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period of my residence with very power of serious reflection Theophilus is nearly expired, and meditation. and in a few days I mast leave I have explained my appre. my invaluable friend and bene- hensions to Theophilus, who is factor, and return once more to pleased to find that I entertain the mixed society of the world. them ; he tells me to be strong I am too well acquainted with in the Lord, and in the power the power of long established of his might, praying always habit not to feel some apprehen- with all prayer and supplication sion of danger from the tempta- in the spirit, for the support of tions to which I may be exposed, divine grace. He has promised to on revisiting the scenes of my write to me frequently, and to former dissipation. Of all my | introduce me to the aquaintance life, I can only reckon the last of a most respectable clergyman six months as in any degree de-in London, as well as of another voted to God, and to the care of friend of his, with an assurance my own soul, and I feel there that I may depend on their asfore my want of constant aid sistance and advice, in whatever from the society, encouragement relates to my spiritual concerns. and example of those who live I shall leave him wich unteigned by the rules of the gospel. This regret, but with this consolatory aid I am not to expect from my hope, that a few months will enaold friends and associates. My ble me to finish the business newly acquired principles are, I which calls me to the metropotrust, too firmly fixed, to be sha- lis, and that I may then return ken by ridicule or sarcasm"; on to his society ; for the benefit I this account I have no alarms ; have already derived from which but what I most dread is the con- | I most devoutly return thanks to tagious influence of the society | God. of those, who though not pro
EDWARD ASIATICUS. fessed infidels, and even nominal 1 March 24. Christians, live without God in the world. The danger of such a society is the greater because it is not as much suspected as it In Explanation of Scriptural Types. ought to be, and there is a natural tendency to accommodate
NO. VIII. ourselves to the dispositions and
Abraham and his Family Typical. conversations of those with whom we associate, particularly L ITHERTO in God's grawhen we are not disgusted by Il cious dispensation, we are open profaneness, immorality, furnished only with typical reor indelicacy. Our principles presentations of the person and are thus gradually undermined, work of our divine Redeemer ; for want of due care to invigo- but in the patriarch Abraham the rate and confirm them, for the subject is varied and extended, daily recurrence of frivolous and and the character of his immeworldly conversation naturally diate posterity is metaphorically tends to produce idle habits of exhibited. Though the patrithinking, and in time, if not arch may be considered as a counteracted, to annihilate the type of Christ in being called
from his native country and kin- I promise on covenant made with dred-sojourning in a strange Abraham, and which comprised land-dwelling in a tabernacle all the subjects of the gospel ; or tent-receiving the promise so Hagar represented that cov. of a numerous seed, &c.-yet it enant which God made with the is his family especially which Israelites in the wilderness by will be produced as typifying the hand of his servant Moses. evangelical subjects. That this This Agar is mount Sinai in was so designed is very manifest Arabia, and answereth to Jeru. from the declaration of the apos- salem which now is, and is in tle, Gal. iv. 22. For it is writ- | bondage with her children. This ten, that Abraham had two sons; is frequently termed, the law, the one by a bond-maid, the oth- The law was given by Moses. er by a free woman which This was the system of carnal things are an allegory. The a. ordinances imposed on them, postle himself hath given such the Jews, till the time of reforman explanation of this allegory, azion. As Hagar was the maid that we cannot misapprehend of Sarah, it was her place and the subjects designed by it, if use to aid her mistress, assist in we divest ourselves of prejudice training up the promised son and candidly consider his appli- and heir, and subserve the gencation. The following subjects eral interest of the family, so it are particularly contained in it. I was the design and use of the I. Sarah and Hagar.
