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opens, Jesus had just entered upon a new and re himself, by his own intuitions, as "God of God?” markable stage in his life-history. The work of the Surely there was a time when this was not yet done, Messiah rose before his expectant imagination. The nor is there any reason to suppose that it occurred consciousness of his divinity possessed him, and with during the period of his childhood. We reject as this new state of his affairs came also a new order of worse than puerile and denounce as profane the letemptations.
gends of the apocryphal Gospels which, professing to A question not altogether unworthy of attention give the private history of Jesus, tell of his working arises at this point respecting the temptations of miracles in his play and assuming the prerogatives Christ and their possible results. We are asked, Was of Godhead among his youthful associates. The it possible that Jesus should yield to them and sin earliest account of any thing unusual about him was against God? Was ho peccable? These two forms on the occasion of his visit to Jerusalem at twelve of language are not, as they seem to be, identical in years old; but the account of that affair comes quite meaning; and one may readily answer the latter af short of proving that then the lad was aware of his firmatively, and yet hesitate as to the former. Lia own mysterious nature. His conversation with the bility to sin is a condition of our humanity, and doctors in the Temple was in the usual form of the when we ascribe to Jesus a perfect humanity, we discussions had there, especially during the great necessarily predicate of him peccability. That he so feasts, when strangers often brought their doubts to understood the matter is manifest, else how could he be solved by the great masters in Israel. Nor was it be tempted? and there can be no virtue in refusing unusual for young lads to be found among the inquito do that which the tempted one knows he can not That a Divine wisdom then inspired him can do. Jesus most certainly felt his temptations to be not be doubted, but it is not equally evident that not only real but formidable also, and the victory he recognized it as the outbeaming of indwelling which he obtained in them both evinced and more Godhead. His reply to his mother's chiding has an fully perfected in him the highest style of moral ex oracular tone, and even now its meaning is uncertain; cellence. At the same time it was certain, beyond all yet it was suggestive, and as was evidently the case possible contingencies, that he would not sin. Divine with many prophetical utterances recorded in the wisdom and power had so arranged these things that Bible, there is cause to suspect that this was not fulthere could be no failure in the glorious scheme of ly comprehended by him who used it. redemption. The mission of the Son of God was not The account given of Christ's baptism, and the an adventure, subject to uncertainties as to its re attendant events, seems to mark it as the time when sults; nor was it merely a second experimental pro he first became fully assured of his own proper divinbation in favor of our race. It was a DECREE; and ity. The time for him to enter upon his public duties its execution, according to God's eternal purpose, was had arrived, for “Jesus began to be about thirty sure beyond all peradventures. The Divine pre- years old,” at which age, according to the law of science, which saw the end from the beginning, in the Moses, the priests were inducted into their sacred darkest hour of the Redeemer's conflict, viewed the office. John the Baptist had already opened his work of redemption as already accomplished, and more than prophetic mission in Judea, and was contemplated our world as redeemed in him.
