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gave the manna daily at the hour of dawn for forty years; and with exact prên cision the manna ceases on the day after Israel ate of the “new corn of the land." Thus God opened a well for Hagar in the desert, just as she was giving over all for lost in despair. And thus does God time His supplies to His sere vants still. When the manna ceases, the new corn appears.
When one source of revenue is dried up, another well is opened in the wilderness. A wonderful machinery of providence, wheel within wheel, is employed in conveying provision to the children of God. And His mercy is upon children's children; for He also provides both work und food for all the young people rising into life amidst surprising demonstrations of His power. He fixes a Christian's time of spiritual supply. As the treasurer of Ethopia reads, and wonders, and doubts in his chariot, Philip is commanded to draw near. By suitable books, by appropriate ministries, by congenial associations, doubt is removed, knowledge is increased, faith is strengthened, when these aids are required, and most for those who seek them most in earnest. Times of outward experience in joy and sorrow are fixed for believers. Joseph's history is a monument of minute pro vidences. The Midianites appear just as his brethren have departed. Thus, too, Rebecca and Rachel came to the well according to the prayers of Eliezer and of Jacoh. Joyful and sorrowful events must be alike regulated in their order and duration. Pain is under the control of Him “at whose right hand there is pleasure for evermore." “ Accidental” meetings govern all our history. Timet of usefulness are all determined. “I have set before thee an open door." Aml lastly, the hour of death is pre-arranged. We live under a providence which regulates all things, because it “works all things together for good to the that love God, and are the called according to His purpose."
SHORT NOTICES OF BOOKS.
The Acts of the Apostles. An Erport
Mexico : its Conquest and Modern His
tory. Religious Tract Society. 1863.
tion for English Readers, on the basis of Professor Hackett's Com mentary on the original Text. By S. G. GREEN, B.A., President d Rawdon College. Heaton & Sons London.
A well-timed and well written account of the wonderful country of which the French have recently taken possession. It would be a mistake to suppose that this is a hasty brochure, brought out or occasion of the French conquest, for, on the contrary, it contains not a single reference to recent events, and bears all the marks of careful preparation. The writer is indebted to Humboldt, Prescott and Cal. deron, but has made a good use of his materials. Nowhere, we suppose, will be found a more trustworthy and entertaining account of a country which is likely to draw much European attention during the next five years.
These two volumes form a portion of the “Bunyan Library," of which we regret nothing except the name, which is the “mark" of that denominational " beast" worshipped 2012 served by Mr. Heaton and other Baptist publishers. Mr. Heaton has done excellent service, however, in enlisting Mr. Green's pen in the ciposition of this valuable and intelligible commentary. There are few books better worth buying than expositions
Scripture which are sufficiently value from the circumstance of the cical to ensure the enjoyment of the author's special renown at Cambridge alts of the best scholarship, yet in all that relates to the science of iciently popular to permit of easy number, and from the fulness of his
by those who are not scholars. information in the department of e present production answers this theology and Biblical criticism. Few
and; and it is to be wished that of Bishop Colenso's adversaries have re were a similar commentary on been the equals of Mr. Birks in general ry book in the Bible. All persons accomplishment or fitness for the task
devote their leisure to village of reply. It is no part of our busiaching, and all teachers of ad ness to pronounce sentence, particuced classes in Sunday-schools, as larly in a brief notice, on such works I as all private intelligent students as these. It may perhaps be permitted, Scripture, will find these cheap however, to intimate that the force of ames invaluable.
argument against the Bishop would
lose nothing by a little closer imitation e Bible and Modern Thought.- The of his serene spirit in discourse. Mr. Erodus of Israel. By Rev. T. R. Birks's volumes form two of the most Bisks, Rector of Keishal. Reli
important contributions to the ortho. gious Tract Society.
dox side of the argument, and will, Mr. Birks is not at all as well known
no doubt, be regarded as final by the he deserves to be among his con
subscribers to the Religious Tract Somporaries, and especially among the
ciety. They travel over an immense unconformists. At one time con
field, and everywhere give you the cted by education and office with
impression of sincerity, ability, and ill Hill Grammar School, he after
determination “to banish and drive irds went to Cambridge, where he
away all heresy "—if needs be, with a came Senior Wrangler, and finally
cat-o'-nine-tails. They deserve, and itled down as a beneficed clergyman
will no doubt obtain, a place in every the Evangelical order. He has in vestry library. rmer years specially devoted himself prophetic study, bringing to bear
History of Christian Names. By the son that department of Biblical in
Author of " The lleir ot Redclyffe."
