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Oh, not a joy or blessing

With this we can compare;
The power that God has given us,

To pour our souls in prayer.” 3. We must keep the sabbath ; we must attend God's house; and when there, we should join heartily and earnestly in the service. For what do you go to church ? Many of you go to talk and frivolously pass away the time. Some of you I have seen doing so ; but have you never thought God also sees you? Do you ever think how angry He must be with you for doing this? We should join in the service with our lips, and with our hearts ; with such alone God will be well pleased. And how it would help us on our way, if every sabbath and every service was used in this delightful way.

Dear children, while acting in these three several ways we are following the path of the just, for whom is laid up a crown of glory that fadeth not away ;

are also striving to be more like Jesus, and oh may each day find us nearer to Him, until, purer and holier, happier and better, we shall become as the “ shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.” Lord bless you, and keep you; the Lord make His face shine upon you, and be gracious unto you. The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace” (Num. vi. 24).

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the Philistines, their bitter enemies, doubtless viewing this general assembly as an indication of war against themselves, determined to fall upon them immediately, before they were prepared for resistance. The seventh verse of our chapter tells us how the Israelites received this news" they were afraid." The Israelites now knew what it was not to trust in the Lord. At one time they would have gone boldly forth to battle, shouting “ The Lord of hosts is with us, the God of Jacob is our refuge,” and through His strength would have conquered their foes. But now how different was their case ! A sense of sin oppressed them; they experienced the truth of the fact that sin makes cowards of us all; they felt themselves unarmed, unprepared for war, forgetting that prayers and tears of repentance were the best weapons with which they could be furnished ; and in their extremity they dared not even cry unto the Lord.

What steps were they to take ? Surely not stand shivering in guilty fear, awaiting the approach of their foes ! No, they knew that there was one amongst them who had kept steadfast to his God, and him they besought to intercede for them. They felt that his earnest prayer would avail much (Jas. v. 16), and we see by the sequel that they judged rightly.

How like is our case to that of the Israelites ! We have not “obeyed the voice of the Lord our God, to walk in His laws which He set before us," and therefore might well fear to offer up our supplications to Him; but “ we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous “ (1 John ii. 1). Were it not for His intercession, how could sinful man venture into the presence of the Holy One ?

And as Samuel's supplications were heard and answered, so by the mediation of Him who is Samuel's Lord are we enabled to “come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need” (Heb. iv. 16).

The words used by the Israelites to Samuel were, “ Cease not to cry unto the Lord our God for us, that He will sare us out of the hand of the Philistines;" and in the following verse we read," and

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THE PROPHET'S INTERCESSION.

1 Samuel vii. 3-11. THE verses I have just read to you, dear children, tell of that portion of the history of the Israelites when the ark of the Lord abode at Kirjath-jearim, and the people sinned against God, through the worship of strange gods. By the judgment of Him whom they had so grievously offended, and the admonitions of His servant Samuel, they were at last brought to a sense of the consequences of their wickedness.

In order to make intercession for the people, the prophet commanded them to be gathered together to Mizpeh ; and

Samuel cried unto the Lord for Israel, and the Lord heard him." Here is an instance of the value of following the apostle's injunction,

Pray without ceasing” (1 Thess. v. 17). Though the blessing "tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry” (Hab.

ii. 3).

enemies, evil thoughts, apt to come in and besiege our hearts and rob us of peace. But at such times Godis specially near to us; and as He, by miraculous means, defeated the army of the Philistines while Samuel was in the act of crying unto Him, so may we trust that He will grant us special grace when we are kneeling before Him, to overcome the frailty of our hearts, which are too sadly prone to give admittance to those evil thoughts which are " enmity against God."

And now look at the victory God's chosen people gained.

66 The Israelites pursued the Philistines, and smote them, until they came under Beth-car.” From this too we may take courage. who has begun a good work” in us, who has enabled us to overcome some of the temptations of Satan, will be with us, will fight for us till the end, till that glorious time when

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Not merely content with supplicating the Lord, Samuel took a sucking lamb, and offered it for a burnt-offering. But the sacrifice without the prayer would have been a mere unmeaning ceremony. He therefore made intercession with the sacrifice. It was a lamb, typifying the spotless Lamb of God, He who with well-nigh His latest breath consummated the sacrifice of Himself by that earnest petition for His murderers, “Father, forgive them, they know not what they do." The one great atonement has been made for us; all we have to do is to pray, and plead the merits of that Body broken and that Blood shed for us. If we do so earnestly and unceasingly, as surely will an answer come as it did to Samuel; for He who cannot lie has said, “ If ye shall ask anything in My name I will do it” (John xiv. 14).

