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1, He was hated by his brethren, and sold at the price of a slave, (Gen. xxxvii. 28,) as Jesus was "despised and rejected of men," (Isai. liii. 3,) and sold by Judas, Matt. xxvi. 15. 2, Joseph made provision to supply the wants of millions, who must otherwise have perished, Gen. xli. 49; so Jesus has provided pardon, peace, every good and every grace to save millions from eternal destruction. 3, Joseph loved his brethren, and did not cast them out when they came to him; so Jesus loves poor sinners, and will cast out none who come to Him. 4, Joseph gave a home near to himself to his brethren; so Jesus will give a mansion where He dwells to all His brethren, John xiv. 2, 3.
Moses was a type of Jesus. 1, Moses was a prophet, and Jesus is a Prophet, Acts iii. 22. 2, Moses saved Israel from the bondage of Egypt, and Jesus saves His people from the yoke of sin, Gal. i. 4. 3, Moses was the leader of Israel through the wilderness, and Jesus is the Leader of His people through their pilgrimage to the heavenly Canaan, Isai. lv. 4.
Aaron was a type of Jesus. 1, He was the high priest of Israel, and Jesus is the High
Priest of His Israel, Heb. iii. 1. 2, Aaron offered sacrifices, and figuratively made atonement for Israel: Jesus, by offering Himself, made the true atonement for His Israel, Heb. x. 12. 3, Aaron had the names of Israel engraved upon his breastplate, and upon onyx stones on his shoulders, and interceded for Israel before the Lord: Jesus bears believers' names upon His loving heart and mighty arm, and "ever liveth to make intercession" to God for them, Heb. vii. 25.
The Old Testament contains accounts of other personal types of Jesus, such as Joshua, David, and Solomon. No wonder that those who love the Saviour, love to read the Old Testament. And how many of them have found, in the solemn hour of death, that Jesus is to them the substance of all the ancient types! They have found Him their Prophet, Who has made them wise unto salvation; their Priest, Who has saved them by His own sacrifice; and their King, Who has brought them into subjection to His easy yoke, and with Whom they will reign for ever.-Gleaner and Sower.
A SPRING SONG.
'M off to the bank where the
Come along, little Kitty and
The air is so pure, and the sky is so blue,
"O, yes! but I long to be a hero. It is something to be a hero; don't you think so?"
"Yes," said Aunt Margaret; "I admire a hero. Shall I tell you how you may become one now-a boy hero? which, I
For the glad spring is come back think, is far more noble than
O! we'll sing, we'll sing,
And we'll dance in a ring, Our hearts they are happy and free
For 'tis spring, 'tis spring, and we'll make the woods ring With the shouts of our mirth and our glee.
becoming a general."
"Yes," said Freddie, eagerly, "do tell me."
"By being master of yourself. Do not give way to angry, wicked feelings. The Bible 'He that is slow to anger says, is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he
O list! the sweet birds are singing that taketh a city. Think of
the finest of my garden. They are small, but rich of their kind." The man was untruthful; he knew that they were not such as he could honestly say were good. "Then thou can'st recommend them ?" "Certainly, Sir," replied the dealer. "Very well, I will take some." He carried them home, and they proved not only unsound but miserably tasteless. The next morning, when the Quaker went again to the same place, the man who had sold him the fruit claimed him as his customer, and asked him if he would buy some more. Nay, friend, thou hast deceived me once, and now, although thou mayest speak the truth, still I cannot trust thee. Thy neighbour chose to deal uprightly with me, and from henceforth I shall be his patron. Thou wouldst do well to remember this, and learn by experience that a lie is a base thing in the beginning and a very unprofitable one in the end."
HE "bottle" is a necessary article in the tent of Arabian shepherds. It holds their water and other liquids, and is frequently used
as a pitcher. a pitcher. The Eastern bottle is made of a goat or kid skin, stripped off without opening the belly; the openings made by cutting off the tail and legs are sewed up, and when filled it is tied about the neck.
