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BIBLE STORIES ILLUSTRATED
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9 PATERNOSTER Row
SWONDER if any of my little readers have ever
Been out in the country on a dark night? Cyril
Woods had. He well remembers one day when he
and his elder sister started out across the Common
to see their grandma! The Common was a beautiful
place on a fine day. Here and there were patches of
heather and yellow gorse, and under the shade of the
grand old trees the lambs frolicked about, while their
.sober mothers lay down to rest. Farther on there
was a lovely pond, with a weeping willow growing on
a tiny islet in the centre. Its drooping boughs reached
M nearly to the water's edge.
S Cyril and his sister stayed to tea with grandma.
r Now, it happened to be
a very dark night,
i g- and when it was
..-, v. time to re-
grandma opened the door for the children
to start home, Cyril held his sister's hand
very tightly, for he felt half afraid to go
out into the darkness. Be very careful,"
said grandma, "and keep in the path;
mind you do not stumble, for the road is
very uneven." How different the Common
looked then Cyril thought it was a
dreadful place. But they had not gone far
when they saw a light in the distance, and,
as they watched, it seemed to be getting
nearer and nearer to them, and before very
long the timid children found that it was
their father, who had come out to meet
them, carrying his lantern in his hand.
How pleased they were to meet him I How
different the road seemed now! With their
hands in those of their kind father, and the
lantern to show a light upon the road, Cyril
had no fear at all. Instead of groping along,
afraid to put one foot before the other, they
trudged boldly forward and quite enjoyed
the walk home. Thus David said the
Bible, or God's Word, was "a light to his
path"; and Jesus said, "I am the Light
of the world." With our hand in His, and
the Bible to show light upon our path,
we shall travel safely along the way of life,
until we arrive at last at the Heavenly
" Light of the world! for ever, ever shining,
0 shine each mist away !
Banish the fear, the falsehood, and the fretting,
Be an unchanging day."
IAjter the picture oy IIOLMAN IIUIst
" I am the Light of the World,"
"IN THE BEGINNING."
SH AVE you ever thought, "Where did this
-__ beautiful world of ours come from?" It
may be that your kind mother told you the story
--- of the creation before you were old enough to
think about it: told you how In the begin-
ning God created the heaven and the earth "; how
He spake and it was done; and how, when the
heavens and the earth were finished, and all the
host of them, God made the first man and woman,
Adam and Eve, and placed them in the Garden
of Eden. God said to them that they might
eat of the fruit of every tree in the garden except
M--. one, which was called the Tree of the Knowledge
of Good and Evil. Of that tree God commanded
"Thou -shalt not eat of it; for in the day that
S. thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die." But
Adam and Eve did not obey God's command,
The Garden of Eden for Eve took some of the fruit and did eat it,
and gave also to her husband, and he did eat.
Soon after they had eaten of the forbidden fruit, they heard a voice in the garden calling
them. They knew it was the voice of God, and were afraid, and went and hid themselves. Sin
had made them fear God; before this they loved to hear His voice. God was angry with
Adam and Eve because of their disobedience, and drove them out of the beautiful garden. He
sent a cherubim, or angel, to drive them out, and placed a flaming sword, which turned every
way, to prevent them from passing into the garden again. God told the woman that she
should have sorrow
and sickness, and ,
to Adam He said
that because he
had eaten of the 3 "
tree which theLord
not to eat of, the R .
ground should no
longer bring forth
fruit of itself, but
should send up
thorns and thistles,
so that Adam VI II-- .
would have to work ..
very hard to pre-
pare the ground
before he could get g
food to eat. Yet
God in mercy pro-
mised a Saviour ,
to Adam and his
should save them -
from sin, and
through whom it
would be possible
for them to enter
heaven. Adam and Eve Driven from the Garden of Eden.
CAIN AND ABEL.
SAFT E R
-, "Adam and
; E ve were
S.. /, ''from the gar-
,;i ECv:e E den of Eden
S- God gave them
._-- ,. .'-- twosons.Their
S. :. .. ',names were
Cain and Abel.
.r. a.d God was p
,, :_ Cain grew up
Sto be a farmer
,n .. hi s.ic Th i or gardener,
Sbut Abel was a
That time the
untl on people used to
up---- as.offer sacrifices
d Ito God. They
tha t: took a lamb
p to out of the flock
st n. Gh Cand killed it,
and then burned it on an altar, or pile of stones. The lamb was to remind
them of the promise God had made to Adam, that after many years He
would send His Son to die for their sins. So Abel brought a lamb and
offered it in this way, and God was pleased and accepted his offering. But
Cain brought his offering of the fruits of the earth, instead of bringing
a lamb as God had commanded. Therefore God was not pleased with
Cain or with his sacrifice. -This made Cain very angry, not with himself,
as he should have been, but with God and also with his brother Abel. It
vexed him to think that Abel's sacrifice was pleasing to God and that his
had not -been accepted. Now Cain. gave way to these wicked thoughts,
until one day, when he and Abel were out in the field together, Cain rose
up and killed his brother Abel. Soon after this Cain heard the voice of
the Lord calling him, and saying, "Where is Abel thy brother?" He
said, I know not: am I my brother's keeper ?" But God had seen all
that Cain had done, and said that as a punishment for killing Abel he should
be a fugitive and a vagabond on the earth; that is, he should go from one
place to another, afraid to settle anywhere, so that he would have no home to
stay in. God also said that Cain's planting and sowing should not prosper,
and that it would be very hard for him to find enough to eat, Cain thought
his punishment would be very hard to bear, and that any one who found him
would want to kill him. So God set a mark, or spot, upon Cain, that all who
saw it might know God had commanded that Cain was not to be slain.
NOAH AND THE ARK.
/ 17 FTER a time the people living on the earth became very wicked. We read
that the Lord was grieved, and said, I will destroy man whom I have created
from the face of the earth; both man, and the creeping things, and the fowls of
the air." But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord. God told Noah that
SHe was going to send a flood upon the earth, and commanded him to build
an ark. This ark was like a large boat, with room enough in it for Noah and his family, and
some of every kind of beast, bird, and insect. It took Noah a long time to build the ark, and
when at last it was finished, God told him to come into the ark, with all his family, and the
birds, beasts, and insects. After they were all safely inside, God shut the door.
Then the rain began to fall, and it lasted for forty days and forty nights. Think how
frightened the people must have been when they saw the water rising higher and higher, cover-
ing the houses, the trees, the hills, and the mountains. I daresay they climbed to the highest
places, but these would get covered one after another, till there was no higher place to get to,.
and the whole earth was under water. Then all the people were drowned, save Noah and his
family. But those in the ark were safely sailing over the water, for God was taking care of
them. When Noah had been in the ark a hundred and fifty days, the water began to go
down, and the ark rested on Mount Ararat. After a time Noah opened the window of the ark
and sent forth a raven, but it did not come back again. Then Noah sent out a dove, but the
dove could find no pleasant place to rest upon, so she came back, and Noah put his hand
out of the window and took her in. Seven days later Noah sent her out again, and this time
she returned with a leaf in her mouth. Then Noah knew that the waters had greatly
diminished, or the leaf would not have been seen.
Noah waited another seven days, and once more
the dove was sent out. This time she did not
return, for she found pleasant places to fly about
in, and Noah knew that he would soon be re-
leased from the ark, for the waters were dried
up. It was not long before Noah heard God's
voice telling him to "go forth out of the ark,
thou and .thy wife, and thy sons
and thy sons' wives with thee."
And Noah went forth.and built
an altar, and offered burnt offer-
ings on the altar. God' was
pleased with Noah's offering, and -
promised that the earth should
never again be destroyed by a
.flood. He also gave Noah a token
to remind him of this promise.
God said, I will set my bow in
the clouds: it shall be for a token
of a covenant between Me and the
earth." You and I, dear reader, -
can look upon the rainbow and
remember God's promise to Noah. The Return of the Dove,
K r. .' ,
Going into the Ark.
ABRAHAM AND ISAAC.
A BRAHAM lived in the land of Ur. The I (
A people of this land worshipped T
idols, so God told Abraham to go out _
from his country and kindred unto a land '7
that He would show him. God also promised '
Sto make of him a great nation, and to bless the ..... i
whole world through him. Abraham believed God's
word, and started out as he was commanded to do. The
place where Abraham settled was called Canaan. This land God
promised to Abraham and his children for their own. While here,
God promised that Sarah, Abraham's wife, should have a son. This
son was called Isaac.
One day God called Abraham, and he answered Here am I !" Then
God said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest,
and get thee into the land of Moriah, and offer him there for a burnt
offering upon one of the mountains that I will tell thee of." How could
Abraham do this? Could he take away the life of his own dear son-kill
him, lay him on the wood, and let him be burnt up as if he were a lamb ?
And yet this was what God had told him to do, and Abraham was ready
to obey. So earlyin the morning he started out, with Isaac and his two
servants, and journeyed on towards the mountain which God had told
him of. He had a long way to go, and did not come within sight of the
mountain till the third day, and then he left the young men, his servants,
and he and Isaac went on alone.
Isaac did not know what God had commanded his father to do. So
as they walked together Isaac said, My father," and he said, Here am
I, my son." And he said, Behold the fire and the wood : where is the
lamb for the burnt offering ?" And Abraham said, My son, God will
provide Himself a lamb."
