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been in substance pointed out. 3. For Tuesday, “ What good In other cases, however, the shall I do for my relations afirst comfortable exercises may broad ?” Sometimes he changed be so long continued, or repeat it for another, namely, “ What ed after such short intervals, good shall I do to my enemies? that a settled assurance of hope And how shall I overcome evil may soon be obtained. In other with good ?". cases, again, without those ele 4. For Wednesday, “ What vated views which have been de. shall I do for the churches of the scribed, there may be such an Lord, and the more general inaccurate discernment of the dis- terests of religion in the world ?* tinguishing nature of gracious 5. For Thursday, “ What exercises of a lower order, to-good may I do in the several sogether with such a clear percep- cieties to which I am related ?" tion and conviction of the un 6. For Friday, " What special changeable nature of the cove- subjects of affliction, and objects nant of grace, that the assur- of compassion, may I take unance of hope, as a habit, may der my particular care ? And be possessed almost from the what shall I do for them ?” first.
7. For Saturday, “ What (To be continued.) more have I to do for the inter
est of God in my own heart and life?"
A week well spent.
By Dr. C. Mather, of Boston, in
WE publish the following IT was constantly one of the Anecdote in hopes it will yield first thoughts in a morning of that pleasure to our readers this very successful minister, *
which we received at its récital “What good may I do to-day?” —the source from whence it He resolved this question into comes, leaves little doubt of its the following particulars :
authenticity. 1. His question for the Lord's
A young girl about seven or day morning constantly was, eight years of age, of a pious “ What shall I do, as a pastor | cast and uncommonly fond of of a church, for the good of the attending church on the Sabbath, Aock under my charge ?"
was asked by an Atheist-how 2. For Monday, “ What shall large she supposed her God to I do for the good of my own be? to which she with admirafamily ?"
ble readiness replied that HE * In the first year of his ministry heavens cannot contain him, and
is so great that the heaven of (though only about 18 years of age) he had reason to believe he was yet so kindly condescending as made the instrument of converting to dwell in my little heart.” at loast 30 souls.
Isaiah Chap. 53.
WHOSE faith has trac'd in David's less'ning line,
Who hath beheld, by Heav'n's prophetic word,
No shouts triumphal wake the natal morn,
No form peculiar future grace portends, 10 No titled greatness on his youth attends ; 11 No pleasing hopes maturer years impart, 12 No kindred wishes kindle in his heart,
Nor form etherial, such as angels wear,
Or withering root that mocks the culture's toil, 17 So springs the Prince of life. No eyes behold, 18 The grace or glory his designs unfold.
Himself despis’d, rejected of our race,
Reproach their gratitude, his portion vo. 23 Labor and pain a furrow'd visage wears,
Full deep, the channel for incessant tears, 25 Suffus'd with grief he veils from human eyes,
The face still blushing for his enemies.
Yet man incensate bids the sufferer groan,
But Hear'n on liim inflicts the vengeful blow,
Mute as the peaceful lamb condemn'd to smoke,
He bows submissive to the unequal stroke. 47 By rage and violence from judgment toin,
To earth's dark cavern is the prisoner borne. 49 No herald seeks for him with loud acclaim,
An honest witness to his injur'd name ;
Since passion mark'd his course, nor fell deceit, 56 An equal tomb receives him and the great.
Now God's eternal counsel to fulfil,
Faith to his blood shall point th' unerring way, 76 And Light bimself illume the darksome day.
From north to south, from orient to the west,
Line 4th...How small will be the number of those who at Christ's appearing, will receive him as the promised Messiah. He came to his own, and they received him not. They laughed at his pretensions. The prophet in the first verse of this chapter does not allude to the number of those to whom the gospel shall be preached, but of those to whom Christ in spirituality should be revealed.
5 Instead of a palace, the common birth-place of kings, that of Christ was a stable-instead of a bed of state, a manger and a couch of straw received him. The herds of the stall take the place of maids of honor.
6 It is hardly to be supposed that the wise men of the east paid the infant regal honors.
10 Till his entrance upon the ministry, he was called the carpenter's son.
11, 12 An assumption of the imperial purple would have inspired his nation with more pleasing hopes, than a victory over the doctors in the temple and a deliverance from their subjection to the Roman yoke, the only business, as they imagined, of the Shiloh that was to come, would have much better met their expectations than the overthrow of the rulers of the darkness of this world.
17 He grew up insensibly and without observation, 'tis said ; that the figure employed better represents his imagined inability to resist the enemies of the Jewish nation.—His springing from their nation at that time weak and depressed may have given rise to the allusion to a root in a dry ground or barren soil, but it is more natural to suppose it a figure of his descent from the decayed and reduced family of David.
18 There is no beauty in him that we should desire him, doubtless has reference to his design and object, rather than luis person.
23 His visage was so marred more than the sons of men. He was so macerated and worn with continual griefs, that when but little more than 30 years of age, he was taken to be near 50. Epistle of Lentulus to the Roman senate quoted by Henry on the place.
25 He hid, as it were, his face from us; such is the marginal reading, probably the most correct—though neither can be thought literal expressions.
28 Yet we did esteem him stricken of God. According to Bp. Lowth judicially smitten.
47 He was taken from prison and from judgment. Scarcely two commentators agree in the exposition of this passage. By the judgment of Pilate, Christ was acquitted, but at the suggestion of his release the tumult was so great he was constrained to give him up to the populace. Thus was he taken from or against judgment. It is not so easy to determine in what sense he was taken from prison—some translations rer:der it, he was taken away by distress and judgment.
49 And who shall declare his generation ? His manner of life who would declare. (Lowth.) It is said in the Mishna and Gemara of Babylon to have been a custom of the country before any person was punished for a capital offence-proclamation was made by the public crier in these words, Quicunque noverit de ejus innocentia veniat et doceat de eo, and though our Lord seems John xviii. &c. to refer to this custom and to claim the privilege it was denied him.
56 And he made his grave with the wicked and the rich in his death. Either by the oversight of the translators there is a transposition here, or the prediction relates not to the events generally supposed. According to the evangelists he made his grave with the honorable and his death with malefactors. Lowth has it, he made his death with the wicked and with the rich man his tomb.
76 I am the light of the world.
Donation to the Missionary Society of Connecticut. 1808. April 1. Received from the Church in Stonington..........S 12 50
Life and Character of Rev.Jona Among the members of the than Edwards.
church thus composed, some
young persons had associated (Concluded from p. 178.) together for the purpose of con
versation, and reading books upR. EDWARDS from his on subjects of an immoral and
1727, continued laboring among to the knowledge of their pastor, the people of Northampton with and he, after preaching a sermon great success, and to the entire adapted to the case, laid the subsatisfaction of the people, for ject before the church, but withabout seventeen years, before out mentioning the names of any event happened to disturb the delinquents. The church their harmony. The church at almost unanimously, and with Northampton, had before the great zeal, assented to the pro. year 1744, been composed of all priety of examining into the persons in the town not of a conduct of the members accused, scandalous behaviour, or of and appointed a committee to as openly vicious lives, who from sist Mr. Edwards in the enquiry. fashion, for reputation's sake, In pursuance of the request of or a desire to have their children the church, he appointed a meet. baptized, were willing to own ing at his own house, to which the covenant. This organiza- he invited the attendance of all tion of the church, had been those who were accused as well introduced by Mr. Stoddard the as witnesses, without discrimi. predecessor of Mr. Edwards, nating who were witnesses and and had without much attention who were accused. It was then been for many years practised discovered that the
persons upon by Mr. Edwards. named were either nearly or VOL. I. NO. 6.