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is scarcely a good man of whom we with which the sun was darkened, and are told much in the inspired writings, the rocks were rent, and the vail of the of whom we are not told somewhere temple was torn in twain. Nor let us at he sinned. Adam sinned; Abra- forget that, though our sins be forgiven, am sinned; David sinned; Peter they are not obliterated ; every sin we sored; eren “ Moses the servant of commit is written down in the records God" sinned. But the exceeding sin- of the universe ; God himself canfulness of sin in the sight of God is not wipe that record away. Oh, my more strikingly shown in the case of brother, have you forgotten that sin Moser than in any of the rest. Be- that you committed yesterday? You Calea Moses sinned he died. Because have confessed it, perhaps, and have he sinned-there was no other reason- obtained pardon for it, and with pardon he was not permitted to pass over into you have peace : but your sin remains : the Promised Land. Surely,” we it is henceforth one of the facts of God's might have said, “such a one might universe : through all eternity it will Live been spared. He had been a be true of the spot on which you stood faithful servant of God. He had given when you committed that sin—“Ono up, for the sake of God, all the honours of God's creatures sinned here.” My
He had deliberately readers, let us never allow our estichoren and cheerfully endured afflic- mate to be lowered of the sinfulness tion and reproach with God's people. of sin. There is nothing in the uniFlis life had been a life of devotion and verse that is hateful, except sin. Sin salf-sacrifice; and this was his only always will have its penalty. Thouen: surely He who is ‘merciful and sands of men, all through the ages, „pacious,' who is ‘long-suffering,' who have had to hear some - Thou shalt 5 *Blow to anger,' might have pardoned not go over” in consequence of sins his servant, and have passed over this which have yet been forgiven by God. De sin.” The contrary result is a How many of our disappointments and solemn lesson to us
- a solemn les- sorrows are but the penalty of our sins, - to all time. " As I live, we shall never know till God has reata the Lord, the wicked shall not vealed to us the mystery of our life, in un punished.” “Fear thou not, O and has told us, as He will do, in that 130b, my servant, saith the Lord : high communion that we anticipate
I am with thee: I will not make a with Him hereafter, the reasons of all
end of thee; yet I will correct thee His dealings with us in our passage to !! measure ; I will not leave thee wholly the skies! punished.” (Jeremiah xlvi. 28.) 2. My second reflection is, that, even 1948 it not occur to as, that we are in in exacting the penalty of sin, Gord wuch danger now-a-days, of not esti- is always tender and pitiful to his rating the sinfulness of sin as we people. Very beautiful is the illus
onld do? We speak so much of the tration of this in the history of Divine mercy-of the Divine com- Moses. Scarcely had the penalty of passion and forgiveness,—that is so his sin been pronounced-scarcely had mach the burden of our preaching and he been told that he must die--before, eur theology, and we thank God that with seeming anxiety, the alleviation At may be so, that there is some risk of was also mentioned. "I pray thee,” but regarding sin as a light and un- said Moses, “let me go over, and see momentous thing. But, in order that the good land that is beyond Jordan.” tur
. might be forgiven, the awful sacri- “ Thou shalt not go over," was the Song of Calvary had to be offered : in reply, " but thou shalt see it with thine onder that sin might be forgiven, the eyes.” And even in the circumstances Blessed Saviour had to die: in order of his death there was much of tenderthat sin might be forgiven, those ness and compassion. " The Lord teat events had to occur, in connexion showed him," wo are told, “all the
land.” What the Lord said to his rightness of God's dealings with him servant in that interview, we shall “Great and marvellous are thy works_ never know; but, after he
had Lord God Almighty: just and true an “ showed him the land," to quote thy ways, thou King of Saints.” Au. beautiful words which come down to oh, shall not we be strengthened by all us in Jewish story," he kissed his soul this testimony? Shall we not join w'r away.” The sacred writer adds, “And
songs to the songs of those who born he buried him.” “HE buried him !"
gone before us:
At least, let us No fingers less sacred than those of so when we consider Him, who, thoug God and the angels must touch that He was rich, for our sakes becau: sacred dust! My readers, there is poor-who for our sakes endured th always tenderness mixed with the Cross—who now is our Great Hig terribleness in God's dealings with His Priest, and our Intercessor in th people. “ The Lord is very pitiful, and mount of God. of great mercy: his compassion is 3. My last reflection would like to infinite.” Referring again to the case former ones, tend to lessen our dopra? of Moses, do we not see
ence upon man, and to increase uur ch -it was almost better for him that he fidence in God. For who has thi should not go over? What sympathy Moses of whose death I have been would he have had with the scenes of speaking? He was, as we have sexu struggle and of slaughter that followed a man of the most eminent talents an the passage of the Jordan? Surely he of the most exalted piety. For forty had had enough of fighting, enough of years he had been the leader of Israel conflict; surely his weary spirit had and, during that period, their honour now earned its right to rest. And and their safety, their meat and thes similarly, in all God's dispensations, drink, their very existence, seemed todthere is always mercy mingled with pend on him. At what period was the judgment.
