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KEY NOTE._"AND I SAY UNTO YOU, I 14. Glory to God in the highest, and on earth THAT MANY SHALL COME FROM THE EAST peice, good will toward men. AND WEST, AND SHALL SIT DOWN WITH 15. And it came to pass, as the angels were ABRAHAM AND ISAAC, AND JACOB, IN THE gone away from them into heaven, the shepKINGDOM OF HEAVEN."--Mutl. viii. 11. herds said one to another, Let us now go even
unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is 8. And there were in the same country shep. come to pass, which the Lord hath made known herds abiding in the field, keeping watch over to us. their flock by night.
16. And they came with haste, and found 9. And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon Mary and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manthem, and the glory of the Lord shone round ger. about them; and they were sore afraid.
17. And when they had seen it, they made 10. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: I known abroad the saying which was told them for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, concerning this child. wbich shall be to all people.
18. And all they that heard it, wondered at 11. For unto you is born this day, in the city those things which were told them by the shepof David, a Seviour, which is Christ the Lord. | herds.
12. And this shall be a siga unto you; Ye 19. But Mary kept all these things, and pon. shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling dered them in her heart. clothes, lying in a manger.
20. And the shepherds returned, glorifying 13. And suddenly there was with the angel a and praising God for all the things ibat ibey multitude of the heavenly host praising God, had heard and seen, as it was told unto them. and saying,
Can you repeat the Key-Note? Who in- ! 14. What Anthem did this choir sing? Can formed Joseph that Mary was to become the you repeat it ? Into how many parts did this mother of Jesus? Matt. i 19-25. What decree Hymn divide itself? To whom was the birth of did Cæsar Augustus issue about this time? Christ to bring glory ? In what measure ? verses 1-2. To what city had each family to go What was His birth to establish on the earth ? in Judea ? verse 3. Whither had Joseph and What Spirit was now to bind God and manMary to go? verses 4-5. Who was born there? | kind? Verses 6-7.
15. Did these Shepherds believe the report of What Hymn have we to sing to day? the angel? May we call them the first be
Into how many parts does this lesson readily | lievers, then ? fall? verses 8-12, verses 13-14; verses 15–20. 16. How did they find it at Bethlehem ?
VERSE 8. In what country were the shep. 17. Did they keep their experience to themherds? What were the shepherds doing? | selves? Were they the first Preachers, then ? Against what were they obliged to watch?
18. How did the news affect their friends ? 9. D) we know the name of this angel? How 19. What did Mary do? Do you suppose the was the glory of the Lord displayed ? See Ex. | Evangelists obtained much from her memory, xxiv. 16. How were they affected ?
when these subsequently wrote their Gospels? 10. How did the angel cheer the shepherds ? 20. What became of the Shepherds, then ? What were they to receive? What does our What did they still continue to do? Is the word Gospel mean? To whom was this good same Gospel still preached by the Shepherds word to come?
of souls ? 11. What city was Duvid's city? What does Why did the Son of God become the Son of Christ mean? To what three offices is Christ | man ? 1 John iii. 1. anointed ?
What mark does St. John set as the proof of 12. How were they to find the Infant Christ? a true faith ? 1 John iv, 2. Was there, likely, another babe lying in a Have you this Faith? What is your duty, manger there and then ?
still further, then ? Luke xxii. 32. 13. Who then suddenly appeared ?
1. Hark! the herald angels sing,
Glory to the new-born King!
3. Mild He lays His glories by ;
Born that men no more may die;
2. Joyful, all ye nations, rise,
Join the triumph of the skies;
4. Come! Desire of nations! come,
Fix in us Thy humble home:
REMARKS.-Shortly after Mary's re- God's GLORY was manifested (a) in the turn to Nazareth, an angel informed Jo- most exalted and mysterious measure ; seph, the intended husband, that Mary (6) among the highest order of beings ; was appointed of God to be the mother | (c) in the noblest strains that men or of His Son, Jesus Christ, Math. i. 19-angels ever conceived ; 2. PEACE was to 23. About the same time, the Roman result, in consequence of the Incarnation, Emperor, Augustus, had commanded (a) between God and mankind; (b) beall his subjects to be taxed. In Judea tween man and man, or mankind; and every household was obliged to appear which might now become Man Kinned ; in the place of nativity, in order to be and (c) between all the interior eleproperly enrolled. Thus it occurred that ments of each individual soul; 3. The Jesus was born in Bethlehem, according Reign of Good Will or Charity was now to Micah's prediction-Mic. v. 2. possible in heaven and earth.