While Samuel was in the act of offering up the burnt-offering, the Philistines drew near to battle against Israel. But how gloriously God manifested His care for His people ! “ The Lord thundered with a great thunder on that day upon the Philistines, and discomfited them." There is a spring of consolation in this verse to those who are trying to serve God. How often, when we are making known our requests to Him, are our

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THE GREAT SECRET SOCIETY.* This "

Glimpse of the Great Secret viously. The report is preceded by an Society” is a translation, from the Introduction, connecting the Present French edition of 1762, of the Report on with the Past," in which are given reathe Constitution of the Jesuits, de- sons for bringing to the notice of the livered by M. Louis René de Caraduc present generation a document of such de la Chatolais, Procureur-Général of a nature, and proceeding from such a the King, to the Parliament of Bretagne, quarter. The author of this introductory in the year 1761, in obedience to an historical summary, who has refrained order of the court issued some time pre- from appending name or initials to his

* A GLIMPSE OF THE GREAT SECRET SOCIETY, Macintosh.

portion of the volume, says :—" Some persons may think it unnecessary to produce these documents at the present day, and to publish them in the English language ; but if any one is of opinion that the great conspiracy against truth and human freedom, laid bare to the eyes of mankind in this able work, is à thing of the past, we cannot undeceive him more effectually than by referring him to the words which we have just quoted.” The words “just quoted” are from the recent work of an eminent French writer, M. Charles Sauvestre“ Introduction aux Instructions Secrètes des Jésuites ”—which, at the time of its publication, some of our readers may possibly remember, created no little excitement in the religious world. The description there given of the Order of Jesus might well startle English readers.

Imagine an association whose members have broken all the ties of family and country that bound them to their fellow-men, and whose efforts have been directed to one only and formidable object, that of developing its power and establishing its domination by all possible means over all the nations of the world. Imagine, further, that this immense conspiracy had ended by substituting its rules and its policy in the place of even the precepts of religion ; that it had thus succeeded in obtaining the mastery over the princes of the Church, and in holding them in real though not avowed slavery--in such a way that those who bear official titles, and incur responsibility, are only docile instruments of a power which is concealed and silent. Such are the Jesuits.”

M. Sauvestre states that the number of these communities in France is one hundred and eight thousand persons ; truly a formidable band, when firmly united by what are held by them as the highest and holiest of motives. The writer of the historical introduction already alluded to further states that the intrigues of the Jesuits, and their attacks upon the form of government which has existed in Great Britain since the revolution of 1688, have been continuous. Ireland has always, according to their own historian, M. Crétineau Joly, been

the chief base of their operations against England. " The whole history of their operations for the destruction of the constitutional form of govern. ment in Poland, before that unhappy country was partitioned, manifests the same irreconcilable hatred of national independence and freedom. Their attack upon the republic of Switzerland, 1847–8, is related in the diplomatic documents laid before the British parliament, and was attested by the declarations of Lord Palmerston in the House of Commons and by the despatches of Lord Clarendon." The question there. fore is reasonably asked, " Are the Jesuits then friends to freedom ?" Let M. Garnier Pagès answer :-" In every Italian town, and in every European nation, there was during 1848 a general rising against the Company of Jesus, whose interference in the domain of politics has never ceased to be of the most active kind. In the eyes of the people they exist whenever despotism exists, and disappear whenever liberty appears.

Auxiliaries of absolute kings, they are the adversaries of all progress. They maintain ignorance, and oppose light. Devoted to the past, they are the enemies of the future; so much so, that were it possible they would even prevent time from advancing. They know but one law, one faith, and one morality. That law, faith, and morality they call authority. To a superior they submit life and conscience. To their Order they sacrifice individuality. They are neither Frenchmen, Italians, Germans, nor Spaniards ; they are not citizens of any country. They are Jesuits only. They have but one family, one fortune, and one end; and all these are included in the word Community.

The author of the preliminary sketch farther on makes the following important statement with reference to the account given by M. de la Chatolais as to the operations of the Jesuits upon the Gallican Church :-“ It shows an exact analogy with the less developed operations of the ritualists upon the Church of England. The Jesuits first led the bishops to disregard the canon and the common law, and then by aui.

dacity and intrigue reduced the bishops into subjection themselves.”

How far the writer has grounds for this conclusion, we leave our readers to determine for themselves. We must however say that the " Report,” to

gether with the prefatory historical summary, are deserving of attentive study ; and we recommend all who take an interest in these important matters impartially to weigh the arguments advanced in the work.

SHORT CRITICAL NOTICES,

BIBLE JEWELS. By the Rev. Richard

Newton, D.D. Partridge.

Dr. Newton's fame is already so extensive, not only throughout the wide expanse of the American continent, but in Great Britain and all countries where the English language is spoken, that the mere announcement of a new volume of his addresses is a pretty certain forerunner to a large demand for copies of the work. The cause of this is not far to seek. There are few writers, whether Transatlantic or English, in the wide sphere of Sunday-school activity, so richly endowed as this well-known American labourer with the faculty of bringing down their teaching to the level of youthful understandings. “Bible Jewels" possesses all the distinctive excellences of Dr. Newton's previous volumes,-simplicity of language, vividness of illustration, earnestness, and strength in the enforcement of gospel truth. Space will not permit us to extract one of these “ Bible Jewels,” but we have made room for the prefatory description of the casket.

