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grapes as from the colouring matter of the skins or nearly naked, who lay hold on the floating pipes, and husks. Isinglas or gypsum, or Toledo earth, is put push them to the shore, where oxen and sledges, led into the casks to clear the wine. Brandy is usually as far into the water as they can venture, are waiting added. The wine is run off many times from one for them. The scene is altogether a very extraorcask to another; and after being thus treated for a dinary one to a stranger, and withal very lively and year or two, it is ready for the market.
very no The wine usually called Madeira is not made from 3. In many places of Scripture we read of threshany one particular grape, but from all the kinds which ing-floors. The threshing-floor is to be seen all over grow in the island mixed together, without any re the island of Madeira. It consists of a circular piece gular proportion, just as they happen to have been of level ground in the open air, and in as exposed a growing; consequently Madeira wines differ very much situation as can conveniently be obtained, for the from one another, according to the prevalence of the sake of the wind. It is surrounded by large flat different kinds of grapes used in making them. stones, set edge-wise, and the bottom is beaten hard
One cannot witness the processes at the wine-press, and made as smooth as possible. The threshing imwithout feeling that the dealings of God, of which mediately follows the reaping. The grain is carried they are made the figure, must be dealings in judg- from the field to the threshing-floor, and spread in ment. And so they are represented throughout all open sheaf on it, as in this country. A couple of the Scriptures. Thus you find the sufferings of Je oxen are turned in, and driven round and round, till rusalem described by Jeremiah (Lam. i, 15): “The they have beaten out the grain with their feet. Lord hath trodden the virgin, the daughter of Judah, Sometimes one of the sledges of the country is yoked as in a wine-press.” And there is a terrible prophecy to them to facilitate the operation, and the driver yet awaiting fulfilment (Rev. xiv. 18-20): Another sits on it to add to the weight. The rule of the angel ..... cried with a loud cry to him that had Mosaic law is uniformly observed (Deut. Ixv. 4): the sharp sickle, saying, Thrust in thy sharp sickle, The oxen are never muzzled when they are treading and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth; for out the corn. her grapes are fully ripe. And the angel thrust in his This process greatly breaks the straw; and, theresickle into the earth, and gathered the vine of the fore, when the straw is wanted for thatching the cotearth, and cast it into the great wine-press of the tages, the grain is separated from it by taking the wrath of God, And the wine-press was trodden corn in handfuls by the roots, and knocking it against without the city, and blood came out of the wine large stones, or by the women beating it with wooden press, even unto the horse bridles, by the space of a mallets. When the grain has been separated from thousand and six hundred furlongs."
the straw, it is cleansed from the chaff, by being Connected with all the vineyards throughout the thrown up against the wind with large wooden island, are usually such wine-presses as I have men shovels, any more complicated machinery being untioned, but seldom any conveniences for storing and known. Till within a comparatively recent period, preparing the wines. As soon, therefore, as the must this was the method of winnowing corn in use among comes from the press, it is, for the most part, sent ourselves; and its antiquity is shown by many pareinto Funchal, to the wine stores there. It is carried sages of Scripture, among others by Isa. Ixx. 24: on men's shoulders, in goat skins. The skin of the “ The oxen likewise and the young asses that ear the female alone can be used. It is taken off the animal | ground, shall eat clean provender, which hath been entire; nothing is cut away but the head and feet, and winnowed with the shovel and with the fan." the hairy side is turned in. In the vintage season, In some countries — in Barbary, for instance you meet, on all the approaches to Funchal, bands horses are more generally employed than oxen on the of six, ten, twenty, or more men, loaded with skins of threshing-floors. A strong stake is fixed in the wine, and singing a sort of chant as they proceed. middle of the floor, and a movable iron ring is Each man carries about fifteen gallons in his goat skin. slipped over it. To this ring two or three horses Even little boys are sometimes to be seen, in this busy are fastened by a cord, which can be lengthened or season, carrying their kid skins with their load. After shortened at pleasure, so as to make the horses de having delivered their wine in the town, they blow scribe a smaller or larger circle as may be required; out their skins with air like a bladder, and march off and they are driven round the floor till the work to the country for another load; each man swinging is accomplished. an immense goat, but without head or feet, at the end of his stick-the skins when filled with air assum
THE SCRIBES, THE SYNAGOGUES, AND ing, of course, the exact shape of the living animal. It is only the wine grown within six or eight miles
THE SCHOOLS. of Funchal, and on the same side of the island, that
BESIDES the Priests, Levites, and Prophets, we read can be thus brought into the town in skins as it in the times of our Saviour, apparently with the
of other teachers which existed in the Jewish Church comes from the press. That produced in more dis- divine sanction, and probably by the divine appointtant quarters is brought in pipes by the sea. The ment. These were the Scribes and the various ofibeach at Funchal is open, and there is no quay.