At length they came to the place ot which God had told him, and
here Abraham built an altar, and laid the wood on it. He bound Isaac
and laid him on the wood. But as Abraham put out his hand and took
hold of the knife to kill his son, he heard a voice calling "Abraham,
Abraham"; and he said, "Here am I." And the angel said, "Lay
not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou anything unto him: for
now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son,
thine only son, from Me." Abraham looked round, and saw a ram caught
fast in the bushes by its horns. God had sent it there for Abraham to
offer as a sacrifice instead of Isaac. Abraham's obedience pleased God
very much, and He spoke to him again, and told him that his descendants
should be so many that, like the sand on the seashore, it would not
be possible to count them.
Abraham did not wish his son Isaac to take a wife from the people
who lived near him, so he sent his servant to his own country and
kindred to fetch a wife for Isaac. The servant asked God to show him
the woman whom He had appointed for Isaac's wife, and this was to
be the sign that God would answer his prayer. It was evening, and the
women of the city came .
to draw water from the
well. He was going __ _
to ask one of them to
give him water out of -~_.....
her pitcher. If she --_-
answered kindly, and -
said "Drink, and I will
give thy camels drink
also," then she was to
be the one whom God
had chosen for Isaac's
wife. It was Rebekah
who came and did as
the servant desired, so
he knew that God had
chosen her for Isaac's '
wife. Both Rebekah
and her friends were
willing for her to re-
turn, with Abraham's
servant, so he knew
that God' had heard
his prayer, and pros- ,.
pered his- journey. Rebekah giving Abraham's Servant a Drink of Water.
JOSEPH BEFORE PHARAOH.
ERE we see Joseph, just released from prison, standing before
King Pharaoh. Sold by his wicked brothers, Joseph was taken
down into Egypt, and there became a servant to Potiphar. How lonely
he must have felt, so far away from all his friends! But God was with
him, and helped him in serving his master. The Lord also blessed
Potiphar, because Joseph was in his house. However, after a time
fresh trouble came. Potiphar had a very wicked wife, and she told
her husband that Joseph had been guilty of great sin. So Potiphar
put him in prison. But even there Joseph did not forget God, and
God was with him. When the king's baker and butler each dreamed
a dream, God showed Joseph the meaning, and he explained it to
them. After a time Pharaoh, king of Egypt, dreamed two dreams, which
troubled him very much. So he sent for all the wise men, and told them
his dreams. But no one among them could tell the king what was the
meaning of his dreams, although all were very anxious to do so, for the
king had offered great rewards to the man who interpreted them for
him. At last the king's butler remembered how Joseph had told him what
his dream meant, so he spoke to Pharaoh about it, and the king sent in
haste to the prison, and Joseph was brought into his presence. Pharaoh
told him he had heard that he could interpret dreams, but Joseph said that
it was not he, but God, who would tell the king what he wanted to know.
Then, when Pharaoh had related both of his dreams to Joseph, Joseph
said that God had sent them so that He might show Pharaoh what He
was going to do. Joseph interpreted that there would be. seven good years
in Egypt, when plenty of corn would grow, and there would be more than
enough for the people to eat. Then there would follow seven bad years,
when the corn would not grow, and the people would be in want of bread,
because of the famine in the land. And Joseph advised Pharaoh to look
out wise men, who would save up the corn during the time of plenty, and
sell it to the people when the seven years of famine came. The king was
very pleased with Joseph, and said that he thought him to be the wisest
man in all the land, since he was the only one who could interpret his
dreams. So he gave Joseph the task of managing the corn during the
seven years of plenty; he also gave him fine clothes and a chariot to ride
in. What a change for Joseph! A little while before he was a prisoner,
now he was ruler over all the land of Egypt, and second only to the king.
Joseph was very busy during the years of plenty storing up the corn,
and when the famine came he was just as busy selling it to those who
Joseph before Pharaoh.
tv came to buy. After a
n i time corn became very
Scarce in the land of
As. J. o Canaan, where Joseph's
Father and his brothers
Lived. And when there
was no more tobe bought
in Canaan, Jacob sent
a-nd his sons down into Egypt
to buy corn there. They
little thought thatJoseph
Sl g was in Egypt, and would
know them. But he did.
At first he treated them
as strangers, and spoke
roughly to them, but
when they came again
he made himself known
to his brethren. They
were very sorry for their
wickedness to him, and
perhaps thought that he
would punish them now
that he had become a
great man., But. Joseph
treated them kindly, and
told them not to be
"I will go and see him before I die." grieved or angry with
themselves because they-had sold him into Egypt, for it was God who had
sent him there, that he might be able to supply them with corn while
the famine lasted and the people were in need.
As soon as Pharaoh heard that Joseph's brothers had come, he told
him to send waggons tofetch Jacob and all his family to the land of Egypt,
and corn for them to eat by the way. At first Jacob could not believe that
Joseph was still alive, but when they told him all that Joseph had said to
them, and showed the stores of food and clothes Joseph had given them,
and the waggons Pharaoh had sent to take them all back to Egypt, then
he believed them, and said, It is enough: Joseph my son is yet alive.
I will go and see him before I die."
When Jacob, or Israel, as he was afterwards called, arrived in the land
of Egypt, Pharaoh received him very kindly, and told him to settle with
his sons in the land of Goshen. After Jacob had lived there for seventeen
years he felt that the time was drawing near for him to die. So he called
Joseph and told him he wished to be buried in the land of Canaan, because
God had promised to give that land to his descendants. Then Joseph
promised to carry his father's dead body and bury it in the land of Canaan.
Soon after this Joseph heard that his father was sick; he therefore took
his two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim, and went to see his father. When
Jacob heard that Joseph was come, he roused himself and talked to him,
and told him how God had spoken to him, and blessed him many years
before, when he had dreamed a dream in the land of Canaan. He kissed
Joseph's lads, and said they were to inherit the land like to his own
sons Then he stretched out his hands, laying his right on Ephraim's
head and his left on
the head of Manasseh, 'ii__ -
and, blessing them
both, used the words:
" In thee shall Israel
bless, saying, God make
thee as Ephraim and !1li
as Manasseh." By-
this Jacob meant that
God would bless and
prosper them so much
that others would wish
to be like them. Then
Jacob blessed Joseph
and all his other sons,
and told them that God
would surely bring them
back to the land of
Canaan; and he com-
manded his sons to bury
him there, in the cave
which was in the field
that Abraham bought,
and where their mother
was buried. Then, when
Jacob had made an end
of commandinghissons, C .
he gathered up his feet
into the bed and died. Jacob Blessing Ephraim and Manasseh.
ISRAEL LEAVING EGYPT.
TI FTER the death of Joseph, the Children of Israel increased
Until they became a very great multitude of people. They
Still lived in that part of Egypt called the land of Goshen.
And another King Pharaoh reigned now, who treated them
Svery cruelly. He was afraid of their great, and increasing
numbers, and tried to kill them by hard and cruel work;
and, finding that this did not succeed, he afterwards ordered all
their baby boys to be put to death. But the Israelitish people
cried to the Lord in their trouble, and He sent Moses -and
SAaron to deliver them out of the hand -of this cruel king.
SMoses and Aaron went in before Pharaoh, and asked him to let
/ the children of Israel go three days' journey into the wilderness,
that they might sacrifice unto the Lord. But Pharaoh said,
S "I know not the Lord, neither will I let Israel go." Then
God sent to tell Pharaoh that He would bring, trouble upon him
and his people if they did not obey the Lord. Still Pharaoh hardened
his heart, and would not let the people go. So God sent plagues among
the Egyptians, but Pharaoh still refused to obey God's command. At
last God sent Moses and Aaron to Pharaoh, to tell him that if he still
refused to let God's people go, he and his people should be punished
with a very great affliction. Moses said, Thus saith the Lord, About
midnight will I go out into the midst of Egypt, and all the first-born
in the land of Egypt shall die, from the first-born of Pharaoh that
sitteth upon the throne, even unto the first-born of the maid-servant
that is behind the mill, and all the first-born of beasts." But God said
that not even a dog should harm one of the Children of Israel, and thus
Pharaoh should know that God was making a difference between the
Egyptians and the Israelites.
Then God commanded that every man among the Children of Israel
should take a lamb from the flock, and keep it four days. In the
evening of the fourth day it was to be killed; and the father of the family
was to take a bunch of hyssop, and dip it in the blood of the lamb,
and then strike it on each side of the door-posts, and over the top of
the door, so that there would be three marks of blood outside the 4
house of every Israelite. Afterwards all the members of the family were
to go into the house and shut the door, and no one was to come out
again until the morning The lamb which had been killed was to be
roasted with fire, and then all in the house were to eat of it,-the
father and the mother, the old man and the little children. They were
1W M, A" ,.,lll
"With your loins girded, your shoes on your feet, and your staff in your hand."
to eat it with their loins girded, and with shoes on their feet, and with a
staff in their hand, all ready to start in haste out of the land of Egypt.
This supper was called the Lord's Passover, because God promised that
when He saw the marks of blood on the houses of the Children of Israel
He would pass over them, and would not enter and destroy their first-
born. At this feast, and for seven days afterwards, they were to eat
unleavened bread; that is, bread made without yeast.
All was done as God had commanded, and at midnight throughout the
land of Egypt, and while the Israelites were quite safe, the destroying angel
entered into every house of the Egyptians, and caused the first-born to die.
