made haste, and came to the army. When
he got there he saw Goliath come out, and heard what he said.
And David was very grieved to find that this man came out day
after day to insult the Israelites, who were the people of God, and
that no one dared go and meet him. He said he would go himself.
IT CAME TO PASS, WHEN THE EVIL SPIRIT FROM GOD WAS UPON
SAUL, THAT DAVID TOOK AN HARP, AND PLAYED. i Sam. xvi. 23.
But King Saul said to him: "You are too young and too weak to
fight such a man as Goliath." Then David told Saul how God had
helped him once to kill the lion and the bear, and he said: God
will deliver me from the giant." Then Saul tried to put his armour
on David, but David said he could not wear it, and he took it off
Then he ran down into the valley to the brook, and picked out
five smooth stones and put them in his shepherd's bag. And he
took his sling in one hand and his staff in the other, and went out
to meet the giant.
Goliath was much surprised when he saw this youth coming
towards him, and he called out: Come to me, and I will soon kill
you !" But David answered: You come to me with a sword and
a spear and a shield, but I come in the name of the Lord, the God
of the armies of Israel, whom you defied: the Lord will give you
into my hand." Then the giant made haste forward, and David
ran to meet him. As soon as he got near enough to take aim, he
put one of the fine smooth stones into his sling, and hurled it with
all his force against the giant. The stone struck Goliath on the
forehead, and sank right in, 'and he fell on the ground. Then
David ran and took his sword, and cut off his head.
It was God who gave David the victory because he trusted in
Him. A little child who trusts in God is stronger than the men
who do not know or love God, for God is always at hand to help
and save those who trust in Him.
When the Philistines saw that Goliath was dead they were
afraid, and they fled away from the Israelites. The Israelites
went after them, and chased them a long way, and won the victory
RAN- INTO THE ARMY, AND- CAME AND SALUTED
HIS BRETHREN. I Sam. xvii. 22.
David was now a great man. But Saul was very jealous of
him, and he had many troubles and dangers to pass through.
God took care of him through them all, and at last he became
king of Israel. He was a good king. He cared for the people
of God, and watched over them as he had once watched over his
father's sheep. It is the boys and girls that do little things care-
fully that are fit some day to do grtat things. In this, too, David
reminds us of the Lord Jesus; for He is not only the Good Shep-
herd who laid down His life for us, but the great and good King
who takes care of His people and makes them happy.
DAVID RAN, AND STOOD UPON THE PHILISTINE, AND TOOK HIS
SWORD, AND CUT OFF HIS HEAD THEREWITH. I Sam.xvii. 5.
NlM GOD HAi.-rH SENT His ANGEL, ..i, HATH SHUT THE LIONS'
MOUTHS. Dan. vi. 22.
5e Sory of D/ NIEL
Ig- ANIEL'S home was in Jerusalem, the beautiful city
where David had once reigned as king over Israel.
But when Daniel was a little boy there were sad times
Sin Jerusalem. The Jews, instead of loving God, who
had been so good to them, and keeping His commandments, had
followed the bad example of other nations round about them, and
had gone after other gods, idols of wood and stone. So trouble
came upon them. The kings of Babylon came with a great army
against Jerusalem, and carried away many of the Jews as prisoners.
Among these were several young princes, boys of the royal family,
and one of these was Daniel. It was very sad for the boys to be
taken away from home and friends into a strange country, among
Babylon, the city to which they were taken, was a grand place.
There was a splendid palace, and there were beautiful gardens,
and strong walls round the city. And there was a great temple
where the idol Bel was worshipped: for the people of Babylon
worshipped idols, and did not know the true God.
The king of Babylon gave the boys into the charge of one of
his servants, and told him to take care of them, and train them up
to do his business when they were older. He ordered the best
food and wine to be given them, such as he had on his own table.
