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my feet, and a light unto my path :"- something; it must cost us some self-de"Search the Scriptures, for in them ye nial ; some sacrifices must be made for think ye have eternal life; and they are the cause of God. Some suppose that they which testify of me:"_“Thou shalt the gold presented on this occasion paid guide me with thy counsel, and after the expenses of the journey into Egypt; ward receive me to glory." But though and so the cause of God in the present this star will not direct the believer to day requires the liberality and support of the visible presence of Jesus, it will con- the friends of the Redeemer; and what duct him to his glorified and beatific an honour to be permitted to do anything presence, where he shall see him, not in for the cause of Christ! yet, when we a manger, but on the throne : not wrap-hare done our best, we can only say, ped in swaddling bands, but arrayed in with one of old, “Of thine own have we his mediatorial robes, and where he shall given thee;" or, with the poet, for ever cast his crown at his feet, and

“My best is stain'd and dyed with sin, celebrate the riches of redeeming grace My all is nothing worth." and dying love to all eternity.

Let us consider, in the next place, the Several reflections are suggested by this worship presented. There was great re

subject, but to notice only one or two : verence : "they fell down and worshipped first, it was a silent reproof to the Jews. him,” they paid him divine honours; and They paid no regard to the star, nor to

the birth of the Saviour ; it was reserved " Jesus is worthy to receive

for Gentiles to do him honour, at bis inHonour and power divine.”

carnation; so the blessings of the gospel There was great faith : how unlikely to were first offered to that people, but they the eye of sense that this child should be refused them: hence said the apostles, an object of Divine worship, that he " It was necessary that the word of God should be the infinite God; and so Jesus

should first have been spoken to you; still appears in bis gospel, to all who are but seein you put it from you, and unenlightened, as "a root out of a dry judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting ground, having ne form or comeliness in life, lo, we turn to the Gentiles." And him." The natural man receiveth not might not the same be applied to us ? the things of the Spirit of God, for they The blessings of the gospel have been are foolishness unto him."

freely offered to us, but have we not, to a And there was great liberality: “When great extent, made light of them? Might they had opened their treasures they pre- it not be said of us, They that were sented unto him gifts, gold, and frankin- bidden were not worthy ?" Let the discense, and myrrh." It was customary tant Gentiles be invited to partake of its in the East, in visiting persons of rank, to blessings. We see, also, from this suboffer them presents; hence the patriarch ject, the homage Jesus expects from his Jacob said to his sons, “Carry down the people. It is true he does not expect man a present;" the gold is supposed to costly sacrifices, or long and painful pilhave been a tribute to the Saviour's grimages; but he expects us to enlist royalty, the frankincense and myrrh an under his banner, to submit to the yoke acknowledgement of his Deity, and this of his authority, and to acknowledge him may show us that our religion must cost as our Lord and our King. us something. It is true, that we can bring We see, also, the danger and guilt of nothing in our hand to recommend us to neglecting the Star. If the wise men the Divine notice or regard, or to merit had neglected the ar, they had not seen the least favour at his hands, for the in- the Saviour; and so if we neglect the vitations and blessings of the gospel are Star of revelation, we shall not see Christ. without money, and without price; at Hence, says the apostle, “We have a the same time our religion must cost us more sure word prophecy, whereunto

ye

do well, that ye take heed; as unto a “ From north to south, shall princes meet, light that shineth in a dark place, until To pay their homage at his feet." the day dawn, and the day-star arise in The kings of Tarshish, and of the isles, your hearts.” And the evangelist Luke shall bring presents; the kings of Sheba says, “ Through the tender mercy of our and Seba shall offer gifts; yea, all God, whereby the day-spring from on kings shall fall down before him, all nahigh hath visited us, to give light to tions shall serve bim. He shall live, them that sit in darkness and the shadow and to him shall be given of the gold of of death, to guide our feet into the way Sheba; prayer, also, shall be made for bim of peace;" but how shall our feet be continually, and daily shall he be praised." guided into the way of peace, if we nego “He shall have dominion also from sea to lect this Star? The heathen have no sea, and from the river unto the ends of Star to guide them; "how, then, shall we the earth. His name shall endure for escape, if we neglect so great salvation ?" ever, it shall be continued as long as the

Finally, let us anticipate that period sun, and men shall be blessed in him, when Jesus shall have universal homage all nations shall call him blessed; and —when Jews, as well as Gentiles, shall blessed be his glorious name for ever, come to do him honour-when they shall and let the whole earth be filled with his come, not from the east only, but from glory. Amen, and amen.” the west also; and the north, and the