2 vols. tigation all the exactness acquir
Parker, Son, & Bourn. | in his distinguished career
1863. rinity College. His book on the This work is a wonderful monument lements of Prophetic Interpretation of feminine industry and skill. It republished twenty years ago, by
minds you of the Bayeux tapestry of ainter, in the Strand) is little Queen Matilda, or of those astonishnown; but is, in our opinion, a ing pieces of needlework which were iumphant defence of the old princi fashioned in the pontificate of Leo X. les of Protestant interpretation, and from the first cartoons of Raffaelle.
superabundant demolition of all This lady is not, properly speaking, hought that resembles the recent a scholar in point of training, yet has ose theorising of Dr. Davidson on managed so to use the labours of he prophetic books of Scripture. His scholars as to have compiled a book ext works were treatises on the First which has passed with considerable wo and the two later visions of Daniel; honour through the ordeal of etymoaluable as expositions of one class of logical criticism. It stands in a posipinions on prophecy, but not com tion of unapproached excellence, as parable in worth with that earlier embodying the results of modern vork to which we have directed atten learning on the origin of Christian tion. Mr. Birks has written for the names, and will form a handsome Religious Tract Society the two addition to every gentleman's liaandsome volumes mentioned at the brary." It is also a very interesting liead of this notice. They derive their book, as might have been anticipated
when it is considered that it is an ministry, 'his brother prints here 1 accomplished novelist who has set few sermons and sketches of sermons herself the task of unravelling the This compliance, contrary to the rul personal nomenclature of Christen- in such matters, was wisely judged dom. There are little bits of shining It is true that, if Mr. Hull had lived writing scattered about, almost on probably not one of these sermon every page, like diamonds in gravel ; would have seen the light. He woul and this circumstance will secure for have said, as his manner was whe the work some slight attention even urged to publish—“I shall do betti from the superficial members of “read- by-and-bye.” And this, too, woul ing societies." All the interest of the have been wisely judged. Mr. Hu world's history, gathers around the could not himself have given for names of its inhabitants.
these sermons and sketches without el
posing himself to the charge of unwi The Creed of Christendom : its Foun- precipitance; but his brother coul
dation and Superstructure. By W. not have declined to give them for R. Greg. Second edition. Trübner, without exposing himself to the char London. 1863.
of unwise reserve.
Only two or thre
of the sermons pretend to anythin Mr. Greg's work is well known as
like completeness of form, and not on a cleverly-written, one-sided, and occasionally perverse attack on the super
of them perhaps is complete as a piece a
thinking. Sometimes the thinkin natural character of the Bible. There
suddenly ends as if the thinker found are three short treatises, which we himself at once, and unexpectedly, in the should like to see bound together as a Trilogy of defences in reply to all
dark; there is occasional vagues
and there is sometimes, though razelso works written by authors of the hu- elevation of style without a corresponde man order Glires, or nibblers, such as Mr. Greg. We mean these:- 1st, Bush
ing elevation of thought. But ibert nell's chapter On the Character of the sermons are such as few could com
is thinking always; and the faults d Christ; 2nd, Mr. P. Bayne's recent treatise On the Testimony of Christ to
mit-only such as are inseparable from
the thinking and utterances of a muita Christianity;' and 3rd, Mr. Goldwin Smith's Third Lecture on the Study of immature.' Ilad Mr. Hull lived, b
thoughtful, earnest, and original
, ba 'History, in which he discusses the
would probably have been the Robert question whether the world can outgrow the moral sovereignty of Jesus
son (Brighton) of the Dissenting Christ?
There is, indeed, some
pulpit. All who will thoroughly thing of Robertson's mannerismi study and absorb these three short compositions will be armed tole
these sermons, but this is the resulte
mental likeness and spiritual sympathy rably well against the attacks of M.
rather than of slavish copying Ther Renan, Mr. Greg, and their fellow-soldiers, come from whatever quarter of
is the keen rapid action of the the enemy's country they may.
mind, the full spiritual insight, the power of fresh poetical illustration
, Sermons, gc., preached at Union
and the nervous handling of language, Chapel, King's Lynn. By the Rev.
which are the charm of Robertson's deG. H.Hull, B.A. London: Printed courses ; and there is the entire absence for private circulation by Yates &
of the occasional bitterness, the cari Alexander, Horseshoe-court, Lud- catures of Calvinism, and the diluted
gospel by which they are marred. If
the Dissenting pulpit were to set up This book is a modest memorial of the standard which Mr. Hull had a four years' ministry. At the end up for himself, and find men capable of of the four years the minister died, reaching it, it would become a greater and, in compliance with the urgent re- power in the land than it has ever you quest of many who had attended his been.