preaching repentance with such power and boldness Assenting most heartily and without reservation to as suggested a comparison with the prophet Elijah, the ancient and traditional faith of the Church as to and the whole land was moved by his words. The the person of Christ, and believing him to be at once fame of these things at length reached the distant and truly “very God and very man,” with two whole region of Galilee, and in Nazareth the oldest son of and complete natures hypostatically united, yet not the now widowed Mary of Bethlehem felt in himself confounded, we follow out these important ground an impulse to seek out that wonderful preacher and truths into some of their details. Among these we to join the repentant throng at his baptisms; for now notice that in the person of Christ-God incar even then his heart sympathized with the penitent, Date—there was to each nature a proper and perfect and he loved to be where they were. Approaching consciousness. Of the human consciousness we have the Baptist, who by a divine suggestion identified the genesis in the history of Jesus--the child, tho him as the “ Lamb of God,” he sought and obtained youth, the man--as given by the holy evangelists. the solemn rite for himself. The events recorded as Doubtless self-consciousness dawned in the mind of occurring immediately after the baptism are indeed the Son of Mary as in other infant minds, and he worthy of the wonderful occasion. • The heavens himself became cognizant of his own mental process were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God while growing in “wisdom and stature, and in favor descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: and with God and man.” Upon this point indeed every lo, a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved thing is plain, and there is no room for either doubt Son, in whom I am well pleased.” This was truly a or difference of opinion. His divine consciousness, full and glorious manifestation of triune Godhead, on the other hand, was eternally perfect, in the sec and the accompanying declaration pronounced and ond person of the Godhead, nor did the incarnation set forth Jesus as the Messiah. It was the full reveeither obscure or modify it. The only question to be lation of the God.man to his own consciousness. examined relates to the recognition of the divine by This seems to have been the design of the transacthe human. When did the divine consciousness first tion. The manifestation, unlike others made afterpenetrate the thin partition between the natural and ward, was evidently not only to Jesus, but for his the supernatural in the person of Christ, so that Je use and information. The opening heavens, the dosus of Nazareth, “the carpenter's son,” recognized | scending Spirit, and the confessing and approving
voice were all to him and for him. Then he fully a perpetual and enduring triumph. The same temptapprehended his own character; and with that dis- ation seldom returns again if once fairly overcome; covery came also a ense of the great work that lay and he who has met the enemy at the citadel and before him. A new scene opened to his interior vi- foiled him in his fiercest onsets, is then, and not sion with which he saw himself to be most intimately sooner, prepared to meet and vanquish him in the related. A ruined world waited for redemption, to open field of the world. So was Jesus fitted for his which great work the Father had sent hin forth, and great work. In the various temptations of common was now calling him to proceed to its accomplish- life his character had already taken shape and erment.
pression in the perfection of human virtue. In him, The sacred narrative of the temptation opens at therefore, the Father, in whose favor he had increasthis point: “Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit ed during all his previous history, was now “ well into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.” We pleased.” In all the common virtues of manhood accept this statement as sufficiently full and explicit, he needed no further tests nor increase. But his new not caring to determine whether the Spirit's impulses position as Messiah, and his character as God-man by which Jesus was led up into the wilderness ap- presented new temptations, and relative to them he peared to him objectively or subjectively-as from needed a more completely-perfected virtue. It will another or as by spontaneous suggestions. Either be seen, too, that all these later temptations implied view of the case will answer all the necessary condi- Christ's own recognition of his Messiahship; and by tione, and wbile we incline to the latter we make no reason of his perfect victory over these was he preobjection to the former. Similar reflections and re- pared for the prosecution of his mediatorial work. marks will also apply to the form of the temptations; The three temptations specified by the evan elists for while some suppose that they were addressed to were all incitements to a misuse of his divine power Jesus, as coming from another person, others—with by Jesus, and were thus adapted to his condition, whose views we sympathize--prefer to think of them both as a'sinless soul and as the self-recognized Son as first showing themselves in the form of intuitive of God. Their method also indicates "device" and suggestions, though really of diabolical