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Gathered clusters from scripture pages

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Gathered clusters from scripture pages A book for parents, teachers, and children
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Hope, Elizabeth
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Illustrations engraved by C. & A. Young.
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University of Florida
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II2 METALS.


AN IRON PILLAR.
God told Jeremiah He had made him like "an Iron pillar,"
against all who would try to overthrow His work. As an
Iron pillar is very strong, and very secure, so Jeremiah was
very safe with that promise. (Jeremiah i. 18.) And we may
be very safe too, if we take hold of the same promise by faith
in Jesus.
AN IRON GATE.
The Iron Gate of the Judean prison was quite a friend to
the captive Apostle Peter! It opened to" Peter and the
angel "of its own accord." (Acts xii. o1.) It was put there
to shut the prisoners in. But on this wonderful night it
opened to let Peter out! Why was this ? Because the Lord
was with him. God made the Iron; and God gave man
wisdom and skill to make the gate; and it was very easy for
Him to make the gate open, that His servant might be set
free from King Herod, and all the soldiers, and the people in
the town, who wanted to kill him.
One more verse about Iron, and then we have finished
talking about the metals.
"As IRON SHARPENETH IRON, SO A MAN SHARPENETH THE
COUNTENANCE OF HIS FRIEND." (Proverbs xxvii. 17.)
This little verse is a nice one to close the chapter with,







BREAD. 153

would come. Every now and then he went to the window of
the post office to see if an answer had come. Still no answer;
and he was getting more and more hungry. In the afternoon
the post-master was counting over the letters, when he came
to the little boy's letter; he looked at it for a moment, then he
threw it to one side, and went on sorting the others. At his
tea-time he said to his wife, By-the-by, there was such a
curious letter in the box to-day! I wonder who could have
written it." The wife brought it, and they read it over together.
The post-master was a kind-hearted man, but he was not rich,
and he did not know what could be done for the poor little
stranger boy who was so hungry. Just at this time, a lady
came into the post-office, who was well known in the village
as being very kind and good, and wealthy too. The post-
master gave the letter to her, and the lady's heart was touched
as she read its simple story. She found the little boy, and his
letter was answered that very day, for she took him away to
her home, fed and clothed, and taught him, and he became her
very own child; for she loved him for Jesus' sake. If you
want anything from Jesus, you need not write Him a letter ;
you can TELL Him what you want, for He is very near you.
"-" The Lord is nigh 'unto' all that call upon Him."
Jesus gave His disciples
BREAD AND FISH"







102 METALS.

mand given for the whole was, Thou shalt overlay it with
Brass." . "All the vessels thereof thou shalt make of
Brass." (Exodus xxvii. I to i .) Four rings of Brass were
to be placed in the sides of the altar, that it might be carried
without the touch of any human hand; and in these rings were
placed-when the people were journeying-" Staves of Shit-
tim wood overlaid with Brass." Thus the brazen altar was
carried from place to place according to God's command.
(Exodus xxxviii. 5, 6.) Upon this altar the Israelites were
permitted to offer sacrifices, a lamb or a bullock without spot
or blemish," as an atonement for their sins. When the blood
of the animal was poured out, and the burning fire had con-
sumed its flesh, then their sins were forgiven, and they knew
that God was their friend. (Exodus xxix.) This was to
teach them that "without shedding of blood there is no re-
mission." (Hebrews ix. 22.) And each bleeding sacrifice
as it lay upon the altar, burning in the flames kindled upon it,
was a type or picture of the Lord Jesus Christ suffering in
their stead, and in our stead. For the sake of the sacrifice
they were forgiven-for the sake of Jesus, we may be forgiven.

THE BRAZEN SERPENT.
During these journeyings in the wilderness the people of
Israel became very unhappy, and very rebellious too-" Their







20 THE TREE.

precious Word, hearing stories of wrong of any kind, or
thinking about what is bad, we shall make ourselves very
unhappy, for the blessing of God does not rest with this
forbidden Tree.

TREE OF SHAME.
--Deut. xxi. 22, 23.
The crucifixion was foreshadowed by the curse pronounced
on the man whose crime of murder brought upon him the
punishment of "hanging on a Tree." (Galatians iii. 13;
i Pet. ii. 24; Acts v. 30.)
The Lord Jesus Christ, in His great love for us, came down
to this earth, and was hung upon the cross in our stead,
bearing the curse for us. When Jesus was on the cross at
Calvary, He was "hanging upon the Tree" of shame for us,
that we might eat the fruit of the "Tree of life" here, and
dwell afterwards in the City of Glory.

TREE OF HAPPINESS.
-Exodus xv. 25.
The Israelites met with a great disappointment just after
they had crossed the Red Sea. They were in a wilderness,
and they were very thirsty. No water could be seen.
Suddenly they came to the "Waters of Marah," but they
could not drink of those waters, for they were bitter ..








182 THE ROCK.

While I draw this fleeting breath,
When mine eyes shall close in death,
When I soar to worlds unknown,
See Thee on Thy judgment throne;
Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
Let me hide myself in Thee.






























Turnbull & Sp5ears, Printers, Edinburgh.







52 7HE LAMP.

trumpet which he had in his other hand, and shouted, The
sword of the Lord and of Gideon." The sudden light from the
three hundred Lamps, and the sudden noise of the breaking
of the earthenware pitchers, with the trumpet-blast and the
shout, startled the host of the Midianites who lay sleeping
in their tents, and so terrified them that they fled from the
Israelite soldiers, and were pursued by them, overtaken, and
numbers slain. Thus the country was delivered from a most
cruel enemy who had long been robbing them of their food and
cattle, and persecuting them mercilessly in many ways. The
yoke which was too hard for the Lord's people to bear, was
taken away by this brave attack in the middle of the night,
when Gideon and his men went out in the name of the Lord,
to resist their enemy as He should guide them. What do we
learn from the story of Gideon's three hundred little Lamps
shining out in the dark night ? We learn a good many things.
First, we should each have a little Lamp shining for Jesus,
showing by our conduct and conversation every day that we
belong to His kingdom, and that we are His brave soldiers.
A little girl once said, I won't get angry, because Jesus
would not like it." A little boy, who used often to go
and pray all by himself, was asked why he did so, and he
said, "because then I can talk to Jesus, and He makes
me so happy." These children were recruits in God's








34 THE TREE.

"Sowing the Seed of a lingering pain,
Sowing the Seed of a maddened brain,
Sowing the Seed of a tarnished name,
Sowing the Seed of eternal shame:
Oh, what shall the harvest be?

"Sowing the Seed with an aching heart,
Sowing the Seed while the tear-drops start,
Sowing in hope till the reapers come
Gladly to gather the harvest home:
Oh, what shall the harvest be ?"







I2 THE GATE.

Then Jesus is the Gate.
He was Meek and lowly in heart." (Matt. xi. 28.)
He ..... Took upon Himself the form of a servant."
(r Peter iii.)
We must "deny" ourselves to "follow" Him.
We must become as little children, "or we shall not enter
into the Kingdom of God." (Matt. xviii. 3.)
When the rich young man disobeyed the call from our
Saviour--" Come, follow Me!" he "went away sorrowful; for
he was very rich." And when Jesus saw that he was very
sorrowful, He said, How hardly shall they that have riches
enter into the Kingdom." As the camel had to lay down its
burden before going through the little Gate of the city called
" The Needle's Eye," so must we lay every burden on Christ,
and give up all sinful ways for His sake.
Find a verse that says, Heaven is like a PALACE. Psalm
xlv. (children find and read verse 8.) Psalm xlviii. (children
read verse 3.) Psalm lxxvii. (children read verse 69.)
Talk about the Beauties, Riches, Supplies, Light, Glory of
a home like this.
Find some verses that tell us God has prepared a beauti-
ful CITY for His children. (Rev. xxi.) (Children find verses
2 and o1.) Point out features of the City-Light, ver. i,
23. Wall, ver. 12, "great and high," ver. 18, "like jasper."








132 STICKS.

the Lord kept him safe ? No Daniel was safe in the lion's
den; Noah was safe in the flood; the three young men were
safe in the furnace; and Paul was safe from the viper ; and
we too shall always be safe, if we put our whole trust in the
GREAT SAVIOUR, and care, serve, and obey Him.


Safe in the arms of Jesus,
Safe on His gentle breast;
There by His love o'ershaded,
Sweetly my soul shall rest.
Hark 'tis the voice of angels
Borne in a song to me,
Over the fields of glory,
Over the jasper sea.
Safe in the arms of Jesus,
Safe on His gentle breast;
There by His love o'ershaded,
Sweetly my soul shall rest.


Safe in the arms of Jesus,
Safe from corroding care,
Safe from the world's temptations,
Sin cannot harm me there.
Free from the blight of sorrow,
Free from my doubts and fears;
Only a few more trials,
Only a few more tears!








THE SHORE. 63

Acts xxvii. 39-44.
A HAVEN OF SAFETY.
Are we safe? Are we clinging to Jesus ?
Is He our Saviour ? If so we are safe.
For He is Almighty-and He loves His little ones. Then
when the last wave-" death's cold flood "-comes to bear us
away from this world, it will launch, us on the great golden
SHORE of ETERNAL SAFETY.

"Beneath the Cross of Jesus
I fain would take my stand-
The shadow of a mighty Rock,
Within a weary land;
A home within the wilderness,
A rest upon the way,
From the burning of the noontide heat,
And the burden of the day.

"0 safe and happy shelter,
O refuge tried and sweet,
O trysting-place, where Heaven's love
And Heaven's justice meet!
As to the holy Patriarch
That wondrous dream was given,
So seems my Saviour's Cross to me,
A ladder up to heaven.

"There lies beneath its shadow,
But on the further side,







xii TO THE PARENTS, TEACHERS, AND

by the Doctor to be in danger' (as we call it,-strange
name for the prospect of entrance into bliss unspeakable and
full of glory !), would not the one fervent and overwhelming
thought-the only comfort, in fact-be the hope of HEAVEN
for the Child, on the part of Parents, Teachers, and Friends?"
And yet, how cruelly inconsistent with such a desire was this
wasteful and gloomy expenditure of the precious PREPARATION
day! If the Children hated Sunday here, how could they be
expected to love it there ? And if they did not love it, would
it be Heaven to them ? And would the Lord keep in His
radiant Home of "many mansions" those who hated His
Presence, His Rest, His Service, His endless Sabbath?
Those responsible thoughts brought me to my knees that
day, and many days after; and the result was this little Book.
But may I finish my story ? In answer to the request,
"Will you amuse us ? what was to be done ?
Please give me a sheet of paper," was my reply.
A rosy-faced little girl brought it, and sat beside me leaning
on my lap. All the others gathered round.
Who is the best artist ?" I said.
Lucy," answered several voices very emphatically.
I want Lucy to draw a HOUSE," I said, "as large as she
can, on this piece of paper. Will everybody get a Bible
now ?"







STONES. 14r

alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of
God." (Matt. iv. 3, 4.) Sometimes when we get into a diffi-
culty, we think we have found a very clever way of getting out
of it, but we must always take great care that IT Is GOD'S WAY,.
not our own or Satan's way; for this would only bring us into
much greater trouble afterwards.

THE LORD JESUS CHRIST
is spoken of as
"A Tried Stone,
"A Precious Corner Stone, Isaiah xxviii. 16.
"A Sure Foundation, .
"A Living Stone, .
"A Chief Corner Stone,
1 2 Peter ii. 4, 6, 8.
"A Stone of stumbling to them
that believe not, j
When a house is going to be built, a very deep hole is
dug, and there the
FOUNDATION STONE
is laid. All the building then goes on; and soon the Corner-
Stone is placed. When the house is finished,.the Head-Stone
is put in its place. Each one of these three Stones is very
important, and without them the building would not be sure.
Thus Jesus Christ must be OUR All in All-the Alpha and







120 CUP.

he said unto his brethren, "Come near unto me, I pray
you. I am Joseph your brother, whom ye sold into
Egypt." They were reconciled, fed at his table, comforted.
and satisfied. The silver Cup" not only was used to con-
vince them of their guilt, but also to prove their reconciliation,
JESUS CHRIST is our Joseph. If we have done anything
wrong, let us come back to His arms, and confess all our sin,
and He will forgive us and bless us. The brethren did not
know that the Cup was in the sack; but Joseph knew. You
may have many sins, and some bad habits that you do not
know anything about, but Jesus knows, and He sends after
you many a call, many a command, from His Holy Word, to
return to Him. Do not disobey. Humble yourself; come
back to His arms, and He will shield you from all guilt. He
will make you very happy too with His love, and will feed
you Himself. Rebels always suffer; and people that run
away from God's will, get themselves into very great trouble.
The safest place on earth is living near to Jesus; cleansed by
His precious blood; clothed in His righteousness; taught by
His Holy Spirit; and welcomed to His happy home.

Nehemiah was the king's Cup-bearer. (Nehemiah i. I.)
His duty was to HOLD THE CUP, and taste it for the king.
While he was standing in his usual place before the king, he








THE EAGLE. 85








TJ-IE E G E.

HE Eagle is very strong, very swift in flight, and
can fly higher than any other bird. As it mounts
it gazes on the sun.
This is why the Lord tells us in Psalm ciii. 5, and in
Isaiah xl. 31, to be LIKE THE EAGLE. Looking to Jesus Christ
who is the "Sun of Righteousness," we obtain strength for
our daily duties; and in waiting upon Him every day, we are
encouraged by the promises He gives us, and by His precious
teachings.

The SWIFTNESS OF THE EAGLE'S FLIGHT is spoken of in Deut.
xxviii. 49, Job ix. 26, and Job xxxix. 27.
In Deut. xxxii. I I, and Exodus xix. 4, we are told that the
Eagle bears up her young ones on her wings, and thus our
Heavenly Father teaches His children to leave behind all evil
things, and prepare for Heaven; all the time supporting and
strengthening them by His love.







METALS. lor

Despond then no longer,
The Lord will provide;
And this be the token-
No word He hath spoken
Was ever yet broken:
The Lord will provide."

"March on then right boldly,
The sea shall divide;
The pathway made glorious
With shouting victorious,
We'll join in the chorus,
The Lord will provide."-Mrs Cook.



B IPt S S.

Brass was one of the offerings accepted with the gold and
silver, at the time when the Israelites passed, through the
wilderness. This metal was used for making

THE BRAZEN ALTAR.

In the outer court of the Tabernacle was placed the altar
for sacrifice. As the Israelites approached the curtained house
of God, they would see at the entrance this Altar of Shittim
wood, five cubits long, and five cubits broad (8J ft. by 8J ft.);
the altar foursquare, and the height three cubits (4 ft.) On
the four corners there were horns of the same, and the com-







FRIENDS OF THE CHILDREN xxxi

given; and by question and answer, and constant reference to
the passages quoted, draw from the children themselves
responses which will bring out the truths she desires to impress
upon their hearts.
I would entreat that before using in this way any one of
these chapters, EARNEST PRAYER may be offered for THE LORD'S
RICHEST BLESSING upon the use of it. Otherwise we may spare
our labours. They will be of no avail, for as we read in Psalm
cxxvii., Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain
that build it; except the Lord keep the city, the watchman
waketh but in vain."
In every instance, too, of the use of these pages, I would
ask that, if possible, THE WHOLE PASSAGE, OR VERSE REFERRED
TO, might be read aloud, the remarks made being only a
running commentary of a very simple kind ON THE PASSAGE,.
and therefore meaningless without it. Having only touched
on a few out of the multitudinous subjects of the Bible, I shall
be glad at any time to enlarge their number, if by so doing I
can be of any assistance to the Children, or to their Instructors.
I feel the responsibility of thus having handled the living,
inspired Word of God, and can only ask Him to forgive any
omissions or mistakes that I have made. I ask the same from
my Reader. E. R. HOPE.

CARRIDEN.






STONES. 135

escape his fury Jacob was forced to flee from his home to a
distant land. There he went, a poor fugitive-an enemy
behind him, strangers in front; but this wondrous blessing over
his head which none could take from him. When night came
on, he had no friendly shelter to go to; alone on the roadside.
(Genesis xxiii.) You know how friendless you would feel if
that were your case. And with it all was the worst sorrow of
a guilty conscience. He lay down that night with a Stone
for his pillow, and then it was that God visited him. Jacob
saw a shining ladder stretched from earth to heaven, and upon
it the angels of God ascended and descended. This was only
the beginning, however, for soon he heard God's voice speaking
to him, and giving him promise after promise that he should
be kept, and guided, and blessed. By faith Jacob accepted
and received these promises, and they were abundantly fulfilled
in his life. Many trials and plenty of crosses he had all through
his life's journey; but through them all the gracious God, who
had appeared to him on the night that he lay by the roadside
with the Stone for a pillow, preserved him, taught him, and
watched over him, and answered his prayers many times. As
you lie down in your comfortable bed at night, think of Jacob
on the roadside with his pillow of Stone, but Heaven near him
and all round him, and the great God speaking words of
peace and comfort to his heart; and then pray that you too







BREAD. 147

Joseph, that they might be saved from starvation. We too
have a Joseph-Jesus Christ, a Saviour-who is willing to
adopt us wholly as His own, and promises that if we are
taken into His family of believing ones here, we shall never
want-" No good thing will He withhold from those that walk
uprightly." (Psalm lxxxiv. 1o.)
Soon after the Prodigal Son had wandered away from his
father's home, he "began to be in want" "he was in a far
country," and. no man gave unto him." (Luke xv.) But
"when he came to himself," he said In my father's house is
BREAD ENOUGH
and to spare," while "I perish with hunger," .. ...
" I will arise and go to my Father, and say unto Him, Father,
I have sinned against Heaven, and in thy sight, and am
no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of
thy hired servants." As he journeyed along that solitary
road, back to his home, When he was yet a great way off,
his father ran to meet him, and fell on his neck, and kissed
him." The robe, and ring, and shoes were given him,-the
feast was prepared, and they sat down to eat, drink, and be
merry." There was plenty of Bread now, no more want.
All the good things were in the father's house. The misery
was left behind in the far-off country. If we wander away






THE LAMP. 57

and imprisoned the keeper among the rocks, and meant to
keep him there all night-that was why he did not come
home to his little Mary. But all of a sudden these wicked
men saw the Lamps shining out from the top of the high
lighthouse! How full of rage and anger they were! but
that was of no use. They could do no more harm that night,
so they cut the ropes that bound the keeper's hands and feet,
and they let him go. Back he came to his little home in the
lighthouse and found Mary sound asleep, and very tired, in a
chair by the fire, for she did not like to go to bed till her
father came home. She was woke up with the feeling of her
father's arms round her, and his loving kiss on her forehead.
" My little girl," he said, "you have saved your father, and
you have saved the big ships, too!" Wasn't Mary pleased
that she had lighted the Lamps ? I know that you do not
live in a lighthouse; but I know that if you will believe in
the Lord Jesus Christ, and love Him, and serve Him every
day, you will be doing a great work for Him down here,
glorifying His name, and helping to save precious souls, and
then you will dwell with Him above, where there are no
more storms or darkness, but ceaseless light, and perfect
happiness.
Matthew xxv. i to 4.-The five wise virgins took oil in
their Lamps, but the five foolish virgins took no oil with them.






98 MEALS.

miserable end! (Matthew xxvii. 3 to 9; Acts i. 18.) He
had sold his Saviour-sold his happiness-sold his own soul
-for "thirty pieces of Silver." Does not this remind us of
the solemn question asked in Matthew xvi. 26-" For what is
a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his
own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul ?"
We are told that he that loveth Silver shall not be satisfied
with Silver." Ecclesiastes v. Io.
SILVER IS ALWAYS MELTED and purified in the fire. The
refiner sits over it, purging away the dross, until he can see
his own features reflected in the white, shining liquid; and
then he knows that his work is done. The heat of the fire
melts the Silver, then the dross rises to the top, and is taken
away; thus the Silver is refined. And so the Lord tells us, in
Malachi iii. 8, that He will purify His own people. The fire is
like the trial that comes so often to us. Even children have
to do some things that they do not like, and sometimes they
have to bear very heavy little crosses. But the Lord Jesus
lets the trial come, that they may be made holy, and patient,
and gentle, like Himself. So what shall we do ? Shall we
resist, and struggle, and say, No! I won't!" or shall we be
quite still and quiet, like the beautiful Silver, waiting patiently
until God has finished His work in us, and is ready to take
us home to His bright Heaven ? I knew a little girl who had







FRIENDS OF THE CHILDREN. xix

In this remark there is a great deal of truth, but not the
whole. Practice is most certainly needed, and for that reason
I would not discourage any true earnest Christian, however
humble, or however inexperienced, from taking up this great
work, and carrying it out from the very first prayerfully,
rejoicingly, and laboriously-instead of saying, I never tried
it, and for that reason I never will," which is, I think, quite the
wrong line of argument.
But surely the whole subject is so very important a phase of
our country's well-being, that whether we look at it contem-
platively, or practically, it deserves real attention. I venture
to say, that the first essay at teaching a Sunday class will
convince any Teacher of his or her ignorance of the right method
of, and difficulty in, dealing with human minds; but the question
is, Are we to continue as ignorant, and as weak ? or are we to
learn, and to become strong ? If the latter be possible, surely
it is our bounden duty to acquire these powers. A greater
insult to our God I can hardly imagine than to trifle away the
responsibility of dealing with SOULS committed to our care.
To neglect the bodies of little Children, so as to produce
inanition, or disease, is reckoned as nothing less than a crime;
and so it most certainly is, and very apparently so. How
much greater the sin of neglecting, or trifling, with the souls







METALS. 91

CHAINS OF GOLD were Joseph. Genesis xli. 2.
given to Daniel. Daniel v. 29.
These costly ornaments were given as a mark of great honour
to these two men. They proved the King's favour. In
Proverbs i. 9, they are compared to Divine wisdom, imparted
to the believer, in Christ Jesus. His wisdom received from
God is like a beautiful gold chain of many links. If any of
you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, who giveth to all men
liberally, and upbraideth not." (James i. 5.)

THE QUEEN OF SHEBA BROUGHT GOLD
to King Solomon. (I Kings x. 2.) She came from a far
distant country to see and to hear all she could of his great-
ness, riches, wisdom, and power. Solomon did not need the
Queen of Sheba's Golden gifts, but she brought them to show
her friendship and her loyalty.
The Wise Men from the East brought to the Saviour gifts
of Gold, and frankincense, and myrrh. (Matthew ii. Ii.)
Moses Exodus xxv. 2.
{ i Chrn. xxviii. xxix. 2.
Offerings of Gold Solomon Chrn. viii. i. 2.
were brought to
Ezra Ezra viii. 17.
Nehemiah Nehemiah vii. 71.
FOR THE LORD.









vi CONTENTS.


PAGE
THE OSTRICH, 84

THE EAGLE, 85

METALS, 87

GOLD, 87

SILVER, 95

BRASS, 101

COPPER, ., 106

IRON, 107

THE STAR, 115

CUP, 119

STICKS, 129

STONES, 134

BREAD, 146

THE LAMB, 156

THE SHEEP AND SHEPHERD, 162

THE ROCK, 173






THE SHEEP AND SHEPHERD. 163








TJ-IE Sj-EEJ APJD SJ-IEPJ-IEF D.

HEN you see the gentle Sheep grazing in the field,
you may always think of the pleasant stories told
us in the Bible about them. Both in the Old and
New Testament they are often mentioned.
ABEL was a keeper of Sheep, Gen. iv. 2.
You know the story about Abel, how he brought one day
a sacrifice that pleased God, while his brother Cain offered of
the fruit of the ground, and was refused. Then, out in the
field, Cain was angry, and slew his brother; so now, instead
of the blood of the sacrifice being shed to shield him from
God's wrath, his brother's blood was shed, and brought
terrible vengeance upon him, s6 much so, that he was a
wanderer all his life afterwards. No home! no happiness!
just a miserable life stained with the sin of his brother's
murder.
JOSEPH'S BRETHREN kept their father's Sheep. (Genesis
xxxviii.) But one day they left their work to take their







THE GATE. 13

Gates, ver. 12, "names," ver. 21, "pearls," ver. 25, "open."
Foundations, ver. 14, "twelve apostles," ver. 19, "precious
stones." Temple, ver. 22. Inhabitants, ver. 24, the "saved."
If you want to live there by and by, you must enter the little
"Straight Gate" now, and have your names enrolled as
"citizens." (Ephesians ii. 19; Hebrews xi. ver. 10, 14, 16;
Hebrews xii. 22.)
What is the Bible name for a Castle-a Refuge--a For-
tress-a strong Tower. (Psalm xviii; Psalm xlvi.) A City,
(Numbers xxxv.)
The Gate into the City of Refuge was indeed a Gate of
Safety! The poor criminal was sheltered by entering it from
the wrath of His avenger. (Make this an illustration of the
safety now to be found in the arms ofJesus.)

"Safe in the arms of Jesus,
Safe on His gentle breast,
There by His love o'ershaded,
Sweetly my soul shall rest.
Hark 'tis the voice of angels
Borne in a song to me,
Over the fields of glory,
Over the jasper sea.
Safe in the arms of Jesus,
Safe on His gentle breast,
There by His love o'ershaded,
Sweetly my soul shall rest.