The Destiny of the Human Race. rality are willing to leave theology to Simpkin, Marshall, & Co. 1863. men
who have their living by theology,
by things established, and to continue The author who has invested labour sending forth to India and China ind capital in the production of these statements under the name of Chriswo handsome volumes must possess a tianity which, at least, are denounced omewhat singular opinion on the as uncritical, heretical, and false by heasure of interest felt by respectable many of the ablest expositors of the sople in England on the “destiny of Gospel at home. be human race." With whom can The author of these volumes seems e have associated to believe that even to be willing to make one more effort re hundred readers can be found for to arouse the public from this torpor, series of chapters on the future des- and to effect some modification of the hy of mankind—and specially of the established creed. We say creed, for athen nations ? So far as our own it is not an active belief. The English xperience goes in this matter and people believe nothing in real earnest has been tolerably extensive-there respecting the world and its destiny. scarcely one man or woman in a One has only to look in at an average bousand who cares a jot what is true missionary meeting to see thus much specting the futurity of the human clearly and decisively. There is an Boe, taken as a whole. The public in- unreal tone in all the references to erest is devoted day by day to far heathen “danger.” What the causes more important questions than the of this may be we will not here discuss. iscussion of what the Scripture It is of more importance to maintain aches on the final results of human that the Scripture does distinctly de
The details of business, the clare the whole world of sinners to be shions of dress, the various schemes in imminent danger of some sort, from amusement, the hopeful battles of which they are to be delivered by the lesiastics, the tangled skein of po- grace of God revealing itself in many 63,-all these topics are of more forms, of which the highest and chief punt than the question whether the is Christianity. All forms of mercy iptures really teach that, in conse- reach the world for Christ's sake, but nce of the sin of one person thou
all do not reach it in the form of Chris. ds of years ago, all his descendants tianity. There are some types of born with moral tendencies which European theology which we cannot unless they have the good fortune wish the Asiatic nations to exchange lie in childhood, ensure their going for their own religions, so fearfully nisery without any end, if unsaved; corrupt and unscriptural are some of 1 if they have been born and the Western heathenisins which strive ught up in the thick darkness of to propagate themselves in the East. henism. What matter if such an We believe the present volumes, which tion be false? What matter if it are written by Mr. Henry Dunn, to ent the character of God under a be a step in the right direction. On lly perverted aspect to all the many of the details of his interpretale? What matter if some few tions we should disagree, with earnest ptical" minds are dissatisfied with protestations against their critical sufevidence ? Life is too short to be ficiency; but no one can read the ited to such difficult inquiries. volumes without seeing that what is
fathers held this belief, and it is termed Eschatology is of all others the ! enough for us. Besides, “the department of theology which requires iny of the human race is no affair a thorough sifting in England. When urs. It is in the hand of God, such books as Professor Hudson's most the Judge of all the earth will learned and able treatise on “Debt ight." Thus, between obstinate and Grace" (in which, with American dliness, Sadducean indifference, carefulness, the author examines the a grovelling credulity, the gene- recent minute efforts of the English evangelical school in this direction)
wisdom with which the truth on death are not even generally named on this repentance is told, that no one e side of the Atlantic, we may fairly possibly be tempted by this narrativ say that there is room for improved to try the dangerous experimenti knowledge of the subject among our themselves. We commend this pul fellow-countrymen.
lication to Christian families an
schools with equal confidence ar Hope against Hope. A Narrative of pleasure. Mr. Moule's intellige the Conversion of Preedy the Mur
interest in several secular subjects derer. By the Rev. Mr. Moule, proved by his other publication Rector of Fordington, Wilts. Nisbet.
gives additional reason for listening 1863.
him when he speaks of the spiritu
lite. The special moral of the tale Mr. Moule is a clergyman of the best stamp, and a writer who cannot
tue danger of angry temper in perso fail to concilitate deep regard from all
of strong mental and physical cons
tution. who read this touching narrative. It is a deliberate defence of the opinion that one of the most wicked men may
Slave Life in Virginia and Kentucky be saved, and give satisfactory evidence
or, Fifty Years of Slarery, recount
by an Escaped Slave. With a Po of salvation at the eleventh hour, aud
face by the Rev. C. LEE, of Ho an application of this opinion to the
Trinity Church, Kentish Toni case of Preedy the murderer. With
Wertheim & Macintosh. Londo the narrative of the “dying thief" in
1863. the fore-front of the Gospel history, it is impossible to doubt the general truth We have every reason to believe of the opinion that the grace of our that this is a true story. It is not Lord Jesus Christ suffices to save bad suitable for promiscuous reading
, but men even at the last—especially bad will repay attention as another rett men of the animal and criminal class ; lation of Southern manners and ca and certainly we have never read of any modern example in which it appeared more likely that the professed A Formulary of Derotion, for faith and repentance were perfectly use of Schools ; composed chiefly sincere. The story derives interest the language of Scripture
. By Re from the uncommonly forcible charac- J. T. DOBNEY.
Relfe Brother ter of the convict, and still more from Aldersgate-street. the apostolic perseverance and wisdom of the wretched man's spiritual adviser.
The idea on which this little praye Some passages, especially the pages
book is framed is good, and much detailing the scene in the condemned
the execution is suitable to the e cell on the day preceding the execu
cellent conception. We find for tion, and on the fatal morning itself, however, with the excess of Latinis are full of a lofty and divine pathos
words and constructions. Boys ongi which must reach all hearts, and mois- to be taught to speak Saxon in prayer ten the hardest eyes. It is a story
In another edition the excision of sad which may be read with advantage by
blemishes, and the shortening of the all ranks, and by none with more
boys' rather long-winded responses benefit than by those who are farthest
would, in our judgment, greatly removed from the criminal class. So crease the value of this Formulary remarkable is the heart-searching