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he saw him no more : and he took hold of his own clothes, and rent them in two pieces. He took up also the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and went back, and stood by the bank of Jordan; "and he
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, took the mantle of Elijah sents several instances, where the that fell from him, and smote removal or bestowal of some grace the waters, and said, Where or power, is indicated by a correis the LORD God of Elijah ? sponding outward sign. See 1 Sam. and when he also had smitten
xv. 27, and 1 Kings xi. 31. the waters, they parted hither and thither : and Elisha went over. And when the sons of the prophets which were to view at Jericho saw him, they said, The spirit of Elijah doth rest on Elisha. And they came to meet him, and bowed themselves to the ground before him. And they said unto him, Behold now, there be with thy servants fifty strong men ; let them go, we pray thee, and seek thy master : lest peradventure the Spirit of the Lord hath taken him up, and cast him upon some mountain, or into some valley. And he said, Ye shall not send. And when they urged him till he was ashamed, he said, Send. They sent therefore fifty men ; and they sought three days, but found him not. And when they came again to him, (for he tarried at Jericho,) he said unto them, Did I not say unto you, Go not? And the men of the city said unto Elisha, Behold, I pray thee, the situation of this city is pleasant, as my lord seeth : but the water is naught, and the ground barren. And he said, Bring me a new cruse, and put salt therein. And they brought it to him. And he went forth unto the spring of the waters, and cast the salt in there, and said, Thus saith the LORD, I have healed these waters ; there shall not be from thence any more death or barren land. So the waters were healed unto this day, according to the saying of Elisha which he spake. And he went up from thence unto Beth-el: and as he was going up by the way, there came forth little children out of the city, and mocked him, and said unto him, Go up, thou bald head; go up, thou bald head. 24 And he turned 24 Habitual reverence towards the back, and looked on them, aged forms a prominent religious and cursed them in the name duty in the young. The divine curse of the Lord. And there came rests upon the mockers of old age. forth two she bears out of the wood, and tare forty and two children of them. And he went from thence to mount Carmel, and from thence he returned to Samaria.
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Monday in Whitsun-week.
MORNING. GENESIS xi. to ver. 10. "And the whole earth was Language and speech are the gift of one language, and of one of God. This thought should teach speech. And it came to pass,
honour of the Giver. as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt there. And they said one to another, Go to, let us make brick, and burn them throughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had they Nimrod and his followers thought, for morter. 4 And they said, by building this tower, to secure Go to, let us build us a city themselves against any future flood and a tower, whose top may
of waters, and at the same time be
conspicuous as a wise and mighty reach unto heaven ; and let
people. They knew that unity was us make us a name, lest we strength : thence their fear of disbe scattered abroad upon the persion *. face of the whole earth sAnd God is equally present everywhere.
The particular expression here is the LORD came down to see in conformity with human nature and the city and the tower, which habits, indicating that all men should the children of men builded. see by the effects of the work, that And the LORD said, Behold, the hand of God had done it. the people is one, and they have all one language ; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have ima- 7 God often confounds the designs gined to do. Go to, let us of the wicked when they least look go down, and there confound for punishment, and by the mode in their language, that they may
which they least contemplate it +.
8 Thus by a strictly retributive jusnot understand one another's
tice these “sons of men” brought speech. * So the LORD
upon themselves exactly the consescattered them abroad from quences they in their pride had hoped thence upon the face of all to avoid-as stated in verse 4. the earth : and they left off to 9“ Babel” is a word meaning "conbuild the city. À Therefore fusion.” is the name of it called Babel; because the LORD did there confound the language of all the earth : and from thence did the LORD scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth.
* Though an hundred years had passed since the flood, we may well suppose that the recollection of that awful event was still fresh in their minds.
+ So their gracious Father delivers his faithful servants often in a time least hoped for, and by means least expected.
Let us be warned! Let us not think to stand in our own strength. That is to build up for ourselves Babel towers of pride, which will confound and ruin us. Blessed be God for his Gospel, which figuratively, at the day of Pentecost, did unite all men again by one language-the language of praise and adoration, as accepted sons of God, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
EVENING. NUMBERS xi, ver. 16 to ver. 30. AND the LORD said unto Moses, Gather unto me seventy men of the elders of Israel, whom thou knowest to be the elders of the people, and officers over them; and bring them unto the tabernacle of the congregation, that they may stand there with thee. 17 And I will come 17 Thus too our divine Master is down and talk with thee now ever at hand, ready to come there : and I will take of the down, and talk with us by his Spirit;
supplying to us, his ministering serspint which is upon thee, ana vants, such aid as may be needful will put it upon them; and for the due performance of our ofthey shall bear the burden of fice* the people with thee, that thou bear it not thyself alone. And say thou unto the people, Sanctify yourselves against to morTow, and ye shall eat flesh: for ye have wept in the ears of the LORD, saying, Who shall give us flesh to eat? for it was well with us in Egypt: therefore the LORD will give you flesh, and ye shall eat. Ye shall not eat one day, nor two days, nor five days, neither ten days, nor twenty days; but even a whole month, until it come out at your nostrils, and it be loathsome unto you : because that ye have despised the LORD which is among you, and have wept before him, saying, Why came we forth out of Egypt? And Moses said, The people, among whom I am, are six hundred thousand footmen, and thou hast said, I will give them flesh, that they may eat a whole month. Shall the flocks and the herds be slain for them, to suffice them? or shall all the fish of the sea be gathered together for them, to suffice them? 23 And 23 What God wills, shall be done ; the LORD said unto Moses, though man's wisdom imagineth not Is the Lord's hand waxed the means. short? thou shalt see now whether my word shall come to pass unto thee or not. And Moses went out, and told the people the words of the LORD, and gathered the seventy men of the elders of the people, and set them round about the tabernacle. And the LORD came down in a cloud, and spake unto him, and took of the spirit that was upon him, and gave
* Doubtless, those angels which alway do the Lord service in heaven, are permitted, though invisible, to “succour and defend us on earth" directing, guarding, and sustaining us-bearing our burden with us.
