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Title: Early dew upon the tender plant, or, Easy scripture lessons for young children
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d enurinima. and mn Lork can be published to w/?tch any Wmber /f the
CeMlinei ayia4z object.


Lenon. Pate.
I. The angel appearing to Zacharias.-Luke i.
5-17- ... ....... 1

1I. Zacharias struck dumb.-Luke i. 18-23. .. 19

In. Gabriel appearing to Mary.-Luke L 26-88. 22

iv. Mary visits Elizabeth.-Luke i. 39-56. ... 2

v. Birth of John the Baptist -Luke i. 57 to
end. .. ... ... ... ... 80

rn. The angel appears to Joseph.--Matt i 18-
2 ... .... ... ... 33

vil. Jo sph and Mary go to Blethlinliom-Luke ii.
1- 7. .. ... ... 86

vin. The angel appears to the shepherds, and Christ
is born -Luke ii. 20. ... ... ...

Ix. Simeon and Anna.-Luke ii. 21, 25-0. ...

=. The wise men sent by Herod to seek Jesue.-

Matt. i. 1-12.

xa. The flight into Eg

ypt.-Matt. ii 18 to end.

sn. Jesus disputing with the doctors.-Lnke ii. 41

xiii. John he Baptist commences his ministry.-
Luke iii. 1-; Matt. iii. 2-6. .. 61

xxv. John reproves the Pharisees and Sadducees.-

Matt. iii. 7-12; Luke iii. 10-14.

xv. Baptism of Jesus.-Matt. iii. 13-17-

xvi. Jesus tempted of the devil.-Luke iv. I;

... 64

... 69


XVii. Christ turns the water into wineLuke iv. 14;
John ii. 1- 12... .. ... ...

xviii An unclean spirit cast out on the Sabbath day.
Luke iv 3-40 ...

xix. The miraculous draught of fishes,-Luke v.
1-11; Matt. iv. 28. ... ... ...

xn. Nicodemus comes to Christ by night.-John
Uii 1-6, 9-15, 17-21... ...

xxi. The woman of Samaria.-John iv. 8-26.

xxii. Christ received by the Samaritans.-ohn iv.

xxiv. The man let down through the house-top.-
Luke v. 17-26. ...

xxv. Tthecallof Matthew.-Matt. ix. 9-13; Mark
ii" 13-21-
4ii. 13 -21. ... ... ... ... ...

xxvi. The Sermon on the Mount.-Matt- v. 1-12

xxvl. The Sermon on the Mount, continued.-Matt.
v. 13- 26.... ... ... ...

xxviii. The Sermon on the Mount, continued. -Matt.
v. 27-30, 33-48. ... ... ...

xxix. The Sermon on the Mount, continued.-Matt.

Lord's Prayer.-Matt. .i. 9-16.

xrx,. The Sermon on the Mount, continued.-
Matt. 19-4. ... ...

xTr. The Sermon on the Mount, continued.-
Matt. ii. 1-14. ... ... ... ...

xxxrI. The Sermon on the Mount, concluded.-
Matti. vi 15 9. ... ...

xn.V. A l r leper cleansed. The centurion's serat
healed.-Matt. viii. 1-138 ... ...

xxv. The widow of Nain's son restored to life.
Luke vii. 11-17 ... ... ... ...

cnxxv. The daughter of Jairus raised.-Luke vilL
41--56. ... ... ... ... ...

nxvIx. The parable of the sower.-Matt. xiil. 3-
12, 16-... ... ... ...

xTxVzr Te e ofhe parable of the tres.-Mtt. ii 24

xxxx. The kingdom of heaven.-Matt. xiii. 31-

xL,. oBeheading of John the Baptist.-Matt xiv.
1- 13 ... ... ... ... ...

XW. Mary washing tlhe feet of Jesus.-Luke rii

vi. 3-14; Matt. iv. 21 ...


To inculcate a love for the Holy Scrip-
tures in the hearts of young children,
especially to make the Gospel Narrative
of the life and words of the blessed Jesus
interesting and intelligible to them, and
to draw therefrom such instruction as
their minds may be capable of receiving
and understanding, is the purpose of this

little book.

ject is sought
of lessons, (not
the child,) the

The attainment of .this ob-

by presenting, in a series
so long as to be tedious to

history of

Christ the Sa-

viour, His works and ways, in the

yet impressive language of



while, at the close of each, a number of

questions are added,
the lesson, and follow

designed to explain
!d by a few practical

remarks, to impress the truths of the
gospel upon the mind of the pupil.
For the purpose of showing the cir-
cumstances of the Saviour's life in the
order in which they occurred, the narra-

tives of the four

Evangelists have been

collated, and a consecutive history
piled therefrom.

The writer trusts that

this humble

effort to render the Divine record easy of
comprehension to the youngest learner,
may receive the blessing of God, and be

successful in carrying out the

object for

which it is


Saggestifans ti itt kartlr.

IT is suggested that the following plan will be
found most advantageous, in the use of the sacom-
panying pages:-
Let the Lesson be read through by the child,
spelling each word if necessary, until the subject is
thoroughly impressed upon the mind. The teacher
can then read through the Lesson distinctly and
impressively, to give the full sense of it, and then
find the Questions and Answers with the pupil, and
afterward let the child answer the Questions with-
out the book. The Practical Instruction may then
be read to the learner.


*ie LunK I. 5--17.
HERE was in the
days of H e-rod the
king of Ju-de-s, a
cer-tain priest nam-
ed Zach-a-ri-as, of
the course of A-bi-a: and his wife was of
the daugh-ters of Aa-ron, and her name
was E-lis-a-beth. And they were both
right-eous be-fore God, walk-ing in all the
com-nmand-ments and or-di-nan-ces of the
Lord, blame-less. And they had no child,
and both were now well strick-en in years.
And it came to pass, that while Zach-a-ri-as
ex-e-cut-ed the priest's of-fice, his lot was to
burn in-cense, when he went in-to the tem-

pie of the Lord. And the whole mul-ti-
tude of the peo-ple were pray-ing with-out,
at the time of in-cense. And there aip
pear-ed un-to him an an-gel of the Lord
stand-ing on the right side of the al-tar of
in-cense. And when Zach-a-ri-as saw him,
he was troub-led, and fear fell up-on him.
But the an-gel said un-to him, "3Fear not,
Zach-a-ri-as, for thy prayer is heard, and
thy wife E-lis-a-beth shall bear thee a son,
and thou shalt call his name John. And
thou shalt have joy and glad-ness: and
ma-ny shall rejoice at his birth. For he
shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and
shall drink nei-therwine nor strong drink:
and he shall be fill-ed with the Holy
Ghost, e-ven from his mo-ther's womb.
And ma-nyof the chil-dren of Is-rael shall
he turn to the Lord their God. And
he shall go be-fore him in the spi-rit and
pow-er of E-li-as, to turn the hearts of the
fathers to the chil-dren, and the dis-obe-
di-ent to the wis-dom of the just, to make
read-y a peo-ple pre-par-ed for the Lord."

Who was merod?
The king of Judea.
What was Judea?
The oonntry where,.the Jews lived.
Who were e he Jews?
God's own people.
Of whom besides have you been reading?
Of Zacharias and Elisabeth.
Who was Zacharias?
A priest.
What do you mean by a priest?
A minister of God.
What was the ofice of the priests ?
To serve in the temple.
What was the temple?
God's house at Jerusalem.
What was Jerusalem
The largest town in Judea-the country where the
Jews lived.
What was incense?
A sweet perfume which God had ordered to be
burned every morning and evening in the temple.
What was the son of Zacharias to be called ?
What was he to do?


'To give notice to the Jews of the coming of
And what besides?
To turn the hearts of the fathers to the children,
and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just.
What does that mean?
To cause people to lay aside all disputes and
quarrels, repent of sin, and follow holiness.

You have now begun the gospel of our blessed
Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. The meaning of
the word gospel is, glad tidings or good news. It
tells us the history of Jesus Christ's coming into the
world, and of his living and dying to save us from our
sins, which is the most joyful news that was ever told.
Remember that it is God's own word that you
have been reading: you must therefore try to under-
stand the meaning of it, and pray to your Heavenly
Father to give you grace to learn His will, and do
it. You have read, to-day, about Zacharias and
Elisabeth, the parents of John the Baptist, who was
sent by God to prepare the way of the Lord," to
tell the Jews that Christ, the Saviour, was coming
into the world. The Jews were God's own people.
All the rest of mankind were called Gentiles, and
were Heathens. They had not the blessing of know-
ing the true God as we have.

Zacharias and Elisabeth were righteous before
God. Let us try to follow their example, and then,
like them, we may hope for the blessing of God;
and though we must not now expect angels to come
to ns from heaven, we shall have God's Holy Spirit
to help and comfort us, and to give us that peace of
mind which the Scripture tells us "passeth all
understanding," and which the world can neither
give nor take away.


