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Father did not suffer his beloved Son to perish of hunger. By the hands of angelsrihe provided for Him; and their ministering to Jesus should teach ins that, if the world is over-run with bad angels, it is no less fall of angels whori delight to serve God, and minister to the heira of sálvation." -j2 bo of "It's Litwy, I Lysollici turit
As regards the world, there is a diversity of opinion amongstr men. Some praise it; others condemn it. We sympathize with both parties. It is a grand, rich, beautiful, and suitable world; but it is not in earthly society, or things, to fill the human soul. The soul is too big for that; and, las compared with heaven, it earth is a desert drear." i Sin has converted the world into a wilderness, and it is a wilderness with ass, devil in it; he, "as a roaring lion walketh about, seekingi whom he may devour". There is no escaping him. Indirectly or directly he brings himself into contact with as, and triest" to make us wicked and wretched like himself. No strange thing befel Jesus when He found Himself, face to face with the tempter. He crosses the path of us all, and we must either vanquish him, or submit to him. It lies with ourselves to decide which it shall be. The world we inhabit is a world? of trial. It is more. It is a world of temptation. It is wrong to seek temptation. Jesus did not. There is no need to seek it. It finds us ; and we are obliged either to resist it of yield to it. We cannot shan iti by leaving the solid land and taking to the sea, or rushing into
6' the desert.
Some places are fuller of temptation than others; but where is it not **, 'It' meetsrius -in the quiet village and in 't city, with its bustle and din... It meets us at the fireside, and
ir in the counting-house, or the workshop. Where did the conflict between Christ and the devil take place ?' In the wilderness ! . To Satan all temptation may be traced, and hy plants himself between every one of us and heaven. God does not approve of him tempting 'us'; but as he suffers us to tempt each other, so he suffers the devil to tempt us. What, then, should we do relative to the devil What did Jesus'do ki He resisted him; and so may we, so 'should we.
We should čerry, about with us as though it were e part of ourselves, the shield of faith_faith in the truths of the Bible, and, above all, 1, the truth about the “Christ
of God.” Wanting it, how can we quench the fiery darts that fly thick about us ? Drawing daily upon the strength of Christ, we should bravely fight the devil, and there are a thousand reasons why we should. He is not invincible. "God never permits any to be tempted beyond what they can bear.
Satan cannot compet us to sin; and overcoming him lands - us, so to speak, among the angels. It draws them down.
Temptation on its under side is a most mysterious and difficult subject.“ Clouds and darkness are round about it," and we should express ourselves regarding it with more than ordinary caution; but the true way to turn it into a source of blessing' is to to
to resist it. There is a wide difference between resisting it and yielding to it. To encourage the devil is to drive the angels away, whereas to put the devil to flight is to secure the ministering presence of the angels Literal angels may not visit those who conquer him, as did Jesus;
but real angels will. We cannot resist temptation without va greatly increasing our happiness, and strengthening our virtue; and on these, and the like grounds, must rest its
justification. Abraham's faith was put to a severe test when
he was commanded to slay or sacrifice his son Isaac, atd what 1. was the consequence ? It was 'mightily invigorated. The
winds of temptation, sweeping over * trees of righteousness," and, rudely shaking them, cause them to take firmer root. If
we would have angels for our companions, we must pay the 2 price demanded-oppose a stern front to the devil. sinis" jis G. CRON, B.A.
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tuli ain Ho Christ) walked in Judea eighteen hundred years ago It His “! sphere melódy, flowing in wild native tones, took captive the rayished ( souls of men, and, being of a truth sphere melody, still Rows and
sounds, though now with thousandfold" accompaniments and rich symphonies, through all our hearts, and modulates and divinely leads them.
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Able expositions of the Acts of the Apostles, describing the mantiers, customs, and localities described by the inspired Avviters; also interpreting their words and I Tormal ang mga bimt.