And they were to be well taught, so that they might be fit for his
service. Also he gave them new names, in his own language,
instead of their own Jewish names. He gave Daniel a long name
--Belteshazzar, in honour of the idol Bel. But we know and
remember him best by his Jewish name, Daniel.
HE REQUESTED OF THE PRINCE OF THE EUNUCHS THAT -HE
MIGHT NOT DEFILE HIMSELF. Dan. i. 8.
Daniel was not at all pleased when he heard that he was to
have meat and wine and good things from the king's own table.
The Jews were very particular about their food, for God had for-
bidden them to eat certain things, and had told them what was
best for them to eat. There were three other boys who felt as
Daniel did. They did not want the king's nice things, but they
wanted to please God, whom they loved and trusted. So Daniel
went boldly to the master who had the charge of them, and said :
" Please do not give us these things." But the master answered:
" The king told me to take good care of you, and if you do not eat
the food he sends you, you will soon look weak and ill, and the
king will be very angry, and will punish me." But Daniel said:
"Just try us for ten days; and give us 'pulse' (that is, vegetable
food, such as peas and other things); and then see whether we look
better or worse." Now God had made the master's heart tender
towards Daniel, so he said : You shall do as you wish." And
the good things that came from the king's table were put away,
and the plain pulse" was given to these four boys instead. I
dare say the other boys liked their rich food from the king's table,
but Daniel and his three friends were the happiest, for they were
At the end of ten days the master found that these four boys
looked stronger and healthier than all the others. For God
blessed their food, so that it nourished them far better than the
king's meat and wine would have done.
By-and-by, when they were older, the boys were brought to the
king, to wait upon him and do his business. And he found none
so clever and helpful as these four.
One day King Nebuchadnezzar was very much troubled by a
THY DREAM, AND THE VISIONS OF THY HEAD UPON THY BED, ARE
THESE. Dan. ii. 28.
wonderful dream he had had. He called all his wise men round
him and asked them to help him. They said: O king, tell us
the dream, and we will tell you what it means." But he said:
" I have forgotten it; I want you to tell it me." And they said:
" We cannot; no one can do that." Then the king was very angry,
and said that as these "wise men" could not help him he would
have them all killed. Daniel heard of this, and he knew that he
and his friends would be killed too, for they were among the "wise
men." So he went and begged the king to give him a certain
time, and he would tell the king his dream, and the meaning of it.
And the king fixed a time.
Then Daniel went home to his friends and said: Now we
must pray to God that He will show us what the dream is." And
they knelt down and prayed together. Then, in the night, God
showed Daniel the king's dream, and what it meant. For it was a
dream sent by God to tell him of things which were going to
happen. And Daniel gave thanks and praise to God that his
prayer was heard.
When he went in again to see the king, the king asked him:
"Are you able to tell me my dream, and the meaning of it ?"
And Daniel answered that it was not because of any wisdom of
his own that he knew the dream, but because God, who knew all
things, had told him. Then he related all that Nebuchadnezzar
had seen in his dream, and what God meant him to learn from it.
Nebuchadnezzar was very much astonished and pleased that
Daniel was able to tell him all this, and he made him a great
ruler, and set him very high in the kingdom. Daniel managed
the king's business wisely and carefully, but he always thought
first of pleasing God. After Nebuchadnezzar's death, when
another king came to the throne, other men were chosen for rulers,
and Daniel was forgotten. This did not matter to him, for he
only wanted to serve God.
But there came a day when Daniel was wanted again. The
time had come when God was going to take away the power of
Babylon, and to give the power and the kingdom to another
nation. There was a great army at the gates of the city, waiting
for an opportunity to get in and conquer it. Belshazzar, who was
then king of Babylon, was a very bad man. He was holding a
great feast, and praising his idols of wood and stone, when suddenly
he saw on the wall opposite him the fingers of a hand, writing!
There was no man there, holding a pen-nothing but fingers!
The king trembled and shook with fear, and he had all his "wise
men called to see if they could read and explain what was written.