origin. There “subtilty" in the tempter, since they meet their obis something agreeable in the thought of the now ject in a kind of emergency, andat least the first self-recognized Messiah turning away from all human two-incite to actions not in themselves wrong, and companionship, and impelled by a spiritual influence, also apparently called for. The last one comes nearer going away into the solitudes of the wilderness to to a direct solicitation to sin, though probably it was pray and meditate and prepare for his great life- not so presented to the mind of the tempted one. mission. The same light by which he recognized his An examination of these several temptations in deown divinity and saw his Messianic character, also tail will best illustrate their real character. disclosed to him the real nature of the Messianic The first was an impulse to use his divine power to kingdom--differing very widely from that anticipated provide the means of satisfying his hunger. IIe had by even the most enlightened and spiritual of the now fasted forty days and felt the cravings of his Jews-a misapprehension which not unlikely he had long unsatisfied appetite, the means to satisfy which himself shared. He now saw in a new and heavenly could not be attained in that wilderness except by a light the kingdom that God would establish in the miracle. The prophet Elijah in similar circumstances world and his own relations to it as the anointed had been miraculously supplied-might not he "comhead of that kingdom. Oppressed by these great mand these stones that they be made bread?” So thoughts he sought for solitude in which to commune we may now ask, still doubting as to why the thing with the Father; and like Moses and Elijah-two of is presented as sinful. But the question is not a his great antitypes—he fasted forty days, revolving very difficult one. His divine power was given for a meanwhile the mighty themes of redemption, while higher and nobler purpose than to serve any merely buffeted continually by the ever-present adversary. natural designs. He would work no miracle to ac
We have spoken of temptation as a fact arising complish that which might be effected by ordinary naturally out of our condition and the relations of
He also had need to teach bimself, hy a rieour surroundings to our mental and moral consti- tory over his merely natural impulses, that ministertution: of their use and practical design we will now ing to these is the least part of duty. “Bread”– speak briefly. Though always to be shunned when the type of all we call property-is good and necesthat is compatible with duty, yet are they oftentimes sary in its degree, but in an infinitely less degree God's means for the accomplishment of the highest than the more valuable property offered to us in the ends in those who are exercised by them. The tempt- word of God. Incarnate Godhead, sent forth to reations which Jesus endured may be said—without deem a ruined world, had better business upon which denying to them also a proper mediatorial character- to employ his omnipotence than the making of bread. to have been needful for him, in order to the just Let natural means minister to natural ends, while development and symmetrical ordering of his own supernatural and heavenly ones go out to meet the character. No human virtue is perfected till it has wants of the soul. Happy would it be if all who been tempered in the fires of temptations, and he would be the followers of the Savior could realize for only is fully prepared to contend with and to over- themselves that it is a desecration to bow down a come sin in the world, who has already passed heaven-born spirit to the poor drudgery of making through tho conflict and obtained the victory at the bread – that is, gaining this world's perishable door of his own heart. To be tempted and to suc- stores. cessfully resist is more than a present victory—it is Tho second was a suggestion to test his divine power
by precipitating himself from “ the pinnacle of the tions and harmonious development, that, compared temple” into the vast ro chasm of several hun with him and the career he would have made, the dred feet deep, relying on the divine interposition to mighty names of history would fado and pale as the save him from injury, as seemed to be promised in stars before the rising sun? Read the
seventy-second one of the Messianic prophecies. But the perversion Psalm, and understand it as the image of an earthly of the cited passage by the tempter is obvious, and prince and kingdom-and so it was understood by this Jesus at once saw and opposed to it a cautionary the Jews--and see in it that to which the tempter precept of universal application. Humbly to trust now solicited the Messiah. Add to this the motives the divine Providence at all times is a dictate of pie- of a devout human patriotism, which beyond a questy; but to “tempt God," by incurring unnecessary tion Jesus possessed in a large measure. He saw his danger, implies neither humility nor piety. The loved countrymen, the seed of Jacob, enslaved and Savior of men felt and confessed that his divine dominated over by the heathen-& sight to move the power was not given him to be played with, and that spirit in him, and to incite him, like Moses when he though vested with omnipotence he was still “the slow the Egyptian, to undertake their deliverance. servant of God."
