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And how frequently, my brethren, do we per. IV. That wbile Saul was, in truth, guilty ceive minds skilled in the investigation of of a complicated act of disobedience to the will of science
, accurate in the discrimination of character, God, he had yet so completely suppressed the be and quicksighted in the detection of the errors of dictates of his conscience that he appears to have others
, yet utterly blind to their own follies and possessed no inconsiderable degree of self-complaStr. vices, and viewing every thing connected with cency, on the review of his own conduct. I do be themselves through a false and distorted medium. not say that he was entirely convinced that he had tje. Our moral constitution, corrupted as it is, still acted in an upright and conscientious manner. Det prevents us from contemplating, calmly and steadi- The circumstance of his imputing the seizing of Fly
, our own sins, in all their magnitude and atro- the spoil altogether to the people, and not to himi i city. We quickly turn away from the appalling self, seems to shew that he entertained, at least, a por vision
, we strive to discover alleviations of our latent doubt of the propriety of the action which guilt, or excuses for having wandered from the he had permitted, if not decidedly commanded or 2e path of virtue ; acute and perverted is the inge- encouraged. Yet still he does not shrink from the
I nuity of self-deceit. The man of the world lowers sight of the holy Samuel. He meets him with be the standard of Christian morals, denies the obliga- the accents of cheerfulness and joy. He even e bus tion of the difficult, yet exalted qualities of self- boasts of his own conduct, “ I have performed the nd denial, superiority to the objects of sense, meek- com
mmandment of the Lord.” When Samuel repå ness, forgiveness of injuries, and heavenly-mind- minds him of his transgression, he strenuously desyedness, which God hath enjoined in his Word; or fends himself and his people. Even after the bez he strives completely to cast them into the shade, messenger of the Most High had begun to deliver
dwells on the useful actions or deeds of beneficence the denunciations of the divine judgments, his bijs he has performed, while he examines not into the mind continues still hardened ; no confession of in motives from whence they have emanated ; ex- guilt proceeds from his lips ; but there is all the
cuses his every error as proceeding from constitu- firm and undaunted boldness which we naturally
tional infirmity, the influence of education, or the look for from conscious innocence alone. And be power of temptation; and viewing his whole cha- it is not until he is informed that he was to be
racter in the aggregate, he exults in the thought deprived of his kingdom, that we find him dethat he is infinitely superior to the majority of claring to Samuel, from the influence, probably those around him, and that, if he is condemned, not of penitence, but of terror, “ I have sinned ; fearful indeed must be the lot of others. Another for I have transgressed the commands of the Lord, c'ass of individuals boldly reject the grand peculi- and thy words, because I feared the people and sities of the Christian system ; substitute their obeyed their voice.” asyn works for the righteousness of the Saviour ; It is an error, my friends, into which we often their acts of devotion for that blood which clean- fall, to suppose that an irreligious man is always seth from all sin; their spurious morality for the conscious of his real condition, and is consequentdivine precepts of the religion of Jesus; their ly the victim of secret gloom and melancholy. own wisdom for that which descendeth from above, It is true that the open profligate, until he is and their own strength for that omnipotent power entirely given over to a reprobate mind, cannot which worketh in man to will and to do of God's bear to survey his own character ; avoids the soligood pleasure. And many who stand high in tary chamber; shuns even the quiet stillness of dowhat is sometimes termed the religious world, can mestic life, and shrinks from communion with his taik fluently of their frames and feelings, can dis- heart. It is true that he has his hours of deep cuss with considerable ingenuity, and boundless and poignant remorse, and that even the shaking dogmatism, subjects the most abstruse and myste- leaf may inspire him with terror. But not so the rious, and on which the wisest and best may often man who, though a stranger to true religion, is yet conscientiously differ ; can descant on the merits conscious to himself that he is possessed of inor demerits of particular ministers, and the wis- flexible integrity; that he is distinguished by high dom or the folly of certain forms of Church dis- minded and chivalrous honour ; that he disdains to cipline and government, and may both appear and utter the language of falsehood and deceit; that he actually be extremely zealous for what they term performs many a kind and beneficent action; that the cause of truth, while they habitually neglect he is the object of the warmest affection to his the plainest duties of social and domestic life ; are family and friends, and that he is esteemed and ankind