he had done so more than once, and that, in fact, it was the burden of his ex. hortations to Herod. Herod could not endure this. Aware that his life was wrong, he would not so battle with his favourite sin as to put it right. He therefore smothers conscience, and immures John in the dungeon, that he may sin in quiet and at pleasure overhead. (3) Still he cannot get rid of the matter so. He would satisfy conscience if the matter would but admit of compromise. He restrains Herodias, who would have made short work with John, (see Mark vi. 19.) He fell in with the common estimate of John, that he was a prophet, (v. 5.) He feared John himself, and when he heard him, did many things gladly, (Mark vi. 20;) perhaps from a desire to compromise and atone for his great outstanding sin. (4) Sin was meanwhile cherished, and, as a necessary result, increased its power over him. In the circumstances, his conscience could not but be weakened and darkened, and evil could not but be gaining force and momentum in those assaults upon him, which might at any time sweep him away. (5,) Evil at length triumphs. The struggle had been going on. John was still alive, and Herod conversing occasionally with him. Herodias knows of it, and lays her plans accordingly. A “convenient day,” (see Mark vi. 21,) a day with circumstances suitable for her fell purpose, soon comes round. The feast, the dance, are all contrived and arranged by her. The sinful oath, the request, the compliance, although reluctant, are all parts of the sad tragedy, all downward steps to that point and state, where the restraints of principle and conscience are finally snapped, and sin and evil are triumphant, (see v. 6-11.)

III. Connect all this with the history of Jesus. The fame of Jesus reaches Herod; and conscience, which had been smitten in John's dungeon, rises, we might almost say, from the dead, and assails him with its terrors. V. 1, "He,” that is, he himself; he, and no other, has risen from the dead; and Mark vi. 16, “whom I beheaded.” In both there is the emphasis which conscience, goaded by fear and guilt, compelled him to give. Still he does not accept Jesus; and in the latest scenes of the Saviour's life, the guilty part which Pilate performs with a reluctance which almost gains our sympathy, certainly our pity, Herod commits with a ready flippant malignity, (see Luke xxiii. 8-11,) which shews how evil had gained upon him.

In closing, refer again to Joen,-his work, his faithfulness, his martyrdom for truth. Dwell specially upon sin in connection with Herod-its nature, its danger, its power.

Warn specially against only one sin, “that rotting inward slowly moulders all;" and, in closing the lessons of the year, point to the Saviour, who was called Jesus, because He was to save His people from their sins.

Memory Exercise—Shorter Catechism 52.–Paraphrase lix. 1-4.

Subject to be Proved—The Fear of Man bringeth a Snare.

Text for Non-Reading Classes. “ But when Herod's birth-day was kept, the daughter of Herodias danced before them, and pleased Herod. Whereupon he promised with an oath to give her whatsoever she would ask.” - Matthew xiv. 6, 7.














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PAGE Aberdeen Sabbath School Union, 30 Ireland, Sabbath School Society for, 55 Accommodation of Sabbath Schools, 250 Is Jesus in it?

