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among themselves, let us not rend it, but .cast lots for it, whose it shall be. John xix.
23, 24. David foresees the insult They that passed by reviled offered to the Redeemer even him, wagging their heads, and on the cross :- All they that saying, Thou that destroyest see me laugh me to scorn, the temple and buildest it in they shoot out the lip saying, three days save thyself; It He trusted on the Lord that thou be the Son of God, come he would deliver Him, let down from the cross. Likehim deliver him seeing be de- wise also the Chief Priests lighted in him. Psalm xxii. 7, mocking him with the scribes 8.
and elders said, He saved others, himself he cannot save. He trusted in God, let bim deliver him now if he will have him, for he said, I am the Son of God. Matt. xxvii. 39–
43. Our Saviour's crucifixion We read in St. Matthew, between two thieves, and his that there were two thieves prayer for his murderers, are crucified with him, the one on plainly foretold. — Ke was the right hand and another on numbered with the transgres- the left. Matt. xxvii. 38. sors; and he bare the sin of And in St. Luke, we find many, and made intercession that Christ, expiring, said, Fafor the transgressors. Isaiah ther forgive them for they liii. 12.
know not what they do. Luke
xxiii. 34. Not the circumstances only, St. Peter tells us that Christ but the cause of Christ's death suffered for us, leaving us an is predicted by Isaiah.-He example that we should folwas wounded for our trans- low his steps: who his own gressions, he was bruised for self bare our sins in his own our iniquities; the chastise- body on the tree, that we, ment of our peace was upon being dead to sin, should live him, and with his stripes we unto righteousness, by whose are healed. Isaiah liji. 5. stripes ye were healed. 1 Pet.
ii. 21-24. In the Psalms, we find the In Christ's agony on the words which Christ uttered cross, he cried with a loud on the cross.—My God, my voice, saying, my God, my God, why hast thou forsaken God, why hast thou forsaken me; and again, Into thine me. And Jesus said, Father hand I commit my spirit, o into thy hands I commend Lord God of truth. Psal. xxii. my spirit; and, having said 1. Psal. xxxi, 5.
this, he gave up the ghost. Matt. xxvii. 46. Luke xxiii. 46. In the sacrifice of the Pas- When the soldiers had chal Lanıb, typical in its na- broken the legs of the two ture of the death of Christ, thieves who were crucified God commanded that a bone with him, they came to Jesus, thereof should not be broken. and when they saw that he Exod. xii. 46.
was dead already, they brake
not his legs. John xix. 33. Zechariah, in the propheti. In St. John's gospel we cal spirit, says, They shall read, that after our Saviour's look on me whom they have death, one of the soldiers with pierced. Zech. xii. 10.
a spear pierced his side. John
xxi. 34. (To be continued.)
QUESTIONS FROM WATTS'S HYMNS. To the Editor of the Cottager's Monthly Visitor.
SIR, As Dr. Watts's Hymns for children are too useful, and too attractive not to have found their way into most of the cottages where your little Publication pays its regular visits, it has struck me, that, perhaps, there may be some parents who might be glad of a little assistance in questioning their children on the important subjects of these admirable little poems. I have, therefore, annexed a few questions to two of the hymns; and, if you think them likely, in any degree, to answer the purpose intended, I will, with much pleasure, continue my task.
The plan which I would suggest is, that a copy of the Hymns should be given to the children with the Scripture references here introduced, marked on the margin of each. The children should then find out these passages in their Bibles, and learn them by heart, before the questions are put to them.
I am, Sir,
How glorious is our heav'nly King,
Who reigns above the sky!
His dreadful Majesty.
Nor think how large his grace ;
On high, before his face.
Can search his secret will;
And sing his praises still.
And my first off'rings bring,
To bear an infant sing.
And angels shall rejoice
Sound from a feeble voice,
Who is our heavenly King ? God. Why do you call him our King ? Because he ruleth over all things both in heaven and earth.
Prove this from Scripture.
Psalm ciii. 19. “ The Lord hath prepared his throne in the heavens, and his kingdom ruleth over all.” Can any one tell how great God's
power is ? No. Prove from Scripture that God's power is great.
Psalm cxlvii. 5. “Great is our Lord, and of great power, his understanding is infinite.'
Who are those that dwell on high before the face of God?
Who are saints on earth?
They perform his heavenly word, and sing his praises still."
Prove this from Scripture.
Psalm ciii. 20. “ Bless the Lord, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word.”
What holy train do you desire to join?
What does our Church service teach us that the Cherubim and Seraphim cry continually?
“ Holy, holy, holy Lord God of Sabaoth."
What are the first offerings that you are to bring to God? .My prayers and praises.
Will God disdain to receive your offerings, because of your youth ?
No. • The eternal God will not disdain to hear an infant sing.'
Where do you learn this?
Matt. xxi. 15, 16. “ And when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying in the temple, and saying, Hosanna to the Son of David, they were sore displeased ; and said unto him, Hearest thou what these say? And Jesus saith unto them, Yea, have ye never read, ouť of the mouth of babes and suck. lings thou hast perfected praise !
If you praise God thus with your heart as well as with your tongue, wbo will rejoice ?
“ To hear their mighty Maker's praise sound from a feeble voice.”
I sing the Almighty Pow'r of God,
That made the mountains rise,
And built the lofty skies.
The sun to rule the day,
And all the stars obey.
That filled the earth with food,
And then pronounced them good.
Where'er I turn mine eye!
Or gaze upon the sky!
But makes thy glories known, ? -
By order from thy throne.
Are subject to thy care,
But God is present there.
With wrath in hell beneath!
And 'tis his air I breathe.' 1
He keeps me with his eye;
Who is for ever nigh?