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possible for us at all comfortably to eat bread, or to be made happy. by the largest visible abundance. We shall feel the most important good to be still wanting. Our years, one after another, will be consumed in vanity and disappointment-in lusting after somewhat which we cannot have, and in loathing the things before us. And, when our corruptible bread will no longer keep us alive on the earth, our only portion at His hand, who would have given us the living bread, will be, to “ lie down in sor“ row” and despair.

Evidently, then, it will behove us to be instant in supplicating,-“ Lord, evermore give “ us this bread.” Not least should we remember thus to call upon Him, in seasons when He maketh the earth most plenteous; since otherwise what we thence gather may be turned into the bread of tears by His anger, and we may become but as dead men, feeding on that which is not food, or which by itself can never preserve us from destruction.

By a reference now to the points of resemblance which have been described between Jesus Christ and bread, the manner in which He--the bread of life is to be received, may at once, for our good instruction, be discerned. Indeed, we have it expressed by Himself in the words—“ He that eateth me, even he shall live 5 by me.” As bread is appropriated to the benefit of our bodies, by the natural act of receiving it within them, in the same way, must the salvation of Christ be appropriated to the benefit of our souls. Only occasionally to think and talk of our Redeemer, and make empty professions of esteem for Him, will prove of little use; such conduct can never answer to the notion suggested of inwardly feeding upon, and digesting Him as bread.

It is required, under the strong image of eating His flesh, that we have, as it were, an appetite for the righteousness which He came to impart, that we spiritually accept Him as crucified and risen again for our justification, and that we ponder His doctrine in our hearts, and make proof of it, (as men prove the goodness of their natural food,) by strenuously doing Him honour and service. Nothing less than this, is to eat of the bread which cometh down from heaven, with a proper degree of sincerity and truth.

Finally, therefore, my brethren, in this way resolve to eat of it, and live; for to all who will thus partake of Jesus Christ, the benefit is greater than can be expressed. Courageous, and at the same time patient, strong at heart, and prepared to endure, they encounter, with a settled resolution, the trials and hardships which befall them, and “ work the works of “God,” without sinking under “ the burden and “ heat of the day.” When the floors are full of wheat, so that they can eat in plenty, and be satisfied, they will indeed gladly bear witness to His goodness, who is replenishing their bodies with good things, that they may live and glorify Him in the world. But, the gratitude and devotion of persons who are partakers of the bread of life, depend not on fruitful seasons. The man who has that bread in store, will continue “ strong in faith, giving glory to God," no less during days of dearth, than of abundance. His principal hope and stay are, not from beneath, but from above. He will, accordingly, always be able to determine with the Prophet,

Although the fields shall yield no meat; the “ flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there “ shall be no herd in the stalls : yet will I re

joice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my “ salvation.” (Habakkuk iii. 17, 18.)


MATTHEW vi. 34.

Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the

morrow shall take thought for the things of itself.

Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof. THE good counsel contained in these words, is eminently worthy of remembrance and observation. It was spoken immediately by our Lord himself, and on that account should be kept always in our minds. But, besides that, the nature and subject of the precept are such as should render it universally interesting. It gives direction how we should daily order our minds and conduct, with a view to the morrow, or succeeding day. Hence, the text appears in many respects suitable to every description of persons; and, in a special manner, it seems adapted to men of an honest and sober character, who possess little, or nothing in store, for their subsistence. None indeed, be their means and provision the most ample, may reckon themselves absolutely secure concerning the morrow, and be thus free from all temptation to take thought for it. Yet, the many who possess scarcely enough for it's probable wants, are most strongly tempted to do so, in a manner unbecoming their profession. Let me, accordingly, solicit your attention to this counter injunction, or advice; and, first, while I endeavour clearly to state it's legitimate meaning and extent.

“ Take no thought,” said Jesus, “ for the mor“ row.” Against this commandment, in an unqualified sense, much objection, which it would be difficult to remove, has been raised by men of disobedient hearts. In fact, Holy Scripture has many passages of a similar kind, liable to be misrepresented and mistaken by such characters :—for example, Jesus said, in a former part of His discourse, “ Resist not evil : but “ whosoever shall smite thee on the right cheek, “ turn to him the other also. And if any man “ will sue thee at the law, and take away thy

coat, let him have thy cloke also. Give to “ him that asketh thee, and from him that 66 would borrow of thee turn not thou away.” (Matt. v. 39, 40, 42.) These, perhaps even more than the text, are open to the ridicule and profane contradiction of perverse men ; but scarcely ever hath an honest-minded person, piously disposed to walk in the truth, been misled by, or offended at them. Persons thus minded, apprehend, without much difficulty, the proper

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