LUt E x. 18-28.
AND Zach-a-ri-as said un-to the an-gel,
c Where-by shall I know this ? for I am
an old man, and my wife well stricken
in years." And the an-gel an-swer-ing,
said un-to him, aI am Ga-bri-el, that
stand in the pre-sence of God; and am
sent to speak un-to thee, and to show
thee these glad tid-ings. And, be-hold,
thou shalt be dumb, and not a-ble to
speak, un-til the day that these things
shall be per-form-ed, be-cause thou be-


liev-est not my words,
fill-ed in their sea-son.


for Zach-a-ri-a

which shall be ful-
And the peo-ple
s, and_ mar-vel-led

that he tar-ried so long in the tem-
ple. And when he came out, he could
not speak un-to them. And they per-
ceiv-ed that he had seen a vi-sion in the
tem-ple, for he beck-on-ed unto them, and



And it came to

pass, that as soon as the days of
min-is-tra- tion were ac-com-plish-ed,


to his own house.

Did Zacharias believe the angel?
No: he doubted.
Who did the angel say he was ?
From whom did he come?
From God.
What did the angel say should happen to Zacha-
rias for not believing?
He should be dumb and not able to speak.
Why was he to be dumb ?
Because he did not believe what the angel told him.

Who waited for Zacharias F
The people.
What did they do?
They marvelled.
What is it to marvel ?
To wonder.
Why did they marvel ?
Because Zacharias tarried so long in the temple.
Could he speak to them
No: he was dumb or speechless.
Where did Zacharias go after he had served in
the temple ?
He departed to his own house.

Observe now, dear children, that Zacharias was
punished for his want of faith. He did not believe
that which was told him by the angel from God,
and therefore he was struck dumb, and could not
speak. We should learn from the punishment of
Zacharias to be willing to believe, without desiring
to know more than God thinks fit to reveal. I
told you, before, that we must not now expect an-
gels to be sent to us from heaven with messages;
because all that is necessary for us to know is
" written in the Scriptures for our learning." We
must therefore believe all that is contained in them:
and not only believe, but practise what we read.

This we cannot do of ourselves, but

sist us with
pray for it.

grace of His Holy Spirit, if



AND in the sixth month

Ga-bri-el was sent fr
of Gal-i-lee, nam-ed

the an-gel

om God un-to a ci-ty
Naz-a-reth, to a vir-

gin es-pous-ed to a man whose name was
Jo-seph, of the house of Da-vid; and
the vir-gin's name was Ma-ry. And the
an-gel came in un-to her, and said,
" Hail, thou that art high-ly fa-vour-ed;
the Lord is with thee: bless-ed art thou

among wo-men."

And when


him, she was troub-led at his say-ing, and
cast in her mind what man-ner of sal-u-
ta-tion this should be. And the an-gel
said un-to her, Fear not, Mary, for thou
hast found fa-vour with God. And, be-
hold, thou shalt con-ceive in thy womb,

God will


and bring forth a son, and shalt call his
name Je-sus. He shall be great, and shall
be call-ed the Son of the High-est; and the
Lord God shall give un-to him the throne
of his fa-ther Da-vid. And he shall reign
_-ver the house of Jacob for ev-er, and

of his king-dom there

shall be no end."

Then Ma-ry said un-to the an-gel, < How
shall this be, see-ing I know not a man ?"
And the an-gel an-swer-ed and said un-to
her, "The Holy Ghost shall come up-on
thee, and the pow-er of the ligh-est shall
over-shad-ow thee; there-fore al-so that
ho-ly thing which shall be born of thee,
shall be call-ed the Son of God. And,

be-hold, thy cousin E-lis-a-beth, she


al-so con-ceiv-ed a son in her old age; and
this is the sixth month with her who was
called bar-ren; for with God no-thing shall
be im-pos-si-ble." And Ma-ry said, c" Be-
hold the hand-maid of the Lord; be it un-

to me ac-cord-ing to thy word."
an-gel de-part-ed from her.

And the



Where did the angel Gabriel go after he had
been to Zacharias?
To a city named Nazareth.
To whom ?
To a virgin, named Mary.
What did the angel say she had found?
Favour with God.
What did the angel tell Mary that she should
A son.
What name was she to give him?
What does the word Jesus mean ?
A Saviour.
Why is Jesus our Saviour ?
Because he died to save us from our sins, and
from God's anger.
Who was to be called great ?
-What was he to be called besides?
The Son of the Highest.
Who is the Highest?
Whose Son is Jesus ?
The Son of God.


Is any thing impossible with God?
No, nothing.
Did Mary believe the angel ?
What did she say?
Behold the hand-maid of the Lord, be -it unto
me according unto thy word."
What did Mary show by saying this?
That she was contented with that which God saw
best for her.

Let us observe how readily Mary resigned her-
self to the will of her Heavenly Father : her an-
swer to the angel was, 4" Be it unto me according
to thy word." So should we be ready to do or to
suffer any thing that God sees best for us. Those
who cast their care upon him, He will never leave
nor forsake. Let us also imitate the humility of
Mary, remembering that we are poor, miserable sin-
ners, having nothing to be proud of. Remember
that God resisteth the proud but giveth grace to
the humble." And again, "He that humbleth him-
self shall be exalted, but he that exalteth himself
shall be abased or brought low."




LuEn I. 39--56.

ANi M-ry a-rose in those


went in-to the hill coun-try with haste,

in-to a ci-ty o
the house of

f Ju-da, and en-ter-ed


Zach-a-ri-as, and sa-lut-ed
And it came to pass, that

when E-lis-abeth heard the sa-lu-ta-tion

of Mary, the babe leap-ed

in her womb;

and E-lis-a-beth was fill-ed with the Ho-ly
Ghost. And she spake out with a loud
voice and said, Bless-ed art thou a-mong
wo-men, and bless-ed is the fruit of thy
womb. And whence is this to me, that
the mo-ther of my Lord should come to
me ? For lo, as soon as the voice of thy

sa-lu-ta-tion sound-ed

in mine ears,

babe leap-ed in my womb for joy. And
bless-ed is she that be-liev-ed; for there
shall be a per-form-ance of those things
which were told her from the Lord." And


Ma-ry said, My soul
Lord, and my spi-rit
God my Sa-vi-our.

Sdoth mag-ni-fy the
hath re-joi-ed in
For He hath re-

gard-ed the low es-tate of
maid-en: for, be-hold, from

His hand-

all gen-er-a-tions shall call me bless-ed.
For He that is might-y hath done to me
great things; and ho-ly is His name.
And His mer-cy is on them that fear
Him, from gen-er-a-tion to gen-er-ation.
He hath show-ed strength with his arm;

He hath scat-ter-ed the proud in

a-gi-na-tion of their



the im-
Ie hath

put down the might-y from their seats,
and ex-alt-ed them of low de-gree. He
hath filled the hun-gry with good things,

and the rich
He hath holp

He hath sent emp-ty away.
-en His ser-vant Is-ra-el, in

e of

His mer-cy, as

spake to our fa-thers, to A-bra-ham,

to his seed, for ev-er.

And Ma-ry a-bode

with her a-bout three months, and re-
turn-ed to her own house.

Where did Mary go in those days?
Into the hill country, into a city of Juda.
Whose house did she enter?
The house of Zacharias, and saluted Elisabeth.
What do you here read about Elisabeth ?
That she was filled with the Holy Ghost, and
spake with a loud voice.
What does that mean ?
That she spake by the inspiration of God's Holy
What did she say ?
That Mary was blessed among women.
Why was Mary blessed ?
Because she was to be the mother of our Saviour.
What did Mary say ?
My soul doth magnify the Lord, and my spirit
hath rejoiced in God my Saviour."
What is the meaning of magnify?
To praise, or make great in the eyes of all.
Why was Mary so thankful to God ?
Because, as she said, He had done to her great
By promising that she should be the mother of
Jesus Christ.

How long did the virgin Mary stay with Elisa-
beth ?
Three months.
Where did she go then?
She returned to her own house.

We have been taught by the example of the
virgin Mary, a lesson of humility and obedience.
Let us learn to imitate her thankfulness, and
give glory to God while we live. God gives
us all a great many blessings which we do -not
deserve, and which we are too apt to forget. More
than eighteen hundred years have passed away
since Mary uttered this thanksgiving, and declared
that God's "mercy is on them that fear Him, from
generation to generation." God has always shown
mercy to His faithful people, and will do so to the
end of the world. Our care should be to show
our faith, by believing the promises of the gospel,
and living as the Bible tells us to do. Then shall
we be able to say, as Mary did, My spirit hath re-
joiced in God my Saviour;" for it is impossible to
believe in and love our Saviour without rejoicing.



I. 57 to end.

Now E-lis-a-beth's full

time came, that

she should

be de-liv-er-ed

and she

brought forth a son.

bours and

And her neigh-

her cous-ins heard how the

Lord had show-ed great mer-y up-on
her; and they re-joic-ed with her. And it
came to pass, that on the eighth day they
came to cir-cum-cise the child; and they

call-ed him


af-ter the name

of his father.

be call-e

and said,
d John."

her, There is none

is call-ed

And his mother

"a Not so, but

he shall

And they said un-to
of thy kind-red that

this name." And

'made signs to his father how he would

have him call-ed.


And he ask-ed for a

ta-ble, and wrote, say-ing, ,, His

name is John."