The Arabs and Persians never go a journey without a small leathern bottle by their side like a scrip. These skin-bottles preserve their water, milk, and other liquids in a fresher state than any other vessels they can
The people of the East, indeed, put into them everything they mean to carry to a distance, whether dry or liquid, and very rarely make use of boxes and pots, unless to keep such things as are liable to be broken. They enclose these leathern bottles in woollen sacks, because their beasts of carriage often fall down under their load, or cast it down on the sandy desert. This method of transporting the necessaries of life has another advantage; the skin-bottles not only preserve them fresh, but defend them against the ants and other insects, which cannot pierce the skin; and they also prevent the fine dust, of which immense quantities are constantly moving about in the arid regions of Asia, from reaching them. It is for these
reasons that provisions of every kind are enclosed in vessels made of the skins of animals.
These bottles are liable to be rent, when old or much used, and at the same time are capable of being repaired. In the book of Joshua we are informed the Gibeonites" took wine-bottles, old and rent, and bound up." This is perfectly according to the custom of the East; and the manner in which they mend their old and rent bottles is various. Sometimes they sew in a piece; sometimes they gather up the torn place in the manner of a purse; sometimes they put in a round flat piece of wood, and by that means stop the hole.
The liability of skin-bottles to rend, will explain a figure used in one of our Lord's discourses—“ Neither do men put new wine into old bottles; else the bottles break, and the wine runneth out, and the bottles perish but they put new wine into new bottles, and both are preserved." Being made of the raw hide, they are, when new, capable of accommodating themselves to the swelling of the liquor as it ferments. But when they have been once stretched out in this way, and have become old and shrivelled
through use, they do not admit of any farther enlargement, and will therefore give way if new wine is poured into them.
MUSIC AND MERCY.
HE citizens of Antioch, irritated by some exactions which the Emperor Theodosius had imposed on them, broke out into open revolt; and, among other excesses, pulled down the statues of the Emperor and Empress, and dashed them to pieces. Shortly after, when the heat of their fury was passed, they began to repent their indiscretion, and to be filled with alarm for the danger into which they had brought themselves and their city. Flavianus, their Bishop, took a journey to Constantinople, in order to appease Theodosius; but the Emperor indignantly repelled all supplications, and vowed that nothing but the most signal vengeance would satisfy him for the insult put upon his crown and dignity.
The good Bishop was in despair at the danger impending over his flock; but being a man of lively fancy, and learning
that the Emperor was in the habit while feasting of having a number of young boys to sing to him, he conceived the idea of making yet another appeal, through the medium of music's powerful influences, to the sensibilities of the Emperor's heart. He prevailed with those who had the charge of the songsters, to place them under his direction for a short time, during which he taught them to sing in mournful strains the woes of the Antiochians; the sorrow they felt for their transgressions; and their despair at having fallen under the displeasure of their Prince.
A day was at length fixed on which the boys were to try the effect of their lesson on the ear of the Emperor. The
attention of Theodosius instantly arrested by the peculiar pathos of the strains addressed to him; he soon discerned the import which they conveyed, yet continued to listen to them with undiminished fascination; and such at last was the effect they produced, that, watering the cup of wine which he held in his hand with his warm tears, he forgot all the displeasure he had conceived against the Antiochians, and called aloud, "The city of
Antioch is forgiven!"-Percy Anecdotes.
A BAD BUSINESS
ASIMIR II., King of Poland, received a blow from a Polish gentleman, named Konarski, who had lost all he possessed while playing with the Prince. Scarcely was the blow given, when, sensible of the enormity of his crime, the gentleman betook himself to flight, but was soon apprehended by the King's guards, and condemned to lose his head. Casimir, who waited for him in silence amid his courtiers, as soon as he saw him appear, said, "I am not surprised at the conduct of this gentleman. Not being able to avenge himself on fortune, it is not to be wondered at that he has ill-treated his friend. I am the only one to blame in this affair, for I ought not by my example to encourage a pernicious practice which may be the ruin of my nobility.' Then turning to the criminal, he said, "You, I perceive, are sorry for your fault: that is sufficient; take your money again, and let us renounce gaming for ever."