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yet, what is there, it may be fitly placed beneath his power. He asked, which should affect us so can, when he pleases, walk upon much as what the Son of God has the sea; say to the winds, peace, said, though many things, alas! af- be still; heal every sickness and fect us much more? The first thing disease by a word, and raise the which strikes the attention in the dead to life again. Secondly, work of a superior mind, is that when we peruse the gospels, we faculty of invention for which it is are holding converse with the great distinguished, that spirit of life source and pattern of all virtue, which seems to breathe throughout In the contemplation of the fairest the whole; but can it ever be ab- specimens of character, we sent from our thoughts, that he always reminded of the limitations who speaks to us in his word, is of human excellence. Some pleasthe author of that creative power, ing trait is not apparent, or the which we consider to be so rare graces of the spirit are not found an endowment of humanity? How in beautiful symmetry; or there solicitous, for the most part, are are heights in piety which none men of taste, to set off their com- have yet attained : not to mention, positions with majestic ornaments, that we are often uncandid in the and never do these appear so ap- opinions which we form of men, propriate and graceful, as when and are more apt to sit in judgment taken from nature, the great maga- on their defects, than to dwell on zine of all that is wonderful and their good qualities; in consequence fair. But is it possible for us to of which, it is for the most part, forget, that he who speaks to us but a feeble impression which is in his gospel, is the great parent produced by a superior display of of nature, and consequently of all moral grandeur. "It would be a those scenes and appearances, reflection on the teacher sent from whence issue the brightest visions God, to attempt to shew, that noof poetry, and the purest flame of thing of this "limitation is to be eloquence ? But not to pursue traced in his character. No! this comparison, which, if it be in whatever endowment we may posany degree justifiable, ought only sess, which can make us amiable to be glanced at, there are three in the eyes of Deity : whatever considerations which we shall do preparation we may be the subwell to bear in mind, as often as jects of, for that glory which is to we read the writings of the Evan- be revealed, claims him for its augelists. The glorious being who thor. He is the original whence condescends to commune with us, issues every emanation of true is God over all. Every sentiment greatness ; and the nearer we are which he expresses is worthy of drawn into contact with him, the Deity. It becomes us to associate more comprehensive and refulgent the recollection, with his most en- will our ideas of true dignity bedearing and familiar conversations, come. In the third place, it is his that he gave existence to every sole prerogative to give power and creature in heaven, and on earth, vitality to every word which he and under the earth, and at the speaks. He is Lord of thought, same time, possesses a fulness of and for any thing which can be being. It ought never to vanish affirmed to the contrary, the creator from our minds, how gracious so- of language. The style in which ever may be the language which he is pleased to address us, is rehe employs, that the elements are markable for simplicity, while his. allusions are natural and easy to appear, Nevertheless, how few be understood. Though this is are capable of such holy abstraca striking instance of his regard tion. Our thoughts are perpetually for our best interests, have we wandering to men, and if the deep never been tempted in a moment things of God are opened by a of impiety, to construct this into learned and eloquent advocate, an argument against the more we are in danger, of bowing at the diligent study of them ? or to ima- shrine of genius, rather than disposgine, that if they were less obvious ed to open our hearts to receive the to the understanding, they would full impression of divine realities. be more like God ? Reflect while But you instantly perceive, that if you read, how able he is to operate the instructions imparted could on the simplest passage that has derive additional force and illusproceeded from his lips. The tration from the character of the. thought is at present clear to the teacher, the effect would be atapprehension, unaccompanied how- tended with greater weight and ever with life and energy. He is influence. Who that surveys any able, at once, to present it in the object in nature, but beholds it light in which he himself beholds arrayed in still brighter lustre, it-to invest it with such an air of from the consideration of the ilmagnificence, as shall give birth limitable power and excellence of to the loftiest speculations. He its author ? can so illuminate our powers, as So when we peruse the Scripto make us perceive the different tures, the wonderous and gracious bearings of this thought on himself, words which the Son of God hath on heaven, or on eternity. In a uttered, we are not merely conword, he can bring before us, ere scious of something intrinsically we are aware, an assemblage of good, but we also infer from the great and celestial truths, whence dignity of his person, that it is the mind shall become expanded, only an infinite mind, which can the heart enlarged, and our assi- fully comprehend the worth of his mulation to his sacred image abun- announcements; while in their dantly promoted.

