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self it was frequently with the momen-, Till within a fortnight of his death he tary expectation of falling dead in the was unable to lie in bed, and passed his pulpit. Suffering very severely from weary days and nights sitting in a chronic bronchitis and enlargement of chair, leaning forward. The prospect the heart, he became at length confined of protracted suffering made him fear to his room, and sank so low that his lest excruciating pain should betray life was quite despaired of and death was him into the thought or expression of a almost daily expected, while from the murmur, and he prayed earnestly and nature of his sufferings he could not lie besought the prayers of others, that he in bed more than une or two hours might be kept faithful, and it is a matduring the whole night, and frequently ter of deep thankfulness to his sorrownot at all. Extended disease of the ing family to reflect that in all his sufheart brought on dropsy; but by skilful ferings he manifested perfect resignation. medical treatment this was dispersed, He was not triumphant, but resignedand the hope of ultimate recovery again no ecstacies, but peaceful reliance on the held out, if only sufficient strength atonement of Christ—waiting, longing could be gathered to enable him to take to be gone-committing his dear family a journey southward. In April Mr. to the care of an ever-watchful ProviGreen was so far recovered as to warrant dence. For some days previous to his his undertaking the proposed journey, departure he was conscious only at and accordingly he proceeded to Leices- times. Mortification had commenced, tershire, and from thence to Norfolk, and every appearance indicated speedy and very slowly at first, and then more dissolution, and on the 14th September decidedly, he regained health and he breathed his last. On the following strength, and he himself became some- Friday his remains were conveyed to their what sanguine of ultimate recovery. last earthly resting place, followed by his

This visit was a season of much spi- mourning family and the various minisritual joy. Rambling in the fields and ters of the town, with the deacons and lanes, he experienced such communion members of the church ; and on the with God as he had never before known; evening of Lord's day, 26th September, it seemed almost as if God were present a funeral sermon was preached to a with him face to face, and as he saw, crowded congregation by the Rev. Thoscattered about the country, many walk- mas Duncan, of the Free Church of ing consistently in the truth who were Scotland. the fruits of his ministry-some of more As a husband and a father Mr. Green than thirty years' standing, the thought was tender and affectionate, yet ruling came very powerfully into his mind, his household in the fear of the Lord. that he had not lived in vain, and it in- Nowhere did his character shine with spired him with a stronger desire to be more brightness than in the family more than ever devoted and earnest in circle. Ever solicitous for the comfort the cause of his great Master. A and well being of all, he sought to make few days before he had fixed to return home a delight. Possessing an exubehome he took cold, which was succeeded rance of wit, he knew how to sport with by rheumatism. On the first symptom his children, while he taught them to of this he hastened home, never more honour and obey him. The spiritual to go out till his lifeless body should be good of all connected with him was an deposited in the tomb. For nearly three object very near his heart ; all worldly months he endured such an amount of advantages were as nothing compared bodily suffering as falls to the lot of few. with this. His children saw that with him to serve the Lord was the great others, and to pour into the wounded business of his life. He strove to incul- spirit the oil of consolation. cate every moral virtue, and to bring The writer is happy to be able to apthe whole soul into subjection to the pend to this an estimate of Mr. Green's will of Christ. His habit was to read more public characteristics, from the two or three chapters in Hebrew very pen of William Felkin, Esq., of Nottingcarefully every morning, and the New ham. After a few introductory remarks, Testament he habitually read in the Mr. Felkin goes on to say—"He would original. If by any circumstance he find out a difficulty if it were within the had been deprived of his usual oppor- horizon ; loved abstruse inquiry and tunity of private devotion, he was un- disquisitions ; could and would split a easy and unsettled till he could get alone metaphysical hair ; never dismissed a and pour out his soul to God.

doubt without investigation, or an adAs a student he was diligent, careful, verse disputant without fierce combat and laborious, regarding no pains too and often a sound drubbing. He, howgreat which were expended on a really ever, pursued inquiries into many imimportant subject. He valued accuracy portant subjects, as I conceive, in a of knowledge more than extent; he read manner calculated to increase rather slowly and weighed well his author's than settle doubts-either in his own arguments, so that when he closed a mind or in that of his hearer or oppobook he knew thenceforward what was nent. This I trace in some degree up in it. The great secret of his extensive to the course of academic instruction. attainments was the extraordinary man- Many of Mr. Jarrom's theological posiner in which he improved every spare tions he could not help doubting: and moment of time. It was to this cir- I know nothing more distressing to some cumstance, much more than to advan- minds, or more fatal to their future tageous opportunities, that he owed comfort, than while acquiring knowledge anything of eminence. He abhorred from the lips of a tutor, to feel comeverything approaching to idleness; and pelled to defer assent to his doctrines on sheer mental labour was a real luxury. some of the most important points of