T08 METALS.

were not to be any hindrance in their way. Do you know
what victory means? When two armies are fighting, the one
that overcomes the other is the victor, or conqueror. Victory
is the opposite of defeat. The army that conquers is generally
the strongest. And so it is in the great struggle between
good and evil in this world. The strongest must gain the
victory in the end. Which is the strongest ? Satan, the
captain of all evil, is very strong; but God, who is both great
and holy, is Almighty. Therefore He is the strongest, and
His holy will must be triumphant in the end. May God show
us how to be victorious NOW, through His strength! I must
tell you a little story. When I went into a coffee room for
working men early one evening, before the men had begun to
come in, I found two boys playing at the game called "draughts."
A third boy was leaning over them, looking on very earnestly.
He was a bright little fellow, with a knowing, clever look on
his face. I watched them all for some time, and then I asked
the boy who was looking on, this question, Whose side are
you taking in the game ? He looked up at me very quickly,
and answered immediately, I always like to be on the WIN-
NING SIDE!" I could not help smiling at his clever answer;
but I have often thought since of the wisdom of it. Do you
not think it is a very good decision through life, ALWAYS TO
MAKE SURE THAT WE ARE ON THE WINNING SIDE ? If we are on







THE TREE. 31

persecution ariseth, because of the word, by and by he is
offended."
The "Thorny ground" is like the man that heareth the
word; and the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of
riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful."
The Good ground is like the man that heareth the word,
and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, some an
hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty."
You may hold a little Seed in your hand and play with it
a long time, and it will look quite hard and useless; but put it
into the good ground, and then it swells and gets soft, and a
germ begins to sprout from it. This shows us that it was not
dead all the time, but full of life. It is the same with the
little verses of the Bible. They are God's own word. Some
children, and some grown-up people too, say, I don't care
about the Bible," and some say, I can't understand the Bible;
it is so hard." The reason of this is, that these foolish people
are careless about it. They are only trifling and playing with
the Scriptures, as you played with the little Seed; and then it
cannot do them any good, or be of any use to them. But if
it be received into the HEART, and BELIEVED, and THOUGHT
UPON, then it brings forth the fruits of holiness. THEN the
word of God is of USE. The HEART becomes changed; the
LIFE becomes changed; the HOME becomes changed. How







METALS. 97

covetous intentions, prophesied that the leprosy of Naaman
should cleave unto him, and to his seed for ever." (Ver. 26,
27.) Thus the deceitful schemes of a wicked man were
suddenly brought to an untimely end. He did not gain
anything by his untruthfulness. Shall we remember all
through life that deceit, dishonesty, and covetousness can
NEVER prosper ? God's curse rests upon such conduct.

It was the same with Judas Iscariot. He followed the Lord
Jesus all through His life amongst the disciples, and then he
accepted the bribe offered him by the priests, of "THIRTY PIECES
OF SILVER," for the betrayal of Jesus. In the garden of
Gethsemane Judas kissed his master before all the wicked
soldiers and the disciples, but the kiss was not a heart of
friendship, it was a sign of hatred; for the next moment the
band of men whom Judas had brought seized the gentle
Saviour, and led him away captive to the judgment hall.
Thus Judas earned the money that had been offered him; but
it did not make him any happier, for we read that he brought
again the thirty pieces of Silver to the chief priests and elders,
saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent
blood" With the money which in his misery "he cast
down in the temple a field was bought "to bury strangers
in," and in this field Judas Iscariot hanged himself. What a
G







THE LAMP. 55

and has great revolving Lamps (that move round and round
by machinery), which shed out a great brilliant light for
many, many miles across the sea; and so warns the ships
not to come too near the dangerous rocks that often are
hidden under the water round the coast. A lighthouse
keeper was obliged to go on shore one day for a little while,
so he left his little girl, whose name was Mary, to take
charge of the lighthouse till he returned; and when he went
away, he said to her, "I shall be sure to come back long
before it begins to get dark." Away he went, and hour after
hour passed, but little Mary sat in the great lonely lighthouse
all by herself, for she had no mother. Presently the wind
began to blow, and the waves dashed against the rocks, the
thunder rolled, and the lightning flashed out. The darkness
gathered over the sky, and night was coming on very fast,
but still no father came back, and little Mary was dreadfully
frightened as she sat all alone in the lighthouse in this great
storm. At last she began to think of the ships that she
had often seen sailing on the sea, and she remembered what
her father had told her about the Lamps shining to keep
them from being wrecked, and to show them the way safe
home. To-night no one was there to light the Lamps, and
what could little Mary do ? She found a very long taper
such as her father used for lighting, and she toiled away up







STONES. 137

while Amalek fought with Israel. (Exodus xvii. 12.) As
long as his arms were held up, Israel prevailed; but when they
dropped through weariness, then Amalek prevailed. Victory
over our worst enemies can only come through faith in Jesus,
and a life of watchful prayer. This Stone teaches us then that
we may rest in Jesus, looking up for His strength, and we shall
certainly live the life of victory-overcoming Sin and Satan.
PRECIOUS STONES were worn in Aaron's breastplate. On
each Stone was written the name of one tribe of the Israelites;
and as this breastplate, shining with gold and gems, was always
to be worn over Aaron's heart, fastened by golden chains, and
as Aaron was the type of Jesus Christ our Great High Priest,
we know that the precious Stones here teach us, that the Lord
loves His people, and NEVER FORGETS THEM, but takes care of
them all the way, and pleads for them daily before His Father
in Heaven. (Exodus xxviii. II, 17, 21.)

FIVE SMOOTH STONES.
David went forth to meet the Giant Goliath with a sling, a
scrip, and "five SMOOTH STONES from the brook that ran
through the valley of Elah. (I Samuel xvii. 49, 50). These
were the only weapons that he had to fight with. Yet there
he stood without a shadow of fear, and in the Name of the
Lord of Hosts he took a sure aim, and slung the Stone into








THE SHIP. 79

2 Chronicles ix. 2 1.
John ix. 25, 26.
Psalm cvii. 23 to 3o.
Psalm civ. 24 to 28.
Proverbs xxxi. 14.

Dark is the night, and cold the wind is blowing,
Nearer and nearer comes the breakers' roar;
Where shall I go, or whither fly for refuge?
Hide me, my Father, till the storm is o'er.

With His loving hand to guide, let the clouds above me roll,
And the billows in their fury dash around me;
I can brave the wildest storm, with His glory in my soul,
I can sing amidst the tempest-Praise the Lord!

Dark is the night, but cheering is the promise;
He will go with me o'er the troubled wave;
Safe He will lead me through the pathless waters,
Jesus, the Mighty One, and strong to save.

Dark is the night; but lo the day is breaking,
Onward my bark unfurl thy every sail !
Now at the helm I see my Father standing,
Soon will my anchor drop within the vail.







140 STONES.

he rose up a living man. (John xi. 39.) How easy it was to
the Lord to remove all the darkness and death, and restore
Lazarus to his friends! Even after four days Jesus could
work this miracle. But while the Lord was waiting, tarrying,
before He answered the message sent to Him, Mary and
Martha, and the other sorrowing friends, little knew what a
glorious deliverance was preparing for them. We may learn
from this Stone as bright a lesson as we learn from the one
that was rolled away from Jesus' grave. It shows us that the
Christian's path is always a safe path, and a happy path. As
the little hymn says-
"'Tis better farther on."
Our gracious Saviour can bring good out of evil, arid joy out
of sorrow.
But we must not do evil that good may come. The plan is
to leave everything in God's hand, and let HIM work for us.
When the darkness comes, HE can bring light. Rest in
the Lord, and wait patiently for Him." In that solitary
,desert, where Jesus found Himself alone with the Tempter,
though He was hungry (for He had fasted forty days") He
would not listen to the Evil One's advice, that He should
make those
STONES INTO BREAD,"
but answered him, "It is written, Man shall not live by bread







FRIENDS OF THE CHILDREN. xxiii

teachings drawn from them. Ordinary, visible objects, and
known facts, are used by the Great Master-mind as pegs
whereon to hang all the elements of spiritual instruction.
4th. From this, or rather, I should say, in conjunction with
this Biblical study, take up the book of nature. Wherever
you go, learn to learn from that open page also. I have
often been astonished to find the mass of information of a
spiritual kind that a Christian working-man will acquire in
his daily walks to and from his work-every tree, and bush,
and stone seeming to reveal to him some new lesson of his
Father's kingdom. Then, in walking along the street, much
that you see of daily life may bear upon the art of teaching.
And this inclines me to suggest that, in Biblical instruction,
we should always try to combine these four ideas-
Precept.
Promise.
Example.
Illustration.
If we can bring all these to bear, and in an interesting
way, on the subject in hand, we may think we have really, in
some degree, drawn out the truth from the passages before
us, and really, in some degree at least, brought it into contact
with the hearts with whom we have had to deal. On almost
every subject, if not every one, we shall find in Scripture these







6 THE GATE.

Selfishness.
Self-esteem.
"Companions.

(Explain that Self-esteem means loving yourself very much, and thinking
yourself very good, like the Pharisee in Luke xviii. II, 14.)
Companions "-if they keep you from thinking of the Holy Lord yesus ; if
you would rather be with them than with God; or if they do your soul harm by
their example and conversation.

Now, can you tell me the names of the Seven burdens that
we may lay on Jesus, if we want to go in at the "Straight
Gate ? "
(With a little help in repetition, or better still with a Black-
board, the children will give the definition with great interest.)
Now tell me the riches that we must give up. (Children
repeat, with same assistance.)
What did the Apostle Paul say about this? (Phil. iii.)
Do you see anything there about loss and gain ? (Children
find and read verses 7 and 8.)
Yes St Paul loved Jesus Christ BEST.
Will you find me some verses about GATES ? There is one
in Genesis xxviii. (Children find and read ver. 17.)
What was Jacob's Gate to heaven ? A sleeping place by the
roadside, where he had only a stone for a pillow. He had
been doing very wrong, and now he was running away from






152 BREAD.

was very ill, and then she died; but before she died she
said to him, JESUs will take care of you, my darling. Do
not be afraid when you are left alone. Ask Jesus for what
you want, and He will give it to you." Soon the little boy
began to feel very cold, and very hungry; and he called to
his mother, but she did not answer. He touched her as
she lay there on the bed, but her hands and face were icy
cold. "Mother!" he said, "Mother dear." But she neither
moved nor spoke. Then the tears ran down the little boy's
cheeks. As the day wore on, and still no one came to help
him, he thought of what his mother had said to lim. But he
did not know how to find the kind Lord Jesus, of whom she
had so often spoken. So what do you think the little boy did?
He wrote Him a letter it was something like this. Dear
Lord Jesus, mother said you would help me. I am very
hungry. Do come and bring me some Bread. I am cold too
-very cold; and there is no fire in the grate. Mother lies so
very still, and does not speak a word.. Please come soon.
Your little boy. Edgar." It was very badly spelt, and
written in great, large, sprawling words. Then he folded it
up, and directed it-" To Jesus." When he had folded up
his letter, he carried it away down the road to the post office, and
put it into the letter box. Then he sat down on the little village
green to wait for the answer. He was quite sure an answer








56 THE LAMP.

the winding staircase, round and round,-two hundred stone
steps she had to climb before she had done her work-at last
she reached the top. But, oh! poor little Mary! she was
too small to reach the Lamps! even with this long taper in
her hand, though she stood on tiptoe, and held her hand as
high as she could. Still the Lamps towered over her head.
What was Mary to do now ? She went all the way down-
stairs again, and took the great family Bible in her arms.
Upstairs she climbed again carrying the big Bible. When
she reached the top this time she was very tired, but she put
the Bible down very gently on the floor, and stood up on
the top of it, then she reached up her little hand, and
stretched out the taper. This time the match had done
its work! Out shone a great, brilliant, glowing light, then
another, and another, until all the Lamps were shining over
the dark, stormy sea. All this time Mary did not know
where her father was, or what he was doing; but I can tell
you all about him.
Some men, who are called wreckers, because they like to
go on board the wrecking ships and plunder them, saw the
lighthouse keeper that afternoon coming from the town, and
they said, "We will hide him in a cave, and tie up his hands
and feet, then he cannot light the Lamps, and the ships cannot
be saved, and so we shall get some plunder." They caught







THE SHEEP AND SHEPHERD. 171

He knows His She
SSheep.
Gives His life for the S
But once we read that a Sheep belonging to a safe and
happy fold wandered away, out from the green pastures, and
into the wilderness. There the poor Sheep would have
perished; but the Shepherd LOVED it. He left the "ninety
and nine" safely in the fold, and He went to seek the lost
one. When He returned from His search He was "rejoicing,"
for He had found the lost one. He was carrying it on His
shoulders, and calling to His neighbours to rejoice with Him.
How rested the weary Sheep must look in that safe place!
reposing on the Shepherd's breast, and clasped in His strong
arm, it is carried home-getting nearer and nearer every
moment to the shelter from which it had wandered-now it
cannot want any more. Green pastures and "still waters "
shall be provided. If we wander away from our GOOD SHEP-
HERD, we shall get into great trouble. Away from him we can-
not be safe. Even here, we do not prosper at a distance from
our God; what must ETERNITY be, spent apart from Him ?
But if we let Jesus GUIDE US, KEEP US, FEED US, TEACH US,
WATCH OVER us; and if we stay closely by Him,-we are
inside the paling of pledged Promise; and NOTHING can
fail of all the good words" the Lord has spoken of us.
(Luke xv. 1-4.)







FRIENDS OF THE CHILDREN xi

another word," said an authoritative voice from the other end
of the room.
I looked up from my book. A veil of melancholy had
surrounded my face. Then came yawns, stretching, and
many disconsolate glances at the window-pane, which was
already becoming dimmed with the fast falling rain drops.
I suppose sympathy was visible in my countenance, for I
was suddenly appealed to by one of the elder Children.
Oh! Lady Hope! do amuse us. Sunday is SUCH a DULL
SAY! We never know what to do."
No request could have given me greater pleasure. If the
Children had been groaning over the dulness of Sunday, I had
been deeply sighing to think that THE PEARL of the week,-
one blessed Sabbath day, in which we are told to DELIGHT !-
should be evidently the recognized period of dulness in the
seven days to these poor Children. Each soul so precious,
each mind so constituted that it could be a vessel for either
good or evil, and a medium through many long years, and
perhaps a still longer eternity, in communicating either one
or the other. Now, looking upon this tiny foretaste of an
endless Sabbath as the dullest period of the week, did it
not show how little they were being prepared for the REST "
above ? And yet, I could not help feeling, "If one of these
dear Children were suddenly to be taken ill, and pronounced







74 THE SHIP.

Paul was quite different. He was being taken away in the
Ship as a prisoner, because he had done his duty. Wherever
he went he obeyed God, by preaching the good tidings of
Salvation to poor sinners; they believed his message, and
many of them began to love the Lord Jesus, and turned from
bad ways, to begin new, holy, and happy lives. So the men
who did not love God, took him a prisoner, and carried him
away to Rome. This story, (Acts xxvii.), shews that he was
quite safe, even in a shipwreck, because the Lord God loved
him, and was caring for him. It is a very happy thing to be
a servant of God. Paul was His servant and nothing could
harm him.
Did you ever make a toy Ship that was to sail upon a
lake? Or did you ever go in a great Ship upon the sea ?
Tell me the names of some parts of the Ship.

Masts, Isaiah xxxiii. 23.
Sails, Acts xxvii.
Helm, James iii. 4.
In a Ship there are
Rudder, Acts xxvii. 40.
Anchor, .Hebrews vi. 19.
Boats, John vi. 22, 23.

The Ship must be water-tight, and there must be plenty of
food on board, if she is going a long voyage. A leaky Ship







THE DOVE. 8r

Spirit descending like a Dove, and lighting upon Him."
Jesus was the Anointed One; He came to bring "glad
tidings of great joy," salvation to poor sinners; and when He
ascended to heaven, having done his great atonement work
on earth, the Holy Spirit descended on the waiting believers.
Now the same gracious Spirit goes from heart to heart like
the gentle Dove, breathing peace and rest, and bringing the
"olive leaf" of promise into our hearts. How many a dreary
waste of desert, and boundless sea of trouble He can cheer
and brighten by telling us of JESUS.

David prayed, Oh! that I had WINGS LIKE A DOVE, for then
would I fly away and be at rest." Psalm Iv. 6.

We are commanded to be "HARMLESS AS DOVES," in Mat-
thew x. 16, though "wise as serpents."

If ever you are frightened, or if you are in trouble, COME
LIKE THE LITTLE DOVE and hide in Jesus' arms. He will take
care of you. Psalm lxxiv. 19.

The DOVES REST upon the roofs of the houses, and get
covered with black dust from the smoke of the chimneys, but
F







92 METALS.

All these stories show us that God loves to accept what
His children bring to HIM, out of gratitude and love. What
can you give to the Lord Jesus ? Can you give Him a little
bit of Gold as a thank-offering for His many kindnesses to you.
You may give Him
Your LOVE.
Your SELF-DENIAL.
Your PRAISE.
Your THANKSGIVING.
Your OBEDIENCE.
All this is precious, like the Gold, when it is offered in the
name of Jesus.

GOLD IS COMPARED TO
The trial of our faith, I Peter i. 7.
Knowledge, Proverbs viii. 10.
Salvation, Revelations iii. 18.
Righteousness of saints (given), Psalm xl. 5, 9.
God's word, Psalm cxix. 72.
Loving favour, Proverbs xxii. I.
Wise speech, Proverbs xxv. I .
The Lord's people, 2 Tim. ii. 20.
Some of these passages show us that as gold is very costly,
and that as it must pass through the fire, so HIs PEOPLE are







THE LAMB. 157

As A BURNT OFFERING
in Genesis xxii. 7. It was early in the morning when
Abraham went out from his tent, taking his son Isaac with
him, two young men, a saddled ass, and some wood for a fire.
After three days' journey he separated the party, and went
alone with his son Isaac to the top of the mountain, carrying
the wood and the fire. On this solitary journey Isaac asked
his father the question, "Where is the Lamb for a burnt
offering ?" Abraham's answer was a very simple one, My
son, God will provide Himself a Lamb." Read the story in
this chapter, and you will see how God had commanded
Abraham to offer up Isaac for the burnt offering, but after
Isaac had been bound and laid upon the wood, when the
knife was in Abraham's hand, a voice called to him, saying,
" Lay not thy hand upon the lad." And then a "ram"
caught in the thicket was chosen as his substitute. How that
question "Where is the Lamb ?" must have gone to his
father's heart! Blessing will always follow OBEDIENCE.
Instead of being obliged to plunge the knife into his son, he
was only permitted the honour of obeying God's command,
and then the ram was provided for an offering.
When we want God to be our FRIEND, and we want to
have a conscience at peace with God, sometimes the memory
of our past sins, and our present faults, comes up into our







150 BREAD.

the Manna was supplied to these poor wandering Israelites,
in spite of their perpetual murmurings and ingratitude. God
loved them. They were His children; and He watched over
them and fed them with this sweet food every day, until they
needed it no longer. When they reached Canaan, the land
"flowing with milk and honey," and tasted of the "old
parched corn," then the Manna ceased. It had done its work.
They needed it no more.
A very hungry multitude once encompassed the Saviour's
footsteps in the desert. Even His disciples came and besought
Him that He would send them away to
Buy BREAD,
for they were faint with long fasting. What was the Saviour's
answer ? "Send them not away give YE them to eat."
But here there was a great difficulty! only "five loaves and
two small fishes" could be found; and "what were they
among so many ?" There was only one thing that could be
done. Bring them hither to Me," Jesus said; and then five
thousand men and women were fed. The Bread became
plenty when the Lord Jesus Christ took it into His own
hands. Twelve baskets full of fragments were gathered up
from that "green grass" after the multitudes had been fed.
(John vi.) All want'can be satisfied by Christ. Let us learn
to bring every need to HIM! not only our own wants, but the









T 8 THE STAR.


"No need of the sunlight in heaven, we're told,
The Light of that world is Jesus.
The Lamb is the light in the City of Gold,
The Light of that world is Jesus."








THE TREE. 29

"More gratitude give me,
More trust in the Lord;
More pride in His glory,
More hope in His word;
More tears for His sorrows,
More pain at His grief;
More meekness in trial,
More praise for relief.

"More purity give me,
More strength to o'ercome;
More freedom from earth-stains,
More longings for home;
More fit for the kingdom,
More used would I be;
More blessed and holy,
More, Saviour, like Thee."



SEED.

When the plant has brought forth its stem, and leaf, and
flower, and fruit, then the Seed appears. This is the case in
the great trees, as well as in the tiny flowers that grow in the
grass. Sometimes the Seed hangs down in a pod from the
stem where the flower grew; sometimes it is inside the fruit;
and sometimes it may be found on the back of the leaf. But
what is the use of the Seed ? It must be placed in the ground,
and then it will grow up into another tree, or plant, like the







METALS. 95

,Must Jesus bear the cross alone,
And all the world go free?
No, there's a cross for ev'ry one,
And there's a cross for me.

The consecrated cross I'll bear,
Till death shall set me free;
And then go home my crown to wear,
For there's a crown for me.

Upon the crystal pavement, down
At Jesus' pierced feet,
With joy I'll cast my golden crown,
And His dear name repeat.

O precious cross O glorious crown !
O resurrection day !
Ye angels, from the stars come down,
And bear my soul away !


SI l VE .

Silver is much used for money. We constantly read of it in
Scripture in this way. We read of it also in use for different
parts of the Tabernacle, and Temple for Vessels, for
Trumpets, and also as a type of other things that are far
more precious than even this precious metal.
Exodus xxvi. 19.
E xodus xxvii. 17.







xxx TO THE PARENTS, TEACHERS, AND

Or,
"Oh, where are the reapers that garner in
The sheaves of the good from the fields of sin ?
With sickles of truth must the work be done,
And no one may rest till the 'harvest home.'"
Let us take for our THREEFOLD Motto three Scriptural
injunctions, each all-important in itself, and specially import-
ant to us as Teachers.
Holding the Head, Colossians ii. 19.
Holding fast our Profession, .Hebrews iv. 14.
Holdingforth the Word of Life, Philippians ii. 16.
And now it only remains for me to offer the following pages
to my Reader.
The Scripture subjects are not very much detailed, for the
simple reason that, desiring to suggest this method of opening
up Scripture, as being in some degree our Lord's manner of
teaching, i.e., drawing out lessons of the invisible from the
things that are seen, I have felt it necessary to put a certain
number of specimen chapters together, space forbidding any-
thing like a very elaborate form of question and answer. In
chapter No. i. I have tried to put on paper the sort of line one
would take in actual teaching. For the successful use of the
remaining chapters, I would suggest that with open Bible, the
Children, or hearers, being also provided with Bibles, the
Teacher should clothe in her own simple words the thoughts







26 THE TREE.

You will find some more verses about the Leaf in Leviticus
xxvi. 36; Job. xiii. 25; Isaiah xxxiv. 4; Isaiah lxiv. 6;
Ezekiel xvii. 9.

fyUIT.
In the very first chapter of the Bible we read of Fruit; and
there God speaks of it as His GRACIOUS GIFT to us. (Genesis
i. 29.) It was in eating the fruit of the forbidden tree, instead
of those that were allowed, that Adam and Eve sinned; and
thus banished themselves from the beautiful garden of Eden,
and brought pain and death upon the world, which it has
suffered from ever since, and will suffer until the Lord comes
to reign Himself, and gives us a "new heaven, and a new
earth to dwell in. Then all sin and sorrow will be banished,
and His people will be happy for ever.
Cain brought the Fruit of the ground" for an offering,
instead of shedding the blood of the lamb, and his offering
was not accepted. (Genesis iv. 3-5; Deut. xxxiii. 14; Acts
xiv. 17.)
God expected the people of Israel to GIVE HIM the Fruit of
their trees in "the fourth year" after they had come into the
land that He was going to give them. (Leviticus xix. 24.)
And the Lord would like us to give Him a part of the good
things He gives so freely to us. What can you give to Jesus ?







130 STICKS.

of oil fail, until the day that the Lord sendeth rain upon the
earth." (I Kings xvii. o1.)
In Elisha's time, one of the sons of the prophets said unto him.
--(Read from 2 Kings vi. I to 7.) During this busy, happy day,
spent by these poor men in preparing a home for themselves,
an axe head fell into the water, and immediately the man who
had dropped it cried out, Alas, master! for it was borrowed!"
He was a poor man, and perhaps he knew very little; but in
his trouble he did the wisest thing he could have done-he
called earnestly to the prophet, and immediately the Man of
God" "cut down a Stick and cast it in thither; and the iron
did swim." The axe head was safe, and the poor man was
comforted. This was a miracle, but no more a miracle than
many an answer God can and will give to your prayers now,
as He has promised, for the sake of His dear Son, the Lord
Jesus Christ. Never be afraid of asking too much, or too
little! for your Heavenly Father likes you to tell everything to
Him, and He will always help you. This little stick teaches
us a lesson of answer to prayer, and shows that God under-
stands our little troubles as well as our great ones.
Ezekiel xxxvii. 16-28. The "two Sticks" here show UNION
and STRENGTH. Friendship always is a source of strength
where it has God's blessing, and brotherly kindness is worth
a great deal more than riches of silver and gold, especially







THE GATE. 7

his home. But, even there, God met him in his loneliness,
and comforted, and forgave, and blessed him. What did
Jacob see ?
(Children read ver. 12.)
A ladder; and "angels ascending and descending on it!"
Wasn't that a beautiful dream ?
What does ascending and descending" mean ? And
what did God say to him ?
(Children read ver. r5.)
So Jacob was not alone after all, for he found a Gate to
heaven on his journey! And you may talk with God, and
be near to Him, wherever you are.

By the fireside.
At lessons in the schoolroom.
At play.
Or Taking a walk.
Doing your work.
Travelling on a journey.
In bed at night.

Jacob was rather afraid when he found the "Gate of
heaven," but you need not be afraid; for you know that the
Lord Jesus is the beautiful golden ladder that leads you up to
God, and all the angels are God's bright servants, and they






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shining serpent coiled round it, the fiery pain became relieved,
the fever ceased, the weakness fled away, and they were made
quite whole. This was a glorious change from the state of
illness and death that they had brought upon themselves just
before the pole was set up. It was no doubt intended to teach
them a threefold lesson.