husbands, undutiful wives, careless parents, respected by all around him. Persuaded of his own disobedient children, rigorous masters, or dishonest excellence in the performance of the second table servants, and seem utterly to neglect the cultiva of the Moral Law, he seldom thinks of the high and tion of all those amiable and benevolent disposi- holy duties that he owes his God and Saviour; or if tions, which shone with so conspicuous a lustre in he does, he is satisfied with the thought that he is the character of that divine teacher, whom they pro- not an unbeliever ; that he has been admitted by fess to reverence and love. And yet, my brethren, baptisma member of the Christian Church; that he while their conduct is thus defective and guilty, they has received the memorials of redeeming love ; that may be, in a great measure, insensible to their own he is not altogether negligent of religious duties, errors, and may hardly entertain any dread of the nor completely ungrateful for the divine benefits. judgments of heaven. And this brings me to remark, The world approves his actions, and he doubts not the soundness of its verdict. He compares | dience to the divine command. His own heart, his conduct with that of many in the circle in we have seen, was filled with pride and vain glory. which he moves, and he feels his own proud su- He probably enjoyed the applauses of his people
. periority. In affliction, he congratulates himself He looked forward to distinction and honour, and on the remembrance of what he calls a well-spent anticipated many happy days in the land of the life. In death, he looks forward to heaven as the living. But the judgment of God often differs reward of his virtues. It is not unfrequent for the from that of man, and while the poor and lowly ministers of Religion to behold persons of this de- may be the objects of his regard, those who are scription quitting the world with little anxiety, and highly esteemed in the world, are despised beno dread; and while they perceive the humble fol-fore him. The prophet Samuel is appointed to lower of the Lamb, at times afraid to meet the remind the monarch of his guilt, and to pronounce God of purity, and trembling from a sense of his the sentence of heaven's wrath. “ When thou wast own unworthiness, while he yet cleaves with all little in thine own sight, wast thou not made the bis heart to the merits of his Saviour, they some head of the tribes of Israel, and the Lord anointed times hear the mere moralist confidently expressing thee king over Israel ?
And the Lord sent his hope and expectation of future blessedness. thee on a journey, and said, Go and utterly destrop
Similar is often the case with the proud and the sinners the Amalekites, and fight against self-righteous professor of Christianity. His re- them until they be consumed. Wherefore then ligion does not indeed curb the influence of un- didst thou not obey the voice of the Lord, but bridled appetite, or the violence of ungoverned didst fly upon the spoil, and didst evil in the sight passion ; it does not inspire that peace of God of the Lord ? Hath the Lord as great delight in which passeth all understanding; it does not im- burnt-offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the part that purity of mind and sanctity of character | voice of the Lord ? Behold, to obey is better than which is heaven begun upon eartlio nor does it sacrifice; and to hearken than the fat of rams. For communicate that hope which is full of immortal- rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornity. Still, in life and in death, he is ready to say to ness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast all around, “stand back, for I am holier than thou;" rejected the word of the Lord, he hath also rejecthe exults in the extent of his religious knowledge; ed thee from being king. The Lord hath rent the in the orthodoxy of the opinions he has main- kingdom of Israel from thee this day, and hath given tained; the high estimation in which he has been it to a neighbour of thine, that is better than thou. held by the pious and the good; the regularity And also the Strength of Israel, will not lie nor of his devotions, and his zealous exertions for the repent: for he is not a man that he should repent." extension of the Church, or sect with which he is We pursue not the history of this sinful and inconnected, or the dissemination of the Gospel in fatuated individual, but only remark, that the senheathen lands. He is amongst the number of those tence of God was executed upon him in all its just whom God, by the mouth of his prophet, describes and merited severity. as at ease in Zion. He mistakes profession for prin- The awful fate of the king of Israel affords a ciple, and the form of godliness for its power; and striking and impressive lesson to the man of the he goes down to his
