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REMARKS.-On last Lord's Day we chiefly to heal the bodies of men. He is learned that the words of Isaiah found the Physician of souls. Hence, in order their application in Jesus Christ. He not to appear as if He did not regard proclaimed Himself, in the Synagogue the ancient laws, He commands the at Nazareth, as the Founder of the man to show himself to the priest at Gospel Kingdom. To-day we see how Jerusalem, offer a sacrifice, and secure He proved the validity of His claim, by a certificate of recovery, that all may works and miracles. The ravages of sin hold him as clean. See Leviticus, chaps in the world are not to be numbered. / xiii. xiv. All the bodily chictions are traced back VERSE 15. But 80 much the more to sin. To-day we are confronted with there was the excitement. He could do the lashes of that scourge-Leprosy and longer enter a town or city, so great Palsy-which Christ delivered the un- was the commotion. But even though fortunate persons from.
He betook Himself into the country, I. Leprosy is all along taken as an great multitudes continually sought emblem of sin, in the Gospel. It per- Him out, to hear His words, or to be vaded the whole system ; it ended in healed. death; unless cured of God. How fit VERSE 16. He withdrew into solitude, symbol, you see.
after such exhausting scenes, to comNOTES.— VERSE 12. A certain city mune with His Father in prayer. Of was, likely, Chorazin or Bethsaida, in the after history of this leper, we are not Galilee. A man full of leprosy is a ter- informed. He could not obey the Lord's rible spectacle. It bleached the skin injunction of silence, it appears. It had and hair; ate tbrougb the tissues, joints, been better for him to have done so, in bones even to the marrow, and consum- order that he might have penetrated ed the body piece-meal. No one thus deeper within his interior, and there smitten could enter society. He had to learned of a still more fearful maladygo bareheaded, in a torn garment, and sin. Probably he never realized that cry out “Unclean, unclean," whenever greater cure at the hands of Jesus. any one approached him, in order to | VERSE 17. On a certain day, after warn every one. The news of the won the cure of the leper, He seems to have drous cures of Jesus had reached this returned to Capernaum. Matt. ii. 1. poor man. He dared even to rush up Not only the common people, but to Jesus, as we learn from Matt. and many of the chief party of the Jews, the Mark, chaps. 8 and 1. He uttered what Pharisees and doctors, or leaders, sought may have been the first open confession after Him; partly from curiosity, and of a simple and lowly faith. Lord, if partly from envy, as well as from purer thou wilt, thou canst make me clean! motives, in the case of some. Here Mark you, here is (1) a consciousness these gathered from every town in Galof uncleanness; (2) an acknowledgment ilee and Judea—from as far as Jerusaof it; and (3) faith in a healer. lem. And the power of the Lord was at
VERSE 13. Moved with compassion, hand to heal the afflicted. Thus His the Lord put forth His hand and touched wonderful words were ever confirmed by him, to show that He would not catch miraculous acts. the malady, and, without any delay, II. Palsy is often regarded as a fit answered the prayer. "I will thee to be emblem of man's helplessness in consecleao.” Now He executes His will. “Be quence of sin. The disease disabled the thou clean." St. Luke adds, that “the victim. He could not work—walkleprosy departed from him immediate- speak. Such a case now meets us. See
Matt. ix. 1 ; Mark i. 1. VERSE 14. And He charged him to tell VERSE 18. Four men brought on a no man, in order not to excite still bed a man. Lying on a hammock was higher the popular excitement, and one entirely paralyzed. But the vast tbrough it, the anger of His enemies. crowd obscured the door-way. Excitement was not favorable to the VERSE 19. But coming from afar, work of Jesus. He wanted calm spirits they would not return so readily. The around Himself. Besides, He did not outside stairs to the roof were ascended. wish to have it seem as though He came They uncovered part of the tiled flat floor-like top, and the sick man bent on Perseverance under Discouragements. being brought to Jesus, left himself be raised, and let down before Jesus.
WHEN Carlyle had completed his VERSE 20. He saw their faith, or first,
faith or first volume of “The French Revolustrong confidence that manifested itself tion," he loaned it to a literary friend
The manuscript was left in in such a persistent way, and was moved to peruse. at once to grant their wish. There lay the parlor, and when the owner called the man, helpless, and unable to speak.
for it, to send to his clamorous printer, But Jesus saw in his disease the conse
what was his consternation on finding quence of a vicious life. Hence His
is that the maid in her ignorance, had used words— Man, thy sins are forgiven thee.
it to light the fires !
