« AnteriorContinuar »
Rollo's Museum; Rollo's Travels ; Rollo's for earnestly, but which only one can
Sunday-school work. Securing a reward thor, 10 vols., about 220 pages each, illustrated, depends on one's self. Winning a prize price $9; the titles of these volumes are: depends on the failure of others. The Rollo on the Atlantic; Rollo in Paris ; Rollo one plan promotes earnestness and inin Switzerland ; Rollo in London; Rollo on Idustry. The other plan too often prothe Rhine; Rollo in Geneva ; Rollo in Hol- ! Jand; Rollo in Naples ; Rollo in Rome. A
no vokes jealousy and discord.--S. 8. Times.
Publishers, N. Y.
We were once called to see an old $1.50, p. 371. Tales Out of School, do., $1.50, man who was apparently drawing near p. 325. Dab Kinzer, a Story of a Growing the end of his life. He was very deaf, Boy, William O. Stoddard, $1, p. 321. The and suffered from an incurable disease. Quartet, a Seqnel to Dab Kinzer, do., $1, Worst of all he was very melancholy. p. 332.
and declared himself utterly comfortless FORDS. HOWARD & HULBERT, Pub- land forsaken. After listening for some lishers, N. Y
time to his complaints, we shouted into American Version, Revised New Testament, Rev. Roswell D. Hitchcock, D. D., $1.75, p. /
· his ear: “What is thy only comfort in 496 : Sir Philip Sidney, His Life and Times, life and death ?” Instantly the expresMrs. S. M. Henry Davis, $1.50, p. 281. The sion of his countenance changed. He Merry Go-Round, Stories for Boys and Girls, folded his hands reverent'y and respondRossiter W. Raymond, $1.50, p. 286. Camp led: " That I. with body and soul, both and Cabin, do, $1, p. 243. Footsteps of the Master, Mrs Harriet Beecher Stowe, $1.50, p.
in life and death, am not my own, but 308. A Dog's Mission, and other Tales, do, belong to my faithful Saviour Jesus $1.25, p. 131. Queer Little People, do., $1.25, Christ," and so on to the end of the first p. 191. Little Pussy Willow, do., $1.25, p. answer in the Heidelberg Catechism. 161. Norwood ; or Village Life in New En- | Then he continued: “I learned that gland, Henry Ward Beecher, p. 849, $2. The Gospel History; a Complete, Connected Nar- beautima rative of the Life of Our Lord, Woven from ago, and it has ofien comforted me. That the Text of the Four Evangelists: with Notes is, indeed, our only comfort in life and Original and Selected; J. R. Gilmore and Ly- death." man Abbott, $1.75, p. 837. It is the object of the Boreau to select books
Ks! So long as you see one star in the sky for the Sunday-School which are of superior excellence in every respect. The above have
the sun is not risen; so long as one leak been thoroughly examined, and are heartily admits the water the ship is not safe; so recommended as books of such a character. | long as one sin reigns in a man's heart,
Rev. C. S. GERHARD, A. M. and is practiced in his life, Jesus is nei-
ther his Saviour nor his King.
He that seeks the Lord by prayer in
when the trouble is past : “I will praise It is one thing to offer prizes in the thee: for thou hast heard me." Sunday-school; it is quite another thing to offer rewards. Rewards for well-doing are a part of God's plan of training, and God's children, guard d by His provi. they have a place in every well devised dence, sheltered by His love, watched human plan of training. It is right to over by His angels, kept by His grace, recognize success and attainments which hopeful of His heaven, have a right to be all can hope to reach by earnest en- happy. And it is distrust,-when we deavor. This recognition, by means of sift it to the bottom, --which makes us a fair reward, is as proper in the Sun- feel the chill wind and the cold shade day-school as anywhere else. But to when life is at its best and fairest.hold out a prize which all are to compete Christian Intelligencer.
FOURTH SUNDAY AFTER EASTER.
May 7, 1882.
Sufferers Brought to Christ.–MARK 7: 24-37.
Commit to memory verses 26-30.
24. And from thence he arose, and went into the ! she found the devil gone out, and her borders of Tyre and Sidon, and entered into an hone, and would have no man know it : but he 31. And again, de parting from the consts of Tyre could not be hid.
and Sidon, he came unto the sea of Galilee, through 25. For a certain woman, whose young daughter th 4 midst of the coasts of Decapolis. had an unclean spirit, heard of him, and came and 32. And they bring unto him oue that was deaf, fell at his feet:
and had an impediment in his speech; aad they 26. The woman was a Greek, a Syro beseech him to put his hand upon him. phenician by nation: and she besought 33. And he took hirn aside from the multitude, him that he wonld cast forth the devil out and put his fingers into his ears, and he spit, and of her daughter.