First-Sin brings its own punishment.
Second-Confession brings forgiveness.
Third-One look, according to God's command, brought
relief from pain, and life instead of death.

But this blessed lesson was not only for the Israelites in the
wilderness; it is for us also. The Lord says to us now -and
we have it in the Saviour's own words-" And as Moses
lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of
man be lifted up: that whosoever believeth in Him should not
perish, but have eternal life." (John iii. i4.) I, if I be lifted
up from the earth, will draw all men unto Me." (John xii. 32.)

SAMSON Judges xvi. 21.
and
ZEDEKIAH 2 Kings xxv. 7.
were both bound in FETTERS OF BRASS. One of these men was
famous for his strength; the other was a king. Both had





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16 THE GA TE.

"Shun evil companions, bad language disdain,
God's name hold in reverence, nor take it in vain;
Be thougthful and earnest, kind-hearted and true,
Look ever to Jesus, He'll carry you through.

"To him that o'ercometh God giveth a crown,
Through faith we shall conquer, though often cast down;
He who is our Saviour our strength will renew,
Look ever to Jesus, He'll carry you through."

The lame man (Acts iii. 3, 4) who was at first laid outside
the Beautiful Gate of the Temple, after he had received a
look and a touch from the apostle Peter, was able to follow
him inside the Gate and into the temple. Was he unhappy ?
No! "he was leaping, and walking, and praising God." Some-
times people are very unhappy when they are outside God's
beautiful Gate, but when they come in they are very happy.
It is a very happy thing to be a Christian even here.
These Gates are called PRAISE!" (Isa. ix. 18.)
Jesus Christ "suffered without (or outside) the Gate,"
(Hebrews xiii. 12), that we might praise in the Gate." (Psalm
ix. 14.)
The Lord loveth the Gates of Zion more than all the
dwellings of Jacob. (Psalm lxxxvii. 2.)

(This subject might be much enlarged upon by the teacher, and made into
several days' lesson, or much contracted. Illustrations too might be added and
simple stories to impress the different points.)








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His father and mother were very, very sorry. They prayed
for him continually most earnestly, and every one in the house
prayed too. One day the young man came home; he went to
a little Bible Reading in a neighboring house, and there he
heard once more the good old story that he had so often
heard before, how Jesus had lived, and toiled, and suffered
and died for him. The only difference was, that now for the
first time he believed it to be true. So he came to his mother
the next morning, and he said, "Oh! mother! I am so GLAD.
It is all DONE. Jesus finished the work FOR ME. I never
understood that before. I am so happy. What can I do to
serve Him ?" Then he went and looked at the Tract box,
and he found a little card which he liked very much;-so
much he liked it that he underlined the second word of the
four lines this way :-
With cheerful steps the path of duty run,
God never does, nor suffers to be done,
But what you would yourself, could you but see
The end of all things here, as well as He.

That was a happy day for every one in that large house.
The young man bought a great many cards with this little
verse upon them, and hung them up in every room in the
house. He became the greatest comfort and joy to his
parents. Dear child! if you want to serve God truly, you








36 THE HOUSE.

It is a House of MANY MANSIONS "-free, and open, and
beautiful.
There is A GOOD WELCOME into it-" I will come again, and
receive you unto Myself; that where I am, there ye may be
also." (Ver. 3.)
The WAY up to it-" I am the way, the truth, and the life."
(Ver. 6.)
The WORDS spoken in that House-" The words that I
speak unto you." (Ver. Io.)
The OCCUPATIONS of that House--" He that believeth on
Me, the works that I do shall he do also, and greater works
than these shall he do." (Ver. 12.)
The PRIVILEGES of the House-

Prayer, Verse 13.
Comfort, Verse 16.
Life, Verse 19.
Knowledge, Verse 20.
Love, Verse 21.
Friendship, Verse 23.
Teaching, Verse 26.
Peace, Verse 27.

But there is one thing I want you to remember about this
wonderful House. If you want to live in it for ever, and for







22 THE TREE.

holy, beautiful teachings of His word-are the streams that
ought constantly to flow through the Christian's heart. We
ought to learn God's word, think about it, study it, search into
it, hear about it, talk about it (Deut. vi. 5-9; John vi. 35;
Malachi iii. 17); and then our lives will be so full of His
holiness, that our words, and thoughts, and acts will be holy
too; and we "shall be called

TREES OF RIGHTEOUSNESS,
the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified." (Isa. lxi. 3.)

THE SHADOW OF THE TREE.
-Song of Solomon ii. 3.
When the day is hot, and we are tired, it is very pleasant
to sit down under the shadow of a large Tree. There we find
rest; and we are refreshed. The Lord Jesus says, "Come
unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will
give you rest." (Matthew xi. 28.) Sometimes when the
school-children come to tea on our lawn, we sit under the
shadow of the Trees, and sing hymns together. Then I hear
the boys and girls calling to their companions, Come under
the Tree, and sing! there is plenty of room!" and I think to
myself, That is just what we like to do when we get near to
JESUs,"-we like to invite others to come and learn of Him








8o THE DOVE.
















TjIE DOVE.-Genesis viii. 9.

HEN the waters of the great flood were abating
upon the earth, Noah sent out the little Dove to
seek for dry land. It soon returned, bringing an
olive leaf in its mouth. This leaf was the sign of safety, and
returning prosperity, and the Dove was the messenger of the
glad tidings. How glad Noah must have been to see its
little wings fluttering against the window-panes! He put out
his hand and "pulled her in unto him into the ark."
When the Lord Jesus Christ was upon the earth, He went
down into Jordan to be baptized. As He came up out
of the water, "the heavens were opened, and He saw the







THE TREE. 23

too; and we say There is plenty of room in this beautiful
shadow! come and share with us !"

But we read in Scripture also of

THE TREES THAT WILL BE CUT DOWN.
(Psalm xxxvii. 35, 36; Matthew iii. 10; Luke iii. 9; Luke
xiii. 7; Eccles. xi. 3; Job. xxiv. 20; Daniel iv. 14.)
The wicked may live a little while here, and prosper, but
they will soon "be cut down." It is only the child of God
who has ETERNAL LIFE, and so can live for ever and for ever!


TJ-IE FOOT.
The Lord Jesus Christ is compared to the "root of Jesse"
(Isaiah xi. 10; chap. liii. 2; Revelation v. 5; chap. xxii. 16.)
The ROOT supplies the tree with sap from the earth.
Without the Root the tree would be quite dead. It would
be no better than a stick, or a long pole. The Root makes
it firm. The cedars of Lebanon wrap and twine their long
fibrous roots about the strong rocks; and no storm can shake
them, they are so firm. The Lord would like us to be
"rooted and grounded in love." (Ephesians iii. 17; Romans
xi. 18; Proverbs xii. 3; Isaiah xxvii. 6; Colossians ii. 7.)
All these verses show that we ought not to be satisfied with







THE LAMP. 53

great army, and were letting their little Lamps shine for
Him.
Second, because we must be very brave and not afraid of
what any other boy or girl may say when we are trying to do
right. We must go straight forward, like Gideon's men, and
God will take care of us.
"Ask the Saviour to help you .
He will carry you through."
"Resist the devil, and he will flee from you."

What is the Lamp that God wants you to carry about with
you wherever you go ? You will find an answer to that
question in
Psalm cxix. 105; and
2 Samuel xxii. 29.
Proverbs vi. 23.
Isaiah lxii. i.
God's word will always give us light even in the very
darkest hours, and in the most perplexing circumstances. In
that precious book we find a sure guide. Jesus said, Search
the Scriptures, for in them ye think ye have eternal life, and
they are they which testify of Me." (John v. 39.)
Moses and Aaron took charge of these Lamps. They were
in the tabernacle, and were made of pure, beaten gold. They
were never to be useless, but always lighted.








158 THE LAMB.

mind, and makes us very unhappy. Then we know that we
do not deserve Heaven. We do not even deserve happiness
here, for we are full of sin, and have often grieved away the
Holy Spirit. We ought to be punished, but we want to be
forgiven. What shall we do? God's justice must be
satisfied; and in His love He yearns over us, that we may
have His BLESSING. So God has provided for us a SUBSTI-
TUTE; and now, in answer to our question, "Where is the
Lamb ?" the answer is given us in the Gospel of St John i. 29.
"Behold the Lamb of God, that taketh away the'sin of the
world!" That Lamb is JESUS. He has taken the load of
sin upon Himself, that WE may be FREE !
Isaiah liii.
Acts viii. 32.
Heb. ix. 12 to 14.
Read
I Peter i. 19.
Revelation v. 6, 12.
Revelation vii. 10, 14.

Neither the "knife nor the "fire" can harm us, if our
trust is wholly in the Lord Jesus Christ.

"Jesus! Thy blood and righteousness
My beauty are,-my glorious dress;
'Midst flaming worlds in these arrayed,
With joy shall I lift up my head."














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TJ-IE VIJ\E.

HE VINE is a very delicate, clinging plant. It
has long twining tendrils that always stretch out
seeking some support; and if there is no wall, or
lattice work, or stem for them to take hold of, the Vine trails
along the ground clinging to the earth. We all know that the
Vine can bear delicious fruit, if it is of a good kind, and
properly cared for. It has also great quantities of large green
leaves growing on its branches.
In John xv. I to 9, the Lord Jesus Christ compares HIM-
SELF to the Vine, saying in the first verse, "I am the true
Vine, and my Father is the husbandman." His PEOPLE are like
the branches; and their HOLINESS like thefruit. If a branch
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TO MY GODCHILD

HELEN ELIZABETH EVELYN.








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Then let our songs abound,
And every tear be dry;
We're marching through Immanuel's ground,
We're marching through Immanuel's ground,
To fairer worlds on high,
To fairer worlds on high.






136 STONES.

may live near to Jesus, and that you may have a conscience at
rest, "sprinkled with His blood," and the bright angels watch-
ing over you.
TWELVE STONES were taken by Joshua's command from the
bed of the river Jordan, and placed on the other side, as a
lasting memorial of the miracle that had been wrought when
the waters were divided to let all the people pass through.
Those "twelve Stones" were put in Gilgal to remind the
Israelites of their entrance into Canaan. (Joshua iv.) This
shows us that God likes us to REMEMBER His goodness to us,
and often to look back and thank Him for all He has done
for us. There were twelve Stones," one for each tribe. On
your Birthday, would it not be nice to thank God for all His
goodness to you ? and to choose a text as a Birthday Text,
and often look at it during the year ? This would be a sort of
memorial Stone to you, reminding you of God's promises, and
of His loving-kindness.
MEMORIAL STONES were set up by
Jacob Genesis xxviii. 22.

JosJosha J Joshua iv. 5.
(Joshua xxiv. 27.

Samuel i Samuel vi. 18.
rI Samuel vii. 12.
MOSES sat upon a Stone, and lifted up his arms in prayer,







BOOK. 49

Book of Remembrance, .Malachi iii. 16.
F Philippians iv. 3.
Book of Life, .. Revelations xx. 12.
SRevelations xxi. 27.
Book of Law, Joshua i. 8.
Book of Judgment, Revelations xxii. 18.
The Book of Remembrance teaches us that God loves to
hear His people talking together of Himself.
The Book of Life shows us that no one's name, who is a
humble child of God, can ever be lost, but it is treasured up till
the last great day, and will be found registered in God's great
record, among the happy names of those who have eternal life.
In Acts xix. 19, we read that many of the Jews and Greeks
dwelling in Ephesus, who heard Paul preach, and saw his
miracles, and "believed," and "confessed," brought their
idolatrous Books together, and burnt them before all men."
When they believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, they renounced
all their wicked doings publicly.

More love to Thee, O Christ,
More love to Thee:
Hear Thou the prayer I make
On bended knee;
This is my earnest plea-
More love, O Christ, to Thee !
More love to Thee !
More love to Thee !
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THE SHIP. 75

is in great danger, for if the water comes in very much she
will sink, and the people on board will be drowned.
There was once a large yard in which some large, beautiful
Ships were being built. Hundreds of workmen were hewing,
and cutting, and planing, and fitting, and hammering at the
wood for these Ships. Presently one man said to another,
" This plank is worm-eaten. Shall I put it in ? or throw it
away ?" Oh it will do well enough," said the other man,
"put it in with the others." The great Ship was finished, and
launched out into the great ocean. It was famed for its
beauty, and for its swift sailing. Many voyages it made
right across the sea, from one country to another. But one
day, a cry was heard,-" The Ship is filling with water,"-and
in a few minutes there was no mistake about it! the water
was rushing fast into her bottom. Every hand was called to
the pumps, the men worked hard, but it was all of no use;
the whole Ship sank, and only a few of the men on board were
saved. The little worm had been slowly and surely doing
its work all these years. That rotten plank had done the
mischief. LITTLE SINS are very like that little worm. They
often have very small beginnings, but if you let them go on
without being checked, they will ruin you bye and bye.
That is why you should be very thankful to your father and
mother and the kind friends who teach you, because they







METALS. 113

because it reminds us that, as a workman sharpens his tools
by rubbing them against another piece of Iron, so it pleases
God that His children should talk together of His Name, and
of His Word, and of His loving-kindness; and that by meet-
ing together they cheer each other on the way; and holy
conversation, and prayer, and praise, are very good for us all,
-they keep us from getting useless, or unused, like the rusty
Iron!
Come ye that love the Lord,
And let your joys be known;
Join in a song with sweet accord,
Join in a song with sweet accord,
And thus surround the throne,
And thus surround the throne.

Let those refuse to sing
Who never knew our God;
But children of the heavenly King,
But children of the heavenly King,
Must speak their joys abroad,
Must speak their joys abroad.

The hill of Zion yields
A thousand sacred sweets,
Before we reach the heavenly fields,
Before we reach the heavenly fields,
Or walk the golden streets,
Or walk the golden streets.
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156 THE LAMB.











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T-I E jVM B.
HE Lamb was much used for the first Four
Thousand years of this world's history as the
sacrifice, or atonement, for man's sin. A Lamb,
white, and pure, without blemish, was brought to the High
Priest, and offered by him upon the Brazen Altar. Its blood
was sprinkled, and its flesh burnt. The sin of the one who
brought this offering was confessed, and when the smoke
ascended he was forgiven. We first hear of the Lamb







THE VINE. 67

All this Jesus has done for us. He has "placed us in the
fruitful hill" of privilege. Everything we want we may
have from Him; His word is our treasure; He is always
near to feed and supply us. The "sun of Righteousness"
shines upon us; the rain and dew of His Holy Spirit are
ready to water us that we may grow, and prosper, and bring
forth fruit. He has "fenced" our lives with His laws, pre-
cepts, commands. These laws are our greatest protection.
We should say every day, Lord, what wilt THOU have me
to do ? He "planted it with the choicest Vine." This is no
other than the Lord Jesus Christ Himself. He is our life.
We can do nothing without Him. He is the fairest of the
sons of men. He is dwelling in our midst to do us good.
He built a tower "-this is the watch tower. Watch and
pray that ye enter not into temptation," Jesus says. Every
field in the east has a small tower in the middle of it, where a
boy sits to drive away the crows, or any robbers that may
come, or the wild beasts that would trample down the tender
plants. Satan "goeth about as a roaring lion, seeking whom
he may devour." We must watch and pray that he may not
destroy us with his cruel devices. He "made a winepress
therein." This may mean trial. Every one of the Lord's
own children must be bruised and crushed. Their will must
be broken. They must have crosses and trials, that the sweet







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STICKS.

HEN Elijah was in danger from the anger of King
Ahab, and Jezebel, his queen, God commanded
him to go and find food and shelter in the house
of a widow of Zarephath. He went to the "gate of the
city," and there he found the poor widow gathering Sticks,
that she might bake a last little cake for herself and for
her son. It was a time of famine. She did not know
where she could get more food, and so she thought she
would never require to gather any more Sticks to make
her fire burn. But the poor widow little knew what good
things God had in store for her! Elijah was coming to
her house, and soon there would be no more want. Fear
not," Elijah said, "for thus saith the Lord God of Israel,
The barrel of meal shall not waste, neither shall the cruse
I








THE GATE. 17


"There is a Gate that stands ajar,
And through its portals gleaming
A radiance from the cross afar,
The Saviour's love revealing.

Oh, depth of mercy can it be
That Gate was left ajar for me?
For me, for me, for me, for me?
Was left ajar for me?

"That Gate ajar stands free for all
Who seek through it salvation;
The rich and poor, the great and small,
Of every tribe and nation.

"Press onward then, though foes may frown,
While mercy's Gate is open;
Accept the cross, and win the crown,
Love's everlasting token.

"Beyond the river's brink we'll lay
The cross that here is given,
And bear the crown of life away,
And love Him more in heaven."










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THE 7REE. 27

A poor woman once took a little offering of half-a-crown to a
missionary meeting; and when the clergyman asked her
whether she could spare so much money for the missions to
the heathen people in India, she said, "Oh! yes! we sell a
great many gooseberries in summer; and I always put aside
the fruit of one bush, that we may give it to the Lord. The
gooseberries on that bush were sold for half-a-crown this year;
and I want that half-crown to be spent in Bibles for the poor
people who have never learnt of Him." We should always
give to the Lord a part of our possessions every year, as a token
of our gratitude for His wonderful goodness to us. (Numbers
xiii. 26, 27; Leviticus iii. 39, 40 (see margin); Deuteronomy
xxvi. 2, 9, lo; Nehemiah x. 35, 37; Exodus xxii. 29.)
Like the Olive Leaf, the Fruit was a TOKEN OF GOOD in
Deuteronomy i. 25.
Fruit is spoken of in the Bible very often as a TYPE OF
HOLINESS. These are some of the verses-
(Proverbs viii. 19; Luke xx. o0; Colossians i. 6;
Proverbs xviii. 20; John iv. 36; Proverbs xii. 12;
Proverbs xxxi. 31; Romans vi. 22; Hebrews xii. I ;
Isaiah xxvii. 6; Galatians v. 22 ; Matthew iii. 8;
Isaiah Ivii. 19; Hebrews xiii. 15; Matthew vii. 16;
Hosea xiv. 8; James iii. 18; Luke viii. 15 ;
Matthew xii. 33; Hosea ix. 16; Matthew xxi. 41, 43.)







142 STONES.

Omega, the First and the Last. All our hopes, and all our
life, and all our work, must depend entirely upon Him, or they
will fail. It would not be wise to live- in a crumbling, totter-
ing house, nor in a house that had not a good foundation.
Yet there is many a boy and girl who is trying to-day to set
out in life WITHOUT JESUS Just think of that! What a sad
life! What failures and troubles will be built up on that false
foundation! Do NOT let it be your case; but BEGIN life by
asking THE LORD to bless you in everything you do, and ever
to be with you.
Some people's hearts are said to be like Adamant Stone,"
so hard, so set against God's love, and His blessed will.
"They refused to hearken, and pulled away the shoulder, and
stopped their ears that they should not hear. Yea! they
made their hearts like an Adamant Stone, lest they should
hear the law, and the words which the Lord of Hosts hath
sent in His Spirit, by the former prophets: therefore came a
great wrath from the Lord of Hosts."
But the Lord promises, in Ezekiel xxxvi. 26, that He "will
take away the.Stony Heart out of our flesh, and give us an
heart of flesh."
Then He will make us strong by His Spirit, and His
grace, so that we can say, For the Lord God will help me;
therefore shall I not be confounded: therefore have I set my







THE HOUSE. 39

Jesus Christ talks to you and me just as the kind mother
talked to her little boy. He tells us that if we are His
children, there is a beautiful Heaven waiting for us now; and
that by-and-by there will be a new Earth, with NO SIN in it.
Lay up for yourselves treasures in Heaven, &c."
We need a House that has a SURE FOUNDATION. (Matthew
vii. 24-27.)

House of bondage. House of defence.
Exod. xiii. 3. Psalm xxxi. 2.
House of the wicked. House of the righteous.
Proverbs xiv. I. Proverbs xii. 7.
Proverbs xv. 25. Proverbs xxiv. 3.
The desolate House. The blessed House.
Matthew xxiii. 38. 2 Sam. vi. I I.
A rebellious House. House of Glory.
Ezekiel xii. 2. Isaiah Ix. 7.

Here we see a great contrast between the EVIL and the
GOOD. While the one lies under God's rebuke, the other
"inherits a blessing from Him.
In AHAB'S House there was unhappiness, because there was
sin. (I Kings xxi. 4.)
In the House of SAUL, deatk. (i Chron. x. 6.)







70 THE VINE.

But, nothing daunted, the loving mother still toiled away at her
spinning wheel, and soon she had three half crowns. This
precious little store of hard-earned silver she took once more
to the door from which she had twice been driven. This
time she knocked, and knocked again. Careworn she looked,
and weary, a troubled, anxious woman. The door opened
-but who stood there? not the gardener this time, but
a Lady. Her lovely face and gracious manner soothed,
instead of terrifying, the poor stranger. "What do you
want ?" asked the Lady in her gentle voice, and smiled so
sweetly that the poor woman found courage to reply that she
greatly desired one bunch of the grapes for her sick daughter,
and holding out her hand showed that she had brought three
half crowns for its purchase. In a few moments the weeping
mother had the joy of seeing many bunches of the rich,
luscious grapes laid in her apron from the hand of the Lady
-who was truly the owner of the fruit. Take them," she
said, "and welcome." No not the money," she continued,
when once more the half crowns were laid down before her,
"take back your money. I am not a gardener. I am a
Princess; and when I give, I give FREELY." What joy
entered the humble cottage that afternoon! when the gift,
enriched by kind words and loving smiles, was laid before the







88 METALS.

How many times is gold spoken of in the account of the
building of the Temple ? (See i Kings vi. vii.)
Eliezer brought to Rebekah beautiful golden gifts, when he
came to win her for Isaac (Genesis xxiv. 22, 30, 53.) How
surprised Rebekah must have been to receive such presents
from a stranger! But she did not refuse them; she accepted
the gifts, and she accepted the invitation to return with
Eliezer, and become Isaac's wife. She said, I will go;" and
then she went away from all her own friends and relations to
a strange land, because she believed that Isaac was good and
great. She believed Eliezer's story, and took the golden
presents as a token of the good things that lay before her in
the other land. And she was not disappointed! The
promises and the blessings God gives us here are just little
tokens of the glorious home that is being prepared for His
people.
We read that in that Home there will be crowns of gold
(Revelations iv. 4), and streets of gold (Revelations xxi. 21.)
Would you not like to belong to that Home ? Would you
not like to have God's riches that will endure for ever and for
ever? Then you must accept His precious promises Now.
They are being offered to you by His servants, as Eliezer
offered the treasures to Rebekah. Make God's word YOUR
OWN. Say "That little verse is for ME; and this little







THE TREE. 25

rews x. 23.) If the tree be in full life, its Leaf is fresh and
green, and plentiful. (Psalm i. 3; Jeremiah xvii. 8; Ezekiel
xlvii. 12.) If the tree be dead, the Leaf will fade. (Isaiah i. 30;
Ezekiel xvii. 9.) The Leaf without fruit is spoken of as an
empty profession. (Matthew xxi. 9g; Mark xi. 13.) What
does this teach us ? That if we live near to Jesus, and love
His Holy word, and trust in Him, and pray to Him, every-
body will see that we belong to Him. We shall not be
ashamed to talk about the Lord Jesus; and we shall love to
give up any company or pleasure where His name is not
honoured. We shall like to be with His people, and we shall
like to be called His children. God does not want us to be
hypocrites-but clear, and true, and open in His sight, and
before the world. In a park there once stood a large Syca-
more tree. Poor tree! it was DEAD! That tree had been
killed by a single worm! A naturalist saw the wood-worm
forcing its way under the bark one day when the tree was in
perfect health, covered with its beautiful green Leaves. He
was not believed at the time; but soon his words came true,
for the next summer the Leaves of the tree dropped off very
early; and the next year it was a dead, rotten trunk. Little
sins are very like that cruel worm. They sometimes have all
their own way, and they spoil and destroy the fair Christian
profession.








32 THE TREE.

much better it is to have love, joy, peace, longsuffering,
gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance," in our lives,
for our own happiness, and the happiness of others around us,
than to have the dreadful brambles of envy, wrath, hatred,
strife, drunkenness, revellings, and many other evil things,
constantly springing up !
The Fruits of the Spirit Are sown by God's word.
The Works of the Flesh .Are from the sinful heart.
Galatians vi. 17 to 26.
There are two kinds of Seed sown in the world; and these
two crops are growing up side by side. (Matthew xiii. 21 to
30.) Every day the great Harvest time is coming nearer and
nearer.
The one is called Good Seed.
The others are The Tares.
The two are perfectly different, and yet they often look so
much alike that you could hardly tell the difference. But
there is a great difference.
The Good Seed is The Tares are sown
planted by the Master. by the Enemy.
Sown in the daylight. Sown in the darkness.
Gathered into the Garner. Bound in bundles for burning.
The Good Seed are the The Tares are the Children
Children of the Kingdom. of the Wicked One.








THE HOUSE. 35







TJ-IE J-OUSE.
"IN MY FATHER'S HOUSE ARE MANY MANSIONS: IF IT WERE NOT SO, I WOULD
HAVE TOLD YOU. I GO TO PREPARE A PLACE FOR YOU. AND IF I GO AND
PREPARE A PLACE FOR YOU, I WILL COME AGAIN, AND RECEIVE YOU UNTO
MYSELF; THAT WHERE I AM, THERE YE MAY BE ALSO."
-John xiv. 2, 3.

