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for years, previously to his being thus tempted. A short time before his dissolution, he exclaimed with horror and anguish,
I die a confirmed hypocrite!' A friend, by his bed-side, seeing him apparently motionless, said, ' He is gone! which the wife (who was in an adjoining room) hearing, immediately came in, and, with strong emotions of grief, threw herself on the bed of her supposed lifeless husband; when, to the great şurprize of surrounding friends, he again opened his eyes, and, fixing them on his wife, said (as though he were quite assured of his eternal safety)! Cruel love! cruel love! I was just entering my heavenly Father's gate, and you have dis, turbed me!-- and instantly expired.
The reader may judge how great relief such an exclamation must have afforded those Christian friends who, but a: few moments before, were the sad witnesses of his despair. Timid Christians should learn from this to be cautious of forming such rash conclusions respecting their final doom.
Nor should surviving friends conclude, that the death-bed of · those whose lives and conduct have been consistent with
the gospel of Christ, is without hope, because they cannot leare such pleasant and visible testimony as is desirable. | Yardley Hastings:
CLOSET RELIGION EN FORCED. PRAYER and devout' perusal of the Scriptures, rank amongst the principal duties of the Christian; but they are duties, alas! too much neglected, while their importance is acknowledged. It is easy to slide into occasional, and then habitual omission of duty. Barremess of soul inevitably ensues, --- and, perhaps, some severe stroke may be inflicted. to recall the Christian to those duties, from the observance of which he has criminally departed. Mourning under bereaving dispensations, let the chosen people of God consider, Whether negligence of some important Christian duty may not have been the cause of the separating stroke! The following anecdote is submitted to the notice of Christian Parents, as calculated to suggest important and useful reflections upon a subject that cannot but strike home to their feelings as parents, and their consciences as Christians:
One of my hearers lately buried an only son, a fine boy, about five years of age. The mother, alınost inconsolable : for her loss, stated to me the following circumstance, with reference to her departed child. About four months before its death, the child fixed its eyes upon me in an unusually serious manner, and said, ' Mother!' -I said, “What, my: dear?” . If you do not pray more, and read the Scriptures more, God will take me away from you!' - Parents, beware of 1 neglectmg your Bible and your closet!
THE JEWS. Sir,
To the Editor. The following passage appears to me to deserve the serious regard of those
who preach to, or converse with, the Jews, in hope of their con vers 08. I trarscribe it from Bishop Kidder's. Demonstration of the Messiah,'. part iii, p. 197.
J. L. • I CANNOT but admit of the advice of a certain learned person, who hath been an instrument of converting more Jews (ampong whom are a. considerable number of Rabbids) than perhaps have ever been converted by any one person in the world sioce the age of miracles: it is the Rev. Esdras Edzard, of Hamburgh. He tells me (in a letter, daied Sept. 13, 1698) that he generally begins with the Jews from Deut. xxvii. 26, Cursed be he that consornieth not all the words of this law to do them; and all the people shall say, Amen ;' and chap. xxviii. 58, “ If thou wilt not oliserve to do all the words of this law, that are written ia this book, that thou mayest fear this glorious and fearfull name, The Lord, thy God, then the Lord will make thy plagues wonderful, and the plagues of thy seed, even great plagues, and of long.continuance, and sore s ckness, and of long c0tinuance;' and although I will not say ihat the very same method is to be used in all cases, yet I cannot but think that, generally speaking, it is very fit to begin here ; for we begin with an avowed principie, -- We make us: of the law to the best purpose, as' a schoolmaster to briag men to Christ;' and use the same topic which St. Paul used, in Gal. ii, 10, “ As inany as are of the works of the law are under the curse ; for it is vrillen, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the bok of the law to do them. I have always thought this to hear hard upon the Jews; and think sngtill. They are certainly under the curse of their own law; and that is expressed by as plain words as may be. They could uever pretend to have continued in all the words or precepts of the law 1o do them,
• During their abode in their own land, and the standing of their temple, they had some relief in this matter; because God allover of an atonement, by sacrifices, in some cas.s of failure. They might then hope that, though they failed in obedience, they might, upon their sacrifices, be admitted to God's favour ; but they have not that hope now, for they are wiihout a sacrifice' (Hosea iii, 4); and though, under the law, they were, in some cases, not allowed a sacrifice, but were liable to excision for the heinous ness of their sin (Levit. xx) yet their condition is now much worse, for they are not allowed sacrifice in any case; and, consequently, they lie under the curse of their own law; and thus the providence of God, which has excluded them from their own land, and from their temple, seems plainly to direct them to our Messias, and the meritorious sacrifice of his death
This topic may be so urged against the Jews, ihat, with God's assistance, it may have a good effect upon them; and it may be so pressed, that a Jew will not find it an easy thing to bear up a aiast ibe weight of it.' .
