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treason was known to the army, which god,' while,“ happy is the people whose was then laying seige to Gibbethon, of God is the Lord.' the Philistines, they made Omri their The reign of Ahab commenced two general, king, and immediately followed or three years earlier than that of Je. him to lay siege to Tirzah ; and when hoshaphat; we will therefore direct our Zimri saw that they had forced an en- first attention to his affairs. He is in. trance into the city, he set fire to the royal troduced to our notice with the declarapalace, and perished in the flames. The tion that “ he did evil in the sight of the troubles of Israel increased, for many Lord above all that were before him.' of the people not approving of the mil
. He married Jezebel, a daughter of the itary appointment of Omri, chose Tibni king of Sidon, and aunt, it is supposed, to be their sovereign. This plunged to Dido, the celebrated founder and the nation into a civil war which lasted queen of Carthage. Jezebel was a de six years, when “Tibni died and Omri voted idolater. She was a woman of reigned.' Omri fixed the royal resi- singular address, extraordinary vices, dence at Samaria, which city be forti- amazing talents and power; and she fied as the capital of bis kingdom. He acquired a most commanding influence reigned only six years after the death over Ahab, and encouraged and prompted of Tibni, and though it is said he did him to plunge himself and his people worse than all that were before him, into the most debased and abominable he was succeeded by his son Ahab, idolatries. A temple was built to Baal who was a monster in iniquity and in Samaria, and heathen priests were crime.
appointed. A grove was also set up by During these distracting changes in him for the obscene rites connected with Israel, the kingdom of Judah was com- this abomination. The worship of the paratively tranquil. The rising of Asa's true God was suppressed, and as there sun was brighter than its setting. We were many prophets who proclaimed his are told that in his old age, when dis- name, an order was sent from Jezebel, eased in his feet, he had not recourse to to destroy them all: and all, apparently, the Lord, but to physicians. He reigned would have been exterminated had not forty-one years. His whole reign illus. Obadiah, one of Ahab's ministers, comtrates the word of the prophet, the cealed a hundred of them from the Lord is with you while ye be with him.' agents of this infamous woman. The greater part of his years were pros. These sins did not long pass unperous, and, on the whole, he approached punished. God raised up a prophet of nearer to the spirit of the theocracy than exceeding virtue and courage, who the major part of the more excellent of should boldly reprove both the prince the Hebrew princes. He had a sump- and the people. Accordingly, when the tuous funeral, and was succeeded by his most degrading idolatry polluted every son Jehoshaphat.
hill, and every grove was a scene of The period upon which we now enter, unhallowed deeds, this unknown person presents an awful contrast between the appeared in the royal presence, and kings of Judah and Israel, and the con. said, “As the Lord God of Israel liveth, dition of the two countries. The king before whom I stand, there shall not be dom of Israel, under Ahab, presented dew nor rain these three years, but the revolting scene of a besotted and according to my word.' Elijah, for wicked prince leading his people into that was the prophet's name, having the depths of depravity and idolatry, delivered his message to the astonished and thus exposing them to every species king, departed from his presence, and of suffering: while in the kingdom of was concealed in the cliffs beside the Judah, we contemplate a virtuous and brook Cherith, where the ravens, guided religious king, diffusing light and know- by a miraculous impulse, brought him ledge and piety amongst his subjects, food from day to day. The word of the and bringing down the blessing of God, prophet was fulfilled, and the heavens both upon himself and his people. became as brass,' and the earth as These events seem to have run parallel iron,' and every effort to find the prowith each other for nearly twenty years, phet was made by the king of Israel, so that the most superficial observer but in vain. The Lord had hid him, must have seen, that their sorrows are and man could not find him. multiplied that hasten after another After some time, the drought became