“saying peace, peace, world, the mere moralist, or him who halts bewhen there is no peace, and when sudden destruc- tween two opinions. They may be possessed of tion is ready to come upon him.” Well might our many qualities that are dignified and honourable, Lord declare that the publican and the harlot enter fair and amiable, pleasing and attractive. They into the kingdom of heaven before the proud Phari- may receive the plaudits of their fellow mortals ; see. The former, though often suppressing religious they may be hailed as the patriots and benefactors conviction and impression, and hardening their of their country; and even their own consciences, hearts in scenes of wickedness, yet if once brought deluded by the specious appearance of virtue to reflection on the bed of sickness, or in the house without its reality, may approve their conduct, of mourning, feel that they have no merit to cling and inspire them with the hope of joys beyond the to in themselves, and are sometimes led to seek an grave; but the period shall arrive, when their interest in the love of that Being who came into spirits must wing their flight to the invisible world, this world to save even the chief of sinners. But and appear in the presence of Him who looketh the latter are placed in the miserable condition of not at the outward appearance, but judgeth the the Church of Laodicea. “ They say that they are thoughts and intents of the heart. The veil is rich and increased in goods, and have need of now removed, the mask is for ever torn away. nothing, and know not that they are wretched, That morality is utterly unavailing in the records and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked." of immortality which springs not from love to But though vain and foolish man may delude him- God. Those acts of piety, or deeds of virtue, are self and others, he cannot deceive God. An hour vain and delusive, which were not kindled at the of solemn retribution is at hand. It sometimes foot of the Saviour's cross, and were not supportbegins in this world, and its awful termination willed by the power of his grace. How empty at that extend to the mighty ages of eternity. And this solemn hour will all human distinctions and all leads me to direct your attention,
worldly glory appear.
“ Vanity of vanities," will V. To the signal punishment which was in- indeed be engraven upon them all. flicted upon the king of Israel, for his disobe- How tremendous then shall be the doom of the false and bypocritical professors of Religion ! Saul | ditary," they are held in much respect by the great body was chosen of God as king of Israel, he entered of the people, and possess particular privileges, which upon life with high professions of piety, and on protect them from the operation of taxes, and personal one occasion we find him even among the prophets national Church are under the direction and manage
corporal punishment. All matters connected with the of the Lord, yet he died rejected by the Almighty, ment of the Holy Synod at St. Petersburg, and a suborthe fearful monument of his righteous displeasure. dinate court at Moscow. The Imperial family, the RusAnd our Saviour tells us of some who shall say to sians, Cosaks, and a vast majority of the Servians, Lihim at the last day, “ Have we not prophesied
thuanians, Laplanders, Permians, Serjans, Votiaks, Osin thy name, in thy name cast out devils and done
tiaks, Teptars, Georgians, Kistentsi, Kamptshadals, many wonderful works ?” to whom he shall reply, fixed as well as unsettled tribes, comprehending about
Greeks, Moldavians, &c., with proselytes from several “* I never knew you, depart from me, ye workers thirty-three millions of individuals, profess the Greek of iniquity.” Yes, my brethren, you may have Religion. known what the Gospel is ; it
have approved The whole Russian clergy are divided into two classes, itself to your understanding; it may have com- regular and secular. The first have exclusively the primnended itself to your conscience ; you may have
vilege of filling the highest dignities in the Church: they
are ordained under much stricter vows, and are termed had pleasure in hearing it preached ; you may have
the black clergy, (thshornoe duchovenstvo,) from their defended it in your conversation, and you may wearing a black robe. The secular clergy have a brown have perused the writings of many pious authors, or blue robe, and are denominated the white clergy, who have illustrated and enforced its truths ; but (beloi duchovenstvo.) if it has not led you to hate sin and love holi
The Church is divided into eparchies, or (according ness; to live in habitual communion with Christ; to the translation) dioceses. Their number is discreto imbibe his spirit ; to obey his law, and to sub- tionary, and entirely at the will of the sovereign. They
are superintended by the following high dignities:mit with patience to his unerring providence; then
1. Metropolitans. 2. Archbishops. 3. Bishops. however confident you may be of your own salva- These honours are not necessarily confined to any partion, and however high your character in the ticular eparchy, but may be conferred according to the Church of Christ, yet believe me, for I utter the pleasure of the sovereign. That of metropolitan is solemn declaration of him who cannot lie, when I bestowed only on the chiefs of the dioceses having tell you that your profession is insincere, that kingdoms, (or tsarstvo,) which are now incorporated
charge of the two capitals, or of those of the former pour Religion is unavailing, and that if a saving with the empire. change is not effected upon your character, you In ancient times their number was limited to four.