The land of Palestine, given to Abrabam by coveThe third temptation assumes a deeper significance nant, conquered by his own illustrious antitype, Joshthan either of the others, as it related directly to the ua, and hallowed by the residence of untold generaestablishment of the Messianic kingdom-the great tions of God-chosen ones, lay helpless before him work upon which Jesus was now about to enter. imploring deliverance, while “all the kingdoms of Shall that kingdom be an outward and earthly one, the earth, and the glory thereof,” rose before his or one purely spiritual? The former was the notion mind as ready to fall willingly under his authority. universally entertained by the Israelitish people. Was ever such a temptation offered to any other than To that view of the case had Jesus himself been ed Jesus the Christ? or offered to any other, would it ucated, and probably the influences of these early have been rejected? predilections still affected him. To abandon it would But quite another purpose controlled the mind of disappoint the cherished hopes of Israel, expose him the tempted Jesus. All this he knew was “ of the self to opposition, and apparently endanger the earth, earthy.” It all lay within the dominions of whole design. Should he now set up the standard the “God of this world,” to whom worship must be of the promised seed of David upon the mountains rendered as a condition of the proposed conquest and of Israel and proclaim himself the expected restorer possession. And that might not be.
God alone may of the kingdom, all Judea and Galilee would leap be worshiped and served; and however alluring the responsive to his call, and the thousands of dispersed price offered for any other service it must be rejected, Israelites would come, bringing their tribute from and the whole soul consecrated to God alone. every nation. Over against the slow and painful de- | deciding at that fearful hour Jesus achieved a great velopment of a purely-spiritual kingdom was imaged victory, triumphing against the adversary, and fixing the glory of an earthly monarchy more powerful than his own heart immovably in God. From the comthat of David and more afiluent than Solomon's. paratively low level of human virtues he rose into The language of prophecy, as interpreted by the age, the sphere of the heavenly, elevating his soul to the described Messiah's kingdom as such a one, and it is godlike and adapting his humanity to its divine asnot wonderful that for the moment the suggestion of sociation. Well might the tempter then depart from the tempter was considered by the Redeemer. It was him. Nor is it strange that the divinity sussused his considered, but not entertained, much less assented to. whole soul, so that “he returned in the power of the
And if we may without impiety entertain the Spirit into Galilee," and so preached the Gospel that thought, and in fancy contemplate Jesus only in his " there went out a fame of him through all the region humanity, entering the lists of earth’s mighty ones, round about.” This was the great moral victory of and assuming for himself the name and place of an the Anointed of the Lord over the power of the adearthly prince and conqueror, do we not find in him versary, upon which, as upon a pivot, turned the all the elements of greatness in such large propor
wonderful scheme of redemption.
Notes and Queries.
WAS PHARAOH DESTROYED IN THE RED SEA?-In and poets are. The strong poetic language of Psalm cvi, 11, our July issue some of the reasons for an affirmative cxxxvi, 15, may possibly teach this fact; Moses is not so
clear. It is worth a moment's consideration. answer to this question were given. We cheerfully
I'p to the time that the King of Egypt stands by the sea it give place to the following from Professor Mudge pre
is Pharaoh-Pharaoh every-where. And so the fourteenth senting the opposite view. We do not, however, find of Exodus commences. In verse 3, it is Pharaoh who is to in it enough to convince us of any error in the views say they are entangled in the land. In verse 4, it is Pharaexpressed before. We are willing our readers should oh's heart which is to be hardened that he may follow. In see both sides. The Professor says:
verse 5, it is told the King of Egypt that the people tied; and
it is the heart of Pharaoh and of his servants that is turned I have just read, with interest, your answer to this ques. against the people. In verse 6, he made ready his chariot, tion. It is the common, and, it may be, the true one. But and in verse 7, he took six hundred chosen chariots, and in the Bible is not so decided upon this point as our painters verse 8, the Lord hardened the heart of Pharaoh and he pur.