Then Pharaoh rose up in the night, and a great cry of distress
was heard, for in every house of the Egyptians lay some one dead. So
Pharaoh sent for Moses, and begged him to take the people of Israel, and
to leave the land of Egypt as quickly as possible. Thus the Israelites
went up out of Egypt, with their flocks and herds, and with their knead-
ing-troughs bound up
in their clothes upon
their shoulders. And
the Egyptians gave
them jewels of silver
and jewels of gold and
raiment, so that they
went out of Egypt with
great riches. God told
Moses that this feast
of the passover was to
be kept every year, to
remind the people of
their deliverance out of
the hand of Pharaoh;
and also that this pass-
over lamb was to re-
present the Saviour,
Jesus Christ, who was
coming after many
years to die for the
people, in like manner
as the passover lamb
had been slain, and
its blood used to save
the Israelites from the
"They went out of Egypt with Great Riches. destroying angel.
NE of the sac-
the Children of
Israel were com-
the high priest,
brought a live goat
before the people,
and laying both of
his hands upon its
head, as you
him doing in
over the goat all
the sins of
of the People,
goat. When this had been done, the
the wilderness, and sent away, taking
people of Israel,
thus, as it were,
putting the sins of
the Israelites upon
the head of the
goat was led into
all the sins of the
of Israel with it.
This, like all
the other sacrifices, was to remind the
people of God's promise t
away their sins,
bore our sins in
o send His Son Jesus Christ to
becoming a sacrifice for them.
SHis own body."
Aaron Confessing the Sins
BREAD AND WATER IN THE WILDERNESS.
A FTER the Children of sixth day they gathered
Israel left Egypt, Moses twice as much as on the
led them on towards the other days, because the
wilderness, through which seventh day was the rest of
they were to journey to the Sabbath, and on it no
the land of manna was
Canaan. God given. When
went before they had jour-
them in a neyed as far
pillar of cloud as Rephidim,
by day, and in theycould find
a pillar of fire no water. The
by night. This people were
cloud not only I very thirsty,
showed them and spoke an-
which way to grily to Moses,
go, but also and said he
formed a shel- had brought
ter from the them out of
heat of the sun Gathering Manna. Egypt to kill
by day, and gave them light them with thirst. This was
by night. God also fed them very wrong, for God was
with food from heaven, taking care of them all the
which the people called time. Moses was in great
manna. This they gathered trouble, for the people were
each morning, but on the ready to stone him; so he
asked God what he should would flow out. Moses
do, and God told him to obeyed God: he struck the
strike the rock
with his rod, and
Moses Striking the Rock.
of Horeb rock, the water came, and the
then water people had plenty to drink.
STONES OF REMEMBRANCE.
T HE Children of Israel had been
wandering in the wilderness for a
very long time. The tabernacle, with its
coverings and vessels, and the ark, with the
mercy-seat, had been in their midst, and God
had been present in the cloud which hung
over the tabernacle guiding them in all their
journeys. And now they were only separated
from the land of promise by the river Jordan.
God spoke to Joshua and told him to gather
all the people together on the banks of the
river, and to stay there for three days. Then
were to take --
the ark of the
carry it to the
And God s ae
said that it
should come -
to pass that g
as soon as the
feet of the
bare the ark f_ o
were dipped "
in the river The Tabernacle
the waters should stand up in a heap, and
so a passage should be made for the people
to. cross over on dry ground. This pro-
mise was fulfilled, for when the feet of the
priests touched the waters they parted, and
the priests walked forward on dry ground
into the middle of the river. Here they
stayed until all the people had passed over
to the other side, into the land of Canaan.
After the Children of Israel had gone over,
the priests followed carrying the ark. And
as soon as they had come up out of the river,
the waters joined together again, and the
river flowed on just as it had before.
When all the people had passed over
Jordan, but while the priests bearing the ark
were still standing in the bed of the river,
the Lord spake to Joshua, saying, "Take
you twelve men out of the people, out
of every tribe a man, and command ye
them, saying, Take you hence out of
the midst of Jordan, out of the place
where the priests' feet stood firm, twelve
stones, and ye shall carry them over with
you, and leave them in the lodging-place
where ye shall lodge this night.'"
In the pic-
ture on the
S- -- ',,- -you see the
wonder if any
of you could
tell why God
told them to
do so? These
V.1. to be set up
on the hill-
in the Wilderness.
every one could see them, and they were to
remind the people of how God had cut off
the waters of Jordan so that they might pass
over on dry ground. The stones were put
there especially for the Israelitish children.
God wanted them to hear about this miracle,
and so He said that when the little ones
asked, "What mean these stones? why are
they put- there?" the fathers were to tell
them "That the waters of the Jordan were
cut off before the ark of the covenant of the
Lord when it passed over Jordan, and these
stones are to be for a memorial unto the
Children of Israel for ever."
"Take you up Every Man of you a Stone,"
THE TAKING OF JERICHO.
Children of Israel were God said the Israelites were to form a
encamped on the plains great procession; the men of war were to
of Jericho, and the Lord said go first, then seven priests, each carrying
He would give that city into a trumpet of ram's horn, then the Ark,
their hands, with its kings and all its mighty and behind the Ark the people were to
men. Now follow. This
the people of -- procession was
Jericho were e_-5- to march round
afraid of the -.--- the city once
Children of each day' for
Israel, and had ------ six days, and
shut up their the priests
city, and would were. to blow
not allow any their trumpets
one to go in each time.
or to come But on the
out of it. In seventh day
this way they they were to
thought that march round
they were safe, seven times,
and able to and when the
keep theIsrael- priests blew
ites outside. their trumpets
And how were the seventh
Joshua and his time, all the
men to take people were to
the city? The give a great
walls were too shout, and the
strong for walls of the
them to break city were to
down, and too fall down.
high for them, What do
to climb over; you think
and the king the people in-
of Jericho took $"The Priests Blew with the Trumpets," side Jericho
great care that thought, as
they should not get in through the gates, they watched the Israelites marching round
Listen how God said it was to be done: their city in this strange manner? No
not at all in the way you and I would doubt they thought them very foolish.
have set about it. I But they were not so, for they were
obeying God, and that was the right thing
Joshua and the people did just as God
commanded. Each day they marched round
the city once, and on the seventh day seven
times; and when this last journey was
completed, the priests blew their trumpets,
the people raised a great shout, the city
walls fell down flat with a tremendous
crash, and Joshua and the people went up
and took possession
of the city. In this
way God delivered
Jericho into the
hands of His people.
God told the people
that all the treasure
of silver and gold
and brass and iron
which was found in
the city of. Jericho
was to come into
the treasury of the
Lord; the Israelites
were not to take
any of it for them-
selves. Now, there
was one man named
Achan who did not
obey this command,
and God was very
angry with him.
Achan saw a beauti-
ful garment and Achan Hidi
some silver and gold which he first of all
coveted. He thought how nice it would
be to have these things for himself, looked
all round to be quite sure no one could
see him, then stretched out his hand and
seized them. Can you fancy how stealthily
he crept back to his tent and hid away
the stolen treasure! I do not think he
was as happy then as he was before- he
took the stolen things. His next thought
was how to hide them securely, for living
in a tent there were no cupboards or
drawers to keep them out of sight; so he
dug a hole in the midst of his tent and
buried them in the earth. Poor Achan
thought it was all right now; no one had
seen him. But he made a great mistake.
God's eye had been upon him all the time,
and God caused his sin to be discovered.
Joshua told him he must come before all
the people and tell what he had done
Indeed I have
sinned against the
Lord God of Israel.
When I saw among
the spoils a goodly
and two hundred
shekels of silver and
a wedge of gold,
then I coveted them
and took them, and
behold they are hid
in the earth in the
midst of my tent,
and the silver under
it." Then Joshua
sent and took the
garment and the
gold and silver out
of the midst of the
tent and laid them
out before the Lord.
the Treasure, Achan received a
dreadful punishment for his sin, for he was
stoned to death in the valley of Achor.
Does this story bring to mind some
sin you have committed? You thought
no one knew anything about it, but God
saw and knew all, and the memory of it
brings you sorrow and trouble. Do not
wait until you are found out, as Achan
did, but go at once and confess your sins
to God, who is always ready to "forgive
us our sins."
SAMUEL BEFORE ELI.
H ANNAH, who was afterwards the mother of Samuel,'
was very unhappy because God had given her no
children. When the time for offering the yearly sacrifice
came round, she went up to the Temple with her
husband, Elkanah, and there she wept and prayed,
promising that if God would give her a son, she would
"give him unto the Lord all the days of his life." Her
prayer was heard and answered, and Hannah named her little son
Samuel, which means, Asked of God. By-and-by Samuel grew old
enough to leave his mother, and Hannah took him to Eli, the priest at
Shiloh, and there presented him to the Lord, according to her promise,
saying, The Lord hath given me the petition which I asked of Him;
therefore also I have lent him to the Lord as long as he liveth." When
Hannah and Elkanah returned home they left Samuel with Eli, and he
ministered before the Lord, being a child, girded with a linen ephod.
And his mother made him a little coat each year, which she brought to
him when she came up with her husband to offer the yearly sacrifice.
One night, after Samuel had lain down to sleep, he heard a voice
calling him. So he arose and ran to Eli, and said, Here am I." But
Eli had not called Samuel; so he told him to go and lie down again.