And they mar-vel-led

all. And his mouth was o-pen-ed im-



me-di-ate-ly, and his tongue loos-ed, and
he spake and prais-ed God. And fear
came on all that dwelt round a-bout
them; and all these say-ings were nois-ed
a-broad through-out allthe hill-coun-try
of Ju-de-a. And all they that heard
them,laid them up in their hearts, say-ing,
" What man-ner of child shall this be?"
And the hand of the Lord was with
him, and the child grew, and wax-ed
strong in spirit, and was in the des-erts
till the day of his show-ing un-to Is-ra-el.

Of whose birth have you been reading?
Of the birth of John the Baptist.
What was done on the eighth day ?
They came to circnmcise the child.
What did his mother say when they wished him
to be called Zacharias?
"Not so, but he shall be called John."
Why did his mother wish him to be called John?
Because e the angel had commanded Zacharia to
call his name John.

What did his father do, when he was asked?
He wrote, saying, 4"His name is John."
What happened to him immediately?
His mouth was opened, and his tongue loosed, and
he spake.
Do you remember why he had been dumb, and
unable to speak ?
Because he had not believed the angel that was
sent from God to foretell the birth of John.
Were the people much astonished?
Yes: fear came upon all them who dwelt there.
What was with John the Baptist?
The hand of the Lord.
What more is said about John ?
That he waxed strong in spirit, and was in the
deserts till the days of his showing unto IsraeL
What is meant by his showing unto Israel?
His preaching to them, and forewarning them of
Christ's coming.

You remember reading, a short time ago, that
Zacharias was struck dumb because he did not be-
lieve the message God sent him by the angel Ga-
briel. Now, you see, when he showed his faith in
God by his obedience, his punishment was removed,
his tongue was loosed, and he spake and praised
God. We nimy learn two things from this. The


first is, that sin is always punished; if not in this
world, most certainly in the world to come, unless
it is repented of, and forsaken; then, and not till
then, may we hope for pardon. If you have die-
pleased God, pray for His forgiveness, and for grace,
like Zacharias, to serve Him better for the time to
come. Secondly-We learn from the example of
Zacharias the duty of praising God:-as soon as
he recovered his speech, he used it to glorify his
Heavenly Father. Do you praise Him for all
His gifts to you, and use them for His honour
and glory ?


aQ!:. 18-24.
Now the bitth of Je-sus Christ was on
this wise: When as his mo-ther Ma-ry was
es-pous-ed to Jo-seph, be-fore they came
to-gether, she was found with child of the
Holy Ghost. Then Jo-seph her hus-band,
be-ing a just man, and not will-ing to
make her a pub-lie ex-am-ple, was mind-
ed to put her a-way priv-i-ly. But while
he thought on these things, be-hold, the


an-gel of the Lord ap-pear-ed un-to him
in a dream, say-ing, "Jo-seph, thou son
of Da-vid, fear not to take un-to thee

Ma-ry thy wife, for that
ceiv-ed in her is of the
And she shall bring fort

which is con-
Ho-ly Ghost.

h a Son,


thou shalt call His name Jesus, for He

shall save His peo-ple from their


Now all this was done, that it might be
ful-fill-ed which was spoken of the Lord
by the prophet, say-ing, "Be-hold, a vir-
gin shall be with child, and shall bring
forth a son, and they shall call his name
Em-man-u-el, which, be-ing in-ter-pre-ted,
is, God with us."
Then Jo-seph, be-ing raised from sleep,
did as the an-gel of the Lord had bid-den
him, and took un-to him his wife.

What kind of man was Joseph ?
A just, or good man.
Whose son was he called?
The son of David.


What name was to be given to the heavenly child?
Because He should save His people from their
sine; that is, from the guilt of sin, and the punish-
ment of sin ?
What prophet foretold that Jesus should be called
The prophet Isaiah; in chapter vii. verse 14.
Did Joseph believe the angel?
How did he show his faith ?
By doing as the angel of the Lord commanded

And this is the way in which we must all show our
faith, namely, by doing that which God commands
us to do. It is in.ysain to read the Bible, and say
we believe it, if we do not obey its precepts. It is
useless to learn our duty, if we never strive to per-
form it.
The faith which will make us children of God,
and which will lead us to try to please Him by
doing what is right, is the gift of God Himself, who,
by his grace, makes us willing to obey Him, and
ready to forsake sin, which He hates.

LExa n. 1-7.
ABN it came to pass in those days,
that there went out a de-cree from Ce-
sar Au-gus-tus, that all the world should
be tax-ed. (And this tax-ing was first
made when Cy-re-ni-us was govern-or of
Sy-ri-a.) And all went to be tax-ed, ev-
er-y one to his own ci-ty. And Jo-seph
al-so went up from Gal-i-lee, out of the
ci-ty of Na-za-reth, in-to Ju-de-a, un-to
the ci-ty of David, which is call-ed Beth-
le-hem, be-cause he was of the house and
lin-e-age of Da-vid, to be tax-ed with
Ma-ry his es-pous-ed wife, be-ing great with
child. And so it was, that while they
were there, the days were ac-com-plish-ed
that she should be de-li-ver-ed, and she
brought forth her first-born son, and
wrapped him in swad-dling clothes, and
laid him in a man-ger; be-cause there was
no room for them in the inn.


What isis this lesson about?
The birth of Jesus Christ.
Who is Jesus Christ ?
The Son of God, and the Saviour of the world,
What do you mean by the world ?
What did Jesus Christ come into the world for?
To save sinners from the punishment which their
sins have deserved.
Who was the mother of Jesus Christ ?
Mary, the espoused wife of Joseph.
Where was Jesus Christ born ?
In the town of Bethlehem.
Were his parents rich 7
No, very poor-
Where was Jesus Christ laid when he was a baby?
In the manger of a stable, on a bed of straw, and
wrapped in swaddling clothes.
Who was Cesar Augustus ?
A great and powerful emperor of Rome.
Who was Cyrenius ?
A governor under the emperor.
When was Jesus Christ born into the world ?
More than eighteen ghtee hundred years ago

Observe how lowly and humble Jesus Christ was,
to be born, for our sakes, of a very poor woman,
who could not even get room in the inn, but was
obliged to lay her new-born little baby in a manger
in a stable. Mary, though so poor, was the person
most honoured by God in the whole world, because
she was the mother of Jesus Christ.
We must learn from this lesson never to be
proud, for God loves the meek. We read in His
own book, the Bible, "God resisteth the proud,
but giveth grace to the humble."


LUE xi. 8--20.
AND there were in the same coun-try,
shepherds a-bid-ing in the field, keep-ing
watch o-ver their flocks by night. And
lo, the an-gel of the Lord came up-on
them, and the glo-ry of the Lord shone
round abont them, and they were sore
a-fraid. And the an-gel said un-to them,
" Fear not: for, be-hold, I bring you

PLrNT. 39

good tid-ings of
be to all peo-ple.
this day, in the


which is

great joy, which shall
For un-to you is born
ci-ty of David, a Sa-vi-

Christ the Lord.

this shall be a sign un-to you, ye shall
find the babe wrap-ped in swad-dling
clothes, ly-ing in a man-ger." And sud-
den-ly there was with the an-gel a mul-
ti-tude of the heavenly host, praising
God, and say-ing, "Glo-ry to God in the
high-est, and on earth peace, good-will

to-ward men."

And it came to pass, as

the an-gels were gone away from them in-
to hea-ven, the shep-herds said one to an-
other, t Let us now go even un-to Beth-
le-hem, and see this thing which is come

to pass, which
known un-to us."
haste, and found

the Lord hath


And they came with


and the babe, ly-ing in

and Jo-seph,
the man-ger.

And when they had seen it, they made
known a-broad the say-ing which was
told them con-cern-ing this child. And

all they that heard

it won-der-ed at

those things which were told them by
the shep-herds. 'But Ma-ry kept all
these things, and pon-der-ed them in her
heart. And the shep-herds re-turn-ed,
glo-ri-fy-ing and praising God for all the
things that they had heard and seen, as
it was told un-to them.

What have you been reading of?
The angel appearing to poor shepherds.
What were the shepherds doing?
Keeping watch over their flocks by night.
What did the angel tell the shepherds?
That a Saviour, Christ the Lord, was born.
What did the angel say?
"Fearnot, for behold, I bring you good tidings
of great joy-"
What do you mean by tidings?
What good news did the angel bring ?
The news, or tidings, of the birth of our Saviour
Jesus Christ.
Why was that good tidings?


Because Christ came to save men from sin and
Where did the angels say that Christ was?
In the city of David.
What city did they mean ?
Bethlehem, where Christ was born.
Who appeared with the angel?
A multitude of the'heavenly host.
What did they do ?
They praised God, saying, Glory to God in the
highest," &a.
Did the shepherds go to Bethlehem ?
What did they find ?
Mary, and Joseph, and the babe, lying in a
What did Mary do?
She kept all those things and pondered them in
her heart.
What is meant by her pondering them ?
She thought on those things, and did not forget
What did the shepherds do ?
They returned, glorifying and praising God.