Moses taken from this people? At the “Behind a frowning Providence
very period when he seemed most He hides a smiling face."
cessary to them. Under his guidance It has been proved to be so in the his- they had overcome the dangers of t
ory of all God's people; it has been wilderness, but they had now to proved to be so even in our own his- counter still greater dangers. The tory. For, my brother, have you not had to pass over Jordan, to fight will found it so ? That stroke was indeed enemies stronger and more numeroa very heavy, but who gave you strength than themselves, to drive them for to bear it? That storm was very terrible, their country, and to establish their but who showed you the sunshine be- selves in it. In this critical alle yond and above the storm ? Those tears dangerous situation, when every p were very bitter, but who helped you was turned to him for direction, Theme at last to smile even through your
all their hopes of success were cectra tears, and who wiped those tears away? in him, their illustrious leader 1" Oh, it is glorious to think of the testi- commander was taken from them, a mony that is handed down to us of the all their prospects appeared at our tenderness and compassion of our God! blasted and destroyed.
How IV To tell of his tenderness is the burden terious was this dispensation! Hva of history; to illustrate it is the pur- incomprehensible it must have seem:* pose of prophecy; it is sung in the to God's people in those days! Psalms; it is chanted in the rapt And yet the occurrences of every day utterances of the Prophets; and, if we are involved in almost equal mystery want further testimony, we have it in A great and difficult work is to be acthat wonderful song in the Revela- complished in the Church or in the tion, which seems to be a confession to world. The Lord raises up and prthe universe from Moses himself of the pares an instrument for performing it
He calls him out into actual service. be without a helper or a friend. Her He crowns his efforts with astonishing | lights may disappear, her ministers success. But, in the midst of his work, may be removed, her enemies may reat the very period when he seems most joice over her; but “God is in the necessary to its accomplishment, God midst of her, she shall not be moved; -moves him from the world, lays him God shall help her, and that right Slent and inactive in the grave. Do early.” As for her enemies, “he will To ask why God acts thus? why He clotħe them with shame, but upon
breaks in pieces the instrument himself shall his crown flourish." iafore the work is finished ? He does it to teach us our meanness and his
Only one word more and I have Teatless; to show the world that, done. “ To labour, and not to see though he is pleased to use human the end of our labours; to sow, instruments, he does not need them;
and not to reap; to be removed from to let His creatures see that, even if this earthly scene before our work has the hosts of heaven should cease to been appreciated, and when it will be obey His word, He could form other carried on, not by ourselves, but by tards to do His work, or bring to pass others-is a law so common that none His purposes without any instrumen- can be said to be exempt from its tality at all. He does it to bring the operation.” Let us be comforted. hearts of His people to a closer and 6 Our lives through various scenes are drawn, more simple dependence on Himself. And vexed with trilling cares ; 11e dashes to pieces the cistern, that While thine eternal thought moves on they may go to the fountain. He Thine undisturbed affairs." treaks the reed, that they may be led The work goes on, though it may be to rest on the Rock of Ages.
not by us. Though we cease to labour, While therefore the King of Zion others “ enter into our labours.' its upon His holy hill, we have no When we too “stand on the sea of ?* 1son to fear for the safety of the glass mingled with fire,” we too shall hurch, or for the honour of God. sing “the song of Moses, the servant l-riel passed over the Jordan, and of God, and the song of the Lamb, tunnphed over her enemies, without saying, Great and marvellous are thy Wraps. The Church of Christ also works, Lord God Almighty ; JUST AND will stand, and shall be established TRUE ARE THY WAYS, THOU KING OF in the earth, though she may seem to SAINTS."
be quite acludes.
WORDS TO YOUNG MEN.-II.*
BY THE REV. S. G. GREEN, B.A. As evil against which young 'persons are often warned, and which mannot indeed be too strenuously resisted, is WORLDLINESS. But let us
that we understand what this comprehensive word
Some good people seem very unwarrantably to restrict its meaning, especially in regard to the young. We hear many a protest zainst " the spirit of worldliness," which on examination resolves itself lato a denunciation, exclusively, of worldly amusements, as parties, balls, concerts, and other engagements of social life held to be at variance with the spirit of Christianity. It has almost appeared as if in condemning kese a licence were permitted
to other forms of worldliness as decided and more insidious.
See p, 152.
Many young men who may read this paper are in business. And it is impossible to look around and not see the extent to which, in our days, the respect for wealth is carried.
surrounded by people, with whom to get money seems the one aim of life the better, and almost by any means which
a morality limited by the bare letter of the law will allow. To be rich is to command respect. Nor do I speak of the market alone. The sucial circle, and even the Church of Christ, own the magic power. “ How could you contradict Mr. So-and-So ?—don't you know,"—not that his judgment is sound, that his principles are right, that his knowledge is thorough, that his taste is uninpeachable, but—" that he has made a hundred thousand pounds !!!