Then Samuel heard the voice a second time, and again ran to Eli
and said, Here am I, for thou didst call me." But Eli answered,
" I called not, my son." Then Samuel heard the voice a third time,
and ran to Eli. Then Eli saw that it must be the Lord who had
called the child, and told him to lie down once more, and if the voice
again called, to answer "Speak, Lord, for Thy servant heareth." When
Samuel heard the voice the fourth time he answered as Eli had com-
manded him. Then God told Samuel how He was going to punish
Eli's sons, Hophni and Phineas, because of their wickedness, and how
He was angry with Eli also because he had seen his sons doing wrong
and had not restrained them. Samuel lived for many years, and became
a great, prophet in the land of Judaea.
Hannah -Giving Samuel to Eli.
DAVID BEFORE SAUL,
K ING SAUL and his people were in great trouble. The Philistines had come up to
fight against the Israelites, and had brought as their champion the giant, Goliath of
Gath. The two armies were encamped, the Philistines on the side of one mountain and the
Israelites on the side of another, with a valley running between them. Every morning and
every evening the giant Goliath came out before all the people, and asked the Israelites to
choose a man from their army to fight with him, saying, If he be able to fight with me,
and to kill me, then will we be your servants; but if I prevail against him, and kill. him,
then shall ye be our servants, and serve us." When Saul and all Israel heard these words
of the Philistine,.they were greatly afraid, for they had no strong man like Goliath to be their
Now David, the son of Jesse, who had been minding his father's sheep in Bethlehem, was
sent to the camp to see how his brothers fared, and to take them food. As he was talking to
his brothers, Goliath came out before all the people, and David heard him defy the armies of
Israel, and saw Saul's men turn away in fear. David offered to accept Goliath's challenge, and
to fight with him; not in his own strength, but in the strength of the Lord. He said, ".The Lord
will save me out of the hand
____________ of this Philistine." So King
Davi adGlahSaul gave him permission to
go. David set out to meet
his foe, not armed with sword
and spear and shield, but
trusting in the name of the
Lord of Hosts. He took
with him his shepherd's bag,
into which he put five small
stones, and he carried a sling
in his hand. How anxiously
the men of Israel must
have watched David, all
ready to turn and run if he
happened to get killed by
the giant! The Philistines
thought they had nothing to
fear, but they soon found
they were mistaken, for the
first stone David slung from
his sling sank into the fore-
head of the giant, and he fell
upon his face to the earth.
Then David took Goliath's
sword and cut off his head.
When the Philistines saw
their champion was dead
they fled, but Israel went
after them, and many of
them were slain. David,
after he returned from the
slaughter-of the Philistine,
was brought before Saul,and
found favour in the sight of
the king and all the people.
We read that David be-
haved himself wisely in his
David and Goliath, niev and high position.
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OSIAH became king when he was only eight years old.
Although so young, we read in the Bible that he acted
wisely, doing that which was right in the sight of the
Lord." I wonder how many of my readers are trying to
do right in the sight of the Lord?
The king who reigned before Josiah was a very wicked man, who
had taught the people to worship false gods made of wood and stone.
So Josiah had a great many of his wicked works to undo. Josiah
set his servants to work, and they broke down the altars of Baalim,
and cut down the groves, and the carved images and the molten
images they broke in pieces, and made dust of them. All this was
done in the presence of the king: he wanted to be quite sure that
none of these idols were left, lest the people should again worship
them. Then, when the false gods were destroyed, Josiah went to
Jerusalem to look after the house of the true God, which was called
the Temple. God's house had been neglected for a long time, and
needed a great many repairs before it would be fit to worship God in.
So the king set men to work to repair it,-carpenters, builders, and
masons. This pleased some of the people, and they brought money
to the Temple to pay the workmen for their labour.
While the workmen were employed in repairing the Temple, the
High Priest found the Book of the Law, in which were written the
laws God wished the people to obey. Josiah had never seen this
before, so he had it read to him; and when he heard how God said
He would punish the people if they worshipped idols, he was very
sorry, and "wept before the Lord." But God said He would not
punish the people during Josiah's lifetime, because he had tried to
teach them to do 'right. God said Josiah should go to his grave
When the repairing of the Temple was completed, the king gathered
the people together at Jerusalem. They offered a great many sacrifices
to the Lord, and the law was read to them, and the king promised
to obey God's commandments. He also caused the people to promise
that they too would obey them.
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Josiah destroying the False Gods.
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DANIEL BEFORE NEBUCHADNEZZAR.
M Y readers may be thinking that there is a great deal said about
dreams in the Bible. And so there is. But we must remember
that in those olden days God's will was not written for the people in
the Bible as we have it now. Therefore God often spoke to them in
In our picture King Nebuchadnezzar is shown seated in a chair.
He is greatly troubled, as King Pharaoh had been very many years
before. He has had a dream, and no one can tell him the meaning
of it. Nebuchadnezzar was the king of Babylon, and a mighty man;
so grand and rich and proud was he that he forgot God, and thought
only of himself, and of his riches and power. But God was much
displeased with Nebuchadnezzar, and sent him a dream to tell him how
he was to be punished fdr his sin. Nebuchadnezzar could not, however,
understand the dream, and his wise men were unable to help him. So
Daniel was sent for to interpret the king's dream, but he was almost
afraid to do so. The king told him not to be troubled, but to let him
know all the dream meant. So Daniel told the king that he would be
driven out from his kingdom to live with the beasts of the field. All
Daniel's words came true; for after twelve months had passed, the king
was looking one day upon his mighty city, and forgot sit was God
who had given him all that he had, and said, Is not this great Babylon,
that I have built for the house of the kingdom, by the might of my
power, and for the honour of my majesty." He had scarcely uttered these
words when a voice from heaven said, "0 King Nebuchadnezzar, thy
kingdom is departed from thee." And in the same hour was the thing
fulfilled upon Nebuchadnezzar that Daniel had foretold. He was
driven from men, and did eat grass as oxen, and his body was wet
with the dew of heaven, till his hairs were grown like eagles' feathers,
and his nails like birds' claws."
I am glad to tell you that after seven years the king repented of
his folly, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and his reason returned, and
he praised and honoured God. Then his people sought for their king.
They honoured him and gave him his kingdom again, with all his great-
ness. Then the king in 'his humility said: Now I, Nebuchadnezzar,
praise and extol and honour the King of heaven, all whose works are
truth, and His ways judgment; and those that walk in pride He is
able to abase."
Daniel before Nebuchadnezzar.
"THOU SHALT CALL HIS NAME JESUS."
W HEN Adam and
e, W Eve first sinned
f against God in the Gar-
den of Eden, by eating
of the Tree of the
l Knowledge of Good and
The aEvil, God promised that
h hl va Saviour should come;
SN that, as by one man's
:.. disobedience many were
made sinners, so by the
-obedience of One many
should be made right-
Seous. All the sacrifices
and services of the Taber-
nacle and the Temple
were instituted to remind
the people of this wonder-
ful promise. Prophets
S, were sent to tell
them where the Saviour
"Thou shalt call His name Jesus." should be born, and also
of many things that would happen during His life upon earth.
At last the time came for the promise to be fulfilled, and the Son
of God was to be made flesh and dwell among men.
The angel Gabriel was sent from God to Mary, who dwelt at
Nazareth, to tell her that she should have a son. When Mary saw the
angel she was troubled. But the angel said to her, Fear not, Mary,
for thou hast found favour with God." Then the angel told her
that she should have a son, and that His name should be called
Jesus,. because He was to save His people from their sins.
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the sky; and, looking up,
they saw an angel, who said,
" Behold, I bring you good
which is Christ the Lord.
And this shall be the sign
unto you: Ye shall find the
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babe wrapped in swaddling
clothes, lying in a manger.
The shepherds went to
tidings of great joy, which
shall be to all people. For
unto you is born this day in
Bethlehem, and found the
babe, as the angel had said.
"There was no Room for them in the Inn.
After a time Joseph and Mary
had to journey to Bethlehem to be
taxed. When they arrived in the
city, they found no room in the inn,
so they had to take shelter in the
stable outside. Here it was that the
infant Jesus was born, and He was
lain in a manger.
On the hills outside Bethlehem
a company of shepherds were tend-
ing their flocks by night. Suddenly
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THE PRESENTATION IN THE TEMPLE.
W H HEN Jesus was
quite a little baby
only a few weeks old, His
Smother and Joseph took
Him to Jerusalem to pre-
sent Him to God in the
Temple. It was quite
usual for all the Jewish
mothers to do this. Mary
wished, too, to thank God
for His goodness to her in
giving her this beautiful
Baby boy. The priest
St took the Child in his arms
Sto present Him before the
Lord, just as he took the
other babies, little knowing
that this baby was to be
the Saviour of the world.
There lived at Jeru-
salem at this time an old
man whose name was
Simeon. He had long
S been expecting the coming
Saviour, and God had told
him that he should not
die until he had seen the
'I Led by God's Spirit
to the Temple just as the
infant Jesus was being
presented to God, he knew
that this was the pro-
S mised Saviour, and taking
the baby in his arms, he
said, "Lord, now. lettest
..-... ... thou Thy servant depart
in peace, according to Thy
Lord, now lettest Thou Thy Servant depart in Peace."-Simeon and the .nfant Jesdus. word for mine eyes have
seen Thy salvation, which Thou hast prepared before the face of all people; a Light to
lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of Thy people Israel." Then Simeon blessed Mary and
Joseph, and told her also that the Child would be spoken against, and that a great sorrow
would come to her, so great that it would be like a sword piercing her heart. This prophecy
was fulfilled when Mary saw Jesus hanging upon the cross, crucified for the sin of the world.