As a pastor, he was ever alive to the instruction. spiritual interests and advancement of “The bane of Mr. Green's life I should his flock, that he might present every suppose to have been spiritual doubts ; man perfect in Christ Jesus. The poor or he must have been less anxious on and sorrowing of his charge were the topics that I know much harassed him peculiar objects of his care and atten- at times. Upon such subjects I thought tion, and at any personal inconvenience obliquity of mental vision easily obhe was ready to afford them relief. But servable—most likely to be accounted he never would consent to degrade the for in a large degree by physical infirpastoral office by frittering away his mity and disease. But enough in the time in mere idle gossip. He always way of apparent censure ; it is not at had something more important to do, all intended to be real censure. both for himself and for his people. A "I never heard Mr. Green preach counsellor in difficulty ; a friend of the after his student career more than a few oppressed; he often cheered the down- sermons—it must not be, therefore, supcast, and caused the widow's heart to posed that my estimate is of much value. bound with joy. Having tasted largely Such as it is, I give it you. He was of the cup of sorrow himself, he knew grave-earnest-showed he felt all he well how to find a way to the hearts of said-desired greatly the glory of God

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and the salvation of sinners. Hated not subordinated to the great end of all levity in the house of prayer and in the wisdom, the showing forth of the glory conduct of worship. Was perspicuous of God in the salvation of sinners. Mr. in the expression of thought-knew the Green had large stores of knowledge, value of words to an extraordinary but they were sanctified by their use in nicety, and used them with great cor- the service of piety and virtue." rectness. Spoke invariably in good Shortly before his death Mr. Green Saxon English, in which respect he was said, “ I have reason to bless God for a a model both in and out of the pulpit, well-formed mind; I know nothing of was deeply read in theology, whether the ecstacies which some talk about, but historical, disputative, or practical, I think I have known what pure joy is. moral philosophy, and natural history. When pursuing trains of noble thought, His public exercises were, therefore, full I have looked down with perfect conof matter, highly interesting, and sug- tempt on all the greatness of the world, gestive to the true inquirer and thinker; and, though I am far from an old man but he was laborious to follow on the I have lived a longer life than many; part of the young and the half-hearted— and with much of sorrow and darkness tiresome to the careless. His command I have thoroughly enjoyed life, and now of facts, whether natural or historical, I look to heaven with different views was admirable and immediate ; so he from many. I expect to find it a place was excellent in illustration. I know he of ceaseless activity, where weariness was thought occasionally harsh, severe, of body will neçer compel me to stop and dogmatic, both in converse and in short in the midst of my thought.” the pulpit. I have heard him and felt him say hard things; but they were,

To that blissful region he has passed perhaps, not the less deserved and true. away, and is now no more in this world, A proud man would find him unbend- to his family or to the church, having ing, a sinful one severe, a flippant, con- entered upon a scene and a state wholly ceited one, harsh and decided, no doubt. congenial to the longings of a sanctified But he who could condescend to seek spirit; and thus, in the words of R. Hall, for knowledge at a deep, full reservoir, “Heaven is attracting to itself whatneeded not to wait long near Mr. Green ever is congenial to its nature, is enrichfor a perennial stream discovering itself ing itself by the spoils of earth, and colamidst the rocky undulations. His con- lecting within its capacious bosom whatversation was rich ; and when he led it ever is pure, permanent, and divine." was redolent of literary and scientific May the same gracious Spirit which information. His power in conversa- was through a long series of years the tional exposition of difficult and abstruse comforter and guide of the departed subjects was extraordinary, and rendered watch over the bereaved widow and intercourse with him as profitable as family, minister to all their necessities, pleasant. He had had converse long and prepare them for a blessed reunion and deep with the most noble subjects of with the beloved husband and father. thought, and with the minds who had And may this humble tribute to the most thoroughly handled them. He had memory of a revered parent incite many şearched largely the physical, the intel- others to the pursuit of the most enlectual, and the moral; and to all he nobling objects, and in such a manner brought spiritual light; not resting that all may redound to the glory of satistied with any knowledge that was God. Amen.

SCENES FROM THE PUBLIC LIFE OF JESUS OF NAZARETH.

BY THE REV. W. WALTERS.
No. Vi. JESUS INSTITUTING THE LOŃD'S SUPPER.

It was a high scason in Jerusalem, It is invested with irresistible charms. for the Passover Feast had commenced. The room in which the family is assemMany strangers had arrived, some from bled has nothing unusual in its appearthe surrounding country, others from ance. It is the ordinary room for such more distant lands. It was one of the occasions. But the family itself is three annual festivals which required unique.

