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B'I BLE RIVERS AND L'AKES.

429 unwitnessed by any, and that even Jacob's eye The remembrances with which this river is assoshould not too closely behold him; so the Spirit of ciated will be fresh in the recollecrion of every Bible God, by withholding the particulars which are ne reader. Here the arın of the mighty was withered cessary for a fuller comprehension of the transaction, in the battle of the Lord—when the stars in their may mean that a dim, uncertain light should rest upon courses fought against Sisera, while the river of it, and that the passage should thus serve as an ex Kishon, suddenly swollen by the mighty storm, swept ercise of reverent humility, and a check to an over away his hosts—that ancient river, the River Kishon. speculative curiosity. Whatever difficulties encom Here stood the city of Meroz, against which went pass the interpretation of the passage, none obscure forth the bitter curse, because, being near the battle

its practical intention. We learn from it that prayer field, and its strength great, its inhabitants, out of | has power with God, yea, it has power with the faithlessness or fear, remained in a detestable neutra

angel, and prevails—that the kingdom of heaven lity, and came not forth to the help of the Lord suffers violence, and the violent take it by force. against the mighty. Tabor Mount recalls that scene Here is the light which the poetical and devotional of glory, when our Saviour, laying aside for a time mind of Charles Wesley reflects upon it:

his humanity, assumed the beaining radiance of " Come, O thou traveller unknown !

divinity. The hill of Hermon suggests feelings of Whom still I hold, but cannot see }

softness, grateful as its own refreshing dews; while My company before is gone,

the hill of Carmel, whose base is washed by the And am left alone with thee

Kishon, reminds us of that day of decision when, by With thee all night I mean to stay,

fire from heaven consuming the sacritice, God vindiAnd wrestle till the break of day.

cated his absolute divinity, and forced from the ido

latrous Israelites the loud and united testimony: " In vain thou strugglest to get free;

“ The Lord, he is the God! the Lord, he is the God! I never will unloose my hold !

And Elijah said unto them, Take the prophets of
Art thou the man that died for me ?

Baal; let not one of them escape. And they took
The secret of thy love unfold:
Wrestling, I will not let thee go,

them: and Elijah brought them down to the Brook Til I thy name, thy nature know.

Kishon, and slew them there."

If we speak of the Kighon as the waters of Megiddo * Wilt thou not yet to me reveal

-a name which Scripture applies to it in Judges V.Thy now unutterable name? Tell me, I still beseech thee, tell

we are reminded of other scenes of tenderness and To know it now resolved I am:

terror. It was at Megiddo, near to the Kishon, that Wrestling, I will not let thee go,

young Josiah fell, and with him the flower of Israel. Till I thy name, thy nature know."

He had gone forth to oppose the progress of Pharaoh

necho, King of Egypt, who was marching through Crossing the Jordan, and preserving a north-west his land to fight against the King of Assyria. Phadirection, we reach the Plain of Esdraelon, in the raoh-necho was desirous to avoid an engagement district of Upper Galilee, through which the KISHON with Josiah, and sent ambassadors who should say, flows. The plain is also known in Scripture as the that it was with no hostile intention he was passing Valley of Megiddo, the Plain of Jezreel, and em through Josiah's territories, and who should even phatically as “the Plain," inasmuch as it is beyond plead the authority of God for the expedition on comparison the finest plain in Palestine. The gran- which he was going. In spite of these remonstrances, deur of this vast vale is celebrated by every traveller. Josiah persisted in his determination to oppose the The excellency of Tabor and the beauty of Herion King of Egypt. The hostile armies met in the valley have been given to it. A feeling of solitude does at of Megiddo. Israel was routed, and Josiah was mortimes 'steal over the mind, in journeying through its | tally wounded. Such is the simple account which wide extent, which is rarely gladdened by a village, the sacred historian gives, and the event corresponds a cottage, or by the labours of man; yet, where with the account. No doubt, the necessarily succultivation has been employed, there are presented cinct history of the Bible leaves us in ignorance resymptoms of such fertility as might have been ex- garding many particulars connected with Josiah's pected from a region once celebrated, even in this conduct, which would have thrown a clearer light land of exuberant produce, for its abundance in upon the story, and relieved us from difficulties which corn, wine, and oil.—Hos. ii. 22. To the fertilizing are apt to present themselves. Dean Prideaux has influence of the River Kishon may the once abun- endeavoured, in the first volume of his Connections, dant crops of this vale be largely ascribed.

