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(Continued from page 213.) B. C. 1042.

P.-And how has he built a hou


C.-By uniting believers in DAVID.

through him, as it is said by St. Pan

in his Epistle to the Ephesians, ti 2 SAM. VII. 12–17; Ps. CXXXII. 11, 17. “ Jesus Christ himself is the chief P.-As time moved on God was fitly framed together groweth unto

ner-stone, in whom all the buildi pleased to give more frequent and more full promises of the Saviour; and in holy temple in the Lord : in whom the time of David we meet with many tion of God through the Spirit,” Ep

also are builded together for an habi such. The first of these was spoken by

ii. 20—22. St. Peter, also says, Nathan the prophet, the others by David himself. David had desired to believers, as “lively stones, are build a temple for God, and Nathan at up a spiritual house, acceptable to

through Jesus Christ,” 1 Pet. ii. 5. first approved of the king's design, as all who honour God would do, but afterwards he was specially warned by God to advise David to leave it to his

B. C. 1008. son and successor to do; and this gave THE FOURTEENTH PROMISE occasion to the utterance of a promise

A SAVIOUR AS GOD. respecting Christ, which restricted his

PSALM XLV. 6, 7. birth to the royal race of David. This you will find in the seventh chapter of P.-Another very glorious prom second Samuel, 12-17 verses. Nathan of a Saviour contained in the Peale speaking for God, says to David, “I of David, is that in the 45th Peak will set up thy seed after thee, which | The whole of it relates to the Messi shall proceed out of thy bowels, and I and his kingdom, but the 6th and will establish his kingdom. He shall verses speak of him in a manner build an house for my name, and I will which we have not before read of his stablish the throne of his kingdom for | What is he there called ? ever. I will be his father, and he shall C.--He is called God, for it is wil be my son.”

ten, “ Thy throne, O God, is for en C.-Of whom is this said ?

and ever." P.-It has a double meaning; first P.-And this St. Paul, in his Episti referring to Solomon the son of David: to the Hebrews, distinctly applies secondly, to Christ the Son of David. Jesus Christ, so that there can be As it is also said, in Ps. cxxxii. 11: doubt whatever of his being meant “The Lord hath sworn in truth unto here. How then was this accomplished David ; he will not turn from it; of the in him ? fruit of thy body will I set upon thy C.-By his being both God and throne.” This Peter has interpreted to man. us distinctly of Christ, as in Acts ii. 30, P.-And unless he had been these where he says that David, “being a united, he would not have corresponded prophet, knew that God had sworn to the prophecies that went before code with an oath to him, that of the fruit cerning him. This, then, is a mort of his loins, according to the flesh, he gracious promise, since it plainly into would raise up Christ to sit on his mates that God himself will be our throne." Where is Christ's kingdom Saviour ; and it beautifully agrees with then ?

those truths taught us in the New C.-In heaven.

tament, in which we are assured that


od was in Christ reconciling the C.-.No, he was begotten of him. rld unto himself, not imputing their But what does this mean? spasses unto them," 2 Cor. v. 19. P.-That we do not know, we have

only to believe what the Scripture tells us, whether we can clearly comprehend

its meaning or not. This, however, is B. C. 1047.

plainly taught us, hereby that as Adam IE FIFTEENTH PROMISE OF begat a son in his likeness, and we all A SAVIOUR AS THE SON OF are sinners through him, so the only GOD.

begotten Son of God is of the same

essence, being, nature, and character PSALM II. 7, 8.

that the Father is; for so St. John P.-In the last promise we learned teaches us, that “the Word who was at our Saviour was to be God; in the with God, and was God, was made flesh, xt in succession we are taught in and dwelt among us, (and we beheld bat peculiar manner he was to come his glory, the glory as of the only beGod. You will find it in the second gotten of the Father) full of grace and salm, verse 7, 8. Read there, and truth,” John i. 1-14. As a Son, Christ Il me what he is there called ?

was to have an inheritance. What C.-He is called Son.

was promised to him as such in this P.-And who calls him so ?

Psalm ? C.- The Lord.

C.--The heathen for his inheritance, P.-Yes, that is God, consequently and the utmost parts of the earth for e is the Son of God. And how is he his possession. What does this mean? ud to be the Son of God ?

P.—That they should be converted C.-He is called the begotten. to God through him, and saved by his P.-In what sense are we even said mediation. The heathen were at that o be the children of God ?

time all the world except the Jews, C.-We are his children because he who were in covenant with God; so s our Maker.

that it is promised to Christ that all P.-Was Christ, then, made by men shall be brought to the knowledge lim?

of him.

