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THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY

585578 ASTOR, LENCX AND TILDEN FA* DATIONS.

1913

JULY. i Jacoba dying Heb, xl. 21. 118. The Visitation

Acts xy. 36. 2 Anger and Grief united Mark ill. 5. 19. The Difference

Acts xv. 37, 38. 2 The Pight with Amalek Exod. xvii. 8. 20. The Contention

Acts xv. 39. 4. The Tenderness of Christ Matt. xii. 20. 21. The Separation

Acts xv. 39-41. 5. The Nature of the Promises 2 Pet. i. 4. 22. Efficacy of Divine Truth John xvii, 17. 6. Moses à Shepherd

Exod. ii. 1, 2. 23. The Lord's Vineyard Isaiah xxvii.2,3. 7. The Buring Bush

Exod. ill. 2 24. The Father's Love to the 8. The Solemn Assembly Zeph. iii. 18.

Son

John ili. 35. 9. Smallness of Comfort Job xv. 11. 25. The needful Exhortation Acts xi. 23. 10. Patient Waiting

Heb. vi. 15. 26. God glorified in Christ John xiii. 31. 11. The Recluse Johni. 48. 27. Heavenly Treasure

Mark X. 21, 12 The Observer

John 1. 48. 28. 'The Saviour's Greatness Micah v. 4. 13. The Glorified Throng

Rev. iv. 4. 29. A meek reception of the 14. Divine Longings

Ps. Ixiii. 1, 2.
Word

James i. 21. 15. The true Israelites

Zeph. iii, 13. 30. The Water of Life free Rev. xxi. 6. 16. The value of Christ Heb. vi. 19. 31. Amalek destroyed

Exod. xvii. 14. 17. Elymas the Sorcerer Acts xiii. 6-12

AUGUST., 1. 'The Inhabitant of Maroth Micah i. 12. 18. The sure Anchor

Heb. vi. 19, 20 2 Divine Intluence and Re

19. John beheaded

Matt xiv. io. freshin Isaiah xvill. 4. 20. The Blessed Man

Psalm i 1,2 3. The Teaching Prayer Psalm xli. 3. 21. Little Children

John il. 12. 4. The Hill Mizar

Psum xiil. 6. 22. David serving his Genera5. Redemption finished John xvii. 4.

tion

Acts xiii. 36. 6. The Divine Appeal

Psalm cxxxi. 1. 23. Moses addressed at the 7. Weanedness to the World Psalm cxXXI. 2. Bush

Exod. ill. 5, 6. S. 'The Son of David

Isaiah xi. 10. 24. Renovation of Spirit Psalm li. 10. 9. The Child of Providence Psalm xvi. 6. 25. The Revelauon of Jesus 10. The favoured Briton

Psalm XVI. 6.
Christ

1 Pet. I. 13. 11. The privilegeri Christian Psalın xvi.6. 26. The Grace of Glory

1 Pet. i. 13. 12. The great Saviour

Isaiah xix, 20. 27. 'The Duty of Christians 1 Pet. i. 13. 13. Jehovah Nissi

Exod. xvii. 15. 28. The Tree or Righteousness Psalm 1. 3. 14. What God is to his People Gen. xv. 1. 29. A little Strength

Rev. ili.8. 15. The Stability of Faith Isaiah vii. 9. 30. Jesus upon his Throne Zech. vi. 13. 16. The bless-d Exchange 2 Cor. v. 1. 31. The Royal Priesthood Zech. vi. 13. 17. Jesus going up toJerusalem Mark x. 32.

SEPTEMBER 1. Jesus at Nazareth

Luke iv. 16. 116. Inspired Friendship Zech. xiii. 6. 2. Religious Achievements Dan. xi. 32 17. Christian Holiness

1 Pet. I. 15. 3. A Pardoning God Micah vii. 18. 118. Obduracy

Heb. lii. 13. 4. David's Distress 1 Sam. XXX. 6. 19. Besetting Sin

Heb. xii. 1. 5. David's Relief

1 Sam. XXX. 6. 20. The Father of the Lunatic Mark ix, 17. The Incarnation John i. 14. 21. Gracious Tears

Mark ix. 24. 7. The Glory of the House Haggai li. 7. 22. Harvest

Psalm lxviii. 10. & Israel's Converts Isaiah xiv. I. 23. The Gospel Feast

Isaiah xxv. 6. 9. TheSufficiency of theScrip

24. The Certain Test

John vi. 45. tures

Isaiah vili. 20. 25. Sorrows carried to Christ Matt. xiv. 12. 10. Jesus exalted

Psalm cx. 1. 26. The Grand Bestowment John iii. 35. 11. Confidence encouraged Isaiah xli. 10. 127. Death disagreeable to Na12. Preservation

Job vii. 20.
ture

2 Cor. v. 4. 13. Job's Stratagem

2 Sam. xiv. 14. 28. Application to Christ 1 Pet. 11. 4. 14. Views of Death

2 Sam. xiv. 14. 29. The Outcasts Preserved Isaiah xvi. 4. 15. Manasseh

2Chron. xxxiii. 2130. The Cloud of Witnesses Heb. xi. 1.