In addition to the above, we insert an Account of an Interview between T*a Jewish Ralbies, taken from the well-knovn Narrative of the Life of Solomon Duitch, a learned Rabbi, and teacher of several synagogues in Germany, who, having travelled for seven years from place to place, under doubts as to the truths of Christianity, at length openly confessed himoelf a disciple of Chiisi; 2od lived and died in Holland Christian mioister,
In the year 1763, Oct. 21, I arrived at one of the chief cities of Saxony ; which, for particular reasons, I shall not mention. The Rabbi of the city . bebaved in the most friendly manner to me. The 24th of Noveinber I bad read so far of my Bible as the fifty-third chapter of Isaiah; wbich I took now for the first time under my proper consideration. The Lord was pleased to open the eyes of my understanding, plainly to comprehend that the prophet spake here of the Messiah, who was to suffer death for our sins; but Satan endeavoured to raise in me inany doubts against that ex. planation. Wherefore I resolved to converse with my friend (the beforementioned Rabbi) about the contents of this chapter ; pcither could I fiod rest within me till I actually went to him. I had scarcely introduced my desire, when he looked stedfastly in my face, and made signs with his
eyes to be silent, immediately repeating something out of the Talmud.
• 0, Mr. Solomon, my beloved and failbful brother, I will disclose all
Having relaled to him all he ways in which the Lord had led me from
• is impossible for me to describe the anxiety of his soul : he prayed with a
broken and contrite heart before God, that he might in pity look down
upon him, and grant him the same grace as to me; to deny himself and 1 unloose his heart from all temporal concerus, enabling him to rely and
trust in him aiove. - See S. Duitch's Narrative, London edition, 1771, page 33.
AN ADDRESS TO YOUNG CHILDREN.
i [From a Foreign Publication.]
"When you look abroad, in the day tine, and observe the trees, the hills, the clouds, the sky, or the sun; or when you look upwards in the evening, and observe the moon and the stars, are you uot led to enquire, . Who hath made all these things ?'. You have been taught that there is a God, Creator of Heaven and Earth. With this God it concerns you to become acquainled; for if he is the Maker of Heaven and Barth, he is likewise your Maker. From what you sue of God's works, you pers ccive that his power must be very great. He is not only powerful, but un. speakably wise and holy. Hating all kinds of wickedpess, he is pleased with them only who obey his cominands. This God provides for you con. tinually : he gives you health and ease of body, enables your parents to procure you food and clothing, and preserves you from harm by night and day. You are always in his presence. Though you do not sce him, he always sees you, and knows not only your actions, but your thoughts; and these not only in the light, but in the darkness also,
"God made men that they might love and serve hiin, and he happy for ever: bul men would not love a d serve him, -- they chose lo offend him by their wicked doings. They became proud and cruel, idle and profane : they then deserved to be punisied and destroyed; but God, who was very nierciful and kind, would not destroy them; but sent his only-begotten and dearly-beloved Son, to tracis men the right way, to make then sorry for their sins, and to procure for them pardon.
