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stay where he is, notwithstanding the the 27th verse, and tell me what kind famine, and he will be with him to of promise is there made to Jacob. bless him and to keep him. At the C.-It is only a temporal promise. same time, he assures him that he will But is it a promise at all ? for a promake good in him the promise before mise is from God to man, and this is given to Abraham, although his pre- only a blessing from man to man. sent distress might tempt him to think P.-God does not speak all his prothat he is deserted of God. Now, look mises himself, but most frequently at the passage, and tell me what are employs men to do so for him, who are, the promises it contains.
therefore, called prophets; and Isaac, C.—Isaac is promised the land in in thus blessing Jacob, was a prophet which he is, and all those countries; declaring the will of God concerning and that his seed should be as the stars his Son. Had not God before said for multitude.
that Jacob should be preferred to P.-And what kind of promise is Isaac ? Look to chapter xxv., ver. 23, this?
and you will see how this was. C.-It is a temporal promise. But I C.-He says that the elder should thought that the land of Canaan was serve the younger. given to Abraham and his seed, and P.-And which was the elder ? here it is the land of the Philistines.
P.-The land marked out to Abra- the younger, so that Esau was to serve ham was from the great river, the river Jacob; that is, Jacob was to have the of Egypt, to the Euphrates, and all blessing. countries within these limits were to P.-Now let us look for the next belong to his posterity, and Philistia promise that we can find : it is in chapwas one of these.
What other promise ter xxviii., ver. 13. To whom was it is here made to Abraham ?
spoken? C. - That in his seed should all the C.-To Jacob. nations of the earth be blessed.
P.- Where was he at this time? P.-And what kind of promise is C.-He was sleeping as he journeyed this?
on his way from Beersheba to Haran. C.-An eternal promise ; for it is the But how, then, could he hear it, if he same as that before made to Abraham. was sleeping ?
P.-Yes, the same promise is renewed P. — Because God did not always to him; and thus the succession of the come as he did to Abraham, and speak promises is confined to the family of with him openly, which was a favour Isaac alone, separate from all the rest granted to him ; but he sent visions or of the children of Abraham.
dreams in the night to make known his will, as he did in this case, when
renewing to Jacob the promise before B. C. 1760.
made to Abraham and Isaac. Now THE FIFTII PROMISE OF A look at the promise, and tell me of SAVIOUR.
what kind it is.
C.-It is like those spoken to AbraGENESIS XXVIII. 13-15.
ham and Isaac before, and is both temP.-Do you remember the circum- poral and eternal. stances under which Isaac blessed P.-In fact, it is but the renewal of Jacob?
the promise before made of God to Ja C.-Jacob, at he instigation of Re-cob's fathers; and as, after it had been bekah, deceived his father, feigning made to Abraham, it was restricted to himself to be Esau, whom Isaac loved his son Isaac in preference to his other and had determined to bless, and thus sons, so is it in Jacob's case confined Jacob obtained the blessing which was to him in preference to Esau. The intended for Esau.
Almighty had his own purposes to fulP.- Very well; then turn to the fil in thus directing, and these, we may 27th chapter of Genesis, and read at be sure, were wisest and best.
Radnor-street Sabbath and Day Schools,
In Connection with the City-road Chapel. THESE schools were originally estab- | Methodist Society. About nine years lished in Golden-lane, St. Luke's, since, a Boys' Day-school was comabout the month of April, 1798, where menced (being the first Wesleyan Daythey were successfully carried on until school opened in London); soon after, the
year 1819, when, from increasing one for irls; also an Infant-school for prosperity, it was found that the pre- boys and girls. The Boys' Day-school mises then occupied were quite in- is conducted on an entirely new plan, adequate to the wants of the neigh- comprising the chief excellencies of the
bourhood ; this induced the Committee British, Continental, and Glasgow systo search for a more commodious situa- tems, and contains nearly 300 boys ; tion, but one sufficiently eligible not the Girls' Day-school 200 girls; and being found in the immediate vicinity the Infant-school about 200 boys and
of Golden-lane, they deemed it desir- girls. able to engage the building they now The Sunday-schools have enjoyed occupy, in Radnor-street, which, after much of the Divine approbation, and undergoing from time to time various continue to realize delightful mani
necessary enlargements and improve- festations of the Lord's presence. The ments, now presents a building exceed numbers are, boys 322 ; girls, 417. In ingly commodious for school purposes. the instruction of these, there are en
These alterations involved a very con- gaged 29 male and 37 female teachers. siderable expense, and
the success There have been admitted, since the which has attended has been mainly commencement of these schools, upattributable to the unwearied energy wards of 25,000 children; and there are of John Williams and John W. now (including the Branch-school, at Gabriel, Esqrs., in conjunction with a Turner’s-place, with about 80 children) highly respectable committee and body no less a number than 1,500 children of teachers, who have been desirous in connection with the institution, who and determined that the schools in con- are receiving the blessings of education nection with City-road Chapel shall be administered in accordance with the worthy the principal chapel in the Scriptures of Divine truth.