Mary and Joseph returned to Bethlehem, wondering at what they had heard about their Son,
though they did not yet fully understand the great work He had come into the world to perform.
St. Luke tells us that the Child grew and waxed strong, filled with wisdom, and the grace
of God was upon Him.
"And through all His wondrous childhood "And our eyes at last shall see Him,
He would honour and obey, Through His-own redeeming love;
Love and watch the lowly maiden For that Child, so dear and gentle,
In whose gentle arms He lay. Is our Lord in heaven above.
Christian children all must be And He leads His children on,
Mild, obedient, good as He. To the place where He is gone."
JESUS IN THE TEMPLE.
W I-EN Jesus was twelve years old He went with Mary and Joseph to Jerusalem, to
attend the Feast of the Passover. This feast was held every year, in remembrance
of how God had saved the children in every Jewish household, while the firstborn in every
Egyptian family had died. This festival was always a great event to the Jews. The distance
from Nazareth to Jerusalem was about eighty miles, and most likely Jesus walked the whole
way. The journey would take several days, as -it was necessary to stop frequently for rest and
refreshment. The Passover was the principal feast of the Jews. It lasted a week. Thousands
of animals were offered in sacrifice, and there was great rejoicing. Jesus joined in the worship.
On the third day many of the people began to return home, and among them were Mary and
Joseph. But Jesus, un-
known to His parents,
remained at Jerusalem.
Supposing Him to be
one of their party, which
was a large one, Joseph
and Mary journeyed on _
for some distance without
missing Jesus. Then
they sought Him amongst I'
their kinsfolk and ac- A
quaintances, but not being ( q
able to find Him, they
returned to Jerusalem to
seek Him there. At last '
they found Jesus in the I
Temple, sitting in the
midst of the doctors, both -
hearing them and asking I zi
them questions; and all
that heard Him were
amazed at His under-
standing and answers.
His mother said, "Son,
why hast Thou thus dealt ,
with us? Behold, Thy "
father and I have sought
Thee sorrowing." And He
said unto them, How is I_ '/
it that ye sought Me?
Wist ye not that I must --7-.
be in My Father's house?"
And He went down with
them, and came to Naza- -
reth, and was subject to
them. Wist ye not that I must be in My Father's Houset" (Luke ii. 49. R.V.).
I N ICODEMUS was a
rluler of the Jews.
1" ',,l ~ He had heard Jesus speak-
'" 1 ing in the Temple, and
thought He was the Christ
whom they all expected.
,,II..S-o he would like to talk
\ ,. with Jesus, and learn more
: \~ ~about Him. But he was
"afraid of what the other
rulers would say, for they
despised any one who be-
lived Jesus was the Son
of God. One night, ,how-
'i ever, he went alone to the
house where Jesus was.
SMaster," he said, we
know that Thou art a
Teacher' come from God;
for no man can do these
miracles that Thou doest
except God be with him."
Then Jesus began to teach
Nicodemus many things
that were new to him.
The ruler thought that
men could only get to
heaven by being. Jews and
___ keeping- the whole law, as
-_taught by.the priests. But
Jesus.told him that he and
Ye 'must be Born again I" every one else must be born
again, changed in heart and desire. Nicodemus said, How can these things be ?" So
Jesus went on to explain that the change was to come by His Spirit entering into the hearts
of men: that, just as Nicodemus could hear the wind, and knew it was there, although
he could not tell where it came from nor where it was going, so .it is with the Spirit of
God, which cometh unseen, yet we know when His Spirit is present. Jesus told him that
He, God's Son, was going to die for sinners; that, just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the
wilderness, so must the Son of man be lifted up, that whosoever believeth" in Him' should
not perish, but have eternal life. And the reason why Jesus was to-be lifted, up. on the
cross, was because "God so loved the world that He gave His only. begotten .Son," not
being willing that any should perish, but that all through Him might have everlasting. life..
THE WOMAN OF SAMARIA.
JESUS was journeying ----
from Judaea to Galilee. .- -
Instead of taking the -
usual road, along the banks -; -
of the Jordan, He went by __
way of the hills, and passed l .
through Samaria. The
Jews very seldom went that ,
way, because they hated -
the Samaritans, and would -
have nothing to do with
them.; but Jesus knew these
people were ready to receive
His message, so He jour-
neyed through their country
that He might be able to
teach them. About noon
Jesus came to a well, and
while His disciples went to
one of the Samaritan cities
to buy food He sat down
to rest upon the well until "Il- '
they returned. After a time ..
a woman of Samaria came i
with her pitcher and cord
to draw water from the
well. When she had filled
her vessel with the cool, re-
freshing water, Jesus said,
"Give me to drink." The
woman was surprised that i
He, being a Jew, should
ask for a drink of water
from a woman of Samaria.
But Jesus wanted to teach
her about the "living -
water" which He came to
bestow. He said Who- I
soever drinketh of the water that Speak unto Thee am He,
that I shall give him shall never thirst." By the living water Jesus meant the Holy Spirit,
which He will give to all who ask Him. But the woman did not understand this, and said,
" Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw." Then Jesus went
on to teach her about herself. He showed her that she was a sinner, and that He knew it.
He told her that God is a Spirit, and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and
in truth." By this He sought to teach' her that God's true worshippers do not need to go to
any particular place to pray to Him; that God is everywhere and always near us, so that we
can worship Him wherever we may be. The woman listened very attentively, although she
did not understand all that Jesus wished to teach her. So she said, "I know that when
Messiah cometh He will teach us all things.".. Then Jesus said, I that speak unto thee am
He." This wonderful news filled her heart with joy. Forgetting her water-pot, she hastened
back to the town to tell the people that she had found the Messiah. Very soon they came
flocking out of the city to see and hear for themselves, and as Jesus taught them many believed
that He was indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world.
HEALING THE SICK OF THE PALSY.
ESUS had been away from Capernaum for some
time. But He had now returned, and as soon
as the people knew of His arrival they came
in great crowds to hear His gracious words.
In this city, as in many other Eastern cities
and towns, the houses were built round the
four sides of a square, with a court or court-
yard in the middle, into which the windows
Capernaum. -looked, and which was large enough to contain
a great many people. One day Jesus was teaching the people gathered in the court of
such a house, and as He talked to those surrounding Him, many listened who wanted to
learn more about Him, but others there were who had been sent from Jerusalem as
spies to watch all that He said and did, and to tell their masters, the Pharisees and teachers
of the law.
While Jesus was speaking, four men arrived carrying a man sick of the palsy. He was
lying on a bed or mat, and each of the men held one of the four corners. They had come
hoping that Jesus would see the sufferer and heal his sickness. But they found so many
people crowding round the entrance to the courtyard that they could not even get near
the door. So they tied a cord to each corner of the poor man's bed, or mat, and carried
him up the outside staircase on to the flat roof. Then they began to uncover the
roof, just above the place where Jesus was. When they had made an opening large
enough, they gently lowered their friend, by the cords they had tied to his bed, down
to the floor at Jesus' feet.
Then Jesus, when He saw how these people believed in His power and love, said,
"Son, thy sins be forgiven thee." At first the people did not understand these words.
They said, "Who can forgive- sins but God alone?" But Jesus wanted to teach
them that, as the Son of God, He had power on earth to forgive sins. The Pharisees
were very angry when Jesus talked about forgiving sins. But Jesus turned and said
to them, "Why reason ye these things in your hearts? Whether is it easier to say
to the sick of the palsy, Thy sins be forgiven thee, or to say, Arise, and take up thy
bed, and walk?" Then turning to the sick man, _
He said, "I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy
bed, and go thy way into thine house." Think
how astonished the people must have been when
they saw the man, who before was quite helpless,
get up and walk, giving God thanks for his re-
covery Some of them followed the man, filled
with awe, praising God for giving Jesus such
power, and saying to the people they met, "We
never saw it on this fashion." They meant that
they had never had a teacher before who could do
such wonderful things. An Eastern House.
"I say unto Thee, Arise!"
THE CALL OF MATTHEW.
SHEN Jesus was on earth
the Jews were under
the dominion of the Romans,
Spr, and had to pay taxes to -them
for everything they owned, and
on all they bought and sold.
There was a great deal of
business carried on at Caper-
Sheimet there, leading to Damascus
and Syria, and to Jerusalem
Si and the sea; so, as there was
Sa much traffic, there were a great
many taxes to be collected. The
1 P e tJews hated the Romans, as they
: a had to pay these taxes, and if
J\ \ any of their own people con-
Ssented to collect the taxes for
their enemies, they hated them
even more than the Romans.
And the tax-gatherers, or pub-
xl licans, as they were called, were
.. often very cruel, oppressing the
III-I~ people, and taking more from
them than they ought ; so the
SJews thought ill of any one
.. who even made friends with
S S head-_ Matthew, a Jew, was the
_______- A head tax gatherer at Caper-
Matthew Sitting at the Receipt of Oustom, naum. One day, as he sat
busy at work, Jesus stopped at his place of toll, and said, Follow Me." No doubt Matthew
had previously seen and heard Jesus, as He taught the people in the streets of Capernaum,
and seems to have been quite ready for the call. He therefore arose and followed Him.