can never enter within the gates of the New Jerusa- The first classes of the clergy are, under their general ; lem. I know that to many these may appear hard denomination, called Archirei, or prelates ; next in de
sayings. But the only enquiry is, are they true ? gree, the Archimandrits and Igumens, or abbots and are they agreeable to the word of God? If they priors of the monasteries ; and in the third class are
comprehended the monks, who were either ordained are, it is our highest kindness to make them for the priestly office, for the second degree or diaconknown to you, ere your doom is fixed and sealed ate, or are mere lay brothers without having taken the
Go then, my brethren, and commune The secular clergy, not having taken the vow, with your own hearts, and carefully enquire whe- can only attain higher dignities in the Church after they
have become widowers, and received the tonsure. Their ther you are dealing deceitfully with the Lord, or are presenting before his altar, the cheerful obedi- gradations are as follows.
„They are represented in the synod by an upper or ence of faith and love. Go, resolved to give your head Svastshenie, a rank instituted by Paul 1. The whole soul to God, and to consecrate to his service next in degree are the Protories, or high priests, who all the energies of your mind, and all the actions have the general superintendence of cathedrals
, or other of your life. Go, raising the eye of faith to the principal churches. Then Svastshenic, or priest ; next cross of your Redeemer
, that there you may behold the deacons, then the deacons' assistants, and lastly the all the attractive loveliness of his character, and duties, as a body, are peculiarly laborious.
Ponomars, the lowest class of the secular clergy, whose all the unsearchable power and riches of his mercy Some centuries after the first introduction of Chris.
Go, and with a holy importunity, im- tianity into Russia, the influence and power of the paplore that the blessed spirit may descend upon you, triarch of Constantinople began to decline. Vladimir II. may take up his abode in your heart, and bring (Monomachus) laid the foundation of the independent every thought and desire into captivity to the authority of the Church in Russia, by enacting, that for obedience of Christ. Ile that asks shall receive, politan of all the Russias. The succeeding great dukes he that seeks shall find, and to him that knocketh caused these metropolitans to be invested by the Rusit shall be opened.
sian bishops themselves; and on the 22d January 1589,
Fedor Vassilievitch gave his people, for the first time, a THE STATE OF THE CHURCH IN RUSSIA.
patriarch of their own, who was consecrated and ac
knowledged at Moscow by the patriarch of ConstantiNo. I.
nople. This dignity in the Church continued from 1589 By Thomas Brown, Esq.,
to the 27th November 1720, when it became vacant Author of “ Reminiscences of an Old Traveller
by the death of Adrian, and was done away with for throughout different parts of Europe."*
the future by Peter I. A sacred council was appointed
for a short period, and on the 25th February 1721 the As the Church in Russia is at present constituted, its Holy Synod was established, and denominated by Peter members compose a peculiar distinct class in the state ;
a permanent assembly of the Church,” which has and although their honours and dignities are not here continued in activity ever since. This high oftice, in
Published by John Anderson, junior, Edinburgh. common with every other, is under the sovereign. On
the other hand, all the prelates and inferior branches, | is separated from the nave by a screen, on which are as well as every thing connected with the Greek Church, pictures of our Saviour, virgin, apostles, and saints. are under the control of the synod. The emperor ap- This screen is called the Ikonostas, in the middle of a points the members of the synod, and is thus in the which are the royal doors, which are opened at diffe- ! strictest sense bead of the Church, Amor.g the tem- rent times in the course of the service. The second poral members, the head of the synod is the only one division is the nave, where the congregation stand. who has a dissenting vote.