to defend Josiah from the charge of wilfulness; but The Kishon rises at the foot of Mount Tabor, and the difficulties which attend his view of the subject after winding, with many a graceful sweep, through are as obvious and perplexing as those which he seeks Esdraelon, falls into the Mediterranean Sea at the to remove. Wide and deep was the mourning which Bay of Acre. As it is fed by many small mountain the death of good Josiah caused. He had risen as a streams, it is subject to many overflowings. “When reformer in Judah; and during his reign the hearts we reached the banks of the Kishon," writes Carne, of his people were cheered with the hope that God in his delightful Letters from the East, much would yet again make his face to shine upon Jerusaswollen at this time by the heavy rains, we could not lem, and revisit the land with its former greatness. find a ford to cross over; by going much lower down, Good men bewailed his fall: "Jeremiah lamented for however, we at last succeeded, and, crossing part of Josiah : and all the singing men and the singing the plain, wound up the hills till the night fell." i women spake of Josiah in their lamentations to this

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day, and made them an ordinance in Israel." In Ha of the earth, and of the whole world, to gather thera dadrimmon, especially-a town in the vale of Me to the battle of that great day of God Almighty. giddo_the wailing was loud and long-continued; and The unclean spirit which comes out of the mosth hence, as in Zech. xii. 11, the mourning of Hadad- of the dragon, that old serpent the devil, may fitly rimmon became proverbial for any extraordinary represent a spirit of hellish enmity, which Infidelity lamentation. Already has there been “a great often breathes against evangelical religion. By the mourning in Jerusalem-a spiritual mourning, as the unclean spirit which comes out of the mouth of the mourning of Hadadrimmon, in the valley of Me- beast-an immoral civil power—we may understand giddo"-when, on the day of Pentecost, the assembled that unprincipled expediency which leads worldly thousands, directed by the preaching of Peter, looked politicians to seek their own selfish and party ends to Him whom they had pierced, and with wicked at the expense of truth and righteousness; while hands had crucified and slain; and when they were the unclean spirit which comes out of the mouth of the pricked in their hearts, and, like men astonished, anxi- false prophet-the Papal hierarchy-may designate ously asked, “ Men and brethren, what shall we do?” the deadly and spreading power of Jesuitisin, which In almost every instance where a general revival of re numbers even now its forty thousand emissaries ligion takes place, there is much of tenderness and Through the combined influence of these corrupt visible mourning. The place becomes a Hadadrim- principles-false religion, worldly policy, and In

We have heard the sound of such lamentations fidelity—will Antichrist's unholy league be formed. in our own times. “ The most distinguishing feature 21, We have the opposing forces in this great comof this kind,” says Mr Macbride, in his account to bat distinctly described. On the one hand is so the Assembly of the revival at Knapdale, “is mourn the rider on the white horse, whose eyes are as a ing; for there has been weeping to a degree 1 | flame of fire, whose head is crowned with many never witnessed in any case before. I honestly con crowns, whose clothing is a vesture dipped in blood, fess, that I did not think nature capable of such and on whose vesture and thigh is this name written, weeping-that one could weep so long, or shed tears KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS. The Captain in such abundance. The reason of such mourning, is glorious—his company is goodly. The armies when asked, they readily acknowledged to be sin which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, sin of heart and life.” But “the mourning of Ha- clothed in fine linen, white and clean. On the other dadrimmon” is yet awaiting its full manifestation. hand are seen the deep and dark lines of Antichrist. Then shall it be seen, when Israel shall be restored. The beast and the kings of the earth, and their armies Then will the Jewish mind be stirred to its lowest -captains, and mighty men, free and bond, smal depths; and when, after the woes of their outcast and great-all gathered together to make war against state, they shall be brought again to Jerusalem, the him that sat on the horse, and against his army. sight of Calvary will recall, with freshened feeling, Dreadful will be the shock of battle in that great the Saviour whom their fathers had crucified, and day of God Almighty; for the conflict is not alone whom themselves had rejected; and looking on Him with flesh and blood, but with principalities and whom they have pierced, will they lift up their voice powers with the rulers of the darkness of this world as one man, and mourn with a great and grievous --with wicked spirits in high places. It is the lamentation.