Soon after this, Matthew made a feast, and invited his friends to meet Jesus. He had
learned how blessed it was to be His follower, and no doubt wanted his friends to hear
Him, that they might love Him too. But the Pharisees were shocked when they saw Jesus
eating with people whom they thought to be so very wicked. They asked His disciples, Why
eateth your Master with publicans and sinners ?" The disciples told Jesus what the Pharisees
were saying, and He said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they
that are sick. I am not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance." Jesus wanted
these Pharisees to understand that the despised publicans and sinners were just the people
He had come to save and bless.
Christ Teaching His Disciples.
THE PARABLE OF THE SOWER.
A GREAT number of people were gathered together on the sloping
shore of the Sea of GAlilee to hear the gracious words of Jesus.
They crowded upon Him so closely that He entered a boat, from which,
as you will see in the frontispiece at the commencement of this book,
He taught the people. He began by telling them a parable, or story,
which they could easily understand, and from this He strove to teach
them truths more important and difficult. The first parable Jesus taught
was about a sower, who went forth to sow seed. Some of the seed fell
by the wayside, and was trodden under foot on the hard beaten paths,
and the birds came and devoured it. Other seed fell on rocky ground,
where there was but little earth. Soon it began to grow; but when the
hot sun arose and parched the ground, the seed was scorched, because
it had no root or moisture, and it withered -away. Other seed fell
among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked it, thus hindering
any healthy growth from this seed. Other seed fell into good ground,
where it grew and
brought forth fruit,
some anhundred-fold, _______
some sixty-fold, some N
thirty-fold. Jesus _
then said : "Who ___
hath ears to hearjlet j0-
him hear," meaning
that people should
pay attention ,when "
the truth is being
spoken to them.
Afterwards Jesus '.
explained this parable -
to His disciples. He -
told them that the
seed was the word
of God. The ground
was the mind and
heart of the people The Sea of Galilee.,
who heard the word..
Those who hear
God's word without
caring to under- _..-
stand it are like the roine_
seed sown by the -
wayside. Thosewho -0 .-__
hear God's word
without doing what
it teaches are like
the seed that fell on ~S~-
the rocky ground;
thus, when troubles
come, their good -_,--
impressions pass -
away, and they turn
from God. The -_ -
seed was good, but -
their hearts were
not right to sustain
it. In similar man-
ner men hear God's
word, and are de-
lighted with it for a
time, but by-and-by-
worldly cares and "A Sower went forth to Sow."
anxieties, thoughts of dress,- food, and amusement so .fill their hearts
that God's word is forgotten, and they become unfruitful, like the seed
sown among thlorns. But every one who hears the word of God
with an honest- and good heart,- and does what that word teaches, is
like the good seed sown in good ground, that increased an hundred-
fold. This is shown by their works of love and patience in daily
life, and .by their true and right life at home, or wherever they
may be. Evil thoughts and evil deeds bring forth only that which
is evil, but good thoughts and good deeds bring forth only that
which is good.
THE WIDOW'S SON.
JESUS and His disciples were journeying from, Capernaum to Nain,
a distance of twenty-five miles. About the second day after they
had started, they would see on the side of a hill the white houses
of Nain. It had walls around it, and a gate through which the main
road entered the city. At these gates much of the buying and selling
of the place was done, and here people met to talk over their affairs.
As Jesus and His disciples neared the city gate, they met a funeral
procession coming slowly out, on its way to the burying-ground, a little
distance off on the hillside. There were men in front playing doleful
notes on flutes, and women tossing their arms about and chanting a
low, sad tune, and beating their cymbals. Then came the weeping
mother, a widow, whose only son was being carried on a bier behind
her. The bier was a bed or frame- on which the body was lain, covered
with a cloth, and it was being borne by four men, whose feet were
bare; after them came a number of sorrowing friends, who often
changed with the bearers and helped to carry the bier, thus showing
their interest and goodwill.
This was the sight that attracted the attention of Jesus as He
neared the gate of the city of Nain. Those who were coming up the
narrow path stood to let the funeral pass; but when the widowed
mother came to where Jesus was, He said to her, "Weep not!" Then
He went over to the bearers of the body, and laid His hands on the
bier, and stopped them. No doubt they wondered what He was going
to do, as they lowered their burden to the ground. But, looking into
the young man's face, Jesus said, "Young man, I say unto thee,
Arise!" And, we are told, he that had been dead sat up. He was
brought to life again and began to speak, and Jesus gave him back
to his happy mother.
The people were much astonished, and the procession, that left the
city so sad but a short time before, returned rejoicing, with the young
man walking in their midst, praising God, and saying "that a great
prophet is risen up among us; and that God hath visited His people."
But happiest of all the glad throng was the widowed mother, taking
her only son back to her quiet home. This was the first person Jesus,
had raised to life, and the news spread throughout all Judaea and all
the region round about.
Every one was talking of the wonderful prophet of Nazareth.
How quick Jesus was to see and help this poor sorrowing widow! She
does not seem even to have seen Him, but He saw her grief, and
soon turned her sorrow into joy.
'r htha endadstu !
JESUS FEEDING THE MULTITUDE.
T HE disciples had just heard of the death
of John the Baptist, and in sorrow
came to Jesus for comfort. He told them
to come with Him away from the people
and rest themselves. So they went in a boat
across the sea .. --
of Galilee, to
a place where
there were no~_
was called a -
desert place, '.
and it be-
longed to a
the place be-
to send the
to the villages
near by, so
that the y
said, Give ye Jesus Blessing the
them to eat." A boy in the crowd had five
little loaves of bread and two fishes, and Jesus
said, Bring them hither to Me." This was
not much food to divide among five thousand
hungry men, beside the women and children;
but Jesus could make even this more than
enough. He told the disciples to seat the
people in order on the beautiful grass. Then
He took the five small loaves and the two
fishes, and blessed them, or gave thanks,
and broke them into pieces, and had
e around to the
-_~_ people. They
S., all ate, and
Sn were satisfied;
Sand the food
had been so
the power of
i twelve bas-
people to be-
lieve in Jesus,
Jesus was on
near the sea
._o___ f Galilee,
__-_____- many people
Loaves and Fishes. tO hear Him,
and were in need of food. There were about
four thousand, and the only food they could
get was seven small loaves of bread and a few
fishes. But Jesus used His power to increase
these, so that there was more than enough to
satisfy the multitude.
"JESUS, MASTER, HAVE MERCY ON US!"
it; and those
were obliged to
from all others,
and to cry,
clean I" when
any one came
Now, as Jesus
came near a
met him ten
was, and still is, a most
disease. No doctor can cure
who had it in olden times
go and live outside the cities
men that were
stood afar off,
and lifted up
mercy on us "
"And he fell upon his Face at
heard their cry, He had compassion on
them, and said, Go, show yourselves to
the priest." This was to test their faith,
to see if they were willing to obey Jesus,
while as yet they were lepers; and also that
the priest might certify that their leprosy
had been taken away. They obeyed, and
went to show themselves to the priest. And
we are told in the Bible that it came to pass
as they went they were cleansed. But nine
__--_---__ --_ --. of these men
seem to have
been so happy
at being freed
from their ter-
Si that the y
went their way
and forgot who
it was that had
Only one, a
to give thanks
to his Bene-
with a loud
voice he glori-
fied God, "and
fell upon his
face at Jesus's
--- '-.- .1 Jesus spoke
s's Feet, giving Him Thanks," y t
kindly to the
man, and, looking about Him, asked, Were
there not ten cleansed? but where are the
nine ?" Are there none found to give glory
to God save this stranger? Then Jesus
commanded the man, saying, "Arise and go
thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole."
"BE OF GOOD CHEER; IT IS I."
AFTER Jesus had fed the five thousand, He sent
the disciples away in their boat to the other
side of the Sea of Galilee, to a place called Bethsaida.
Then He sent the people away also, and retired to a
mountain to pray. The sea was about six miles across,
so the disciples had a toilsome row before them. And
as the winds arise very suddenly on this Sea of Galilee,
and the wind on this occasion was contrary, or against
them, the little boat was tossed by the waves, and
made but slow progress. No doubt the disciples wished
very much that Jesus was with them then. Towards
morning, as they looked anxiously across the water, they
saw a form walking on the surface, and gradually coming
nearer to them. At first they were afraid, but Jesus
said, "Be of good cheer: it is I; be not afraid." Then
Peter said, Lord, if it be Thou, bid me come unto
Thee on the water." And He said, "Come." At first
Peter got on very well, but when He saw the boisterous
waves he was afraid, and began to sink. Then he cried
out "Lord, save me," and immediately Jesus stretched
out His hand and caught him, and said unto him,
"Wherefore didst thou doubt?" The disciples welcomed
Jesus into the boat, and the storm ceased, and the shore
was soon reached. Then they that were in the ship
came and worshipped Him, saying, "Of a truth Thou
art the Son of God."
:r "i l
' Lord, save me."
"WHO IS MY NEIGHBOUR?"
came and asked
Jesus what he should do
__- __ to inherit eternal life?
--- .Jesus enquired' of, him
what was written in the
law. The lawyer answered,
Thou shalt love the
Lord thy God with all
thy heart, and with all
S thy soul, and with all thy
strength, and with all
thy mind, and thy neigh-
bour as thyself." Jesus
said to him, "Thou hast
Answered right." Then
__ the lawyer asked, "Who
is my neighbour?"