the eduction of its wideST truths and highest suggestions is still a felt I'To sotne attempt at the work we devote those pages. dve gratefully arall ourselves of all exegetical helps within our reach; but to
to miss is not to make bare the mechanical process of the stady of Scripture, boat ta reveal its spiritual results... - Dia Lucia ST L"ji bodo lili 91.1 SUBJEÇT : Paul's final Visit to Jerusalem ; or; the Apostle as
? Prisoner defending himself before the People. 2:14 And when he had given him licence; Paul stood on the staira, and 1.s u
And when there was made A great silence, he spake unto the poor the
saying, Men, brethren, and fathers, hear yel
'my defence which I make now unto you," &c.Acts kxi: "40, and xxiii 14-29. 1
of insuliinil 1411 AVL appears before us now in a new condition;" hei
xxi. 33.) In this condition we shalt' find him now in every prisoner; he was "bound with two chains." (
Acts' chapter to the close of his memorable "life. He closes' his traconnection with this city by two defences of himself (the or one addressed to the people, and the other to the great council of the nation. We nave now. to notice HIS DEFENCE BEFORE
to abiiy [ THE PEOPLE ole This subject will take us from the last verse bf the 21st chapter to the
6 the 30th of the next. Indeed, the"last verse of the 21st ought to have been put as the first of the 22nd clapter; the division is unfortunate, unjustifiable, and unwise. The position from which the apostle delivered
his defence before the people is noteworthy. He stood on till the stairs." The stairs were the steps leading from the area
for the teniple into the castle of Antonia, and up which he dpizhad been forcibly borne by the soldiers (Acts xxt:: 2, 5.) ab His position was a commanding one, istanding on an elevation
commanding a view of the temple, with crowds assembled at
the base of the building, protected from their fury by the soldiers, having the licence" of the chief captain" to speak, he addressed them with all the freedom of his noble and Christ-inspired nature. “And when he had given' him licence, Paul stood on the stairs, and beckoned with the hand unto the people; and when there was made a great silence, he spake unto them in the Hebrew tongue, saying,” &c. He “beckoned" with his hand to still the noise of the people, and he spoke in the Hebrew tongue, not because they would not have understood Greek, but because he wishod to command their sympathies by demonstrating that he was an Israelite. I With great rhetorical adroitness, he further conciliates the good-will of his audience by the courteous and even affect tionate terms with which he addresses them as “men, brethren," and fathers". So far he succeeds. “And when they heard thať he spake in the Hebrew tongue to them, they kept the more silence, and he saith," &c. The multitude which just before had raged like oceant in the storm, were reduced to a breath-> less stillness, with eager ear to listen to what the prisoner had to say. And now, taking the chapter to the 30th verse,' I we have three subjects forced on our attention-an autobiographic defence too genuine to be questioned--an audience. I too prejudiced for argument, and officers of law too weak to be generous or brave,
Ibid.it I. HERE WE HAVE AN AUTOBIOGRAPHIC DEFENCE TOO GENUINE 9 TO BE QUESTIONED. i In Paul's defence on this occasion, there is I nothing like special pleading-irno attempt to invalidate oppos sing evidence. As an honest man who felt that his life wouldır bear scrutiny, he gives a brief sketch of himself, that is alle (1.) He avows himself a Jew by birth and education.id (Verse 3.) (2.) He describes his persecuting zeal against the Christians. (Verses 4' and 5.) (3.) He details his extraordinary conversion. -(Verses 6 to 11.) (4.) Ho shows that his reception into the Church was by Jewish, agçney. (Verses 12 to 16.). (5.) He proves that lais mission to the Gentiles was forced upon him by Divine authority. (Verses:
17, 21.) In analyzing this autobiographio sketch, there are (4), points stated which are to be found elsewhere." The acbount of his conversion here will be found in Acts ix. 3.-19.*, There are (b), points stated found elsewhere, but in a modified form. . For example, it is said in Acts ix. that the men which journeyed with Paul heard a voice, and here (verse 10), that they heard not the voice. This is satisfac. torily explained by supposing that the-voice in the former place meant mere sound, and here articulate utterance. Such slight variation of testimony, an enlightened and impartial judgment will ever regard as confirming rather than weakening the general trustworthiness of the narrative There are (c) points stated which are not found elsewhere such, for example, as the strance in the 17th verse. Neither oar purpose or space will allow us to go more minutely into this autobiographio, defence. Concerning the whole, howeyer, four things are very remarkable concerning it. (1.) In it, self is criminated. Paul has not a word to say in vindication of his conduct prior to his conversion. He virtually denounces himself. He even confesses guilt in connection with the martyrdom of Stephen... (2.) In it, Christ is honoured." His conversion is ascribed to Christ, who appeared to him on the road to Damascus ; also his commission to the Gentiles: ' (3.) In it, there is manifest honesty of soul. How open and frank is every utterance. (4.) In it, conversion appears as the ever memorable epoch. 1. Twenty-five years, or more, had passed away since Paul's conversion, yet the incidents were 80 fresh in memory, that he details them with all the minuteness with which they were detailed at first, as found in the 9tk chapter. Conversion is the most memorablé epoch in the biography of souls.liis ; *: 1,
filii II. HERE WE HAVE AN AUDIENCE TOO , PREJUDICED FOR. ARGUMENT. Notwithstanding this autobiographic defence, 80
See Hourlist, vol. 6.; thitú series, p. 72.
the reader will find several of the verses homiletically treated in the present number.is,