struggle which shall decide whether righteousnessor This plain of Megiddo has been called “the battle iniquity shall rule our world whether this earth ground of nations.” Dr Clarke has graphically said: shall be a province of hell or the kingdom of God “ Jews, Gentiles, Saracens, Christian Crusaders and and of his Son. But although the struggle will be Antichristian Frenchmen, Egyptians, Persians, severe, we are not left in doubt regarding the issue; Druses, Turks, and Arabs—warriors out of every for, 3d, We are told of Christ's complete victory. He nation under heaven-bave pitched their tents on shall put down all rule, and all authority and power. the Plain of Esdraelon, and have beheld the various He must reign till he hath put all enemies under his banners of their nations wet with the dews of Tabor feet. The beast and the false prophet will be cast and Hermon.” In allusion to its past history, as a alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone. The place of conflict, revelation points to Armageddon dragon will be bound for a thousand years, and will (the hills of Megiddo or the hill of destruction), as be cast into the bottomless pit, and shut up, that he the scene of final contest betwixt the mustering hosts should deceive the nations no more till the thousand of Antichrist and of the Lamb. Fearful will the years should be fulfilled. The dark might will usher struggle be. Untold destinies hang upon it. As yet, in a bright day—the great battle will be followed we can look upon it only through a glass darkly; for by a lasting peace, even a millennium of righteousness Scripture, although it exhibits the particulars of the and rest. conflict with more than an ordinary minuteness, ex The time when we are to look for the fulfilment of hibits them under those symbolical figures which these great events is also indicated to us. It is the event alone can fully explain. Let us glance at during the pouring out of the sixth vial upon the the particulars. ist, We have a representation of great River Euphrates, when the waters thereof will the principles by which the forces of Antichrist will be dried up, that the mustering to the battle will be brought and kept together. Three unclean spirits take place. Almost all modern commentators agree like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and in thinking, that by the great River Euphrates is out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth meant the Turkish Empire. And may we not, with of the false prophet. And these three unclean spirits our own eyes, see a drought upon her waters ? Every are the spirits of devils, which go forth unto the kings year is bringing along with it successive decays to this

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once vast, but now rapidly declining, empire. Her 'in prayer and supplication.” Generally, I suppose, influences and resources are gradually wasting away,

that is the order. First saints inquire, and then sinpas a river whose waters fail in the heat of summer.

ners; and whenever, in any congregation, religion | She looks to the great European powers for protec- the saints are not inquiring. They do not attend

does not flourish, one principal reason of it is, that tion against the encroachments of her own ambitious their inquiry-meeting appointed for them. The saints' pachas. She is dependent, at present, for her very inquiry-meeting is the prayer-meeting. In that existence as a separate power, on the uncertain policy Christiang meet together to inquire of the Lord “to of European cabinets.

do it for them"--that is, to fulfil the promise about Let us not forget that, amid these vast revolutions, the new heart and the new spirit, of which he had an individual duty and responsibility rests upon each and interesting-when the inquiry among Christians

been speaking. Now, when this meeting is crowded one of us. We are apt, in the contemplation of changes is general, and earnest, and importunate-the sinners' so wide, to get bewildered, and to lose sight of the inquiry-meeting usually becomes crowded and inte

fact that there is a duty suited to the times, which resting. ! God requireth of every individual. Revelation is O that I could make my voice to be heard by all ? careful to correct this mistake. In the very midst of

the dear people of God in the land on this subject !

I would say: You wonder and lament that sinners describing the great things which are coming upon the

do not inquire; but are you inquiring? You wonearth, Scripture pauses, and tells to every one of us der that they do not feel; but do you feel? Can our duty. It hath told you, O man, what is good, you expect a heart of stone to feel, when a heart of and what the Lord requireth of you when the sixth flesh does not? You are surprised that sinners can angel pours out his vial, when the Euphrates is drying sleep. It is because you sleep along-side of them. up, and when God gives symptons of mustering his and cry to God, and you will see how scon they will

you but awake, and bestir yourselves, and look up hosts to the battle. Read, and take heed: “Behold, begin to be roused, and to look about them, and to I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth and ask the meaning of your solicitude. O that the keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see saints would but inquire !-- Vevins. his shame." The warning seems intended, not so much for those who iningle in the battle, as for those who,

OBSCURE PASSAGES IN THE BIBLE. like ourselves, live in the times which precede that fearful conflict. It calls us to expectancy--to a

A GENTLEMAN who visits with great regularity the

Philadelphia Penitentiary, the inmates of which his waiting and watching :-so that we may not be seized piety prompts him to instruct, had given a Bible to with any sudden amazement when the great day of a convict, who would ask him, at each visit, with the Lord comes.