There are no seats, nor any books used. The whole The clergy from time immemorial possessed con- of the service is in the Sclavonian language. siderable property in land, of which they had the charge, The eparchies are generally named after the place and enjoyed the revenue arising from it. Catharine I. where the prelate resides, and not after the provis.ce. in 1726, attached a particular office to the synod, for Catharine II., by an ukaze of the 24th February 1761, the management of the agricultural concerns of the divided all these eparchies, as well as the monasteries clergy. Anne confirmed this arrangement in 1736 and and nunneries, into three classes. In the two first she 1738. It met, further, with the entire concurrence of placed archbishops and archimandrits over the monasPeter III., who, by two ukazes of the 16th February teries and nunneries, and in the third class bishops and and 20th March 1762, ordered, moreover, that no per- igumens, son should be received into a monastery, either in Great Besides these eparchies, I have to notice the cathol. or Little Russia, without the special permission of the cos of Georgia, and the exarchy in the metropolia of sovereign. Catharine II. appointed, in 1763, a parti- Moldavia. cular commission, composed of regular and secular The monasteries and nunneries are very numerous in members, to examine into and regulate the property of Russia ; some follow the rules of St. Bazil, others those the Church. The result appeared in an ukaze which of St. Anthony; they have been, on the whole, less was promulgated on the 24th February 1764, by which detrimental than in many Catholic countries, where : it was enacted, that the administration of the lands of Pater General could absolve the monks from their alle the clergy in Great Russia, with the slaves attached to giance to their sovereign. Since the time of Peter I., them, be given over to a separate and distinct commis- pains have been taken to reduce the number of morks sion for that purpose, and a proportionate assessment and nuns, to improve their condition, and to render made for the behoof of the clergy, on all classes of the them more useful to the state. The regulation of that community. The church lands, which had for centu- monarch required that monastic vows should only be ries appertained to the clergy, where there were no taken at a certain period of life ; that the monks should slaves attached to the soil, as well as their lands in cultivate their own lands, and that they, as well as the Little Russia, were to remain as before. At present nuns, were to attend on the sick and take charge of the all the branches of the clergy, with a view to the more helpless orphans, and, moreover, that previous to witt. convenient distribution of their revenues, are divided | drawing from the world, the monks sbould be wt" into seven classes, whose whole income exceeds seven taught in proper seminaries, so that they might, by their millions of rubles.
zeal and labours, be of advantage to the great body of Their theological studies are confined to the writings the people. It is diffeult, if not impossible, to ascera of the Greek fathers, such as Chrysostom, Gregory tain the number of monasteries and nunneries in Russia
. Nazianzen, &c., and to the works of the Russian divines. Ambrosius, in his work on the Russian hierarchy, dnes. Among the last I may mention, Platon, late metropo- tions, that according to the regulation of the 26th Feb litan of Moscow, Dmetrius, metropolitan of Rostov, ruary, 1764, the monasteries and nunneries in Grea: Theophanes, archbishop of Pleskov, and Michael, arch- Russia were also divided into three classes. In the fasi bishop of Tshernigov. The Russian clergy, in all es. there were fifteen, in the second forty-one, and in the sential matters, and in common with the whole of the third a hundred monasteries. Of the nunneries there orthodox Eastern Church, adopt the fundamental points were in the first, four; in the second, eighteen; and in of doctrine which were determined and established at the third, seventeen. Similar establishments were seven æcumenical meetings. Their most symbolical ganized in Little Russia, by an ukaze of the 10th April work was first projected in 1642 by the metropolitan 1786, by which it appears, that in that district there of Kiev, and on the following year approved of and were twenty-nine monasteries and ten nunneries, in signed by the four patriarchs of Constantinople. White Russia, thirty-one monasteries and four nu.z
Peter I. caused the same to be distributed by the neries; and, lastly, in 1797, there appeared to be in thirs Holy Synod at St. Petersburg in 1722, and which had eparchies, sixty monasteries of the third class. Er. been done previously in Holland in 1662, and a short clusive of all these, the following Lavra of the Russian time afterwards at Moscow. The peculiar and leading Church, or large cloisters or convents, require to be features of this confession are the following: It ac- particularly noticed. knowledges a two-fold ground of faith, Scripture and 1. The Petsherskoi kiev Lavra, whose Igumen tradition—it denies the right of the synod to establish first installed in 1052. new dogmas_it comprehends seven forms of sacra- 2. The holy Sergeevski Troitskoi Lavra, at Moscow, ment or inysteries, viz., baptism, chrism, the eucharist, whose Igumen was installed 1354. repentance, ordination, marriage, and consecration—it 3. The holy monastery of St. Alexander Nevsky, 8: enacts the invocation of angels and saints-the venera- St. Petersburg tion of images and relics, and the sign of the cross to Immediately under the cognizance of the Holy SIT.CO be considered as of blissful effect. This confession are placed the following monasteries, some of which, in contains nothing of the efficacy of extraordinary works, progress of time, have become very considerable. of indulgencies, or of purgatory.
