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their right hand and on their left; faith, though weak, did - go forward,” and they were made “ more than conquerors through Him that loved them.” Brethren! many of our difficulties are difficulties of the morrow, with which we have nothing to do; "the day hath enough with his own grief;" but let us but turn our real and present difficulties into prayer, and they too shall vanish, or become trophies of God's grace in the victory vouchsafed us over them; trials shall be meekly borne, temptations valiantly overcome, by those who, trusting in the Lord, heartily go forward at His word. Oh trust Him, and He will bless you beyond the power of your heart to conceive

2. In obeying the Lord the Israelites received fresh evidences of His power

and every step faith was confirmed, the eye that at first dared hardly to glance at those liquid walls, soon gazed at them with holy confidence and joy; the ear that at first heard with trembling dread the clang of war, now, re-assured, could even listen for the sounds and yet be fearless; the feet that trembled as with a half resolve they entered on that mysterious pathway,

Old Bible translation of last part of 34th verse of 6th chapter of Matthew.

grace. At now boldly trod with firm and rejoicing tread. Brethren! it is ever so; “to him that hath shall be given, and he shall have more abundantly;" every mount of difficulty, as you reach its summit, shall yield a nearer prospect of your home, and the very air you there breathe shall instil fresh courage, and enable you to sing even in a strange land that happy song, “The Lord is my Light and my Salvation, whom then shall I fear; the Lord is the strength of my life, of whom then shall I be afraid ?” Lastly,

3. Whilst the salvation was theirs, the glory of the deliverance was the Lord's. To Him they attributed it.

Sing ye to the Lord, for He hath triumphed gloriously;" this was the burden of their hymn of praise as they stood in safety on the other side, monuments of the mercy of their God. And such, too, is your language, redeemed of the Lord, even now, in every blessing received, in every conflict in which

you are upheld; “Not unto us, not unto us, but unto Thy name be the praise.” But how shall these notes of thanksgiving swell, when

you

shall stand hereafter on that sea of glass having the harps of God, and sing not only “the song of Moses the servant of God," but also “ the song of the Lamb," and trace the dealings of His grace, the endurance of His long-suffering, the rich aboundings of His love! Oh! go forward, brethren; beloved of the Lord, go forward, the time is short; but, for that short time, show forth the praises of Him who hath called you to His kingdom and glory, drawn you out of many waters, and saved you with an everlasting salvation. ...

Enemies of God! pause for a moment, and think what are your prospects.

Does the name sound harsh,—ENEMIES of God? Alas! if yet of the world, if yet walking after the flesh, if yet unchanged in heart by the mighty operation of the Holy Ghost, the Bible calls you “haters of God,” it declares that the carnal mind is “enmity against God." By such a name does Christ denounce those who will not that He should reign over them. He will deal with such as with ENEMIES in the great day of His wrath. Now, for a season you pass on fearlessly, the long-suffering of God is as a wall to you on your right hand and on your left ; you slack not your course, you drive on heedless. “To-morrow,” you cry, shall be “as to day, and more abundant;" but “the morning watch” will come, when the Lord shall look forth upon you in the fierce» Romans i, 30. 2 Romans viii. 7, 3 Luke xix. 27.

ness of His wrath and your destruction come as a whirlwind ; then shall the chariot wheels of pleasure drive heavily, then shall that very long-suffering which you have despised overwhelm you, the sea of woe which has been withheld, shall return to its strength when that morning comes. Turn you now at His reproof, seek forgiveness through Jesus, flee for refuge while you may, lest He swear in His wrath, “They shall not enter into My rest. “ Then shall it be too late to knock, when the door shall be shut, and too late to cry for mercy, when it is the time of justice.” Be wise now therefore, O ye kings, be instructed, ye judges of the earth. Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling, kiss the Son, lest He be angry and so ye perish from the way,

when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in Him."

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XXI.

THE MIDNIGHT CRY.

St. MATTHEW xxv. 6. “And at Midnight, there was a cry made, Behold, the Bridegroom cometh ; go ye out to meet Him."

How happily does the Parable open! “Then shall the Kingdom of Heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the Bridegroom;" all with their lamps, all going forth to meet the Bridegroom :-alas! it only describes the outward appearance, it descends no deeper than the garb of profession, which each and all wore. The next verse tells of a division, as seen by Him, who trieth the reins and the heart: "Five

* The circumstances of a marriage amongst the Jews, supply the groundwork of this Parable. The Bridegroom, attended by his friends carrying lamps and torches, (marriages in the East take place at night,) goes to the house of the Bride, and conducts her,accompanied by her companions, to his own home, where the bridal feast is prepared for the guests. After the entrance of the Bride and Bridegroom and their company, the door would necessarily be shut, to keep out the crowd of mere spectators.

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