consequences and effects we clearly Consider, I beseech you, still perceive they are destined to outfurther, how peculiar must be the strip all the barriers of space and advantages which arise from an time. “ Never man spake like this habitual converse with such a be- man;" and if we recollect that all his ing. When we receive


lessons discourses bear the impress of the of wisdom or piety from a fellow Godhead upon them, it is no woncreature, we are required to fix der if we are Christians, should our attention chiefly on the matter we at any time lose ourselves in of his instructions. The character him ineffable. which he sustains is of no moment Would we then have our minds in point of authority. Nor is re- enlarged; our souls purified and ligion the more excellent for being refined, and all the activities of professed by any individual how our natures exerted in a right eminent soever his rank and sta- direction, let us learn to acquire a tion. We generally find, indeed, more vivid and abiding sense of that the more we contemplate the the honour conferred upon us in truths of Christianity, apart from being permitted to read the bioall extraneous circumstances, the graphy of the Saviour of the world. more sublime and affecting they Oviniæ Insule.


exact correspondence with the (Continued from p. 308.) statement of St. Luke, that they

sought a sign from heaven, that THE GOSPEL OF ST. MATTHEW.

fact, I conceive, could not have No. XV.-Chap. xii. 38. been inferred from the relation of “ Then certain of the Scribes St. Matthew; and the variations and of the Pharisees answered, between the two relations, not only saying, Master we would see a as it respects language, but in the sign from thee.”

number and arrangement of the They had already seen a wither- circumstances narrated, prove

that ed hand made whole, (ver. 13.) a St. Matthew could not have drawn devil cast out, and a blind and up his account from that of St. dumb man both see and speak, Luke. Consequently the coinci(ver. 22.) - The sign, therefore, dence between them is perfectly which they now required, must be undesigned, and establishes the

a sign FROM HEAVEN,” as we truth of the facts narrated. learn from St. Luke xi. 16. and

No. XVI.-Chap. xv. 21. which exactly agrees with their request on another occasion, (Matt. “Then Jesus went thence, and xvi.1.) They seem to have thought, I'departed into the coasts of Tyre that the wonders he had performed and Sidon.” on earth, where there was room This verse would have been for imposture, might be effected by more accurately rendered, as it is slight of hand or magic, or the in the Vulgate, " Then Jesus GOpower

of the devil, (ver. 24.); and ING FORTH (é&£lowv, egressus,) therefore they asked a sign from from thence, retired, (ávexúpnoev, heaven, where human art could secessit,) into the coasts of Tyre not reach. Perhaps they meant and Sidon;" which seems to. desome such tremendous displays of scribe two distinct actions, --his the Divine glory, as their fathers cgress from some place into which had seen from Mount Sinai; or a he had previously entered, and his sign like that of Moses when he departure into the coasts of Tyre gave manna from heaven; or like and Sidon.” It is true that this that of Joshua when at his word Evangelist has not expressly re" the sun stood in the midst of corded his entrance either into a heaven, and hasted not to go down city or house, though it is certainly about a whole day;" or like that implied in the preceding part of of Samuel when he brought forth his narrative. He relates, that thunder and lightning in the time “the Scribes and Pharisees, which of harvest; or rather, “the sign were of Jerusalem,” came to Jesus, of the Son of man coming in the saying, “Why do thy disciples clouds of heaven.” (Dan. vii. 23.) transgress the tradition of the With the fact of their thus seeking elders ? for they wash not. their a sign from heaven, corresponds hands when they eat bread." (ver. the answer which our Lord made 1, 2.) We may well suppose that them. They sought a sign from they objected this disregard of the heaven ; but he promised them one traditions of the elders, in conseab inferis, his resurrection from quence of their present neglect in the dead on the third day, (ver. not washing their hands previous 39, 40.) which was of all miracles to eating, as we are expressly inthe greatest and most efficacious. formed by St. Mark, “and when Now, while these things furnish an they saw some of his disciples_eat



bread with defiled, that is to say, Sidon.” It must therefore be inwith unwashen hands, they found ferred, that they wrote indepenfault,” (Mark vii. 2.); and this may dently of each other, and that the be ivferred with a considerable de coincidences between them have gree of certainty to have taken arisen from their both detailing place in a house. After having the particulars of a real fact, each replied the cavil of the Scribes in his own manner. and Pharisees, and exposed their London.

W.G. hypocrisy, Jesus appears to have gone out of the house, “and called the multitude,” (ver. 10.) or as St. SABBATA OBSERVANCE SOCIETIES. Mark has it, “all the people unto

To the Editor of the Baptist Magazine. him," in order to caution them against the delusions of their teach

DEAR SIR, ers; when, as is implied in the I HAVE for some time thought that statement of St. Matthew, “then associations might be formed of CAME his disciples, and said unto pious and well disposed persons in him,” (ver. 12.) and is expressly every populous town and city, affirmed by St. Mark, he again which by promoting the better obENTERED INTO THE HOUSE servation of the Sabbath day, would from the people.” (Mark vii. 17.) greatly advance the interests of