cers of the synagogues. In the
synagogues Christ When the boats arrive, therefore, they are anchored and the apostles taught and acknowledged the authoa short distance from the shore, in pretty deep water. rity of the officers presiding over them. And of the The pipes of wine are tumbled one by one into the
Scribes, our Saviour said: “The Scribes and Phari
sees sit in Moses' seat: all therefore whatsoever sea, and being specifically lighter than salt water, they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do je they float. Men and boys are swimming about, very not after their works; for they say and do not."
THE REDEEMER'S PEOPLE.
The Sopherim or Scribes are met with in the Sa
was necessary, to secure their respect, that the Preszd Writings previous to the captivity. The verb byteries and Synods of the Christian Church should
signifies to number and to urite-900 is the He- be composed, at least in a great degree, of men of ew word for book. The Scribes, therefore, were cultivated mind. Tsons employed in some way about books, writings, Now the education of these several classes of
accounts--in transcribing, reading, explaining, or men was effected by a long course of severe study. rrecting them. There were, however, scribes civil Schools of all kinds existed everywhere among the ed Scribes ecclesiastical. In the earlier Scriptures | Jewish people. In every city and town, there was e do is the secretary of state, who issues the royal a school where children were taught to read the mmissions. Sometimes the Sopherim seem to law; and if the establishment of these schools was Eve been military officers—inspectors-general of the neglected for any length of time, the men of iny. In the later writings, thie Sopher or Scribe is the place were excommunicated until such time e skilled in the Scriptures-one learned in the law. as a school was erected. Besides these, there were
is said of Ezra that he was a ready Scribe in the Midhrashoth mone, or schools of divinity, where the w of Moses, which the Lord God of Israel had law was taught to those who resorted to them, and a ven. It is with these Scribes-ecclesiastical alone thorough course of study in Jewish learning was pursat we are now concerned. These alone we recog sued. The two famous and rival schools of Hillel
se in the yeayyztsis of the New Testament. Their and Schammai are the earliest of this special characäice grew gradually, though rapidly, into impor ter of which we read in history, though other learned ace, after the common people had ceased to be ac doctors doubtless preceded them. These Rabbins,
zainted with the Hebrew, in which the Jewish whose scholars were always in conflict, differed in scriptures were written. And the influence of these their mode of interpreting the law-Hillel enforcing cribes, as we see from the New Testament, was obedience to its spirit, and Schammai to its letter. most boundless. According to Lightfoot, *900, The grandson of Hillel was Gamaliel, the teacher of cribe, in the Talmuds denotes a learned man, and in Paul the Apostle. The forms and arrangements of uis sense is opposed to the word 773, rude or illiterate. these schools have been handed down to us. The -ut more particularly the Sopherim or Scribes were teacher was accustomed to sit on an elevated platIch as, being of learned and scholastic education, form raised as high as the heads of his pupils. Hence idicted themselves to the interpretation of the it is said of Paul that he was brought up at the feet acred Scriptures, “Upon the whole,” says Jen- of Gamaliel. The teacher, at least in later times, ings, “ the Scribes were the preaching clergy among had himself been previously educated in the schools, ne Jews, and while the priests attended the sacri and by a formal ceremony had received the degree of ces, they instructed the people.” The ropixoi and Rabbi. This title was first conferred upon Simon Loðiðásrano, lawyers and teachers of the law, so
the son of Hillel, but afterwards became, like the title ften mentioned in the New Testament, are the same
Doctor of Philosophy in the Universities of Germany, lass of persons. These Scribes were not confined to
and Master of Arts in our own, a common literary ny tribe. Nor were the learned teachers of the distinction. When a person had gone through the eople necessarily of priestly descent. “Out of Ze schools, and was thought worthy of the honour, he alun came they that handled the pen of the writer."
was seated in a chair elevated above the company, a lillel was of the tribe of Judah; Rabbi Simeon, and key and tablets were given to him, he was ordained jamaliel the teacher of Paul, and Paul himself, were by imposition of hands performed by delegates of the f the tribe of Benjamin.