ONESIPHORUS. October 7, 1847.

south; yes,

A WORD IN SEASON TO THOSE WHOM IT MAY CONCERN. Sır,- In your last number is an ex- whose ears at present are only open to tract, entitled “A Month from Home;" the oaths of the blasphemer, the song of it is very excellent, and the heart of each

the drunkard, and the despairing cries of Christian must respond to the sentiments perishing companions ;—and would there it contains; but as that quotation does not be more real heartfelt satisfaction in not profess to enter into detail, may I be distributing a parcel like this, than in allowed to suggest a plan which, by the the most refined enjoyment that centres blessing of God, may prove useful to only in self? many. I should, however, just state, Let the church of Christ awake. Too that I am taking for granted that every long has the spirit of slumber and guilty Christian family that can afford to leave inactivity rested upon its members; too home for one, two, or three months in long has the cause of Christ been viewed the year, can quite as well afford to as a secondary consideration ; too long spend a guinea in a parcel like the fol- has warm-hearted devotedness been stiglowing:

matized as the offspring of a wild en12 Bibles . . 10d.

0 10 0 thusiasm; while a forin of religion bear18 Testaments 4d.

0 6 0 ing the very impress of spiritual decay, 360 Tracts (Monthly Messenger) 0 5 0 is applauded as that happy medium (at

last discovered) by which the lucrative

£1 10 friendship of men of the world and the To those of our brethren who feel that esteem of professors may be yoked tomore is required of them, I would say, gether. From such Laodicean lukewarmmultiply the above by five, or ten, ac- ness may the churches of Britain be cording as God has prospered you. If delivered ! every Christian tourist would only do

I am, sir, this much, in imitation of Him who went

Yours, with much esteem, about doing good, would not the glad

CONSTANTIA, tidings of mercy be heard by many Oct. 14th, 1847.

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TESTIMONY OF PROXANE HISTORY TO SCRIPTURAL FACTS.

PUBLIUS LENTULUS TO THE SENATE OF ROME.

There has appeared in this our day, can be reprehended; his beard somewhat a man of great virtue, named Jesus thick, agreeable to the hair of his head Christ, who is yet living amongst us, and for colour, not of any great length, but with the Gentiles is accepted as a prophet forked in the middle, of an innocent and of truth, but his own disciples ca him mature look; his eyes grey, clear, and the Son of God. He raiseth the dead, quick. and cureth all manner of disease; a man In reproving, he is terrible; in adof stature, somewhat tall and comely, monishing, courteous and fair-spoken; with a very reverend countenance, such pleasant in speech amidst gravity. It as the beholder may both love and fear; cannot be remembered that any have his hair is of the colour of a filbert full seen him laugh, but many have seen him ripe, and plain down to his ears, but from weep. his ears downwards somewhat curled, In proportion of body, well-shaped and and more orient of colour, waving about straight, his hands and arms most beauhis shoulders. In the midst of his head teous to behold; in speaking, very temgoeth a seam, or partition of hair, after perate, modest, and wise; a man of sinthe manner of the Nazarites ; his fore- gular virtue, surpassing the children of head very smooth and plain ; his face, nose, and mouth so framed, as nothing

men.

Poetry.

Whose pages tell of overflowing grace,
Beaning on earth from great Messiah's face,
To light the path from darkness, sin, and

woe,
To that bright region where unwithering

grow The trees of life upon the hills of God; Where dwell his saints--the Christian's last

abodeThe home of rest, -the land of ceaseless

joy; Of deathless life, and bliss without alloy !

W. Leask.

"THE LORD IS GOOD."
Is He not good ? Behold the teeming earth
Casting its fulness in the place of dearth ;
The fertile clouds distilling o'er the land
Their richest stores to “fill the reaper's

hand;"
The glorious sun dispensing living light,
Unfolding beauty to the human sight;
Whilst moon and stars, like hosts of ange's,

chime
Jehovah's goodness over every clime!
Is He not good ? Behold the social plan
By which he cheers the pilgrimage of man:
Domestic friendships-gentlest flowers that

blow
Around the hearth where peace and virtue

grow;
Parental love and filial reverence twine,
Like clustering tendrils on the fruitful vine,
And make the spot where these affections

bloom,
A little Eden 'midst the desert bloom.
Is He not good ? Behold the child of grief
Seeking in vain from earth required relief :
He looks to God, nor looks to Him in vain :
Removed his woe, rebuked his mental pain,
He learns to trust when future trials rise,
That all combine to fit him for the skies.
Is He not good? Behold the book of heaven,
To erring man in matchless mercy given,

VOL. XXV.

