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prophetical testimony being both sphere of what is represented by a alike against the idea. But it was sceptre, which is simply authority; also suggested that, in seeking for whereas Mr. Mill represents the the fulfilment of Jacob's' prophecy, sceptre as going forth to bring his the search had been prosecuted in enemies into subjection. This is the wrong field; “ The last days" not rule, but war; not the function being distinctly stated as the time of the sceptre, but of the sword.” when to look for fulfilment. We To this, it may be remarked that, therefore look for no chain of suc- in some respects, the function of cession, either in tribal princes or the sceptre, and the function of the regal descendants as being required sword may be similar; and the for the fulfilment of Jacob's pro- thing to be accomplished attributed phecy; and consequently have no to either the one or the other. But “ missing link” (as another sug- the function of the sword is to kill, gests) to seek after, nor any which rather than to bring into subjecwe wish to supply. But in order tion,—which is simply bringing that the idea which is intended to be under authority,--and the sceptre conveyed regarding this prophecy is a symbol of authority and power. may be better understood, perhaps We are under the impression, howwe may be allowed to paraphrase ever, that originally, the sceptre was it thus:-“Judah, in the last not a mere symbol of authority, but a days, thy brethren shall praise thee; rod actually used to punish the thine enemies also shall be put disodedient, for insubordination and under thee; thy father's children to enforce submission. Hence, shall bow down before thee. Like “ Strong rods for sceptres to bear an old lion that has seized the prey, rule,"_" Rule with a rod of iron," and gone up to his lair, and couched &c., indicating authority and power down, and none will venture to that none need rise up against. raise him up; so none will venture And to show that my application is to trouble thee or make thee afraid. fully warranted, a reference to a But the law-of the Lawgiver, and few other passages will be sufficient. the sceptre of the sceptre-bearer “A sceptre shall rise out of Israel, shall not go forth from Judab (to and shall smite the corners of Moab, bring about this state of things and destroy all the children of until Shiloh come, and the people Sheth. And Edom shall be a posare gathered unto him." . session; Seir also shall be a pos
This view of the prophecy is at session to his enemies ; and Israel, least in agreement with other pro- shall do valiantly." (Num. xxiv. phecies of "the last days," and is 17.) “The Lord shall send the independent of any succession of rod (sceptre) of thy strength out of kings or princes ; requiring only Zion; rule thou in the midst of thine the existence of the tribe of Judah, enemies.” (Ps. cx. 2.) “ Thou out of which tribe the Shiloh should shalt break them with a rod (scepspring.
tre) of iron ; thou shalt dash them Before concluding, however, it in pieces like a potter's vessel.” may be as well to notice Mr. Came- (Ps. ii. 9.) These applications of ron's objection to my application of the sceptre, “sent out to rule in this passage. He says :-" The the midst of enemies," " to smite," supplement required by Mr. Mill's “ destroy," “ break,” and “dash to application of the passage, seems pieces," more than warrant any to me entirely beyond the proper application I have made. They
may not prove my application to be correct, but they agree so well that, they make it at least plausible, and worthy of some consideration in the absence of a better. J. Mill.
JOHN III. 8. DEAR SIR,—Mr. Waylen's admirable and suggestive criticisms in your valuable number for January prove that he is a clear thinker, as well as an earnest advocate of truth. Will you allow me to call his attention to the following extract on John iii. 8? It is from a Dialogue on Inspiration between & Christian and his Pastor: a shilling book of great value, published by Nisbet & Co. Yours faithfully,
DELTA. The main point is to determine the force of this word God-breathed And here we have an analogy to help us, instituted by our Lord Himself, between Inspiration and Regeneration. It occurs in His dialogue with Nicodemus, as given in John iii. But we must look at it in the Greek, as our translators have, in one verse (8), arbitrarily and up accountably changed the rendering of the word to Ilvevua, (the one Divine agent alluded to all through,) into “ the Wind," making the comparison to be between two agents, instead of between two subjects of the same agency—the inspired man and the regenerate man.
