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Passing a flock, of sheep, I asked the shepherd the same question which I had put to my servant, and be gave me the same apswer. I then bade him call one of his sheep; he did so, and it instantly left its pasturage and its companions, and ran up to the band of the shepherd with signs of pleasure, and with a prompt obedience, wbich I had never before observed in any other animal. It is also true of the sheep in this country, that a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him; for they know not the voice of strangers. The shepherd told me, that many of bis sheep are still wild; that they had not yet learned their names; but that, by teaching, they would all learn them. The others wbich knew their names, he called TAME.
How natural an application to the state of the human race, does this description of the sheep admit of! The good shepherd laid down his life for his sheep; but many of them are still wild; they know not bis voice. Others bave learned to obey his call, and to follow him; and we rejoice to think, that even to those not yet in his fold, the words are applicable,— Them also I must bring; and they shall bear my voice; and there shall be oue fold and one shepherd.''
Chap. xi, ver. 25.-- Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life; he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live.
While a naval officer was inspecting one of the schools in the island of Barbadoes, containing two hundred negro boys and girls, a sign was made by one of the children, (by holding up its hand,) intimating that he wished to speak to the master. On going up to the child, who was past eight years of age, the master enquired what was the matter. Massa," he replied, with a look of horror and indignation, which the officer said he should never forget, and pointing to a little boy of the same age, who sat beside bim, “ Massa, tuis boy says he does not believe in the
resurrection." “ This is very bad," said the master ; " but do you, my little fellow, addressing the young informer, believe in the resurrection yourself ?" “ Yes, Massa, I do." “ But can you prove it from the Bible ?" Yes, Massa; Jesus says, “ I am the resurrection and the life; he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live ;' and in another place,' Because I live, ye shall live also !!” The master added, “ Cao you prove it from the Old Testament also ?” “ Yes; for Job says, “I know that my Redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth; and though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God!' And David says in one of his psalms,' I shall be satisfied, when I awake with thy likeness?!”
But are you sure these passages are in the Bible? Here is a Bible, point them out to us. The little boy instantly turned up all the passages and read them aloud.
Chap. xi, ver. 57.-Now both the chief priests and the Pharisees had given a commandment, that, if any man knew where he were, he should show it, that they might take him.
Mr. Gilbert Rule was a minister of Alnwick in Northumberland during the time of the persecution. When he was forced to leave his charge at Alnwick, he went to Berwick, where he practised surgery for the support of his family. His enemies continued their persecutions. They engaged some of the baser sort to way-lay him. That he might be brought into this spare, a messenger was dispatched at midnight to request him to visit a person in the country whom he should represent as very ill. The good man expressed so much sympathy for the sick person, and showed such readiness to run to his relief, though at midnight, that the messenger's heart relented, (for he was privy to the plot,) and was so filled with remorse, that he discovered the whole affair to Mr. Rule, which happily prevented his meeting a premature death.
Chap. xii, ver. 18.--He that eateth bread with nie, hath lifted up his heel against me.
Anne Askew, the second daughter of Sir William Askew of Kelsey in Lincolnshire, was married against her inclination to a gentleman who had nothing to recommend him but his fortune, and who was a most bigoted papist. No sooner was he convinced that his wife favored the Reformation, than, at the priest's instigation, be drove her from bis house, though she bad borne him two children, and her conduct was unexceptionable. Abandoned by her husband, she came up to London, in order to procure a divorce, and to make herself known to that part of the court who professed to be favorers of Protestantism; but as Henry VIII, with consent of Parliament, had just enacted the law of the Six Articles, commonly called the Bloody Statute, she was cruelly betrayed by her own husband, taken into custody, and examined concerning her faith: when, after suffering various acts of cruelty, she was condemned and burnt.
Chap. xii, ver. 35.— Then Jesus said unto them, Yet a little while is the light with you : walk while ye have the light, lest darkness come upon you : for he that walketh in darkness knoweth not whither he goeth.
From the notion which some entertained of St. Columba being able to foretell future events, a man asked him one day, how long he had to live. “If your curiosity on that head could be satisfied," said the saint, “ it could be of no use to you. But it is only God, who appoints the days of man, that knows when they are to terminate. Our business is to do our duty, not to pry into our destiny. God in mercy hath concealed from man the knowledge of his end. If he knew it was near, he would be disqualified for the duties of life; and if he knew it were distant he would delay bis preparation. You should therefore be satisfied with knowing tbat it is certain ; and the
safest way is to believe that it may be also near, and to make no delay in getting ready, lest it overtake, you unprepared.
Chap. xiii, ver. 17.--If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.
Mr. Ellis having been engaged in conversation on religious subjects with the governor of Owhyhee, such as the resurrection of the body, &c, was asked by him, how he knew these things. “I asked for his Bible,” says Mr. E. “and translated the passages which inculcate the doctrine of the resurrection, &c, and told him it was from that book we obtained all our knowledge of these things, and that it was the contents of that book which we had come to teach the people of Owhy bee. He then asked if all the people in our native countries were acquainted with the Bible. I answered, that from the abundant means of instruction there, the greater portion of the people had either read the book, or had in some other way become acquainted with its principal contents. He then said, How is it that such numbers of them swear, get intoxicated, and do so many things probibited in that book ? He was told, that there was a vast difference between knowing the word of God, and obeying it; and that it was most likely those persons knew their conduct was displeasing to God, yet persisted in it, because agreeable to their corrupt inclinations.
Chap. xiv, ver. 6.-Jesus said unto him, I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no man coineth unto the Father, but by me.
Previous to his conversion, Mr. Cecil, one night lying in bed, was contemplating the case of his mother. “I see,” said he, within himself, “two unquestionable facts: First, my mother is greatly afllicted in circumstances, body, and mind; and yet I see that she cheerfully bears up under all, by the support she derives from constantly retiring to her closet and
her Bible. Secondly, that she has a secret spring of comfort, of which I know nothing; while I, who give an unbounded loose to my appetites, and seek pleasure by every means, seldom or never find it. If, however, there is any such comfort in religion, why may not I attain it as well as my mother? I will immediately seek it of God.” He instantly rose in his bed, and began to pray. But he was soon damped in his attempt, by recollecting that much of his mother's comfort seemed to arise from her faith in Christ. “ Now,” thought he, “ this Christ I have ridiculed. He stands much in my way, and can form no part of my prayers." In utter confusion of mind, therefore, he lay down again. Next day, however, he continued to pray to the Supreme Being," he began to consult books, and to attend preachers. His difficulties were gradually removed, and his objections answered, and his course of life began to amend. He now listened to the pious admonitions of his mother, which he had before affected to receive with pride and scorp; yet they fixed themselves in his heart like a barbed arrow: and, though the effects were at the time concealed from her observation, yet tears would fall from his eyes as be passed along the streets, from the impression she had left on his mind. Now he would discourse with her, and bear her without outrage; which led her to hope that a gracious principle was forming in bis heart, and more especially as he then attended the preaching of the word.
Thus he made some progress; but felt po small difficulty in separating from his favorite connections. Light, however, broke into his mind, tiil he gradually discovered that Jesus Christ, so far from “ standing in his way," was the only way, the truth, and the life, to all that come unto God by bim.
Chap. xiv, ver. 18.-I will not leave you comfortless; I will come to you.
The following circumstance occurred some years ago at Warrington, and is related by a gentleman of respectability : “ About three weeks ago, two little