CHRISTIAN SYMPATHY. “ Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted," Gal. vi. I.

TAINK gently of the erring !

Ye know not of the power
With which the dark temptation came,

In some unguarded hour.
Ye may not know how earnestly

They struggled, or how well;
Until the hour of weakness came,

And sadly thus they fell.
Think gently of tbe erring !

Oh! do not thou forget
However darkly stain’d by sin,
He is thy brother yet:

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Heir of the self-same heritage;

Child of the self-same God;
He has but stumbled in the path,

Thou hast in weakness trod.
Speak gently to the erring!

For is it not enough
That innocence and peace have gone,

Without thy censure rough?
It sure must be a weary lot,

That sin-stain's heart to bear;

And they who share a happier fate,

Their chidings well may spare.
Speak gently to the erring!

Thou yet may'st lead them back,
With holy words and tones of love,

From misery's thorny track.
Forget not, thou hast often sion'd,

And sinful yet must be :
Deal gently with the erring one,

As God hath dealt with thee.

Review of Books.

(THE SABBATH QUESTION.] exhaust itself, his frame be overwrought, and 1. The SABBATH. By Ralpa WARDLAW, his strength be supplanted by debility and D.D. A Tract for the Times.

premature infirmity. But as a moral being 2. The SABBATH. By the Rev. JOHN it is still more valuable to him, as affording

JORDAN, Vicar of Enstone, Oxon. A an opportunity for withdrawing from those Tract for the Times. Traces and Indica. worldly employments which, by constantly tions of the Primitive Sabbath in many engrossing his attention, would blunt his of the Institutions and Observances of the sensibilities, harden his heart, and entirely Ancient World.

alienate the mind from God. It is adran3. The SABBATH. By Rev. ANDREW tageous to the commercial prosperity and

THOMSON, B.A. A Tract for the Times. wealth of a community, as was abundantly The Sabbath not a mere Judaical Appoint- demonstrated some years since, in the evidment.

ence of the vicar of Harrow before a Com. Seeley and Nisbet.

mittee of the House of Commons; and it is We have not been, by any means, uncon. of unquestionable value to the stability and cerned spectators of the late controversy in weal of the commonwealth, as Edmund Scotland on the subject of sabbath railway Burke long since declared. But if piety be travelling. It was so intimately connected the best and surest source of domestic enwith the sacred character and divine au- joyment and personal happiness, it is still thority of a venerable institution, and the more necessary to the comfort of home, and relation which the civil power ought to the peace and bliss of individuals. A care. sustain to its due observance, that no one, ful examination of the records of our prisons who had the interests of truth and mankind and of our benevolent societies, would, we at heart, could be indifferent to the discus. think, satisfy all, that most of the vice and sion of a question of such vast importance. misery with which we are surrounded is to We rejoice in it, however, inasmuch as it be traced to the desecration of the sabbath. has been the means of calling the attention / It is sabbath-breaking which almost univerof men of all classes and all shades of reli- sally gives rise to and encourages intempergious opinion to the sabbath, and of awak. ance,-in no small degree it offers induceening a spirit of inquiry into its divine ment to dishonesty,—while a large portion origin, its universal and permanent obliga- of the licentiousness and profligacy of our tion, and tbe mode in which its sanctification large towns especially is to be ascribed to it. may be best promoted. Apart from all On the other hand, let the sabbath be questions respecting its origin and authority, honoured, let it be spent in the discharge of it must be admitted, that the profanation of appropriate duties, and in the realization of the sabbath is not only connected with, appropriate enjoyments, and Voltaire him. but introductory to, an incalculable amount self is a witness that devotional feelings of wickedness and misery; while, on the become deeper, the defences of morality other hand, a religious observance of it is stronger, and the influence of religion more never found but in connexion with a greater commanding and durable. Parents should or less proportion of peace and prosperity. ponder well these two facts. It not unfreIt is an institution which, admitting it to be quently happens that in the homes of our divine, reflects as much of the goodness and childhood we learn the first lessons in benevolence of its mighty Author, as it does sabbath profanation, and are thus brought of bis wisdom. It is a blessing to man, early under those influences which lead us considered merely as a labourer, for without to think lightly of sin, and to transgress its provision for rest, his energy must soon with increasing facility the laws of God,

