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But thou art not, alone,
In courts by mortals trod,
When men draw near their God.
Thy Temple is the arch
Of yon unmeasured sky;
Of grand eternity.
Lord ! may that holier day
Dawn on thy servants' sight,
Of pure, unclouded light.
INTERVIEW WITH THE WOMAN OF SAMARIA.
JOHN IV. When therefore the Lord knew how the Pharisees bad heard that Jesus made and baptized more disciples than John, (though Jesus himself baptized not, but his disciples,) he left Judea, and departed again into Galilee. And he must needs go through Samaria. Then cometh he to a city of Samaria, which is called Sychar, near to the parcel of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. Now Jacob's well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied with his journey sat thus on the well : and it was about the sixth hour. There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water : Jesus saith unto her, give me to drink. (For his disciples were gone away unto the city to buy meat.) Then saith the woman of Samaria unto him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria ? (For the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans). Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, give me to drink, thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water. The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with and the well is deep : from whence then hast thou that living water ? Art thou greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle? Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water, shall thirst again : but whosoever drinketh of the water, that I shall give him, shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him, shall be in him a well of water, springing up into everlasting life.—The woman saith unto him, Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet. Our fathers worshipped in this mountain ; and ye say that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship. Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father. Ye worship ye know not what : we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews. But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth; for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him, must worship him in spirit and in truth. The woman saith unto him, I know that Mesias cometh ; (which is called Christ ;) when he is come, he will tell us all things. Jesus saith unto her, I, that speak unto thee, am he.
How constantly was our Saviour's life devoted to the good of his race! It was indeed, to use his own expression, “his meat to do the will of him that sent him, and to finish his work.” In the present instance we see him wearied with a long journey on foot, seeking a few moments rest by the side of a well while his disciples leave him, to buy food that his exhausted strength and their own may be restored. This too is in a land with whose inhabitants his nation “have no dealings,” even in the common civilities of life. Yet even here, in his exhaustion, and among strangers, he finds occasion to speak the words of God, to declare the spiritual nature of the divine kingdom, and his own commission from above. Let us, his disciples, learn from our Lord the value of time; and let it be our meat and drink, as it was his, to do the will of God, and promote the good of those around
How sublime too, how worthy of deep reflection, are the lessons he now taught; the value of his own instructions, that well of living water, springing up into everlasting life; and the spiritual character of God, and of that worship which He accepts. Let us worship Him in spirit; by prayer, not formal, but coming from our hearts; by constant endeavours to be holy, as He is holy; by the remembrance that the omnipresent Spirit is always near us; by the service of every action, and word, and thought.
REV. MR. PIERPONT.
Oh Thou, to whom, in ancient time
Not now on Zion's height alone
To thee shall age, with snowy hair,
Oh thou to whom in ancient time
CURE OF A NOBLEMAN'S SON.
JOHN IV. 43. Now, after two days he departed thence, and went into Galilee. For Jesus himself testified that a prophet hath no honour in his own country. Then, when he was come into Galilee, the Galileans received him, having seen all the things that he did at Jerusalem at the feast; for they also went unto the feast.
So he came again into Cana of Galilee, where he made the water wine. And there was a certain nobleman, whose son was sick at Capernaum. When he heard that Jesus was come out of Judea into Galilee, he went unto him, and besought him that he would come down and heal his son ; for he was at the point of death. Then said Jesus unto him, Except ye see signs and wonders, ye will not believe. The nobleman saith unto him, Sir, come down ere my child die. Jesus saith unto him, Go thy way, thy son liveth. And the man believed the word that Jesus had spoken unto him, and he went his way.
And as he was now going down, his servants met him, and told him, saying, Thy son liveth. Then inquired he of them the hour when he began to amend.
And they said unto him, Yesterday, at the seventh hour, the fever left him. So the father knew that it was at the same hour, in the which Jesus said unto him, Thy son liveth; and himself believed, and his whole house. This is again the second miracle that Jesus did, when he was come out of Judea into Galilee.
“ The man believed the word that Jesus had spoken unto him.” Few of those who surrounded Jesus would have been contented with so unostentatious a display of the Saviour's power. They would have besought him to visit in person the chamber of the sick; they would have expected to witness the performance of solemn rites. But for this petitioner the sentence," Thy son liveth," was enough. Confiding humbly in the divine power, he yielded implicit belief to the words of Jesus. The example he affords is one which we can never directly imitate, for as the Saviour is no more on earth, performing miracles, the circumstances of his suppliant can never be ours. But the same implicit belief which filled his heart when Jesus spoke, may animate us, when we listen to the declarations of scripture, and when we took to Providence in the events of life. Our heavenly Father has promised us his protecting care : let us confide in that promise ; and when, in the hour of distress, we rise