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AN EXAMPLE.—The writer has a friend, a member now of the Roman Catholic church, whose love for souls, and whose labours with God and with them, for their salvation, furnish a lesson for us. On a visit paid her a year or two since, she took him into her place of private prayer. In an inner closet, whose door she opened, he noticed the photographs of nineteen persons. He asked her who they were. She replied, they were poor people whom she was trying to save. She visited them regularly, and instructed them carefully, but her great dependence was on God; and she was accustomed to take these photographs, one by one, and put them on a little table which she had prepared for the purpose, and then, looking at them, she would kneel, name their names, and mention their wants and trials to her Father, and plead for mercy in their behalf. Would that we, Protestants, rivaled the fidelity, and earnestness, and determination of this Roman Catholic lady! Would that Sabbath school teachers and Christian churches were so imbued with Divine grace, were in such deep and vital fellowship with the Holy Spirit, were so heartily persuaded of the depraved, lost, and helpless condition of all children by nature, and were so bent on securing God's almighty power in their behalf, that they would make their salvation a matter of deeper concern than their own necessary food !-Princeton Review.
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Intelligence. SOUTH-EASTERN SABBATH SCHOOL | the young. The Directors, however, UNION.—This Union met on 11th while regarding such meetings as August, and was attended by about appropriate adjuncts of the Sabbath thirty Directors, the principal object school in Mission districts, would of the meeting being to resume con- desire to urge the General Union to sideration of the subject of “Special adopt measures, with the view of Sabbath-day Services for the Young.” securing that á more general and After conference for an hour-and-a- efficient arrangement be made by the half, the following resolution was various churches or ecclesiastical adopted :-"The Directors of this authorities for the religious instrucUnion having directed their attention of the young of all sections of the tion to the resolution adopted at community during the Lord's day; last annual meeting of the Glasgow and that such services should be Sabbath School Union, agree to ex- under the direct supervision of the press their approbation of its object, Church, whose duty it is, as well as having for many years, by circular that of the Christian parent, to feed and otherwise, endeavoured to pro- the lambs of the flock. mote the establishment and success of
COMPETITIVE EXAMINATION FOR such Sabbath-day special services for SABBATH SCHOOL TEACHERS. — The first public Scriptural Examination Rev. A. Macmillan, the Rev. Dr. for Sunday school teachers is now Mullens, Foreign Secretary of the matter of history; and it is with un- Society, briefly sketched Mr. Moffat's feigned satisfaction that we are able history, from his going out in 1816 to report its complete success. Of until the present year. He paid an 204 candidates who had enrolled eloquent tribute to his labours in their names, 154 presented them- South Africa, where his influence had selves for examination at the Sunday been felt by multitudes who had not School Union on the evening of as yet renounced heathenism. While Tuesday, June 28th. Punctually at gathering the few Mr. Moffat had seven o'clock the proceedings com- been moulding the many, and the promenced, the gentlemen assembling gress of the arts and sciences among in the lecture hall, which had been the heathen was a testimony to fitted up with desks, &c., for the the value of the missionary's work, occasion, and the ladies in the although they made no profession of library. The printed questions were Christianity. Dr. Mullens also introrapidly distributed, and the candi- duced to the directors Mr. Beynon, dates at once applied themselves to who had been a missionary in India their work with an earnestness and 45 years, and who until now had never determination which certainly de- set foot on English soil from the day served success, though they might he left it. The Chairman of the Board not in every
case command it. (Mr. James Hawkins) cordially shook Scarcely any one stirred until the hands with the two veteran missiontime allotted for the examination had aries, the meeting rising en masse. expired ; and many seemed quite Mr. Moffat, who was received with willing to extend the two hours and great cheering, said that he found it a-half to three or more. Every very difficult to say one word. The one felt that the results already kindness he had received since his secured had been most encouraging; arrival had almost overpowered him, and we are able to state that the He had never expected to see England examiners consider the general merit again; and his coming home, he might of the papers to be remarkably high. almost say, was opposed to his own -Sunday School Teacher, London feelings. He had gone out to Africa to S. S. Union.
live and die there, and he had always ARRIVAL OF THE REV. ROBERT had the desire to leave his dust MOFFAT.-Amongst the passengers amongst those whom he had been the by the steamer Norseman from the means of calling out of heathenism Cape of Good Hope, was the veteran into the light of the Gospel. No one South African missionary, Robert could imagine what a trial it was, both Moffat, who for more than fifty years to himself and those with whom he has been successfully grappling with had been so long associated, when he the most degrading forms of heathen- saw that it was his duty, after twentyism. A generation has almost passed eight years’ absence, to revisit Engaway since he used to delight English land. Now that he was in this country audiences with his stories of African it would be a pleasure to him to do all life and adventure, and fire their en- in his power to further the missionary thusiasm in the cause of missions. enterprise; and when he could speak Mrs. Livingstone, the wife of the great English a little better, he hoped not African traveller, was Mr. Moffat's only to encourage the churches by daughter. The Directors of the Lon- his presence, but by his words. Mr. don Missionary Society gave a cordial Beynon sincerely thanked the direception to Mr. Moffat. After a rectors for the welcome he had re. devotional service, conducted by the ceived. Although Mr Moffat's voice Rev. Dr. Spence, Rev. F. Soden, and is somewhat feeble, he appeared in good health, and the playful humour THE “PILGRIM'S PROGRESS. which characterized his speeches The Rev. Tiyo Soga, of the United thirty years ago is as fresh and buoy- Presbyterian Mission, has translated ant as ever.
the Pilgrim's Progress into Caffre.