until pursuing the course into which we valuable portions of his controversial works ; were led by home authority, we become and though, in a mere tractate, these replies careless to the voice of religion, and the cannot possibly be very extended, yet it is obligations of morality and propriety. This hardly commendation enough to say, they is true in many cases where parents pay some are sufficient. We recommend this essay outward deference to the forms of religion, to those especially whose views on the suband are found in the house of prayer ; it is in ject have been at all influenced by the plau. their family that they neglect the observ. sible and fallacious arguments of those ance of the sabbath, and thus make the writers who represent the sabbath as of no domestic circle but an introductory scene authority under the Christian dispensation. to that of the ruin of their children and The second tract in the series is by the dependents.

Rev. John Jordan, vicar of Enstone, and The tracts mentioned at the head of this presents corroborative and substantiating article form the first three numbers of a evidence of the divine institution and perseries now publishing in Scotland, on the manent obligation of the sabbath, drawn sabbath,-an undertaking which seems to from an examination of the “Traces and have arisen out of the controversy to which indications of the primitive sabbath in many we bave referred. The subject may be said to of the institutions and observances of the be divided in these essays into five great ancient world." We regard this as a proparts : -1. The establishment of the author. duction of special' excellence, and would ity, and permanent and universal obligation commend it to the attentive perusal of our of the sabbath, in these three tracts men- readers, as the result of extensive research tioned above.-II. The adaptation of the employed with considerable ingenuity in the sabbath to man's nature and position, two cause of truth. It is not to be understood, tracts by the Revs. Dr. King and J. Hamil. however, that we subscribe to all the opi. ton.-Ill. The influence of the sabbath, by nions advanced, or that we think the author the Revs. W. Glover, Dr. Hannah, and Dr. has succeeded in establishing all his posiSteane.-IV. Sabbath desecration, by Dr. tions ; in some instances his sense of the Symington and Rev. P. M.Owen,-and, importance of his subject, and his ingenuity lastly, Sabbath sanctification, three essays, appear to us to have led him beyond the by the Revs. Dr. Bates, Dr. Winter Hamil. limits of the certain and the important into ton, and E. Bickersteth, with a concluding speculations which, however interesting, address, by the Rev. J.A. James. The names must, with our present limited sources of of the men who have thus undertaken this knowledge, continue mere speculations. For important work are almost of themselves a example, Mr. Jordan, on the supposition sufficient guarantee for the sound and valu- that ihe days on which the dove was sent able character of the tracts; and the ones out of the ark by Noah were sabbath-days, before us abundantly fulfil the expectations (a supposition, we consider, without any which might have been formed. We beartily sufficient foundation,) proceeds to assign wish success to the project, and would com. reasons for the occurrence of particular mend the extensive circulation of these events connected with the deluge, on parti. treatises to the attention of the Christian cular days. “Thus," he says, “ the day on church.

wbich the patriarch entered the ark, and The first tract in the series is entitled, that on which the waters begun, were appro“ The Sabbath,” and is by Dr. Wardlaw. priately the second day of the week, because It is, as he informs us, but an abridgment on that day in the week of creation, God of a portion of one of his larger works, and divided the waters that were under the contains the argument for the early origin, firmament from the waters which were the universal and permanent obligation of above it, and the reversal of his operations the sabbath, and the change of its celebra. on the same day, would remind the world tion from the seventh to the first day of the that He who can make by his word can unweek. In discussing these topics, various make by the same word, and that He who arguments are employed which appear to us had originally ordered all things for good quite satisfactory, while no objection of any was now pleased in judgment to undo his weight or worth is avoided, but replied to own work for a season.'

." In the same mancalmly and fairly. An old writer has said, ner he reasons to the fact and propriety of that to praise mathematics is as needless as the termination of the rain on the seventh to gild gold,—and it may be almost as un. day of the week, the appearance of the necessary to say, that the production before mountains on the second, and the uncovering us is characterized by that clearness of of the ark on the first. These speculations thought and logical precision of reasoning are really irrelevant to the subject under which in so eminent a manner mark all consideration, and where we have nothing the productions of Dr. Wardlaw. His re. but hypothesis for their foundation, we may plies to the objections of an opponent have doubt their propriety and use in the exposialways appeared to us one of the most tion and establishment of a scriptural doc

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