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Saviour neither was not could be Jehovah thought fit to make that the author of a notion, which had very reptile subservient to his glory. been in vogue, not only at Jerusa- For is it not remarkable that he lem and Alexandria, but likewise should have caused this same anion the shores of the Hellespont, mal to be both a blessing and a and in the streets of Rome, cen-, curse to his people? That he should turies, for ought we know, before have commissioned fiery: serpents, he himself came into the world. It to bite them till they died,' and iwas necessary to clear up this point should then làve commanded Moses the more fully, as on it depends the to make a fiery serpent, that they whole force and propriety of the ex. who looked upon it might live? planation which was suggested in Could there be a stronger proof the preceding paper, and which is given than this, that his authority over so well argued in the extract which matter was absolute; or that the anishall now be presented.
mal which they might have once wor- A curious subject of inquiry shipped as a god was altogether his there suggests itself, as to our Sa- creature, and wholly at his disposal? viour's intention in making saliva “ The same observation applies the instrument of restoring sight to to another circumstance in the the blind, and hearing to the deaf. Mosaic history. The rod, or wand, That he used it designedly there was peculiarly appropriated to the can be no doubt; but it was with purposes of magic. It was used by a view to demonstrate that the vir- the sorcerers and enchanters of. tues of which that, or any such in- Pharaoh. Yet this did not prevent different substance, was the vehicle, the Almighty from pernitting his were not to be referred to the sub- servant Moses to employ that same stance itself (as many vainly sup- instrument in manifestation of his posed), but to Him who had it in omnipotence. The magicians might his power to convert the most con- throw down their wands, and, by their temptible of his works into means connexion with the powers of darkof displaying his greatness. And ness, transform them into snakes ; by what better method than this they might smite the water with which was adopted by our Saviour," them, and turn it into' blood ; they could the people have been con- might bring up by them frogs upon vinced of the absolute nullity of a the land of Egypt: but all this the charm so reputed ? For might he wand of the great leader of Israel not be understood to argue practi, could perform, and more than all cally as follows :: You say that this ; - it could communicate a there is a healing power in saliva ; blessing, as well as a curse; it
yet can any individual amongst you could remove, as well as inflict 1 anoint the eyes of a blind man with calamity. Pharaoh applied to his
it, and restore him to sight; or touch magicians to contend with Moses the ear of one who has been deaf in producing evil ; but in banishing : from his birth, and create in him a the evil, when produced, they could new sense ?'
yield him no assistance whatever."“ There are many instances in Blunt's Vestiges, pp. 114...171, v. which it has pleased the Almighty
Ούτις. . Governor of the universe to act in a similar manner. He seems sometimes to allow the spirits of dark.
ness, as it were, to select their own Tothe Editorofthe Christian Observer. si weapons, and then convinces them
upon egual terms, that the Lord he' The rabbinical writers have indulgjs. God. Thus it was, perhaps in ed' themselves in apparent informaconsequence of the serpent" being tion concerning personages in the an object of idolatry in Egypt, that Old Testament, of very little im
portance ; such as, that Balaam mon's house, 'recorded by St. John was the son of either Jannes or But, not to urge that both the date Jambres who withstood Moses * in of the narration, and its circumEgypt. (2 Tim. jä. 8.) But the stances, are at variance with this desire of circumstantial knowledge idea, it ought to be considered that in such matters, is not confined to the name of Simon was common the Jews : it is to be regretted that among the Jews trat the master Christians have followed the ex. of the house is; by St. Mark, callample. For instance, it is often as ed Simon the Leper ;--that Mary serted that. Mary Magdalene had anointed the head of Jesus, which been a woman of grossly licentious the woman in St. Luke did not venlife, on no better foundation than ture to do; also, that this unction that of identifying her with the of perfumed oils was an accustomwoman of whom St. Luke, chap. ed civility to honoured guests, and vii. 37, &c. gives an affecting ac- therefore its occurrence in different count; and who is said to be " a places of the evangelical history sinner," term used in this sense might naturally be expected. only for those whose conduct or pro
ini E.M. B. fession brought them under public censure, as in the case of Zaccheus*, The Evangelists have informed us, Tothe Editorofthe Christian Observer. concerning Mary (of Magdela), that she, who, with others, had been It is probable that most persons healed and delivered out of most will
with your correspondent distressing circumstances (Luke MACARIUS, page 417 of your Namviii. 2), ministered to our Lord in ber for July, respecting the utility his state of humiliation, of their and necessity of a plan for specific substance ; and surely we may not clerical education, but what plan venture to imagine that our Lord to adopt, without interfering with would have condescended to receive our present ecclesiastical discipline, any part of that substance (contrary is a question which requires very to his own law, Deut. xxiii. 18), if calm and serious consideration. In it had been the wages of iniquity. the neighbourhood of the place from
Some, on the other hand, have which I write, there are two Disidentified the woman in Luke, chap. senting Academies; and part of vii., with Mary, the sister of La- their plan is to allow the students zarus, from the supposed similarity to go out and preach in the sur of the anointing with that in Sic rounding villages: and this is consi
dered as of great utility, in con I apprehend that his profession as nexion with their classical and ehief of the publicans had procured him theological studies, as preparatory the appellation of a sinner (Luke xix. 7), for fitting them for being set apart since our Lord's testimony, that he was for the pastoral office. But I ap" a son of Abraham,” implied, I think, not merely his lineage as a Jew, but also prehend that nothing of this kind the general uprightness
of his conduct ; can be allowed, or could be at all for ver. 8. I consider to relate to his past, proper, in the candidates for Holy not to his future, mode of action. Also it Orders in the Church of England. may be questioned whether the false accu- Your correspondent, however, is de sations do not intend such as were brought sirous of eliciting such suggestions before Zaccheus, (he being chief of the as may lead to some satisfactory publicans,), and afterwards discovered to result. I would therefore ask why be ill-grounded, and too hastily (perhaps) our candidates, for a year after takcation, in which he judged our Lord's ing their degrees at the University, honour was concerned, and not a confes or after completing their studies sion and purpose of amendment, is the elsewhere, may not act as catechists meaning of the 8th verse.
