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For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction
cometh upon them.”—1 Thes, v. 3.
To the Ark and from destruction
All who'd be preserved, then, haste! Christ's alone the Ark of safety
Come—and full salvation taste: Tarry not for reformation
(Sinners - Jesus died to save), Art thou lost? He came to find thee;
Thou, believing, life shalt have.
Gen. 7: 1.
Then, amid the coming glory,
Rev. 20: 4. Which the Church with Christ shall share; 1 Thes. 4:17. Thou shalt have thy happy portion,
2:6, 7. Bride of His — His image bear
1 Joh. 3: 2. Then, His earthly people gathered,
Eze.37:24-28. Earth made clean, and Satan bound; Rev.
20: 2. Thou shalt, with thy Saviour, reigning Rev. 5:10. O'er a happy world be found!
“I have waited for thy salvation.”
1. Worthy of homage and of praise;
Worthy by all to be adored:
Thou, Thou art worthy, Jesus, Lord.
2. Now seated on the Father's throne,
The Lamb once slain, in glory bright;
Guarding us thro’ the deadly fight.
3. To Thee, the Lord, our song we raise,
Tho' mean the tribute now must prove:
So full of life, and light, and love.
When we have met Thee on the cloud;
We then shall praise Thee as we would.
[The two following little pieces, though not new, may be welcome to
some who have not seen them before.]
Christian, God speed thee,
Good angels lead thee.
Tempests will come,
Christian, steer home.
Breakers are round thee;
Shallows may ground thee.
Hold the helm fast,
There swept the blast!
What of the night?
No land yet —all's right.
Danger may be
Securest to thee.
Clear out the hold ;
Heave out the gold.
Now the ship rights;
Lo! the red lights.
At inlet or island;
Straight for the high land.
Cut through the foam;
Heaven is thy home.—MRS. SOUTHEY.
THE DYING BELIEVER BIDDING FAREWELL TO
O BOOK! life's guide ! how shall we part,
Thou wert the first put in my hand,
peace: Thy next effects no tongue can tell; Farewell, O book of God, farewell!
From Silex Scintillans, or Sacred
Poems, by Henry Vaughan.
We now come to the Book of Deuteronomy, a book full of interest in its moral warnings as to testimony, but presenting fewer subjects for interpretation and exegesis than those the summary of which we have sought to give. This book takes up Israel just on the borders of Canaan, and insists upon the maintenance of their relations with God, and on obedience to his commandments, as the only ground on which Israel can enter and continue therein; adding warnings as to the consequence of failure in obedience. The book may be divided into three parts. The first eleven chapters insist dience, presenting various motives to lead the people to it. Then come, as far as the end of the twenty-ninth, divers commandments; to which are added, by way of sanction, the consequences of obedience, and the curse upon disobedience. From the thirtieth to the end we have things to come, the blessing of the people, and the death of Moses. Of the first eleven chapters, the first four form rather a distinct part. That which strikes one in the first chapters is, the pains that the Lord takes to present all possible motives to that poor people to lead them to obedience, in order that they may be blessed. These things, which ought at least to have touched the heart, served, alas ! only to prove its hardness, and to show that, if man is to be blessed, God must give him a new heart, as it is written in the chapter which closes the second part of his exhortations to obedience. “ Yet the Lord hath not given you a heart to perceive, and eyes to see, and ears to hear, unto this day" (xxix. 4).
Deuteronomy is, then, of all the books of Moses, that which is the most essentially conditional; that is to say, the first two divisions which I have pointed out. Chapter xxix., which is the last of the second division, ends