Novospaskoi, in Moscow. The effect of the church music, the imposing gran- Voskresenskoi, in the government of Moscow. deur of the high mass, and in general the splendid pomp Semenovski and Donski, in the same. of the church ceremonies and dresses of the clergy, are Solovetski near the White Sea, in the government a well calculated to inspire the simple untutored minds of Archangel ; and, lastly, the Pekin Svatenskoi, at the the people with profound reverence and awe.
walls of Pekin, uniting the votaries of the east and wess The Church is divided into three parts: First, the empire. Sanctum Sanctorum, called the altar, in the middle of Even before Peter I. a Russian bishop and nine othen which stands the holy table. This part of the Church clergymen, were (as the record testifies,) sent to Der is the east end, so that the congregation always wor- potissimi Monarchae Bogdojensis ac Chinensis Chaut, ship with their faces towards the rising sun. The altar / whose object was Divinorum peragendi orthoduse
Christianæ fidei gratia officiorum, (to perform the re-Lord, and see his goodness in this world, and that you ligious services of the orthodox Christian faith.) The should invite, counsel, and comfort your young friends last archimandrit was appointed to the Pekin Mission in and others. But it is highly preferable even to this, 1807, where he has resided since the 10th January 1808. with regard to present enjoyment, to be brought away
In 1805, the number of churches in all the Russian by the rude hand of affliction, into that immediate eparchies, according to a statement now before me, (the bright presence of God, and of the Lamb, which at accuracy of which I have no reason whatever to hold in once, and for ever, annihilates sin, suffering, and danger. question,) was 26,747. This may appear preposterous It becomes us, however, who are unworthy of the least to many who have never been in Russia, but in me it gleam of hope and comfort, to think, with a kind of excites no surprise, as I have repeatedly seen, in various blushing humility, of being admitted to the heaven of parts of that country, the church service performed heavens, and to hide ourselves in the splendour of the without one single person to witness it; and hundreds Sun of Righteousness, while we resign the choice and of these huge unwieldy edifices are built at the sole ex- disposal of what concerneth us, to the author and God pense of rich individuals, who probably think that such of our salvation.-Love. an offering to the Deity will atone for a life of immoral.
Christianity.--Natural fancies are like glass, bright ity or dishonesty.
but brittle; Christian Religion is like gold, rub it,
beat it, melt it, it will endure the test, the touch, the CHRISTIAN TREASURY.