It calls us to a holy circumspec- much shrewdness, some difficult question formed from tion—to a keeping of our garments unspotted with passages of the Sacred Volume; each time declaring he the defilements of Antichrist-so that, being separated The gentleman was unable to persuade him that it

would not go on if this was not first explained to him. from her sins, we may not be partakers of her plagucs, would be best for him first to dwell upon those passages and may be prepared to join the armies which follow which he could easily understand, and which plainly the Lamb, and which are clothed in fine linen, white applied to his situation. After many fruitless trials and clean. “ Blessed is that servant whom his Lord, to induce the convict to this course, his friendly when he cometh, shall find so doing."

teacher said: “What would you think of a very hungry man, who had not eaten a morsel of food for

the last twenty-four hours, and was asked by a chariINQUIRING SAINTS.

table man to come in and sit down at a richly covered

table, on which were large dishes of choice meat, and I was asked the other day whether I had had any

also covered ones, the contents of which the hungry recent meeting for inquirers. I replied that I had

man did not know, Instead of satisfying his exnot-that there were few inquiring sinners in the hausted body with the former, he raises one cover congregation; and I judged the reason to be, that

after another, and insists on finding out what these there were few inquiring zainte. “ Inquiring saints !

unknown dishes are composed of. In spite of all the that is a ner phrase. We always supposed that in

advice of the charitable man to partake first of the quiring belonged exclusively to sinners.” But it is not so. Do we not read in Ezek. xxxvi. 37: “Thus quiry on nicer compounds, until, overcome with ex

more substantial disles, he dwells with obstinate insaith the Lord God, I will yet for this be inquired of haustion, he drops down. What do you think of such by the house of Israel to do it for them?

“He is a fool," said the convict, “and I house of Israel-that is, by his people—by the Church. will be one no longer. I understand you well.”— You see that God requires and expects his cove

Dr Liber, nanted people to inquire. It is true that saints do not make the same inquiry that sinners do. The latter ask what they must do to be saved, whereas

Fragments. the inquiry of Christians is : “Wilt thou not revive us again ?" It is a blessed state of things wien the Rerroor.—None take reproof so well as those who people of God are inquiring. It is good for them most deserve to be commended. selves, and it has a most benign influence on others.

CUNNING is a crooked wisdom. Nothing is more When the people of God inquire, presently the im

hurtful than when cunning men pass for wise. --penitent begin to inquire. "That question: “ Wilt

Bacon. 1

thou not revive us ? " is soon followed by the other : * What must I do to be saved ? " Yes, when saints

Caro MAJOR would say, that wise men leurned | become anxious, it is not long ere sinners become

more by fools, than fools by wise men.-Lucon. ; anxious. The inquiry of three thousand on the day

The gates of death stand open by night as well as of Pentecost : “Men and brethren, what shall we by day. dos" was preceded by the inquiry of the one hun He who is always his own counsellor, will osten dred and twenty, who all continued with one accord, have a fool for his client.-Hunter.

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a man?"

See all the land below:

Rivers of milk and honey rise,
Daily Bread.

And all ihe fruits of Paradise

In endless plenty grow,
FRIDAY.

Until assurance be attained, it is impossible but " The Beloved."-Epu. i. 6.

that men should “all their lives long be kept in Join all the glorious names.

bondage through the fear of death" (Heb. ii. 15); Of wisdom, love, and power, That ever mortals knew

but an assured person can wish for death, and say, That angels ever bore;

with Paul: “I desire to be dissolved." Assurance All are too mean to speak his worth

carries the soul to the top of Pisgah; and from thence Too mean to set our Saviour forth.

a believer, as he hath a general view of the wbole Alas! what are all the crowns and kingdoms of Land of Promise, so by the eye of an assuring faith the world, all the thrones and sceptres of kings, to he is able to espy his own lot and portion in heaven Christ? 'I say, what are the treasures of the cast, and glory; and can he be unwilling to go through Jorthe gold of the west, the spices of the south, and the dan, or the channel of the grave, to take possession pearls of the north, to him? As all waters meet in thereof ?-Fairclough. the sea, and as all the lights meet in the sun; so all the perfections and excellences of all the saints and

TUESDAY. angels meet in Christ. Nay, Christ hath not only the " Let your profiting appear unto all men."-I Tim. iv. IS. holiness of angels, the loveliness of saints, and the

O let our faith and love abound ! treasure of heaven, but also the fulness of the God

0 let our lives to all around

With purest lustre shine! head- the riches of the Deity are in him: “ For it

That all around our works may see, hath pleased the Father that in him should all ful

And give the glory. Lord, to thee, ness dwell"-fulness of grace, fulness of knowledge,

The heavenly light divine ! fulness of love, fulness of glory. He is lovely to the Let your " paths be as the shining light," shining Father, lovely to the angels, lovely to the saints, and forth - more and more."-Prov. iv. 18.