-- Jesus answered his
question by telling him a
story, or parable, by which
He meant to teach him
that a neighbour -is any
one to -whom a kindness
can be shown. Jesus said,
SA certain man was go-
ing down from Jerusalem
to Jericho, and he fell
among robbers, --which
both stripped him of
his raiment and beat
~- -him, and departed, leaving
him half dead. And by
chance a certain priest
was going down that way.
And-when he saw him he
passed by on the other
side. And in like manner
The Good Samaritan, a Levite also, when he
came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a certain Samaritan, as
he journeyed, came where he was, and when he saw him he was moved with compassion,
and came to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring on them oil and wine; and he
sat him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him. And on
the morrow he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said, 'Take care
of him, and whatsoever thou .spendest more, I, when I come back again, will repay
thee.' Which of these three," enquired Jesus of the lawyer, "thinkest thou, proved
neighbour unto him that fell among robbers?" And he said, He that showed mercy
on him." And Jesus said unto him, "Go, and do thou likewise.",
The Jews believed that none but their own people were to be regarded as neighbours, and
'that they had a right to hate all others as enemies; and so they hated the Samaritans.
By this parable Jesus showed the lawyer that the despised Samaritan had shown
greater kindness than the Jewish priest and Levite; and told him to go and do the same.
"THE LOST SHEEP."
S OME of the people had been murmuring
because Jesus received sinners, so Jesus
told them the parable of the lost sheep.
He wanted to teach them, by this beautiful par-
able, that He had come on purpose to seek and
to save sinners that were lost.
Jesus said, "What man of you having an
hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth
not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness,
and go after that which is lost, until he find it ?
And when he hath found it he layeth it on his
shoulders rejoicing. And when he cometh home,
he calleth together his
friends and his neigh-
bours, saying unto them, _
'Rejoice with me, for I -
have found my sheep
which was lost.'"' How
kind and tender was the
shepherd to the stray
lamb! Instead of driving
it before him, feeling
angry at the trouble and
sorrow it had caused
him, he lays it on his
wishing to save the tired
sheep from further
fatigue. Then, when he
reaches home, he calls
his friends and neigh-
bours to rejoice with
him that the wanderer
has been found. Thus,
Jesus told the people,
there shall be joy in
heaven over one sinner
that repenteth, more
than over ninety and
nine just persons, which .
need no repentance. The Ninety and Nine-but One Lostl
"THY SINS ARE FORGIVEN."
O NE of the Pharisees, whose name was Simon, had asked Jesus to eat with him.
While Jesus was reclining at the Pharisee's table, as was the custom in that
land, a woman who belonged to the city, and who had led a wicked life, came with
an alabaster vase containing sweet-smelling ointment, which was very costly. Perhaps
she had heard Jesus as He so lovingly taught the people, and invited the weary and
heavy laden to come to Him, which made her sorry because of her sins, and led her
to forsake them. She loved Jesus very greatly, and as she stood behind Him, she
broke the narrow neck of the vase, and poured the ointment upon the feet of Jesus.
Then, stooping down, her tears fell upon His feet, and her hair falling over them, she wiped
the tears away with her hair. When the Pharisee saw all this, he thought to himself
that, if Jesus were really a prophet, He would have known that the woman was a
S; ... .. sinner, and would have
.. ..-,P- sent her away. Jesus
... ... -"', .- o .. '. .. ..
F,, ,. ,, .',.., knew his thoughts, and
........... ........... '/. '.. .' said to him S im on, I
"she,< oe h have somewhat to say
,unto thee." And he said,
"Master, say on." Then
Jesus told of two persons
VI who were in debt; one
I MOW'( / owed a large amount,
and the other a smaller
J. amount. When they had
nothing to pay, the man
S~- to whom they owed the
money forgave them both.
.And Jesus asked which
"" of them for this kindness
would love him most.
Simon said it would be
the one who owed the
larger sum, and to whom
most had been forgiven.
Jesus told Simon that
H1e had been more kindly
treated by the woman
_i than by him, and said
that because her sins
which were many had
been forgiven she loved
S-- much. Then, turning to
_the woman, He said,
"She Loved' Much,. "Thy sins are forgiven."
JESUS AND ZACCHAEUS.
ESUS was journeying X,- ..
to Jerusalem for the F, NO..,. ,,,
last time, and as He -
passed through Jericho a
great number of people
thronged about Him, for ''.
they had heard of the ", ,
many wonderful works He _
had done. Among the
crowd was a man named V
Zacchaeus, who was a pub- M 14
lican or tax collector, and -
a very rich man. Now, ,~ "
Zacchaeus was most anxious
to see Jesus, but he was
so short that he could I
not see over the heads of
the people. Still he did
not let this difficulty hinder
him from seeing, for he 1
climbed up ,into a sycamore
tree and sat there waiting It i
for Jesus and the multi-
tude to pass by. At length
they arrived; but, instead of
passing on, Jesus stood still,
and, looking up to where
Zacchaeus was, He said
unto him, Zacchaeus, make -Ij
haste and come down; for
to-day I must abide at thy
house." And Zacchaeus -- ---
made haste and came down, ---Z---
and received Him joyfully. Behold, Lord, the Half of my Goods I give to the Poor."
But as these publicans had very bad characters, and were hated by the people, they murmured
when they heard Jesus say that He was going to stay with Zacchaeus, who was a publican.
But, however bad Zacchaeus may have been in the past, Jesus saw what was in his heart
now, and knew he wanted to do right. And so we find Zacchaeus standing before Jesus and
saying, Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor, and if I have taken anything
from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold." He meant by this that if he had
made the people pay more than was right he would return them four times as much as he
had taken wrongfully. Then Jesus said that salvation had come to his house : that is, Jesus
had forgiven his sin, and would save him from sin in the future. The Lord Jesus knows
all that is in our hearts too,-knows of all our wishes and efforts, to do right-knows all the
hindrances that come in our way. He wants to come and abide in our hearts: let us receive
Him joyfully, as Zacchaeus did.
"I WILL ARISE AND GO TO MY FATHER"
AFTER Jesus had spoken the parables
of "The Lost Sheep and The Lost
Piece of Silver," He wanted still further to
show His listeners the love and forgiveness
with which God receives all who truly seek
Him. So He told the story of The Prodigal
Son. A certain man had two sons. The
younger of them asked his father to give
him the portion of goods that would fall
to him, and when the father had done so,
he took his journey into a far country, think-
ing how much he could enjoy himself without
hisfatherbeing r. ..I,-.1' I
present to look
after him. He
soon found bad
who led him ,---._ -
into sin, and
very quickly 7 -
all his sub-
when he had t t
spent all, a
and he began
to be in want.
So he went
himself to a
great that he
longed to eat
of the coarse i-; fahe ran and ll
husks that he gave to the pigs, but even this
was not allowed him.
It was not strange, therefore, that in
his miserable plight he should begin 'to
think of the good home and kind father
he had left, where there "was plenty of
food for all. He thought, too, how foolish
and wicked he had been, and was filled
with sorrow for his sin and ingratitude,
and said, "I will arise and go to my
father, and will say unto him, Father, I have
sinned against heaven and in thy sight; I
am no more
worthy to be
S- called thy'
son. Make me
as one of thy
.... hired ser-
came, and his
~-~v. ran, and fell
on his neck,
to bring the
best robe, to
kill the fatted
calf, and to
.make a feast,
this my son
-was dead and
is alive again;
snc._ he was lost.
is neck, and kissed him." and is found."
TOUCHING THE HEM OF CHRIST'S GARMENT.
" She Came and Touched His Garment,"
[EDWARD ARMITAGE, Esq.. R.A.
JESUS was on His way to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, whose little daughter
was sick nigh unto death. As He went, a great many people followed and crowded
around Him. Among them was a woman who had been very ill for twelve years. She
had been to a great many doctors, and had spent all her money trying to get well, but she
rather grew worse. She had heard of the loving Jesus, who was always sorry and ready
to help those who were sick, and she said to herself, If I may but touch His garment
I shall be whole." So she. came in the crowd behind Him, and touched His garment,
and was cured at once. Then Jesus turned round and said, "Who touched Me?" The
disciples wondered at the Master asking such a question, when there were so many
crowding round Him. When the woman saw that He knew she had touched His garment,
she came trembling and fell down at His feet, and told before all the people what she
had done, and how she was healed. Jesus said to her, Daughter, be of good comfort;
thy faith hath made thee whole."
From thge pating by]
THE LOST PIECE OF SILVER.
Wi E have learned how tenderly the The ornament is attached to the head-dress.
shepherd cared for his sheep, and It is called by a name that means ten pieces
how full of rejoicing he was when a foolish of silver, and it is always worn at home
wandering sheep had been brought back to and elsewhere. It is regarded in that country
the fold in as a wedding
safety. Jesus ring is re-
teaches us by garded in our
these parables own land. If
the loving care a piece of this
of our Hea- ornament were
venly Father, lost, the woman
and how He would think
seeks the lost it a sign of
ones of earth, trouble or dis-
that they may grace; if the
be saved eter-
nally in the
ten pieces of
silver, if she
lose one piece,
doth not light
a lamp, and
until she find She doth Seek dili
it?" It was a very usual thing in Palestine
for a man on his wedding day to give
his wife a silver chain. This chain was
made of ten coins, which were all of the
same value. Even in the present day the
custom is often observed in that country.
gently until she Find It."
chain were not
think evil of
her. For this
no pains nor
effort to find
the lost coin.