sued, and in verse 10, Pharaoh draws nigh to Israel on the blessing of Shem, the cursing of Canaan, and the sea-shore. But now there is a change of which we had re
increasing of Ishmael; and after observing that ceived some intimations in verses 4 and 9. We hear no more of Pharaoh personally in this, or in the song, in the next
"thus we have four distinct blessings," etc., asks, chapter, only that God would get bim honor upon Pharaoh,
“How were these blessings, curses, and promises to as he certainly did, whether Pharaoh was drowned, or wheth
be fulfilled?” To which he answers, only by impresse er he escaped. Henceforth we hear continually of the hosting physical changes on the races. To this conclusion of Pharaoh and of the Egyptians. When Israel enters the he arrives by a very common but very erroneous insea it is not as in verse 4, I will harden Pharaoh's heart, and
terpretation of Scripture. For the best critics and he shall follow; but, I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians, and they shall follow-verse 17-and in verse 18, it is
soundest theologians agree in regarding the words of the Egyptians that shall know that I am the Loril, and in
Noah, not as declarative of a design of God as to verses 19 and 20 the angel of the Lord comes between the the condition of the race, but as prophetic of what camp of the Egyptians and the camp of Israel. In verse 23 the children of Noah would, by their own free agenthe Egyptians pursue and go in to the midst of the sea, and,
cy, occasion and bring upon themselves. To show verse 24, the Lord troubles the host of the Egyptian fights
the inadmissibility of such an interpretation--bow verse 25-against the Egyptians, and, verse 26, the waters
could God inflict the curse of barbarism on one race come upon the Egyptians, and, verse 27, the Egyptians flee, and the Lord overthrows the Egyptians, and, verso 28, the
the Ishmaelites—and of servitude on another--the waters cover the host of Pharaoh, and, verse 30, the Lord
Canaanites-in such a way that they could not possaves Israel that day out of the hand of the Egyptians, and sibly escape them, and yet be no respecter of perIsrael see the Egyptians dead, and soe-verse 31--the great
sons, or even just?
J. P. L. work which the Lord does to the Egyptians.
Now, all this difference may be accidental. It looks liko CHARACTER or St. Paul's HANDWRITING.–The text design,
in Galatians vi, 11, has caused great diversity of Verse 28 is about as strong as that strong passage for the opinion among the commentators; but the translation personal destruction of Pharaoh in Psalm cvi, 11. There
should be, Ye see in what large letters I have writremained not so much as one of them. But is not that qualified by the expression of the same verse, “That came into
ten unto you with mine own hand.” St. Paul here the sea after them?" And may it not imply that there were refers to the capital-uncial-letters in which the bome who, for prudential reasons, did not venture into the best and most ancient manuscripts of the Greek Sepwaters? It certainly was miraculous it, in a place so narrow tuagint and New Testament are written, as distinas that where it is usually supposed the Israelites crossed the guished from the small or cursive letters, in which sea, a whole army is so surrounded with water that not a horse
slaves wrote. Thus Cato the Elder wrote histories or a chariot can escape. It is a rare thing to find a whole army concentrated into a space "now two-thirds of a mile
for his son in large characters. (Plut. Cato the Cenwide in the narrowest part "-Robinson, Vol. I, p. 85--for sor, xx.) The writing in Greek capital letters, as in from the narrowest part there is always opportunity to es- Hebrew, Chaldee, Syriac, Arabic, and Ethiopic, which cape. Beyond question the place where Israel passed the sea had then no cursive character, indicated & more sol"way probably once wider.” If it was twice as wide and the
emn and dignified manner, and would be more legiarmy but two-thirds of a mile from front to rear, any one
ble to the Gauls than the cursive character, which can see that portions of it were but a third of a mile, an easy three minutes' ride, from the shore. It was something more
even now, from its numerous contractions, em barthan Robinson supposes, a tide returning under a strong rasses the Greek student. In legal documents of a wind, that could thus overwhelm horsemen who had every more solemn character the writing is engrossed (= reason to be on their guard against danger.