But nobody could do it, until at length the queen remembered
Daniel, and had him called. The fingers stopped writing, and then
Daniel read to the king the words they had written. It was a
terrible message. It told him that God was displeased with his
whole life, that his reign was at an end, and that the enemy was
to take his kingdom. And that same night the enemy got inside
the gate, and Babylon was taken, and Darius the Median took the
Darius soon heard about Daniel, and he sent for him, and
made him a great prince, the first ruler in the kingdom, next to
himself. The other princes who ruled over different parts of the
kingdom had to give an account to Daniel of all that they
did, and how they spent the king's money. Daniel was now an
old man, but he was as careful as ever to do all that was given him
to do thoroughly well, because he loved to please God. He was
IN THE ,.ME HOUR FO7TH 7ITEMR O'F A MAN S HANL AND
WROTE UPON THE PLA-ISTER OF THE WALL. Dan. v. 5.
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very particular about the king's business, and would not let any-
one deceive or cheat him. The rulers who were under Daniel
dd' not like this at all, and wished they could get him out of the
-way. They all came together to talk about it. They said:
"We cannot find any fault in Daniel: we cannot tell the king he
is idle, or dishonest, or cruel: there is only one way in which we
can do him harm-see whether he will disobey his God for the
So they made a plan how this was to be done. They went to
the king and said: It vould be a good thing to make a law that
nobody should ask anything from God or man for thirty days, but
only from the king; and if anyone dares to disobey this law, he
shall be cast into the den of lions." The king thought this a very
good law, for it made him appear very great. So he had the law
written down, and he signed it with his name.
Now Daniel had not forgotten Jerusalem, the city which God
had chosen, his old home when he was a boy, and he used to open
his windows towards the west, where Jerusalem was, miles and
miles away, and three times a-day he used' to kneel by the open
windows to pray to God for his city and his people. The princes
who hated him knew this, and they thought Now we shall catch
him! They went round to his house to look; and there was
Daniel on his knees as usual, praying to God. Did he not know
that this was against the king's law ? He knew it very well; but
he always obeyed God, and tried to please Him first.
The wicked princes were very glad; and they went off to the
king and said: Daniel does not obey your law; he is praying to
God as usual; he must be cast into the den of lions." The king
was very grieved, for he loved Daniel; but though he was king, he
KING DARIUS SIGNED THE WRITING AND THE DECREE. Dan. vi. 9.
dared not alter the law. Very sadly he gave the order for Daniel
to be brought, and thrown into the den of lions; but he said to
him: "Your God, whom you serve, will save you." Then Daniel
was cast into the den, and a stone was put over the mouth of the
den, and sealed with the king's own seal.
The king was very unhappy, and could not eat or sleep that
night. He kept thinking of Daniel among the lions. It was an
awful place for Daniel to be thrown into. One of those fierce
beasts ceuld have killed him in a moment. But God took care
of his faithful servant, and so, as the long, dark hours passed by,
Daniel was still safe.
Early in the morning the king went to the mouth of the den
with his servants. And he cried out loudly and said : O Daniel,
servant of the living God, is your God, whom you serve, able to
save you from the lions ?" O how glad he was when he heard
Daniel's voice answering him, and telling him that God had sent
His angel and shut the lions' mouths, and not allowed them to do
him any harm. At once he commanded that Daniel should be
taken up out of the den; and the wicked princes who had tried to
kill him were thrown into it, and perished.
Daniel lived till the reign of another king, Cyrus. Cyrus was
the king who gave the Jews leave to go back to their own country,
and gave them what they wanted to build up again the temple of
God in Jerusalem. But Daniel never went back to Jerusalem.
God took His faithful servant to be with Himself, at home in
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His WINDOWS BEING OPEN IN HIS CHAMBER TOWARD JERUSALEM,
HE KNEELED UPON HIS KNEES THREE TIMES A DAY, AND PRAYED.
Dan. vi. wo.
Dan. vi. Io.