HERE are a great many different kinds of Houses
in the world where we dwell-large Houses and
small Houses-old Houses and new Houses-red
brick Houses and grey stone Houses high Houses in
a street, and little cottages in a meadow, or by a country
lane. They are all different, and yet they are all built for
the same purpose, for people to live in. We should think
ourselves very unfortunate if we had no home! no roof over
our head! no warm fireside! no comfortable dwelling-place!
But the Houses here cannot last FOR EVER They will crumble
away some day. So we need a "House not made with hands,
eternal in the heavens." (2 Corinthians v. i.) What sort of
House is this that the Lord Jesus Christ speaks of in John
xiv. I ?







THE GATE. 9

Reading foolish or bad books,
Listening to foolish conversation.

(If the teacher thinks these lists are too long, some of the points can be left out.)

But though Satan is strong, and his power is great, God is
stronger, and His power is greater, for He is ALMIGHTY, and
He can give you His strength, so that you can overcome
Satan's temptations.
Do you remember any one who was kept shut up in prison,
and an angel came and brought him out?
(Children answer) Yes Peter.
You will find it in Acts xii. Look there if you can see
anything about the iron Gate."
(Children read ver. o1.)
It opened to them of its own accord." That was a most
wonderful Gate. God's hand must have been on the hinges;
and His arm was round about Peter keeping him safe in the
midst of his enemies. Where were the soldiers ? They
were all asleep. Soon Peter was amongst his own friends,
who had been praying for him all the time.
Now, we will just read about the Gate of punishment and
the Gate of blessing in
Deut. xxi., and Deut. xiv.;
and you shall tell me which you would rather go in at, If







160 THE LAMB.

Lamb, being crucified upon Calvary, punished in our stead, the
Paschal Lamb must be slain every year. Now the type is not
needed; for Jesus has done the work. He said It is finished,"
and then He died and rose again; a conqueror over sin and
the grave.
When David committed the great sin of taking to himself
Uriah's wife, Nathan the prophet was sent to him, with a
divine rebuke; and in order to show him his sin in the sight
of God, he told him the little parable in 2 Samuel xii. 4.
Selfishness, even in very little things, displeases our gracious
Heavenly Father, because He is loving to ALLJ His children,
and wants them all to be happy, and to be very loving and
kind to one another.
The Lord said that He sent forth His. people as "Lambs
among wolves;" meaning that they are to be pure and
harmless, gentle and holy, like Jesus; surrounded by foes,
and many unseen enemies, but protected by His care. (Luke
x. 3.)
Thus, He promises to "carry the Lambs in His arms."
(Isaiah xl. 2.)
And Jesus said to Peter, when he had confessed that he
loved his Master-" Feed My Lambs." (John xxi. 15.)
Do you belong to the Lord's flock ? Are you one of His
Lambs ? If not-WHY NOT ? Doesn't He call you to come to







BOOK. 43

were finished. Then Moses commanded the Levites which
bare the ark of the covenant of the Lord, Take this Book of
the Law, and put it inside the ark of the covenant of the Lord
your God, that it may be there for a witness against thee."
(Exodus xxxii. 25, 26.) The Tabernacle was divided into
three parts. In the outer court the sacrifices were offered;
in the next, which was called "The holy place," there were
the golden candlestick, and the altar of incense, and the table
of shewbread; in the next, which was called "The holy of
holies," there was only the Ark, or box made of shittim
wood, and covered with pure gold, over which there rested
the Cloud of Glory, and inside of which was placed the Book
of the Law, a Pot of Manna, and Aaron's Rod that budded.
Thus for many hundreds of years,-first in the Tabernacle,
and then in the Temple,-the Book of the Law was preserved
in the Ark beneath the mercy seat of gold, sprinkled over
seven times a year with blood, and the Shekinath, that
wondrous cloud of God's Holy presence. This shows us how
JUST and HOLY is our God! and how full of LOVE; for while
the Book of the Law was so precious that no "jot or tittle "
could be lost, yet through the BLOOD OF THE LAMB, and then
afterwards through the "precious BLOOD OF CHRIST," of whom
the Lamb was a type, there was a way of reconciliation made
for the people, and kept open for them.







38 THE HOUSE.

to his mamma with a loud sob, Oh! pussy, pussy, mamma!
what shall I do without good old puss ?" His mamma put
her arm round him, and said, "Pussy is coming too, my
darling!" Then the little boy smiled a very happy, surprised
smile. Presently his rosy face looked very sad again, and he
said, But I have left the rocking-horse behind, mamma!
and my real pony !" The rocking-horse and the pony are
both coming, my child," answered his mamma. Oh I AM
so glad!" he said, and clapped his hands. But once more
the cloud came over his smiling face, and he said, Shall I
never see my old nursery again ? This time his mamma
thought for a few minutes, and then she answered, as she
took his little hands in hers, and looked straight into his blue
eyes, "My child, you will have a large pretty new room to
play in when you get to the new House, and a lovely garden
to walk in, and beautiful green fields and meadows to run
about in. And then, when you are a young man, you can go
back to the old House if you like, for it will be all yours THEN.
And your father is going to make it all so pretty and com-
fortable and nice for you Then the little boy did nothing
but smile, and laugh, and clap his hands all the way to the
new House. He WAS so happy-for he quite believed what
his mamma said; and you will be glad to hear that he was
not disappointed, for it all came QUITE TRUE! The Lord








60 THE SHORE.









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TJ E SJ-IO E.

FOUR TIMES THE SHORE IS MENTIONED IN THE GOSPEL NARRATIVE OF THE
LIFE OF OUR SAVIOUR ON EARTH.

I. Matt. xiii. 1-2. The place of TEACHING.
2. Matt. xiii. 48. SEPARATION.
3. Mark vi. 53-56. HEALING.
4. John xxii. 4. SUPPLY.

In Acts xxvii. 39-44.
A Haven of SAFETY.
"(Ist) In Matt. xiii. 1-2, we read that JESUs was in a little







44 BOOK.

When, in after years, the people of Israel rejected the Lord
from being their king, and chose Saul, the son of Kish, their
words were written in a Book." No doubt this was asa public
record against them. Beside them were also placed the exact
prophecy of the manner in which their new king would treat
them. This was written by the hand of Samuel, and laid
up before the Lord." (I Samuel x. 25.) They made a great
mistake when they chose A MAN, and refused the LORD, for
their king Their heavenly Father had watched over them,
protected them, delivered them from their enemies, fed them,
given them water to drink out of the hard rock, and led them
safely out of the land of Egypt, through the wilderness-
notwithstanding all their murmurings-and brought them into
the land of Canaan, a good and beautiful land, "flowing with
milk and money." A great many people are now very like
the Israelites. They do not like to do God's will, and think His.
yoke must be very hard to hear. What does Jesus say?
" Take My yoke upon you, and learn of Me; for I am meek
and lowly in heart, and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
For My yoke is easy, and MY BURDEN IS LIGHT !" The Lord
is the best Guide, and the kindest Master; for He is a True
Friend. Satan, the false king, may deceive us with many a
glittering pleasure, but underneath the glitter is hid a bitter







CUP. 119













cu p.

HEN Joseph's brethren came into the land of
Egypt to buy corn, they were given all the sup-
plies that they needed, and their money returned.
But besides this, Joseph gave the command, And put my
Cup, THE SILVER CUP, in the sack's mouth of the youngest."
(Genesis xliv. 2.) Early in the morning the men were pur-
sued by messengers, who came in search of Joseph's silver
Cup. All denied the charge of having taken it; but when the
sacks were opened, the Cup was found in the one belonging
to Benjamin. In great sorrow the unhappy little party
returned to the city where Joseph dwelt; and as they told
their story in bitter grief, "Joseph could not refrain himself;"
and when he had dismissed every stranger from his presence,







THE ROCK. I75

--" Father! he said, I have taken all the nails out of the
door; but the marks they made are still there. I cannot take
them out." No, my child," his father answered, "that is
quite true; and though you may give up a bad habit, you
cannot undo all the harm it has done. You cannot take oul
the marks it has left behind."
We read once more, that the Israelites came in their
journeyings to the Rock in Horeb. This time they needed
water again ; and, strange to say, they spoke just as ungrate-
fully as before! So God came again, in His mercy and
loving-kindness, to their aid; and He told Moses to "speak to
the Rock," that water might flow forth. (Numbers xx. 8.)
Instead of doing as the Lord had told him, Moses struck the
Rock. The water came, but Moses never entered the
Promised Land. God told him that he must remain behind
while the people crossed over. And there Moses died upon
Mount Nebo. Aaron, too, was not permitted to go into
Canaan for the same reason. Moses and Aaron had both spoken
hastily and wrongly. Here God showed His displeasure
before all the people. Does this not show you that a hasty
word is not such a light thing as many people would seem to
think ? and that a disobedient act is seen and noticed by God ?
For God is just, as well as merciful. He will not allow sinful
words and actions.







134 STONES.







STOS ES.

HEN we take our walks every day, it would be
well if we were sometimes to think of the interest-
ing stories and of the great events that have
happened in the past, in connection with the most common
things that we see. When we look at the Stones lying by
the roadside, or see the great boulders of rock on the sea-shore,
or watch the little pebbles glistening in the bed of the moun-
tain stream, we may always remember the teachings of God's
Word that hang upon these, as well as other works of His
Creation.
Try to think now, that you can watch that family scene that
took place in Isaac's house, when Jacob wrongfully obtained
the blessing, by covering his hands with the skins of the kid,
and then, taking advantage of his father's blindness, professed
himself to be Esau. We know how it ended. Esau, returning
from the hunt, found his brother blessed already in his stead,
and entreated "with an exceeding bitter cry," Bless me !
even me also, O my father!" But it was too late, and to







18 THE TREE.



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TJ-IE TFEE.
HERE it stands, perfect in all its different parts-
the
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ROOT. STEM. BRANCH.
LEAF BLOSSOM FRUIT.
all complete, each having its own Divinely appointed use, and
each teaching us a lesson from God's great page of Eternal
Truth.
What can we learn from the Tree ?
We read of the TREE OF LIFE in the second chapter and in
the last chapter of the Bible. (See Gen. ii. 9; and Rev. xxii. 2 ;







78 THE SHIP.

they doing ? They are letting down the great anchor into
the bottom of the sea, that now the Ship may be quite safe
and not move any more. In Hebrews vi. 19, God tells us
that hope in Him through Christ Jesus is an anchor sure and
steadfast. It will keep our hearts quiet and safe; as King
David sang, They shall be quiet from fear of evil." Oh !
what a happy thing it is to have our ship anchored in Christ
Jesus! So safe-so secure for time and for eternity. His
love will never change. His promises are everlasting.
TRUST in the Lord.
HOPE thou in God.
REJOICE in the Lord.
This is a threefold cord not quickly broken," an anchorage
that is Divinely sure.
With such a Compass, Helm, and Anchor; and with a
Commander on board who can say, Peace be still," when
the storms rise, and the waves are high, all will be well with
you; and you can look forward to the glories of heaven by-
and-bye.
Let us find a few more verses about SHIPS in the Bible,
Genesis xlix. 13.
I Kings ix. 26.
I Kings xxii. 48, 49.
2 Chronicles xx. 35 to 37.








FRIENDS OF THE CHILDREN. xxi

language, and a few texts misquoted, you will too often find to
be their entire stock of Scripture lore. Then listen to their
mode of dealing with their classes.
Sarah Anne, say your catechism."
The child stumbles through a long string of words hopelessly
unintelligible to itself, and, perhaps, not to the head, but
certainly to the heart of the Teacher.
Now then," she continues, Mary Jane, go on with yours."
This child does not succeed so well as the first.
You are a naughty girl. You must say it better another
time. Go on, Emily, say your verses."
Thus continues the parrot-like repetition. It is true that in
after days the Children may call to mind these lessons learnt
in their early youth, and may understand them better then;
but would it not be a far better expenditure of the time and
effort, if the Teacher first learnt to understand and enter into
these words herself, and then brought an earnest, loving influ-
ence to bear upon the minds as well as the hearts of the little
ones, while she strives to impress them simply, but deeply,
with these all-important truths?
Another class of Teachers, we may recognize, as those who
are real seekers and learners themselves. They read and
pray daily, in the privacy of their own chambers, and on a
Sunday morning offer up a petition for their classes. But







11 6 THE STAR.

In the darkest period of this world's night of sin, the Lord
Jesus Christ appeared on earth, the lowly Babe of Bethlehem,
heralded by a multitude of the heavenly host, who praised
God, saying, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth
peace, goodwill to men." (Luke ii. 13.)
The Wise Men of the East came to Jerusalem, saying,
"We have seen His STAR in the East, and are come to wor-
ship Him. And lo, the Star which they saw in the East,
went before them till it came and stood over where the young
child lay. When they saw the Star, they rejoiced with ex-
ceeding great joy." (Matthew ii. 2, 9, o1.)

AS MINOR TYPES OF THE LORD'S PEOPLE.
When they have reflected abroad His glory.
"And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of
the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as
THE STARS for ever and ever." (Daniel xii. 3.)
In tropical countries the sky is of a very deep blue colour
at night, and is richly spangled all over with myriads of
STARS, sometimes single, stationary, twinkling, and sometimes
grouped together in vast masses-all this exquisite brilliancy
being visible to the naked eye.
Joseph's vision, Gen. xxxvii. 9-11.
Proof of God's power, Job xxxviii. 31-33.







62 THE SHORE.

"carried the sick "-they "laid them in the streets "-they
"besought" Him. These sorrowing and suffering ones were
in earnest, and they obtained the blessings they wanted there
and then. On this SHORE Jesus healed "as many as touched
Him."
An English proverb says, "Exceptions prove the rule."
But there were NO "exceptions" here to prove GOD'S rule.
Every one was healed. We too may bring our sorrows, our
cares, our sicknesses, our sins to Jesus. He will heal. For
"Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, to-day, and for ever."
(Heb. xiii. 6.)
(4hk) John xxi. 4-12. Here the Lord Jesus Christ ap-
peared on THE SHORE at daybreak, for the relief and SUPPLY of
His toiling disciples. It was a sad experience for them-
"that night they caught nothing"-and the Lord knew it.
So He came to bring them His benefits. Ist, He gave them
success in their work. 2nd, He provided food for them-
selves. He said, Cast the net"--" Come and dine." These
were His two commands, and in each there was fulness-in
each there was SUPPLY.
When our hearts are weary, or unhappy, or dissatisfied, let
us come to Jesus for SUPPLY. He can give us everything.
He can satisfy us. He can make us quite happy and keep
us so. He can give us great success in all our work.







14 THE GATE.

"Safe in the arms of Jesus,
Safe from corroding care,
Safe from the world's temptations,
Sin cannot harm me there.
Free from the blight of sorrow,
Free from my doubts and fears;
Only a few more trials,
Only a few more tears !
"Jesus, my heart's dear refuge,
Jesus has died for me;
Firm on the Rock of Ages
Ever my trust shall be.
Here let me wait with patience,
Wait till the night is o'er;
Wait till I see the morning
Break on the golden shore."

Jacob called the roadside the "Gate of Heaven." Why?
Because the Lord .came and met him there, and placed the
golden "ladder" between him and the Holy Father, against
whom he had sinned. There God talked with Jacob, and
promised to bless him. (Genesis xxviii. 17.) Wherever we
go, when we stay at home, or when we lie down at night, we
may always be near the "Gate of Heaven," as Jacob was
that night, because if we are God's forgiven children, trusting
in His promise, and obeying His laws, we may always have
His blessing through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us,
and "ever liveth to make intercession" for His people.







xx TO THE PARENTS, TEACHERS, AND

and minds of those whom God has honoured us by putting
within reach of our influence !
When we see the foolishly-dressed, flaunting, flirting, giddy
girls, that are positively entrusted with classes in our Sunday
Schools, it certainly seems high time that we should awake to
our responsibilities. Girls they too often are who have not
the slightest love for the Bible, and who on Sunday (when
they enjoy a temporary respite from their weekly occupations)
have not an idea beyond their feathers, flowers, earrings, smart
clothes, and the young men they are going to meet. What a
direful influence their very presence must exert upon the
Children of the Sunday School! Such girls have no business
to be within those precincts. By their own confession they are
not followers of Jesus-how can they lead the Children to
follow Him?
But take another class of Teachers, and perhaps, in some:
Sunday Schools, a more frequent one. These are quiet, neatly-
dressed, well-disposed young women, who like to be obliging,
and who at any rate look very suitable for their chosen avoca-
tion of Sunday School Teacher." But question them, and
you will find their knowledge of Scripture singularly faulty.
The vaguest idea of a few of the most striking Scripture
biographies, clothed by their own thoughts in their own







THE SHEEP AND SHEPHERD. 167


THE SHEPHERD WILL

Search Bring them. out from the
SHis Feed them. people, in to
Seek out
Deliver Sheep. Cause them to lie their own
Deliver I
J down in a good fold. land.

Bind up the broken.
Strengthen the sick.
Destroy the evil.
Set up a Shepherd over them.
Make them a covenant of peace.
Cause the evil beasts to be driven away.
Make them a blessing.
Why ?
Because-
"And ye My flock, the flock of My pasture, are men, and I
am your God, saith the Lord God."
When Micaiah the prophet warned Ahab that he could
not have success in going to fight against Syria, because the
Lord's blessing was not with him, he said, I saw all Israel
scattered upon the hills, as Sheep that have not a Shepherd:
and the Lord said, These have no master; let them return
every man to his house in peace." (I Kings xxii. 17.)







FRIENDS OF THE CHILDREN xv

"a few words had been said about the importance of first laying
"a good foundation when a House was in building, and asking
the Children if they had ever noticed a hole being dug before
any stones or bricks were used in the new Houses that were
built close by, it was very easy from their own answers to draw
out the extreme simplicity and conciseness of the Lord's own
teaching on the subject-" If any man heareth My words and
doeth them."
But we have got so much to do, that we must only spend
a very few minutes over each verse," I said. So we will find
another in 2 Corinthians v."
When this was read, and one or two questions asked about
it, another was found in Hebrews iii.
Soon the Children began themselves to choose and find
verses, and after some little time had been spent on considering
the various teachings to be derived from the Scripture use of
the word House," we proceeded to examine its different parts
in a similar way.
Foundation.
Walls.
Roof.
Door.
Windows.
Rooms.







FRIENDS OF THE CHILDREN. xxix

answer that it would be difficult to obtain such a Lecturer.
But surely in every town there must be one person who is
a good Teacher! and if not, so much the more need of getting
one from a distance. No doubt the different Sunday School
Unions in the country would gladly send out such persons,
if their expenses were paid, and if they could collect good
audiences, and if they could really feel that they were helping
on the great cause, by such an effort. I feel certain myself,
that such an organization is needed quite as much as those
for Mission work and evangelization. A Teacher's choir too,
who would sing nice, cheerful, inspiriting Hymns on these
occasions-such as

"To the work! to the work! we are servants of God,
Let us follow the path that our Master has trod;
With the balm of His counsel our strength to renew,
Let us do with our might what our hands find to do.

"Toiling on, toiling on,
Toiling on, toiling on,
Let us hope and trust,
Let us watch and pray,
And labour till the Master comes."
Or,
Call them in '-the poor, the wretched,
Sin-stained wanderers from the fold;
Peace and pardon freely offer;
Can you weigh their worth with gold ?"







68 THE VINE.

submission, love, and humility, and every other gracious virtue
may flow forth. The winepress crushes the beautiful grapes;
it bruises them. So Christ was bruised "for our iniquities."
We read in Isaiah lxiii. that He trod the winepress alone;"
and now He calls on us to be patient and gentle, and bear the
crosses He sends to us. ALL THIS the gracious, Heavenly
Father does for His people, and then He "looks that they
should bring forth" fruit.
An evil Vine is mentioned in Deuteronomy xxxii. 32,
"Their Vine is as the Vine of Sodom, and of the fields of
Gomorrah; their grapes, are grapes of gall, their clusters are
bitter: their wine is the poison of dragons, and the cruel
venom of asps." This is very different from the holy Vine
planted by the Lord. We should ask ourselves very earnestly,
" To which of these two classes do I belong ? to the evil or
the holy ? The Lord is looking to see what fruit we bear.
In Jeremiah ii. 21 He grieves over the "degenerate plant of
the strange Vine;" and in Hosea x. I, Israel is spoken of
as "an empty Vine." In James iii. 12 the question is asked,
" Can a Vine bear figs?" and in Zechariah viii. 12 the Lord
Himself promises, "your Vine shall give her fruit."
Just as the fruit of the Vine is very refreshing, beautiful to
look upon, and sweet to taste, so it is with the True Vine.
His words, His love, His sympathy, His friendship, His







FRIENDS OF THE CHILDREN. xxv

them for others. Then the Sunday Teacher's Magazine,"
the "Sunday School Institute," Stow's Bible Training,"
" Illustrative Gatherings," Newton's Bible Compass," and
other delightful expositions for Children, with many others of
a similar kind, should be studied, and re-studied,-made OUR
OWN, in fact, by actual research, simple though they are I and
stored into our memory. These authors and Teachers, of
whom I have only quoted a very few, have been notedly suc-
cessful in securing the interest and attention of the Adults
and Children whom they have taught, and therefore are worthy
of our humble, studious appreciation.
6th. Objects, Models, Pictures, Diagrams, are all invalu-
able for helping, in the first instance, and afterwards in keep-
ing up the interest of a class. These give us Two great
advantages. They appeal to the EYE as well as EAR; and
thus you have TWO CHANNELS instead of ONE, whereby you
may reach your audience. I remember on one occasion,
when reading the first eleven verses of Matthew xxv. to a
large, crowded meeting of working people, I showed them a
specimen of a little Eastern lamp, explaining to them how it
was used. Numbers of them thanked me for it afterwards,
and said they had never understood the passage so well
before. You could have seen, by their intense interest at the
time, that this was no wasted effort; and for long after, their
C








54 THE LAMP.

(I Samuel iii. 3.) Samuel used to help Eli to keep the
beautiful Lamps burning in the temple. It was the little work
he had learned to do for Jesus. Will you serve the Lord, and
do some work for Him ?
Exodus xxvii. 20.
Exodus xxv. 37.
Numbers viii. 2, 3.
(i Kings vii. 49.) Solomon made Lamps of gold for the
Temple.
Did you ever see a lighthouse ? It is very tall, and very
high, like this picture,








144 STONES.

Now, we have only one more Stone to talk about; that is,
THE WHITE STONE,
of which we are 'told in Revelation ii. 17. He that
hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the
churches: To him that overcometh will I give to eat of
the hidden manna, and I will give him a WHITE STONE, and
in that Stone a new name written, which no man knoweth
saving he that receiveth it." This is after all the battles of
life have been fought, and the victory won. Only those will
get this mark of their King's favour who have followed
their Captain, and in His strength resisted Satan, their great
adversary, in his many temptations; and by His grace over-
come, instead of yielding to, the "sins that so easily beset
them" on their journey here.
Will You receive that Stone ? The promise is to You; the
strength is for You; the invitation is to You. Is the REWARD,
waiting for YOU ?

The world looks very beautiful,
And full of joy to me :
The sun shines out in glory
On everything I see;
I know I shall be happy
While in the world I stay,
For I will follow Jesus-
All the way.



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STICKS. 133

"Jesus, my heart's dear refuge,
Jesus has died for me;
Firm on the Rock of Ages
Ever my trust shall be.
Here let me wait with patience,
Wait till the night is o'er;
Wait till I see the morning
Break on the golden shore."







STICKS. 13

when it is that true, sincere love which is based upon God's
holy law.

David and Jonathan, Samuel xviii.
Peter and John, John xx. ii.
Philip and Nathanael, John i. 45.

And many others of whom we read in Scripture were very
happy, loving friends. JESUS CHRIST was the chief friend of
each, and so their friendship with one another was very strong
and EVERLASTING.
Numbers xv. 32-41, tells us a sad story of Sabbath-
breaking and its severe punishment. Though people are now
no longer stoned to death for neglecting to keep the Jewish
law of the Sabbath, yet GOD'S WILL and GOD'S HOLINESS never
change through all the ages and we see by this little story
that God would have us keep ONE DAY in the SEVEN HOLY-
seeking on that day His pleasure, His house, His word, His
Teaching, instead of selfish thoughts and words, and self-
pleasing occupations.
Acts xxviii. 1-6, shows us how God's delivering care
is over his own people. He watches over them and will not
let them have one trouble more than he sees to be for their
food. Here the viper came out of the burning Sticks and
fastened on the Apostle's hand. But could it harm him when











50 BOOK.



"Once earthly joy I craved,
Sought peace and rest;
Now Thee alone I seek,
Give what is best.
This all my prayer shall be-
More love, 0 Christ, to Thee !
More love to Thee !
More love to Thee !

"Let sorrow do its work,
Send grief and pain;
Sweet are Thy messengers,
Sweet their refrain,
When they can sing with me-
More love, 0 Christ, to Thee !
More love to Thee !
More love to Thee !

"Then shall my latest breath
Whisper Thy praise,
This be the parting cry
My heart shall raise-
This still its prayer shall be-
More love, 0 Christ, to Thee !
More love to Thee !
More love to Thee !"








I28 CUP.



More gratitude give me,
More trust in the Lord;
More pride in His glory,
More hope in His word;
More tears for His sorrows,
More pain at His grief;
More meekness in trial,
More praise for relief.

More purity give me,
More strength to o'ercome;
More freedom from earth-stains,
More longings for home :
More fit for the kingdom,
More used would I be;
More blessed and holy,
More, Saviour, like Thee !







o16 METALS.

Stand up for Jesus, Christian, stand!
Firm as a rock on ocean's strand !
Beat back the waves of sin that roll,
Like raging floods, around thy soul!

Stand up for Jesus, nobly stand !
Firm as a rock on ocean's strand !
Stand up, His righteous cause defend;
Stand up for Jesus, your best Friend.

Stand up for Jesus, Christian, stand !
Sound forth His name o'er sea and land!
Spread ye His glorious Word abroad,
Till all the world shall own Him Lord!