And when she
found it she
meant so much to her was again com-
plete. Jesus said again, after speak-
ing this parable, "Even so, I say unto
you, there is joy in the presence of
the angels of God over one sinner that
THE TEN VIRGINS.
JESUS said the Kingdom of Heaven may haste and began to trim their lamps,
be likened unto ten virgins, who were pouring in more oil to make them burn
to assist at a wedding by going out to wel- brightly. But the foolish virgins had brought
come the bridegroom. Five of these virgins no oil to replenish their lamps, and so they
were wise, and asked the wise
five were fool- to give them
ish. The wise oil out of their
virgins took vessels. The
oil in vessels wise maidens
with them, so answered:
that they could Not so, lest
re fill their there be not
lamps if they enough for us
went out be- and you; but
fore the bride- go rather to
groom came; them that sell
but the foolish and buy for
virgins took yourselves."
their lamps, While they
but no oil in were away buy-
their vessels. ing the oil,
The hourwhen the b r i d e-
the bride- groom came,
groom would and the wise
appear was. virgins lighted
unknown, but the way to the
it was very im- bride's house,
portant that and went in
these virgins with the bride-
should bequite groom to the
ready for him wedding sup-
at his coming. / per; then the
While he tar- Behold, the Bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him." door was shut.
ried, all the virgins slept. But at midnight After a time the foolish virgins returned, and
the light of the torches was seen in the knocked at the door and cried, "Lord, Lord,
distance, and the cry was raised, Behold, open to us I" But he answered, "I know you
the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet not." Then Jesus said, ." Watch, therefore,
him I for you know not the day nor the hour
Then all the virgins rose up in great when the Son of man cometh."
THE CHILDREN'S HOSANNAS.
JESUS had been staying at Bethany, a little town on the slopes of
the Mount of Olives, not far from Jerusalem. As He was journeying
towards Bethphage, on the way to Jerusalem, He sent two of His
disciples forward, telling them to go over to the village near by, and
there they would find a young ass, on which no man had ever yet
ridden. They were to loose and bring this ass to Jesus, saying to the
owner that the Lord had need of it. When the ass was brought to
Jesus, the two disciples placed some of their garments upon it, and then
sat Jesus thereon.
As Jesus went towards Jerusalem, many of the people spread their
garments for the ass to ride over; others strewed palm leaves in the
way. The disciples rejoiced, and praised God with a loud voice; and
the multitude that went before Him, and also they that followed, cried
out in glad strains, Hosanna to the Son of David I Blessed is He
that cometh in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest!"
The great crowd of people who surrounded Jesus had come up to
Jerusalem to attend the. Feast of the Passover, but among them were
also some of the Pharisees, who, with angry frowns, said to one
another, "The world is gone after Him." And when the chief priests
and scribes saw the wonderful things that Jesus did, and the children
crying in the Temple, and saying, "Hosanna to the Son of David,"
they were sore displeased, and said unto Him, Hearest Thou what
these say ? And Jesus said unto them, Yea; have ye never read,
Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings Thou hast perfected praise ?
I tell you that if these should hold their peace, the stones would
immediately cry. out."
Jesus had not many friends on earth at this time, and He was
very sorrowful at the thought of the great burden of sin He was
going to bear on the cross. I am always so glad to think that
the little children were among those who sang Hosanna!" and
cheered Him with their loving praises. The priests would have
stopped them; but Jesus loved to hear the children sing His praises,
and He still delights in hearing the praises from loving hearts of all
His youthful disciples.
.., I? t..
,, 6-,, 'i III ,
"Hearest Thou what these say?'
III -~L -:
BETRAYAL AND CRUCIFIXION OF JESUS CHRIST.
ABOUT a mile from Jerusalem, close to
the Mount of Olives, was a beautiful
garden called Gethsemane. Jesus often
visited this garden with His disciples, and
spent long nights there in prayer to His
Father in Heaven. But Jesus was now in
this garden with His disciples for the last
time. He knew that the purpose for which
He had come into the world was quickly to
be fulfilled; that He would soon be crucified
for the sins of the world. It was getting late
all very sor-
was about to
He had told
that one of
Him, and The Garden
that before the early morning, when the cock
crew, Peter would three times deny Him.
Bidding them pray that they entered not into
temptation, Jesus withdrew from them, and
alone He poured out His soul in prayer.
How great His anguish was none can tell;
no one has ever endured such great sorrow
as the Son of God bore in taking upon Him-
self the sin of the whole world. When Jesus
returned to His disciples .He found them
asleep, overcome with sorrow and fatigue.
Soon the stillness of the night was dis-
turbed by the sounds of many voices. Judas
had come with a band of men to take Jesus
-prisoner.--- But- the men did not know which
was Jesus, so Judas told them that the one
they were to seize he would kiss. When
Judas drew near, Jesus said unto him,
"Judas, betrayest thou the Son of man with
a kiss?" Then they took Jesus, and led
Him to the high priest's house; and the
disciples forsook Him and fled, leaving their
Master alone in the hands of His enemies. As
soon as it was day they led Him into the coun-
cil of the chief priests and scribes. Caiaphas,
the high priest, asked him many questions, and
called in one
of death. At
last the high
Christ ? Art
the Son of
of Gethsemane, unto them,
"Ye say that I am." For this saying they
said He was worthy of death. But they could
not condemn Jesus to death without the con-
sent of Pilate, the Roman governor. So Jesus
was taken before Pilate, who examined Him
and heard all that the Jews had to say against
Him. Pilate, however, could find no fault
in Jesus, and would have released Him; but
the people cried out, Crucify Him! crucify
Him I So Pilate delivered Jesus to their
will, because he was afraid of displeasing
them. And as soon as they obtained the con-
sent of the Roman governor, they led Jesus
to a place called Calvary, where they crucified
Him. Thus we see the loving Saviour giving
up His life to save the world; God's promise to Adam, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob
being fulfilled, and the work of Jesus being accomplished.
You remember that when Jesus was a little babe, and His mother and Joseph took
Him to the Temple to present Him to God, good old Simeon foretold that one day Mary
would have a great sorrow, which would be like a sword piercing through her soul. Surely
that prophecy was now fulfilled as the tender mother stood by the cross and looked upon the
sufferings of her beloved Son. Even in His own great anguish Jesus was mindful of His
mother, for we read that when Jesus saw Mary and John, the disciple whom He loved, standing
by, He told Mary that this disciple was to be her son; and from that time John took her to
his own home and cared for her as his mother. After Jesus' death, loving disciples begged His
body, and, tenderly
taking it down from
the cross, wrapped
it in linen clothes
and laid it in a quiet
sepulchre in the gar-
den of Joseph of
sepulchre was a deep
recess cut in the
rock, and was closed
by rolling a great
stone against the
entrance to it. But
the body of Jesus
was not there long.
On the third day
and the other
women came with
sweet spices to the
sepulchre early in
the morning. As
they walked along,
they wondered who
would roll the stone
away for them.. But
when they came to
the sepulchre, it was
already rolled away.
The grave was
empty, and two
bright angels told
them -Jesus had
risen from the dead.
When these good
women told Peter
and the other dis-
A Motmoers Grief. ciples thatJesus was
alive again, they were greatly astonished. Some of them believed, but others thought the
women were telling them idle tales. Thomas said he would not believe except he saw Him.
The same day -two devout men, who were disciples of the Lord Jesus, were going from
Jerusalem to a village called Emmaus. As they walked along, they were talking of all that
had happened to their Master, and were very sad. But as they journeyed, Jesus Himself
came and joined them, though they did not know Him. He asked what they were talking
about, and why they were so sad; and He began to explain the Scriptures to them, and to
show them how the Jesus whom they knew was the Son of God, the promised Messiah.
At length they reached the village, and Jesus seemed as if He would go on still farther, but
they asked Him to come in and stay with them, for it was now towards evening. So He went in
to tarry with them. Supper was made ready, and when Jesus took the bread and brake it and
gave thanks, they found
out that it was Jesus, their -- -'Ii ---
Lord and Master, who had -' -' -' A -- -
walked and talked with i
them by the way. But as .. -
soon as they knew Him, W --- -
He vanished out of their i ,
sight. In their great joy .., .. -- --
these disciples started out,
and journeyed all those "'-
eight miles over again to AIR
Jerusalem to tell the
apostles they had indeed
seen their risen Lord.
Jesus, after He had
risen, showed Himself 7
several times to His dis-
ciples, and to Thomas; till", I -_
and, at length, led them
out of Jerusalem, as far
as Bethany. P` ",.
Here He lifted up His '_ -
hands and blessed them,
and as He did so, a cloud 1-
received Him out of their ,
sight. Then two angels -
appeared, who told the ".".
disciples that "this same
Jesus, which is taken up
from you into heaven,
shall so come in like :
manner as ye have seen ..
Him go into heaven."
Let us so love and serve '-
our blessed Saviour, that
when He comes again we
may be ready to meet Him -
with joy. Abide with us i for it is toward Evening, and the Day is far spent,"
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