• This son of God is our blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. He was entirely happy with his Fativer in Ucaven h:fore the world was made ; yet he pilieu mankinų, and could not bear to see them hurting and destroya ing themselves, doing wickcally, and thus making themselves miserable. Our blessed Saviour, the Son of God, was so kind, that he came down from 3leate, and suffereil much paiu and trouble for the good of men. He hol only suffered, but did mich, with the same design. He went about doing g900; he curei the sick, enabled the lanie to walk, and opened the : tyes of tile blinit; be preached good news lo poor people ; he showed them, that if they were good and holy here, thisy would be happy and honourable alic: death, a great deal more happy and honourable than the sichest wen now are, and as inpps as the best of the ever will be!
He did much good to all, bui 110 harm to any ; yet he was scorned and ill treatei. Athungth, being iviluenced by a desire to fulfil his Father's will, and lo save fou's, he wilingiy yielded bins to his wicked enemies, who murdered him in a very cruei nimer.
This was lie lia who:), wiren alive os carth, they brought little chile dreil; ---This was lic who wis so realis diseased with his discipis, lie. Willie they were not willing that titili chidien siould be bronzatto him; waa ilig wäs he who said, suffir lillle children to come to ini, and forvid
them not ; for of such is the kingdom of Heaten; and he took them up in his arms, and blessed them.'
How exceedingly kind and gracious wag it in bim to regard ot only the flock in general, but the lambs of the dock,- to discover such affection for infants and children ! But if he were su gracious while on carth, he has the sime kindness now he is in Heaven. If he once said • Suffer little children to come to me,' he says so at present. He has the same degire to make them happy now, which he had then ; for • he is the same yesterday, to-day, and forever?'
* Bat you must know, my dear children, that your hearts are much inclined to sin : that you have, in a thousand inslauces, offended God already; and, therefore, you have need of divine mercy to pardon what is already done; and of God's Holy Spirit to make jour hearts pure and your lives holy.
"You see that all sorls of people die ; some older, and some younger than yourselves; but men do not die as the brutos die. They are not desi royed at death, but have a life aflerwards, a life too which will never have an end. Their bodies die, and all their bodily powers cease. They can neither speak, nor walk, nor'labour; yet their souls are alive, and will al ways continue so; they can think, and he happy or miserable; and they are a great deal more happy or more miserable than ever they were before they died. '
The reason why some are made happy and others miserable is, that some have been good, and others have been wicked : some have repented of sin, and loved Christ; others have not repented of s'n, but obesed the dictates of a wicked heart. Those who love and serve (iod, will be made happy forever with God in Heaven ; others, who have not loved God, but have been wicked and profane, will be Ca si off froin God and happiness, and made miserable among wicked spirits: but if you desire to be informed what the blessed God requires of you, in order to your being made happy after death, I will jell you: – You must love God, and obey his Son Jesus. If you do love God and Christ, you will pray to God in Christ's name, You must pray daily, that God would take away the corruption of your hearis, make you holy, teach you what you ought to do, and aispose your to serve him in all things: that he would keep you from the suares to which children are exposed, and not suffer you to be led astray by live bad. conduct of the wicked. You must bless God and praise him for all his goodo ss. '
"At night, when you go to rest, you must repeat some prayer which you understand, and which will express your sense of entire dependence on God, lo the morning, think of God's goodness ja preserving you tbe past night, and pray to him to keep you from harm and froin sin all the gay. -- Always be sure to attend to your parents when rading, or when engaged in family-prayer. When you are called to family-prayer, sec Ibat you attend in a s lemn manner, and think of nothing else. So far as you understand the prayer that s made, join in it, and pray for the same things. You must avoid all wicked language, all lying, forgetting of God, disobeying of parents, aud unkindness to others. You must always remember that God sees you, and knows whatever you think, or say, or do.
If your hearts and lives are agreeable to those directions, you need not fear diath; for whenever you die, you will go to be with God, and Christ, and good men, in perfect holiness and endless joy; but if you live wickedly, and without God in the world, you will be sent to the place of despair and misery.
May God lake you under his care, and give you his Holy Spirit ! apd may Jesus Chris, who, while on earih, look little children into his arius and blessed them, seccive you inlo lavour, and give you his grace, Ibai you may be forever with the Lordi