The Teacher's Quiver;


In bringing the truth home to a child's heart, argument often fails where a simple story will succeed; and while we do not approve of that teaching which consists only of relating anecdotes and exciting wonder, (too often without any good lesson being conveyed,) we yet, on the other hand, fear that many of our most faithful teachers fail to interest their scholars, and miss the riveting of the truth to the young mind, because of an absolute want of pictorial teaching. This should not be so. It is certainly not scriptural teaching. The Holy Word captivates the imagination, and moulds the spirit of the youngest child, by what may be called its artistic beauty. Abstract truths are clothed in interesting facts, and profound principles are embodied in living examples. The parables of Him who spake as never man spake, the imagery of the prophets, the Proverbs of Solomon, and the “metaphors of St. Paul,” are each and all suggestive of different modes of illustration, which the true teacher cannot too closely study.

We must, while making our teaching thoroughly substantial, make it, at the same time, attractive. We must realize, with our Master, that the manifold workings of nature, the events of history, the incidents of biography, and the common occurrences and duties of daily life, can serve no nobler mission than when made to pay tribute to the work of eluci. dating and enforcing spiritual truth.

It is to be admitted, however, that many have not the means of gathering, nor the faculty of observing, what may be most suitable for the illustrating of their Sabbath lesson. With this fact in view, and though deeply conscious that we too must fail in many cases to reach at what may be most precious, we still have ventured to devote some little time to the selecting, and some little space to the recording, of what may be helpful to the furnishing of the Teacher's Quiver.” We trust our illustrations and suggestions may prove arrows blessed to the carrying home of the Scripture truths to the hearts of many children.

We very cordially invite our readers to aid us in this work, and to forward whatever short anecdotes, parables, metaphors, incidents of personal experience, or suggestions, they may think suitable for succeeding lessons.-Address Teacher's Quiver,care of Mr. M'Callum.

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LESSON I.--Points for illustration :-God over-rules the deeds of the

wicked-raises up deliverers—"See that ye fall not out by the way,"

(Psalm cxxxiii.) —God rewards filial affection, (1.) 1. Filial affection rewarded.- Frederic, the late king of Prussia, having rung his bell one day, and nobody answering, opened the door, and found the page in waiting asleep on the sofa. He was just going to awake him, when he perceived the end of a paper out of his pocket, on which some thing was written. This excited his curiosity; he pulled it out, and found it to be a letter from the mother of the page, thanking him for having sent her part of his wages, which had proved a very timely assistance to her; and, in conclusion, beseeching God to bless him for his filial duty. The king stept softly into his room, tock a rolleau of ducats, and slipt them, with the letter, into the page's pocket. Returning to his apartment, he rang so violently that the page awoke, opened the door, and entered. “ You have been asleep," said the king. The page attempted to excuse himself; and, in his embarrassment, happening to put his hand into his pocket, felt with astonishment the rolleau. He drew it out, turned pale, and, looking at the king, burst into tears, without being able to speak a word. “What is the matter?” said the king ; "what ails you ?"_" Ah! sire,” said the young man, throwing himself at His Majesty's feet; "somebody wishes to ruin me; I know not how I came by this money in my pocket." “What God bestows,” resumed the king, “He bestows in sleep; * send the money to your mother; salute her in my name, and assure her, that I shall take care of both her and you.”— Whitecross. LESSON II.-Points for illustration :-Egyptian hatred of shepherds (2)

-looking back on life’s pilgrimage (3)—“How old art thou?”.

God provides for His own. 2. Egyptian hatred of shepherds.—The Egyptian dislike to shepherds may have been partly due to a feeling of contempt which they had for sheep, valuing them neither for food nor sacrifice; but the chief reason seems to have been that Egypt had been invaded, and possessed for many years, by a dynasty of foreigners, called the “shepherd kings." These evidently had been but recently expelled; and the pastoral district of Goshen happened thus to be ready for occupation to the brethren of Joseph.-P.