so severe that the brook Cherith was of the bay of Acre, then became the dried up, and the prophet was then di. site of one of the most extraordinary rected to a widow, of Zarephath, on the judgments on record. From its elevated coast of Sidon. Hungry and faint he sides Elijah addressed the assembled approached this place, and he saw a multitude. He upbraided them with poor woman who was gathering sticks, their folly and vacillation in matters and he asked her for water, and as she of the most awful import, and said, was going to fetch it, he added a re- How long halt ye between
two quest for a small piece of bread; she, opinions? If the Lord be God, serve recognizing him as a prophet of the him; but if Baal, then follow him.' Lord, replied, 'As the Lord thy God The people were silent. He then proliveth, I have not a cake, but a handful posed that the real divinity of these of meal in a barrel, and a little oil in a deities should be tested. Baal's priests cruise : and behold, I am gathering two were to kill a sacrifice and lay the wood sticks, that I may go in and dress it in order, but to put no fire under it, for me and my son, that we may eat and then call upon their god : and he it and die.' 'Elijah encouraged her, would do the same; and the God that and assured her that the meal should answered by fire to consume the sacrinot waste, nor the oil fail, until the fice, was to be acknowledged. The Lord should send rain on the earth. people assented to this; and Baal's In this miraculous manner was Elijah priests prepared a sacrifice, and called and this widow and her family sus- on their god, and cried from morning tained, until the famine ceased. The until noon, saying, “O Baal, hear us.” son of the widow afterwards died, but But there was no voice, neither any the prophet raised him up again to life. that answered.' And about noon • Eli
The years of threatened drought being jah mocked them, and said, “ Cry aloud, expired, Elijah was directed to shew for he is a god; either he is talking, or himself unto Ahab. The wicked king, he is pursuing, or he is in a journey, or who had heard the threatening, and ex. peradventure he sleepeth, and must be perienced its accomplishment, and had awaked." They cried, they leaped upon sent in vain to every part of the land their altar, they cut themselves with and to surrounding kingdoms, to search lancets, but all in vain. Elijah, in the for the prophet, was now seeking water middle of the afternoon, called the people for his cattle; and while he and his near to himself, and having repaired servant Obadiah, were pursuing this an altar of the Lord, he prepared a object in different directions, the pro- sacrifice and wood ; and to preclude the phet met Obadiah, who fell down at his possibility of a doubt in their minds, he feet, and being most solemnly assured directed them again and again, to satuby Elijah, that he would shew himself rate the sacrifice, wood and altar, with to the king that day, Obadiah went for water. He then came near, and prayed, him; and when he came unto the pro- 'O Lord God of Abraham, Isaac, and phet, the king in a temper most surly Israel, let it be known this day that and unsubdued, said, “Art thou he that thou art God in Israel, and that I am troubleth Israel ? But the prophet thy servant, and that I have done these sternly replied, that the troubles of things at thy word. Hear me, O Lord, Israel were occasioned by the vile idol hear me, that this people may know atry of the king and his people : and that thou art the Lord God, and that with a voice of authority, he directed thou hast turned their heart back again.' Ahab to summon the people, and also Then the fire of the Lord fell, and conthe priests of Baal, and of the groves sumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood, 850 men, to meet him at Carmel. and the stones, and the dust, and Awed by the majesty of the prophet, licked up the water that was in the and led by the power of God, the king trench. And when the people saw it, obeyed this mandate; and the priests they fell on their faces, and said, “The and a great multitude of the people Lord, he is the God; the Lord, he is assembled early the next morning at the God.' And Elijah said unto them, the place appointed.