What encouragement does this lesson give us.
We read that angels came from heaven to bring the

tidings of Jesus Christ's birth to poor shepherds,
who were doing the work of their calling. If we
love God, we may hope for His blessing when we
do our duty in that state of life in which it may
please God to call us. Children are doing their
duty, when they are good and diligent at school,
dutiful and obedient to their parents at home, kind
and obliging to ill around them. The conduct of
these shepherds teaches us something more; when
they had heard of Jesus Christ, they were desirous
to go to Him, and they did not allow their worldly
business to hinder them from seeking Him. We
can only seek Him by the means of grace He has
given us. Let no work or amusement hinder you
from praying to Him, reading His holy word, and
going to the house of God; but remember, that
unless you attend to what you are about, and pray
with your whole heart, as well as with your lips,
God will not hear you. When you hear or read
the Holy Scriptures, follow the example of Mary,
and keep all these sayings and ponder them in your
heart. Pray earnestly for God's grace to enable
you to understand your duty, and to do it.



LuAK n. 21, 25--40.
AND when eight days were ac-com-
plish-ed for the cir-cum-tis-ing of the
child, His name was call-ed Je-sus, which
was so nam-ed of the an-gel be-fore He
was con-ceiv-ed in the womb. And be-
hold, there was a man in Je-ru-sa-lem
whose name was Sim-eon; and the same
man was just and de-vout, wait-ing for
the con-so-la-tion of Is-ra-el; and the
Ho-ly Ghost was up-on him. And it was
re-veal-ed un-to him by the Ho-ly Ghost,
that he should not see death be-fore he
had seen the Lord's Christ. And he
came by the Spi-rit in-to the ten-ple;
and when the pa-rents brought in the
child Je-sus, to do for Him after the cus-
tom of the law, then took he Him up in
his arms, and bless-ed God, and said,
"Lord, now let-test Thou Thy ser-vant

de-part in peace, ao-cord-ing to Thy
word; for mine eyes have seen Thy sal-
va-tion, which Thou hast pre-par-ed be-


of all pi

light-en the Gen-tile
Thy peo-ple Is-ra-el.
His moth-er mar-vel
which were spo-ken

e-on bless-ed them, and
his moth-er, cBe-hold,

eo-ple; a light to
and the glory of
And Jo-seph and

-led at those things
of Him. And Sim-

said un-to Ma-ry
this child is set

for the fall and rising a-gain of ma-ny in
Is-ra-el; and for a sign which shall be



yea, a sword


pierce through thy own soul, al-so, that
the thoughts of ma-ny hearts may be re-


And there was one An-na,

pro-phet-ess, the daugh-ter of Phan-u-el,
of the tribe of A-ser; she was of a great

age, and

had liv-ed with a

hus-band sev-

en years from her vir-gin-i-ty; and she
was a wid-ow of a-bout four-score and four
years, which de-part-ed not from the tem-
ple, but serv-ed God with ihst-ing and
pray-ers, night and day. And she, cor-ing

fore the face

Th a Infnt Saviour in the irmw of fimeon. p. 44.


in that in-stant, gave thanks like-wise un-
to the Lord, and spake of Him to all them
that look-ed for re-demp-tion in Je-ru-sa-
lem. And when they had per-form-ed all
things ac-cord-ing to the law of the Lord,
they re-turn-ed in-to Gal-i-lee, to their own
ci-ty Naza-reth. And the child grew, ansd
wax-ed strong in spi-rit, fill-ed with wis-
dom; and the grace of God was up-on

When was our blessed Saviour circumcised?
Eight days after His birth.
What name did Mary and Joseph give to our
Why did they call Him Jesus?
Because He was so named by the angel Gabriel,
when he appeared to Mary.
To what place did Mary and Joseph carry our
To Jerusalem.
What sacrifice did the mother of our Lord offer?

The sacrifice commanded in the Jewish law-a
pair of turtle doves, or two young pigeons.
Whom did they meet in the temple?
Was he a good man?
Yes; he was just and devout.
Who put it into Simeon's mind to go then to the
The Holy Ghost, who revealed to him that he
should not die before he had seen Jesus Christ.
What did Simeon mean by saying his eyes had
seen God's salvation?
That he had seen Jesus Christ, the Saviour of
the world.
What did Simeon mean by saying that Christ
should be a light to lighten the Gentiles?
That Jesus Christ should die to save all people
who should believe on him, heathens as well as
Who came into the temple at the same time?
What did she do?
She also gave thanks for having seen Christ.
Where did the virgin Mary and Joseph go after
having presented Jesus in the temple?
To Nazareth in Galilee.
In what did Christ wax strong?
In the Spirit.


With what was Jesus filled?
With wisdom.
And what was upon Him?
The grace of God.

At the time our Saviour was born, the Jews ex-
pected the Messiah, or Jesus Christ, to come into
the world. To the good old Simeon, God had re-
vealed that he "should see the Lord's Christ." We
read that he waited for the consolation of Israel;
that is, he looked forward with faith and patience to
the coming of Christ. If we, like Simeon, are God's
servants, we, also, may look for Christ's coming
with joy. We know that Christ will come again,
not as a little child, but as the King of glory, and
all His saints with Him, to judge the world. We
cannot tell when that will be, but He has com-
manded us to watch and be ready; for even, should
our "Lord delay His coming," we may die at any
moment, but if we are following our blessed Saviour,
we need not fear. He will support us in all trouble,
and enable us to say, like Simeon, "Lord, now let-
test Thou Thy servant depart in peace, according to
Thy word, for mine eyes have seen Thy salvation-"

MATTnw u. 1-12.
Now when Je-sus was born in Beth-le-
hem of Ju-de-a, in the days of Her-od the
king, be-hold, there came wise men from
the East to Je-ru-sa-lem, say-ing, c Where
is He that is born King of the Jews? for
we have seen his star in the East, and
are come to worship Him."
When Her-od the king had heard tlese
things, he was troub-led, and all Je-rn-
sa-lem with him. And when he had
gath-er-ed all the chief priests and scribes
of the people to-geth-er, he de-mand-ed
of them where Christ should be born.
And they said un-to him, ,In Beth-le-
hem of Ju-de-a, for thus it is writ-ten by
the pro-phet, And thou Beth-le-hem, in
the land of Ju-da, art not the least among
the prin-ces of Ju-da, for out of thee shall
come a Go-vern-or, that shall rule my
peo-ple Is-raveL"

Then Her-od,
call-ed the wise n

when he had pri-vi-ly
len, in-quir-ed of them

di-li-gent-ly what time the star ap-pear-
ed. And he sent them to Beth-le-hem,
and said, a Go, and search di-li-gent-ly
for the young child; and when ye have

found Him, bring me word

again, that

I may come and wor-ship Him al-so."
When they had heard the king, they de-
part-ed; and lo, the star, which they saw
in the East, went be-fore them, till it
came and stood -ver where the young

child was.

When they saw the star they

re-joic-ed with ex-ceed-ing great joy.
And when they were come in-to the
house, they saw the young child with
Mary, His mo-ther, and fell down and
wor-ship-ped Him: and when they had
o-pen-ed their treasures, they pre-sent-ed
un-to Him gifts, gold, and frank-in-cense,

and myrrh.

And be-ing warn-ed of God

in a dream, that they should not re-turn
to Her-od, they de-part-ed in-to their own
coun-try an-oth-er way.


Who do we read in this lesson came to see Jesus?
Wise men from the East.
Were they Jews?
No; Gentiles.
For what purpose did they go to Jerusalem?
To worship him who was born King of the Jews.
Whom did they mean?
Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
What did they say they had seen in the East?
His star.
Why was Herod troubled?
SBecause he feared that Jesus would reign as king
instead of him.
Did Jesus Christ, then, come from heaven to be
an earthly king?
SNo. He said, "My kingdom isnot of this world."
It was a heavenly one.
Whom did Herod gather together?
SThe chief priests and scribes.
What did he ask them?
Where Christ should be born.
What place did they name?
Bethlehem of Judea.
How did they know that Christ should be born


Because it had been foretold by the prophet Mi-
cab. Micah v- 2.
/ Whither did Herod send the'wise men?
To Bethlehem.
What did he desire them to do when they had
found the child Jesue 7
To bring him word, that he might go and worship
Him also.
Did Herod wish to worship Christ?
What became of the star when they departed?
It went before them till it came and stood over
where the young child was.
What did the wise men do when they saw Jesus ?
They fell down and worshipped Him.
What gifts did they present to Him ?
Gold and frankincense and myrrh.
Why did they present these things ?
Because it was the custom to offer them to kings?
Did the wise men go back to Herod as he desired ?
No; they returned to their own country by an-
other way.
SWhy did they do so?
Because they were warned of God in a dream.

God had foretold by His prophets that when
Christ should come He would invite the Gentiles

into His Church, that theft might have the bless-
ings of the Gospel as well as the Jews; and we
read, in thir-chapter, of a notice being given of
Christ's birth to the wise men, who, you remember,
were heathens; that is, they worshipped the sun,
moon and stars. The star which guided the wise
men to the place of the Infant Redeemer's birth,
was employed for that purpose by the almighty
power of God, by whose law the motions of all the
heavenly bodies are governed. We have the printed
Bible, which points out to us the way to the Saviour,
and we should be very thankful to God for His
mercy in not leaving us in sin and ignorance, but
having given us in the Holy Scriptures the know-
ledge of a Saviour and the hope of heaven.
Herod was a very bad man. He had killed his
mother, his wife, and three of his sons; and as he
was fearful lest another king should take his place,
he pretended to desire to worship Christ, while, in
reality, he wished to put Him to death. But God
knew what was in his heart, and defeated his pur-
pose, watching over the holy family, and preserving
them from the jealousy of the wicked king.