It may be well to run through the dialogue from the commencement. Our Lord had insisted on the necessity of regeneration, in order to entrance into the kingdom of God, the kingdom which constituted the hope of Nicodemus and his nation, At this teaching, Nicodemus evinced his bewilderment by asking, “ How can a man enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born ?" Hereupon, (ver. 4,) our Lord adds that the regeneration in question was a spiri.
tual change, to be operated by the Spirit; and of such operation, after the manner of the Prophet's teaching, (Ezek. xxxvi. 25-27,) be adduces the cleansing element of water as a similitude : “ Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God." (ver. 5.) But besides this explanation, our Lord goes on to say, " the Spirit breatheth where he willeth, and thou hearest his voice, but canst not tell whence he cometh and whither he goeth. So is every one that is born of the Spirit." With the case of Inspiration, Nicodemus as & Jew was familiar, and now he is told that like unto it is Regenera. tion.
Christian. This emendation of our translation certainly gives an · altered view of the passage, and removes an incongruity which I have always felt to attach to our Lord's winding up. of His comparison, taking that comparison in the usual way, as between two agents
the wind and the Spirit. For, with this, we ought to expect His following words to be, “So is the Spirit in producing regeneration." But they run differently, “So is every one born of the Spirit;" that is, another subject is spoken of, not another agent. Still I must say I feel' a demur to admitting your emendation, because of its taking from us the beautiful and expressive symbolism which our version sets forth between the wind and the Spirit.
Pastor. Well, I am happy to say, I can at once relieve you from your demur. For the symbolism you value is still left to you, if only you are content to have it conched in a metaphor, instead of formally expressed in a similitude. For the verb a vei contains it, and the clause may read thus: “The Spirit breatheth as the wind, where He willeth.”
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word;" the little children, whom DEAR SIR, I was much pleased our Saviour called to himself. to hear of the publication of this I find that in this town, includlist, because I hope to make the ing myself, there are three subscriacquaintance of all the brethren in bers to the Rainbow whose names my neighbourhood ; so that we are not in the list. may meet and discuss the subjects I induced the two to subscribe which, by a kind of inspiration, through giving them the duplicate seemed to take possession of our numbers to read. minds, until your most valuable Wishing you a very prosperous publication showed us that we were year,—Believe me yours faithfully, the simple ones, unspoiled by vain Birmingham.
Englishmen not Israelites. An An- may be so; we shall not hold the
swer to “ Twenty-seven Identifi. balance between them; enough for cations,” and “Flashes of Light." us if we intimate our conviction By John Wilkinson, a Friend of that the Israelitish origin of the Israel. London: S.W. Partridge English must be left an open and Co.
question. We heartily commend THAT Mr. Wilkinson is emphatically Mr. Wilkinson's pamphlet to entitled to call himself “A Friend of thoughtful men; but we want more Israel,” thousands of Englishmen on this subject on both sides of the in all parts of the country can qnestion, for we are sure it is not testify. His eloquent and intelligent settled yet. addresses in the metropolis and the provinces, in connection with “the “ Who art thou that Judgest ? ” A British Society for the propagation Letter addressed to One, but of the Gospel among the Jews," suitable to Many. By Joseph bave endeared him to many Chris Stratford, Cirencester. London: tian hearts, and proved that he is Kellaway and Co., 78, Newgate well acquainted with the history of Street. Price Twopence, the sons of Abraham according to WELL done, Mr. Stratford! The the flesh, and with the unfulfilled dignity and fidelity of the enlighprophecies concerning that wonder tened Christian are finely combined ful people. Moreover, as a literalist, in this letter. The assumed ina believer in the personal reign of fallibility and obtrusive arrogance our Lord, and the national restora- of certain persons are becoming intion of Israel, he possesses qualifi- tolerable. At the same time, their cations which we deem essential to gushing professions of Christian any man who would deal wisely with love are simply nauseous to men this question. His contention is who understand both humanity that the Jews are Israelites, that and Christianity. The advocates the famous “ Identifications” are of the Divine doctrine of eternal mystifications, the “ Flashes” false life only in Christ have borne the lights, and the author of both a shameless attacks of these loving reckless misquoter of Scripture. It saints long enough. It is time they Co.