202 62 Italian Sabbath Schools,

129 Be on Good

Jerusalem, Ancient, Explored, 242 Scholars, 230 Juggernaut,

229 Berlin Sabbathi Schools, 54, 75, 99, 122 Knowledge'alone Insufficient for the Bible, Revision of the English, 193


230 Bible, the English, Early Trans- Lawrence, Lord, on Indian Mission: lations of, 217, 242, 265 aries,

63 Blighted Hopes, or, the Young London Sunday School Union, Scholar,

3 Madagascar, Missionary Work in, 64 Bogle, John Y., 179 Making the Iron Swim,

177 Books, Notices of, 12, 109, 159, 255, 276 M‘Master, Donald, .

152 Broadbent, Mr., 154 Matheson, Duncan,

148, 169 Calcutta Sabbath School Union, 63 Mission Work in Glasgow,

246 Campbell, James,

37 Missionary Box of Foundry Boys Christian Soldier, 181 Society,

25 Church, the, and the Sabbath Model Lesson Class,

2 School,

270 Moses in the Ark of Bulrushes, 59 Colour-Blindness, 28 Mount of Olives,

202 Conformity to the World, 127 Narrowness,

204 Convention, Sabbath Śchool, at National Sabbath School Union, 73 Aberdeen, 225 Neglected Duty,

4 Cowper the Poet,

255 Notes on Lesson Scheme, 15, 39, 64, 88, Daily Soul-Work,

83 112, 136, 159, 184, 208, 233, 256, 277 Dead Teachers, 130 Old Paths,

133 Death, in the Presence of, . 128 Other People's Troubles,

231 Drunkenness, 125 | Our Unconverted Ones,

5 Egypt Viewed from the Pyramids, 33 Out-Door Preaching,

173 Encourage the Learners, .

204 Palm and Olive in Palestine, 254 Examination, Scripture Competitive, 108 Paris, Atheism in,

145 Failure, Causes of, 133 Penny Savings Banks,

87 Five W Lesson,

61 Perversity of Scandalmongers, 231 Foundry Boys 'Religious Society, 25, 86 Fraser, John,

253 POETRYGerman Sunday Schools in War. Ancient Greek Hymn,

62 Time, 58 At Evening Time,

36 182 Coming,

174 Glasgow, Religious Condition of, 51 Evening Prayer,

274 . 179 First and Last,

11 Greenock Sabbath School Union,

For Jesus' Sake,

232 Hosannas, Sabbath School,

134 Hymn for the Closing Year, House to House, from, 232 I Bide my Time,

109 Hero, Christian, on the Battle-field, 60 Let Nothing make Thee Sad, 126 Indian Language, Gospel in,

64 Lines from Graham's “Sabbath,” 156 Inestimable Capital,


180 Infallibility, Papal,

The Meaning,

254 Intelligence, 12, 36, 63, 83, 134, 157, 183, The Teacher's Prayer,

206 207, 233, 275 Watch and Pray,





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37 Practical Hints to Teachers, 53 Send for the Gasman,

7 Prayer, Lessons of, 99 Sermon by a Child,

205 Preaching to Children, 49 Shaftesbury, the Earl of,

220 Preparation, 10 Shepherd's Tent,

8 Preparatory Training,

9 Shop Traffic on Sabbath in GlasPsalm Book, Scottish, 56 gow,

126, 155 Quiver, the Teacher's, 21, 45, 70, 93, 117, Spoutmouth Institution, .

157 141, 165, 189, 213, 238, 262, 282 Statistics of Glasgow Sabbath Religious Condition of Glasgow, 51 Schools,

97 Remind Me of the King,. 9 Stewart, John,

36 Reverence for the Scriptures, 11 Stone, the, Rolled Away,

181 Revision of the English Bible, 193 Study, want of Earnest, in the Right Place, 10 Sabbath School, :

198 Romish Observances, 264 Sum of Saving knowledge,

180; Sabbath Observance Committee's Sunday Buying and Selling, 126, 155, 182 Report, 126 Support of Ministers,

182 Sabbath School and the Church, 5 Sympathy with Fellow-Christians,

10 Sabbath School, Glasgow, Associa- Talk, Religious, with Children, 205 tion, 85 Teacher, the Ancient,

124 Sabbath Schools, Established Church, 157 Teacher, the, in his closet, 271 Sabbath Schools, Free Church, 158 Teaching, Principles of,

205 Sabbath Schools, U. P. Church, 158 Theological Lectures to Young Sabbath School Society for Ireland, 55 Men,

252 Sabbath School Union, Glasgow, Trust your Scholars, Annual Meeting, 76, 100 Two Testimonies,

11 Sabbath School Union, Glasgow, Useful Helps in Teaching,

206 Historical Notice of, 221 Vaccination not Dangerous,

87 Sabbath School Union, Kilmarnock; 86 What do our Children Rea? 132 Sabbath School Union, Kirkaldy, 123 Where to Look for it,

233 Sabbath School Union, National, 73 Worldliness in our Children, 230 Sabbath School Union, Paisley, 86 Worrying Scholar, the,

228 Sabbath School Union, Saltcoats, 85 Yes and No in Child-Training,

200 Sabbath School Union, South Young Men's Christian Association, Eastern,

83, 121, 134, 233 Conference of, Sabbath School Union, Western, 83, 134 Young Men's Society for Religious Sabbath School Union, Middle, 84, 135 Improvement,

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