MATT. n. 13 to the end.
ANT when they were de-part-ed, be-
hold, the an-gel of the Lord ap-pear-ed
to Joseph in a dream, say-ing, A-rise,
and take the young child and His mo-
ther, and flee in-to E-gypt, and be thou

there un-til I

bring thee word; for


od will seek the young child, to de-

stroy Him." When he a-s
the young child and His
night, and de-part-ed in-to
was there un-til the death

that it might be ful-fill-ed

rose, he took
mo-ther by
E-gypt; and
h of Her-od,

which was

spok-en of the Lord by the pro-phet,
say-ing, Out of E-gypt have I call-ed
my son." Then Her-od, when he saw
that he was mock-ed of the wise men,
was ex-ceed-ing wroth, and sent forth,
and slew all the chil-dren that were in
Beth-le-hem, and in all the coasts there-

of, from two years old-and

cord-ing to the time which he had


gently in-quir-ed
Then was ful-fill-ed

f- the wise
that which

spo-ken by Je-re-my the& prophet, say-ing,
"In Ra-ma was there a voice heard, lam-
en-ta-tion and weep-ing, and great mourn-
ing; Ra-chel weep-ing for her chil-dren,
and would not be com-fort-ed, be-cause

they are not.

But when Her-od was

dead, be-hold, an an-gel of the Lord ap-
pear-eth in a dream to Jo-seph, in Egypt,

say-ing, A-rise, and take the young
child and His mo-ther, and go in-to the
land of Is-ra-el, for they are dead which
sought the young child's life." And he
a-rose, and took the young child and his
mo-ther, and came in-to the land of Is-
ra-el. But when he heard that Ar-che-
la-us did reign in Ju-de-a, in the room
of his father,, er-d, he was afraid to

go thi-t]

her, not-with-stand-ing, be-ing
of God in a dream, he turn-ed

a-side into the parts of Gal-i-lee.

un-der, ao-



he came and dwelt in a ci-ty call-ed Naa-
a-reth, that it might be ful-fll-ed which
was spok-en by the pro-phets, "He shall
be call-ed a Nasa-rene."

When the wise men had gone home, who appear-
ed to Joseph ?
The angel of the Lord, in a dream.
What did the angel tell Joseph F
To take the young child and His mother, and
flee into Egypt.
Why was Joseph to do this?
Because Herod would seek the young child to
destroy Him.
Did Joseph do as the angel commanded him?
Yes. He took the young child and His mother
by night, and departed into Egypt-
How did Herod act when he found that the wise
men did not return to him ?
He sent and slew all the children in Bethlehem,
that were not more than two years old.
When did the angel of the Lord appear again to
Joseph ?
After the death of the wicked king, Herod.

What did Joseph do then ?
He arose and took the young child and his mo-
ther, and came into the land of Israel.
Did he go back to Bethlehem?
Why not?
Because he was afraid of Herod's son, Archelaus,
who was a very cruel man.
Whither did Joseph go?
To Galilee.
In what city of Galilee did Joseph dwell ?
In Nazareth.

The murder of these little children was very
dreadful, and it shows how wicked the heart is by
nature, and how ready it is to perform the most
cruel actions. Children are liable to sickness and
death as much as grown persons; and this proves
that they are sinful by nature, because death is the
consequence of sin. But Christ loves little chil-
dren. He took them up in His arms and blessed
them. He called them His lambs, and declared
that their angels do always behold the face of His
Father which is in Heaven. Do you, my dear
children, wish to be your Saviour's lambs, and to
be loved by Him ? Remember He does not love
the wayward or disobedient; you must pray for

grace to enable you to believe upon Him and to be,
like Him, meek, humble, tenahable, and obedient;
" for of suhb is the kingdom of heaven." Then if
you have soon to die and to leave thisworld, you
may joyfully obey the call of that Saviour who
laid down His life that you might live for ever with
Him in heaven.


LutE n. 41 to the end.
Now his pa-rents went to Je-ru-sa-lem
ev-e-ry year, at the feast of the pass-
o-ver. And when he was twelve
years old, they went up to Je-ru-sa-lem,
af-ter the cus-tom of the feast. And
when they had ful-fill-ed the days, as
they re-turn-ed, the child Je-sus tar-ri-ed
be-hind in Je-ru-sa-lem; and Jo-seph and
His mo-ther knew not of it. But they,
sup-pos-ing him to have been in the
com-pa-ny, went a day's jour-ney; and
they sought him a-mong their kins-folk

and ac-quain-tance.

found him not, they turn-ed

back a-gain

to Jeru-sa-em, seek-ing Him. And it
came to pass, that, after three days, they
found Him in the tem-ple, sit-ting in the

midst of the


both hear-ing

them and ask-ing them questions.


all that heard Him were as-ton-ished at

His un-der-stand-ing and an-swers.


when they saw Him they were a-ma-ed;
and His mo-ther said un-to him, Son,
why hast Thou thus dealt with us? Be-
hold, Thy farther and I have sought

Thee sor-row-ing."


And He said un-to

" How is it that ye sought me?

Wist ye not that I must be a-bout my
Father's bu-si-ness ?" And they un-der-
stood not the say-ing which he spake un-
to them. And He went down with
them, and came to Naz-a-reth, and was

subject un-to them; But

his mo-ther

kept all these say-ings in her heart.
And Je-sus in-creas-ed in wisdom and
stat-ure, and in fa-vour with God and man.

And when they

Where did the virgin Mary and Joseph go every
To Jerusalem.
At what feast
The feast of the passover.
Can you tell me any thing about the feast of the
passover ?
It was kept in remembrance of the deliverance
of the Jews from Egypt.
Why was it called the passover ?
Because the angel that God sent to destroy the
first-born of the Egyptians passed over the houses
of the Israelites.
How old was Jesus when Joseph and Mary took
Him to this feast ?
Twelve years old.
What happened after they had fulfilled the days,
and were on their return.
The child Jesus tarried behind in Jerusalem.
Where did Joseph and Mary go when they could
not find Him ?
They turned back again to Jerusalem.
Where did they find Him ?
In the temple, sitting in the midst of the doc-
tors, both hearing them and asking them questions

At what were all those who heard him aston-
At His understanding and answers.
Why was Jesus able to understand and answer
in this wonderful manner?
Because he was the Son of God.
What did his mother say to Him ?
"Son, why hast Thou thus dealt with us? Be-
hold, Thy father and I have sought Thee sor-
What did Jesus answer ?
How is it that ye sought me? Wist ye not
that I must be about my Father's business ?"
What did he mean by His Father's business ?"
The work of His Heavenly Father, God.
Did Jesus go with Mary and Joseph ?
He went with them to Nazareth, and was sub-
ject to them.
What is meant by that?
That he was obedient to them.
Which commandment teaches us to honour our
parents ?
The fifth.

You see how anxious Jesus Christ was, even
when a child, to be about His Father's business."
In this you must try to follow Him. You have all

some work to do for which you must give n ac-
count to Gd at the last day. Whatever is your duty,
do it with all your might, and do all to the glory
of God. Observe, especially, how obedient Christ
wAs to His earthly parents. When they called
him He left the doctors directly, and went home
with them to Nazareth, and was subject to them.
He obeyed all God's commandment, and He set
an example to children to be humble, gentle, meek,
and obedient. When you feel inclined to be dis-
obedient to your father or mother, think of Jesus,
and pray to God to enable you to be like Him.


LUtE I 1-3. MATHEW Irn. 2-6.
Now in the fif-teenth year of the reign
of Ti-be-ri-us C-sar (Pon-ti-us Pi-late be-
ing gov-ern-or of Ju-de-a, and Herod be-
ing te-trarch of Gal-i-lee, and his bro-ther
Phil-ip te-trarch of I-tu-re-a and of the
re-gi-on of Tra-cho-ni-tis, and Ly-sa-ni-as
the te-trarch of A-bi-le-ne; An-nas and
Cai-a-phas be-ing tlje high priests,) the

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word of God came un-to John, the son-of
Zach-a~ri-as, in the wil-der-ness. And he
came in-to all the coun-try about Jor-dan,
preaching the bap-tism of re-pent-ance,
for the re-mis-sion of sins. And say-ing,
" Repent ye, for the king-dom of heav-en
is at hand." For this is he that was spo-
ken of by the proph-et E-sai-as, say-ing,
" The voice of one cry-ing in the wil-der-
ness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord,
make His paths straight." And the same
John had his rai-ment of cam-el's hair,
and a leath-ern girdle a-boat his loins;
and his meat was lo-custs and wild hon-
ey. Then went out to him Je-ru-sa-lem,
and all Ju-dea, and all the re-gi-on round
a-bout Jor-dan, and were bap-ti-zed of
him in Jor-dan, con-fess-ing their sins.