hammer, and still shine more orient.-ADAMS. Benefits of Affliction. When the mighty Redeemer Forgiveness through Christ.-The soul that looks comes manifestly near, the blessing and comfort of after it in earnest, must consider what it lost. How early affliction becomes rich and wonderful. It is bet- light do most men make of pardon! What an easy thing ter, however, for the most part, that this is not obtain- is it to be acquainted with it! and no very hard matter ed without difficulty and conflict. To prevent the to obtain it. But to hold communion with God in the levity and boasting to which our nature is strangely blood of his Son, is a thing of a different nature than prone, the Lord secretly prepares his own way by cast is once dreamed of by many, who think they know well ing down, and suffering us to hunger, even when re- enough what it is to be pardoned. “God be merciful,” freshing visitations of divine love may seem highly is a common saying, and as common to desire he would necessary and seasonable. But he at length “ satiates be so“ for Christ's sake.” Poor creatures are cast in the the weary soul, and replenishes every sorrowful soul.” mould of such expressions, who know neither God, nor I know you will be apt to charge yourself with want of mercy, nor Christ, nor any thing of the mystery of the sufficient earnestness, and of such deep convictions of Gospel. Others look on the outside of the cross, to sin as may be requisite; and here, it requires much see into the mystery of the love of the Father, workskill and caution to guide you in that path which leads ing in the blood of the Mediator. To consider, by faith, to genuine and sure comfort. But I would remark, the great transaction of divine wisdom, justice, and that the excellency of conviction and earnestness does mercy therein, how few attain unto it. To come unto not lie chiefly in the degrees of distress, or vehemence, God by Christ for forgiveness, and therein to behold but rather in the spirituality of the views and feelings the law issuing all its threats and curses in his blood of the soul. You will be safe in putting yourself with and losing its sting, putting an end unto its obligation out allowed reserve into the hands of the infinitely unto punishment; in the cross to see all sins gathered wise and good Spirit of the Lord, that he may show up in the hands of God's justice, and made to meet on Jou the evil of sin and its consequences, in that man- the Mediator ; and eternal love springing forth triumi.er and degree which are suitable to your condition. phantly from his blood, flourishing into pardon, grace, * Good and upright is the Lord, therefore will he teach mercy, forgiveness, this the heart of a sinner can be sinners in the way," Psalm xxv. 8, and you will per- enlarged unto only by the Spirit of God.—OWEN, crive that you are sufficiently convinced, and roused to * Preparation for Heaven.--A daily conversation in earrest concern, when the end is gained in your being Heaven, is the surest forerunner of a constant abode actually brought to an explicit and spiritual acceptance there. The spirit of God, by enabling us hereunto of the great Saviour, and to an humble reliance on first brings Heaven into the soul, and then conducts the him, and rest in him. It was said on an important oc- soul to Heaven.--ARROWSMITH. casion, “ If thou believest with all thy heart;" and it was wisely said by another, “ Lord, I believe, help
HEBREW IDYLS. thou mine unbelief." Seek, therefore, with whatever view you can take of sin, original and actual, to come
BY WILLIAM TENNANT, ESQUIRE, w mediately to the merciful and faithful High Priest,
Author of “ Anster Fair," 8-c. whose riches of reconciling and justifying inerit, are un
Prof. of Orien. Lang., University of St. Andrews. sarchable. Continue seeking and knocking, till you
No. I. ob'ain such a broad view of the person of Jesus smLianuel, and of his suffering love and merit, as will put you into a nearness and union with him, unspeakably Time-after mid-day. Scene-Vale of Sittim, on the east of the sure, tender, and delightful. And when you reach this, your situation, though in the midst of trouble, will Tr’ Almighty Lord command had given be rather to be envied than pitied. “ You will rejoice To all the thick clouds under heaven; in hope of the glory of God, and will glory in tribula- And rain had fallen at that command, tions also.” Rom. v. I would certainly rejoice much On Sirion's hills, and Judah's land, in the opening of a clear prospect of your complete re- When sad Naomi took her way covery to health, but I would rather wish, in the first From Moab's land so long her stay, instance, to see you rendered independent of recovery, Attended by the sister-pair, by a sure hearing of the voice, “ Daughter, be of good Her Ruth and Orphah-daughters dear; cheer, thy sins are forgiven thee," and by such expe- She left the cot that shrunk, concealed rience of the power of holiness, and of the burning and With eglantine, in Luith’s field, sweetness of the heavenly presence and love of Christ, Her happy home for many a year, as would make it appear to require submission and pa- Where died her Elimelech dear; tience to be willing to live. Then it would be desir- She left the oak-tree broad and high, able that you should live and declare the works of the Beneath whose shadow sleeping lie
RUTH AND NAOMI.