BIRTH-DAY LINES. Should gloomy clouds o'erspread my THERE is a Guide,-a Friend divine,
sky, Who on my path has deign'd to shine; I'd own thy hand,—on Thee rely; His guiding hand through life I trace,
And if the sun my path should cheer, And love the teachings of his grace.
Thy love I'll bless, thy name revere.
A chequer'd scene this life may prove, Through every year, 'tis He sustains; The life he gave, he still maintains :
But all design'd by Him I love;
And when I fail that love to trace, In all its changing paths directs; 'Midst all its dangers still protects.
I'll wait the openings of his face.
To Him my vows I now renew; Ten thousand thousand gifts enjoy'd;
Through all my days his paths pursue, Ten thousand thousand wants supplied ; They'll lead me to that world above, To crown the whole, a grateful heart, Where all is endless light and love. That richest gift, my God, impart.
While on this lower sphere I dwell, My all to Thee I now resign;
His truth and grace with joy I'd tell; O make me, keep me, wholly thine! And point my youthful charge to God, My future path, to me obscure,
That they may reach that blest abode. To Thee I trust, and rest secure.
Remarks on Education in 1847. Dedi-“letter-and-word" teaching : as in a most
cated, by permission, to the Queen and comprehensive and enlightened view, our to the Prince Consort. By the Hon. author insists upon the duty of establish
AMELIA MURRAY. Henry Colburn. ing good principles, forming good habits, COMING from the quarter they do, we are giving good tastes; and that for all this, glad to see such wholesome views upon
and something (we should place) above all the great subject of Education; and though this, teachers are wanted constantly we cannot agree with all the opinions ex
actuated by Christian principles.” And pressed by our fair author, the work, as a the day is coming when it must be so. whole, does receive our commendation. We are told that, during the last thirty
The Mirror of Sunday-school Teachers; years, exceedingly good notions on Educa- containing Biographical Memoirs of uon have been tortured into exceedingly
One Hundred eminent Sunday-school bad practices. As an illustration, --Sun
Teachers : with Two Essays-On the day-schools, which are admitted to be good
importance of Sunday-schools, and on and useful where no better means can be
the office f Sunday-school Teaching. By found for training neglected children to
the Rev. T. T'IMPSUN. pp. 376. Book habits of reverence and love, are charged
Society for Promoting Religious Know. with having been made to desecrate the
ledge. Sabbath by their “hours of toil and gloom, The nearly seventy years that have elapsed and their stifling atmosphere.” Now, had since the immortal Raikes essayed his first our author been writiny thirty years ago, Sunday-school, at Gloucester, have not we could understand the force of her ob- passed away without enrolling many perjections in some measure; but, that this sons of distinguished talent and respectais a fair picture of the state of things ble attainments, in this laborious but useamongst us in 1847, we cannot allow. ful portion of the Christian vineyard. That part of the work which refers to the Here the piety and talents of many a fu, art of teaching, and qualification of ture minister and missionary developed teachers, is quite consonant with our themselves; here many a youth attained views; and we rejoice to find one in high that aptness to teach which soon was station pleading for training, rather than brought to bear upon adult minds at home
and abroad; and from the humble Sun- and good sense, and which is so well calday-school arose a Bishop Burgess, a Jo- culated to stimulate our Sunday-school seph Hughes, a Legh Richmond, a John teachers to deeper resolutions and more Williams, a Mrs. Ellis, and a host of others unreserved devotedness. of minor celebrity. To present at one glance a record of these worthy benefactors of the world, a complete chronicle of their Christian devotedness and holy enterprise, (for the emulation and encour
BOOKS RECEIVED. agement of their young successors,) was a Rev. T. TIMPSON'S Mirror of Sundaytask which, though difficult in accom- school Teachers. plishment, was a desideratum in Sunday. History of Greece. school literature. With upwarris of forty Self-Improvement. years' experience in Sunday-school teach- Home Life. ing, enjoying an extensive acquaintance First Lessons in Prayer. with the members of the religious world, A Faded Flower gathered from the Saband possessed also of a painstaking un- bath-school; or, a Brief Memoir of E. weariedness, which could overcome any Ambery. By S. HEGINBOTHAM, Stockdifficulty in gathering the necessary ma- port. terials and facts for treating the subject, The Thirty-eighth Annual Report of the no one was more fitted to fill the void Glasgow Cougregational Sabbath-school than Mr. Timpson. Upwards of one hun- Society. dred biographies of eminent teachers are The Jewish Herald, February, 1848. here collected; and we are sure no Sun- An Account of the Origin of Sundayday-school teacher can review in its pages
schools in Oldham and its Vicinity. By the lives and labours of his devoted pre- C. A. O'NEIL. decessors, without deriving fresh strength The Autobiography of Thomas Platter. for labour, and fresh incentives to useful- From the German. By Mrs. Finn. ness. In the concluding essays we could,
Third edition. perhaps, find one or two opinions with Pravers for Little Children. By the Rev. which to disagree, but we have no incli- W. W. CHAMPNEYS. Second edition. na ion to find any fault with a volume Tender Grass for Christ's Lambs. By the which exhibits marks of so much industry Rev. W. W. CHAMPNEYS. Second edit.