"Did you ever see a casket of jewels ? Perhaps you are ready to ask-What is & casket ? It is a little box, made on purpose to keep jewels in. Here is a diamond, flashing and sparkling in its beauty, with little rainbows dancing round it. There is a pearl, quietly shining in its silvery whiteness. Here is a ruby with its deep red colour ; an emerald with its bright sea-green ; a sapphire with its soft sky-blue ; a purple amethyst; a yellow topaz; and an opal with its varying hues. They are all glittering in the light, though each shines with a colour different from all the rest. How beautiful they look ! This book is intended to be like such a box ;

it is a casket filled with Bible jewels. The first we meet is the pearl of great price.' This represents Jesus. Then there is the diamond, which represents the true Christian. The ruby, with its flashing red, represents the love which real Christians have for their precious Saviour and all His people. The emerald, with its beautiful green, reminds us of the blessed hope of heaven which Jesus puts into the hearts of His people. The purple amethyst is the temperance jewel. The sky-blue sapphire reminds us of the faith which makes true Christians strong to serve and strong to suffer. The topaz, with its golden yellow, stands for the true honesty of those who are always trying to please God; while the beautiful opal, in which all the colours of the other jewels blend together, represents prayer,

which brings every blessing from above.'

“Natural jewels are so valuable that many of us can never afford to buy them. Nor is this necessary, for we can be happy without them. But these Bible jewels are a thousand times more valuable, and without them we cannot be happy. Yet, valuable as they are, the poorest person who reads this book, whether young or old, may become the owner of all the Bible jewels of which it speaks. The hope and prayer of the writer is that every one who reads these pages may try to get all these precious Bible jewels. Try first to get Jesus, the pearl of great price; and when He is yours ask Him to give you all the other jewels here described. They belong to Jesus; He has them to give away ; He will give them to all who earnestly ask for them. Ask Him to give them to you. Then how rich and happy, how good and useful, you will

Three in One, and One in Three, Dimly here we worship Thee : With the saints hereafter we

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be! And when Jesus shall come to • make up His jewels,' you will be gathered with them, and will shine in beauty for ever among the bright and glorious things of His heavenly kingdom.”

The volume is tastefully bound, and has some fair illustrations; for both these features the publishers deserve praise.

Here too are some cheering verses for the working Christian, translated from Joseph of the Stadium by Dr. Neale:

O HAPPY band of pilgrims,

If onward ye will tread, With Jesus as your Fellow,

To Jesus as your Head. O happy if ye labour

As Jesus did for men ! O happy if ye hunger

As Jesus hungered then!
The cross that Jesus carried,

He carried as your due;
The crown that Jesus weareth,

He weareth it for you.
The faith by which ye see Him,

The hope in which ye yearn, The love that through all troubles

To Him alone will turn : The trials that beset you,

The sorrows ye endure, The manifold temptations

That death alone can cure : What are they but His jewels,

Of right celestial worth! What are they but the ladder

Set up to heaven on earth! O happy band of pilgrims,

Look upward to the skies, Where such a light affliction

Shall win you such a prize.

SUPPLEMENTAL HYMNS FOR PUBLIC

WORSHIP. Hodder & Stoughton.

Mr. Allon, the editor of these very beautiful songs of praise, will best explain the object with which they have been brought together.

“ This collection of hymns is strictly supplemental. It assumes the use in public worship of those classic hymns which, because of their great excellence, are found in almost every hymnal; and it merely furnishes, as additions to these, certain compositions, most of them of recent production, which for various reasons it may be desirable to include in worshipping use. This supplement therefore has neither the completeness nor the proportions of an independent book of worship-song.”

When it is stated that among the names of writers of hymns in this volume are to be found some of the most eminent of all denominations, the reader will have some idea of the treasures contained in it. The lovers of sacred song will, if we mistake not, read with pleasure a few hymns in this book which struck us as possessing remarkable merit; and we hope the perusal will induce them to procure the volume. The chaste simplicity of the following song of praise to the Trinity, by Rorison, is very noteworthy :

THREE in One, and One in Three,
Ruler of the earth and sea,
Hear us while we lift to Thee

Holy chant and psalm.
Light of lights, with morning shine,
Lift on us Thy light Divine;
And let charity benign

Breathe on us her balm.
Light of lights, when falls the even,
Let it close on sin forgiven;
Fold us in the peace of heaven,

Shed a holy calm.

The next hymn has a fine solemnity of tone, and is pervaded with a slight sadness, but culminates in an expression of holy trust in Divine providence. It is by the present Archbishop of Dublin.

LET all men know that all men move
Under a canopy of love,
As broad as the blue sky above;
That doubt and trouble, fear and pain
And anguish, all are shadows vain ;
That death itself shall not remain.
That weary deserts we may tread,
A dreary labyrinth we may thread,
Through dark ways underground be led ;
Yet if we will our Guide obey,
The dreariest path, the darkest way,
Shall issue out in heavenly day;
And we, on divers shores now cast,
Shall meet, our perilous voyage past,
All in our Father's house at last!
Let all men count it true that love,
Blessing, not cursing, rules above,
And that in it we live and move.

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