There are thirteeen men; the presenee of all male Jews through some of them united to each other by out the world. Yet, though the city ties of consanguinity; others sustaining was so full you might have passed along to one another no blood-relation at all. its streets and met scarcely any one Nevertheless they are all bound to one abroad except a Roman soldier or tax- another by the nearest and most pergatherer, or some abandoned outcast manent ties, and he who presides over from whose breast piety had departed that feast is their head. We are in the and for whom there was no home. The presence of Jesus and his twelve dispublic thoroughfares and places of ac- ciples. They attend to the arrangecustomed resort were quiet. Still the ments of the feast in the prescribed aspect was not that of desolation. No way. As spectators and listeners let us black pall hung over the city like that observe the group. What busy conwhich covers a place depopulated by versation is that in which all except the the plague or sacked by a besieging president seem engaged ? How excited army. The moon now almost at its full, and earnest some of them grow! Ah! had arisen, and serene and peaceful as poor human nature with its desire for a babe in the lap of its mother, Jeru- power and superiority is there. Slow salém seemed to repose amid the moun- have these men been to learn the lessons tains that were round about. From of their Master ; dull in comprehending out of every house came the sound of his own spirit. They are contending happy voices, for the people in their who shall be the greatest. This desire families were commemorating the night has not been quenched yet. It mars the when the angel passed over the dwell- beauty of those who profess to imitaté ings of their fathers in Egypt, and the lowly One, and is the parent of spared the first-born. And a few hours some of the worst evils which tear and later you might have heard the rich devour the flock of Christ. In his own music of the chanted Hallel closing the inimitable way the Master represses the night's solemnities.

strife, and teaches them the character Of all the families who that night of true greatness. And now listen as celebrated the Lord's Passover to one he passes on to topics more painful than only is our attention peculiarly drawn.* this. At that table sits one who is

meditating his death ; who is about to * The apparent discrepancy between the three synoptic Evangelists and John, concerning the exact seen that we have taken the former view. The matter night on which our Lord instituted the supper has is well and fully discussed by Olshausen in his Comno doubt been noticed by our readers. From the mentary on the Gospels,” and Professor Robinson account of the former we should conclude that it was in his “Harmony of the Gospels in Greek.” the first evening of the passover. The latter seems Olshausen's Com. (Clark's Edition,) vol. 4. p. 122to indicắte that it was the evening before. It will be | 136. And Robinson's Harmons, p. 214–224.

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the twelve enemies. And Jesus wishes to indicate there. the traitor. He does so, and Judas The feast established by Jesus was withdraws. He was no fit person to designed by him to be a standing ordishare in the supplementary feast about nance in his church. It has received to be established ; a feast only for various names, some highly objectionfriends. But there is another burden able, others scriptural and therefore on the Lord's heart: its pressure is correct. From the sacramentum or heavy and sore. And as if anxious to oath which was taken by soldiers, the free himself of every load, he foretells Latin church called it a sacrament. As how Peter would deny him, and how the soldier swore allegiance to his the whole of them would forsake him country, so the Christian was supposed in his trials which were coming on. We in this ordinance to swear allegiance to will not meddle with the hearts dis- Christ. By some it is termed the turbed by such tidings. Too sacred for eucharist from the expression evxapiointrusion are the chambers in which thoas, “having given thanks," found in their sorrows lie.

the account given by the evangelists. And now the passover is at an end; Thanksgiving is thus supposed to be its but Jesus taking the bread which re- chief idea. In the Romish church we mains gives thanks and distributes it find it called a mystery, an oblation, a among them, with the command to eat. sacrifice, &c., terms all of which are In like manner taking the wine-cup out employed for obvious purposes, and not of which they had been drinking, he only are without any sanction from again offers thanks and gives them that scripture, but are moreover positively also, with the command to drink. Thus unscriptural. In the New Testament he establishes a family feast which all it is designated the“ breaking of bread,” his brethren are to celebrate till he “the communion "_“the Lord's table” come again. The scene increases in -and “the Lord's supper.” Acts ii. 42. interest, as he proceeds to deliver what 1 Cor. x. 16, 21 ; xi. 20. These appelJeremy Taylor styles, “his farewell lations we prefer to use as sufficiently sermon, rarely mixed of sadness and expressive, and less liable to abuse than joys, and studded with mysteries as any men may invent. with emeralds.” What gracious words A number of questions occur all of they are which fall from his lips, and them highly important; but they open how graciously spoken! How he com- a field too wide for discussion in a paper forts them in the prospect of his de- like the present. What were the ends parture! What instructions as to the which the Lord's supper was to answer ? closeness of the union between them How long was it designed to continue ? and himself! How kind to prepare Who are the parties to attend to it? With them for the world's hostility and the what dispositions should it be observed ? persecutions they would have to suffer! Our replies must be brief. What exhortations to ask the Father in I. WHAT WERE THE ENDS WHICH THE his name for all they might need! And Lord's suPPER WAS TO SERVE? It is what earnest intercessions for them at impossible rightly to observe it, unless the throne! How those counsels and we know what answers we are to furnish prayers ; the tones and looks with which here. In the earlier history of the they were uttered; the deep meaning church, it was fearfully abused, and they conveyed sunk into their souls as it has been even in later times. The they follow him to Olivet!

For Corinthian church, thinking of their

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