ILLUSTRATION OF FAITH. DURING one of my visits to the sea, should venture to come or not. I being a great invalid, I was accus- beckoned again, and smiled at them, tomed to recline on the sands, and still they hung back. One tried to often spent hours there reading and persuade another, and some of them working. On the Sabbath, not held down their heads and laughed. being able to go to the house of At length one little child venGod, I generally selected a retired tured, by slow degrees, and came spot, and if any people came in my within the sound of my voice. I way, I gave them a tract or a little spoke to her, and told her not to be book. One fine evening I saw a afraid. I then asked her why she group of children at a short dis- had come. She was silent a motance; they were not near enough ment, and said, “Because you called to hear my voice, but I beckoned me." “Do you think,” I said “I to them, and held up a few hymns, have any thing to give you?”printed on separate papers. They “ Yes, ma'am. Why do you soon saw them, and began to talk think so?”—“ Because you held amongst themselves whether they something up." I then took out

the hymn, and read a verse or two pointed. It is just so with the inof it, to see if she understood it. vitations of Jesus Christ. He inFinding she did, I gave her one, vites us all to come to him, and be with which she ran back to her promises to give us everlasting life

. companions, and the others I shut Some stay away because they de up in my bag. The rest of the spise the blessing; some are afraid children gathered round the little to venture; others do not like to go girl, and tried to take it from her, alone; but every one that believes

, but she would not give it up. They and runs to Christ, is graciously rewere sorry then they had not come ceived, and finds the promise made also; she said, “You had better go good. now, she is not at all unkind, and I “We must, however, come at think she has more in her bag." once, for the accepted time will soon Whilst this was going on I did not be gone. Just as you are disaplook up; presently two elder chil- pointed now, because my bag is dren approached, and requested a shut, so will every one be disapcopy. I asked them whether they pointed who neglects the opportuwent to Sunday-schools; they said nity of seeking Jesus whilst he is “Yes ;” and finding that they were to be found, and does not call upon accustomed to religious instruction, him whilst he is near.' I put a few questions to them about I did not open my bag then, bethe Scriptures and prayer, and the cause I wanted to impress the minds love which the Saviour has towards of the children with the importance the young. As I went on they all of coming at once to Jesus; but I came round me, hoping to get a told them I would give any of them hymn, but I told them my bag was a hymn who came and repeated it shut for that time; that they should to me the following Sabbath. Behave come at first, whilst I held the fore that day arrived, however, I papers out.

was obliged to leave the neighbour. « There was only one little girl,” hood, and it is very probable the I said, “who trusted me; only one hymns which I left will never come who had faith; she came all alone, into their possession. and you see she was not disap


OLD PAUL'S VISIT TO THE CHINESE JUNK. CHINA-Where is China ? get out till the good Prussian missionary, your atlas and look. You will see Gutzlaff, went in disguise to Pekis

, that it is a very large empire, and had any European seen the Emwhen I tell you that there are as peror. “A little while ago and it many millions of people living in it was thought a wonderful thing to as there are days in the year, you see a Chinaman, but of late years sewill be surprised to think how so veral have been in England with Mr. many men and women could live Milne, and Dr. Legge, the missionthere, with neighbours all round aries; and we have had in London them, and yet be so little known. the Chinese Collection of CurioThey call their city the celestial sities, so that people are now becity, and the great wall round it ginning to be better acquainted has, indeed, kept them closely in, with this interesting people, and aud kept other people out; and not their habits. The Chinese hare ,

often seen our ships, but they are worship. Their friends came to very proud of their own; and though look at them for the last time, and urs are so very much better, they said, “Good-b'ye,” believing they vill not imitate, and if they did, by should never see them again. he laws of their country, they would So away they came-and first e punished. However, the Chi- they went to Hong-Kong, another ese are a very ingenious people; place in China now belonging to hey invented the mariner's com- England, where thousands of people ass, and printing was known among came to see Keying ; look at your hem before it was known in this map again, and see where Java is: ountry; and then they are a very well, the Junk reached Java, that nterprising people when they can beautiful paradise” as it is called, et away from their own country, on the 27th of January, and then put ihich it is not a very easy thing out to sea, and made for the Cape o do.