Almost in despair the author yet had VERSE 21. This strange saying,
18. determination enough to sit down at which no one bad dared to use before,
once and begin to collect the facts, ideas caught the sharp ears of the Scribes and
and expressions from memory, for he Pharisees, who were ever watching. had no draft left. The first composition They at once accuse Him of blasphenies,
$. bad been a great pleasare, the second or of assuming to degrade the attributes
es was intense pain. But he persevered of God. Who can forgive sins, but God
and finished the volume. It is said alone? They were right. But, al as!
that a similar misfortune befell Mr. they could not see God in Jesus.
Headly, when composing his “ WashVERSE 22. Jesus knew their hearts. ington and his Generals.” During his He at once challenges them to say, absence a servant decided to clean his whether they doubt His assumed power windows, and seeing “bis table covered
- What reason ye in your hearts? What with scribbled papers,” she concluded doubts do you entertain concerning my to use them to rub the glasses. In this prerogative?
manner most of the first volume was deVERSE 23. Which is easier ? To say stroyed. to this paralytic-Thy sins are forgiven All are familiar with the example of or to say, Rise, take up thy bed and go ? self-command and patient perseverance The mere sayings were alike easy to shown by Sir Isaac Newton, when his utter. But in what these sayiogs im- little dog overturned the lamp, and deplied there was a great difference. It stroyed the results of long and patient was harder to forgive sins, than to heal study. Instead of a hasty burst of pasa sick man. He that could do the for- sion, he oply said with calmness, “Ah, mer, can surely do the latter. And this Diamond, Diamond, thou little knowest He shows them now.
how great a mischief thou hast done thy VERSE 24. I say unto thee-Arise, &c. master,” and then sat down to recall VERSE 25. The effect was electric on
and re-write the work. What a loss it the sick man.
had been to the world of science, if be
had yielded to discouragement and abanVERSE 26. Amazement and fear,
ir, doned the undertaking. mingled with awe seized upon all. Some
me i This same spirit to surmount difficulpraised God; others admired the won ties and persevere in the face of great derful teacher; and others hated Him
discouragements, is the true element of the more.
success in all labor. If we would do Leprosy has often been taken as a good for Christ. we shall meet with fine symbol of our Original sin. If this enough to discourage and oppose us. be so, then are we all by nature in the Just how we meet it will decide the condition of this unfortunate man. We depths of our earnestness in the work. must then follow him to Jesus, who and our love for Him. Surely we alone can heal us.
should not be less persevering than Palsy has been regarded as an emblem they who labor only for the things of of Actual sin, or tendency in us to evil this life. -Sundy-School Times. in thought, word, and deed. Then we are mirrored forth by the palsied man. If you cannot do without Christ, He As well may we be borne on the arms will never ba put off with any thing of faith to Jesus.
short of Himself.