I law, the covenant made at mount These saith the apostle, are Sinai, to subserve the promise, the two covenants. Of these the covenant made with Abrathe first, represented by Sarah, ham, by instructing and disciwas the gracious promise which plining the chosen seed, the coGod made to the patriarch, Gen. venant people, and so preparing xii. 2, 3. I will make of thee a them for the adoption of sons. great nation and thou shalt be Gal. iv. 1-7. In allusion to Ha. a blessing, and in thee shall all gar, a maid, who was under the the families of the earth be bles- yoke, and from the servile state sed. This was renewed, chap. to which the law reduced the xv. 5, and xvii. 11, reduced to seed of Abraham, it is termed a the form of a covenant, and rati- yoke of bondage, and the Jews fied by a significant token. And submitting to its restraints, and ye shall circumcise the flesh obeying its precepts, are said to of your foreskin ; and it shall be be under bondage' to weak and a token of the covenant betwixt beggarly elements. Gal. iv.9. me and you. This covenant thus II. Isaac and Ishmael. ratified, by way of distinction and Cod promised Abraham a son eminence, is called, the promise. by Sarah his wife, and to multiGal. iii. iv. chap. According to ply his seed as the stars of hear. the apostle, Gal. iii. 8. in ma- en. This son Isaac, with his king this promise, God preach- numerous seed, the immediate ed the gospel to Abraham, and objects of the promise, were Abraham in believing it, believo types of Christ and believers in ed in the Lord, who counted it him, that spiritual seed and holy to him for righteousness. nation, which were the great
As Sarah represented that I objects of the covenant ultimate:
ly. Hence saith the apostle, bond-maid mocking. This mockGal. iii. 16. Now to Abraham ing of Ishmael typified the conand his seed were the promises tempt with which his fleshly, made. He saith not, And to unbelieving seed, especially the seeds, as of many ; but of one. chief priests, rulers, and the And to thy seed which is Christ. whole multitude of the people, Rom. iv. 18. Who against hope would treat Christ and believers believed in hope that he might | in him, that spiritual seed prombecome the father of many na-ised to Abraham in that everlasttions according to that which ing covenant which God made was spoken, So shall thy seed with him. Hence saith the abe. As Isaac, who was born af- postle, As then, he that was born ter the promise, and his numer-after the flesh persecuted him ous posterity, represented the that was born after the spirit, ultimate objects of the covenant, I even so it is now. Christ and believers in him ; so IV. The remonstrance of SaIshmael the son of Hagar, the rah and the ejection of Ishmael. bond-maid, who was born after The derision and contempt the flesh, represented that natu- with which Ishmael treated Isaac ral seed or posterity of Abra- were very offensive to Sarah, ham which proceeded indeed and remonstrating against it, from his loins, but was destitute she said to Abraham, Cast out of his faith, and alienated from this bond-woman and her son ; his holy obedience in life and for the son of this bond-woman practice.
shall not be heir with my son, III. The weaning of Isaac. even with Isaac. And Abra.
The child grew and was wean, ham rose up early in the morned ; and Abraham made a great ing and sent her away. As feast the same day that Isaac the mocking of Isaac by Ishmawas weaned. However pleas el procured the dismission of ing it might have been to Abra- | Hagar, and his ejection from the ham and Sarah, that the prom- | family of Abraham ; so the deised son should have so far pro- rision and persecution of Christ gressed in life, as to be taken by the unbelieving Jews his nafrom the breast; yet the unu.tural seed, occasionally excited sual hilarity and joy of the occa- by the law of carnal commandsion were the effects of a divine ments, procured the abolition of impulse, and designed to typify the Sinai dispensation, and their the joy and gladness which excommunication from the viswould pervade the family of ible family of God. NevertheGod when his seed, progressing less what saith the scripture, from its infant state, should be cast out the bond-woman and weaned from weak and beggar- her son, and the covenants esly elements, and he nourished tablished at mount Sinai, and his and invigorated with the more | fleshly unbelieving seed were substantial food of the gospel. ejected from his visisible famiThis event, so joyful to Abra- ly, and only Sarah, the covenham and Sarah, was by Ishmael | ant made with him, and Christ inade an occasion of the deri- the promised seed remained.-sion and contempt of Isaac.- As the ejection of Hagar and · And Sarah saw the son of the Ishmael reduced the family of . Abraham to its genuine simpli- of God, and enlightened by his city and purity consisting only Spirit, carefully determine what of Sarah his faithful wife, and is to be believed and to be done. Isaac the promised son; so the Memory. Let it treasure up the abolition of the covenant made word of God, the sins I have at mount Sinai the spiritual Ha-committed, the mercies I have gar, and the excommunication received. Conscience. Let it be of his natural, unbelieving pos exquisitely tender, without unterity, those mocking Ishmaels, necessary scrupolosity. Invenrefined his visible family, from tion. Let me endeavor to disthe earthly typical alloy and spu-cover new methods of doing rious members which adhered to good, and how I may do the it, and exhibited his covenant utmost possible good with the and seed in their original puri- means I possess. Imagination. ty and beauty. Hagar and Ish-|Let my imagination delight to mael being cast out, we see trace the similitudes used in Isaac established the unrivalled scripture ; such as where a soul heir of his promises and bless-dead in sins is compared to a ings ; so the ritual being abol- dead body ; and where spiritu. ished and the unbelieving Jews al things are illustrated by the rejected, we see Christ appoint-objects of creation.----PASSIONS. ed the heir of all things, the an-1-1. Admiration. Let it be emcient promise of blessing all na-ployed upon God's attributes and tions in his seed, fulfilled and works.--2. Anger. Let it be if by faith in him, we become turned against myself for sin. the children of Abraham, and / 3. Contempt. Let it be of worldexperimentally realize his bless- | ly pleasures and vanities.--4. ings, convinced of divine fidelity | Covetousness. Let it be of the and grace, we shall devoutly ac- true riches, and of the best gifts. knowledge, a God of truth, and 25. Fear. Let me have a filial without iniquity, just and right fear of offending God, a fear of is he, and blessed are all they coming short of the heavenly that wait for him. Amen. rest, of the misery hanging over
the wicked..-6. Grief. Let it be for my own sins, and those of
others.--7. Gratitude. In refer. From the London Evangelical ence to God, let it be exerted as Magazine.