of Good Hope. Nearly three months But I promised to tell you about passed before they got there, and he Junk. In the beginning of very glad both the captain and his 846, there were a few persons at men were to see the Cape, for the Canton who thought it would be poor Chinese had been behaving - good thing to take one of the real badly, and would not work. You Chinese vessels to England. Every have heard of the mutiny of the vody laughed, but these adventurers Bounty, and you know that mutiny lid not care for that. The Chinese means when men will not obey ooked at their maps which make orders, and sometimes try to kill she earth to appear flat, and repre- the captain and take possession of sent China as the largest part of it the ship, and so there was some disand all other places as little spots order on board the Keying; and just on the edge; this is where they when the Chinese reached the Cape, suppose England is, and they call us and got on to the shore, they said all barbarians; and so they said it they would not go any further. would be madness to think of going However they did, for the captain over the edge. Thus a long time took them before a magistrate, and passed by before any Chinese sailor he explained that they had promised could be induced to go; but at last to go to England, and said they a ship was prepared,' and every must keep their word; and he told thing made ready, and on the 19th them that he himself and his chilof October, 1846, the Keying sailed dren came from England, and so from Canton, with thirty Chinamen they were less frightened, and proon, board, and twelve English mised to go. I cannot tell you what sailors. The Chinese had never fearful storms the ship was in, and been away from home; and, though how the mast was split, and the sailors, they were terrified when great rudder ropes were snapped in they lost sight of the land, so that two, nor how the waves dashed over it was wise to have English sailors the vessel, washing away the boats to steer the vessel. Before the and whatever was on deck. The ship sailed, the poor creatures said poor Chinese said many prayers to they would not go unless they their gods, and hung out many had much money given to them; fags: on one of them

was written, and then they bargained for a great “Good luck to the Junk.”' Howdeal of tinfoil, silver paper, joss- ever, the God of heaven took care sticks, and incense for their idol of them, and said to the tempest,

Peace, be still !” and so there was The anchors are very curious, being a calm.

made of iron-wood, and very much In good time the Keying reached like a new iron anchor lately in New York, and there she stayed for vented in this country, though the seven months, and many thousands Chinese have used it for centuries of Americans came to see her. Then, also, these ingenious Chinese Then it was time to go at last to have made their vessels water-tight

, England; so a stock of provisions so that if a plank were to be driven was laid in, and plenty of water for in by a rock, and the water came the voyage.

The poor Chinese in at the great hole, it could only hoped the wicked god would not fill one small part of the ship for a make the sea rough this time. Poor that; for there are nineteen other people, do not you pity them? but partitions into which the poor sai though they prayed very much, and lors could go and be safe. These burned much incense, it was of no contrivances we have now in ou use; the rough weather came, and English ships, but the Chinese beat the ship about very much; the thought of it long before us. captain had to throw eight tons of In front of the vessel are two the precious fresh water overboard large eyes, meaning vigilance and in the midst of the hurricane to activity; as much as to say, “ Never lighten the vessel. At last she asleep.” The poor Chinamen, hov: came safe to England, and is now ever, say, “ Have eye, can see; car in the quiet dock, covered in and see, can savey; no have eye, ng every day hundreds of people go can see; no can see, no can savey, to see her. The charge is two Then inside the vessel, on decky shillings, but little children go in there are the cooking-houses where for one, and Sunday-school children the rice is boiled every morning, for still less. I dare say you would when each man is allowed three like to come to London, and see the pounds weight. Junk. If you did you would walk better than any thing else ; but I into a large square, boarded all am sorry to say they have begun round, and this square encloses the to like English beer and spirits

, vessel. The ship is very gaudily which is a very sad thing. They painted, and there is plenty of yel- eat opium too, a great deal, which low and red, of which colours the is bad for them. The glass about Chinese are very fond. The two the ship is made of oyster shell, ends of the ship go up very high, very thin. The grandest room is so that it looks almost like half a the saloon or state-cabin, filled with circle. There are three masts made beautiful furniture and curious of teak wood, of which the whole things. Many lanterns hang from ship is built ; the sails are not can- the ceiling, of all shapes and sizes vass or cloth, but are made of rushes some like fish, and some like birds plaited together, and the ropes are The Chinese are very fond of their made of rushes too. The top of lanterns; any man after sunset who the highest mast is ornamented by is found in the street in Canton a vane or weather-cock, in the shape without his lantern in his hand, or of a fish, and long streamers float carried before him with his name from its tail.

and address written on it, may be There are paintings all over the seized and put into prison. ship of a bird something like a cock- I must wait for another month atoo, with its wings outstretched before I tell you about the Joss

They like rice

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