Sanhedrim, and then he was proclaimed by the title The synagogues were the models before
the earliest however, omitted. The tablets denoted that he had
Rabbi. The imposition of hands was sometimes, Christians, according to which, by the Spirit's guid- attained these honours by diligent attendance upon nce,
the first Churches were formed. Thrice a-year the leetures of the doctors, while the key was the nly did the Jews go up to the terople at Jerusalem o worship. The ordinary worship of the Sabbath symbol of his authority to teach; it was “the key of Fas performed elsewhere, and these synagogues, of knowledge,” and was afterwards worn by him as a shich the land was full, are the places where, on
badge of honour. These schools were held in buildvery Sabbath-day, the people were assembled' for ings erected for their accommodation, which were he ordinary worship of God. According to the
called torn houses of study. The esteem in which
the Jews held them is evident from the fact that on almud, wherever there were ten Batlanim, or men of leisure, who would be responsible for the syna morning, and in the afternoon resorted to the school
the Sabbath they attended on the synagogue in the cogue service, there a synagogue might be erected.
to hear a lecture from the Rabbi. And it was a According to some passages in the Talmudic books, here were four hundred and sixty, according to
common saying that “they might turn a synagogue thers four hundred and eighty, in the single city of into a school, but not a school into a synagogue; for verbole, we are still forced to believe that these places before the time of Christ, and during his ministry Yerusalem. Making every allowance for Jewish hy- the sanctity of a school is above the sanctity of a
synagogue. The number of schools among the Jews of religious worship and instruction were very nume
and that of his apostles, and the number of pupils
frequenting them, was certainly very great. Their These synagogues had their officers, the principal school learning,”'Lightfoot informs us, at this time of whom are copied in the pastor, elders, and deacons had arrived" at its height.”—Howe. of the Christian Church. The ruler of the synagogue, Pezicuvéywyos, presided over the assembly; and it as necessary that he should be a learned man, and
THE REDEEMER'S PEOPLE. set apart by ordination to his office. And as the Christian Churches were formed upon the model of
(Conclurled.) the synagogue, and mostly of persons who had been educated as Jews, what other view could they have BY THE REV. ANDREW ELLIOT, FORD. had of the Christian ministry than that it should be
3. It is promised that the Redeemer, in the a learned ministry? And as they were accustomed to have their graver matters of faith and discipline day of his power, should have a numerous people. decided by a supreme judicature, the Great San “ From the womb of the morning; thou hast the devo hedrim, which was composed of educated men, it of thy youth.” To some of our readers these
words may appear somewhat dark, and hard to ness--the promise is solemn and real, and will be understood. So they have appeared to many not be falsified. It is the promise of Jehovah, commentators, who have characterized the last the God of truth, and he will make it good. clause as one of the most difficult passages in The Saviour shall see his seed as the dev-drops of the whole Book of Psalms. As it stands, in the morning. It is not in vain that he has shed deed, in our cominon translation, it is not easy his precious blood; it is not in vain that he to say what is the precise idea which it con has been exalted to his mediatorial throne, veys, or to discover any intelligible meaning. as a Prince and a Saviour; it is not in vain It is better given in the margin-“ More than that he sends forth the rod of his strength, and the womb of the morning : thou shalt have the his Spirit out of Zion. “He shall see of the dew of tlıy youth.” The rendering of Bishop travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied." Louth, however, which we shall adopt as the Has the Redeemer's flock hitherto been, true one, makes it to contain a most important comparatively speaking, only a small one? Remeaning, and to convey a most cheering pro- member it has been sfall only in a comparatire mise. The thus justly and beautifully translates sense, and that when all those who have believed it_“ More than the dew from the womb of the on him, in every generation and in every counmorning, is the dew of thy youth or progeny;" try, since the Gospel was first preached with the that is, “thy children begotten to thee through Holy Ghost sent down from heaven, are assemthe Gospel, shall exceed in number, and in bled together, the number will not be small
. spiritual beauty the spangles of the early dew, “I beheld,” says John, recounting the visions which reflect, in brilliant radiancy, the beams of God, “I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, of the orient sun.” The sentiment is in the which no man could number, of all nations, and highest degree poetical; and the image selected kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before is one of the most pleasing and beautiful which the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with creation can afford. It would be peculiarly white robes, and palms in their hands." Have pleasing and expressive to an inhabitant of the triumphs of the cross as yet been only Judea, where the dew falls with a copiousness partial ? They will not always be so. A altogether unknown in latitudes like ours, and brighter era is before us. A more blessed and where