Stand up for Jesus, Christian, stand !
Lift high the cross with stedfast hand !
Till heathen lands, with wondering eye,
Its rising glory shall descry.

Stand up for Jesus, Christian, stand!
Soon with the blest immortal band
We'll dwell for aye, life's journey o'er,
In realms of light on heaven's bright shore.



OOppEE

is only once mentioned in the Bible. In the Book of Ezra
viii. 27, we read that amongst the offerings there were "two
vessels of fine Copper, precious as gold."







THE ROCK. 177

it by fire. The fire came down and consumed it. (Judges
vi. 20, 21.)
Jonathan climbed up between the Rocks on his hands -and
feet, followed only by his faithful armour-bearer, to fight the
garrison of the Philistines. (i Samuel xiv. 4, 13-and whole
chapter.) This is a deeply-interesting and wonderful story.
This brave young Prince gained the victory. God gave him
the courage, and the strength; and he was enabled to over-
come that host of enemies. When he was almost fainting,
some honey that dropped from the trees was his food; and
this strange meal supported and revived him at the time,
though afterwards it nearly cost him his life! For Saul had
sworn that no man should eat food that day until the
Philistines had been conquered. When the evening came,
Jonathan was found guilty, and might have been slain, but he
was so great a favourite with the people that they all stood
manfully by him, and would not allow their gallant defender
to fall a victim to his father's cruel caprice.
Very often the Rocks Numbers xxiii.
L Numbers xx11. 9.
were used as fortresses.
And often the caves in the .
Rocks were used as i Sam. xiii. 6; i Sam. xxiii. 5.
Rocks were used as I
S.Isaiah xxxii. o10; Job xxx. 6.
hiding-places in times .
I Kings xix. 9; Isaiah ii. 1o.
of danger. J M
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86 THE EAGLE.


Does the gospel word proclaim
Rest for those that weary be?
Then, my soul, advance thy claim-
Sure that promise speaks to thee !
Marks of grace I cannot show,
All polluted is my best;
But I weary am, I know,
And the weary long for rest.

Burdened with a load of sin,
Harassed with tormenting doubt,
Hourly conflicts from within,
Hourly crosses from without;
All my little strength is gone,
Sink I must without supply,
Sure upon the earth is none
Can more weary be than I.

In the ark the weary dove
Found a welcome resting-place,
Thus my spirit longs to prove
Rest in Christ, the Ark of grace.
Tempest-tossed I long have been,
And the flood increases fast;
Open, Lord, and take me in,
Till the storm be overpast.









100 METALS.


SILVER TRUMPETS

were used by Moses and Aaron to call the people together in
the wilderness. (Numbers x. I to Io.) These trumpets
were blown to

Call the people together.
For an alarm.
And in the day of gladness.

How solemn was their sound! How eagerly the people
must have listened to their notes! So God still speaks to us
through His own word. The sound is true and clear. There
are no false notes there. Let us listen to Him, and love His
voice, and willingly OBEY His CALL!

In some way or other
The Lord will provide:
It may not be my way,
It may not be thy way;
And yet, in His own way,
The Lord will provide."

At some time or other
The Lord will provide:
It may not be my time,
It may not be thy time;
And yet in His own time,
The Lord will provide."







18o THE ROCK.

and success. A young man who was at college, and who had
been very clever and very strong, but not a servant of the
great Captain, was well known among the other men, and
very popular amongst them. At last his heart became changed.
He saw what a sinner he was, and learnt how much he owed
to the Lord Jesus for His death upon the Cross eighteen
hundred years ago, and His tender love and intercession now;
and in return, he was quite determined to show his love and
gratitude, by leading a new life. So he went and got a card
printed, WHAT WOULD JESUS HAVE ME DO ? and put it upon
his mantle-piece. Constantly he would look at his motto, and
be reminded by it of His great calling, and His High Example.
When other men would invite him to come and walk with
them in a very different path from that in which the Lord
would have us walk, he would answer them by pointing to
the words written in large letters over his mantle-piece. They
could not answer this; and no doubt, in their hearts, they
were obliged to acknowledge that he was RIGHT.
On the day that Jesus Christ was crucified, and died, He
was buried in a new "sepulchre hewn out in the Rock"
(Matthew xxvii. 60); and at the moment that He gave up the
ghost, "the earth did quake, and the Rocks rent" (verse 51).
When He comes to judge the earth, many people will call to the
Rocks and to the mountains, saying, Fall on us, and hide







THE TREE. 33

So you see there is no middle class in God's sight.
Every one in this world is either born again a child of the
Heavenly kingdom, or quite unchanged in heart, "dead in
trespasses and sins."
Then there was the little grain of mustard Seed sown in
the ground. It was very small at first, but afterwards became
a great tree that could give shelter to all the birds that
flocked to its branches. (Matthew xiii. 25.)
God's Holy, life-giving Word is spoken of as the Seed, in
Isaiah lv.
And in Ecclesiastes xii., and Psalm cxxv., we find that we
may have the honour of being the Seed sowers.
"Sowing the Seed by the dawnlight fair,
Sowing the Seed by the noonday glare;
Sowing the Seed by the fading light,
Sowing the Seed in the solemn.night:
Oh, what shall the harvest be?
Oh, what shall the harvest be?
Sown in the darkness or sown in the light,
Sown in our weakness or sown in our might;
Gathered in time or eternity,
Sure, ah sure, will the harvest be!
Sowing the Seed by the wayside high,
Sowing the Seed on the rocks to die;
Sowing the Seed where the thorns will spoil,
Sowing the Seed in the fertile soil:
Oh, what will the harvest be?
C







THE DOVE. 83

The TURTLE-DOVES were to be brought as sacrifices to the
Lord.
Leviticus xiv. 22.
Luke ii. 24.
Genesis xv. 9.







90 METALS.

very likely he would forget, or change his mind, and so it was
of no use. I know what I should like-a very nice Pilgrim's
Progress, with beautiful coloured pictures in it. But I shall
not ask for it. It is not worth while." By-and-by, the kind
father came home again, and he called out, Mary! Johnnie!
Emmie! Janie! Come here, and get your presents. There,
my Mary, is your canary. You know I PROMISED it to you."
And he gave Mary her pretty little yellow canary in a shining
gilt cage, with a little drawer for its food, and a dish for its
water. Soon it began to sing, and Mary was so happy, she
kissed her papa and thanked him for his present. Johnnie
was given his spade, Emmie her hoop, and Janie her new
doll. Only Charlie was left out. How sorry he was! he
was very much disappointed. Tears ran down his cheeks,
and he said, I thought after all that papa would bring me
something that I should like too!" But you see he was a
foolish little boy because he would not ask, when his father
told him to ask. HE DID NOT MAKE USE OF HIS FATHER'S
PROMISE. So when the others were satisfied and happy, he
was crying and very UNHAPPY. You must not treat GOD'S
promises in His word as the foolish little boy treated his kind
father's promise! and so lose all the good things H'e is willing
to give to you for His dear Son's sake.







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METALS. 109

the side of right-fighting against the wrong-then we are on
God's side; and if HE is our Friend, He will be our Protector,
our Commander, our Guide; and "will afterwards receive us to
glory." (Psalm lxxiii. 24.) Only let us take care always to
live beneath His banner, using His shield as our safeguard;
remembering that we are weak, but that He is strong, and
that His strength is made perfect in our weakness." (2
Corinthians iv. 12.) We are too weak to fight against the sin
of our own hearts, and against Satan, that great enemy, by
ourselves! Many people try to do this, and that is the reason
why so many men and women, and boys and girls, get dis-
couraged. They try to do right, and then they fail. This
mistake is the cause of their failure. They think, I am strong
enough to fight by myself to-day !" and then they have a
dreadful fall. Satan is too powerful for them.
A beautiful PROMISE was given to the tribe of Asher, just
before the Israelites entered Canaan. "Thy shoes shall be
Iron and Brass; and as thy days, so shall thy strength be."
(Deuteronomy xxxiii. 25.) If our shoes are made of Iron, no
stones on the road can hurt us; and they can never wear out!
So God's promise and God's strength are EVERLASTING, and
can be fitted into our lives, and made exactly suitable to our
thoughts, and feelings, and circumstances,-just as you get a
pair of shoes fitted on to your feet!












'WE STAR. 117


Worthy of our thought,. Psalmviii. 3, .
Job xxi. 12.
Appeared in creation, Gen. i. 16.
Innumerable promises Gen. xv. 5.
fulfilled, Hebrews xi. 12.
Job xxv. 5. Job xxxviii. 7.
Psalm cxxxvi. 9. Psalm cxlvii. 4.
Psalm cxlviii. 2. Joel ii. 1o.
Joel iii. 15. i Cor. xv. 41.

The whole world was lost in the darkness of sin,
The Light of the world is Jesus.
Like sunshine at noonday His glory shone in,
The Light of the world is Jesus.

Come to the Light, 'tis shining for thee;
Sweetly the Light has dawned upon me.
Once I was blind, but now I can see :
The Light of the world is Jesus.

"No darkness have we who in Jesus abide,
The Light of the world is Jesus.
We walk in the Light when we follow our Guide,
The Light of the world is Jesus.

"Ye dwellers in darkness, with sin-blinded eyes,
The Light of the world is Jesus.
Go wash at His bidding, and light will arise,
The Light of the world is Jesus.










THE LAMB. 161


Him ? Doesn't He want to take care of you, and to make
you happy now, and for ever and for ever!

There is a green hill far away,.
Without a city wall,
Where the dear Lord was crucified,
Who died to save us all.

We may not know-we cannot, tell-
What pains He had to bear;
But we believe it was for us
He hung and suffered there.

He died that we might be forgiven,
He died to make us good;
That we might go at last to heaven,
Saved by His precious blood.

There was no other good enough
To pay the price of sin;
He only could unlock the gate
Of heaven, and let us in.

Oh, dearly, dearly has He loved;
And we must love Him too,
And trust in His redeeming blood,
And try His works to do.






L







xxii TO THE PARENTS, TEACHERS, AND

they have not yet felt the responsibility of LEARNING HOW TO
TEACH. How can we learn this ?" asks one.
My answer is very easy-IN MANY WAYS !
Ist. Read, and commit to memory, and learn to understand
the Scripture itself. Take Scripture subjects, and study
them. Learn to know your Bible so well, that you know
where any verse is the moment it is quoted. Study the
Bible with a concordance. Give real thought to it, and much
prayer; and you will soon begin to drink it in,-as your
daily supply, mental and spiritual,-as your very life,-a
necessary nutrition, without which you could not exist, and
without which you will wonder you have ever lived before !
2d. Look very closely into the method of teaching used
throughout the Old Testament, and still more simple in the
New Testament, by word of mouth from our Lord Jesus
Christ. Then study the still closer reasoning, and more
intense spiritual teaching of the Epistles. Let your whole
mind, and all your thoughts, as well as your occupation of
teaching, be coloured by the only true rays of light-those
rays that proceed from the very Highest Seat of Learning.
3d. This will bring you into contact with much symbol-
ism drawn from nature. Count in one chapter alone-I
might almost say any chapter-the variety of common things
of every-day life that are there mentioned, and the great







40 THE HOUSE.

In the House of HEZEKIAH, holiness, protection, and peace.
(2 Kings xviii. 5-7; Isaiah xxxii. 17-18.)
In the House of DAVID, peace and life. (I Kings ii. 33.)
In the Houses of CORNELIUS, LYDIA, and the JAILOR, there
were prayer and praise, holiness and happiness. (Acts x.;
Acts xvi.)
Now, what are some of the things God would like to see in
our House ?

Quietness, Proverbs xvii. r.
Love, Proverbs xv. 17.
Kindness, Proverbs xxv. 24.
Contentment, I Tim. vi. 6, 8.
Control, I Tim. iii. 4.
Submission, Peter v. 5.
Sound doctrine, 2 John ix. 1o.
Hospitality, Peter iv. 9.
Faith, John iv. 53.
Praise, Ephesians v. 19.

Let us earnestly ask God every day to fill with His blessing
the House we dwell in! and then we shall be received with
joy to dwell for ever in His glorious House of "many
mansions."







xiv TO THE PARENTS, TEACHERS, AND

"Yes! Will you read it ?"
It was read, and then I asked-
"Whose House is that ?"
The House of the righteous," replied one.
Now look at Proverbs xiv. There is another verse about
a House there. Who will read it ?"
I will," said another, and it was read.
Whose House is this ?"
The House of the wicked," answered several voices.
Look at the two verses, and see what is the difference
between the two Houses."
One will be overthrown, and one will stand," answered one
of the bigger girls.
"That is very nice," I answered. You see the difference
quite plainly, because God tells us how it will be. Now, does
not that remind you of two Houses that Jesus told the people
about when He was preaching ?"
No answer came, so the question was repeated, and after a
little encouragement, some one replied-
Do you mean the House on the rock, and the other on the
sand ?"
Then all eagerly turned to Matthew vii., and the one who
said first, I have found it," was asked to read the verse.
By this time all were in the spirit of the exercise, and when







138 STONES.

the forehead of this great man all clothed in brass and iron
mail. The little smooth Stone did its work. There lay the
giant prostrate before all the assembled hosts of Israel and
Philistia, while David ran to take the sword from its sheath
that was fastened to Goliath's side, and take off his head with
it. Many a great giant may be overcome now by GOD's WORD
skilfully used. Bad habits, angry passions, unkind words,
slothful ways, unjust dealings, and many other sins, are just as
terrible as the great giant that came to meet David, for we
cannot overcome them by ourselves. We need to stoop down
into the valley of God's Holy Word, learn from the meek and
lowly Jesus, and then, by the grace that He gives, conquer the
evil that has troubled us.

STONE ROLLED AWAY.
As Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the
sepulchre where the Saviour was laid, and carried spices to
anoint His body with, they wept many bitter tears. They
had lost the One whom they loved. They were going to
visit His dead body now, they thought. But then there were all
the wicked soldiers round His grave, and there was a great
Stone at the mouth of the sepulchre; and they were but poor
weak women-how could they move it ? So they said to one
another, Who shall roll us away the Stone from the door of







THE GATE. 3

you about that Gate. Then I looked in my Bible to see
what God said about The Gate."
Look at Matthew vii. What sort of GATE do we read
about there ?
(One child reads) A straight Gate.
Yes. That is God's little Gate.
Now read what the same verse tells us about the other Gate.
(Another child reads) A wide Gate.
Which Gate does Jesus say you and I must enter ?
(Child answers) The straight Gate.
What does enter" mean ?
(Answer) Come in.
Does Jesus want us to go in at both Gates ?
(Answers-various) No-only one-the straight Gate.
Does any one disobey Him ? (No answer.)
Are there any people in the world who go in at the wrong
Gate ? 'Look at the verse and you will see.
(Child reads) For wide is the Gate, and broad is the way,
that leadeth unto destruction, and many there be that go in
threatt"
How many people go in to the straight Gate ?
(Child reads) Few there be that find it."
Now, you see the difference between the two Gates.
(Answer) Yes! one is straight and the other wide.







METALS. 93

very precious, bought with His precious blood, and they must
be tried with many crosses down here (like the gold in the
furnace), to prepare them for the glorious city above. Others
teach us the same lesson of FAITH, others of HOLINESS, and
others of GOD'S WORD, and HIs RIGHTEOUSNESS and FAVOUR.
But we have some instances in Scripture of the
EVIL USE OF GOLD.
In Exodus xxxii. 2 to 4, we find that Aaron, the High
Priest, summoned the people together, and told them to bring
to him all the golden earrings that had been given to them
before they left the land of Egypt. These were brought to
him, and. out of them he made a golden calf, that they might
fall down and worship it; telling them that this was their God
who had brought them out of the enemy's country. When
Moses heard the singing, and saw the dancing at this great
festival below the mount, where he had been talking with
God, and receiving the commandment, Thou shalt not make
to thyself any graven image," he "took the calf which they
had made, and burnt it in the fire, and ground it to powder,
and strawed it upon the water, and made the children of
Israel drink of it." (Exodus xxxii. 20.) God was very angry
with the people for such a misuse of their treasures, and
punished them for it, by the death of three thousand men."
(ver. 28.)







154 BREAD.

after the long-toiling night that they had spent at sea, and
caught nothing. This gracious act helped them to recognize
Him-and they knew that it was "the Lord." (John xxi.)
And when he had fed them. there on the shore, He told Peter
to Feed the sheep," and Feed the lambs."
Elijah, too, was fed with
BREAD AND FLESH
in the morning, and Bread and flesh in the evening." Who
were the messengers that brought the Prophet this meal as he
sat alone by the brook Cherith ? Were they their bright angels
in garments of white from Heaven ? No! they were ravens
sent by God. As they came flying over the country with the
food in their mouths, no one would have, thought that they
were Elijah's servants, commissioned by God to attend upon
him. But so it was. And so it is still! Many a mercy comes
to us in a dark disguise. It looks like a terrible trial very
often,-quite as black as the Canaanite ravens. But if the
message comes from our Father's throne, it MUST BE WELL. (I
Kings xvii. 6.)
The lame Mephibosheth was permitted to
EAT BREAD
at David's table continually." (2 Samuel ix. 7.) For Jonathan's
sake he was shown this kindness, not for his own. He was
helpless, crippled; but his father was David's friend, so he







THE SHEEP AND SHEPHERD. 165

his sheep, but by the help of the name of the Lord he was
able to kill them both, and rescue his flock. This great
deliverance gave him strong courage for the future; and when
he was in the valley preparing to attack Goliath, the Philis-
tine giant, he was able to say confidently, This day will the
Lord deliver thee into my hand," (i Samuel xvii. 46); and
he had given the reason for this strong assurance when he
said to Saul, The Lord that delivered me out of the paw of
the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, He will deliver me
out of the hand of this Philistine." David must often have
thought of his helpless Sheep when he was governing the
nation of Israel. Once, when he had numbered his armies,
and so had displeased the Lord, who wanted him only to trust
in HIM, and not in the strength of his soldiers, a dreadful
pestilence was sent as a scourge into the country. Then
David entreated the Lord's forgiveness, saying, Lo, I
have sinned, and I have done wickedly: but these Sheep,
what have they done ? Let Thine hand, I pray Thee, be against
me, and against my father's house !" (2 Samuel xxiv. 17.) God
heard his intercession, and the plague was stayed.
It was DAVID, too, who sang so sweetly,-
The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh
me to lie down in green pastures: He leadeth me beside the
still waters.

I






82 THE DO VE.

when they rise up into the air and spread their wings, getting
nearer the blue sky so that the sunshine falls upon them, their
wings glisten like gold and silver. Psalm lxviii. 13. So the
Lord says His people are beautiful in His sight when they
leave behind all the dust and ashes of sin, give up naughty,
wicked ways, and evil habits, for Jesus' sake. Then they
shine in the sunbeams of His righteousness, and are glad and
happy in His love. Just like the Dove, they mount nearer
and nearer to heaven, and become quite different from what
they were when they indulged every evil passion, and lived
only for self instead of for God.

In Mark xi. 15, and Matthew xxi. 12, and John ii. 14, we
read that the Lord Jesus Christ was very much displeased
with the people who SOLD DOVEs and other merchandize in
the Temple, and drove them from it saying, "It is written, My
Father's House shall be called a house of prayer, but ye have
made it a den of thieves." Our heart is called God's temple.
We should not have anything there that He would not like.
You can pray, "Create in me a clean heart, O God; and
renew a right spirit within me." A heart unwashed in the
blood of Jesus, and without prayer, is like the disgraced
Temple, beneath God's rebuke.







178 THE ROCK.

The little Conies have the wisdom to hide themselves in
the Rocks when they see an enemy coming (Proverbs xxx.
26); and then no one can hurt them-they are perfectly safe.
Those little wild rabbits have so quick a sense of hearing, and
such swift little feet, that with the great Rocks beside them,
they have always a good defence, though they are but "a
feeble folk." They have no strength to take care of them-
selves, but they have the wisdom to make for themselves
"houses in the Rocks."
It is because the Rock is so strong a place of refuge, that
we so often find the Psalmist and other writers making
mention of
GOD AS A ROCK.
2 Sam. xxii. 2, 3. 2 Sam. xxiii. 3.
i Chron. xi. 15. Psalm xxviii. i.
Psalm xxxi. 2. Psalm lxi. 2.
Psalm lxii. 2, 7. Psalm xciv. 22.
Psalm xxvii. 5. Isaiah xxxii. i.
The Saviour tells us that the man who HEARS His Word,
and OBEYS it, is like a wise man who has built his house upon
a Rock. (Matthew vii. 24, 25.) The storms of wind and
rain cannot shake or harm it. The Rock is firm, and the
house that is built upon it is firm too. While the house that
is built upon the shifting sands of human opinion totters and







FRIENDS OF THE CHILDREN. xxvii

The Boys in my classes used to delight in one of Varty's
Bible Pictures" always shown them at the end of the hour,
just before the last Hymn was sung. On a Wednesday
evening we had always a large number of the Boys in the
same Room that we used on Sundays, and then, after looking
at Books and Pictures for half-an-hour, a story, or book of
travels, was read to them, illustrated by very large chalk draw-
ings on calico (which a scene-painter had taught me to execute
very rapidly) from any small etching or engraving. These
were in bright colours. A series of Arctic scenes, painted in
severe blue and white, from four to six feet long, always
produced the greatest delight, and deduced many questions on
the reading which accompanied it. These questions are like
music to a Teacher's ear, for they show that ideas are really
entering into the Children's minds, and that they are interested
thoroughly in the matter in hand.
7th. A pocket-book always in hand, in which you may jot
down at any time fresh thoughts that might be useful in your
work of teaching, or illustrations that you come across in your
daily life, and that you think ought to be preserved for the
purpose of elucidating Scripture truth, and bringing it into
direct contact with the hearts that the Lord has committed to
your charge. Pray that the book of nature may become to
you a living panorama of the Highest Life-the Life of Holi-







THE SHOR 6

ship, while "multitudes stood on the SHORE." The Lord
Jesus was teaching the multitudes. By means of seven
parables He brought before them the lessons He desired that
they should learn. We should come much to the Lord for
fresh teaching. He loves to give it. Line upon line, and
precept upon precept; here a little and there a little."
(2nd) The seventh parable was a picture of truth drawn
from THE SHORE.
Matt. xiii. 48. It taught SEPARATION. "They gathered
the good into vessels, and cast the bad away. So shall it be
at the end of the world." When the net was drawn to the
SHORE, the good fish were separated from the bad. The
righteous and the wicked must each take their own place at
last-the one on the right hand, and the other on the left.
See Matt. xxv.
Let us obey the command now, "Come out from among
them, and be ye SEPARATE, saith the Lord, and touch not the
unclean thing; and I will be a Father unto you, and ye shall
be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty." (2 Cor.
vi. 4.)
(3rd) Mark vi. 53-56. The place of HEALING. The
people thronged around the Lord beside the Shores of Gen-
nesaret that they might obtain HEALING for themselves and for
their friends. They "ran "-they "followed" Him-they







174 THE ROCK.

thought in connection with this wonderful gift. But they
spoke rebelliously, unbelievingly. So Amalek fought against
them. Sin always leaves its stain; and brings a punishment
with it. You may not see the punishment at the time, but it
must come. How loudly conscience must have spoken to
those people when they looked back on the place called
" Temptation" and Strife," where God had been so gracious
to them, supplying their need; and then where the enemy
came and shed the blood of many of their brave men. A
little boy was very anxious to cure himself of saying hasty,
angry words. So he told his father his wish. His father said
to him, Whenever you have said a wrong word, take a nail,
and hammer it into the back of the summer-house door. That
will remind you to watch over your lips, and you will think,
when you look at these nails, of the words you have spoken;
and you will be able to see, too, whether you are getting over
your fault." The little boy did so, and he found the plan a
very good one. The nails became fewer and fewer, until
several days had passed without his being obliged to put in
one He was very much pleased at the victory he had got
over his temper; and he came to his father and said, I
think, father, that little hammer has done its work; I do not
need to put in any nails now so I think I shall go and take
them all out again!" After a little while back he came again







STONES. 145


I'm but a youthful pilgrim;
My journey's just begun:
They say I'll meet with sorrow
Before my journey's done.
The world is full of trouble,
And trials too, they say;
But I will follow Jesus-
All the way.

Then, like a little pilgrim,
Whatever I may meet,
I'll take it-joy or sorrow-
And lay at Jesus' feet.
He'll comfort me in trouble,
He'll wipe my tears away;
With joy I'll follow Jesus-
All the way.

Then trials cannot vex me,
And pain I need not fear,
For when I'm close by Jesus,
Grief cannot come too near.
Not even death can harm me,
When death I meet one day;
To heaven I'll follow Jesus-
All the way.







K







BREAD. 149

last at night! You need it several times in the day; so
you need Jesus all the day long. Perhaps you have some-
times tried to do right, and then you have failed, and gone all
wrong, and then you have been very much disappointed, and
you have said, There is no use trying." Perhaps you made
this mistake all the time you were trying to be very strong,
and to walk firmly in the right way, but yet your feet stumbled,
and you always tottered and fell. Why -was this ? Because
you had not learnt the secret of trusting in Jesus, thinking
upon His word, and drawing constantly from Him the life
and strength that you needed. (Psalm i. I to 3.)
Does Satan whisper to you that such a life would be very
gloomy ? It is very gloomy to be lonely, and cold, and
hungry, like the Prodigal Son; but it is not gloomy to be fed,
and satisfied, and warmed with God's love, and cared for every
day. When the Israelites were in the wilderness, they found
that all the food they had brought with them from Egypt was
exhausted, and they cried to God; then He sent them
BREAD FROM HEAVEN,"
every morning and evening-plenty for the whole day. It
was called "Manna "-which means "What is it ?" for this
was the question that the people asked when they saw the
pure white Manna glistening all over the rocky desert. It
was sweet as honey, and satisfying as Bread. For forty years







r76 THE ROCK.

