Abbildungen der Seite
PDF
EPUB

his conduct, and became an ornament to his profession.

Chap. xvi, ver. 2.-And he called him, and said unto him, How is it that I hear this of thee? give an account of thy stewardship; for thou mayest be no longer steward.

A wealthy but niggardly gentleman, was waited on by the advocates of a charitable institution, for which they solicited bis aid, reminding bim of the divine declaration, (Prov. xix, 17.) · He that hath pity on the poor, lendeth unto the Lord; and that which he hath given will be pay him again.” To this be replied, “ The security, no doubt, is good, and the interest liberal; but I cannot give such long credit." Poor rich man! the day of payment was much nearer tban he anticipated. Not a fortnight had elapsed, from his refusing to honor this claim of God upon his substance, before he received a summons with which he could not refuse to comply. It was,

6. This night thy soul shall be required of thee; then whose shall be those things which thou hast withheld ?"

Chap. xvi, ver. 22, 23.—The rich man also died, and was buried ; and in hell he lifted up his eyes, being in torment.

A nobleman wbo lived in the neighborhood of the Rev. Mr. D-, one day asked him to dine with him. Before dinner they walked into the garden, and after viewing the various productions and rarities with which it abounded, his lordship exclaimed, “Well, Mr. D- you see I want for nothing; I have all that my heart can wish for.” As Mr. Dmade no reply, but appeared thoughtful, bis lordship asked him the reason? “Why, my lord,” said the good old man, “ I have been thinking, that a map may have all these things, and go to hell after all.” The words powerfully struck the nobleman, and, through the blessing of God, terminated in his conversion.

Chap. xvii, ver. 15, 16.-And one of them, when he saw him that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God, and fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks; and he was a Samaritan.

Admiral Bendbow, after many years of hard service, for he had only merit to recommend him, visited Shrewsbury, his native town; and, on bis arrival, proceeded to the house of his nativity, which was then occupied by people in no way related to bim; yet he entered the house as if it had been his own, walked up stairs, went into the room where he first drew breath, fell on his knees, and returned thanks to the great Disposer of events, for his protection and support through his past eventful life.

Chap. xvii, ver. 22.—And he said unto the disciples, The days will come, when ye shall desire to see one of the days of the Son of man,

and

ye

shall not see it. “ A gay and thoughtless young man,” says Mr. Innes in his useful work on domestic duties, “ who had often opposed a pious father's wishes, by spending the Sabbath in idleness and folly, instead of accompanying his parents to the house of God, was taking a ride one Sabbath morning. After riding for some time at great speed, he suddenly pulled up his horse, while the animal, by stopping more suddenly than he expected, gave bim such a sudden jerk, that it injured the spinal marrow; and when he came to bis father's door, he had totally lost the use of the lower extremities of his body. Ile was lifted from his horse, and laid on that bed which was destined to prove to bim the bed of dcath; and there he had leisure to reflect on bis ways. It was when in this situation I was asked to visit him, and he then discovered the deepest solicitude about the things that belonged to bis eternal peace. He eagerly listened to the representation that was given bim respecting

the evil of sin, its dreadful consequences, and the ground of hope to the guilty. He seemed much impressed with a sense of his need of pardoning mercy, and thankfully to receive it in the way that God hath revealed. Many parts of the conversations I had with him have now escaped my recollection, but some of bis expressions I shall not easily forget. On one occasion, when referring to bis past life, and finding bimself now unable to attend public worship, be exclaimed, 'Oh! what would I give now for some of those Sabbaths which I formerly treated with contempt!' He seemed deeply to feel and to deplore bis guilt in having so heinously misimproved the precious opportunities of waiting on the public ordinances of religion, which, in the day of health, he bad enjoyed."

Chap. xviii, ver. 1.—And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint.

Mr. Elliot was eminent for prayer; and whenever any remarkable difficulty lay before him, he took the way of prayer, in order to encounter and overcome it; being of Dr. Preston's mind, “ that when we would have any great things to be accomplished, the best policy is, to work by an engine which the world sees nothing of.” When he heard any important news, he usually said, “Let us turn all this into prayer.” And if he came to a house where he was intimately acquainted, he used frequently to say, “ Come, let us not have a visit without a prayer. Let us, before we part, pray for the blessing of heaven on our family."

Chap. xviii, ver. 29, 30.–And he said unto them, Verily, I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or parents, or brethren, or wife, or children, for the kingdom of God's sake, who shall not receive manifold more in this present time, and in the world to como life everlasting,

A young person who had been a Sabbath scholar, went to live in a family in which religion was wholly neglected. On the other side of the street a pious family resided, who strictly observed the Sabbath.The young woman perceived that the servants were allowed to attend public worship twice on the Lord's day, while she could not go once to church, as her master generally invited company to dinner on that day. She reminded her mistress of this circumstance, and requested she might go to chapel one part of the Sabbath. This was refused, on the ground that she could not be spared. She then resolved, that if any vacancy occurred in the family opposite, she would offer herself. This happening soon after, she waited upon the lady, who observed, " I am afraid that, as you have high wages where you now live, my place will not suit you, as I give but five pounds a year; but if you will come for that, I will try you.” The young woman consented, and entered into the family. A gentleman visiting in the house, being made acquainted with the case, presented her with a Bible, on the blank leaf of which he wrote-Luke xviii, 29, 30. Verily I say unto you, there is no man who hath left house, or parents, or brethren, or wife, or children, for the kingdom of God's sake, who shall not receive manifold more in this present time, and in the world to come lise everlasting."

Chap. xix, ver. 8.—And Zaccheus stood, and said unto the Lord, Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor, and if I have taken any thing from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold.

One of the Moorish Kings of Spain wished to build a pavilion on a field near his garden, and offered to purchase it of the woman to whom it belonged, but she could not consent to part with the inheritance of her fathers. The field was seized, and the building was erected. The poor woman complained to a cadi,

[ocr errors]

G*

who promised to do all in his power to serve her. One day, while the king was in the field, the cadi came with an empty sack, and asked permission to fill it with the earth on wbich he was treading. He obtain. ed leave, and when the sack was filled, he requested the king to complete bis kindness, by assisting him to load bis ass with it. The monarch laugbed, and tried to lift it, but soon let it fall

, complaining of its enormous weight, " It is however,” said the cadi,“ only a small part of the ground wbich thou hast wrested from one of thy subjects; how then wilt thou bear the weight of the whole field, when thou shalt appear before the Great Judge, laden with this iniquity?” The king thanked bim for his reproof; and not only restored the field to its owner, but gaše her the building which he had erected, and all the wealth which it contained.

Chap. xix, ver. 13. And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come.

When Mr. Wbitefield was last in America, Mr. Tennent paid him a visit, as he was passing through New-Jersey; and one day dined, with other ministers, at a gentleman's house. After dinner, Mr. W. ad. verted to the difficulties attending the Gospel ministry; lamented that all their zeal availed but little; said that he was weary with the burdens of the day; declared the great consolation that in a short time bis work would be done, when he should depart and be with Christ; he then appealed to the ministers if it was not their great comfort that they sbould go to rest. They generally assented, except Mr. T. who sat next to Mr. W. in silence, and by his countenance discovered but little pleasure in the conversation.On which Mr. W. tapping him on the knee, said, “ Well, brother Tennent, you are the oldest man among us, do you not rejoice to think that your time is so near at band, when you will be called home?"

« ZurückWeiter »