shaming wifehood and dishonoring
motherhood are not to be welcomed Godliness and genius combined in one there. Further, it is not Sara Bernperson form the grand characters of hardt the sinner that we repel from our history. But genius allied to vice homes, it is the shameless, unrepentant paints the monster with a glamour only sinner, the sinner flaunting her sin." to deceive and destroy the weak. When Jenny Lind' was in her prime people In this country young people of limiknew that her charming gift of song ted means have as good prospects to was the melodious out-gushing of her rise in the world as richer folk. A large stainless heart and life. All the world proportion of the best and most succes-listened to the charmer with wildest ful men in business and in the learned rapture, and good people felt that she professions started life as poor boys. was not only without a peer in her pro- By dint of industry, honesty and frugal, fession, but was blameless in her life. virtuous habits they succeeded to outSome months ago a certain actress, run many sons of rich parents. Usually famous for her dramatic talent as well those succed best why, instead of leanas for her impure life, came to our shores. ing upon others for help, determine to) Despite the latter she has become the fight their own way. Sure we are that idol of the American stage. Her wor- not a few young men have been seriousshippers do not all mean to do wrong. ly injured by what they deemed their None of them would wish their daugh- good fortune. Some kind friends supters and sisters to imitate the example ported them in getting an education. of Sara Bernhardt. Yet by rushing Thus instead of the blessed discipline after her performances in an indiscri- which an earnest battling with adversity minating frenzy of delight, ther say secures, they slothfully leaned on others, that she is a suitable person to entertain and failed to develop the manly enerand teach the young. An exchange gies which belong to our best self-made says: “ People tbat go to theatres are meo. Young men and ladies often denot squeamish as to the character of rive invaluable benefits from being lett play-actors; but the attempt to give to earn and work their own way in acthis woman, who lives in shameless de- quiring an education. It is well to help fiance of social morality, this unwived the deserving, but what is called help mnother of three childien, social recog- does in many cases prove a hindrance to nition in this country, ought to be the development of good -trong characfrowned down upon by all who look upon ters. The senior editor of the New marriage as sacred.” Add another oue York Observer says: “ Are you a young says on this subject: “ Theatre-goers, , man wanting an education? The way We suppose, must take their art as they of the world now is for you to look can get it. They must not be squeam- about and see who will help you to get ish as to the morals of their artis!s. it. That is not the right way. Lok about It is dramatic art that they want, and see what you can do to help yourwhether it comes from heaven, earth or self. Grind your own axe. Support hell. But homes are for purity and yourself by honorable industry, and truth. Mothers and wives are their earn your bread while you improve the guardians, and those who persist in odds and ends of time in study. Waen
you get something abead, use it to sup-monly stuck through a button-hole, port yourself while you learn. Ten and tickles his chin. When he drinks, thousand men are now serving their he infallibly coughs in his glass, and generation with usefulness and honor besprinkles the company. Besides all wbo never asked any body to grind this, he has strange tricks and gestures ; an axe for them.”
such as snuffing up his nose, making
| faces, putting his fingers in his nose, or Lord Che:terfield has come to be a blowing it and looking afterwards in high authority on good manners. We his handkerchief, so as to make the comdo not believe that any language can pany sick. His hands are troublesome furnish two volumes like those which to him when he has not something in contaiu his letters to his son and grand-them, and he does not know where to son on this subject. He says little about put them ; but they are in perpetual purity of heart and Christian principle. motion between his bosom and his With him the great thing is politeness breeches; he does not wear his clothes, and easy graceful manners. The Ches- and in short does nothing, like other terfieldian unpardonable sins are awk-people. All this, I own, is pot in any ward, unpolished habits. So far as it degree criminal; but it is highly disgoes, there is much truth in his system. agreeable and ridiculous in company, It failed with his son as it must fail in and ought most carefully to be avoided all cases, because it lacks the principle by whoever desires to please.” of divine grace. Was there ever a young man who had so much care bestowed Beware of temptation. The Tempter, upon him by such a teacher? Warn- as in the days of our Saviour, still baits ing him against becoming a blundering, his book with evil concealed beneath a awkward booby, such as Eogland must seemingly harmless covering. A clear, have had 200 years ago, he thus de realizing sense of God's omniscience, scribes what he means: “When an and our accountability to Him, is a awkward fellow comes into a room, it is great help in putting us on our guard. highly probable that his sword gets A certain aucieut philosopher told one between his legs, and throws him down, I of his disciples that in his endeavors to or makes him stumble at least; wben learn and live grandly, he should imahe has recovered this accident he goes gine that the eyes of Caio, 'the philosoand places himself in the rery place in pher, were looking at him. the whole room where he should not; When Thomas Jefferson was tempted there he soon lets his