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W HERE are your Bibles, dear children? I have some
pictures to show you, and I shall ask you some questions
about them, which you must answer from the Bible. We will try
to find one word for every picture, and the first letter of each of
these words, arranged in order, will make a text for you all to
Now look at these men: they are brothers who have been on a
journey to buy food for themselves and their old father. They
bought it of a rich man, and on their way home they were over-
taken by one of his servants, who came to look for something which
his master had lost. He looked in their sacks, and it was
found in the sack of the youngest. What was it ? This is my
first question. Those of you who can read may find it in your
own Bibles. You may see where in the corner of the picture.
Now again. There was a man who had eight sons; the youngest
was a shepherd. He could sing and play very sweetly, and a
king who loved music, and was in great distress, sent for him to
live with him and play to him. On what instrument did he play ?
Next, give me the name of a lad who was faint with thirst
in the wilderness. His mother, in her great grief, cried aloud to
God, and an angel showed her a well of water. The lad was
dying, but the water saved him.
Jesus Christ, who loves little children, has often been called the
good shepherd. Many years before He came into this world a
prophet foretold that He should lead His people as a shepherd leads
his sheep. What did He say He should carry in His bosom 9
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Geneis xliv. 12. I. Sanuel xvi. 23.
Genesis xvi. 15.
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SDaniel vi. 16. Genesis ix. ]3, 1-1.
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A foolish king once made a law that no one should pray except
to him for thirty days. What good man, who was not afraid to do
right, prayed three times a day to God, as he had always done ?
Because he did this, he was shut up all night in a lion's den; but
God sent his angel to keep the lions from hurting him.
Here is a picture of something which we often see in the summer
sky, when the sun shines through the raindrops. When the flood
of waters which drowned the world, had dried up from off the
earth, God promised those who were yet alive that he would never
drown the world again; and he put a sign in the cloud, that men
might remember his promise. What do we call this bow of many
See this mother. She has had an ass saddled, and is going in
"great grief and quick haste to meet a prophet of God. She has
left her little son at home, lying dead. The hot sun hurt him as
he stood among the reapers in the corn-field. He was carried in
to his mother, and she nursed him on her knee, till noon, when he
died. Now she has gone to ask the prophet to come and help her
in her sore trouble. Who was this prophet ?
A little maid was once taken from her own home, and brought
away captive into a strange country; there she waited upon the
wife of a captain in the king's army. This captain had a dreadful
disease, called leprosy, and the little maid was of great use to him,
for she told her mistress of a prophet who dwelt in the land from
which she had come, who could cure her master. What was the
name of this captain?
...2 Samuel xviii. 9). Matthew ii. 1, 2.
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King David's son Absalom was very beautiful, but he was not
good. He wanted to be king instead of his father, and went to
war against him. The battle was in a thick wood, and as Absalom
rode under the trees, his hair, which was very long, caught in the
boughs. The mule he was riding ran away from under him, and
he was left hanging. David had said no one was to hurt him, but
one of the captains broke this command, and killed him there.
How sad a death for an undutiful son! In what kind of tree was
Jesus Christ came to this earth a little babe. Instead of a
cradle, he was laid in a manger-bed. Wise men came from a long
way off to see him, and angels told the shepherds who were
watching their flocks, where they should find him. Can you tell
me the birth-place of Jesus ? He came as a child, and He loves
and will help little children.
We should think it a strange thing for birds to bring us our
food, but one of God's prophets was fed by ravens in a time of
famine. God told him to go and dwell by a brook, and drink of
the water; and there every morning and evening the Ravens came
to him with bread and flesh for his food. Now, who was this
In this country we plough our fields with horses; but in the
countries we read of in the Bible, oxen were used in ploughing.
What do we call two oxen fastened together ?
We have next the picture of a young king; he stands to see
the idols, or false gods, broken in pieces. When he was very
young he learned to love and obey the one true God; and he
would not allow the worship of idols, when he read in the law that
it was forbidden. He was made a king when only eight years old.
If you, my little friends, would be like him, in what time are
you told to remember your Creator ?
There were two brothers, one of whom brought of the fruit of
the ground, and the other, of the firstlings of his flock, and gave
them to the Lord. God was pleased with one brother, but not
with the other, for he had not done right. What were things
called when presented to God ?
We read in the Bible of a rich man, who was "eyes to the blind,
and feet to the lame," and a father to the poor." He caused
the widow's heart to sing for joy." He suffered many troubles,
and has been called the most patient of men. In what land did
this good man live ?
A gentle maiden was leading her father's sheep to the well that
they might drink. She found there a stranger who rolled away
the stone for her from the mouth of the well. He told her who
he was; and she ran to her father with the news. Her father
went out to meet him, and brought him home to his house, and
after many years this maiden became the stranger's wife. Who
was she ?
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Once on a time the children of Israel were slaves in a strange
land. They wanted to escape from the cruel king who kept them
there. God helped them, and they set out on a journey to seek
another home. The king came after them with many chariots and
people, and they were afraid he would overtake them, as there was
no way but through the sea. In the midst of their fear, God saved
them. He made a dry road through the water, and they passed
over to the other side. The king, with his chariots and horsemen,
came after them, but before they could cross the sea, the waters
flowed back again, and covered them, drowning them all. Who
was this king ?
Now tell me, who is this old man ? He is leading his only son
to offer him to God. He loves him very tenderly, but he will give
up even his dear son if God command. God wished to try him,
and was so pleased with his obedience, that he sent an angel to
spare the lad; and they found a ram in a thicket, which was
A poor widow was returning sadly to her native place; she had
lost her two sons, as well as her husband. Her sons' wives went
a little way with her; one turned back, but the other said that
nothing but death should part them, and never left her. Who
was this faithful daughter-in-law ?
The children of Israel, after escaping through the Red Sea, came
to the borders of the promised land. Spies were sent to search
the land, and to see if the people were few or many. They brought
back a large cluster of grapes which grew by the side of a brook.
What was the name of the brook ?
P~ut h i.?~1 16, 17
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See the tired dove returning to the ark. It went out and found
the green earth covered with water, for the flood which God had
sent to drown the world, had not abated. The waters were on the
face of the whole earth. And now as the dove flies wearily back,
a hand is put forth to take it again into the ark. Whose hand
draws the dove into its place of rest ?
Of whom do we read that from a child he knew the Holy
Scriptures, which are able to make us wise unto salvation, through
faith which is in Christ Jesus ?"
My last picture shows you a mother leading her little son into
the temple. There she left him, to learn to serve and minister
before the Lord. The priest Eli taught him what to do and say.
One night when the little child slept, God called to him, by his
name. He thought Eli called, but Eli told him it was the Lord;
and when again God called him, the child answered as Eli taught
him, Speak, Lord, for thy servant heareth." Who was this child ?
Now, my little friends, write in order every name as you have
found it. You will have-
Ishmael Oak Youth Ruth
Lambs Bethlehem Offering Eschol
Daniel Elijah Uz Noah
Rainbow Yoke Rachel Timothy
Take now the first letter of each of these words, and you will
have the text,
"CHILDREN, OBEY YOUR PARENTS."
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