were sharply rebuked for the odious poor creatures who thought themlies they are preaching in the name selves to be something when they of the Lord. Let them beware! were nothing ; but his large heart As one of our writers says in this prompted generous dealing whenmonth's issue, those who apprehend ever loyalty to truth would permit. the truth “ wield an engine of ter- We are glad to find that the aurific power," and if those who say thor has not altered the text of that we are “the devil's servants, “The Bards of the Bible," although and doing the devil's work," do it appears he has changed his views not learn to curb their malicious on a subject of great importance. tongues, we shall use that engine The book will live, a “ prose poem" for their benefit. Certain persons of fine thoughts admirably exof great religious profession called pressed. the MASTER“ Beelzebub," so that we are not surprised to get the ai; The Parable of the Prodigal Son. ploma of “the devil's servants".
A Homiletic Exposition. By the from their successors ; but we are
Rev. Fergus Ferguson, M.A. bound to protest against the lan
London: Hamilton, Adams, & guage as utterly disgraceful upon the lips of persons who know perfectly well that it is an atrocious
The word "homiletic” describes falsehood.
the volume. It contains wise counsels for young men, illustrated by
appropriate anecdotes. In fact, it The Bards of the Bible. By is just a series of evangelistic adGeorge Gilfillan. Sixth Edition. dresses, plain, simple, and telling, London : Hamilton, Adams, and on the Gospel of the grace of God, Co.
and the sinner's need of that On the first appearance of this Gospel. book, we had the pleasue of introducing it to the readers of another The English the Descendants of journal; and now the words “sixth “ The Ten Tribes." A Lecture edition," prove that our judgment by the Rev. Robert Polwhele, of its merits has been shared by London: S. W. Partridge & Co. many readers. Mr. Gilfillan is a
MR. POLWAELE believes his text, brilliant writer, with a keen per
and writes with the enthusiasm of ception of mental peculiarities, and
faith. The little book is simply a a graphic power of description.
lecture, and therefore cannot go For many years, he was a literary
into elaborate argument; but it conanatomist. He read every book
tains a number of striking extracts and took the measure of every
from authors who believe that the author; but the kindliness of his nature kept
Anglo-Saxons are the long lost him from critical
House of Israel. cruelty, and carried him in fact, in the opposite direction, so that, for a time, he was one of the most ear
Dreamland, and other Poems. By nest hero-worshippers in Great
Richard Phillips. London : Britain. Not that he spared stu. Longman, Green, & Co. pidity or pretence when it came in A SINGULAR little book, very aphis way ; far enough from that; propriately named-quaint, weird, his lash fell severely on some fanciful, but withal suggestive.
I Magazine of Christian Literature, with Special Reference to the
Bevealed futare of tge Church and týe World.
MARCH 1, 1874.
· THE ANTIDOTE TO TROUBLE. THERE is a subject which has occupied, and is daily occupying the I thoughts of multitudes—a sense of want and inability to supply it. This, so far from being a strange thing, is exceedingly common. Nor is it confined to any particular section of the community ; for, with various degrees of intensity, it is found in every class of society, and in every generation of mankind. It is inwrought in human consciousness, and experience has shown that, neither wealth, nor pleasure, nor influence, nor learning, nor any one of the thousand things which the heart naturally covets, can supply it. Nay, strangest fact of all, people are unable to give this conscious want a name. They ask, What is it ? and cannot give themselves a satisfactory answer.
It is not surprising, then, that they seek it where it is not to be found, and deceive themselves with things that profess to be the missing gem, until bitter experience proves the imposture, which it invariably does. Each candidate for the vacant niche in the heart, which is admitted and expelled in turn, plainly enough says, when its hollowness is discovered, It is not in me to soothe the yearning, and to gratify the craving of the spirit.
“ The deep saith, It is not in me,
And the sea saith, It is not with me.