in our Sunday and national schools?
The duty of catechizing is a most To me there appears nothing conessential part of that plan of in, trary to the Canons ar Rubric in struction which our church requires; this plan; and I will venture to say, and there can be no doubt but that that, when a candidate who has been it was the design of our church ori- thus employed enters into Orders, gipally that a deacon should accom- he will find that a year thus spent pany a priest for the purpose of was perhaps the most useful of his assisting him in that office; but as life. At all events, the plan is there is a manifest alteration in this worth a trial. respect, why should not every gra- 1. Allow me to add, that I have duate act as a catechist for a year found, in common with
clerical under a parish priest, whereby he friends and brethren, the difficulty would not only communicate reli- of obtaining proper instructors for gious knowledge to the children, Sunday schools. We frequently see but learn much for his subsequent two or three of the superior classes instruction, when be entered upon committed to the care of those who a more public sphere?
are totally incompetent to give them The Church Catechism must be religious instruction, and the cler allowed to contain a summary of gyman himself is so engaged, espeChristianity. Let it be divided into cially in populous places, with oc. fifty-two catechetical themes or loc- casional duties, that he is unable to tures, with Scripture proofs, ex- supply the deficiency: the conseplanations, &c. by the candidate quence of which often is, that the for Orders, and inspected weekly Sunday school is only a place where by the resident minister previous to the children learn to read without being delivered to the children on expense to their parents; and the the Sunday; then let the young chief benefit designed is not only divine examine a Sunday school, lost, but they are prepared to read or a national school for an hour, any book that may be cast in their either memoriter, or from his manu- way. The proposed plan turns the script; and I am of' opinion that system to its right end, and in a few his own mind will be much improve years the good effects of it would ed and prepared for the work of be very visible. composing and delivering sermons The candidates might also acby such a process.
company the minister in visiting the Many clergymen in populous sick, in reading to them, in distriplaces, and in large churches, can- buting religious tracts, in superinnot on the Sabbath, on account of tending parochial libraries, and be other overwhelming duties, pay that rendered useful in many other ways attention to catechizing which they consistent with church order and wish, and which the church re- discipline : but it is as a catechist quires ; but a plan of this sort would that it appears to me that he will be a useful auxiliary to them, as chiefly be of service to himself and well as of use to the candidates. to others. I know two candidates The officiating minister may do his for Orders wbo are at this very time duty more efficiently to the chil- thus employed; and I can testify, dren, after they have been thus that their improvement has exceedtrained by his probationary assisti ed my most sanguine expectations anto + The labours of the regular I should be glad to see further sugteachers and masters of the school gestions in your pages on this subwould be also much assisted, and ject, as its importance is unquesthat chasm between them and the tionably great. minister would be profitably and
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these latter Works aire be chinose mere equally injurious, Nor must sit be A few considerations having sug- inaccessible to the class of readers gested themselves to me in the pe- under consideration for I know it rusal of a large number of tracts to be a fact that pedlars and for children and the poor, and more hawkers bring them within the especially of those little stories which reach even of the inhabitants lof are just now published in such abund country villages Can we wonder ance, I shall be obliged by your in- if most of the useful or insttuotite serting them in your pages, when books to which the poor can have not occupied by subjects of more access should prove insipid, after importance. Many of these little the beautiful history of Lucy Charen publications are so excellent, and whose pathetic story finds aigeady so well calculated to answer the end way to the heart even of the most proposed by their benevolent au- illiterate A It contains mucho that is thors, namely, the cultivation of excellent. Its simplicity is suited devotional feeling, and the commu- to common capacities ; land at the nication of religious 'instruction to same time its elegance and refideti the poorer classes in an inviting ment must tend to soften down, in form, that I feel grieved they should the most desirable way, the roughi be defective, and, as appears to me, feeling and coarse manners, which occasionally even injurious to the generally exist among the spoor interests they are designed to pro- and Lucy's devotion is so simple and mote.