en gros, or large character. Eng. Notes & Queries. Look, before we close, at the song of Moses in the fifteenth chapter. The overthrow of an army is a common thing in
HIENIECKED.-It may be said of the term “henthe history of our world, but not the death of a king in bat- pecked,” as it may of many other rernacular ertle. And would any man of the poetic fire of Moses dwell
pressions, that though it be deemed trivial it is with burning words on the destruction of a host and the drowning of the chosen captains-verses 1 to 12-and yet say
grounded on actual observation, and is true to nature
and to fact. nothing of the death of one who, like Pharaoh, had before
The ordinary cock of the farm-yard, been so conspicuous in all the narrative? Or if he mentioned
however bold and fightful in his bearing toward other his death, mentioned it so indefinitely as-rerses 9, 10-the barn-door cocks, will sometimes submit to be pecked enemy said, I will pursue, I will overtake, I will divide the by his heps without resistance. Reaumur relates spoil! Thou didst blow, they sunk as lead!
how, two hens being shut up with a cock, they both Not thus does the less poetic Deborah treat the death of
together attacked him, and finally succeeded in killthe less renowned Sisera. Judges v, 24-31. It would have
ing him. Several cocks were afterward shut up sucadded greatly to the effect of this song of Mosed to have said, not Pharaoh's chariot and his host hath he cant into the sea;
cessively with the same two heps, and would hare his chosen captains also are drowned in the Red Sea, but experienced the fate of the first, if not withdrawn in Pharaoh hath he cast into the sea. So let all their enemies time. “ The extraordinary part of this case was, perish, O Lord. Let them be as Pharaoh!
that the cocks were strong and bold, and would easily True, we hear nothing of Pharaoh afterward, for he was
have governed thirty rebel hens at large, yet, cooped most thoroughly overthrown, or, as the Hebrew reads, shaken off at the Red Sea. Psalm cxxxvi, 15. He might have been
up, did not attempt either to defend themselves, or druwned. We simply say the Bible is not so clear in refer
even to avoid the attacks of the furies, their wives." ence to this as to authorize is to speak so decidedly as we (Mowbray's Practical Treatise, 1830, p. 93. See also usually do.
T. II. M. D’Orbigny's Dictionnaire, 1844, iv, 208.) Hence the UNITY OF THE HUMAN RACE.--I wish to object to peculiar import and significance of the term "hen- ! the reasons assigned by the author quoted hy “ II. B.” pecked.” (f. Swift's “Cudgeld husband:” in the July number, for believing that the Almighty * Tom fought with three men, thrice ventur'd his life, created by a direct act the types observed among the Then went home, and was cudgeld again by his wife." races. le speaks of the enlarging of Japeth, the
Eng. Notes & Queries.
W a y s ide Glea ni ng$.
WAAT WE OWE TO CHRISTIANITY.- .-The most emi
him; but he had just trodden the dim path which lies along nent statesmen have been eloquent in their acknowl
the mysterious confines of the two worlds. The light of the
eternal and unchangeable had broken up the shadows of that edgment of our indebtedness to Christianity. Rarely,
border-land of darkness and storm, causing him to see things however, has more beautiful expression been given
as he never had before, and a still, small voice, which the to this sentiment than by the late eminent Judge, Sir | stooping ear of loving watchers could not catch, had told him Allen Park, at a public meeting in London:
that he must die. “I know not how it is," he said, “but
something within me tells me that my work is done." We live in the midst of blessings till we are insensible of their greatness and of the source from whence they flow. We DANCING AND THE CHURCH.-We commend the folspeak of our civilization, our arts, our freedom, our laws, and lowing extract to Christians, and especially Christian forget entirely how large a share is due to Christianity. Put
parents, who give countenance to this social vice. Christianity out of the pages of man's history, and what
It was taken from the Parish Visitor, an excellent would his laws have been? what his civilization? Christianity is mixed up with our very being and our daily life; there
little monthly paper issued by the Evangelical is not a familiar object around us that does not wear a differ. Knowledge Society of the Episcopal Church: est aspect becanse the light of Christian love is on it-not a
The more moral portion of pagan Rome repudiated danclaw which does not owe its truth and gentleness to Chris
ing as disreputable. We have an oration of Cicero, in which tianity-pot a custom which can not be traced in all its holy,
he defends Murena, the Consul elect, whom Cato endeavored healthful parts of the Gospel.
to restrain from the office, partly on the ground that he had TRE RELIGION OF PAYING DEBTS.-Failures in busi
beon guilty of indulging in this effeminate amusement.