Of what have you been reading in this lesson ?
Of John the Baptist preaching in the wilderness.
What did he preach?


The remission of sins.
What is the meaning of remission of sins?
Pardon of sins.
How must we obtain pardon for our sins?
By repentance toward God, and faith in our Lord
Jesus Christ.
Who had prophesied that John would prepare the
way of Christ?
Isaiah, which is the same with Esaias.
Who went out to him?
The people of Jerusal dea, and all the re-
gion round about Jo"rd f l
What did John do?
He baptized them in Jordan.
What were thee the people to do?
To confess their sins.
What is required of those who are baptized?
Repentance and faith.
How did these people show their repentance and
By believing what John preached, and by con-
fessing their sins.

We are taught in this portion of Scripture, the
great duty of repentance. Without repentance we
cannot hope to have our sins pardoned, and unless

our sins are pardoned we cannot go to heaven.


repentance is sorrow for sin, but this is not enough;
sin must also be renounced, that is, it must be for-
saken or given up. If you have committed a fault,
you must first be sorry for it, grieved with all your
heart at having offended your Heavenly Father, and
displeased your merciful Saviour. You must then
resolve never to do so any more; but you are so
weak and sinful, that you cannot of yourself act
thus. Pray, therefore, sincerely, for God's forgive-
ness, and for His grace to enable you to keep His
holy will and commandments, and walk in the same
all the days of your life. Such prayers, if offered
from the heart, God will accept and bless, for the
sake of Jesus Christ, through whom alone they are
heard and answered.


MAT w rnw 7-12. LuK m.n 10-14.
BUT when he (John) saw ma-ny of the
Pha-ri-sees and Sad-du-cees come to his
bap-tism, he said un-to them, -0 gen-er-
a-tion of vi-pers, who hath warn-ed you
to flee from the wrath to come? Bring


forth, there-fore, fruits meetf1r re-pent-
ance; and think not to say with-in your-
selves, We have A-bra-ham to our fa-
ther, for I say un-to you, that God is
a-ble of these stones to raise up child-ren
un-to A-bra-ham. And now, also, the
axe is laid un-to the root of the trees;
there-fore ev-er-y tree which bring-eth
not forth good fruit is hewn down and
cast in-to the fire. I, in-deed, bp-tize
you with wa-ter un-to re-pent-ance; but
he that com-eth af-ter me is might-i-er
than I, whose shoes I am not wor-thy to
bear; He shall bap-tize you with the
Ho-ly Ghost, and with fire: whose fan is
in His hand, and He will thor-ough-ly
purge His floor, and gath-er His wheat
in-to the gar-ner; but He will burn up
the chaff with un-quench-able fire." And
the peo-ple as-ked him, say-ing, What
shall we do then?" He an-swer-eth and
saith un-to them, ce He that hath two
coats, let him im-part to him that hath
none; and he that hath meat, let him do

like-wise. Then came aleo pub-li-cans
to be bap-ti-zed, and said un-to him,
" Mas-ter, what shall we do ?" And he
said un-to them, Exact no more than
that which is ap-pointed you." And the
sol-di-ers like-wise de-mand-ed of him,
say-ing, ",And what shall we do?" And
he said un-to them, Do vi-o-lence to no
man, nei-ther ac-cuse a-ny false-ly, and
be con-tent with your wa-ges."

Who were the Pharisees and Sadducees?
They were two sects of the Jews.
Why did John the Baptist call them a generation
of vipers ?
Because they were hypocrites. They pretended
to be righteous, but were wicked.
What did John say they must do to escape the
wrath of God?
Repent of their sins, and bring forth fruits meet
for repentance
What did John say would be done to every tree
which did not bring forth good fruit ?

It should be hewn down and cast into the fire.
What did he mean by saying this?
That those who do not show their faith and love
to God, should be east into hell.
Who did John mean by one mightier than him-
self, who was coming to them?
Jesus Christ.
To what did John the Baptist compare our Sa-
To a husbandman cleansing his wheat.
What did he mean by the fan Christ would have
in His hand?
The Divine power and wisdom of Christ, whereby
He distinguishes between the chaff and the wheat.
What was meant by the heat?
Good people.
What was meant by the chaff?
Bad people.
What was meant by the garner?
What was meant by the unquenchable fire
What did the people ask John the Baptist?
"' Whhat shall we do then ?"
What did John's answer mean?
That they should be kind and gentle to every one,
A well as just, honest and peaceable.


Like the people we read of in this lesson, we
should be anxious to do our duty; but we must not
stop here: when we know it we muet practde it, or
we shall be like the tree which does not bring forth
good fruit and is hewn down, or the worthless chaff
which shall be burned with unquenchable ire. We
read what sort of fruits, or works, are well-pleasing
to God. We must be kind to all around ns, and
help those that are in want, to the best of our
ability: "He that hath two coats, let him impart to
him that hath none, and he that bath meat, let him
do likewise." We must be honest, not wishing to
get more than is due to us; "Esxact no more than
that which is appointed you." We must not be
quarrelsome and unkind; "Do violence to no man."
Nor must we speak evil of any one; "Neither ac-
cuse any falsely;" and we must be contented with
that which God sees fit to give us. If we follow
these rules we shall show that we desire to act
according to God's will, who alone can enable us to
do so by His Holy Spirit.


S' MA&nw iz. 18-17.
THEm com-eth Je-sus from Gal-i-lee to
Jor-dan, un-to John, to be bap-ti-zed of
him. But John for-bade him, say-ing, I
have need to be bap-ti-zed of Thee, and
com-est Thou to me?" And Je-sus an-
swer-ing said un-to him, Suf-fer it to be
so now, for thus it be-com-eth us to ful-fil
all right-e-ousness." Then he suf-fer-ed
Him. And Jesus, when He was bap-
tized, went up straight-way out of the
wa-ter; and lo, the hea-vens were o-pen-
ed un-to him, and he saw the Spi-rit of
God de-seend-ing like a dove, and light-
ing up-on Him. And lo, a voice from
hea-ven, say-ing, < This is my be-lov-ed
Son, in whom I am well pleas-ed."

Did Jesus Christ need pardon, that He came to
be baptized?

No. Christ never sinned, and, therefore, did not
.need pardon.
Would John the Baptist baptize Christ at first?
No., He said, "I have need to be baptized of
Thee, and oomest Thou to me ?"
Why did he say this ?
Because he did not think himself worthy to bap-
tise Christ.
What did our Saviour say ?
Suffer it to be so now, for thus it becometh us
to fulfil all righteousness."
What is fulfilling all righteousness ?
Doing the will of God in all things.
What wonderful thing was seen when Jesus came
up out of the water ?
Lo, the heavens were opened unto hint, and he
saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and
lighting upon Him-"
What was heard at the same time ?
Lo, a voice was heard from heaven, saying,
This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well
From whom did this voice come?
From God the Father.
What does this show us?
That Jesus Christ is really the Son of God.


After Jesus had been baptized, as He came up
out of the water, the heavens were opened, and a
voice was heard. It was the voice of God. And
the Holy Spirit came down from heaven and rested
upon the head of Jesus. Thus God the Father,
God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost are revealed
to us in this wonderful scene.
"And without controversy, great is the mystery
of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justi-
fied in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the
Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into
glory."-1 Tim. iii 16.
Oh, my dear children, be thankful for the bless-
ings which are given you in the Gospel. Believe
in, obey, and love God, and you shall be blessed
here and hereafter.


LoUKm I 1. MArnsTTHW 2--11.
AmD Je-sus, be-ing full of the Ho-ly
Ghost, re-turn-ed from Jor-dan, and was
led by the Spi-rit in-to the wil-der-ness
to be tempt-ed of the dev-il. And when

He had
nights, I
ed. An
Him, he
God, co

He was

for-ty days and for-ty
after-ward an hun-ger-

d when the tempter came to


made bread."

'If thou be

the Son of

that these stones be

But He an-swer-ed

said, "It is written, Man


shall not live

by bread a-lone, but by ev-er-y word that
pro-ceed-eth out of the mo of the moth of God."
Then the dev-il tak-eth Him up in-to the
ho-ly ci-ty, and setteth Him on a pin-
na-cle of the tem-ple, and saith un-to

"If thou be the

Son of God, cast

thy-self down, for it is writ-ten, He
shall give His an-gels charge con-cern-

ing thee, and

in their hands

they shall

bear thee up, lest at any time thou

thy foot a-gainst a stone.


Je-sus said

un-to him, "It is writ-ten a-gain, Thou
shalt not tempt the Lord thy God."
A-gain the dev-il tak-eth Him up in-to
an ex-ceed-ing high moun-tain, and show-

eth Him all the king-doms of

the world

and the glo-ry of them; and saith un-to



Him, c All these things will I give thee
if thou wilt fall down and worship ime."
Then saith Je-us un-to him, "Get thee
hence, Satan, for it is writ-ten, Thou
shalt wor-ship the Lord thy God, and
Him only shalt thou serve." Then the
dev-il leav-eth Him, and be-hold an-gels
came and min-is-ter-ed un-to Him.

