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over it, because the justice and honour of God's throne have been met by the one sacrifice of Christ, whose blood is carried into the holy of holieseven heaven itself. This is God's plan of bringing guilty man to Himself, for blessing and salvation.
NOTES OF A TEACHERS' MEETING.
A. said he would like to mention for the
encouragement of all present, that a girl who had just left their school to go to service had given decided and satisfactory testimony of being the Lord's, and was only waiting to be received at His table. And not only this one, but many others, especially among the girls, had, from time to time, taken their stand for Christ.
He mentioned this to shew that work was being done, and fruit gathered in, whether it was our happy privilege to witness it or not.
B. had been struck by one line of the first hymn sung,
“Who would hush the boundless story ?” We know Satan endeavours to hush it, and hinders by various means; and besides the hindrances from without, there are those from within. Since we had been together, he had heard of difficulties in schools, arising from the absence of teachers —classes being left vacant. He thought it was a shame to us as teachers, if we were not always at our post, doing our work before the Lord.
This was one way in which Satan hushed the story-not by violent measures, as of old, but by any means to prevent the message of a Saviour's love from going forth. He also said he felt that even a substitute was not equal to the teacher responsible for the class being there, and therefore we
should endeavour to be at the school fifty-two times in the year. The affections of the children get drawn to their own particular teacher, and it might be, that the very Sunday he stayed away, some poor child might be found for the last time in the class. We know the enemy is busy, and shall we not seek to win these young souls to Christ? May we be wise to win them, and remember that the Lord's work is worth doing well. Let us challenge our hearts, Are we using the hours, the moments ? Are we doing what we can ? Who would hush the boundless story?
C. read John xxi. 15-17, and drew attention to the fact, that the first exhortation is for the lambs; the Lord first cares for the lambs. But His care is not only for believing children—the little ones on whose heads He placed His hands also received His special blessing.
He also felt the importance of the remarks made about the regularity of teachers. He had noticed during a course of forty years that the teacher who is always in his class, and always punctual, is the one that has the best attendance of children, and, as a rule, sees most results to his labours.
D. wished to draw attention to a little word in Mark vi. 30, which was rather the other side, or what should go on behind the scenes.
He felt bound to address the little assembly of teachers, and to ask, Have we told Jesus what we have done and what we have taught? If not, begin from tonight, tell it all to Jesus, and depend upon it, we shall teach the right things, and if any teachers had been unsuccessful or dissatisfied with what they had sought to impart to the children, perhaps it was because it had not been their custom to go to
Him about everything, and especially to tell Him what they had done, and what they had taught.
He also could bear witness to the fact already mentioned, having noticed the attendance for the last sixteen years, that the most regular teachers have the best classes. The scholars know their teachers and we know our children better. But he wanted simply to press this verse that we might each ono tell to Jesus both what we had done and what we had taught.
“Ah, Lord, enlarge our scanty thought,
Thy love immense, unsearchable !" E. said it was a wonderful thing for us in any service to remember we are doing our work directly under the eye of the Lord: working, not to please one another, but Him who pleased not Himself
. It is going back to tell Jesus that brings strength-returning to the “ sweet retreat,” to communion with God.
When David came to the camp, Israel was in despair: no one was able to meet the difficulty, not even king Saul, taller than all the rest. But the one that learned in secret from God was a match for the difficulty. The Lord's heart is beating for the one who is seeking to please Him, and the one that in secret proves the power of God is the one that can overcome the giant or any other difficulty;
Are we seeking to do what He would have us, and doing it under His eye in His immediate presence? And let us always go back to Himself from our service, knowing into whose ear to pour our difficulties, and whose heart to go to for sympathy. May we all know what this is.
SUGGESTIVE LESSONS FROM THE BOOK
Proverbs ii. 1-6. ECCLESIASTES xii. 9, 10, gives us a fine description of a proverb-—"upright” words, even “words of truth.”
Proverbs xxv. to xxix. were copied out by the men, that is, the scribes of Hezekiah, so the book must have been completed long after Solomon's time, though it is not known who gave it its present form. Chapter xxx. is said to be the words of Agur, that is, “the gatherer;" and chapter xxxi. the words of king Lemuel, which means " dedicated to God."
All the proverbs of Solomon are not preserved, for he spake three thousand in number; and his songs were a thousand and five. (1 Kings iv. 32.) “He spake of trees," from the majestic, noble cedar of Lebanon, even unto the little hyssop that springeth out of the wall: “he spake also of beasts,” &c. (1 Kings iv. 33.)
Nothing escaped his notice; in searching for acceptable words for the people, he used the things all around them as examples, and illustrations; just as the blessed Lord in His day spoke parables from things in every-day life. (Will you find me by next Sunday all the trees and animals of which Solomon speaks in the Book of Proverbs ?)
I said all the proverbs spoken by Solomon are not preserved. The first nine chapters of the book are an introduction; the tenth, you will see again begins “The Proverbs of Solomon," and if we count each verse as one, and all the proverbs in
Ecclesiastes, we shall not find one thousand. Still God, we may be sure, has preserved all those which were to form a part of His divinely-inspired book, the Bible.
The queen of Sheba said (1 Kings x. 8) "Happy are these thy servants which stand continually before thee, and hear thy wisdom ;" but during the immorality and idolatry of Solomon's court, these words were forgotten, or unheeded.
When we were looking for the meaning of a proverb in our first lesson, I forgot Solomon's own lovely description in chapter xxv. 11: “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures. of silver.” Some say it should be read, " citrons of gold in basket-work of silver.” You know a diamond in a ring, or brooch, is generally set in gold—the more valuable the gem, the more costly is the setting; so we get the idea of the luscious, tempting fruit, just seen through the beautiful filigree work of the basket. May God give you, dear children, an appetite for these bright, sparkling, jewels of truth--their brevity, wit, and reality is the setting of silver; their truth, and divine origin, the gold.
Verse 1. Every time the believing child hears that sweet familiar word “my son,
» he knows that the Lord is addressing him.
It may be said of this, as is said of another scripture about Abraham, "it was not written for his sake alone, but belongs to all the children of God in all ages. May He touch your hearts to listen to, and heed these words of truth ;” and fasten them as “ goads in a sure place.”
In our last lesson we had two voices crying to the young man (whose were they?)-here, he is exhorted to cry after something.