it unto the seventy elders : and it came to pass, that, when the spirit rested upon them, they prophesied, and did not cease. But there remained two of the men in the camp, the name of the one was Eldad, and the name of the other Medad : and the spirit rested upon them; and they were of them that were written, but went not out unto the tabernacle : and they prophesied in the camp. And there ran a young man, and told Moses, and said, Eldad and Medad do prophesy in the camp. And Joshua the son of Nun, the servant of Moses, one of his young men, answered and said, My lord Moses, forbid them. And Moses said unto him, Enviest thou for my sake ? would God that all the Lord's people were prophets, and that the LORD would put his spirit upon them !
Never let me desire any other state or condition of life than that appointed me ; lest God in anger grant my desire, and I find the change bring only care more bitter, and sorrows more multiplied.
Tuesday in Whitsun-week.
MORNING. 1 SAMUEL xix. ver. 18. So David fled, and escaped, and came to Samuel to Ramah, and told him all that Saul had done to him. And he and Samuel went and dwelt in Naioth. And it was told Saul. saying, Behold, David is at Naioth in Ramah. And Saul sent messengers to take David : and when they saw the company of the prophets prophesying, and Samuel standing as appointed over them, the Spirit of God was upon the messengers of Saul, and they also prophesied. And when it was told Saul. he sent other messengers, and they prophesied likewise. And Saul sent messengers again the third time, and they prophesied also. Then went he also to Ramah, and came to a great well that is in Sechu: and he asked and said, Where are Samuel and David ? And one said, Behold, they be at Naioth in Ramah. 23 And he went 23
23 Saul being thus seized with a thither to Naioth in Ramah : prophetic spirit, his intended violence and the Spirit of God was against David was forgotten. Othe upon him also, and he went gracious providence of God, in on, and prophesied, until he dispersing the evils which wicked
men devise against his servants ! Is came to Naioth in Ramah.
not David's God, our God. And he stripped off his clothes also, and prophesied before Samuel in like manner, and lay down naked all that day and all that night. Wherefore they say, Is Saul also among the prophets ?
EVENING. DEUTERONOMY XXX. And it shall come to pass, when all these things are come upon thee, the blessing and the curse, which I have set before thee, and thou shalt call them to mind among all the nations, whither the LORD thy God hath > Behold the proof of true repentdriven thee, and shalt return ance !—even "obedience” according imto the LORD thy God, and to the commandment. shalt obey his voice according to all that I command thee this day, thou and thy children, with all thine heart, and with all thy soul ; that then the LORD thy God will turn thy captivity, and have compassion upon thee, and will return and gather thee from all the nations, whither the LORD thy God hath scattered thee. If any of Is the Church persecuted ? Are thine be driven out unto the her faithful sons dispersed ? Lo ! outmost parts of heaven, from God will at last surely gather them, thence will the LORD thy and lead them to their home in God gather thee, and from heaven *. thence will he fetch thee : and the LORD thy God will bring thee into the land which thy fathers possessed, and thou shalt possess it ; and he will do thee good, and multiply thee above thy fathers. And the LORD 6 St. Paul likewise reminds us, that thy God will circumcise thine the true circumcision is “ that of the heart, and the heart of thy heart; in the spirit, and not in the seed, to love the LORD thy
letter"-even, the removal of sin. God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, that thou mayest live. And the LORD
RD 7 God adapted his proceedings on thy God will put all these this occasion to a temporary dispencurses upon thine enemies, sation. They were a token, however, and on them that hate thee, of surer vengeance for the wicked, which persecuted thee. And and extended blessing to the rightthou shalt return and obey
• eous, in another and a better world. the voice of the LORD, and do all his commandments which I command thee this day. And the LORD thy God will make thee plenteous in every work of thine hand, in the fruit of thy body, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy land, for good : for the LORD will again rejoice over thee for good, as he rejoiced over thy fathers : if thou shalt hearken
What a motive to faithfulness does this thought suggest. If ye live and die true Christians, ye lay up in store, comfort for generations yet inborn. Your example will yet live to encourage them; and when thy children's children ask_“ Our fathers where are they?"_Hope may without presumption whisper to the heart of affection—" Lo ! they rest in the promised land of joy."