'take the prophets of Baal; let not This beautiful and picturesque moun- one of them escape. And they took tain, which extends itself into the sea, them; and Elijah brought them down so as to form the south-western coast to the brook Kisbon, and slew them there.' He then, having convinced the length there appeared a little cloud out people of the folly of idolatry, and of the sea, like a man's hand. It rose executed vengeance on the priests of higher and higher, until the heaven Baal, assured Ahab that there would be was black with clouds and wind, and abundance of rain. He ascended to the there was a great rain. And Elijah top of Carmel to pray, and directed his ran before Ahab's chariot to Jezreel. servant to look out for clouds; and at
REVIEW ELISHA. From the German of Dr. F. W. the verses, 'To my own soul,' written by the
Krummacher, Author of · Elijah the Tish. author on entering upon a new year, are the bite.' Part II. Tract Society. 8vo., most pleasing, and, in many respects, the
best part of the volume. The writings of Dr. Krummacher have ob DIPPING IS BAPTIZING. By J. H. Wood. tained a very extensive circulation in this A reply to · Dipping noi Baptizing,' by country. They are justly esteemed for their the Rev. W. Thorn. Winks, Leicester. rich evangelical sentiment, and the happy In this twenty-four paged tract the fallaey of use he makes of facts and incidents, hitherto regarded as yielding little material for
Mr. Thoro's arguments for sprinkling, and thought and reflection. There is much of
the futility of his objections against immerthe poetry of feeling in his writings, and if,
sion, are briefly, but very satisfactorily es. at times, his allusions are remote, and his
posed. Any one who has been startled with figures profuse; if a sober critic is occa
the adventurous assertions and the extravasionally called on to pronounce his expo
gant criticims of Mr. Thorn, may peruse this sitions fanciful, and his style of thought
able pamphlet to advantage. romantic, -all this must be forgiven in a
Surely, the baptismal controversy is drar. writer so rich in thought and emotion.
ing to a close. Every pook and cranny of it
seems to have been explored. Little can be The present volume contains twelve exercises, the history of Elijah, commencing
added to Drs. Carson and Halley ; both of
whom, it is remarkable, treated Mr. Thore with 2 Kings vi., and ending with viji. 15. They bear the following titles,—The
with deserved contempt. We are gratifed New Erection - The Mount of Chariots
to perceive that Mr. Stovell regards the quesIsrael and the Heathen — The Royal Peni.
tion of mode as being settled, or at least be tent - Divine Protection - The Curse of reply to Dr. Halley, to confine his attention
proposes, in his lectures on baptism, in Unbelief—The Breaking up of the CampGood Tidings—God is faithful to his word mainly to the proper subjects of this rite.
-The Restitution - The Walk to Damascus Sr. BARTHOLOMEW's Day COMMEMORATED; -Hazael.
or, the principles of congregational dissent They will be read with interest and profit
explained and defended. By A. EWING, by a serious and devout christian. They M. A. invest this part of sacred history with new charms,
This is the substance of two discourses de
livered on the 24th of August last. It is THE IMPORTANT ENQUIRY, How WILL IT mainly directed to a statement and defence of END? or, the contrast between real and
the principles of Independency,—as the soffinominal christians, attempted in verse. ciency of the scriptures as a rule of faith and By an Aged Pilgrim. With an Appendix. practice - private judgment—the spirituality Large 8vo., pp. 56. Aylott and Jones.
of Christ's kingdom-the form, offices, and The poem, the title of which is given above, order of scriptural churches. contains many serious thoughts, appropri.
THE WORDS OF A BELIEVER. By the ately expressed, by an aged pilgrim, who has
ABBE DE LA MENNAIS. Translated from made many observations on the inconsisten
the French by Edward Smith Pryce, A. B. cies of religious professors, and has been led to entertain just fears lest many of them were
Aylott and Jones. not pursuing a course which would end well. This is a very curious production. It contains We were rather disposed to wish this poem many gems. It is often wild, dreamy, and had been extended, and several of its im- obscure. Some of its sentiments will not be portant suggestions considerably amplified. approved; but many are valuable, and The volume contains, also, several fragments couched in brief and pithy terms. Ils forty both in prose and verse. That on the love of chapters embrace a wide range of topics retruth appears to be the most elaborate; but lating to religion, order, virtue, &c., &c.