Not only lovely to the soul.-Dyer.

grow in grace and inward holiness, but abound in the

fruits of righteousness. A sensibly-thriving religiou SATURDAY.

cannot be thought to be an imaginary one, They that " Guide thine heart in the way."-Prov. xxiii. 19.

observe the progress you make, will not be able to Blessed are the pure in heart,

question the grounds upon which you go. W ben Prepared their God to see! Jexux, to my soul impart

they see that, as you grow older and wiser, so you The spotless purity!

grow better, they cannot reasonably imagine that Men keep the heart principally from hurt, because strength of fancy ever raised you to that height of every wound there is mortal. O that men were as

goodness, but rather suppose that you do more good wise for their souls! God's eye is mainly on the

than you did, because you see more reason for it, and heart. The heart well guarded and watched, keeps have more lively hopes of being gainers by it.- Bul. all in security. Alexander was safe while Antipater

WEDNESDAY. kept the watch; so all within that little world, man, will be safe while the heart is strongly guarded.

“ What God hath prepared for them that love him!"

i Cor. ii. 9. The heart is the fountain, the root, the store-house,

Give me the wings of faith to rise the primum mobile--the great wheel that sets all

Within the veil, and see a-going; and, therefore, above all keepings keep your

The saints above, how great their jors, heart. It is a foolish thing to watch the outworks,

How bright their glories be! and leave the fort-royal without a guard; so it is a Be in the altitudes. Think what God hath * foolish thing to watch the out-works, the eye, the ear, pared for them that love him." O that our thought the tongue, the hand, the feet (though these all must could ascend! The higher the bird flies, the sweeter be watched) and to leave the heart, which is a Chris-it sings. Let us think how blessed they are who are tian's fort-royal, without a guard.— Brooks.

possessed of their heritage. If one could but look a

while through the chinks of heaven-door, and see the SABBATHI.

beauty and bliss of Paradise-if he could but lay his “ Blessed is the man that keepeth the Sabbath."- Isa. Ivi. 2. ear to heaven, and hear the rarishing music of those Here the Redeemer's welcome voice

seraphic spirits, and the anthems of praise which Spreads heavenly peace around :

they sing-how would his soul be exhilarated and And life and everlasting joys Attend the blissful sound.

transported with joy !— Watson. The Sabbath is God's weekly market-day; and a

THURSDAY. free market it is, wherein we may “buy, without "I count all things but loss for the excellency of the know. money and without price," the richest commodities ledge of Christ Jesus my Lord."_PRIL. l. 8. that heaven and earth can afford, even the bread and

All things for Christ account but loss, water of life for the lives of our souls, the wine of

And give up all your hearts to bim : Christ's blood to cheer us, the milk of his Word to

Of nothing think or speak beside

crucified." nourish us, the gold of his grace to enrich us, and his

" My Lord, my love,

There is a thousand times more worth, and beauty, precious eye-salve to enlighten us, and his white raiment to clothe and adorn us. Is this day so profit- and sweetness, and excellency in Jesus Christ, than able to us, and will we not regard it? It is God's you can know; as he said : That man that knows stated alms-day, or public deal-day, wherein he scat

Jesus Christ well, although he be ignorant of all ters blessings and crumbs of the bread of life among

other things, he is the right knowing man.

IÍ A needy souls. It is the day for ascending Mount

man had all the learning of both universities conTabor, to see Christ transfigured before our eyes;

centrated in himself, and yet ignorant of Jesus Christ, and for getting to the top of Pisgah, to get a sight of he were but a poor simple sot. - Naiton. the promised land.— Willison.

Edinburgh : Printed by JOHN JOHNSTONR, residing at 12. MONDAY.

Windsor Street, and Published by himn at 2, Hunter “The full assurance of hope "-HEB. vi. 11.

Square. London: R. GROOM BRIDGE & Sons. Glasgne: Rejoicing now in earnest hope,

J. R. MNAIR & Co.; and to be had of any Bookale I siand, and from the mountain-top

throughout the Kingdom.

THE CHRISTIAN TREASURY.

