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deeper views of sin in my fallen nature will induce all those gracious effects which tend to enhance the Saviour; a conscious sense of want, will awaken as conscious a desire of having those wants supplied; and every day's experience will make self more lowly, and Christ more exalted. This is to grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord together. The progress of grace, therefore, connected with the progress of the knowledge of the Lord, must ever produce those effects. A little grace, like the dawn of day, when shining in the heart, enables the believer to discover by this twilight somewhat of the darkness around. In proportion as the light advances, he sees the objects clearer. But he then only becomes sensible of all the evils lurking within, when the meridian brightness is completed. Grace, in like manner, shining in its full lustre, discovers to us more clearly the corruptions of our nature; and while it accomplisheth this purpose, it answereth the other blessed purpose also, which the Apostle connects with it, of giving us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God, in the face of Jesus Christ.'
Ir became a matter of much satisfaction, I believe, to my fellow-traveller, as well as to myself, to behold the appearance of an inn on the road; for we both needed rest and refreshment, so that without any deliberation we entered the door.
'Can you accommodate us?' said my friend to the host, who happened to be near the passage as we approached the house. Certainly,' answered the man, and showed us into a room.
You do not forget, my brother,' whispered my fellow-traveller to me, which it was among the pilgrims passing through this world, who could not find this accommodation; there was no room for him in the inn. How sweetly is it arranged in all the various circumstances of life, to discover somewhat of his bright example going before us in almost every situation; not by way of reproach, but of pointing out to us, in numberless instances, the superiority of our accommodations to his!
'There is something in the very nature of an inn,' continued my friend,' which serves, as it appears to me, to promote the sacred purposes of a pilgrimage like ours, more effectual
ly, than almost any other situation; and had I my choice on this point, I should like it, of all others, for my abode in the dying hour; for every one is so taken up with his own concerns, that there is neither time nor inclination to attend to the affairs of others: so that here a man might be free from the troublesome importunity of attendants, which sometimes becomes a sad interruption to the soul, in her preparations for her journey into the invisible world, while the carriage is at the door.'
Our refreshment, consisting of a little tea and bread, was soon served up; which, my friend having first implored the divine blessing to sanctify the use of it, we really enjoyed.Tea is a very pleasant beverage,' said my friend, to my taste; and I should find some difficulty to get any thing as a substitute, were I to be deprived of the use of it. I have heard many speak of it as pernicious; but I verily believe, that one great reason why it proves so is, because it is a graceless meal. If we do not beg God's blessing over our food, how can we be surprised, if, instead of being wholesome, it proves hurtful?'
After we had finished our repast, and like well-fed guests had arisen from the table, blessing the kind Master of the feast who giveth us
all things richly to enjoy;' we were about to enter upon the perusal of the word of God,' by way of profitably filling up the measure of time till the hour of rest; when a circumstance occurred, which at once arrested the attention of us both.
THE instant we arose from the table, as before observed, there crossed the court-yard of the inn, opposite to the room where we were sitting, a Jew, (as he appeared to be,) with a basket of pens. My friend seeing him, hastily ran to the door to inquire of him whether he knew a man of the name of Abraham Levi, one of their peo ple. Yes,' he said, 'I know him very well; but he is not one of my people.' 'How is that?' replied my friend; ' are not you a Jew?' 'No,' the poor man said, I thank the Lord I am not. I was once indeed; but, I trust, I am now a lover of the Lord Jesus.' The effect wrought upon my mind by this short conversation was like that of electricity. Pray, my friend, do us the favour' (continued my companion,) to walk into this room. We are both
lovers and humble followers, like yourself, if you are so, of the Lord Jesus; and we shall much rejoice, if you will communicate to us the pleasing information how this change was wrought.' That I will most readily,' replied the man; for if it will afford you pleasure to hear, much more will it delight me to relate, a change to which I owe such unspeakable mercies.
• Without going over the whole of my history from my childhood,' he said, which hath very little interesting in it, and is unconnected with the circumstances of my conversion, it will be sufficient to begin it at that part which alone is worth your hearing. It is about two years since, that I first began to feel my mind much exercised with considerations on the deplorable state of our people. I discovered, from reading the scriptures, the ancient love of God to our nation. In our history, as a people, I saw the many wonderful and distinguishing mercies with which, from age to age, the Lord had blessed us. I remarked also, how, for the disobedience and ingratitude of our people, the Lord had punished us. But what struck me most forcibly was that prophecy of scripture,
That the sceptre should not depart from Judah, nor a law-giver from between his feet, un