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The only fact, therefore, to be learned from it is, that the old priests of Egypt were at variance with Mr. Perowne in supposing him to have lived “two and thirty centuries ago, their pretensions never rising nearly so high, or fixing with any approach to accuracy, the age of this literary Augustusthis great patron of the slipshod novelists of ancient Egypt.

We are inclined to suspect Dr. Macleod of a hoax in this matter; we hope it may be so, but the wut is so infini. tesimally small, or perhaps only so essentially Scotch, that we cannot see it at present. Is it possible that any baby of a larger growth, say five feet ten in his stockings, can really see anything to admire in this silly story? If it be otherwise, we could have been content to leave Mr. Perowne " alone in his glory," had he not made it the occasion of attack on the originality and majesty of the inspired writings. “ The resemblance,” says he, “ between some portions of the narrative in Genesis and the style of the Egyptian writer, may be accounted for by the fact that Moses was trained by men like Annanna and. Kagabu in all the wisdom of the Egyptians." We have heard of men growing wiser than their teachers certainly. But in making this insidious side-thrust, our author gives us no hint of the kind. Nay, he repeats the blow. “Writinys, such as these, may have contributed to his education! They help us, at least, to realize more vividly the fact that the great langiver was prepared for his mission, not first in the solitudes of Horeb, but in the court of Pharaoh and in the schools of Egypt !

Farewell, then, to the old fallacy that it was the great I AM, who raised up this signal deliverer and schooled him for the work. According to Mr. Perowne and Dr. Macleod, He did but finish the work of education, by developing into action the lessons learned by Moses in the lowest of the low dame-schools of precocious Egypt.

MATERIALS OF SERMONS. Reasons are the pillars of the fabric of a sermon, but similitudes are the windows which give the best light. The faithful minister avoids such stories whose mention may suggest bad thoughts to the auditors, and will not use a light comparison to make thereof a grave application, for fear lest his poison go further than his antidote.-FULLER.

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UNPARALLELED LOVE. shed, that make up a large “For scarcely for a righteous portion of the history of the man will one die: yet peradven- world. Notwithstanding the ture for a good man some would

Pharaohs, Herods, Neros, even dare to die. But God commendeth his love toward us, in

Napoleons, Lauds, Bonners, that, while we were vet sinners, of the world, there is a spring Christ died for us."-Rom. v. 7, 8. of kindness in human nature. THE grand doctrine of the First: The tendency of sin is Bible is this :--that God loves to destroy this element.

Had apostate man. Nowhere else sin not entered into the world, do we learn this. Nature this element of kindness teaches that God loves His would have united all the creatures, but the volume of races of mankind in the bonds nature was written before the of a loving brotherhood. Fall, and it says nothing as to Secondly: The tendency of his affection towards man as Christianity is to develop a sinner. This is the exclu- this element, Christianity sive mission, and this the recognises it, appeals to it, glory of the Bible. In almost strengthens it. Blessed be every conceivable form of ex- God, bad as the world is, pression the Bible endeavours there is a fountain of love in to impress us with the fact its heart. that God loves man though a II. THAT SOME CHARACTERS sinner. In illustrating this passage, we shall state the EXCITE THIS AFFECTION THAN leading facts which it suggests.

“Scarcely for I. THAT MAN HAS, CUN- righteous man will one die : STITUTIONALLY, A KIND yet peradventure for a good AFFECTION FOR HIS SPECIES. man some would even dare to The Apostle is speaking here die.” First, the righteous man of men generally, and he says is not likely to excite it. that in some cases the gener- Scarcely.” Who is a righous instincts of human nature teous man? He is one who would prompt to the utmost conforms rigorously to the self-sacrifice. That man has outward forms of morality; in him this inherent element he pays all that is demanded of social kindness, I maintain of him, and he will be paid in face of all the facts of to the utmost fraction of his oppression, cruelty, blood- due. He is what the cold

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IV. THAT CHRIST'S DEATH a very popular character. IS THE MIGHTIEST DEMONSTRASecondly, the goodman

AFFECTION. “But has power to excite it. Who God commendeth his love is the good man here? The toward us, in that, while we kind man—the man of warm were yet sinners, Christ died sympathies and loving soul- for us." This will appear, if the man who can weep with you consider, (1) the characthose who weep. Such a man ters for whom He died—“sinevokes the sympathies of