| in the case of the cleansed le
per :* in reference to men, as Thoughts on 1 Cor. vi. 20. in the case of Elisha towards Glorify God in your body, it be of the lieavenly happiness,
the Shunamite.f-8. Hope. Let and in your spirit, which are God's."
of attaining greater conformity
to Jesus ; of the further extenThe powers of the Mind.
sion of Christ's kingdom : of
men's not being so wicked as A FRAGMENT.
| they seem to be..9. Jealousy. THE WILL. Let it chuse Let me have a godly jealousy of
1 God in Christ, in prefer- my own heart.-10. Joy. Let it ence to all things- udgment. I Let it, as instructed by the word * Luke xvii. 18. * 2 Kings iv. 13.
arise from victory over my sins; my fellow-creatures ; let them over death. Let me rejoice in diffuse divine truth in the distriGod, and in the progress of the bution of the scriptures and othtruth.-11. Love. Let it be of er religious books ; let them miGod on account of what he is in nister to the bodily necessities bimself, what he hath done for of the indigent.Knees. Let me, is doing for me, and will do them bend at God's footstool.. for me ; of the brethren, and of Feet. Let them go on the mesa all mankind.-12. Revenge. A-sages of God. J. H. D.' gainst myself for sin, and against sin as my great enemy.-13. Shame. Let shame arise in me on account of sins committed, From the (Edinb.) Religious Monitor: duties omitted, the strength of indwelling sin, and my little
ANECDOTE knowledge of God.-14. Zeal.
Of an Italian 'Bisho. Let my zeal be for God's honor and for good works. SENSES. HERE was an Italian Bish
Sight. Let my eyes continu op who had struggled ally look up to God in prayer, through great difficulties, withfaith and humble dependence. out repining ; and who met Let them be employed in read with much opposition in the ing his word, and other pious discharge of his episcopal funcand useful writings. Let them tion, without ever betraying the gaze upon his wonderful works least impatience. An intimate of creation. Hearing. Let my friend of his; who highly adears be attentive to God's word mired those virtues, which he read, or preached. Let them be thought it impossible to imitate, swift to hear the instruction of one day asked the prelate, If he the righteous.--- Smelling. Let | could communicate the secret of the fragrance of every sweet being always easy. “Yes, refiower, or other odoriferous sub-“ plied the old man, I can teach stance, lead me, as it did the an- you my secret, and with great cient Israelites, to return thanks “falicity : it consists in nothing to that God who could as easi 6 more than in making a right Iy have made every scent in na 6 use of my eyes.” His friend ture ungrateful to my nerves. begged him to explain himself. Taste. Let the pleasant flavor" Most willingly, (returned the of my food lead me to thank the “ Bishop :) In whatever state Lord who could, with equal ease, “ I am, I first of all look up to have made all my food nause-"s heaven, and remember that ous. GIFT OF SPEECH. Let “ my principle business is to my tongue be talking of God, 1“ get there. I then look down and for God; let it be employ-“ upon the earth, and call to ed in praying to him, and sing “ mind, how small a space I ing his praises ; let my discourse “ shall occupy in it, when I be always gracious, wise, rea- " come to be interred. Luthen sonable, and kind. Hands. Let“ look abroad into the world, and them be raised towards Heaven “ observe what multitudes are in prayer ; let them write for there, who are, in all respects the instruction and comfort of " more unhappy than myself.