COMMENT3.—This section falls nat- A perfect truce of God is declared in urally into three parts :
these words, which was the design of I. THE MESSAGE OF THE ANGEL, VA. 8 12 the
the Incarnation of the Son of God. II. THE CORONATION HYMN, vs. 13 14. III. THE SHEPHYRDS-THE FIRST EVAN. Epb. 3:15. GELISTS, v. 15.
VERSE 15. The shepherds were the VERSE 8. In the same country means first mortals to whom tbe consummation in the neighborhood of Bethlehem. of the birth of Jesus was manifested. Shepherds were obliged to protect and They were the earliest believers, too. defend their flocks against robbers and How readily they give credence to the wild animals.
heavenly report! And how they hasten VERSE 9. An angel, probably Gabri- towards Bethlehem. el, was again sent on an important mis- VERSE 16. They found it all som sion. The glory of the Lord may have even as the angels had declared. been a heavenly halo of light that en- VERSE 17. They made known abroad. compassed the watchers. Compare Ex. Now they become the very first heralds 24: 16. It was natural that they should of the Gospel-the first preachers of the be alarmed.
Incarnate God. Doubtless their text VERSE 10. Fear not! How often is was the Song of the Angels. tbis greeting used in the Gospel! Good VERSE 18. And all they that heard it tidings, is just what our word Gospel were astounded at their declarations. means-God's spell, or God's word. To VERSE 19. Marv pondered or treasur. all people means for Jews and Gentiles ed all
es ed all up and weighed all tbat had been -the whole race of man. In a few
told her, and kept manifesting themwords, the angel tells the substance and
selves to her soul. From her spirit compass of his report.
many a circumstance was obtained, subVERSE 11. The City of David is none
sequently, by the holy writers. Who other than the birth-place of Israel's
18 could know so much and so well as sbe, King-Bethlehem. Christ is the same all that had transpired in reference to as Messiah, a name which indicates
name which indicates her noble Son? the offices of Prophet, Priest and King | VERSE 20. And the shepherds return.
VERSE 12. Lest they might expect too great grandeur attending this new
ed to their own neighborhood, still born King, or fear to approach Him, Pen
preaching the wonders of Bethlehem, ibe angel tells them of His humble and w
and with believing and thankful hearts. lowly form — wrapped in swaddling
And what but this Gospel is yet preachclothes—the usual garb of infants. Ly
ed by the shepherds of souls? ing in a manger was, however, a special
1. The Son of God became the Son of mark, as not another infant was, likely,
biela man, that the sons of men might befound in such a place, at that time.
come the sons of God. 1 Joho, 3: 1. VERSE 13. Suddenly a whole choir of
of 2. Through the Incarnation God is angelic beings were manifested to the 810
ha glorified and mankind blessed. humble shepherds.
3. Faith in the Incarnate Son of God VERSE 14. GLORY TO GOD IN THE HIGHEST, constitutes us true believers, 1 Johp, 4: 2. AND ON EARTH, PEACE; GOOD-WILL TO MEN. 4. Having this faith in ourselves, let us This was the simple Coronation Hymn. afford it to others, after the manner of It is composed of three members ;-1. 'the pious shepherds. See Luke, 22: 32.
Fourth Sunday after Epiphany. Luke ii., 25-35.
THE SUBJECT.—THE HYMN OF SIMEON.
KEY-NOTE.-"Waar MANNER OF MAN IS 29. Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart
30. For mine eyes have seen thy salvation,
31. Which thou hast prepared before the face 25. And behold, there was a man in Jerusa- of all people; lem, wbose name was Simeon; and the same 32. A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the man was just and devout, waiting for the con glory of thy people Israel. solation of Israel : and the Holy Ghost was upon 1 33. And Joseph and his mother marvelled at him.
those things which were spoken of him. 26. And it was revealed unto him by the Holy 34. And Simeon blessed them and said unto Ghost, that he should not see death, before he Mary his mother, Behold, this child is set for had seen the Lord's Christ.
the fall and rising again of inany in Israel; and 27. And he came by the Spirit into the tem. for a sign which shall be spoken against : ple; and when the parents brought in the child 35. (Yea, a sword shall pierce through thy Jesus, to do for him after the custom of the law, | own soul also ;) that the thoughts of many
28. Then took he him up in his arms, and hearts may be revealed. blessed God, and said,
Repeat the Key-Note? How old was Jesus seen ? For whom had Christ come? What now i Whither bad Jesus been brought? verses was Christ to be like, in the world ? Wbat 22-24. What is the subject to-day? Toto how | honor had been conferred upon Israel by many parts may we divide this lesson ? verses Christ's birth ? 25-26 ; verses 27 29; verses 30 35.
| 33. How did Christ's parents regard Simeon's VERSE 23. What does St. Luke tell us of Hymn ? Simeon? What is the meaning of just | Of 34. What did He do to them? How does blessdevout | Who is meant by the consolation of ing God differ from blessing men. What did Ho Israel? How did Simeon concern himself say about the child? How do you understand about this?
this? Isa. viii. 14-15; Matt. Chap. xxiv.; Rom. 26. What had been told him of God ? How, xi. 11-12. Will all men rise or fall in Christ? do you suppose ?