At the same time, we learn from this story that God's
people shall never want. They must always trust His love,
and ask for His blessings. If you look in I Corinthians x. I to
12, you will see that these chapters in the Old Testament are
pictures of our times in the present day. In the 4th verse
we read, "That Rock was Christ." The stream "followed
them." Wherever they went in that hot wilderness, they
found their own stream flowing with them.
One thing more we may learn from this wilderness Rock.
The first time (in Exodus xvii. 7) Moses was told to strike it,
-the second time (Numbers xx. 8) he was told to speak to it.
The Lord Jesus Christ has been crucified ONCE for us. He
need not die again. We only now need use His NAME in
asking for what we desire. ONE SAVIOUR, God has provided
-ONE LIFE, ONE DEATH, ONE SALVATION. His Death is past,
-His Salvation is finished. We have now to make use of
that Great Provision. But! if we sin wilfully now, and act
as Moses did, and the children of Israel, we "crucify Him to
ourselves afresh, and put Him to an open shame." (Hebrews
vi. 6.) The Lord Jesus wants us to walk with Him, not to
fight against Him! and then we can enjoy the blessings of
His full promise-" No good thing will He withhold from
them that walk uprightly."
Gideon spread his offering upon a Rock, and God accepted







METALS. 105

wandered away from the paths of holiness in which God had
desired them to walk, and as usual their sin brought suffering.
Cruel enemies took away their sight, and then enchained their
limbs.
BRASS WITHOUT WEIGHT"
was given by Solomon as an offering for the temple. (2
Kings xxv. 16.) This reminds us of the verse in Romans xi.
14, "God loveth a cheerful giver." He did not grudgingly
weigh out a small quantity of the useful metal that God had
given him, but he returned it abundantly, using it for the Lord's
service, and for His glory.
Brass was spoken of as a part of the riches of Palestine,
which the Israelites were permitted to possess-" Out of the
hills thou shalt dig Brass." (Deuteronomy viii. 9.) Again, as
a punishment for sin, the people were told that if they forsook
the commandments given to them, there should be no rain--
" And thy heaven that is over thy head shall be Brass."
(Deuteronomy xxviii. 23.) In very dry, hot weather, in
Eastern countries, the sky sometimes becomes quite cloudless,
and shines in something like the colour of Brass.
BRASS IS COMPARED TO
Strength for resisting sin, .Jeremiah i. 18.
An empty profession, Corinthians xiii. i.
The feet of Jesus in His glory, Revelation i. 15.







THE GATE.

hold of his hand and led him safely through the Gates, and
up to the beautiful castle, and then inside the rooms, to see the
Queen Then the Queen spoke so kindly to him, and gave
him some nice presents and toys. Wasn't it a delightful treat
for the poor little boy ? Afterwards the Prince took the little
boy safely back again through the Gates, and the sentinels
could not harm him, because the Prince was there; and the
little boy was with him.
Straight is the Gate, and narrow is the way, that leadeth
unto life; and few there be that find it."
Butwiide is the Gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth
unto destruction, and many there be that go in threatt"
(Matt. vii.)
A Gate is the mode of entrance to
A palace.
A city.
A castle.
Heaven is compared to Many Mansions," a Holy City,"
a Place of Refuge," a Garden of Delights."
In the verses above we find that a NARROW GATE leads to
the Land of blessedness; while a wide Gate leads to the
Dungeon of destruction.
Why is this ? Jesus Christ says, "I AM THE WAY, THE
TRUTH, AND THE LIFE." (John xiv. 5.)







BOOK. 45

sorrow-sorrows that you will never know, if you now give
your heart to Jesus, and always let His words be your guide.
In Nehemiah viii. 8, we are told the way in which the
Bible ought to be read, both in private and in public-" So
they read in the Book of the Law of God distinctly, and
gave the sense, and caused them to understand the reading."
There was a pulpit of wood erected out in the street, before
the "water gate." Ezra stood in this pulpit, and "opened
the Book in the sight of all the people (for he was above all the
people), and when he opened it, all the people stood up." As
the people heard the words of the law, they wept, for it
brought to their remembrance all the sins of many past years.
But the Levites stilled the people, saying, 'The day is holy
unto the Lord your God; mourn not nor weep . .
neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the Lord is your strength.'
Then all the people went their way to eat, and to drink, and
to send portions, and to make great mirth, because they
had understood the words that the Lord had declared unto
them." You see the Lord wants to make us VERY HAPPY all
the time we are reading His word, and when we are serving
Him too. We ought to be ALWAYS living for Him, and
then we should be ALWAYS happy! I heard of a little
girl once, who used to love to hear of Jesus. Her
mother would take her on her knee, and read to her sweet







no METALS.

One of the giant enemies of the Children of Israel used to,
sleep at night upon "an Iron bedstead." (Deuteronomy
iii. I .)
The land of Egypt, where the people of Israel were for
four hundred years very cruelly treated, was called the
" Iron furnace." (Deuteronomy iv. 20.)
Cruel oppression is spoken of as "a yoke of Iron."
(Deuteronomy xxviii. 48) ; and being "bound in Iron."
(Psalm cvii. 10; Psalm cv. 18.)
In Joshua viii. 31, and I Kings vi. 7, we see that God
permitted "NO TOOL OF IRON to be used in making either the
altar of stone in Mount Ebal, or in building his temple at
Jerusalem. This, no doubt, was to teach that we may neither
take away from God's most Holy Word, nor add to it; and
that as the tool (in building the temple) was only to be used
at the quarry from whence the stone was taken, and no sound
of "hammer, or axe, nor any tool of Iron to be heard in the
House while it was in building," because the "stone was made
ready before it was brought thither," thus in Heaven there
will be no need for the chastening, preparing work of trial,
that is required by us here, but that then all will be glory, as
stone after stone ("living stones," i Peter ii. 5), perfectly
chastened, finished, and complete, through the Saviour's
righteousness, and the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit, is







48 BOOK.

him. All in vain. He should have "fled for refuge" FROM
HIS SINS to Jesus, and then he would have escaped the punish-
ment. As we go through life, we must not only read one part
of the Bible, or another over and over again always, leaving
out some Books in it, and choosing others; but we must ask
God to make us love it ALL, and to make it very plain to us.
We must ask too for grace that we may be obedient to His
will; and if we thus come believing in the Name of Jesus, our
sins are all forgiven, every punishment for the past breaking
of the law is averted, and God talks to us as His Friends."
(John xv. 14, 15.)
When the Lord Jesus was in the Jewish Synagogue on the
Sabbath day, He opened the Book," and read from Isaiah
Ixi. (Luke iv. 17, 20.) And "all eyes were fastened on
Him." Oh! what reading that was! from His heart the
blessed Saviour read out to the listening congregation the
glorious truths, that He had come into the world to save
sinners, to heal, to redeem, to comfort, all who were in need
of HIM. So He still speaks to us, and teaches us out of His
most precious word. Let us hear and love His voice.
If everything that Jesus Christ said and did when He was
on earth could be written down, the Apostle supposes "that
even the world itself could not contain all the Books which
should be written." (John xxi. 25.)








THE ROCK. I18

us from the face of Him that sitteth upon the throne, and
from the wrath of the Lamb."
It is much better NOW to come to Him who is "the Rock
of our Salvation," than to wait till that terrible day, when
multitudes will strive to hide from His anger.


Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
Let me hide myself in Thee;
Let the water and the blood,
From Thy riven side which flowed,
Be of sin the double cure,
Save me from its guilt and power.


Not the labour of my hands
Can fulfil Thy law's demands;
Could my zeal no respite know,
Could my tears for ever flow,
All for sin could not atone;
Thou must save, and Thou alone.


Nothing in my hand I bring;
Simply to Thy cross I cling !
Naked, come to Thee for dress;
Helpless, look to Thee for grace;
Foul, I to the fountain fly,
Wash me, Saviour, or I die.








58 THE LAMP.

This terrible mistake banished the foolish women from the
Bridegroom's presence, and from the beautiful feast. All of
them were invited to come, but the foolish ones did not get
ready, and so they never got in.
The Lord says to you, Be ye also ready, for the Son of
Man cometh at an hour when ye think not."

Our Lamps are trimmed and burning,
Our robes are white and clean,
We've tarried for the Bridegroom,
Oh, may we enter in?
We know we've nothing worthy,
That we can call our own:
The light, the oil, the robes we wear,
All come from Him alone.

Behold, the Bridegroom cometh !
And all may enter in,
Whose Lamps are trimmed and burning,
Whose robes are white and clean.

"Go forth, go forth to meet Him!
The way is open now,
All lighted with the glory
That's streaming from His brow.
Accept the invitation,
Beyond deserving kind;
Make no delay, but take your Lamps,
And joy eternal find.







BREAD. 155

provided for his wants, and treated him as a prince, as one of
his own family.
We read in Scripture of the
Bread of Tears, Psalm lxxx. 5.
Bread of Deceit, Proverbs xvii. 5.
Bread of Adversity, Isaiah xxx. 20.

In some way or other the Lord will provide :
It may not be my way, it may not be thy way;
And yet in His own way, The Lord will provide."
At some time or other the Lord will provide:
It may not be my time, it may not be thy time;
And yet in His own time, The Lord will provide."
Despond then no longer, the Lord will provide;
And this be the token-no word He hath spoken
Was ever yet broken: The Lord will provide."
March on then right boldly; the sea shall divide;
The pathway made glorious, with shouting victorious,
We'll join in the chorus, "The Lord will provide.'







2 THE GA TE.

not obey the voice of his father, or the voice of his mother-
then shall his father and his mother lay hold on him, and
bring him out unto the elders of the city, and unto the GATES
of his place, and they shall say unto the elders of his city,
This our son is stubborn and rebellious; he will not obey our
voice. And all the men of the city shall stone him with
stones that he die." (Deut. xxi. 19, 21.)
"And the Levite, and the stranger, and the fatherless, and
the widow which are within thy GATES, shall come and shall
eat and shall be satisfied, that the Lord thy God may bless
thee in all the work of thine hand which thou doest." (Deut.
xiv. 29.)
(Teacher says)-We are taught in the Bible by pictures.
God is our Father. He loves us, and wants us to be His own
little children. He likes to teach us too; for this reason there
are many lessons in the Bible for us to learn. But they are
all nice lessons, and very interesting, because the Lord Jesus
is such a kind, good Teacher.
When you go along the F-- Road, and come to the
B-- Park, what do you see ? (No answer.)
How do the people get in to the Park ? (All the children
immediately answer) By the GATE.
I often pass that Gate; and the other day, when I saw it, I
thought of you, and said to myself that I would like to talk to








64 THE SHORE.


The darkness of an awful grave
That gapes both deep and wide.
And there between us stands the Cross,
Two arms outstretched to save,
Like a watchman set to guard the way
From that eternal grave.

"Upon the Cross of Jesus,
Mine eye at times can see
The very dying form of One
Who suffered there for me;
And from my smitten heart, with tears,
Two wonders I confess-
The wonders of His glorious love,
And my own worthlessness.

I take, O Cross, thy shadow,
For my abiding place;
I ask no other sunshine
Than the sunshine of His face;
Content to let the world go by,
To know no gain nor loss,-
My sinful self, my only shame,
My glory all the Cross."







170 THE SHEEP AND SHEPHERD.

child," he said, "and talk to me. I daresay you thought it
very hard, the other day, that I should tell you to burn all
your pretty treasures. But still you obeyed me; and you see
you were no loser. These are far better, are they not ?"
"Oh! yes! father answered the child-" they are far
better !" Then he tried to teach her in his kind, loving way,
that through life she might often be obliged to part with
things that were very dear to her, and that her will must be
often crossed; but that she must ever remember to hold the
Hand that smites, and always to TRUST! Yes! dear child I
will YOU always believe in Jesus' love when you cannot see it?
for, remember-HE CARES FOR YOU, and He doeth all things
well."
JESUS CHRIST tells us about the Sheep in John x. All the
way through that chapter He speaks of Himself as the
Shepherd, and His people as the Sheep. We read there of
the
Door, Christ Himself.
Fold, His Kingdom.
Wall, His Word.
Thief, Satan.
Hireling, False Teacher.
Green Pastures, Promise and Precept.
Shepherd, Christ Himself.







xxviii TO THE PARENTS, TEACHERS, AND

ness; and that in all these visible things you may find CHRIST
revealed by picture, as He revealed Himself upon Earth,
in the Vine, the Bread, the Lamb, the Light, and other
symbols.
8th. Take every opportunity of hearing good preaching,
speaking, and teaching. It often surprises me that in EVERY
TOWN there is not a Teacher's Meeting. I do not mean that
cold, formal thing that is sometimes carried on, and called "a
Teacher's Meeting." But I mean a brightly lighted Hall, or
Room, filled with all those who are in every degree interested
in teaching, or would wish to be of use in that line; and those
also who wish to learn. Let those assembled first have a
short prayer-meeting, two or three audibly, and very shortly,
in entreating the Lord's blessing on their various interests in
the town, and then hear an address from a good Speaker or
Teacher on some Scripture subject, addressed especially to
Teachers, and in such a form that it can be simplified and
recommunicated on the Sunday, or week evenings, to the
various classes in which those present are interested. A
series of Lectures too, in which teaching is taught, and in
connection with which Model Classes could be held, would
be a very great help, and surely very important. Can so
great a subject be worthy of too much attention ? or can we
attach too high an importance to such a study ? Some will
































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THE GATE. 5

kneel down and be stripped of all its heavy load before it
could pass through. If you want to walk along the straight
narrow path that leads to Heaven, and that leads through
God's light here, and beside the pleasant pastures, you must
let Jesus carry the burden for you, and then you will go
through quite easily.
Sin, is a burden.
Pride, is a burden.
Temper, is a burden.
Untruth, is a burden.
Unkindness, is a burden.
Unbelief, is a burden.
Foolish Talking, is a burden.
But Jesus says "a rich man." Then we cannot take our
riches through the little Gate. We certainly cannot take them
into heaven; for God says that they sometimes take "wings
and fly away." We must lay this burden too upon Jesus.
Now, let us see what are some of the RICHES that keep
people from walking steadily on the other side of the narrow
Gate.
Cares.
Pleasures.
Money.
Self-will.







THE ROCK. 17 3





TJ-IE F OCK.

OU have sometimes seen a great crowd of people
perhaps! How many? Hundreds? Well! just
try to imagine MANY THOUSANDS of poor men,
and women, and children, all in a great, dreary, barren wilder-
ness-no trees, no houses, no gardens, but plenty of Rocks
and sand; and all very thirsty;-" Crying out" for water.
. ... It must have been a terrible time for
Moses when he saw all these people in such a state of anger
and distress because they could find nothing to drink. When the
mutiny had reached its climax, and Moses thought the people
were almost ready to stone him, then the Lord came to his
help-" Behold, I will stand before thee there upon the Rock
in Horeb; and thou shalt smite the Rock, and there shall
come water out of it, that the people may drink. And Moses
did so in the sight of the elders of Israel." (Exodus xvii. 1-7.)
" Temptation" and "Strife" that place was called. And
yet even there, God provided the cool, fresh stream, that
His people wanted. It flowed out of the great Rock, to
refresh and satisfy them. If the people had just assembled
in prayer to ask God for water, there would have been no sad







FRIENDS OF THE CHILDREN xiii

A general scamper took place, which resulted in the produc-
tion of several Bibles, but not quite enough.
One for EACH, please," I had to ask; and then we all had
Bibles. So our occupation began.
By this time Lucy had drawn the rough outline of a large
square house, and she asked-
Am I to put doors and windows in it ? "
One large door," was the answer, and some windows, a
good roof, and a path up to it."
Oh! Lucy is doing it so well," called out a merry little
thing, as she looked over her sister's shoulder.
Now, everybody must have a seat," I requested; and soon
we were all ensconced on various chairs, sofas, and ottomans.
"Who can find me a verse in the Bible about a HousE-
any verse ?"
There was a pause, and then a great fluttering and turning
over the leaves of the various Bibles. The "turning over"
seemed rather aimless, for a minute or two passed, and no verse
was suggested.
Look in the 12th chapter of Proverbs," I said, "and see
if you can find a verse about a House there."
All eyes were turned to the open Bibles then, and soon some
one said-
Is it the seventh verse ?"






















eOJ TEJ TS.


PAGE
TO THE PARENTS, TEACHERS, AND FRIENDS OF THE

CHILDREN, ix

THE GATE, I

THE TREE, 18

THE ROOT, 23

THE LEAF, 24

FRUIT, 26

SEED, 29

THE HOUSE, 35

BOOK, 42

THE LAMP, 51

THE SHORE, 60

THE VINE, 65

THE SHIP, 73

THE DOVE,. 80







FRIENDS OF THE CHILDREN xvii

fore, an hour spent in bringing this wondrous Book into direct
contact, simply, lovingly, and cheerily, with the HEARTS and
MINDS of those immediately around us, whether they be
Children or Adults, must, in every sense of the word, be an
hour well spent.
As an essential for success in such an effort, we must
earnestly, and believingly, beseech the Lord's blessing, thank-
fully expecting to enjoy the fulness of that flood-tide so freely
promised to us in Malachi iii. 10.
Another very necessary preliminary for undertaking success-
fully much of this kind of work, is PREPARATORY STUDY; and
these words I would use in a very different sense from that
in which they are usually understood. I do NOT mean a very
great deal of study specially before each class or reading.
On the contrary, I think such preparation often makes the
teaching laboured, and therefore heavy, or dull. Not always,
for minds are so differently constituted, that I quite believe
no one rule must ever be rigidly carried out. But I would
STUDY the BIBLE as you study German or Italian-getting it
into your very heart and mind, and on your lips, having it as
we say, "at your finger ends;" and the ART OF TEACHING, as
you would study music-striving to bring out the exquisite
tones of undying love, grace, mercy, power to bless; One
Holy will, salvation, wisdom, and thfe many wonderful attri-







146 BREAD.






B E A D.
WHAT IS BREAD?
HY do we want it ? How is it made? The grain
of the wheat turned into food for our use; made
by God and man. It is called "the staff of life,"
because without it we cannot live. It is crushed, and ground,
and bruised, and thus prepared for our daily meal.
Bread is so often spoken of in Scripture, that we can only
look at a few of the most important passages in which it is
mentioned. When the years of famine had begun in Egypt,
the cry went forth all through the land, Go unto Joseph !" and
the people came. They brought money, cattle, landed
possessions, in exchange for food, and when all was gone, they
gave themselves; and then they had no more want.

BREAD WAS PROVIDED.
Thus they were fed and satisfied. And thus God pro-
mises to those who give themselves to Him, that Bread
shall be given them, their water shall be sure." (Isaiah
xxxiii.) The people became the free, willing servants of







MEALS. 107



I FOJ .
After the Israelites had entered the land of Canaan, the
children of Joseph complained of the portion of territory that
Joshua, their leader, had bestowed upon them, saying, Why
hast thou given me but one lot and one portion to inherit,
seeing I am a great people, forasmuch as the Lord hath
blessed me hitherto ?" To this question, Joshua answered,
" If thou be a great people, then get thee up to the wood
country, and cut down for thyself there in the land of the
Perizzites and of the giants, if Mount Ephraim be too narrow
for thee. And the children of Joseph said, The hill is not
enough for us: and all the Canaanites that dwell in the land of
the valley have chariots of Iron. . And Joshua spake
unto the house of Joseph, even to Ephraim and to Manasseh,
saying, Thou art a great people, and hast great power; thou
shalt not have one lot only; but the mountain shall be thine,
for thou shalt drive out the Canaanites, though they have
Iron chariots, and though they be strong." (Joshua xvii. 14
to 18.) This great promise must have been very encouraging
to the tribes of Ephraim and Manasseh, just as they were
settling down in a new country. Complete victory they were
to expect, for GOD HAD SAID IT! and even the Iron chariots"







xxiv TO THE PARENTS, TEACHERS, AND

combinations. But they need searching out; and all teach-
ing requires this prefatory exercise. The "searching" should
be a constant interest to us, demanding our most earnest
diligence,-not only for the class we are just going to take, as
I said before, but for the benefit of our souls and lives, and
of any work that may fall to our lot, unexpected work often-
a sudden request to take a class, or an opportunity for offer-
ing a Cottage Reading. If we are PREPARED for work, God
WILL provide work for us without doubt, and we shall not be
ranked amongst those in the last day who make the terrible
and unjust lament of the slothful servant to his heavenly
Master-" Thou art an austere man; Thou takest up that
Thou layedst not down, and gatherest that Thou didst not
sow." But we shall joyfully answer, Lord, Thou deliveredst
unto me five talents; behold, I have gained beside them five
talents more;" and you will hear love and delight in the
tone of His voice as He answers, "Well done, thou good
and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things,
I will make thee ruler over many things : enter thou into the
joy of thy Lord."
5th. It is very important to read the writings of those who
have excelled in the Lord's work. Spurgeon's Sermons," and
his other books, are quite invaluable for this purpose. Read
them, not only for yourself, but with a view to making use of


















































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8 THE GATE.

want to be kind to you, and to make you happy. Won't you
ask God to let you find the Gate of Heaven" now, before it
is too late; and while the bright light is shining through
for you?
Do you remember any other Gates in the Bible ?
(One child answers) Samson carried the Gates ?
Yes! you will find that in Judges xvi.
(Child reads ver. 2.)
Those were wicked Gates. They belonged to the Philis-
tines. They had barred and bolted them to keep God's
servant locked in. But they could not keep him there!
Could they? No. God gave him strength to carry away
the Gates, and so he was free. And so it is now. Satan
often tries to keep people shut up far away from God; and
the Gates he uses to hold us back from God, are evil habits
and unbelieving thoughts.
These are some of Satan's Gates-
Slothfulness,
Carelessness,
Getting up late in the morning,
Neglecting prayer,
Not reading God's word,
Being angry when reproved,
Disobedience,







THE HOUSE. 37

ever, you must get a place in it Now. You must not wander
about a poor stranger on earth "without God," expecting to
be all safe when we die! That is not the way to be happy,
or sheltered. We must Now secure a place in that beautiful
Home! and then we are safe through time and. through
eternity. Some people are afraid to come into this House
now, for fear they should find it a little, narrow, gloomy place !
That is a great mistake. It has "many mansions," plenty
of space, and is bright and cheerful. So do not be content
with going in at the hall door, and standing always just
inside! but go from room to room. Go on learning some-
thing more from God every day. Search into His precious
truth, and He will show you more beautiful things every year
that you live. Then when we are called away from this
earth we shall be called into God's "everlasting glory."
" Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into
the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for
them that love Him." (i Corinthians ii. 9.)
A little boy was sitting in a carriage with his mamma one
day. They were driving away from a pleasant old House
where they had lived ever since the boy was quite a baby;
and they were going to a new House at some distance from
the old one. The little boy seemed very grave to-day, for
he was sorry to leave his pretty old home. Presently he said







xviii TO THE PARENTS, TEACHERS, AND

butes of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. It has often
seemed to me a strange thing to listen to the miserable
performance that goes on in the various classes of a Sunday
School which is called teaching !" consisting of most desultory
remarks or phrases, interspersed by long pauses, most ex-
haustive of the Children's time and patience, and good
conduct; and then to hear the Teacher say, self-complacently,
afterwards, I never had a GIFT for teaching !" or Mr --
(the clergyman, or curate, or superintendent) likes me to
come. They are very badly off for Teachers here." This
would-be Teacher has made a great mistake. It is not A GIFT
that she wants! but a RENEWED, EARNEST HEART, and APPLICA-
TION, or good hard STUDY. A few hours of patient, prayerful
effort every week would well repay her; and without it she
ought not to teach. A gardener does not undertake a flower-
bed, without the slightest previous instruction as to how he
should prepare and stock it. Nor does a mason undertake
the building of a house, or the carpenter its interior, without
previous investigation of the subject, and mastery of its diffi-
culties. How much more important a task is that of dealing
between our God and souls-the souls that He has made, and
that He has died to save!
To this some will answer, But the art of teaching cannot
be learnt in your own room. It must come by practice."






42 BOOK.












SOO K.

HE very first time that we hear of a Book is in
the Lord's command to Moses. (Exodus xvii. 14.)
"Write this for a memorial in a Book, and re-
hearse it in the ears of Joshua: for I will surely put out the
memorial of Amalek from under heaven." Amalek had
troubled Israel in their time of distress, just when they were
leaving Egypt, their cruel task-master's land. In spite of
their weakness God fought for them against Amalek's armies,
and the Israelites were victorious ; but this lasting judgment
was to follow upon the oppressor; and the recollection of their
tyranny and defeat was to be handed down from generation
to generation of the Israelites, that they might never make
alliances with them, but extirpate them altogether.
Moses wrote "the words of the law in a Book, until they







THE TREE. 21

"and Moses cried to the Lord; and the Lord shewed him a
Tree, which when he had cast into the waters, they were made
sweet." The Tree of sweetness grew close beside the waters of
bitterness. It must be cut down, and then brought into the
waters; and after that had been done, there was no more
bitterness, but the thirsty people drank and were refreshed.
The people may have thought that those bitter waters never
could be pure and good; but the things that are impossible
with man are possible with God, for "with God all things are
possible." There is many a bitter stream in this world. Some-
times it is sin, sometimes sorrow, sometimes both; for doing
wrong always brings trouble after a little while, if not at the
time, and then the waters" are "very bitter;" but the Lord
Jesus Christ was like the Tree cut down for the murmuring
people. He died for poor sinners; and now we may tell Him
all our troubles, and ask Him to make us very happy. Then
all the bitter things can be made sweet, and the Lord Jesus
can gladden our hearts and our homes.

