Imatges de pÓgina

Seragesima unday.

MORNING. Genesis üi. Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field wbich the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden : but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. * And the serpent said unto

* There was a mixture of truth in the woman, Ye shall not this. Our first parents did not die surely die : Sfor God doth instantly. So now the striking chaknow that in the day ye eat racteristic of sin is its “ deceitful

ness." thereof, then your eyes shall

5 Intellectual ambition was here be opened, and ye shall be as first roused. How far better to have gods, knowing good and evil. known only good! And when the woman saw

6 Their sin was twofold. They disthat the tree was good for believed. God; they believed the

enemy of God. food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did

7 How dreadful their compunction eat. And the eyes of them after that very sin, in the accomboth were opened, and they plishment of which they had fancied knew that they were naked;

so much bliss ! Sin and shame ever and they sewed fig leaves go together.

'8 Man was originally the companion together, and made them- of God. Blessed be He-the Reselves aprons.

* And they deemer—who has restored to us the heard the voice of the LORD heavenly privilege ! “Beloved, now God walking in the garden

are we the sons of God.” in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden. And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?


10 Sin turns the brave into cowards. he said, I heard thy voice in A bad conscience it is which robs the garden, and I was afraid, the heart of its courage. because I was naked; and I hid myself. And he said, Who told thee thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat ? # And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to

12 To what wretched evasions does

sin drive the mind! Thus the sharers be with me, she gave me of in sin ever strive to shift the blame the tree, and I did eat. And from one to the other.


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the LORD God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat. And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field ; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat

15 This first promise of a Redeemer all the days of thy life : "5 and is delivered in figurative language ; I will put enmity between calculated to keep alive attention, thee and the woman, and be and so fix the important truth more

deeply * tween thy seed and her seed;

16 How well does our Church proit shall bruise thy head, and vide its beautiful office of thanksthou shalt bruise his heel. giving, for the mother who has been 16 Unto the woman he said, preserved in the great danger and I will greatly multiply thy peril of child-birth i" sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children ; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee. And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake ; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life ; thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee;, and thou shalt eat the herb of the field; in the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken : for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return. And Adam called his wife's name Eve; because she was the mother of all living. Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them.

22 Death to the body was a merciful 22 And the LORD God said, sentence ; ending pain and sorrow Behold, the man is become here t. as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever : therefore the

33 The command to labour was LORD God sent him forth given in mercy. Labour relieves and from the garden of Eden, benefits the mind, by leading it to to till the ground from

honest and instructive thoughts I. * Sin is well compared to a wound, which, if not healed at once, spreads itself over the frame, till it destroys life. Check sin in the beginning. Jesus is the healer of the nations. He will heal thee.

+ To live, for ever, fallen creatures, would have been indeed misery. The pang of death is amply recompensed by passing the soul of the righteous to its rest, with a firm hope that at the general resurrection its body will be restored, perfect, like unto Christ's glorious body.

Labour in the fields teaches us the necessity and the success of labour in working out salvation for the soul. As we cultivate the ground, in


whence he was taken. So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.

EVENING. GENESIS vi. And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters

2 How carefully should the faithful were born unto them, that Christian guard against the subtle the sons of God saw the fascinations of the worldly, as well as danghters of men that they against the open profaneness of the

wicked! uere fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose. And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years. There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which vere of old, men of renown. 5 Since man's fall, such is ever by * And GOD saw that the nature the state of the human heart. wickedness of man was great Grace and holiness restore it, as the in the earth, and that every restore fruitfulness to the earth.

divine blessing and man's labour imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil consideration to our infirmity : for

6 These expressions are used in continually. And it re

we can judge of the divine view of pented the LORD that he had

our state only from such expressions made man on the earth, and as human affairs and human feelings it grieved him at his heart. supply to us. And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air ; for it repenteth me that I have made them. But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord. These are the

9 This is of course a comparative generations of Noah : Noah perfection : as when Christ bids us, was a just man and perfect « Be ye perfect, even as your Father in his generations, and Noah which is in heaven is perfect.” O walked with God. And

let me strive “to so walk with God.”