it is of the most essential service to vege- is yet to come, and ready to burst upon us tation. But even we may perceive something resplendent with all the glories of the milof its force and beauty. The morning is per- lennium, when ignorance, and superstition, and sonified; and the dew, which has softly and vice, shall be banished from our eartlı, and silently fallen on the earth, and hangs in pearly truth and righteousness shall reign triumphani. drops on innumerable blades of grass-on every What numbers will then turn to the Lord, waving leaf, and every painted flower, refresh when the Saviour shall reign from sea to sea, ing the vegetable tribes, is represented as its off- and from the river to the ends of the earth; spring. Go forth, and count these children of the and before that happy period shall liave passed dawn. Walk abroad, while morning, the mother away, what an increase will there be to the of dew, yet lingers on our mountains and our subjects of the Redeemer's kingdoin; what a plains, as if loath to depart, and fans the earth mighty accession will be made to the inhalawith her freshening breezes, and number those tants of heaven! And when the saints of all gems of purest brightness, with which she has countries, and of all ages, are collected together; adorned the spring's green vestment, which she when the Saviour shall have finished his me has hung in richest profusion on the young diatorial undertaking, and shall present the herbage, and which sparkle and glitter in the whole family of liis redeemed children to the beams of the rising sun, and behold an image Father, how glorious and how vast will be the of the Redeeiner's people. Do you find those company! globes of light, those crystal drops, exceed Reader, will you be among them? Are you your calculation? Do you find it a vain task one of the Redeemer's willing subjects? llave to reckon up their number? Thus innume. you submitted to his grace; and while you glory rable, is it promised, shall be the children of in his cross, do you reverence his authority, the Redeemer-so countless will be the myriads and honour all his laws? Are you among his that shall bless him as their Saviour, participate regenerated and sanctified ones--the called, in the honours and privileges of his kingdom, and chosen, and faithful, who follow the Lamb and be exalted by him to the glories and feli- whithersoever he goeth? Ponder these quescities of heaven.
tions. Life and death, your eternal weal or woe, But you ask, will the promise be really ful- ! are involved in them. If you are not his, these filled? Are we to understand it in its plain are you? You are the slave of another kingand obvious import? Or, are we not rather to ah! how different--who also reigns and prospert. account it only a piece of splendid imagery, and You are “walking according to the couN of a mere poetical exaggeration ? No, reader, by this world, according to the Prince of the power no means. Few as, at any one time, or in any of the air-the spirit that now worketh in the one place, may seem to be the true followers of children of disobedience." How fearful your Christ-small as may appear the number of condition, if this be your condition ; and your those who worship him in the beauties of holi- condition it most certainly is, if you have not
embraced Christ and his salvation! How tre " the love of money is the root of all evil.” For it mendous the doom that awaits you, if you con
leads to pride and luxury, to injustice and fraud, time in this condition! Eternal perdition! families, to imperturbable haruness in the sight of
to contention between nearest friends, to strife in everlasting destruction from the presence of the human suffering, to absorbing selfishness, to the disLord, and from the glory of his power! But like of spiritual religion, to the neglect of secret it is still the day of the Redeemer's power. He prayer, to dangerous association with the world, to a is waiting to be gracious. He is able, and he useless life, and a doubtful death, to the loss of all is willing to save you—to save you to the very
generous sentiments, and the ruin of the immortal
soul. uttermost. He calls you, he invites you, he beseeches you to come to him and receive life superfluities, or even for a thousand michievous in
If persons who have money to spare for a thousand -pardon and reconciliation here, and immortal dulgences, do almost nothing for the spiritual welblessedness above. And will you refuse? Will fare of others, what a condemning contrast do they you spurn his authority, and despise his grace ? exhibit between their prayers and their conduct Surely this cannot be your settled, determined Day by day they say, in the language of devout
zeal: * purpose! You cannot seriously desire destruc
Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on
carth as it is in heaven." And while the devil tion; you cannot but wish salvation. Then reigns over the world with undisputed dominion, seek it, and seek it without delay. “ To-day, if and under his power men in general openly disregard you will hear his voice, harden not your hearts.” the will of God, they will do nothing to turn them “Choose you now—this very day—whom you
from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan will serve.” “ He that believeth on the Son
unto God. Are their prayers real? Then why not hath everlasting life; and he that believeth not
strive to secure their accomplishment? Are they
false? Then are they daily uttering that falsehood the Son, shall not see life, but the wrath of God before the Omniscient. Either let men live to proabideth upon him.”