(2) Consider the cirothers. He has often done cumstances under which He 80. The case of Job opening died. Not amid the gratitude by his kindness the heart of of those whom He loved, his

age, and of Pythias endu- but amid their imprecations. ring the punishment for (3) Consider the freedom Damon, and of Jonathan and with which He died. He was David, are cases in point. not compelled. (4) Consider

III. THAT THE SACRIFICE the preciousness of the life OP LIFE IS THE HIGHEST EX- He sacrificed. His life was PRESSION OF THIS AFFECTION. worth all other lives. Truly, “Scarcely for a righteous herein is love. . man will one die." There is Learn from this subject, nothing that man values, as first, the moral grandeur of å rule, so much as life- Christianity. There is no friends, property, health, re- such manifestation of love in putation, all are held cheap in the universe as this. Secondly, comparison with life. To give the moral power of Chrislife, therefore, is to give that tianity. The motive itemploys which he feels to be of all to break the heart of the the dearest things most dear. world is this wonderful love. A man may express his affection by demonstrative lan

STRANGERS MAY BE ANGELS. guage, by indefatigable toil,

“Be not forgetful to entertain by costly gifts, but such ex

strangers : for thereby some have pressions are weak compared entertained angels unawares."'. with the sacrifice of life.

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We enoriental noon by overshadow- tertain him, and time proves ing trees, three travellers him to be an angel to us came up to him, whom he our guide in a great difficulty entertained with the hospi- our support in a sad trial, tality common to his age and &c. Do not shun neighbours. his country, and common in

so Arabia even to this hour. the stranger" in our Church. These travellers turned out A man joins our communion. to be angels-benign mes- There may be much that is sengers from the eternal strange in him to us. He heavens of love. The text is may be a Catholic, a Churchan exhortation founded upon man, a Baptist, or Wesleyan. this circumstance. Our sub- Still, entertain him with ject is that “strangers” may brotherly love, and perhaps often be “angels."

we may discover something of I. Strange PERSONS may

the angel often turn out to be “angels.” Fourthly: It may be so

First: It may be so with the with the stranger" in our strangerwho enters our country. A foreigner enters household. Whatever his er- our land—a Russian, Pole, rand, in whatever condition Spaniard, Hindoo, Chinaman, he appears, though he be a it matters not. Don't despise pauper with a pauper's peti- him. Treat him kindly, and tion, if we entertain him we

you may find even in him may find, perhaps, something something of the angel, someof the angel in him. He may thing that may contribute to breathe a spirit, utter a senti- the progress of the state. The ment, express a soul indi- moral is Treat all men cating a kindredship with the with generousness and goodskies. Vulgar heartlessness will, and you may, perhaps, often hustles from its door a find angelic things within suppliant in whom the an- them.

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Rom. viii. 34. that may solve his difficulties and enfranchise his in

The text starts the though tellect, and make the horizon

that Christ's resurrection is of his soul beam brightly with

better than flis death"Yea unearthly stars.

rather, that is risen again.” Secondly: A strange trial

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SUPPOSES may turn out to be an angel.

DEATH. Adversity may come, and ex

His death is not to change your mansion for a be disparaged. Its importance hovel; disease may come,

cannot be overrated; none and reduce your strong frame

can appreciate it too highly. to an emaciated skeleton;

It is the highest expression of bereavement may come, and

love the universe ever wit. make your home circle a de

nessed the highest homage solation. Still, do not battle

to truth, rectitude, and order, against these messengers.

that the Divine government Entertain them with loyal

ever received. It was a deathsubmission to the God that

blow to all past dispensais over all, and they may

tions; it rang in the new era prove blessings in disguise.

of eternal mercy. But great They may be like Lot's angels,

as is his death, the great dragging you from Sodom to thing is implied in his resurthe mountains of God.

rection. There could not have Thirdly: Strange charities been a real resurrection had

there not been a real death. may turn out to be an angel. Some fresh philanthropic or

And that His resurrection was religious institution real, we have often endea

may knock at your door aud so

voured to demonstrate.*

II. HIS RESURRECTION DElicit your support. Do not thrust such charities from

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NESS OF HIS DEATH, you. Entertain them. They are angels that can do you

First: His resurrection demore good than you can

monstrates the absolute volunthem. “ It is more blessed

tariness of his death. He to give than to l'eceive."

who could rise from the dead "Be not forgetful to entertain by his own power, could have strangers : for thereby some

avoided death. His rising have entertained angels un

proved that He had power to awares.''

* See “Resurrections."

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