natural, and theri quotations from The stories to which I allude, are Scripture are so apt and appropriate such, for example, as those written that the mind cannot fail to be by the authors of Lucy Clare," strongly impressed in favour am Margaret Whyte," " Jessie Al- that religion which could comfortu lan," « The last Day of the Week," guide, and support her so effectually and others of a similar nature. They throughout life. But, notwithstands are great favourites, and deservedly ing these excellencies, to none of so, with the children of the lower these worksdoes the above-mentions classes; but I have been often with ed objection apply with greater force held from circulating them, as free than to this ; for the scenerys the ly as I have felt inclined to do, by sentiment, much indeed of what.con, several considerations ; particularly stitutes its charm, constitute also one by the apprehension that they might of its principal sources of dangers 6 engender a taste for novel reading. Another objection to which these I have myself observed, that after stories appear to me to be liable, reading these beautiful narratives, is that they are made sotsenter: other books, even other stories, if less taining as: cause a dangers of their ornamented and highly wrought, cocupying the time which visste have been perused with indifference, should be, given to the Bible and of often with evident distaste ; and is lessening the interest with which it it not probable that the appetite would otherwise be petused. The thus excited will require to be gram poor, the manufacturing poor mode tified sometimes at an undue ex- especiallyy have scarcely any leisure perise, and will, when the innocent for reading the men have very litri and beneficial works are exhausted; tle; the womenplat sleast those pri seize indiscriminately on those of gaged in household duties still liber's Sinollet and Fielding, and yothers and whether they should notwbalty
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devote that little to the diligent humble endeavours acceptable with study of their Bible, is a question God? And will not this effect be deserving of serious consideration, strengthened by the manner in which Certain it is that the whole of the many of these stories introduce spectime they can or ought to devõtetators to observe, admire, and comto reading will be found barely suf; ment on what they see; thereby ficient for their acquiring such a laying before their readers, uni knowledge and understanding of the tentionally, it is true, il motive of Scriptures, and such an intimate action against which our Saviour acquaintance with them, as, will expressly and repeatedly warns afford a prompt supply of comfort his disciples, The Dairyman's and assistance in every situation of Daughter," and " Little Jane," are life. It has also occurred to me, particularly open to these animadwhen I have witnessed the avidity versions, but the evils to which I with which many of these stories have alluded are yet more striking: are idevoured, that they might here, ly, illustrated in a little story lately, after prove a powerful temptation published, entitled, The Last Day, to poor girls and women to neglect of the Weck." The relator of the the less agreeable but very impor, narrative, represents himself as intant: occupations of keeping their truding, rather impertinently as ap; clothes, and those of their families, pears to me, into several families, “tight and clean," and assisting and oiten during their most private in household duties.
and sacred moments, with the ayow, 1. There is another objection which, ed intention of watching their proif well-founded, wears a more seri- ceedings. It is a boasted privilege ous aspect than any of the former. of England, and one which the auia It is generally found that the human thor, while he infringes, acknowmind experiences, unspeakable dif. ledges, that every man's house, how ficulty in bringing the pure and poor soever the owner, is his castle ; simple motive of pleasing an Invi- and some delicacy at least ought to sible Being to bear on the hourly be felt and expressed in invading it, temper and conduct: it will seize whether in fiction or real lite. Ano, unconsciously, but eagerly, on any ther consequence too of the injumotive that presents itself, in a form dicious and clumsy introduction of more tangible, and more present this spectator is, that an air of os, to the senses, as an assistant in the tentation is thrown over Mary's exarduous task of exciting its ener cellent conduct and rules, which gies, and repressing its corruptions. detracts much from their beauty, We should beware, therefore, how and will lessen the influence of her we strengthen this downward ten example. And those wbo do addency, by suggesting motives of mire, and begin to put in practice a less pure and spiritual nature, these rules, when they have finish, or assigning any prominent place ed the work of the week, having to subordinate principles of action. set their cottage in order, and prey Is not this effect, however, to be ap- pared every thing for the morrow, prehended from the publication of will they not be apt to look towards these various lives, these « stories the door for the expected visitor 3 founded on facts?' :1 Will they not Will they not seek their reward, naturally suggest to many persons the his anticipated approbation, or ima, possibility that their conduct may ginary presence, rather than in the likewise excite notice that their favour of that God who seeth in history also may some time appear secret? And if, as is most probable, in primu? Or even, without suggest- no spectator appears, will not ing any distinct idea, will they not secret feeling that their labour has tend to destroy that singleness of been in some degree in aim throw heart which can alone ironder bur a damp over any subsequent LANGE CHRIST. OBSERV. No. 274,