With what was Jesus filled after the Spirit had
descended on Him at His baptism ?
The Holy Ghost.
Where did He go when He came out of the river
He was led by the Spirit into the wilderness.
For what purpose ?
To be tempted of the devil.
How long did our Saviour fast in the wilderness ?
Forty days and forty nights.
What happened to Him afterward
He was an hungered.
Who came to our Saviour in the wilderness ?
The tempter, or devil.
What did he ay to Christ?

"If thou be the Son of God, command that
these stones be made bread'"
What did our blessed Lord answer?
It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone,
but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth
of God."
Where i the deid the devil then take our Lord?
To the holy oity, or Jerusalem, and set Him on a
pinnacle of the temple.
What did the devil try to persuade our Lord to
To east himself down from the top of the
Why did he try to persuade our Lord to do
To prove that he was the Son of God.
What did our Lord say?
It is written again, Thou shall not tempt the
Lord thy God."
Where did the devil next take our Lord ?
To an exceeding high mountain, and showed
Him all the kingdoms of the world and the glory
of them.
What did the devil want Him to do
To fall down and worship him; and he promised
to give them all to Him if He would do so.
What reply, did our Lord make to this?
Get thee hence, Satan, for it is written, Thou

shalt worship the Lord thy God, and Him only
shalt thou serve."
What became of the devil when Christ said this?
He left him; and angela came and ministered to

From this lesson we learn that there really is a
wicked being called the devil, who wants to be wor-
shipped and served instead of God. He it was
who deceived Adam and Eve, and brought death
upon them, and upon all the world. The same
Satan who tempted Jesus, tempts as now: "The
devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about seeking
whom he may devour." Remember, whenever you
wish to do a wrong thing, it is Satan who is tempt-
ing you. He is always trying to make us sin.
We cannot see him, as Jesus could, but we can feel
him in our hearts, filling them with sinful tempers
and wicked thoughts. Oh, pray to God to help
you to overcome the devil. He has promised that
if you resist the devil, he will flee from you.
Strive, then, against sin. You cannot do this in
your own strength, but you can through Christ,
and He has promised to succour or help you.

LUKE Iv. 14. Jons n. 1-12.
AND after His temp-ta-tion was -end-
ed, Je-sus returned in the pow-er of the
Spi-rit in-to Gal-i-lee: and there went
out a fame of Him, through all the re-
gi-on round a-bout. And the third day,
there was a mar-ri-age in Ca-na of Gal-
i-lee, and the mother of Je-sus was
there. And both Jesus was called and
His disciples, to the mar-ri-age. And
when they want-ed wine, the moth-er of
Je-us saith un-to Him, They have no
wine." Je-sus saith un-to her, "Wo-
man, what have I to do with thee, mine
hour is not yet come." His moth-er
saith un-to the ser-vants, What-so-ev-
er He saith un-to you, do it." And
there were set there six wa-ter-pots of
stone, af-ter the man-nCr of the pu-ri-fy-
ing of the Jews, con-tain-ing two or


three fir-kins a-piece.

Je-sus saith un-to

them, Fill the wa-ter-pots with wa-
ter," and they filled them up to the
brim. And He saith unto them, Draw
out now, and bear unto the govern-or

of the feast."
the rul-er of t

And they bare it.


feast had tasted

wa-ter that was made wine, and

not whence

it was, (but the ser-vants

drew the wa-ter

vern-or of the feast cal

groom, and
man at the
good wine;
drunk, then

saith un-to

knew,) the go-
l-ed the bride-
him, Ev-e-ry

be-gin-ning doth set forth
and when men have well
that which is worse; but

thou hast kept the good wine un-til
now." This begin-ning of mi-ra-cles did
Je-sus in Ca-na of Gal-i-lee, and man-i-

ples be-

forth His glory ; and His di
liev-ed on Him. Af-ter this

went down to Ca-per-na-um, He, and His
moth-er, and His breth-ren and His dis-
ci-ples; and they con-tin-u-ed there not
ma-ny days.


PLA~Tr. 77



After His temptation, where did Jesus go?
Into Galilee.
How did He prove Himself the Son of God?
He wrought miracles.
What are miracles?
Wonderful works, which can only be performed by
the direct power of God.
What miracle have you read of to-day ?
Christ turning water into wine.
Where did He perform it?
At a marriage-feast in Cana of Galilee.
Who alone can change the nature of any thing?
Who did Christ then prove Himself to be, by
turning water into wine ?
What did our Lord say to His mother when she
told Him there was no wine ?
"Woman, what have I to do with thee. Mine
hour is not yet come-"
What did His mother tell the servants?
"Whatsoever He saith unto you, do it."
What did Jesus desire the servants to do?
To fill the water-pots with water, and afterward
to draw, and bear to the governor of the feast.

Did they do so?
What happened?
The water with which they filled the water-pots
was turned into wine.
Did the governor know where the wine came
Who believed on Jesus?
'His disciples.
After this, to what place did He go?
To Capernaum-with His mother, His brethren,
and His disciples.

You have now read an account of onr Saviour's
first miracle. He wrought many miracles to prove
Himself the Son of God, for none could do these
wonderful works but by the Spirit of God. The
wonderful power of Jesus turned the water into
wine by a word. We must not expect to see mira-
cles now, but God's works are as- wonderful and
beautiful as they were then, and they equally show
His mercy and loving-kindness. Whether we look
at the glorious sun, the moon and stars, or at the
smallest plant, or flower, or insect, we behold the
great power and goodness of our Almighty Father,
and we may well exclaim with David, "0 Lord,

how wonderful are Thy works, in wisdom hast Thou
made them all, the earth is full of Thy riches."
Learn to see God in all His works; and when you
look on the bright green fields and the blue sky,
never forget that they were made by a God of
mercy, and that beautiful as His works are, here
below, He has prepared far better things in heaven,
for those who love and serve Him on earth.


L us x. 8---40.
A~rn when He was at Ca-per-na-unm,
He taught them on the Sab-bath day.
And in the syn-a-gogue there was a man,
which had a spi-rit of an un-clean dev-il,
and he cri-ed out with a loud voice, say-
ing, "Let us alone, what have we to do
with Thee, thou Je-sus of Naz-a-reth?
art Thou come to de-stroy us? I know
Thee who Thou art; the o-ly One of
God." And Je-sus re-buk-ed him, say-ing,
" Hold thy peace, and come out of him."


And when the dev-il had thrown him in
the midst, he came out of him, and hurt
him not. And they were all a-maz-ed,
and spake a-mong them-selves, say-ing,
" What a word is this for with au-thor-
i-ty and power He com-mand-eth the
un-clean spi-rits, and they come out-"
And the fame of Him went out in-to ev-
ei-y place of the coun-try round a-bout.
And He a-rose out of the syn-a-gogue,
and en-ter-ed in-to Si-mon's house. And
Si-mon's wife's moth-er was taken with
a great fe-ver: and they be-sought Him
for her. And He stood o-ver her, and
re-buk-ed the fe-ver, and it left her; and
im-me-di-ate-ly she a-rose and min-is-ter-
ed un-to them. Now when the sun was
set-ting, all they that had a-ny sick with
di-vers dis-eas-es brought them un-to Him,
and He laid His hands on ever-y one of
them, and heal-ed them.

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What have you been reading to-day ?
An account of two of our Savior's miracles
What was the first one?
Christ casting a devil out of a poor man.
Do you not think that it must have been a
dreadful thing to be possessed of a devil?
What did the poor man do ?
He cried out with a loud voice.
What did he call our Saviour?
The Holy One of God.
How did Jesus cat out the devil ?
By His word.
What did this show?
That He had power over the devil.
Were the people astonished ?
Yes, they were all amazed.
Where was our Saviour when He cast out the
devil ?
In the synagogue.
What were the synagogues?
The Jews' places of worship-
Where did our Saviour go after he had cured the
poor man ?
Into Simon's house.


What was the matter with Simon's mother-in-
She was sick of a fever.
What did our Saviour do to her
He stood over her and rebuked the fever, and it
left her.
What did she do immediately ?
She arose and ministered unto them.
Did our Lord heal any other sick people?
Yes, a great many.
How did he cure them?
Often by laying His hands on them.
Can any one cure the sick by touching or speak-
ing to them ?
None but God.
Who did our Lord prove Himself to be by work-
ing these miracles?
The Son of God.

At the time Christ came into the world, the devil
and his angels used to enter into the bodies of peo-
ple and torment them in a dreadful manner. The
devil has not now the power of hurting our bodies,
but he is always trying to destroy our souls, by
tempting us to sin, that we may go to him in hell
when we die, instead of being happy for ever in

heaven. But as I have told you before, you must
resist the devil by not giving way to sin, and follow
that blessed Saviour, who came on earth to live and
die to save you from hell, and from the power of
the devil. Pray to God to enable you to follow the
example of Christ. See how merciful He was to
all who came to Him. He employed His power in
doing good. You cannot work miracles, but you
can be useful and kind to those around you. God
grant ns grace to be holy, and may we finally in-
herit everlasting life!