GOING FORTH from them,” religion in this country. Permit be “departed into the coasts of me to embody this idea in a few Tyre and Sidon.” What further remarks for the consideration of confirms the

accuracy of these coin- your numerous readers. cidences, if they need any further The necessity of some inore confirmation, is the fact that our efficient measures for the obserLord had in reality returned to vance of the Sabbath, must long Capernaum, (Jno. vi. 1, 24, 59.) have appeared to every serious and consequently the house into mind. What Nehemiah complainwhich he entered was most proba- ed of, and what he suppressed, in bly that which he usually occupied his day, is seen at the present when in that city. That they are period.“ In those days I saw in as undesigned as they are minute Judea some bringing in all manner and perfect, I think is demonstra- of burdens, which they brought ble from the very nature. St. Mark into Jerusalem on the Sabbath could not have inferred the circum- day: and I testified against them stances which he details from the in the day wherein they sold vicimplied statements of St. Matthew, tuals. There dwelt men of Tyre and far less from his use of the also therein, which brought fish word gelowv, “ GOING PORTH;” and all manner of ware, and sold and that St. Matthew did not de-on the Sabbath unto the children rive his account from that of St. of Judah, in Jerusalem. Then I Mark is evident, not only from the contended with the nobles of Judah absence of any direct reference to and said unto them, What evil these circumstances, but from the thing is this that ye do and profact that St. Mark does not employ fane the Sabbath day?" Neh. xiii. the word éganowy, “going forth" 15—21. How greatly is the Sabin relating the departure of Jesus, bath profaned by the sale of meat,

“ from thence he arose, fish, bread, vegetables, fruit, &c. and went (και εκειθεν ανασάς, απήλ- by coaches and packets travelling Qev) into the borders of Tyre and and arriving in our metropolis and

but says,

and atoms

other cities with all manner of lug-bath-trade with those whose shops gage; by shops (chiefly of a petty are closed on the Sabbath, &c. description,) selling their respec- and the effect of such a combinative commodities, by cattle dri- tion for the promotion of morality ven to market, by publicans, do- and religion must be felt, ing more business on the Lord's

Worms may join and grasp the poles, day than on any other, (the market day alone excepted.)

Thou- Fill the sea." sands and tens of thousands of

The writer earnestly requests persons are thus constantly vio

some influential person or persons lating the Sabbath, unawed by the to make an experiment, form a judgments of God or the accidents, society, circulate its plan, and proas they are improperly called, by bable utility, and similar instituwhich so many are injured and tions will soon arise and unite their even hurried out of time into eter-aid in the great work. The circunity, while in the actual breach of lation of pamphlets and tracts on that holy day. O my country, and the observance of the Sabbath, is this charge true? “This is a which might be purchased with lamentation, and shall be for a the small subscriptions of the memlamentation.” Would not the es

bers, and returned at the rate of tablishment of a Sabbath Obser- subscription, would greatly provance Society, in our principal mote the object of such a Society. towns, and cities, and even

villages, raise up a standard against be adopted, and that I may soon

Praying that this suggestion may this increasing and overwhelming hear of the establishment of a Sabflood of impiety so injurious to the bath observance Society, * I am, interests of religion ? It has for

Yours in the Lord, cibly impressed my mind that much

J.P. good would result from such efforts. Coventry, June. What would be the beneficial effect of such an association of piety, rank and influence ? Some pro- • We have inserted the letter of our reprietors of coaches at their suy-spected Correspondent, leaving our readers gestion, and the promise of their to form their own judgment as to the expe

diency of his proposal. Every pious mind support, would discontinue running will feel at once the desirableness of the their coaches on the Sabbath ; the object, but the mode of its attainment is a travelling of vans, boats, &c, might different, and indeed a delicate question. in proportion to the influence of Some, perhaps, may doubt the propriety of such Societies be discontinued ; ploying any other than moral means, to effect

Christians aniting for the purpose of emtraffic on the Sabbath might also

a morul purpose.

The weapons of our be discountenanced by every mem- warfare," said an apostle, "are not carber, and hence the influence of nal;” and it may admit of a question, whesuch efforts for the better observa- ther, in directing our aim against "spiritaal

wickedness in high places,” any other thau tion of the Sabbath would be found spiritual weapons may be lawfully employed ? considerable. Let every city, The importance of the subject, however, town, and village possess such an fully entitles it to the closest consideration. association ; let rank, talents, and we wish not to suppress discussion, but to

invite it; and in connection with these sugpiety be united to promote the gestions, we beg leave to refer our readers sanctity of the Sabbath; let every to an article on the subject in the “ World” member of these institutions, as a Paper for July 9, entitled, “ The ADDRESS

of the GenerAL UNION for PROMOTING, sine qua non of membership encou

the OBSERVANce of the CHRISTIAN SABrage those coaches, vans, packets,

to the People of the UNITED &c. that do not travel on the Sab-States."



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