What blessed companionship ! Noah begat three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth. The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. And God looked upon faith that the harvest will spring up by the divine blessing ; so we cultivate our hearts, plant therein the good seed, which is the word of God, and use all diligence, encouraged to every good word and work, by faith in the same divine blessing, to prosper this work of our hands also.

the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt ; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth. And God said unto Noan, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth. Make thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch. And this is the fashion which thou shalt make it of: The length of the ark shall be three hundred cubits. the breadth of it fifty cubits, and the height of it thirty cubits. A window shalt thou make to the ark, and in a cubit shalt thou finish it above; and the door of the ark shalt thou set in the side thereof; with lower, second, and third stories shalt thou make it. And, behold, I, even I, do bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh, wherein is the breath of life, from under heaven ; and every thing that is in the earth shall die. But with thee will I establish my covenant; and thou shalt come into the ark, thou, and thy sons, and thy wife, and thy sons' wives with thee. And thing of all flesh, two of every sort shalt thou bring into the ark, to keep them alive with thee; they shall be male and female. Of fowls after their kind, and of cattle after their kind, of every creeping thing of the earth after his kind, two of

every sort shall come unto thee, to keep them alive. And take thou unto thee of all food that is eaten, and thou shalt gather it to thee; and it shall be for food for thee, and for them. 22 Thus did Noah ; according

22 His faith was a saving faith, beto all that God commanded

cause it was a lively faith. He behim, so did he.

lieved, and obeyed ; therefore it was

counted to him for righteousness. The ark was a type of the Church of Christ. But its framework was according, not to man's device, but to God's ordinance. Hence the claim of our Church to be of divine institution ; “ built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief cornerstone."

every living

Quinquagesima Sunday.

MORNING. GEnksis ix, to ver. 20. And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and re- ? In the days of innocence, man's plenish the earth. ? And the dominion over the beasts was by fear of you and the dread of gentleness. He now rules them by you shall be upon every beast

force and art. of the earth, and upon every fowl of the air, upon all that

moreth upon the earth, and upon all the fishes of the sea ; into your hand are they delivered. Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things. But flesh

4 Thus care was taken that the aniwith the life thereof, which is mal might be surely dead before it the blood thereof, shall ye was cut up for use ; and that our not eat. And surely your feelings on the subject of death blood of your lives will I re

should still be kept tender *. quire; at the hand of every beast will I require it, and at the hand of man; at the hand of every man's brother will I require the life of man.

6 Whoso

6 This command was specially resheddeth man's blood, by corded, lest, as the life of animals man shall his blood be shed: was now permitted to be taken for for in the image of God made food, there should be indifference to

the value of the life of man. he man. And you, be ye fruitful, and multiply; bring forth abundantly in the earth, and multiply therein. And God spake unto Noah, and to his sons with him, saying, And I, behold, I establish my covenant with you, and with your seed after you; and with every living creature that is with you, of the fowl, of the cattle, and of every beast of the earth with you ; from all that go out of the ark, to every beast of the earth. And I will establish my covenant with you; neither shall all flesh be cut off

any more by the waters of a flood; neither shall there any more be a flood to destroy the earth. And God said, This is the token of the covenant which I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations : "I do set my bow in the

13 As often as the rainbow spans cloud, and it shall be for a

the heavens, let me rejoice to feel a token of a covenant between present God. His hand hath set it me and the earth. And it there, and His eye then looketh shall come to pass, when I upon it : a glorious token of his rebring a cloud over the earth, conciliation and his love even to me. that the bow shall be seen in the cloud : and I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh.

16 Never let the waters of afflic14 And the bow shall be in tion oderichelm my soul ! the bow is the cloud; and I will look in the cloud. The love of Heaven is upon it, that I may remem- in my dark trial. On that rainbow ber the everlasting covenant light my God and Father looks, and between God and every living

remembers his covenant of mercy.

* Modern science finds that the living principle is inherent in the blood.

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