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“HIS VOICE AS THE SOUND OF MANY WATERS.”—(REV. i. 15.)

BY W. D. KILLEN, D.D., BELFAST.

Many have supposed that there is here an allu- | may have something like a community of feelsion to the sound of a cataract. And, donbtless, ing with the inhabitants of the most distant we can scarcely fail to be impressed with feel- climes; for the waters of the same great deep ings of the awful and sublime, as we listen to wash the shores of all the continents of the some mighty river, tumbling over the brow of globe, and speak in the same tones of mystery a frightful precipice, and descending, with the and magnificence to all the sons and daughters noise of thunder, into some deep and rocky of Adam. It may be said of the ebbing and gulf below. The same form of expression is, flowing tides, as of the other works of creation however, to be found in the 93d Psalm at the and of providence: “There is no speech nor 4th verse; and it is probable that the allusion language where their voice is not heard. Their in this place is the same as that which is there line is gone out through all the earth, and their more distinctly recognised. The Psalmist says: words to the end of the world.”—Ps. xix. 3, 4. "The Lord on high is mightier than the noise And the love of Christ is expansive as the broad of many waters, yea, than the mighty wares of the ocean; for he sends forth his invitations of mercy sca." The reference, then, appears to be, not to every kindred, and people, and nation. The to the roar of a waterfall, but to the motion of inhabitants of the various countries of the globe the tides. And we can easily conceive why, un- cannot understand each others speech, as every der existing circumstances, such a comparison province has its own tongue or dialect; but the was suggested by the Spirit to the mind of the noise of the seas is a universal language, proapostle. He was now an exile in the little isle claiming to all the power and the majesty of of Patmos; and, possibly, the dashing of the the ever-living Jehovalı. And how delightful waves against the shores of his lonely residence to anticipate the period when the harmony of supplied him with many a theme for holy medi. the heralds of salvation will be as the sound of tation; and when the Glorious Being who walk- many waters, when the same truths will be ed in the midst of the golden candlesticks con- echoed from shore to shore, and when the descended to address him, it may have been that uniform reverberation of the tides will be ememotions akin to what he had often experi-blematic of the one Gospel preached among all enced as he passed along the beach, were nations! Through the visions of prophecy we awakened in his mind, so that he was led to can look forward to this era; for it is written : say: “ His voice is as the sound of many waters.” “ Thy watchimen shall lift up the voice; with

By the voice of Christ we are to understand the voice together shall they sing: for they shall the word of his testimony. We read, accord see eye to eye, when the Lord shall bring again ingly: "Behold, I stand at the door and knock: Zion.”—Isa. lii. 8. if

any man hear my roice, and open the door, I III. The roice of Christ is fitted to inspire us with will come in to him, and will sup with him, and awe and reference. There is something in the he with me.”-Rev. üi. 20. The voice of the very aspect of the ocean which expands and Son of God speaking in the Gospel may, for elevates the mind. Almost every one is convarious reasons, be compared to the sound of strained to be serious as he stands solitary on many waters.

the strand, and looks abroad upon the world of I. It is necer altogether silent. How many are waters before him, and listens to the ceaseless employed, in almost every quarter of the globe, agitation of the far-resounding surge. The in proclaiming the message of mercy! As the shoreless sea is the mirror of infinite duration; noise of the seas is created by a multitude of and as the floods lift up their voice, we feel as separate waves, so the glad tidings of great joy if they were repeating their commission from are announced by a multitude of individual the High and the Holy One who inhabiteth heralds. And as wave follows wave in endless eternity: “ The voice of the Lord is upon the succession, so that, as we approach the shore, waters: the God of glory thundereth: the Lord We always hear the sound of many waters, is upon many waters. The voice of the Lord thus, too, the voice of Christ speaking in his is powerful; the voice of the Lord is full of Gospel is sustained from generation to genera- majesty.”—Ps. xxix. 3, 4. It is thus, too, with tion. Ministers are but the trumpets of the the Gospel. David could say: " My heart Lord; and when one passes away, another bestandeth in awe of thy word.”—Ps. cxix. 161. gins to sound; and in this way, from age to The truth as it is in Jesus has a self-evidencing age, the message of grace is preserved and pro-power-it commends itself to the consciencemulgated.

it carries with it a conviction that it is a comII. The roice of Christ is addressed to all the ends munication from heaven.

The Infidel may of the earth. As we stand upon the beach, we meet it with a host of plausible sophistries, and No. 37.

November 7, 1845.

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