Against such a habit of thinking the scrupulous conscience often has no chance. If a man is to get on, how often do we hear it said, he must take the laws of business as he finds them, must follow the way of the world, and not be over particular.
Now I believe that these maxims are as short-sighted as they are irri moral. If that be true which we sometimes hear, that business cannot lo carried on successfully on the principles of strict and perlect honesty, better close the warehouses and extinguish the fires to-morrow. A poor au hor tried once to excuse himself for writing a false and scurrilous pamphlet for gain. “ You know, sir,” he said to a great minister
, " one must live." "I do not see the necessity of that,” was the sardonic reply. So we may say, It is not necessary to make a fortune, but it is necessary to be true; those are happiest who can do both, but to sacrifice the latter for the sake of the former is of the very essence of worldliness.
Every Young Men's Christian Association or Mutual Improvement Society is a gratitying proof that its members are resolved to rescue a part of their everyday life from the tyrannical demand of business. They will have leisure; and that leisure they will employ in seeking that which is higher, nobler than all material gain. It is well, I would say to all such young men : but your work will only he half done unless in this leisure you can assist each other to attain and hold fast great principles of life that will ever set you above making gain the chief result of your toil
. To do your appointed work, whatever it be, uprightly, manfully, with brave heart and clear conscience—that is the one thing needful; and the gain will come, or not come, at the end of that, as it pleases God. Or you may take the worldly rule. Set apart a portion only of life for higher thoughts, and for the rest—the period of busy activity-go with the crowd, who, like Doctor Watts's ants “]. bour and tug and strive” for the grains of tbis world's wealth, and nothing more. The probability is that you will have your rewari!. As a general rule, what a man works hard for, bods, soul, and spirit, he is sure to get. A hundred books will encourage sou to hope for success.
Have we not all read in eminently religious biographies how the subjects of them, when boys at school, practised their infant powers by purchasing five marbles for a penny and retailing them two for a halfpenny, or, more ingeniously still, by lending schoolfellows a penny on Wednesday, to be repaid by three halfpence on Saturday, accumulating, as
the result of the endeavours so begun, an enormous fortune ? Of course they did. So probably will you, if you give yourself to the task with all your heart and mind and soul and strength, and love not your neighbour as yourself.
Now I strongly feel that this particular form of worldliness is the most dangerous with which we have to contend, and that young men especially who are not yet drawn into the vortex, who still value their independence, and whose bearts are still buoyant and free, are of all the likeliest to own, to feel, and to triumph in, the great declaration, that "a mans' life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth." Still
, at the best, the duties of life are engros-ing. Business will have the time and thought even of those who will not surrender to it their entire being. It needs some resolution to secure the worthy and useful employment of your few leisure hours. Try, therefore, individually, and by mutual assistance
, to pursue some profitable intellectual aims. Understand me here. I do not mean to say that it is possible for most, or for many, among you, to carry on in the intervals of business, anything like what we call hard study. Some imaginary descriptions of the industrious youth represent bim as sitting down after a hard day's work in the warehouse
, shop, or mill, surrounded by great books of science, mathematics, metaphysics, or the ologies; and “consuming the midnight lamp" until the thought-burdened, aching brow drives him to his pillow. Now, in some rare instances, even this picture may be realized.
There are special tastes, or aptitudes for study; a far-reaching aim perhaps at soinething beyond; so that the young man of business can also be, in the true dense of the word, a student. But I fear much that such I rare, and that mental exercise and refreshment are that an be reasonably sought. Still to every young
man I would say, Let the refreshment be good and healthful.
Even in your intellectual recreation let there be something to spur to the exercise of manly *bought. I very much fear that the habit of so many intelligent people of spending all their leisure over novels is doing very serious mischief. Do not suppose that I am going to utter an indiscriminate condemnation of Lifel-reading. I quite admit that fiction has its uses, nay, that it may
be 9 wholesome amusement, and sometimes even a method of conveying important truth. It dues not by any means follow that because a narrative is fictitious it must therefore be untruti ful. Do we, for instance, stop to ask whether the traveller ever really went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and how many robbers set upon him, and what was the name of the Good Sanaritan who passed that way? No: we own the p:ofound and beautiful truth of the narrative, though every detail should be imaginary. And to cone down to merely human teachings, there may be truth without fact; apdf.cts that convey no serviceable truth. When Marlborough said that se only History of England for a couple of centuries worth reading was in the Histori al Plays of Shakspeare, did he mean to imply that there the facts were most accurately recorded ? No; but that there he found tha truth of nature and of humanity—the play of passion, the impulses