FRIENDLY HINTS TO FEMALE SERVANTS, wisdom. It is written in a good spirit, and
on the best means for promoting their own is full of the best advice. and their employers' happinessBy Mrs. FRIENDLY HINTS TO TRADESMEN'S ASSISTJ. BAKEWELL. J. Snow, London.
ANTS, on their duties, difficulties, and Tas neat little book, which is a suitable encouragements. Tract Society. present to female servants, is full of practical Honest, useful, and appropriate.
CORRESPONDENCE. ERRATA IN THE LAST MINUTES. medium of your valuable miscellany, the To the Editor of the General Baptist Repository.
receipt of the following donations of books DEAR BROTHER,--It appears I have
for the library of the Academy :-twenty.
nine valuable volumes from Mr. Leigh, of made an error or two in the Minutes; will
Erith; twenty-three from Mr. Hurst, of you have the kindness to allow of their correction in the Repository?
Nottingham, together with a pair of globes. 1. Mr. Pike, of Derby, is to preach at
A parcel of valuable books, about twenty
in number, were also received from Mrs. the next Association, in case of failure.
Cockle,* of Cambridge, about six months 2. Mr. Felkin's name was omitted in the
ago. list of ministers by mistake. He is the
It will gratify some of our friends to learn minister of Smalley church.
that Mr. J. Jones has obtained one of Dr. Yours Affectionately,
J. WALLIS. To the Editor of the General Baptist Repository.
* A list of these was received after the above Sir, I beg to acknowledge, through the was in type.
OBITUARY. LAST spring, by a remarkable visitation confirmed by other of her intimate and of Divine Providence, the General Baptist most respected christian friends. Her Church, Clarence Street, Portsea, in the character, from an early period, and to island of Portsea, was deprived, within the last of her mortal life, exhibited a little more than a month, of the valuable peculiar firmness and consistency. She services of three young female members, never seems to have been disturbed by the who had devoted their best energies and love or the cares of the world, so far as to affections to the Sabbath-school. They all affect the evenness of her holy walk. Her died of consumption; and were interred path may be said to have been, from the at intervals of a fortnight, in the beautiful first, straight on to heaven, turning neither to cemetery belonging to the dissenters of the right hand nor to the left. Her conver. Portsea. It was truly melancholy to sion was no sudden occurrence; she could follow one after the other to the gloomy not trace it, but of its reality there could grave; but their friends desire to be be po doubt. Her early reverence for truth thankful for the good hope in which they was particularly mentioned to us. Though rest of a joyful resurrection.
young, she was a plain, sincere out-speaker, The first of the three who died, was Miss whenever she beheld what she deemed in. Elizabeth Turner, aged twenty-seven. She compatible with the true welfare of the was born at Landport, on the same island, school or the church with which she was October 14th, 1817. During her early connected. Her last illness commenced years she attended the Baptist chapel, in with a violent cold, that settled upon her Lake Lane, and was brought up in the lungs; and during three years and six Sabbath-school belonging to that place. months she continued to decline. Last Subsequently she entered the Clarence spring it became evident to all that her Street School, of which she was a teacher sufferings were drawing to a close. She atten years. An only surviving sister, with tended the Lord's-table at the beginning of whom she resided, and who attended her March, which was the last time of her going through all her long illness with unwearied out. She wished much to have visited ber solicitude, has furnished us with a few two fellow teachers, then in a similar condi. particulars of her death, which we have had tion with herself, but was upable. She
received, however, a last visit from one of 3rd of May. She died in her chair, accord. them; and it will readily be imagined that ing to her wish, and was firm to the last, the meeting must have been affecting to rejoicing by signs when her speech failed. both, for they were fully aware of the great change that was rapidly approaching. At Thomas Sutton was for more than parting, Elizabeth Turner said to her fellow eleven years a consistent, active, and useful sufferer, soon to be her companion in glory, member of the General Baptist Church, We shall never meet more in this world, Archdeacon Lane, Leicester. Our departed but I hope we soon shall in that better land. friend was a native of Bitteswell, near LutThough the realization of this hope was terworth. In his childhood and youth be not deferred many weeks, there were times attended the established church, and its Sudwhen Elizabeth became impatient to depart. day-school. At the age of nineteen he came She longed, we are told, to be gone, often to Leicester, and lodged with a Mr. Samuel saying she was only waiting for the coming Barker, a member of the church in Arcbof Christ. Do you think it will be long?' deacon Lane, with whom he resided about she anxiously asked of her aunt, three days twenty years, as a son, and a brother tenbefore her decease. "No, my dear,' was the derly beloved. He attended the public wa. reply. 