LJnU v. 1-11. MArrnW rv. 23.
AND it came to pass that as the peo-
pie press-ed up-on Him to hear the word
of God, He stood by the lake of Gen-
nes-aret, and saw two ships stand-ing by
the lake, but the fisher-men were gone
out of them, and were wash-ing their
nets. And He en-ter-ed in-to one of
the ships, which was Si-mon's, and pray-
ed him that he would thrust out a lit-tle

Mirmculous drauglbt of fihe. p. 85.

from the land. And He sat down,
taught the peo-ple out of the ship.
when He had left speak-ing, He

un-to Si-mon,

" Launch out in-to the

deep, and
un-to Him,
the night,

let down your

nets for a

And Si-mon, an-swer-ing, said
" Mas-ter, we have toil-ed all
and have ta-ken no-thing;
ss, at Thy word, I will let

down the net." And when they had
this done, they en-closed a great mul-ti-

tude of fishes, and their net brake.


they beck-on-ed un-to their part-ners,
which were in the other ship, that they
should come and help them. And they
came and fill-ed both the ships, so that
they be-gan to sink. When Si-mon Pe-
ter saw it, he fell down at Je-sus' knees,
say-ing, De-part from me, for I am a
sin-ful man, 0 Lord." For he was as-
ton-ish-ed, and all that were with him,
at the draught of the fish-es which they
had tak-en: and so was al-so James and
John, the sons of Zeb-e-dee, which were

part-ners with Si-mon. And Je-sus said
un-to Si-mon, Fear not, from hence-
forth thou shalt catch men. And
when they had brought their ships to
land, they for-sook all and fol-low-ed
Him. And Je-sus went about all Gal-
i-lee, teach-ing in the syn-a-gogues, and
preach-ing the gos-pel of the king-dom,
and heal-ing all manner of sick-ness and
all man-ner of disease a-mong the peo-

What have you been reading of to-day?
Another of our blessed Saviour's miracles.
Where was He when He performed this miracle?
Standing by the Lake of Gennesaret.
What is a lake ?
A large piece of water, entirely surrounded by
What did the people do?
They pressed upon Him to hear the word of God.
Where did our Saviour go ?
Into a ship which was Simon's.


What did He do there?
He taught the people out of the ship.
When He had left speaking to the people, what
did He say to Simon ?
Launch out into the deep, and let down your
nets for a draught."
Did Simon and his companions do as Jesus told
them ?
Did they catch any fish ?
Yes, they enclosed a great multitude of fishes.
Was it likely that after toiling all night and
catching nothing, Peter and his companions should
catch so many fish as almost to sink the ships ?
What did Christ prove by this miracle?
That all creation is under His control or do-
What did Peter do?
He fell down at Jesus' knees, saying, "Depart
from me, for I am a sinful man, 0 Lord."
Did he wish Jesus to go away ?
No, he was astonished at the miracle.
What did Jesus say to Simon ?
Fear not, from henceforth thou shalt catch

What did Christ mean by this ?
That Simon should bring a great many people to
the knowledge of the gospel.
What did Simon, Andrew, James, and John do
when they had brought their ships to land ?
They left all and followed Christ.
What did they show, by leaving all and following
our Saviour?
That they believed him to be the Son of God,
the Saviour of the world.
fow did Christ act in the different places where
He went ?
He preached the gospel, and healed the sick.

There is much in this lesson deserving your at-
tention. First, observe the mercy and kindness of
our blessed Saviour. He was never weary of doing
good. We read of His preaching to the people, in-
structing and showing them the way to heaven;
and afterward we see Him performing a miracle,
to supply the wants of some poor men, who gained
their livelihood by fishiDg. They had toiled hard all
the night and had taken nothing. When Jesus
had finished speaking to the people, He told -Simon
to let down his net, and try to catch some fish.
Simon believed in Jesus, and loved to obey Him in
every thing. lHe has left us a good example in his


readiness to do what our Lord required, when he
must have been quite tired with working all night.
This showed his faith. He believed Christ to be
the Messiah, or Saviour of the world, and he
thought it was His duty to obey His commands.
His faith and obedience were rewarded-- He
caught so many fish, that he was obliged to call his
friends in the other ship to come and help him.
It was the power of Christ which brought this
number of fish into the net; for Jesus, as God, has
power over every thing. All creatures obey His
will. Peter felt how powerful and holy Jesus was,
and how unworthy he himself was to be with Jesus.
It was this humility which made him say, "Depart
from me, for I am a sinful man, 0 Lord." Jesus
knew what was in Peter's heart, and spoke kindly
to him, promising him that he should no longer be
a fisherman, but a preacher of the gospel, to bring
people to Jesus, that they might believe, and be


JOHN mr. 1-6, 9-15, 17-21.

THERE was a man of the



Nio-o-demus, a

rul-er of

Jews; the same came to Jesus by night,
and said un-to Him, c Rab-bi, we know
that Thou art a teach-er come from God.

for no man can do


these mir-a-cles that

do-est, ex-cept God be with him."

Je-sus an-swer-ed,

said unto him,

"Ver-i-ly, ver-i-ly, I say un-to thee, ex-
cept a man be born a-gain, he can-not
see the king-dom of God." Nic-o-de-mus
saith un-to Him, How can a man be

born when he is old?

the se-cond

Can he enter

time in-to his mother's


and be born?"

" Ver-i-ly, ver-i-ly, I

Je-sus an-swer-
say un-to thee,

except a man be born of water and of
the Spi-rit, he can-not en-ter in-to the
king-dom of God. That which is born
of the flesh is flesh, and that which is



born of the spi-rit is
mus an-swer-ed and
" How can these thin

gs be

swered and said unto him,



un-to Him,
?" Je-sus an-
"Art thou a

mas-ter of Is-rael, and know-est not
these things? Ver-i-ly, ver-i-ly, I say
un-to thee, we speak that we do know,
and tes-ti-fy that we have seen, and ye

re-ceive not our wi v -ess.
you earth-ly things, and
how shall ye be-lieve i


If I have told
ye believe not,
f I tell you of

things ? And no man hath

up to heav-en, but He

came down from heav-en, e-ven the Son

of man which is

in hea-ven.

Mo-ses lifted up the ser-pent in
der-ness, even so must the Son

And as
the wil-
of man

be lifted up, that who-so-ev-er be-liev-eth
in Him should not per-ish, but have
e-ter-nal life. For God sent not his Son
in-to the world to con-demn the world,
but that the world through Him might
be sav-ed. He that be-liev-eth on Him
is not con-demn-ed; but he that be-liev-


eth not is con-demn-ed al-read-y, be-
cause he hath not be-lev-ed in the name
of the on-ly be-got-ten Son of God.
And this is the con-dem-na-tion, that
light is come in-to the world, and men
lov-ed dark-ness ra-ther than light, be-
cause their deeds were evil. For ev-e-ry
one that do-eth evil, ha-teth the light,
nei-ther com-eth to the light, lest his
deeds should be re-prov-ed. But he that
doeth truth com-eth to the light, that
his deeds may be made man-i-fest, that
they are wrought in God."

Who came to Jesus by night?
Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews.
Why did Nicodemns go to Jesus by night?
Because he was afraid of the Jews.
What did Jesus tell Nicodemus?
That except a man be born again, he cannot see
the kingdom of God.
What did Christ mean by being born again?
Changed in his heart.


Why must every one be born again
Because all are born in sin, and therefore are not
the children of God, and cannot go to heaven till
their hearts are changed, and they are made the
children of God.
How did our Saviour say he must be born?
Of water and of the Spirit.
What is the meaning of being born of water and
of the Spirit?
Being baptized with water, and renewed in heart
by the Holy Spirit, of which baptism is the outward
Can you be a child of God, even though you have
been baptized, if you sin, and do not obey God's
No, certainly not.
What did Moses lift up in the wilderness?
The brazen serpent.
Of what was the brazen serpent a type?
Of Jesus Christ.
What did our Saviour mean by the Son of man
being lifted up?
Christ meant that He himself was to be crucified,
or lifted up on the cross, that whosoever believeth
in Him, should not perish, but have eternal life.
Why did Christ say God had sent his Son into
the world?
That the world through him might be saved.


What did our Savionr mean by men loving dark-
ness rather than light?
That men loved wickedness more than goodness.

Nicodemus was not like Simon, who followed our
Saviour openly. He was afraid, and therefore came
to Jesus by night. But Jesus was so merciful, he
did not send him away, but taught him a great
many things which he did not know before. Jesus
told him of his sinfulness, and that he must be born
again: as children of Adam, you know, we are all
born into the world with sinful hearts. We do not
naturally love God and goodness, but are far more
ready to follow the devil and sinful pleasures, and
our affections are apt to be fixed on this world, in-
stead of heaven; therefore our hearts must be
changed. Jesus says, "Except we are born of
water and of the Spirit, we cannot enter into the
kingdom of God." Water, which cleanses that
which is unclean, represents God's Holy Spirit,
which purifies our souls, and which alone can change
our hearts, and enable us to love God, and keep His
commandments. God will give his Holy Spirit to
all who truly seek Him. We cannot see this Spirit
working in the heart, but we can see the good fruits:
or the holy tempers which He causes to spring up.
You see then what our Saviour meant by being

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