hat fall down; in his boyhood he used to say to himand, taking it up again throws down self: “What would Dr. Small, Mr. his cane; in recovering bis cane, his hat Wythe or Peyton Randolph do in such falls a st cond time; so that he is a a situation ?" Thus keeping before his quarter of an hour before he is in order mind three men of fine moral character, again. If he drinks tea or coffee, he as models, he was deterred from yieldcertainly scalds his mouth, and lets ing to many a temptation. Young either the cup or faucer fall, and spills people, baving pious, Christian parents, the tea or coffee on his breeche. At would do well, in times of temptation, dinner his awkwardness distinguishes to ask themselves: “What would my itseif particularly, as he has more to parents do or wish to be done if they do: there he holds bis knife, fork, and were present?'' Above all should we spoon differenly from other people; never forget that God sees us. eats with his kuife to the great danger of cutting his mouth, picks his teeth Cato, the elder was a pattern of with his fork, and puts his spoon, which moderation, and he learned to practice has been in his throat twenty times, it in this wise: Near his country-seat into the dishes again. If he is to carve, was a cottage which formerly had behe can never hit the joint; but, in his longed to Marius Curius Deptatus, vain yrts to cut through the bove, who for his patriotic services was scatters the sauce in every body's face. three times honored by his country He generally daubs himself with soup with a triumph. Walking about his and grease, ihough his napkin is com-' neighbor's humble, ricketty home, and
looking at the smallness of his farm, wisdom necessary to succeed well in his thoughtful mind dwelt upon the missionary work. He founded schools peculiar virtues of this most illustrious and universities in India, through which Roman citizen, who had subdued hostile he reached the minds and hearts of the nations, driven Pyrrhus out of Italy, and young. These carried the gospel to the now, after these triumphs, was coutent high places and huts of this benighted to live in this lowly but and farm his land. Grand men and women were small acres with his own hands. Cato thus trained for the service of Christ, thought, too, how the ambassadors of the whose names will sbine brightly on the Samnites called on Marcus Cassius here, roll of Christian heroes and martyrz. and found him sitting in the chimney- Duff had great reverence for schoolcorner peeling turnips. When offered masters. To the end of his life he a large present of gold, he refused to held Mr. A. McDougal in grateful reaccept it, with the remark: “A man membrance. This was one of his early who can be satisfied with such a supper school-masters at Kirkmichael. In the has no need of gold; and I think it height of his fame the great missionary more glorious to conquer the possessors wrote to his old teacher: “I have not of it than to possess it myself.” Cato forgotten the days I passed under your returned home, retrenched his style of roof, nor the manifold advantages deliving and expenses and adopted the rived from your tuition, and, I trust, mode of life of bis neighbor.
never wi'l. Aud when the time comes
tha', in the good providence of God When Thomas Jefferson was in the I shall visit Kirkmichael, I kuow that height of his glory as Minister to Paris, to me at least it will be a matter of where the great men of Europe vied to do heartfelt gratification. What would I him honor, and feted him in royal | have been this day had not an overrulfashion, he wrote home: “I had ing Providence directed me to Kirkrather be shut up in a very modest cot- michael school." Among the mass of tage, with my books, my family, and a books and pamphlets which Duff wrote few old friends, dining on simple ba- | he sent a copy of every one to his old con, and letting the world roll on as it friend McDougal. liked, than to occupy the most splendid | At another time, when appealing to post that any human power can give.” Scotland to arou je his countrymen to He calls political honors “splendid greater missionary activity, Dr. Duff tormentz.''
said: “Public meetings alone will never Jefferson is often regarded as a cold answer our end. We must descend to hearted man, whose intellect entirely the mass and permeate with vitality swayed and suppressed the warmer feel- l its humblest and most distant atoms. ings of the heart, which impression, how- Without this all our missionary, educaever, is incorrect. When a sister, a few tional and church extension schemes years older than himself died, he grieved must flag and fail. You must get the long and much. In his boyhood he young on your side. Give me the schoolloved to hear and help her sing sacred books and the school-masters of a counbymns. In his old age he said to his try, and I will let any one else make, grandchildren that often, when hearing not only its songs and its laws, but its a certain sacred air at church, which literature, science and philosophy too! his sister used to sing, it called up to him what has made Brahmanism the hoary sweet visions of her, though long since power it is but its Shasters? What cead. His wife died young, soon after has sustained the force and passion of the birh of their sixth child. When Islam for centuries but the Koran, led into her room a moment before her read in every school and college from death unconscious with grief, he fainted Gibraltar to the straits of Malacca ?" for a long while, and kept his room “Let us, through the medium of work3 during three weeks thereafter.
for the young, and especially of school
books, uviversally adopted, only satuAlexander Duff was the most emi. rate the juvenilemind of the nation with nent missionary of modern times. In a evangelistic principles, duties and mopre-eminent degree he possessed the tives, and our country may be destined