mote the kingdom of God, or cease to pray that it may come. If they will live so as to confirm the
world's sensuality, scepticism, and ungodliness, then THE SPRING JOURNEY.
let them never more utter the petitions which they O GREEN was the corn as I rode on my way,
do not mean; and if they will not labour for the
world's conversion, let them not pretend to pray for And bright were the dews on the blossoms of May,
it.-Nocl. And dark was the sycamore's shade to behold, And the oak's tender leaf was of ein'rald and gold.
BIBLE READING IN THE SIXTEENTII " The thrush from his holly, the lark from his cloud,
CENTURY. Their chorus of raptur : sung jovial and loud;
In the year 1532, Thomas Harding, about Easter From the soft vernal sky to the soft grassy ground holidaies, when the other people went to the church, There was beauty above me, beneath, and around.
tooke his way into the woodes, there solitarily to
worship the true living God in spirit and in truth. The mill southern breeze brought a shower from the It chanced that one came in great haste to the officer hill,
of the towne declaring hee had seen Harding in
the woodes looking on And yet, though it left me all dripping and chill,
Book, wereupon immediate
lie ran desperately to his house to search for Bookes, I felt a new pleasure, as onward I sped,
and in searching went so nigh, that under the bords To gaze where the rainbow gleam'd broad over head. of his floor they found certain English Bookes of holy .
Scripture, whereupon this godly man, with his O such be life's journey, and such be our skill, Bookes, was burnt as a relapsed heretic. Such as To lose in its blessings the sense of its ill;
died in prison, we are told, were thrown out to dogs Through sunshine and shower, may our progress be and birds as unworthy of a Christian burial, and yet
all this mercilesse commandement, notwithstanding, even, And our tears add a charm to the prospect of
som good men there were which buried those who
were thrown out, in take sort whom they were wont heaven!
privily by night to cover, and many times the archers in the fields standing by and singing together psalmes
at their buriall.–Fox's Acts and Monuments. TIE CHRISTIAN AND HIS MONEY. THERE are, in the Word of God, examples of the
Fragments. love of money, no less than the love of souls ; but these are not such us should invite us to imitate
The body is the shell of the soul, and dress the husk then. The love of money made Balaam unite with
of that shell; but the husk often tells what the the enemies of God, to his destruction ; it made
kernel is. Achan violate an express command of the Almighty,
The nominal professions of religion with which which occasionel both his own death and that of
many persons content themselves, sem to fit them all his family; through it Demas became an apostate; it occasioned the fatal lie of Ananias, and
for little else than to disgrace Christianity by their í under its influence Judas betrayed our Lord into practice.-Milner. the hands of his enemies. These are not instances He that remembers not to keep the Christian Sabto tempt Christians uselessly to hoard up the wealth bath at the beginning of the week, will be in danger by which they might do abundant good; even if in to forget, before the end of the week, that he is a numerable proofs were not furnished by every day's Christian.—Turner. experience of the mischief which the love of money Is evil times, it fares best with them that are most does to professed Christians and their children. careful about duty, and least about safety.-Ham. Not without reason has St Paul declared, that mond.
his wounds-repeat over his sufferingsplead his Daily Bread.
death and merits-claim a right to a sure purchase ?
Is he continually perfuming heaven with the odour FRIDAY.
of that sweet incense which he daily offers up with “The chastisement of our peace was upon him,"—Isa. liii. 3. prayers for all the saints ? Believe it, such a sacriI, I alone, have done the deed !
fice must needs be acceptable-such an Advocate "Tis I thy sacred flesh have torn;
must needs be prevalentsuch a Saviour must needs My sins have caused thee, Lord, to bleed Pointed the nail, and fix'd the thorn.