'How long do you think ? she ship with Mr. B., for some years before be repeated; 'do you think it will be weeks?' had any serious impressions of the import'No.' • Will it be many days?' Her ance of religion; at length the sad thought aunt did not think it would. ·0, I hope of his procrastination was so deeply imnot, I hope not!' she fervently ejaculated. pressed upon his mind, that he devoted his Another friend gently reproved this eager- most earnest attention to his spiritual inte. ness, telling her she should patiently wait
He felt the deep deprayity of human the Lord's-time; and she meekly acquiesced. nature-he mourned his lost conditionBeing asked if she had any fear of dying, and the Saviour was embraced to the joy of she replied, with steadfast composure, 'Oh his soul. Having found Jesus precioas to no, I am not afraid; I am quite happy. himself, and the spirit bearing witness with The same firmness was exhibited to her his spirit that he was a child of God, a physician. On the Tuesday previous to the warmth of affection and an earnestness of Friday on which she died, she requested consecration to God marked his future path. him to give her something to relieve the He was baptized, and received into the dryness in her throat, adding, but give me church, in March, 1834. He was a regular, nothing to keep me longer in this world. steady, and affectionate teacher in the sak He replied that would be impossible. "Oh, bath-school for many years. His uniform she exclaimed, 'I thank you for telling me attendance at the prayer meetings, od that plainly, I like you all the better for fervent addresses at a throne of grace, led that.' Early on the last Friday in April, the brethren to encourage him to the work she awoke about four o'clock, and entered of exhortation, and preaching the gospel. into a long conversation with her sister, The simplicity of his manner, and the affecchiefly concerning her worldly affairs. tionate solicitude he had for the salvation of Having disposed of these, she thanked her sinners, won upon many;
so that bis sister for all her love and care, expressing labours were blessed in numerous instances, herself only anxious lest she should be worn especially among the Sabbath.scbolars. out with what she had done for ber; and He was of a retiring, modest disposition, afraid lest in dying she might give ber and deeply humble in bis deportment. The sister more trouble. In the forenoon a constitution of nur departed friend was deli. friend asked if she had any thing more to cate, and for some years he was subject to say to her brother or sister. “No,' she re- epileptic fits, which became so strong as to plied, 'I have given all up to them; and render it unsafe for him to take his journeys now I have done with all on earth, I have for village preaching alone. The last time nothing more to do with any one; I only he was engaged in preaching, he was seized wish to be with my Saviour. “Then,' said with a fit at the close of his discourse. her friend, 'it is with you as it was with the On the 21st of September, he was taken apostle,-you have fought the good fight; 80 unwell as to prevent his attending public you have finished your course, and have worship, and on Monday became more serikept the faith.' Elizabeth replied with the ously ill. Aware his journey was almost following verse,'Yes, and “benceforth ended, he disposed of his stock of books to there is laid up for me a crown of righteous- such of his friends as he considered might ness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, be most benefited by them. During these shall give me at that day; and not to me few days he had great affliction of body, only, but unto all them also that love his but divine consolation in his soul. He appearing." This verse was very appro. observed to Mrs. Barker it was a gloomy priately taken by her pastor, the Rev. E. H. morning; but he said, it will not be Burton, for her funeral text, on Sunday the gloomy to me long;' evidently anticipating