toucued his tongue; 27. Bat Jesns said unto her, Let the child 31. And looking up to heaven, he sighed, and ren first be filled: for it is not meet to take saith unto him. Ephphatha, that is, Be opened. the children's bread, and to cast it unto the 35. And straightway his ears were opened, and the dogs.
string of his tongue was loosed, and he spake plain. 28. And she answered and said unto him, 34. And he charged them that they should tull no Yes, Lord: yet the dogs under the table eat man; but the more he charged them, so much the of the children's crumbs.
more a great deal they published it; 29. And he said unto her, For this saying 37. And were beyond measure astonished, saying, go thy way; the devil is gone out of thy He hath done all things well: he makech both the daughter.
deaf to hear, and the dumb to ypeak. 30. And when she was come to her house,
1. A MOTHER'S PRAYER ANSWERED. Vs. 24-30. ? 2. A DEAF STAMMERER CURED. Vs. 31-37.
GOLDEN TEXT: “The Lord is good to all; and His tender mercies are over all His works." Ps. 145: 9.
INSTRUCTION. Verse 24. Tyre and Sidon, on the Mediterranean Sea, north of Galilee. 26. A Greek, a Gentile in religion, a heathen. Syro-phenicia-a tract of Syria, in which Tyre and Sidon were situated. 27. The children, the Jews, children of Abraham. Not meet, becoming, right. Dogs ; Gentiles were so called by the Jews. Especially the Phænicians, who were descendants of the Canaanites. (See Matt. 15: 22). 31. Decapolis, the region of the ten cities. Deaf, unable to hear. Impediment, causing him to stammer. 34. Ephphatha, the Aramaic word used by Christ.
CATECHISM. Ques. 19. Whence knowest thou this! | phets, and was pleased to represent it by the
Ans. From the holy Gospel, which God shadows of sacrifices, and the other ceremonies Himself first revealed in Paradise; and after- of the law; and lastly has accomplished it by wards published by the patriarchs and pro- | His only begotten Sun.
QUESTIONS. Verse 24. Whither did Jesus go? Was it' 29. From what did her saying proceed ? customary to go amongst the heathen ? What | Did her faith stand the trial ? did He wish to escape ?
30. Was her faith rewarded? Can one 25. What broughi the woman to Christ? person's faith then avail for others ? Was she herself aflicted ? How did she salute 31-32. What ailed this man? Does deafthe Master?
ness generally lead to stammering and loss of 26. Did she belong to God's covenant peo speech ? ple? Was she a believer in Jesus ? What 33-35. What did the Healer do and say ? ailed her child ?
Was the cure complete? Does the deaf soul 27. How did Jesus at first receive her speak God's praise? Must the ear of the soul prayer ? Did He intend to send her away, be opened? By whom can this be done? or to prove her faith ?
36-37. What testimonv do the people bear 28. Who are meant by dogs ? Who by the concerning Christ's works? What praver children? Are dogs entitled to crumbs ? I should every hearer make? See Ps. 51 : 15. LESSON VI. May 7, 1882. an argument in her own favor. I do
Fourth Sunday after Easter. not ask for the children's bread, but for I. A MOTHER'S PRAYER ANSWERED, I their crumbs, which they cast away. vs. 24–36. Our Lord confined His Thou hast sufficient for them all, and ministry to the Jewish people; but enough for me. Here is seen her hunever refused the prayer of any heathen mility also. sufferer who needed His help, as we in every respect this woman is a learn in this lesion. Seeking rest and model: (1) in her love for her child, safety, He went to the coasts of Tyre (2) in her steadfast faith in Jesus, and Sidon—that is, into the border (3) in her perseverance, (4) in her land between the Jews and the Gentiles. humilitv. His presence could not be kept secret, V. 29. For this saying-this strong for His fame had preceded Him. In confession of faith. Matthew tells us chapter 3: v. 8, we learn that He bad that He also said: “O woman, great is hearers from Tyre and Sidon, among thy faith.” The devil is gone out. You whom may bave been this woman. Her need no longer feel that you are a dog, daughter was afflicted with that worst but one of the children of the feast; of evils--the influence of an unclean take not merely crumbs, but full supspirit.
plies. The Syro-phenician woman displayed marvelous faith and perseverance in III. A DEAF STAMMERER CURED. prayer, as is shown by her coming to a | Vs. 31-37. Jewish Healer, falling at His feet and V. 31. Decapolis, ten cities-in the beseeching His aid. Matthew (15: north-eastern part of Palestine. Their 22) quotes the words of her petition : population was chiefly heathenish. “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Thou V. 32. They bring one that was deaf, Son of David!” He also relates that etc., literally a deaf stammerer. He Jesus “ answered her not a word.” could speak, but only indistinctly. He Thereupon His “disciples came and may have been tongue-tied in addition besought Him, saying, Send ber away; to his deafness. They brought they for she crieth after us;" most likely beseech. Again this representative faith they desired the Master to comply with —some believing for others' good, and her request.