be all-sufficient.—Hopkins. What is this that I see?-my Saviour in an agony,
TUESDAY. and an angel strengthening him! O the wonderful dispensation of the Almighty !—that the Eternal Son
" Walk as Christ walked."-1 Joan ü. 6. of God, who promised to send the Comforter to his
Thy sinless mind in me reveal;
Thy Spirit's plenitude impart; followers, should need comfort !--that he of whom
And all my spotless life shall tell the voice from heaven said, “This is my beloved
Th' abundance of a living heart. Son, in whom I am well pleased,” should be struggling
Not only commend God's ways, but walk in them; with his Father's wrath, even to blood !-that the Lord of Life should, in a languishing horror, say, in your proper sphere, active for it. Not only speak
not only plead his cause verbally, but really, by being, “My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death!”
well of them that are good, but do good to them. These, these, O Saviour, are the chastisements of our peace; which both thou wouldest suffer, and thy Father it comes to doing, there is an end of their goodness;
Many will speak for God and good men; but when would inflict. The least touch of one of those pangs they will not stir a step-not part with a penny. would have been no less than a hell to me, the whole They will be religious as far as good words will go, brunt whereof thou enduredst for my soul: what a wretch would I be to grudge a little pain from or for charges of doing any real good. How many have
which cost them nothing, but are loath to be at the thee !-Hall. SATURDAY.
their tongues tipped with good discourse, whose lives
are unfruitful as to good works! See, therefore, "I take from them the joy of their glory, the desire of their that your actions keep pace with your words—that eyes, and that whereupon they set their minds."—Ezek.
your religion do not consist merely in talking; that will be a sign it is either fantastical or hypocritical
. When, gracious Lord, when shall it be
When the fruit of it reacheth no further than the
tongue, it is odds if the root reach any deeper than The seal of thine eternal love?
the head; but when your religion appears in action, The sweetest comforts of this life, they are but
your enemies themselves will confess the reality like treasures of snow. Now, do but take a handful of it.- Veal. snow and crush it in your hands, and it will melt away presently; but if you let it lie upon the ground
WEDNESDAY. it will continue for some time: and so it is with the
« Endure unto the end."-MATT. X. 22. contentments of this world, if you grasp them in your
I see an open door of hope ; hands, and lay them too near your hearts, they will
Legions of sin in vain oppose; quickly melt and vanish away; but if you will not
Bold I with thee, my Head, march up, hold them too fast in your hands, nor lay them too
And triumph o'er a world of foes. close to your hearts, they will abide the longer with Hold on your way; make not use of any sinful you.—Brooks.
means, neglect not any part of your duty, to secure SABBATH.
yourselves and avoid danger. Do not offend God; " The better part."-LUKE X, 42.
be not beholden to the devil for your liberty and Gladly the toys of earth we leave,
What though there be lions in the way? Wealth, pleasure, fame, for thee alone,
Go on, and proceed boldly, so long as it is the way To thee our will, soul, flesh, we give;
of God. You may live by faith, while you walk by O take, O seal them for thine own!
rule; you may walk believingly and cheerfully, while Godliness is the most enriching trade in the world. you walk regularly. The wound that a man gets by God's people sometimes gain more by it on a Sab- sin, will put him to far greater smart and pain, that bath-day in one hour, in one sermon, one promise,
all his sufferings for God and godliness would have one prayer, one communion-table, one spiritual done. He that purchases the favour of men with breathing, than all the rich men of the shire are
the frowns of conscience will find he hath made worth, put all their estates together. The world will very hard bargain. Every step from God is a step not believe this; but sure I am, one return of prayer, to ruin.-Slater. one smile of Christ's face, one look of faith, one grape
THURSDAY. of Canaan, one glimpse of the promised' land, the " It is of the Lord's mercies we are not consumed.” – head of one Goliath, the death of one lust, the
LAM. iii. 2. strengthening of one grace, which may be obtained
Depth of mercy! can there be in the duties of the Sabbath-any of these is an
Mercy still reserved for me?
Can iny God his wrath forbear?-abundant recompense for all the pains we can be at
Me, the chief of sinners, spare ? in God's service this day; they yield more sweetness and content to the soul, than all the pleasures the
O think, if the devil had but the mixing of my cup; world can afford. The smallest gleanings of spiritual how much more bitter would he make it! There would joy are better than a whole vintage of carnal delights. not be one drop of mercy. Am I afflicted ?-" It is -Willison.
of the Lord's mercy I am not consumed," It might MONDAY.
have been hell as well as this. There is mercy in “ He ever liveth to make intercession."-HEB. vii. 25.
his supports under it, and in deliverance out of it.
It might have been everlasting darkness. - Flawl.
And pours the all-prevailing prayer!
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