What does a sign which shall be spoken ugainst, 27. Whither bad Simeon come? Had he mean? done so frequently? Is this a habit of good 35. To whom did Simeon then speak? What
people still? Who likewise came? What for ? does the sword signify? Did Mary witness her Is What was the custom of the law ?, Numb. xvii. son's suffering and death?
luve Is How is Christ the revealer of all men's 28. What did Simeon do? How may we re- hearts? ceive Christ still closer home? What does If we have found Christ, for what two events blessed mean here?
are we then ready? Where may we find Christ? VERSES 29-32. Can you repeat the song of What, if we reject Christ? Will Christ be the Simeon from memory? What bird is said to Judge of all hearts? 2 Cor. v. 10. Can you sing once more before it dies? What name has, name the subjects of this month's lessons ? Can consequently, been given to this Hymn? Can you repeat the Key-Notes? How many Hymng any one tell by what name it is known in are recorded for us by St. Luke, touching the Latin ! Did he feel that God's promise had | Divine Infancy? By what several characters been made good to him? Whom had he now I were these sung?
4. Then let the children of the saints
Be dedicate to God;
And wash them in Thy blood.
1. Jesus the ancient faith confirms,
To our forefathers giv'n;
And calls them heirs of heav'n.
His love endures the same;
Blots out the children's name.
5. Thus to the parents and their seed
Shall Thy salvation come;
In one eternal home.
3. With the same blessing grace endowe
The Gentile and the Jew;
Such are the branches too.
6. Thy faithful saints, eternal King!
This precious truth embrace ;
And humbly claim Thy grace.
CONNECTING-LINK.—The wonderful VERSE 28. Then took he him up in his Child of whom the angels, and Mary, arms. This was a great privilege; but and Zacharias, and Elizabeth had sung to tabernacle Jesus in our hearts is a such noble strains, was now about forty still greater blessing. He now blessed, days old. Mary presented herself with or praised God in these words : the holy babe in the temple, according VERSES 29–32. Lord, now lettest thou to the custom to offer her thanksgiving. thy servant depart in peace according to thy Being of limited circumstances, a pair word; for mine eyes have seen thy salvaof doves was accepted. During the tion, which thou hast prepared before the service another, and the last inspired face of all people; a light to lighten the canticle was uttered in reference to the Gentiles and the glory of thy people Disine Infant.
Israel. COMMENTS.-For the clearer under- This is known as the song of Simeon. standing of this section, we may divide Because of the swan, a large water fowl, the whole into three parts:
singing once more before it dies, this I. Simeon's pious waiting, vs. 25-26. hymn is also called Simeon's swan-song. II. His happy finding, vs. 27–29. In the early Church it is simply called III. His prophetic vision, vs. 30-35. the Nunc Dimittis, after the Latin words
VERSE 25. There was a man in Jeru- with which it opens. The substance of salem-Simeon. There were many per- it is embraced in the following points : sons living there of the same name; but 1. He is now ready to die; 2. God's word none so remarkable as this man. Some had been made true for him ; 3. He had suppose him to have been a son of the seen God's salvation for Israel in the great law-giver Hillel, who was held as new-born Saviour; 4. Christ was to next to Moses, in the Jewish nation. be preached for all peopleJews and It is believed, too, that Simeon was the Gentiles; 5. He was to be the Sun of president of the Jewish Church-synod. Righteousness for the world : 6. Israel We know nothing certainly of his bisto- was to be honored as the nation from ry, except that he was just, or very whose bosom Jesus was born. obedient to God's laws, in his conduct, VERSE 33. Joseph and Mary wondered and devout, or pious and consecrated to again at the glorious words spoken over God. He bad a good heart and right- their babe. Even His parents only eous life. Besides, he was one of the gradually learned the wonderful cbaracfew who sincerely expected and longed ter of their infant. for the consolation of Israel, that is, the VERSE 34. And Simeon blessed them. Messinh. The Holy Ghost, the Spirit of Blessing men is to invoke the benedicGod possesses him.