praying for others' belp. V. 27. Let the children first be filled, V. 33. Took him aside: (1) because etc. He seems to discourage her, first He was seeking retirement and would by silence, and then by reminding her avoid publicity. (2) His ministry in that she had no claim upon Him. But that region was at an end, since the this was done to try her faith, and to people had rejected Him. (3) to fix make her still more persevering. Then man's attention on Himself and free it she came and worshipped Him, saying, from the thoughts of the crowd. Lord, help me. The delay only makes “The Lord does now oftentimes lead her more importunate.
a soul apart, sets it in the solitude of a Children-dogs. The Jews were the sick chamber, or in loneliness of spiri', children of Abraham, and looked upon or takes away from it earthly comGentiles as mere dogs; and Jesus made panions and friends, when He would use of this expression both to test her, speak with it and heal it.” (Trench.) and to show His disciples, that if He Put His fingers into his ears—touched did not despise the Gentiles, neither the part he intended to benefit, and must they henceforth. The bread of touched his tongue, the other organ tbst Jife was first to be given to the chosen was to receive help. This was the only people, for charity begins at home. But practical way of holding communicaJesus does not look upon those Gentile tion with a deaf man. “It is only that strangers as wild, untamed dogs, but finger of Thy Spirit, Lord Jesus, that uses the word by which the domestic can open our ears, and make passage pets were known.
through our ears into our hearts. Let “Yes, Lord, yet the dogs under the that finger of Thine be put into our table eat of the children's crumbs ! ” ears; so shall our deafness be removed, She turned Jesus' seeming refusal into and we shall hear.” (Bishop Hall.)
V. 34. Looking up to heaven, to indi. But there, in that far land, shut in cate to the man that all help cometh among the mountains, away from home from above, and not from human and Christian surroundings, sick in body might. Like His touching the ear and and sad in spirit, he had recalled the tongue, it was intended to draw out the lessous of his Hartford mission-school; man's own faith and tacit obedience. and now the aftermath of his discourEphphatha, the Aramaic word for, be aged teacher's influence showed itself in opened.
his words of penitence and gratitude, and In thus gradually restoring the man, of trust in his Redeemer's love.-S. S. rather than by a mere word in an Times. instant, “our Lord drew forth, encouraged, enticed into strength the
BEWARE OF UNBELIEF. feeble faith of the man. He brooded over him with His holy presence of | Let me warn you, that doubt can only love. He gave the faith time to grow. lead you from darkness to darkness, and He cared more for his faith than for his may, in the end, rob you of all power to sight. He let him watch Him, feel believe in God or man. Unbelief is but Him doing it, that he might know and
a poor basis for a good character or a believe.” (McDonald.)
grand life. Faith in God has been the Vs. 35. 37. Was loosed. Hearing was
corper-stone of all that is noble in human restored, and the bond that prevented l bistory, or valuable in human achievespeech was loosed. The miracle was ments. Add to all your scholarship a complete. Tell no man (See comments study of God's word. Cherish in your on v. 33). Jesus was seeking privacy. heart a humble and reverential love of
But the few who witnessed the mira- your Maker, and let the beautiful charcle could not keep it secret, so great acter of Jesus the Christ be your model was their astonishment. Their testi-l of excellence and of life. Trust and mony is that of all who have been with lubey Him.—DR. J. M. GREGORY. Jesus. He hath done all things well.
A little maid in the morning sun
So she hurried the dasher up and down
Till the farmer called, with a half-made frown, his class who seemed thoroughly and
“Churn slowly! hopelessly bad. He visited tbat boy in his wretched home, he invited him to “Don't ply the dasher so fast, my dear, his own pleasant room, he clothed him,
It's not so good for the butter, found one place after another of employ.
' | And will make your arms ache too, I fear,
And put you all in a futterment for him, spoke to him always in For this is a rule, wherever we turn, kindoess, counselling and warning him Don't be in a haste whenever you churnuntiringly; but all to no seeming pur
Churn slowly! pose. The boy was still wild, coarse,
:/“If you'd see your butter come nice and sweet, rolane, reckless, ungraterus.. At last! Don't churn with a nervous jerking, he ran away from his home, and shipped | But ply the dasher slowly and neat-on a Liverpool vessel from New York. You'll hardly know that you're working; The end had come to his life in that | And when the butter has come you'll say, mission.school. but what a harvest for Yes, this is surely the very best way'
Churn slowly!” all that sowing! Three years went by. Then from the interior of British India Now, little folks, do you think that you word came from that boy, saying that A lesson can find in butter?
e was a soldier in the English army Don't be in a haste, whatever you do, under Sir Colin Campbell, battling |
Or get yourself in a flutter;
| And while you stand at life's great churn, 1 against the Sepoys. Already he had | Let the farmer's words to you returnmarched nine hundred miles, and en
"Churn slowly." dured untold privations and hardships. I
FIFTH SUNDAY AFTER EASTER.