Heb. i. 3;vi. 17. bo. The

OCTOBER 1 The Beatific Sight

Psalm xvii. 15. 117, Christian Salutations Philemon 23.-25. 2 Christ's Preaching Luke iv. 21, 22. 19. A sanctifying God

Micah vii. 19. 3. Divine Sustentation Heb. i. 3. 19. The Ark received by Obed4. The unkindly Friend 2 Sam. xvi. 17. edom

2 Sum. vi, 10 5. Herod's Persecution

Acts xii. 1-3. 20. The Banished not Expelled 2 Sam. xiv. 14. 6. The Christian Race Heb. xi. 1. 2. 21. Whose I am

Acts xxvii. 23. 7. Manasseh's Prayer

2 Chro.xxxili.13 22. The Scasonable Messenger Acts xxvii. 23. 8. Pre-eminent Advantages Matt. xiii. 17. 123, The Cheering Assurance ActSXXVII. 24-26 9. The Hard Heart Ezek. iii, 7. 24. Unbelief bewailed

Mark ix. 24. 10. Divine Tuition Isaiah liv. 13. 25. The Work of God

Micah vil. 14. 11. Moridity Job xiv. 10. 26. The Expiation

Heb. i. 3. 12 Christ's Plenitude

John i. 14. 37. Following with Fear Mark x. 32 13. The Church praying for Pe

29. The Heavenly Rest

2 Thess. 1. 6, 7. ter Acts xii. 5. 29. Divine Blessing

1 Chron.xxvi.5. 14. The WonderfulDeliverance Acts xii. 6, 7. 30. Obed-edom's Fame

2 Sam, vi. 12. 15. The Glorious Rest Isaiah xi. 10. 31, An Dumination

John ix. 30. 16. The Right Hand

Matt. xxv. 34.

EVENING EXERCISES

FOR THE CLOSET.

JULY 1.-"By faith Jacob, when he was a dying, blegsed both the sons of Joseph; and worshipped, leaning upon the top of his staff.”—Heb. xi. 21.

"Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.” No wonder therefore that he graciously appoints the time, the place, and the manner of it; that he honours it with his special presence; and calls upon us to make it the subject of our contemplation : “Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright; for the end of that man is peace.” For this purpose he has often mentioned it in his word, and has sometimes recordew it with circumstances the most striking and improving. Let us convey ourselves into Egypt, find out Goshen, inquire for the house of Jacob, and enter his chamber of sickness. It will be found none other than the house of God, and the gate of heaven. He is "a dying:" and observe how he dies.

First; he “leans upon the top of his stall.” Thus he looks like a pilgrim. Had he recourse io this action io aid such an impression ? The Jews were to eat the passover with their staves in their hand: and we should observe every ordinance, form every connexion, enjoy every advantage, as those who have heard the voice, Arise and depart hence, for this is not your rest. Abraham wished to preserve the recollection of this, and therefore he “sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in iabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise: for he looked • for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God:" /

and it was thus “they confessed themselves to be strangers and pilgrims upon earth.” Give me, says the dying traveller, my staff-Was this staff the same he spoke of when he was returning from Haran; “With my staff I passed over Jordan, and now I am become two bands?" If so, and the thing is very probable, how many feelings would this companion of all his journeys revive! For af. ter a length of time even inanirnate things draw from us a strange kind of regard, and affect us, if not by themselves, yet by their associations. But it was an instance of his bodily decline and infirmity. He whose constitution had enabled him to bear such travels and fatigues is now reduced to the weakness of infancy and dependence; and leans upon the top of his staff. “The glory of young men is their strength:” but let them remember their Creator in the days of their youth; for the evil days will come when they shall say, we have no pleasure in them; when they that looli out of the windows shall be darkened, and the strong men shall bow

themselves, and the keepers of the house shall tremble, and the grass. hopper be a burden, because man goeth to his long home. It was also a proof of his conscientiousness in duty. He would place him. self in the best posture of devotion his infirmities would admit. We are to glorify God in our bodies as well as in our spirits; and though he does not bind us down to any corporeal forms, yet every thing in his service should be expressive of reverence and godly fear. The Seraphim veil their faces with their wings. Our Lord kneeled three times in the garden. So Jacob, aged as he was, and under the debility of approaching dissolution, when he would adore God, rose upon his knees, though he was obliged to seek support. Think i of this, ye who in full health and vigour, instead of kneeling or standing, sit during the devotion of the sanctuary; and see how far you come short of the self-denial and godliness of this patriarch.

Secondly, He “worshipped, leaning upon the top of his staff.” He had been trained up in the nurture and admonition of “the fear of his father Isaac;" and had long walked before him ; but now he was ending the worship of him on earth, to join in the worship of him in heaven that would never end. This worship doubtless included confession. Who can say, I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin ? some talk of looking back upon a well-spent life. A good man, if he has been distinguished from others, knows who has made him to differ; and sees in the review his obedience a thousand imperfections which humble him, and prevent all confidence in the flesh. He feels that he is an unprofitable servant, and says in his last approach still more than in all his former ones, “I come, trusting not in my own righteousness, but in thy manifold and great mercies.” It had also in it thanksgiving. He had experienced many personal and relative troubles; but out of them all the Lord had delivered him. The angry storms of life were now blown over, and a serene evening had arrived. He had escaped the difficulties and dangers of a tiresome road, and was now in sight of the journey's end, and of his father's house. It is easy to imagine the grateful emotions of his mind when lie remembered his flight from the face of his brother, the vision of Beth-el, and the promise of God that he would be with him, and keep him in all places, and never leave him nor forsake him. All this had now been accomplished. “Bless the Lord,” would he say, “Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits.” It contained also prayer. He would implore mercy and grace to help in this time of need; for he had yet to die. O my God, strengthen me this once. “O God, be not far from me: 1 O my God, make haste for my help. O God, thou hast taught me from my youth: and hitherto have I declared thy wondrous works. Now also when I am old and gray-headed, O God, forsake me not; until I have showed thy strength unto this generation, and thy power to every one that is io come.” And he prayed not only for him ! self, but for others, especially those of his own house. For,

Thirdly, heblessed both the sons of Joseph; and worshipped, lean. ing upon the top of his staff.” The affair is recorded in the book of Genesis with the most touching simplicity. Understanding that his father was sick, Joseph hastens to visit him: and he takes his two sons with him. It was wise in him to show these youths, who had

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