LAMBETH.-On Monday, the 17th | Mr. B. Gough. It was one that told on of January, the annual meeting of the the audience. There was a strong feelLambeth Wesleyan Sunday-school was ing in favour of its being printed and held in the school-room attached the circulated ; but there being no funds chapel, China-terrace. The weather for that purpose, it was not resolved on. was wet and unfavourable ; but still, The chair was then taken by the Rev. nearly 100 persons assembled early to T. H. Squance. Addresses were delitake tea together. At six, the meeting vered by Messrs. J. and E. Corderoy, commenced with singing and prayer. and by Messrs. Horton, Bowman, SyThe chair being taken, reports were mons, Reynolds, and other representa read from all but two schools, de- tives from the various schools; after scriptive of their present state, and which, the meeting was closed by singthe blessings resulting from their prac- ing and prayer, at half-past nine. The tical operations. From Lambeth, Vaux- Lambeth circuit led the way in this hall, Broadwall, Southville, and from organization. Its influence has enthe smaller schools, there were faithful couraged the small schools, and helped reports. Such has been the influence towards their continuance at times of sickness and other causes on the when else they wo have be
disschools, that only two, Nine Elms and continued. Norwood, presented any
increase ; while in the larger schools the decrease was very large. The annual report HULL, EAST CIRCUIT. --The anniwas then read by one of the secretaries, versary sermons for the Sunday-schools
were preached in this circuit on Sun-mittee:" Mr. Russell having seconded day, the 23rd of January ; the congre- the adoption of the report, it was gations, on the whole, were good, and agreed to by the meeting. Mr. Ingram the collections equal to last year. The proposed the committee for the folreport states that there are four schools lowing year : the motion was seconded in the circuit, containing 1000 children. by Mr. Fraser, and approved by the It deplores the scantiness of the means meeting. In the course of the evenwhich the committee have at their dis-ing, the chairman made some approposal ; and, it appears, with their pre-priate remarks. The meeting closed sent income, they are hardly able to with prayer before nine o'clock. maintain the schools in any thing like efficiency. With their present resources they are unable to make any advance
BUTLEIGH, SOMERSET.—The annual ment; a large amount is annually con-tea-meeting, in behalf of the Sabbathtributed by the teachers, but for which school, was held in the Independent this very useful institution could not chapel, on Wednesday, February 16th. be upheld in this place. We are sorry
The chair was afterwards taken by the that our people and our congregations, Rev. A. Oram, of Othery, and addresses generally, do not sympathise as they on Sabbath-school education were deought in this matter. The ardour of livered by Messrs. Moody, (Wesleyan,) the teachers is somewhat damped, of Charlton Adam Academy; Eades
, their hands are hanging down, in con- Giblett, Tapscott, Syms, Kick; and the sequence of the apathy of those who Rev. Mr. Little, Baptist minister, of ought to give them that pecuniary aid Street. It was a very interesting meetwhich it is their power to contribute. ing, and the platform presented a pleaWe could like to see our leading people sing example of the Evangelical Alliemulating the example set by onr
The children were gratuitously friends in the West Riding of York- regaled with cake and tea on the day shire ; they appear to be alive in these following. matters, and act accordingly.
SHEPTON MALLET CIRCUIT. - The
annual Wesleyan tea-meeting was THE GLASGOW CONGREGATIONAL
lately held in the school-room adjoining SABBATH-SCHOOL SOCIETY. The
the chapel, in Paul-street, Shepton thirty-eighth annual meeting was held
Mallet. A selection of pieces was re- ! in North Hanover-street Chapel, on the cited by some of the Sunday-school evening of Tuesday, 25th January, children, and several ministers and Mr. William Wardlaw, President, oc- friends addressed the meeting. At cupied the chair. After engaging in praise and prayer, the annual report take a number of shares, at 11. 108.
this meeting, many persons engaged to was read by Mr. Wm. Goven, jun., and each, to be paid in five years, in order an abstract of the treasurer's account,
to liquidate the debt on the chapel. by Mr. R. Goodwin. The report read
A similar plan was adopted at a meetwas deeply interesting: it stated that ing held some time before, at Wells, in the schools at present under the super- this circuit, and we believe that if such intendence of the Society number 40. schemes were more generally devised. } There are 134 teachers, and the roll- they would prove an easy and efficient books of the classes show the numbers mode of removing the debts on our in attendance to be 2586, giving an
various places of worship. average of about 20 children to each
eacher, and of nearly 65 for each school. Mr. Gilfillan moved, “ That KEIGHLEY. We can now boast of the report now read be adopted by having a day-school, a Sunday-school, this meeting, as the thirty-eighth an- infant, and industrial schools, which, nual report of this society, and that it for conveniency of arrangement, efiibe printed and circulated by the com- ciency of instruction, and general be