3. How some lives are spent. It is a mournful story, when the eve. of life arrives, to be constrained to sigh, “I have lost a lifetime! God gave me one lifetime, and it was once in my power to spend it as Aquila and Priscilla spent theirs, as Paul spent his, as Phoebe spent hers. But now that only life is closing, and, woe is me! how have I bestowed it? In making pincushions and playing the piano, in paying morning calls and evening visits!” “And I?-I have spent it in reading newspapers and novels, in dancing, and singing songs, and telling diverting stories.” " And I have spent it in drinking and smoking, in games of cards and billiards, in frequenting taverns and theatres, in reading coarse tales and books of blasphemy.”Dr. James Hamilton.

* A German proverb.

LESSON III.-Points for illustration :-Death-bed blessings-younger

sons preferred (4)—the seed of the righteous are blessed. 4. Exercise for class.Find out instances of God honouring younger sons above their brothers.

Abel before Cain, (Gen. iv. 4, 5.) Shem before Japheth, (Gen. ix. 26; X. 21.) Isaac before Ishmael, (Gen. xxi. 9-13.) Jacob before Esau, (Gen. XXV. 23-26.) Joseph before Reuben. Ephraim before Manasseh. Moses before Aaron, (Exod. iv. 15; vii. 7.) David before his brethren, (1 Sam. xvi. 11-13.) Solomon before Amnon, &c., (2 Sam. iii. 2; 1 Kings

iii. 12.)


LESSON IV.--Points for illustration :- Embalming (5)-sin remembered

brings fear (6)—the beauty of forgiveness (7)—believers die in hope. 5. Embalming.–A popular belief among the Egyptians was, that the spirit, when separated from the body at death, continued to hover round the remains so long as they were kept together, and would probably, in some centuries after, re-occupy its old tenement. In this belief, embalming was resorted to. In the case of Jacob and Joseph, this, of course, was not the reason; but was, in addition to being a mark of high respect, a means to the fulfilling of the strong desire of the patriarchs to be buried in the promised land. The processes of embalming were various, costing from one to three hundred pounds. Generally the intestines and brain were first removed,—the former by an incision in the side, and the latter by the nostrils. The cavities were then rinsed with astringent drugs, and filled up with myrrh and other aromatics. After being sewn up, the body was steeped in natron or salt for forty (or seventy) days. Then, being washed and perfumed, it was wrapped in bandages of linen cloth, sometimes a thousand yards long, and covered over with gum. Finally, it was placed in a coffin, with the face visible. The features were admirably preserved; and it is said that some of the mummies now in England, although more than 2000 years old, are so perfect, that could their friends see them now, they could have little difficulty in recognizing them. The Egyptians, like many of ourselves, spent more time and money on their frail bodies than on their imperishable souls.-P. 6. Sin remembered brings fear.

Suspicion always haunts the guilty mind,

The thief doth fear each bush an officer.Shakespeare. 7. Forgiveness.-Forgiveness is the work of a long life to learn. This was at the close of Joseph's life. He would not have forgiven them in youth-not when the smart was fresh-ere he saw the good resulting from his suffering. But years, experience, trial, had softened Joseph's soul. A dungeon and a government had taught him much; also his father's recent death. Do not think that any formula will teach this. No mere maxims got by heart about forgiveness of injuries no texts perpetually on the tongue, will do this. God alone can teach it :-by experience; by a sense of human frailty; by a perception of “the soul of goodness in things evil;" by a cheerful trust in human nature; by a strong sense of God's love; by long and disciplined realization of the atoning love of Christ,-only thus can we get that free, manly, large,

princely spirit, which the best and purest of all the patriarchs, Joseph, exhibited in his matured manhood.-F. W. Robertson. LESSON V.-Points for illustration: The compassion of Jesus—Jesus

