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12. On four bills, viz., Zion, Moriah, Acra, Bezetha.


On the heavenly Jerusalem.
I. Show the city to be:-

1. Before Paul's day ;
2. Before Christ's day ;

3. Before Abraham's day.
II. Show the city to be large :-

1. By Parable ;
2. By Promise ;

3. By Vision.
III. Show the security of the city :-

1. By Parable;
2. By Promise ;
3. By Vision ;

4. By Comparison.
IV. The name of the city ?

V. The Sovereign?
VI. The Subjects?
VII. The Excellencies ?
VIII. Who will live there?

IX. Who will be shut out?

1. Mention a siege, during which the inhabitants of Jerusalem suffered from want of water? if they did not, how can you account for it?

2. How many kinds of years had the Jews ? Mention those most used, and on what occasions they used each

3. Give a table of the Jewish months, corresponding with our own, and arrange it for the ecclesiastical and civil years respectively?

4. How many days in a Jewish year, and what method did they adopt every two or three years to make up for the shortness of their years.

5. What great eras did the Hebrews commonly count from? 6. How

many evenings had the Jews, and into how many parts did they divide the night?

7. Why was the sin of Esau so great in selling his birthright?

8. How many Marys are mentioned in the New Testament? Name them.

9. Why did David put to death the Amalekite, who said that he had slain Saul ?

10. Why would not David number those who served him of 20 years old, and younger?

11. Of what were the golden candlesticks and the table of shew-bread the types ?


The Jews to every student of the Bible must ever be a people of deep interest. Not even a child that loves to read its holy pages but must long to hear and know more of them. The very earliest line about them is so. It is given in that beautiful history of Abraham. He is the first of the Jewish race, their great forefather ; then Isaac; then Jacob; and from him the twelve chief fathers who first gave their names to families, and these in time swelled to tribés,-the twelve tribes forming soon one nation. For a time all are in the land of bondage and severest slavery ; but in God's full time set free. Led forth by the hand of Moses and Aaron, their law

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givers under God their heavenly Father's teaching. But they came forth after God had shewed His power and wonders in the land of Egypt, not before. First Moses and Aaron were their leaders. Then Joshua the servant of Moses becomes their leader and their captain. Under him they are planted in the promised land. “Pro. mised'' hundreds of years before us an everlasting possession to Abraham and his seed; Gen. xii. 15. “For all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it and to thy seed for ever." But Joshua, too, must sleep in the dust. For a time they are not forgetful of God or His will'; but soon they fall away from his teaching and ways, and then God brings a rod upon them. He causes other nations to rule over them with cruel sway. They then confess their sins and return with sorrow, and He raises up judges to deliver them from time to time, such as Gideon, Jephthah, and others. Their kings rule orer them, but under all and every one their stubborn and hard heart is seen. They are rebels against God. Moses foresaw this, warned them, threat. ened them, that if so they still shewed themselves, God would scatter them. (Deut. xxviii.37.) "And thou shalt become an astonishiment, a proverb, and a byword, among all nations whither the Lord shall lead thee:?? Thus were they warned; but it was unheeded, and at last it came : and now they are in all lands. Wherever the foot of the traveller has gone, there has he found some of this nation of the Jews.“ .: In my travels in the East, I met them almost in every city : in some cities large families of German, Italian, and Spanish Jews. All know la Jew. nGod seems to have set a mark upon thein

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that all may know them. They are a standing wonder wherever seen. ' A nation in the midst of a nation, yet unchanged and unchangeable though upwards of 2500 years have sped away since they were scattered. I met with some of them in Egypt, yea in its very heart, in the city of Cairo. But thanks be to God, the people of England are awaking to their duty, as they ought, long ago, to have done, and are sending their missionaries into all lands to preach to, and to seek for the “lost sheep of the house of Israel.” There is a good missionary sent by the Jews' Society, settled in Çairo, and I had great pleasure in visiting his school for Jewish children. Their master, the missionary, was teaching them the Bible, the Word of God, which alone can “make wise unto salvation, and is the mighty instrument of leading sinners, both Jews and Gentiles, when sent home with power to the heart, to Jesus, the only Saviour. Let us pray, that God the Holy Spirit may lead every one of these little scholars to Jesus.

The city itself is a spot which ought and must interest one who reads his Bible, or eares for the Jews; for its history is closely woven with that of the history of the Jews. Try to picture to yourself a walk to the highest part of the city, where stands the new and beautiful mosque, which is now being built of alabaster. From this high point, a lovely scene stretches beneath, one such as can seldomi be seen, and, for past history, not to be outdone. We see a beautiful, a wonderful river stealing with its silver winding below. That river is wonderful. - No river is like it in the known world. It has no showers to increase

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its size along the greatest part of its flow; and yet, at a certain season, October, it overflows its banks, far and wide, and causes life wherever it overflows. When it shrinks again to its old banks, just as far as its waters have gone, just so far, hife, beauty, and verdure stretch, and hecome emerald-green.

A yard, a foot beyond, dry, sterile sand. Such is some part of that wonderful river's history from olden times till now. It, by God's blessing, forms their Spring, their Summer, and their Autumn. Without it their land would be a wilderness. But not only have you the wonderful river beneath, showing its silvery stream, here and there, as it shines beneath the clear bright sun, but one's eye is stiuck by the deep blue sky above, except at evening when it changes to the gorgeous sunset tints. Beyond, a few miles distant, are to be distinctly seen the pyramids and the Sphinx. Here, perhaps, in

. ages past, the children of Israel may have laboured. This was the land of miracles; the ten plagues were wrought here. All is foreign to the European. Flat-roofed houses, gay turbans, gay dresses, gay trappings to the horses, all so different from our more dim style of dress. But what land is this around and about that on which one stands? It is the land of Goshen, the land of Bible history, the land of wonders. There God pleaded with hard-hearted Pharaoh, and with Israel, that they might serve Him faithfully. Not far off, we see great mounds of mould. These were formerly teeming cities, now there is nothing to show where these cities stood, but these raised mounds. Memphis and Noph were here. But not far below was where the exodus of the children of Israel took place. It is a holy spot. It is beloved by

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