Notices of Books. LIGHTED LAMPS FOR LITTLE TRA- several old standard hymns which
My WAY TO JESUS. we miss. 1–5. By A. 0. U. London: Elliot Stock, Paternoster Row.
THE SACRED MELODIST. A collection A NICE series of five penny books, of Hymns, Sacred Songs, Anthems, very suitable for youthful readers, &c. Edited by DR. ARTHUR S. by reason of their blending instruc- HOLLOWAY. London: F. Farrah, tion with illustrative anecdote, in an
Strand. attractive manner.
SIXTEEN pages, monthly, of choice
music, clearly printed, is surely a THE HOLY CHILD JESUS. By H. J. W. profitable pennyworth. The number GOD LOVES You: An Address to before us opens with the music of
Young People. By H. J. W. “Jerusalem the Golden,” a charming Thirteenth Thousand. London : sacred melody, which is gradually Wm. Macintosh, Paternoster Row. taking the permanent place in our WRITTEN in a pleasing, earnest, and popular hymn music to which it is pointed style.
entitled. As the words are but in
different, we would suggest to the A BOOK OF PRAISE FOR HOME AND Sabbath school teacher that this
SCHOOL. Selected and arranged beautiful air is admirably suited to by S. D. MAJOR. Twentieth Heber's noble hymn, “From GreenThousand. Bath: S. D. Major. land's icy mountains." The number The hymns in this collection are contains above a dozen pieces, includarranged on a definite plan, embrac- ing a full anthem, for four voices, by ing the leading and essential doctrines Purcell, “Thou knowest, Lord, the of the Gospel. The collection con- secrets of our hearts ;” “The Better tains a large admixture of modern Land ;'“There is a Happy Land; compositions, some of which, we own, and a lesson in sight-singing on the we should rather see replaced by sol-fa system.
NOTES ON THE UNION'S LESSON SCHEME FOR 1870.
LESSON XXXVIII.--SEPTEMBER 18.
JESUS UPBRAIDS CERTAIN CITIES.--Matthew xi. 20-30. 1. The Cities Upbraided, 20-24.- The cities were three-Chorazin, Bethsaida, and Capernaum. They were all on the sea of Galilee, in the immediate vicinity of Christ's Galilean ministry. Note the meaning of "upbraid”—to denounce woe upon. Jesus never did this without good reason. It was not His custom to upbraid if He could help it. See why He upbraided these cities. Most of His mighty works were done in them. He had done many miracles there, had given evidence of His power, and yet they repented not. They despised Him, they mocked Him, called Him a carpenter, said He was in league with the devil, and would not have Him. Learn now their doom. It would be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon, and even for wicked Sodom, than for them. Capernaum had been His dwelling-place for many a day-it was called “His own city”-and had thus been exalted to heaven; but it should be cast down to hell. Where God gives opportunities, He expects us to use them. He has given you the Bible, the Sabbath, the church, the Sabbath school, and He has denied these to many. What use do you make of these precious gifts? God will call you to account for them, and if you neglect them, the poor heathen who have them not will be better off than you. Think of this, and try and use your privileges as God would have you. To whom much is given, of them much will be required. The servant who knows the Lord's will, and does it not, will be beaten with many stripes.
II. Christ's Prayer, 26-27.-Christ thanks His Father that He has made these things known to babes, whereas He has hidden them from the wise. Who is a babe? He who is humble and lowly, and takes not his own way, but God's. Humility is the door of entrance, (Matthew xviii. 1-4.) Who is the wise ? He who thinks his own way the best, and so rejects God's way. God's way is to bring a man down. This child is set for the fall of many in Israel. Man's way is the opposite; he does not like the fall, the coming down, and lying like a little child at the foot of the cross. But there is no other way of reaching heaven, for (v. 26) God himself has fixed this as the way. Even so, says Jesus, for so it seemed good in thy sight; and I know thy will, and thy way, for thou hast delivered all things unto me; and I know the Father, and the Father knoweth me. So, then, don't be ashamed of being a babe in humility. The highest in God's kingdom is the humblest,
Nearest the throne itself must be
The footstool of humility. Be ashamed and afraid of pride,—the proud never learn, neither earthly nor heavenly wisdom. Pride will keep you from Christ–will shut the door of heaven in your face. Christ won't have the proud - He reveals all His will to the humble. Pray God to give you a lowly, humble, trusting heart, a heart willing just to be and to do what Jesus would have you to be and to do.