Hear Cicero repel the charge: “Cato calls Murena a dancer. ness and subsequent neglect to pay their honest debts
If this reproach be true, it is a weighty accusation; if false, when they have again become able to do so, on the
it is an outrageous calumny. Wherefore, Cato, as your aupart of those professing to be Christian men, has al- thority carries so much influence with it, you ought never to ways been a cause of stumbling to many. And well snatch a charge from the mouths of the rabble, and rashly it may be. We doubt whether the following remarks call the Consul of the Roman people a dancer, but to cousider on the subject, from a religious paper, are one whit
how many other vices a man must needs be guilty of before
that of dancing can be truly objected to him; for no one ever too strong:
dances, even in solitude, or in a private meeting of his friends, Men may sophisticate as they please. They can never who is not either drunk or mad. Dancing is always the last make it right, and all the bankrupt lays in the universe can act of riotous banquets, gay places, and profane pleasures." not make it right for them not to pay their debts. There is
With us it may be the first act, instead of the last, in these & sin in neglect as clear and deserving of Church discipline "places of gayety and of profane pleasures," and it is shockas in stealing or false swearing. He who violates his promiso ing to hear a Christian apologizing for that which has never to pay or withholds the payment of a debt when it is in yet been separated from the most dangerous associations; his power to meet his engagement, ought to be made to for the proof of the demoralizing tendency of balls, whether feel that in the sight of all honest men he is a swindler. held in public or private houses, is not to be resisted. Religion may be a very comfortable cloak under which to That learned skeptic, Peter Bayle, had the moral percep. hide; but if religion does not make a man doal justly, it is tion to discover the merits of so plain a case. “The reformnot worth having."
ed Churches," he says, “which forbid dancing, can not be
sufficiently praised for it. The manner of it--and it does not The ReLING PASSION STRONG IN DEATH.-A laugh
appear that the indecency of waltzing was then practicedable story is told of an old miser, who, being at the occasioned a thousand disorders; and in the very room where point of death, resolved to give all his money to a the ball was held, it made impressions dangerous to virtue." nephew. We will not vouch for its authenticity,
MY CHILDREN NO LONGER CARE FOR ME.-Many though it is another striking illustration of “the rul
years ago, when a pastor, we were called to visit an ing passion strong in death:''
old and decrepit man, destitute, lonely, dying. Once "Sam,” said he-for that was his nephew's name—“Sam,
he had been a man of property; but when he became I am about to leave the world, and to leave you all my money. infirm bad given it to his children, expecting them to You will then have two hundred thousand dollars!-only provide for him. “ Where are your children?" we think! Yes, I feel weaker and weaker; I think I shall die inquired. With a sorrowful expression the old man in two hours. O yes, Sam, I 'm going! give me two per cent.
replied, "My children no longer care for me." It and you may take the money now!"
was even so. The old man died in want—a striking PRESENTIMENT.-Presentiment, warning us of the illustration of that story related by Luther, and future, is one of the most mysterious subjects in our which we will now repeat for the benefit of our readmental history. The following beautiful passage ers, parents and children: touching upon this occurs in the Life of John Hunt,
There was once a father who gave up every thing to his “the apostle of the grace of God to the Fijians." children-his house, his fields, and goods-and expected that It relates to a period of partial convalescence, from for this his children would support him. But after he had which he soon relapsed, ending his eventful life amid been some time with his son, the latter grew tired of him,
and said to him, “Father, I have had a son born to me this the scenes of his missionary trials and triumphs:
night, and there, where your arm-chair stands, the cradle He looked out on the familiar scenes with a new feeling, must come; will you not perhaps go to my brother, who bas not weakening but accompanying the old. His heart yearned a large room?" &s strongly as ever for the success of the work coinmitted to After he had been some time with the second son, he also