May 14, 1882.
The Leaven of the Pharisees. MARK 8; 1-21.
Commit to memory verses 14-17. 1. In those days the multitude being very great, i 12. And he sighed deeply in his spirit, and saith, and having nothing to eat, Jesus called his disciples Why doth this generation seek after a sign” verily unto him, and saith unto them,
I say unto you, There shall no sign be given unto 2. I have compassion on the multitude, because this generation. they have now been with me three days, and have 13. And he left them, and entering into the ship nothing to at:
again departed to the other side. 3. And if I send them away fasting to their own houses, they will faint by the way: for divers of
14. Now the disciples had forgotten to take them came from far.
bread, neither had they in the ship with 4. And his disciples answered him, From whence
them more than one loaf. can a man satisfy these men with bread here in the 15. And he charged them, saying, Take wildernere?
heed, be ware of the leaves of the Pharisees, 5. And he asked them, how many loaves have ye? and of the leaven of Herod. And they said, Seven.
16. And they reasoned among themselves, 6. And he commanded the people to sit down on
saying, I' is because we have no bread. the ground: and he took the seven loures, and gave thanks, and brake, and gave to his disciples to set
17. And when Jesus knew it, he saith unbefore them; and they did set them before the peo
to them, Why reason ye, because ye have ple.
no bread : perceive ye not yet, neither un7. And they had a few small fishes: and he blessed,
derstand: have ye yonr heart yet hardand commanded to set thein also before them
ened? 8. So they did eat, and were filled; and they took | 18. Having eyes, see ye not! and having ears up of the broken meat that was left seven ba-kets hear ye not? and do ye not remember?
9. And they that had eaten were about four thou- 19. When I brake the five loaves among fire sand: and he sent them away.
thousand how many baskets full of fragments took 10. And straight way he eniered into a ship with ye up They say unto him, Twelve. his disciples, and came into the parts of Dalmanu 20. And when the seven among four thousand, tha,
how many baskets full of fragments took ye up? 11. And the Pharisees came forth, and began to And they said, Seven. question with him, seeking of him a sign from hea- ! 21. And he said unto them, How is it that ye do ven, tempting him.
r 1. SECOND FEEDING OF THE MULTITUDES. Vs. 1-9. OUTLINE: 2. SEEKING SIGNS. Vs. 10-13.
( 3. THE LEAVEN OF HYPOCRISY AND UNBELIEF. Vs. 14 21.
Verses 1-9. In lesson third we learned of the feeding of five thousand, near Bethsaida; here we learn of the feeding of four thousand, in the region of Decapolis. The former took place north of the Sea of Galilee ; this south-east. Then the disciples had fire loaves and fico fishes; this time they have seren loaves, and a "few small fishes." That time they gathered fuelve baskets of fragments; this time seren baskets. Such are some of the differences between the two miracles; otherwise they are alike. 10. Dalmanuth, sonth of Capernaum, 11. Secking a sign, tenipting. Ignoring His miracles, and seeking a dispiay in the skies. 12. No sign. Faith does not spring from wonder-works. 15. Learn the false opinions, unbelief and hypocrisy of the sign-seekers Bered, the worldly-minded, skeptical king. 21. Not understand. They remembered the facts, but learned no spiritual lessons from them.
CATECHISM. Ques. 20. Are all men, then, as they perished in Ans. No, only those who are ingrafted into Him Adam, saved by Christ?'
| and receive all His Lenefits by a true faith,
QUESTIONS. Verses 1-3. What led Jesus to work this 14. Was this discourse spoken on land, or second miracle of feeding the multitudes? Is on the water? He still touched by the sufferings of men ? 15. Against what does He warn them ? (Heb. 4: 15).
What is leaven commonly called? What 4-9. In what points does this miracle | does it typify? (See Matt. 16: 11-12). Is differ from the former? Does it teach us the there not gospel-leaven, as well as that of same lessons ?
hypocrisy? 11. What did the Pharisees seek? Did 16-21. What mistake did the disciples they desire this to confirm faith, or did they make ? Did they utter their opinions aloud ? wish to entrap Him ?
How, then, did Jesus know them? Why is 12. Had He not done sufficient miracles to it that so many “ do not understand ?" What convince any earnest mind? Why did He blinds the mind? What prayer is suitable sigh?
for each of us? (See Psalam 119: 18). 13. To whom is this departure a warning?