III. Christ's Yoke, 28-30.-Who are called? All the weary and heavy-ladenweary and heavy-laden with sin—a grievous burden, too heavy for us to bear. What does Christ say to such ? Come. To what? To Himself. Not to church, not to school, not to the Bible, not to His table. These won't save us,--but to Himself. What does He promise? What every weary one wishes-rest. Oh! how the weary long for rest! "How sweet it is! How precious! How the poor sick man cries for rest! All the world is crying for rest. What rest does Christ promise? Rest to the soul, rest from sin, the glad joy of forgiveness, the light step and the beaming face of him who has entered into rest through Christ's blood. How is this rest to be obtained ? By entering Christ's service, taking His yoke, and learning His spirit; having the same mind as He had. What was that spirit? Emphatically the spirit of meekness and lowliness. And so we come again to the same old story, oh that we all learned it !) that meekness and lowliness, or humility, are the doors of entrance. Seek to enter in, and you will find the service easy, and the burden light, for Christ himself will carry it. He will lead youHis rod will support you, you will lean on the arm of the Beloved. Come unto Him, and you shall obtain rest.
Memory Exercise--Shorter Catechism 38.-Paraphrase x. 2-5.
Subject to be Proved-Jesus' Patience may be Exhausted.
Text for Non-Reading Classes. “Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works which were done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes.
It shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the day of judgment than for you.”—Matthew xi. 21, 22.
LESSON XXXIX.-SEPTEMBER 25.
JACOB RETURNS HOME.-Genesis xxxii. 1-32. In our last Old Testament lesson we saw Jacob leaving home, and in the history accompanied him as far as to Luz. He left Luz (named by bim Bethel, in remembrance of his spiritual experience at that place) a converted man, and found his way to Padan-aram, where he served his uncle Laban-first for his wives, and latterly for a share of the profits in the business of stock-farming-for a period of twenty years. Skilful and ingenious in the breeding and rearing of sheep and cattle, Jacob became very rich; and Laban, believing he had been outwitted by Jacob, he and his sons became offended, and did not hesitate to shew their displeasure at Jacob's success as opportunity presented. Receiving a Divine intimation" to return unto the land of his fathers," Jacob at once resolved to do so, and carried out his purpose unknown to his kinsmen. Laban pursued after Jacob and overtook him; but they became thoroughly reconciled, and parted from each other on most friendly terms. The chapter before us gives us to see Jacob as he continues his journey toward Canaan,
ist, in company with heavenly friends, v. 1, 2.—Whether these “angels of God” whom Jacob met were discovered by him in vision or dream, we cannot say; but of their presence he was certain, for he called them “the Lord's host," and the place of meeting “Mahanaim," signifying two hosts or camps; referring, probably, on the one hand, to his own company, and on the other, to that of the angels. At Bethel Jacob saw the angels as heavenly messengers, for his edification and building up in the faith; now he sees them as an host of strength, for his protection and encouragement to go forward. God had commanded Jacob
to go back to Canaan; but he is not left to face the difficulties of the journey “on his own charges.' The attendance of the angels, besides being a guard of protection to Jacob, is a guard of honour; and such honour have all the saints, (see Heb. i. 14; Ps. xxxiv. 7, and xci. 11.)
2d, With Esau in Prospect, v. 3-8.-Cheered as he was by the presence of angelic friends, Jacob could not help feeling agitated in the prospect of meeting his brother. Esau, too, had become rich, and also powerful; and the feeling that he might avenge his wrongs made the heart of Jacob sink within him. So does “conscience make cowards of us all.” Nor did the report of the messengers tend to allay Jacob's anxiety, for the fact of "four hundred men” accompanying Esau might indicate either warlike or friendly intentions-an intention to punish, or a mark of respect in keeping with Eastern custom. Jacob, with his natural shrewdness, prepares for the worst, by making arrangements in the way described in verses 7 and 8.
3d, In Prayer, v. 9-12.-Jacob has his heart in order as well as his house, in the view of meeting Esau, for—behold, he prayeth! The prayer before us is Temarkable in various ways. Many prayers had been offered before it; but it is the first prayer, properly speaking, on record. It is a prayer uttered in distress, and bears evidence of great earnestness and faith in God. It is marked by selfdenial and self-abasement. It is special—a prayer for deliverance. Its pleas are God's covenant in Abraham and Isaac, God's command to Jacob himself, God's past and present mercies, natural affection, and, conclusively, the Divine promise. It is a prayer at once short, comprehensive, appropriate, and direct. Lord, teach us 4tb, In Preparation, v. 13-23.---Planning, praying, working, are highways to
"Two things make rich," says the wise man; “ the blessing of God and the hand of the diligent.” God helps them who help themselves in a right way. Jacob had prayed, now he prepares. He sends a reconciling gift to Esau, consisting of goats, sheep, camels, kine, and asses, to be delivered, each kind in a drove by itself. He puts words into the mouths of his servants as to how they should
address his brother. And note the words : “My lord Esau.” How respectful! Jacob having obtained the spiritual blessing and inheritance which Esau despised, is content to give him all outward honour. He who stole the blessing is a changed man since he left his father's house, and is ready to be his brother's " servant” in the love of peace. Humility is a lustrous gem in the crown of grace.