A TREE PLANTED BY THE RIVERS OF WATER.
-Psalm i. 3; yeremiah xvii. 8.

This Tree is so well planted that it can never die of drought.
The waters refresh its roots; and it brings forth its fruit in its
season; its leaf also shall not wither." The law of God-the








THE VINE. 7

patient sufferer; and it was but the beginning-" there was
more to follow."
Thus, the Prince of Life freely bestows all we would ask,
and infinitely more, both in the present time and in the
eternity that is to come.
We find verses about the Vine in

Genesis xl. 9, Io.
Judges ix. 9, 12.
Joel ii. 22.
Mark xxvi. 9.
Song of Solomon ii. 13, 15.
Song of Solomon vii. I 1, 12.

Thine, most gracious Lord,
Oh, make me wholly Thine-
Thine in thought, in word, and deed,
For Thou, O Christ, art mine.
Wholly Thine wholly Thine !
Thou hast bought me, I am Thine,
Blessed Saviour, Thou art mine;
Make me wholly Thine.

Wholly Thine, my Lord,
To go when Thou dost call;
Thine to yield my very self
In all things, great and small.








28 THE TREE.

These passages show us that God expects to see us bring-
ing forth good Fruit to His praise and glory, and that He
loves to see us holy and happy. You know what a beau-
tiful Fruit the Peach is! when it is quite young, it is very
sour. The acrid taste of the little Peach is very different
from the sweet luscious taste of the same Fruit when it
has grown large and soft, and has been well ripened by
the sun. The little Crab-apples too, that you pick up in
the orchard, are not like the fine rosy pippins that you are so
fond of. We must take care that we are not like the sour
Fruit-cross in our tempers, unloving in our hearts, unkind in
our actions, or bitter and harsh in our words. If we are like
this, we show one of two things. Either that, like the little
Peach, we have not learnt enough from Jesus; the sunshine
of God's love has not made us bring forth the sweet Fruits of
holiness that He desires. Or it shows that, like the little Crab-
apples, we do not belong to a good tree. We are just like the
poor little sour Fruit, that is of no use, but must be thrown away.

More holiness give me,
More sweetness within;
More patience in suffering,
More sorrow for sin;
More faith in my Saviour,
More sense of His care;
More joy in His service,
More purpose in prayer.







METALS. 89

command is for ME; and that little promise is for ME."
He likes you to trust Him like that. A gentleman who
had several children was going away from home one day;
.and before he went, he called all his children to come to
him, and then he said to them, I am going away from
home; perhaps I shall be away a long time. What would
you like me to bring you when I come back ? You may all
choose something." The children all looked very pleased, and
smiled at their father, and at one another. Presently the
biggest little girl came close to her papa, and whispered,
" Papa, I should like to have a little canary, that would live in
.a pretty cage, and sing to me every day!" "Very well, my
child," answered her father, "you shall have it." The little
girl clapped her hands and was very happy. Then the
biggest boy said, I should like to have a spade, that I may
dig in my garden, and help the flowers to grow." Another
child said, Father, I want a hoop to trundle along the road;"
and another little tiny child said, Please give me a pretty
new doll." "Yes, my children," said the kind father, "you
shall all have what you ask to-day, because I PROMISE to give
you the canary, and the spade, and the hoop, and the doll."
How delighted the children were! But presently they said,
"' Charlie how was it that you did not ask papa for anything?
He told us ALL to ask." Oh !" said Charlie, I thought that







xxvi TO THE PARENTS, TEACHERS, AND

frequent allusions to that passage and the little lamp, proved
that their minds, and their hearts too, had been really
impressed with the subject. But I would recommend large
diagrams and pictures also for these Adult meetings. In
giving a tea toL]fifty or sixty working men or women, if you
can, by means of a magic lantern, or calico pictures, give
them an idea of any foreign scenes, telling them very simply
what you have read in books of travels about these places,
you will be conferring a true and lasting benefit upon them;
of course using them as a medium for bringing the rich
gospel truth to bear directly upon their hearts. How much
better such an expenditure of precious time and influence than
in the empty concerts, and worse than useless theatricals that
some of our ladies and gentlemen are deluded enough to put
before these poor weary souls.
To Children's classes I have shown OBJECTS of every de-
scription,-A large red apple, a big door key, a large knife
and a very small knife that I could wear upon my watch
chain, a bunch of flowers, a stone, and so on unlimitedly
according to the subject in hand. I would remark here, that
these OBJECTS were never shown until at least half way
through the teaching. It is easy enough at first to secure
the attention of the Children, but their thoughts soon flag,
and then "something to look at" comes in very usefully.







THE SHIP. 73













TJ-E SII P.

HERE are some beautiful stories about Ships in
the Bible; but they are too long for me to write.
You must read them for yourselves, or ask some
one to read them to you.
Jonah i. and ii.
Acts xxvii.
Matthew xiv. 22 to 34.
Mark iv. 35 to 41.
Luke v. i to ii.
John xxi. I to iI.
Jonah got into great trouble in his Ship, because he was
disobedient. He was trying to run away from his duty.
But he could not escape from God. A bad conscience is the
worst enemy, and he could not escape from that. (Jonah i.)






































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24 THE TREE.

seeming very good outside, but that we should be drawing
blessing from God and from His word every day, just as the
tree draws nourishment from the earth constantly; and if it
did not do so, we know what would happen-it would
wither! and die Because" the seed sown took no Root, the
plants withered away." (Matthew xiii. 6.)

EVIL ROOTS.
(Deuteronomy xxix. 18; Job v. 3; Isaiah v. 24; I
Timothy vi. Io; Hebrews xii. 15; Job viii. 17; Mark xi. 20.)

TH-E lbEjF.
The little Dove that flew from the Ark, while the waters
still covered the ground, returned with "an olive Leaf" in her
mouth. (Genesis viii. 1 .) Was not this little gift to Noah a
happy token that the dreary waste of water was passing away ?
and that the sunshine above and the dry land beneath would
soon appear? "So Noah knew that the waters were abated
from off the earth." When trouble comes upon us here, we
should be like the Dove that had found shelter in the ark of
safety; and seek in God's precious word for an Olive Leaf
PROMISE of Hope, and Comfort, and Deliverance.
The LEAF in Scripture is often a type of Profession. God
says, "Hold fast your Profession." (Hebrews iv. 14; Heb-








148 BREAD.

from God we must be unhappy. The pleasures of sin cannot
feed or satisfy us. The poor heart craves something real
and true.
For this reason the Lord Jesus Christ calls Himself
THE BREAD OF LIFE."
(John vi. 35.) The soul that believes in Him receives eternal
life, now, by faith in the living Saviour; and by thinking
about Him, praying to Him, reading His word, and search-
ing into His holy will, is made strong, and able to do the
work of God. We read in Isaiah xxviii. 28, that "Bread-
corn is bruised." So the Lord Jesus Christ was "Bruised
for our iniquities." (Isaiah liii. 5.) He passed through
the "fire" of trial and persecution. "For our sakes He
became poor, that we through His .poverty might become
rich." Thus He brought Himself to our level, and became
partaker of our nature, that we might know and love Him,
and Feed upon Him in our works by faith with thanks-
giving" (Prayer Book), and through- Him learn to know and
love our Heavenly Father too. It is not sufficient to kneel
down and pray night and morning. We must learn to have
His word in our hearts, and Himself with us. Your body
would soon get weak and sickly if you only tasted or hurried
the very first thing in the morning, and again the very








10 THE GATE.

you choose the right Gate, that is, the Gate of Blessing, you
will find yourself one day in a beautiful city where the Gates
are made of pearls! (Rev. xxi. 21.) The streets all shining
as gold, and transparent as glass; only holy, blessed, pure
people walking in them, and all the evil people and things
shut out. If you look in Rev. vii. 14, you will see how these
dwellers in the Holy City have become so pure. They have
washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of
the Lamb;" and they have been taught by the Holy Spirit to
sing the new song. (Rev. v.)

(For further illustration of the subject it is always well that the teacher should
be provided with one or two, or more simple anecdotes for the illustration of the
subject, during the class, in case the attention of the children should become
strained or tired, and thus the lesson lose its force.)

ANECDOTES.
The Queen has a beautiful castle in Scotland called Bal-
moral. One day a very poor little ragged boy was seen
hanging about the Gates of the castle, and trying to look in.
But there were two very careful sentries walking up and down
with their muskets over their shoulders; and several times
they told the little boy to go away. At last (I do not know
whether this is true, but it is what the people say) one of the
young Princes came up, and he asked what the little boy was
doing and what he wanted. Then the Prince came and took







THE LAMB. 159

The blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all
sin." (i John i. 7.)
Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as
snow." (Isaiah i. i8.)
"I, even I, am He that blotteth out thine iniquities."
(Isaiah xliii. 25.)
The Israelites were kept in remembrance of this great
atonement, this one all-sufficient sacrifice for the sin of the
world, by continual offerings, as well as by special yearly
festivals. Daily, at morning and evening, a Lamb must be
offered. (Exodus xxix. 39.) The Feast of the Passover was
ordained to celebrate the time when Israel came out of Egypt,
away from their cruel taskmasters. You can read the whole
story in Exodus xii. The white Lamb was killed in each home
of the Israelites on that night (when every first-born child
was to die in the Egyptian houses), its blood was sprinkled on
the lintel and door-post, and its flesh eaten in haste by the
whole family dressed as for a journey-their loins girded,"
shoes on their feet, and staff in hand. No sooner had the
wail of grief arisen from the Egyptian homes at midnight
than the Israelites were to start on their long journey. The
destroying angel PASSED OVER these blood-stained houses that
night; and from that time the Feast of Passover was ordained.
Until Jesus came, and Himself took the place of the Passover







CUP. 125

must do it from a right motive-out of gratitude to Him who
did so much for you--and then you will succeed; His blessing
will rest upon you: and because you are free from Satan's
power through faith in Jesus, you will be very happy, and by
the grace of God more and more white and holy.

It was because the Lord Jesus Christ had drank so bitter
a Cup for us, that He said to His disciples on the night that He
was betrayed, Drink ye all of it; for this is my blood of the
New Testament, which is shed for many for the remission of
sins;" and then "HE TOOK THE CUP and gave thanks." (Mat-
thew xxvi. 27, 28.) Thus the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper
was instituted, and we still take the bread and wine in remem-
brance of Him who laid down His life for us that night on
Calvary.
The CUPS IN THE TABERNACLE and Temple were made of
"pure gold." (I Chronicles xxviii. 17.) Every vessel to be
used in God's holy service was to be costly, precious, and
true. There was to be no alloy there-no counterfeit metal.
It is the same now. If we give our hearts to the Lord Jesus
Christ, we must be altogether His,-not half-hearted-not
pretenders-not hypocrites; and then He will use us for
His very great glory, and let us have a useful, happy place
in His house.







76 THE SHIP.

show you what will do you harm. Even if they reprove you,
you should thank them, and love them for taking such pains
with you. Wouldn't it have been a good thing if the little
wormy plank had been taken away from the great Ship when
it was being built ? Yes it would indeed. And it will be a
very good thing if your friends can help you to get rid of any
little faults that they see will do you harm afterwards.
In every Ship there must be a COMPASS. Did you ever see
one ? It has a little needle that always points to the North;
and without this, the captain could not guide the Ship safely
into port. Our Heavenly Father says to you (in Jeremiah
iii. 4), "Wilt thou not from this time cry unto me, my Father,
Thou art the guide of my youth." Again He says, I will
guide thee with mine eye," Psalm xxxii. 8. He promises to
"guide our feet into the way of peace," Luke i. 79. If you
take the word of God for your guide, listening to the gentle
voice of the Holy Spirit, as He whispers to you of Jesus
every day, you will have a very safe, happy life, and be kept
from stumbling, but if you do always your own will, and
always try only to please yourself, you will make many a slip,
and have many a trouble.
The HELM for the Ship you will find in James iii. 4. The
tongue is called the Helm! How important the helm of the
Ship is It is a wheel that is constantly watched and turned







84 THE OSTRICH.







TJ-IE OSTFeJ-1.

HE Ostrich is a very tall bird, with a very long
neck, and very long legs. But though it is so big
it is a great coward at heart! For when any
danger threatens the Ostrich it will run a long way, and hide
its head in the sand. The danger is not lessened because
the Ostrich is hiding its head: the only difference is that it
cannot see the danger. The Ostrich is also noted for leaving
its eggs in the sand quite unprotected, so that they can be
stolen, or trampled under foot; or the young ones when they
are hatched from the shell, may die for want of food, for the
parent-bird quite neglects them.
So you see that the Ostrich is not a pattern for us, but
rather a warning! for what character is so hateful as that of a
coward ? A bully, or in other words, an oppressor, is never
respected, and cannot be admired; we should ask God to
make us likeJesus, gentle and kind.
Job xxxix. 13 to 18.
Lamentations iv. 3.







STONES. 143

face like a flint, and I shall not be ashamed." (Isaiah li. 7.)
Strong to resist sin, and temptation of every kind.

STEPHEN, THE BRAVE APOSTLE, WAS STONED TO DEATH,.
because he had told the people about their sins. He had
reminded them of their cruelty, and their wickedness, in cruci-
fying the Lord Jesus Christ. While he spoke to them, his
face shone with the brightness.of God's glory. There he sat
in the council, looking radiant with heavenly light. But these
wicked men, who outwardly were so good, and learned in
God's truth, seized him, dragged him outside the city, and
"stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus,
receive my spirit. And he kneeled down, and cried with a
loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when
he had said this, he fell asleep." (Acts vii. 54-6o.) What a
change it must have been to Stephen to pass away from that
furious mob, and the agonizing pain of being struck with those
dreadful Stones, right into the glorious Home prepared for
him above the sky, to dwell in the presence of God for ever
and for ever. His poor body suffered down here, but his
soul was very happy. So "he was patient and forgiving all
the time that he was being cruelly treated by his enemies;
and then he was taken away into the brightness of the glory
that was waiting for him above.






BREAD. 151

wants of others, and their troubles and their sins too. Then
the Lord will pardon, satisfy, and bless; for He has
promised. Those who help in the Lord's work of feeding the
hungry-whether for soul or body-get a double share of
blessing for .themselves and their families. If you try to
comfort some one that is in trouble, or visit a poor or sick
person, and tell them of Jesus; if you teach a little class of
children about the same loving Saviour of whom you have so
often heard-the Lord will bless you much more than if you
kept all your knowledge to yourself.
In Matthew vii. 9, we find the Lord Jesus Christ asking a
question to which He gave His own answer. "What man is
there of you, whom if his son
ASK BREAD,
will he give him a stone ? or if he ask a fish, will he give
him a serpent ? If ye then, being evil, know how to give
good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your
Father which is in Heaven give good things to them that
ask Him?" This shows us that if we PRAY, we may be
QUITE SURE that God hears our prayer offered in the name
of Jesus, and for His sake; and that He will certainly answer
it in His own way. If we pray we must trust God for the
answer; and it is sure to come. A little boy was once left
alone in a small cottage by the roadside. His mother







122 CUP.

mercies. When his Cup was full it ran over, and then some
other thirsty ones could get the droppings.
We read of the

Cup of trembling, Isaiah li. 22.
Cup of salvation, Psalm cxvi. 13.
Cup of consolation, Jeremiah xvi. 7.
Cup of God's fury, Jeremiah xxv. 15.
Cup of God's wrath, .Revelations xvi. 19.
Cup of His blessing, Corinthians x. 16.

In Matthew xxvi. 39, we read that the Lord Jesus Christ
drank of a very bitter "Cup" of pain and sorrow, that He
might remove the curse of sin from us. So bitter it was, that
in the garden of Gethsemane He prayed, O my Father, if it
be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I
will, but as Thou wilt." And then that night of agony began,.
when Judas Iscariot betrayed Him with a kiss, and led Him
away to Caiaphas, the High Priest (ver. 57), where false
witness against Him was earnestly sought, but could not be
found, until two came, who said that Jesus had prophesied
the downfall of the temple (ver. 60, 61.) Then Peter
denied His Lord three times. This must have been a very
bitter drop in that terrible cup of anguish (ver. 75.) In
" Pilate's Hall" the Lord Jesus was scourgedd" .. .







"I26 CUP.

This is very different from the state of those to whom our
Lord spoke in Matthew xxiii. 25, when He said, "Ye make
clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within
they are full of extortion and excess." These Pharisees
appeared to be very good, and tried to put on a show of
religion, in their dress, and conversation, and alms-giving.
But it was all outside. They did not follow the Lord Jesus
Christ in His holy ways; they hated true holiness. There
are a great many people now, both grown-up people and
children, who come to church every Sunday, and look very
good, but their hearts have never been changed; Jesus has
never washed them from their sins in His own blood. They
do not live for Him. They do not serve Him. Some girls
and boys dress very nicely, and look very clean and nice out-
side, but they are not good. A little girl once went out on a
beautiful summer day. She had on a warm frock and jacket,
and a snug little hat tied under her chin. Her cheeks were
rosy, and her blue eyes so bright. She had a hoop in her
hand, and she ran along very merrily for a little while. But
presently the nurse wanted her to turn down another path,
and the little girl wanted to go straight along the road by the
palings. So what did she do ? She screamed, and stamped
with her foot, and got into a very great passion, and used
very unkind, angry words to her nurse. You see she was full







CUP. 127

of Angry Tempers. How grieved the gentle Holy Spirit must
have been who was watching over her!
Some little Cups, that look very pretty outside, are full of
untruth and deceit inside; and God hates that sin. He offers
to cleanse it away, and make us true, like Himself.
Other little Cups have got very black marks, called Sloth,
inside them. They do not like to take any pains. Lessons
seem very hard work, and I can't" comes every now and
then!
Disobedience is another ugly little cobweb in the Cup. God
says, "To OBEY is better than sacrifices." He likes us to be
VERY obedient.
Will you ask your Heavenly Father to teach you every day
to please Him, and not to let you be Angry or Deceitful, or
Slothful, or Disobedient; but to give you grace and love, that
you may indeed be His dear child, pleasing HIM in all that
you say, and do ?

More holiness give me,
More sweetness within;
More patience in suffering,
More sorrow for sin;
More faith in my Saviour,
More sense of His care;
More joy in His service,
More purpose in prayer.







30 THE TREE.

one from which it was taken. We see the farmers very busy
in the spring, ploughing up their fields; and the gardeners are
digging their gardens. All this hard work is the preparation
for sowing the Seed. Then, when the ground is made soft
and ready to receive it, the Seed is sown. Go and look at the
ground a little while after this has been done, and you will find
it covered with little tiny green blades. These are the very
same little dark Seeds that were sown in the ground a short
time before. (Illustrate by talking of a garden; or sow some
Seeds in a flower-pot, that the whole idea may be received, and
thus reality and force imparted to the Scripture taught.)
The Lord Jesus Christ taught His disciples about the Seed,
and told them it was like the Word of God. "A sower went
forth to sow," and his Seed fell in FOUR different places.
The way side.
Stony places.
Among thorns.
Good ground.
The Way side is like the man who heareth the word of the
kingdom, and understandeth it not; then cometh the wicked
one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart.
The Stony places" are like him who Heareth the word,
and anon with joy receiveth it; yet hath he not root in
himself, but dureth for a while; for when tribulation or







METALS. 103

soul was much discouraged by the way"-and they "spake
against God, and against Moses, and said, Wherefore have ye
brought us up out of Egypt, to die in the wilderness ? for
there is no bread, neither is there any water; and our soul
loatheth this light Bread." Then the Lord sent fiery serpents
among the people, and they bit the people; and much people
of Israel died." You can imagine what a dreadful thing it
must have been to these men and women camping out in the
desert, to see myriads of serpents crawling in and out amongst
their tents, and among their children! and then, when they
found that every bite was fatal !-no wonder a wail of anguish
went up to heaven, and a heart-felt confession to the Father
against whom they had sinned. Now, they said to Moses,
"We have sinned, for we have spoken against the Lord, and
against thee; pray unto the Lord, that He take away the
serpents from us. And Moses prayed for the people." How
gracious the Lord was! Immediately He answered their cry,
and sent them a deliverance. The command came forth,
" Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole : and it shall
come to pass that every one that is bitten, when he looketh
upon it shall live. And Moses made a serpent of Brass, and
put it upon a pole : and it came to pass that if a serpent had
bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of Brass, he
lived." As the people looked up to the pole, and saw the








172 THE SHEEP AND SHEPHERD.

There were ninety and nine that safely lay
In the shelter of the fold;
But one was out on the hills away,
Far off from the gates of gold,
Away on the mountains wild and bare,
Away from the tender Shepherd's care.

Lord, Thou hast here Thy ninety and nine,
Are they not enough for Thee?"
But the Shepherd made answer: "This of Mine
Has wandered away from Me;
And although the road be rough and steep,
I go to the desert to find My Sheep."

But none of the ransomed ever knew
How deep were the waters crossed;
Nor how dark was the night that the Lord passed through
Ere He found His Sheep that was lost.
Out in the desert He heard its cry,
Sick, and helpless, and ready to die.

"Lord, whence are those blood-drops all the way,
That mark out the mountain's track?"
"They were shed for one who had gone astray
Ere the Shepherd could bring him back."
"Lord, whence are Thy hands so rent and torn ?"
"They are pierced to-night by many a thorn."

And all through the mountains, thunder-riven,
And up from the rocky steep,
There rose a cry to the gate of heaven,
"Rejoice I have found My Sheep !"
And the angels echoed around the throne,
Rejoice, for the Lord brings back His own !"










CUP. 123

"stripped" "clothed in scarlet" .. "crowned with
thorns spit upon ". .. smitten"... mocked" ..
"led out to the cross ... "crucified between two thieves "...
"given vinegar to drink" reviled" .. pierced with a
spear "buried in a grave." Was not this a bitter cup ?"
And yet the gracious Saviour, who suffered all this, was
perfectly pure, perfectly holy, perfectly innocent. He allowed
the wicked people thus to mangle His body, and to ill-treat
Him with their cruel words; and He allowed the anger of a
Holy God, against SIN, to rest upon HIMSELF, that WE
may be FREE! that WE may be SAVED! Could there
be more wondrous love, and tender, pitying kindness, than
this ? Have you ever thanked and praised Him for drinking
all this bitter sorrow, that you may be happy now, and for
ever, and for ever. I once knew a boy who gave a great deal
of sorrow to his parents, and to himself too, because he did
not like good, or wise, or holy ways. When he was away
from home he did many wrong things, and when he was at
home he was discontented and unhappy, and could not bear
to see his father and mother, and brothers and sisters, reading
the Bible together, and praying together, and praising God.
He grew to be a young man, and went to College. At last
he wrote to his father, and said, I am not coming home this
vacation. I shall go and amuse myself somewhere else."







METALS. 99

a dreadful fall all the way down the stairs one day, and after
that she was not able to walk about any more, for she had
hurt her back very much. All day long she was obliged to
lie on the sofa year after year. But do you think she was
very unhappy ? Oh! no. Everybody liked to come and see
her, for she never complained. She was very patient, and
very happy too. She was always smiling, and often singing.
Her father and mother used to call her their Sunbeam."
Her little heart seemed to overflow with thankfulness to God
for all His goodness to her. She always thought of the
mercies, instead of the crosses. Sometimes the tears would
run down her cheeks when she was in great pain, and then
her little voice would be heard praying to the Lord Jesus to
make her good, and not let her be impatient. Every little
boy and girl ought to be like Jesus, "meek, loving, lowly,
mild;" and He can give the grace that they need for this
likeness.

SILVER IS COMPARED TO
Proverbs ii. 4.
Wisdom, Proverbs iii. 14.
Proverbs xvi. 16.
SProverbs x. 20.
Tongue of the Just, Proverbs xxv. I I.
0 ( Proverbs xxv. 11.

















TO TJ-IE JSJPOEJTS, TE.1eJ-IEf S, /JAqD fkIEJDS
Of TJ-IE eJ-IIbDrFEJN.

T was on a Friday afternoon that we drove up to
a large house in the vicinity of a town. We had
"been invited by its kind owner to spend a few days
with him and his family. Saturday was spent in driving,
walking, skating, laughing, talking, playing, and singing.
There were several Children in the house of various ages and
tastes, and, it is needless to say, they added very much to the
liveliness of the household. Sunday morning came; and
after breakfast I took my book into the drawing-room, where
I soon became aware of a very different atmosphere from that
of the previous day. First, a crossfire of conversation, that
could be described by no other words than Sunday gossip,
ensued-something in this style:-
"Oh! Miss Jenkins" (the governess), "did you see Eleanor
b





















TJ-IE aPTE.
"I STOOD AT MERCY'S GATE."