the bread-provider (8) --we should ask God's blessing (9.) 8. Jesus the bread-provider.-One of the best kings that ever sat on the throne of England, was Alfred the Great. Yet he had a great deal of trouble. The Danes overran his kingdom; he was obliged to flee, and live in a forest in disguise. One day, when he was living thus, there came a beggar to his door, and asked for bread. The queen told Alfred that one loaf of bread was all they had, and she knew not when they would get any more, “ Give the poor man half the loaf,” said Alfred; “He who could feed five thousand with five loaves and two small fishes, can certainly make a loaf last for us till we get a fresh supply.” So the beggar got half the loaf. And what did the great and good Alfred get ? His servants came in soon after with an abundant supply; and a favourable change took place in his affairs, and, before long, he recovered possession of his kingdom.- Rev. Dr. Newton.

9. Asking a blessing:—The queen of Frederic II. of Prussia-Elizabeth Christina-was one day walking in the garden, when she spied a little girl, about five years old, playing amongst the clover. This was the child of one of the gardeners. The queen went to her, and asked her some questions, and was so much pleased with her modest but fearless answers, that next day sbe sent one of her maids to bring her to the palace. The parents, of course, were much astonished; but having dressed her in her Sunday clothes, she was given in charge to the maid. When they reached the palace, the queen was just sitting down to dinner, and gave orders for the child to be brought. She was brougbt in, and set down at the table. The whole company expected to see her so delighted at the sight of the many gorgeous dishes, that she would burst into acclamations of surprise and joy. But it turned out differently. The little one sat quite still and solemn. Then, having cast her eyes over the glittering table, she looked quietly down, folded her little bands, and in very sweet tones, loud enough to be heard by all, said:

“ Christ's dear blood and righteousness

Be to me as jewels given;
Crowning me when I shall press

Onward through the gates of heaven.” When she finished, no one spoke for some time. All present were surprised. It seemed as if God himself had spoken by the little child to all in this assemblage of lords and ladies. One very old lady at last said,

Oh, the happy child! how much may we learn from her!” They then all began to talk of her, and were kindly drawn towards ber, especially the queen, and from that day she was richly provided for. So the little girl, who at home had learned to hear a blessing asked by her father, thought, when they looked at her, that they wished her to ask a blessing, and thus she repeated the sweet verse, even in a king's palace.-Christian Treasury.




RELIGIOUS SOCIETY. A YEAR ago we drew attention to this subject, and we now recur to it, to lay before our readers the results of the past twelve months' further operation of the plan we then advocated, and also to place the benefits of the experience gained during that time at the disposal of all interested in leading the young to join really, and not in word only, in the petition, “Thy kingdom come.”

The past year's operations may be briefly tabulated under the three following headings:

I. Missionary Contributions.—During the past year the sum of £233 1s. 47d. has been contributed to Missions by those attending the Society's Sabbath Forenoon Meetings. The missionary scheme is varied monthly, and each Sabbath the Treasurer of the meeting gives a short notice of the mission for which the collection is being made, or some story about it, so as to create an intelligent interest in the scheme. These schemes and the sums contributed are stated below,Jan. Greenland Moravian Mission,

£12 2 2 Feb. Beds in Royal Infirmary,

14 14 01 Mar. Mission in Madagascar,

13 6 63 April. Society's Tracts for Boys and Girls,

16 7 4 May. Dorcas Society and “Home,”


4 31 June. Society's Evangelistic Meetings,

15 4 91 July. China Inland Mission,


1 51 Aug. Beds in Royal Infirmary,

19 6 4 Sept. Colportage in German and French armies, 25 7 l { Oct. Society's Tracts for Boys and Girls,

28 12 6 Nov. Poor Children's Dinner Table, Glasgow

Benevolent Society, and Native Teacher
in Tanna,

23 16 0
Dec. Dorcas Society, and Fund for Destitute
Sick in Society,

23 18 8 Total,

£233 1 45 NO. 11.)

(vol. XXIII.


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