tion of God upon them ; whilst blessing VERSE 26. It was revealed unto him God, is to magnify His goodness. This by an inward light of God, that he child is set for the fall and rising again should not die, ere he should see the of many in Israel. This was a prophecy Lord's Christ in human form. Many of the banner in which some Jews would private presentiments are given to the reject Jesus and fall in consequence of truly righteous.
their unbelief; and others would rise by VERSE 27. He came by the Spirit into believing in him as the Messiah. See the temple, where he had often been for Is. 8: 14-15. Matth. chapt. 24; Rom. devotional purposes. Good men spend xi: 11-12. much time in God's house. Probably As it was with the Jews, so it is even he thought much over the prophecy. yet with all men. Christ is a savor Mal. 3:1. From his pious custom of of life unto life, or of death unto death, visiting the temple he happily met the just as the sun melts ice or hardens clay. Holy Family there the parents and the He is a sign, too, or mark, against child Jesus. By neglecting God's house, which many will shoot, or act, because members often forfeit great grace. of His lowliness. Joseph and Mary were about to do for VERSE 35. Then Simeon speaks a the Babe, after the custom of the law, special word to Mary. The sword is an that is, redeem him by paying five she- emblem of the suffering and death of kels. (Numb. 17 : 15-16.) See also Jesus, which His mother was to witverse 24.
ness. She had a high honor conferred
upon herself, in being chosen as the Hindostan, we should find the Europeans mother of God's Son; but this honor who dwell there protecting their babies brought with it a heavy trial, too. from the troublesome mosquitos, by put
That the thoughts of many hearts may ting them while they sleep under a frame be revealed. This sentence ought to be covered with green gauze. Very much read in connection with the former like a wire meat guard, is it not? but verse. It refers to Christ, who will then if it gives poor baby quiet rest, that show of what mind every man is, ac- does not matter. : cordingly as he accepts or rejects Him. The different tribes of East Indians He is the revealer of our hearts. By mostly carry their babies on their hips ; jejecting Him, the Jews showed of what the Egyptians hold them on their shoul. mind they were. The same is true of ders; but in all these lands we see the ever y people that refuses to accept of mother's love and mother's care which His gospel. And what is true of a peo- God has implanted in the hearts of these ple, is also true of the individual. women for their helpless offspring.
From all that is presented in the Les- But what do you think of the Samoan son, we may apply the following trulbs: father? He gives his baby away to one
1. If Christ is ours, we may live or of his relations, from whom he receives die in peace. 2. Jesus is the only some gift in return which he likes better. Saviour for the world. 3. To reject The poor Sioux mother straps her Christ is to die in our sins. 4. Christ is baby to a board, puts a canopy over its the revealer and judge of our hearts. head to screen it from the sun, and a toy
It were well to review the Lessons of in its small hands, and she carries it on the month, since the several subjects— her back till it is seven months old, when five in number—bear on the immediate it is thought old enough to lie in the folds preliminaries to the coming of our Lord of a blanket. But if the little thing dies and His Divine Infancy. The different during those first months of life, its place themes may, at least, be mentioned is filed with black quills and feathers, and threaded aside of one another, and and the mother still bears this burden thus afford the class a simple cluster, as about as carefully as if her child was it were.
there, and continues doing so for twelve months. Poor woman! I suppose it
comforts her to fancy their little baby How They Treat Babies.
is there, for she has not learned to think
of it in the arms of the Saviour, who When the Lord Jesus came down to carries the lambs in His bosom. earth as the Babe of Bethlehem, His mother, the Virgin Mary, wrapped Him in “swaddling clothes” or linen bands wound tightly round his little body, as Young people often consider themthe custom was among those Jewish selves wise beyond their years. They people. In the present time, the babies have no patience with parents or pastors · of the Dutch and German peasantry are who try to train them in a knowledge of laced tightly to a pillow, which one the Holy Scriptures. Said a small group would think must be even worse than to of giddy, trilling young ladies (?) to have their little limbs confined in swad- their Sunday-school teacher: “Let us dling bands; however, it is said, that have pleasant chats in our class about being kept thus still and motionless in what we have seen and heard during the ipfancy has a good deal to do with form- week. What do we care about Lesson ing the slow, quiet nature and habits Leaves and Scripture Study? We are of the German and Dutch men and no children.” Because they are no women.
children they ought to have better sense In the south of Italy, the babies are than thus to trifle with the Word of bound up too, something after the fash- God. Such conduct is unlady-like : it ion of Egyptian mummies; they are fast- is unchristian. Surely one possessing ened to a board, and are allowed to use the Spirit of Christ would not act thus. their arms and bands as they hang up to “And if any one have pot the Spirit of a tree or wall. If we were to travel in Christ he is none of his.”