"NTER ye in at the straight GATE: for wide is the
GATE, and broad is the way, that leadeth to
destruction, and many there be which go in
threat. Because straight is the GATE, and narrow is the
way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it."
(Matthew vii. 13, 14.)
In these two verses we have
A COMMAND, "Enter in."
"A PROMISE, "unto life."
"A WARNING, "to destruction."
Contrast between
The GATE of Punishment and the GATE of Blessing.
"If a man have a stubborn and rebellious son, which will
A







94 METALS.

Achan stole a WEDGE OF GOLD, and hid it beneath his tent.
(Joshua vii. 21.) But he could not hide his sin from God; he
was called out before the whole host of Israelites, and stoned
to death, and his possessions burnt. (ver. 24, 25.) What a
sad lesson this teaches us, but a very true one-does it not ?
That sin must be punished. "The wages of sin is death."
(Romans vi. 23.) And that we cannot possibly conceal our
sins, however clever we may be, for God has said, Be sure
your sins will find you out." (Numbers xxxii. 23.)
Nebuchadnezzar made an IMAGE OF GOLD, which he com-
manded every one to fall down and worship, at the sound of
the musical instruments. (Daniel iii. I.)
Belshazzar, another great king of Babylon, drank out of the
GOLDEN VESSELS which he had brought from the temple of God,
in Jerusalem. This wickedness-first robbery, and then dese-
cration-did not pass unpunished, for that very night an army
of Persian soldiers marched into his city, and killed himself
and all his courtiers who were feasting with him. (Daniel v.
1 to end.)
We are told in James v. 3, that GOLD AND SILVER may become
cankered, and rusted; and we are also told in Matthew vi. 20,
that we are to lay up for ourselves treasures in Heaven, where
neither moth nor rust can corrupt, and where thieves do not
break through nor steal."








xvi TO THE PARENTS, TEACHERS, AND

Gate.
Path.
By the time we had got half way through this list-so,
though the Children's interest was as vigorous as ever, I
told them we must stop now, and take the rest of the subject
another time. I felt that at least THREE OBJECTS had been
gained by this method of employing some of the Sunday
hours.
The Children had been made happy;
The time had been improved by mental exercise; and
The precious seed of God's own word had been sown in
their hearts.
The FIRST of these I considered to be a result of far greater
importance than it is generally reckoned. The SECOND, a
fulfilment of the Master's command, most weighty in its signi-
ficance, and implying the full use for HIM of every part of
our being-" OCCUPY TILL I COME." The THIRD, I knew to
be of INESTIMABLE value-I mean communication of His word
-because He has told us of that living seed, that "it shall
accomplish the thing whereto He has sent it." (Isaiah Iv. 8.)
This word of God, which often lies so carelessly in our
hands, and is treated so lightly in our homes, is Divine in its
origin, Eternal in its durability, Omnipotent in its agency,
Infinite in its resources, and individual in its action. There-







THE TREE. 19

Rev. xxii. 14; Rev. ii. 17). Jesus Christ is the Tree of Life
"in the midst of the Paradise of God." Here He can give
you shelter, satisfy, refresh, and heal you; and in Heaven
there will be perfect and endless blessedness in Himself for
His people. In foreign lands we hear of a Tree called the
Upas, which emits so deadly a poison from its leaves and
branches, that it is said to be death to a traveller to fall asleep
beneath its shelter. In this world, which is indeed a land very
foreign to Heaven, there is also a Tree of death, which brings
ruin to the poor souls who make their home in its shadow.
This deadly Tree is SIN. But the Lord Jesus Christ is the
One who invites us to awake from that dangerous sleep and
receive Eternal Life from Himself. Both healing and blessing
He can give. (Prov. iii. 18; Prov. xi. 30; Prov. xv. 4.)

TREE OF KNOWLEDGE OF GOOD AND EVIL.
-Gen. ii. 27.
Of this tree, Adam and Eve were forbidden to eat. But
they refused to obey, and from that moment death and sorrow
drove them from that happy garden. Since those days many
a man has been made very miserable by learning about EVIL.
When we stretch out our hand to take the knowledge that
God has forbidden us, reading books that tell us about wicked
people and things, and that are full of doubts about God's








THE GATE. 15

An unbelieving lord once refused to trust in God's promise,
and so the "Gate," which was life to thousands of people,
became death to him! (2 Kings vii. 7, 18.) We must take
care that we are not like this unbelieving one who perished
in the crowd.
When Peter had been shut up in prison, the angel came
to him one night and led him out from among the sleeping
soldiers, and the heavy chains, and the high walls. The
great iron Gate" opened to them of its own accord. (Acts
xii. To.) Sometimes our faults look to us as terrible as that
iron-barred Gate, but if we are following Jesus He will take
them away, and make the road plain and smooth before us.
" Rhoda opened not the Gate to Peter for gladness (Ver.
14.) There is many a happy Gate of friendship, and of
promise, that God will open up to us day by day beneath His
smile, if we are walking in His ways stedfastly, turning
neither to the right hand nor to the left.


"Yield not to temptation, for yielding is sin,
Each victory will help you some other to win;
Fight manfully onward, dark passions subdue,
Look ever to Jesus, He'll carry you through.


Ask the Saviour to help you, comfort, strengthen, and keep you.
He is willing to aid you, He will carry you through.







66 THE VINE.

does not bear any fruit it is worthless and cast into the fire.
Of what use is a withered or dead branch ? It is of NO USE !
For this reason the Lord Jesus Christ says, Abide in me,
and I in you." He that abideth in Me, and I in him, the
same bringeth forth much fruit, for without Me ye can do
nothing."
If you read the fifteenth chapter of Ezekiel you will see
that the branches are very worthless in themselves. The wood
is so weak that you cannot even make it into a peg to hang
something on. So that the only use of the Vine is to bring
forth fruit. We may learn from this that if we are not living
holy lives for Jesus, our life is being wasted, and by-and-bye
the poor withered branch will be cut down; but if it brings
forth plenty of sweet fruit, then the Lord is pleased, and we
are happy, and His people are refreshed and comforted, and
many poor sinners are drawn to the loving Saviour.
Isaiah v. I to 7. You see here what care is taken of the
vineyard. How many things are done for it ? The Master
placed it on a fruitful hill,
Fenced it.
Gathered out the stones.
Planted it with the choicest Vine.
Built a tower in the midst of it.
Made a winepress therein.







166 THE SHEEP AND SHEPHERD.

He restoreth my soul: He leadeth me in the paths of
righteousness for His name's sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of
death, I will fear no evil: for Thou art with me; Thy rod and
Thy staff they comfort me.
Thou spreadest a table before me in the presence of mine
enemies; my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of
my life; and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever."
(Psalm xxiii.)
What a kind Shepherd David sings of here! Can you
count how many different things the Lord does for His
Sheep ?
He gives them Supply, verse I.
Rest, verse 2.
Guidance, verse 3.
Holiness, verse 3.
Safety, verse 4.
Comfort, verse 4.
Peace, verse 5.
Goodness,
Mercy, verse 6.
Glory,d
In Ezekiel xxxiv. we read that










THE LAMP. 59


" We see the marriage splendour
Within the open door;
We know that those who enter
Are blest for evermore.
We see He is more lovely
Than all the sons of men;
But still we know the door, once shut,
Will never ope again."











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T-IE ST R.
I AM THE BRIGHT AND MORNING STAR. (Rev. xxii. 16.)
Until the day dawn, and the DAY STAR arise in your hearts. (2 Peter i. 19.)
There shall come a STAR out of Jacob. (Numbers xxiv. 17.)
And I will give him the MORNING STAR. (Rev. ii. 28.)

In these verses we have the Star as a type, or picture, of
the Lord Jesus Christ in all His glory-shining in heaven,
and shining down upon His people.
The morning Star shines just before the daybreak-when
the night is at its very darkest; the day Star shines, and the
watchers know the sunlight will soon follow. The morning
Star is the harbinger of the day.
An old gamekeeper who was often obliged to spend his
night out upon the mountains, said to me one day, Do you
know what is the darkest part of the night ? It is the hour
that precedes the morning. Then we look for the morning
Star to shine over the horizon, and after the star has risen we
see the sun."








THE HOUSE. 41


"Oh, think of the home over there,
By the side of the river of light,
Where the saints all immortal and fair
Are robed in their garments of white.
Over there, over there, oh, think of the home over there.

"Oh, think of the friends over there,
Who before us the journey have trod,
Of the songs that they breathe on the air,
In their home in the palace of God.
Over there, over there, oh, think of the friends over there.

" My Saviour is now over there,
There my kindred and friends are at rest;
Then, away from my sorrow and care,
Let me fly to the land of the blest.
Over there, over there, my Saviour is now over there.

" I'll soon be at home over there,
For the end of my journey I see;
Many dear to my heart over there
Are watching and waiting for me.
Over there, over there, I'll soon be at home over there."







THE ROCK. I79

shakes beneath every blast, and then falls-a heap of "ruin !"
The house built upon the Rock stands on for ever. Did you
ever see a little child building a house of wooden bricks?
Such a little touch will throw it over! and then down comes
all the pile that it took him such trouble to erect. The house
of wooden bricks tumbles down so easily, because it has no
foundation. Or did you ever build a castle on the sea-shore,
close to the waves ? You may have built it very carefully,
and tried to make it as firm as possible, but when the first
wave came, all your trouble was gone! Away went the castle
-swept into the great sea! How unwise it is to go through
each day-and then all through life-taking for our rule "WHAT
EVERYBODY WILL SAY!" This is indeed a shifting sand; or,
" WHAT DO I LIKE ? WHAT WILL MAKE ME MOST COMFORT-
ABLE ? AND GIVE ME LEAST TROUBLE ?" Is not this a very
loose, changeable foundation ? How different from the great
Rock that St Paul chose to build his new house upon!
" Lord! what wilt THOU have me to do?" (Acts ix. 4.)
The Lord Himself, and His own Word, which is strong, and
true, and unchangeable, is the only ROCK on which it is safe
to build our hopes, and our plans, and our daily life. At
school and at play, in work and in leisure, take THE LORD'S
WORD for your rule: obey it, believe it, submit to it, and trust
in it, and you will always find encouragement, and happiness,







TH.E LAMP. 51












TJE beDM.p.

E read about LAMPS very often in Scripture; but
you must not think that the Lamp used by the
people in Palestine, where the Bible was written,
was like the one in your dining-room or drawing-room. It
was a little thing about as large as my hand, and just like the
one in the picture here. In the spout a tiny wick burns,
which looks as if it could not be of much use, but as the
Lamp is full of oil, there is more light from the little wick
than you would think.
(Judges vi. and vii.) Gideon told his brave little army of
three hundred men to "put Lamps within their pitchers,"
when they'went forth to fight against the great host of
Midianites. At the given word of command, each man
broke his pitcher, held the Lamp in his left hand, blew with the







STONES. 139

the sepulchre ?" (Mark xvi. 3.) But when they came to the
place, they found the Stone rolled away! Who had done
this ? We read in Matt. xxviii. 2, that the "Angel had
rolled back the Stone." Instead of death and darkness, they
found an angel in garments of beautiful light, and Jesus, their
beloved Friend, was standing just behind them. He was not
a dead, but a risen Saviour, waiting there to comfort their
hearts, and to send them with glad tidings of His resurrec-
tion to the other disciples. This Stone teaches us that we
need never be afraid of the future if our trust is in Jesus. It
is all SURE to be bright! if He is before us. He never fails
those that trust in Him. Hope thou in God." So we
need never weep over TO-MORROW'S troubles. The best way
to drive away trouble is to praise God, thank Him, and
expect good things from Him; for He says, According to
your faith-be it unto you." Many sighs and tears are
wasted on this earth, in thinking over troubles that have not
come yet, and perhaps never will come. If you are ever
tempted to do this, think of the Stone that Mary found
rolled away on that glorious resurrection morning, when
Jesus had proved Himself conqueror over sin and Satan.

THE STONE WAS REMOVED FROM LAZARUS' GRAVE.
Then the Lord's voice called to him to "Come forth!" and







METALS. 87







JVIETA bS.

OW many metals are there ? Can you tell me ?
There are FIVE-
GOLD, SILVER, BRASS, COPPER, IRON.

GO b D.
.Gold is the most precious of all metals. It was found
beside the river that watered the garden of Eden (Genesis ii.
SI, 12.) It was used for the furniture of the Tabernacle in
the wilderness, and in the dress of the High Priest. How
many times is gold mentioned between Exodus xxxv. and xl. ?
and to how many different uses was it applied ? You will see
that gold was used for the Ark, the Mercy Seat, the Vessels,
the Altar of Incense, the Candlestick, and the Table of Shew-
bread; and in the dress of the High Priest for the Mitre and
Breastplate.

If the teacher is at all disposed to give instruction on the spiritual teachings
that may be derived from these various types, there are books that afford
much useful information, published with coloured sketches of the different
parts of the Tabernacle.










BOOK. 47

a Book containing God's sentence against him, on account of
his wickedness. This Book was read first to the people, then
to the princes, and lastly to the king. Now the king sat
in the winterhouse in the ninth month: and there was a fire
on the hearth burning before him. And it came to pass, that
when Jehoiakim had read three or four leaves, he cut it with
the penknife, and cast it into the fire that was on the hearth,
until all the roll was consumed in the fire that was on the
hearth." (Jeremiah xxxvi. 22.)
Poor deluded king! He tried to put away the sentence
that was written against him, by cutting up the Book with his
penknife, and then burning it in the fire! It is needless to
say that such an attempt was worse than useless; for God
sent the prophet Jeremiah another message. He said to him,
" Take thee again another roll, and write in it all the former
words that were in the first roll, which Jehoiakim the king of
Judah hath burned." Verse 29 to 31 will tell you what the
Lord said. "Then took Jeremiah another roll and Barach
wrote from the mouth of Jeremiah all the words of the Book
which Jehoiakim king of Judah had burned in the fire: and
there were added besides unto them many like words." (Verse 32.)
The penknife and the winter fire could not take away the
judgment from him. Like the ostrich hiding its head in the
sand, he tried to escape from the vengeance that was pursuing







METALS. III

laid in its own place, at the feet of the Redeemer, to shine
forth in His own beauty.
We read of A PEN OF IRON in Job xix. 24, and again in
Jeremiah xvii. i. A pen of Iron writes so firmly that its
words cannot be blotted out. They are indelibly fixed in the
parchment. If we remember this, and then contrast the Ist
and 13th verses of this xviith chapter of Jeremiah, we shall
see what God wishes to teach us. He says, the "SIN" of the
wicked is "graven with a pen of Iron," and the "point of a
diamond," but their NAMES are written in the EARTH!"
You know that when you write your name in the sand by the
sea shore, the first great wave that comes rolling in blots it
out, washes it away altogether, and you can never find it
again. Now you see the two kinds of writing. The one is
fixed, and the other is blotted out--the SIN FIXED, THE NAME
BLOTTED OUT. Oh! do not let it be so with you! but rather
ask God to let your SIN be blotted out" (Isaiah xliii. 25), and
YOUR NAME written safely FOR EVER in "the Lamb's Book of
Life." (Revelation xx. 12; Revelation xxi. 27.)

A HOT IRON.
Some people seem so careless, and so hardened, that we
are told by the Lord that they have their consciences seared
with a hot Iron." (I Timothy iv. 2.)







CUr. 121

was praying. His heart was full of anxiety, but he was very
busy. He must do his work; and all the time he worked he
was praying. As he stood there, God heard his desire, and
granted his request. His prayer was answered, as you will
see if you read the whole book of Nehemiah. He was
allowed to go back to his own country and rebuild the temple,
which had fallen into ruin. Does not this little story show us
that our Heavenly Father is very near to us, and that we may
always ask Him for anything we want. Even when we are
busy we may pray. Walking, standing, sitting, lying down,
kneeling. In all these attitudes, we find in Scripture that
prayer may be offered, and accepted by God.

In Matthew x. 42, the Lord Jesus Christ tells us that a
"" CUP OF COLD WATER given in His name" shall in no wise
lose its reward. Any little thing done for Jesus will be
noticed, and rewarded by Him. A little kind word-a little
loving look-a little act of forgiveness-a little bit of self-
denial-a little patient forbearance-will not be forgotten by
Him. Every little thing is of importance when it is done for
Him, and He remembers it, and smiles down upon His child.

David said, in Psalm xxiii. 4, "My CUP RUNNETH OVER."
He was full of gratitude, praising God for all His great








4 THE GATE.

(Pause) Many go in at one, and few at the other.
You have told me two differences between the Gates. Can
you tell me one more ? And then what will two and one
make ?
(Every voice replies) Three.
Well, look at the verse. The Gate opens into a way, and
the way leads to a place. What places do the two Gates
lead to ?
(Children answer) One leads to LIFE, and the other to
DESTRUCTION. The straight Gate leads to Life and the wide
Gate to Destruction.
Now, tell me all over again, the three differences between
the Gates; and then I will tell you something. (Children
repeat clearly the three differences.")
(Read out of Pilgrim's Progress narrative of Christian's arrival at Wicket
Gate.)
At the little Gate Christian's burden rolled away. (Ask
some questions about story.) The Lord Jesus said to His
disciples, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of
a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the Kingdom of
God." (Mark x. 25.)
There was a little narrow Gate in the wall of the city of
Jerusalem, called "The Needle's Eye," and when a camel
came to this Gate loaded with its master's goods, it had to







46 BOOK

Bible stories of the tender Saviour's love, and used to teach
her to THANK God for all His kindness, and to PRAY to Him
for His blessing. One day the little girl was going out to
drink tea with some of her little friends, and was just ready
dressed, waiting for the carriage. She was sitting in the
nursery, playing with her doll, and chatting to the nurse
about all the fun she was going to have, when the door
opened, and in came her mamma, and said, "My child! you
cannot go to-day, because something is the matter with one of
the horses; so you could not go in the carriage, and it is
impossible for me to arrange your visit. You cannot go, dear
child, so there is no use thinking about it any more." Now,
what did the little girl do ? Did she cry, and get very angry,
or very unhappy ? No She began to SING Presently the
nurse turned round, and said, Is that my little Daisy (Daisy
was her name) singing ? instead of crying ?" Yes, nurse,"
said the little girl, I have got SINGING in my heart all the
time!" Daisy was a happy little girl, was she not ? She had
a SONG IN HER HEART and she could sing away her troubles.
Shall you and I ask Jesus to make us like Daisy ? with our
hearts FULL OF SINGING all the way ?
A certain king-of the name of Jehoiakim-had led astray
the whole nation of Judah, over whom he reigned, by both
example and precept. The Lord sent a prophet to him with







x TO THE PARENTS, TEACHERS, AND

Redcliffe at church last Sunday? She had the most frightful
bonnet on!"
Frightful I echoed one.
Frightful!" echoed another.
But I don't think I ever saw anyone come such a guy as
that little Miss Katie Jones Wasn't she, Mary ?"
Peals of laughter followed this recollection, which had
evidently been well handled before, and was only interrupted
by a would-be harsh voice and frown-
DON'T, Children. BE quiet. Such behaviour for Sunday.
I will NOT have it."
After a little more expostulatory ejaculation of the same
description, a piercing shriek was heard.
"What is the matter, Children?" chimed in another re-
proving voice. You are so troublesome."
Oh! Johnny pricked me with his knife."
I didn't mean to hurt you," said Johnny, in a deprecatory
tone. It was your fault; you put your hand upon it."
Oh! you naughty Children; what shall I do with you ?
You really MUST be quiet, and remember that it is Sunday."
This exhortation was followed by a deep groan from more
than one of the occupants of the room.
I wish it wasn't!" said one.
Now, Children, I will have you quiet. So don't speak







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a good, kind father, and loved his little girl very much. But
he wanted to teach her this very lesson that Job had to learn.
So he said to her, You seem very happy with your beads,
my child !" "Yes! father," said the little girl. I want you
to throw them all into the fire." Father!" said the child,
very much surprised. "Yes! my child, I mean it," said the
father. The little girl, after looking at him very earnestly and
gravely to see whether he meant what he had said, got up
from her seat, and, mustering all her strength, threw the lapful
of her treasures into the fire; and then came the tears running
down her cheeks, while many bitter sobs followed. Several
days passed, and though the little girl had learnt to OBEY, she
had not learnt to TRUST; for many times she wondered how
her father could be so unkind as to make her burn all her
pretty beads. At last, one morning she was very busy doing
her lessons when her father came in, and said, "A holiday,
to-day, Mary! Look here! I have brought you a box."
Mary ran to open the box and look at its contents. "All
for you, my child," said the father, as he saw the delight with
which Mary undid the parcels and took out many beautiful
beads, far prettier than the ones she had burnt, and toys large
and small. She was a happy little girl that day She clapped
her hands, and thanked her father over and over again.
Then her kind father called her to his arms. Come, my







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according to the course that the ship is to pursue. So God
would have us watch our lips, and take great care of our
words.
No angry words.
No unkind words.
No untruthful words.
No careless words.
No complaining words.
But loving words, holy words, gentle words, peaceable
words, truthful words, thankful words. Perhaps you will say,
" It is so difficult always to think of the right words The
wrong words are so much easier to say! I forget, too, that
they are wrong until after I have said them." Then tell the
Lord Jesus that you want HIM to come and hold the Helm.
Tell Him that you cannot take care of the Ship all by your-
self; and He will come and watch over you, and watch with
you, and watch for you. Then everything will be right, and
"the crooked things will be made straight, and the rough
places plain;" and your heart will be "kept in perfect peace,"
because you "trust in Him."
The ANCHOR. When a Ship returns from a voyage, and
comes into the harbour, you can hear the rattling of a great
heavy chain over her bows, and the sailors all seem very busy
running backwards and forwards on the deck. What are







168 THE SHEEP AND SHEPHERD.

ASA and HEZEKIAH both offered to the Lord
"Seven thousand Sheep"
as an offering.
2 Chronicles xv. 1. 2 Chronicles xxx. 24.
They gave liberally; and the Lord says He "loveth a cheer-
ful giver," and "the liberal soul shall be made fat." So we
know that a blessing rested upon this sacrifice, offered to the
glory of His name.

The flocks of Sheep belonging to JOB were burnt with
fire. (Job i. 16.) But after a long time of trial Job was
comforted, and all his property restored to him. We read
then that he had "fourteen thousand Sheep, and six thousand
Camels." (Job xlii. 12.) What a lesson to us not to be afraid
in the time of trial! for the Lord can so easily bring good
out of evil. Little children may learn these lessons of faith.
How can this be ? Just by TRUSTING JESUS for everything-
little things, and great things !-all can be trusted to Him; for
He "DOETH ALL THINGS WELL." Because I want you to
remember this little verse, I will tell you a story. A little
girl was sitting by the fire one day, playing with some pretty
beads of different colours. She was stringing them together
for her doll, and thinking all the while how beautiful they
looked. Presently her father came into the room. He was







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atonement, His righteousness, are very satisfying to the
human heart. They revive and refresh the needy soul; and
they are given quite freely. Whosoever will" may drink
and live; to every one the call comes, O taste and see that
the Lord is good." A poor girl was very ill. She lived in a
little cottage in the country. Sometimes when her mother
used to walk into the town along the high road, she used to
pass a beautiful garden, where there were fine hothouses, and
where she could see through the glass large bunches of grapes
hanging on the Vines. One day she worked very hard at the
spinning wheel, and earned half a crown; this money she
took in her hand to the large glass house, and she knocked at
the door. Presently the gardener came. "What do you
want ?" he asked. "Sir," said the poor woman, "I want
very much to buy some grapes for my sick daughter. Here
is half a crown; may I have one bunch ?" The gardener
answered her very roughly and sent her away, saying that he
could not sell her any grapes for so little money. Away she
went, very sad and disappointed. Her daughter lay on her
bed very ill; her body was full of pain, and her lips parched
with thirst. The poor mother set to work, earned another
half crown, and took it to the gardener who had charge of the
hothouses where she had seen the grapes. But alas! again
she was refused. She had still brought too little money!







164 THE SHEEP AND SHEPHERD.

brother Joseph and put him into a pit. Out of this pit he was
taken, that he might be sold to the Egyptians; and his little
coat of many colours was dipped in the blood of a kid, that it
might be shown to his father Jacob, under the pretence that
Joseph was killed. But it was not so. From a slave, Joseph
became a trusted servant. From a palace, by unjust accusation,
he went to a prison ; and from the prison he came forth to be
a ruler over the people. Second to the king in power, he was
trusted and honoured by all, and had resting upon himself the
duty and responsibility of feeding the hungry crowds during
the seven years of famine. We know how! well Joseph
performed this work; and how in the end he rescued his own
brothers from poverty, and shame, placing them in the fertile
land of Goshen, where they could tend their Sheep without
fear of cruelty or want.
DAVID was "a Shepherd from his youth." He was
brought in from the fields one day to be anointed king over
Israel. He was only a boy, "ruddy, and withal of a
beautiful countenance, and goodly to look to." (i Samuel xvi.
12.) But he was chosen as God's anointed; and he went back
to his Sheep, a Shepherd lad to all appearance still, but he
was a king in disguise. A long time he had to tend his flock
before he was called into the city to dwell at the king's court;
and, during that time, both a lion and a bear came to devour








72 THE VINE.

Wholly Thine, 0 Lord,
In every passing hour;
Thine in silence, Thine to speak,
As Thou dost grant the power.

Wholly Thine, 0 Lord,
To fashion as Thou wilt:
Strengthen, bless, and keep the soul,
Which Thou hast saved from guilt.

Thine, Lord, wholly Thine,
For ever one with Thee-
Rooted, grounded in Thy love,
Abiding, sure, and free.







96 METALS.

Temple, Chronicles, xxviii. 14 to 17.
It was brought as an Numbers vii. 3, 9.
offering to God, from Exodus xxxv. 24.
0 'Exodus xxxv. 24.
the Israelites,
Do you not think that it is a great honour to be allowed
to give part of our Silver to God ? These people were no
losers because they laid down these handsome gifts at the
Lord's feet, for the Lord has promised that whatever we lend
to Him He will repay.
The King Jehoshaphat received PRESENTS OF SILVER as a
tribute from the Philistines. 2 Chron. xvii. I I.
Hezekiah gave Silver to
the King of Assyria,

Gehazi, the wicked servant of the prophet Elisha, ran after
Naaman's chariot, to obtain from him some SILVER ON FALSE
PRETENCES. (2 Kings v. 21, 22.) He said that his master
wanted clothes and money to give to some poor men who had
come to stay with him. Naaman believed the story, and gave
him what he desired. The dishonest servant brought home
his ill-gotten treasures, and hid them in a tower, and then he
went to stand before his master as though nothing had
happened. Elisha, however, knew all about Gehazi's theft,
and after telling him that he knew both his act and his