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the same end. The third and fourth prophecies
3. PORTION OF SCRIPTURE. NUMBERS xxiii,
27, to the end. xxiv. xxxiii. 49.
from the Church the manifold wisdom of God,
meaning of the word translated in Numb. xxi.
6," fiery serpents."-On the typical character
capture of Heshbon, (Numb. xxi. 26.) once a
city of the Moabites, by the children of Israel.
-On the import of the words vinady.
SECTION 158.-p. 644.
1. Title. To appreciate rightly those portions
of Scripture which are most contrary to modern
experience, we must always take into considera-
tion the object of the plan of Revelation, and
recorded took place. The Israelites arrive, at
miraculous reproofs by the mouth of his ass.
3. PORTION OF SCRIPTURE. NUMBERS xxxiii.
48. xxii. 1-35.
4. PRAYER. That we never be guilty of the
folly which makes the experience of the day in
5. Notes. On the country of Balaam.-On the
king of Moab's needless apprehension of being
harmed by the children of Israel.—On the
force of the term rendered, “ rewards of divina-
SECTION 159.-p. 653.
SECTION 161.-p. 671.
1. TITLE. Balaam was regarded as imbued with
the spirit of prophecy, because he was the pa-
triarchal chief of his people. He was the last
prophet of the patriarchal dispensation. The
two first prophecies of Balaam have been, are
being, and will be, fulfilled in every age of the
world. The prophecies of the Word of God
have the force of a law of nature upon the his-
tory of mankind.
3. PORTION OF SCRIPTURE. NUMBERS xxii.
36, to the end. xxüi. 1-26.
4. PRAYER. That whatever be the curses, the
hatred, or the contempt of an unrepentant,
apostate, or infidel world, we may ever remain
in the communion of the visible Church, and
partake of the blessing on God's spiritual Israel.
That we never be found among the despisers of
God's Religion ; but live the life, and 'die the
death, of the righteous. And that we learn
from the fulfilment of the prophecies to His
ancient Church the certain accomplishment of
all God's promises to the soul of the believer,
and of all God's threatenings to the soul of the
1. TITLE. Idolatry is the dividing the affections
of the heart with God. The last encampment
of the Israelites, and the last act of idolatry in
the wilderness. Zeal for God's glory the source
of man's honour and happiness. The praise of
Phinehas. All God's threatenings are prophe-
cies, and will certainly be accomplished. The
generation which came from Egypt perishes in
the wilderness, as God had decreed. The first
act of the youthful generation, before they pos-
sess Canaan, is the destruction of the idolaters
of Midian, who had corrupted them. God's
gifts are different from God's graces. The pro-
phet Balaam is slain as an enemy, among the
extirpated. The destruction of the sins of the
soul is essential to the holy rest in heaven.
2. INTRODUCTION. 3. PORTION OF SCRIPTURE. NUMBERS xxv.
1-13. 16–18. xxvi. 1, 2. 64, 65. xxxi. 1, 2.
7-9. 16. xxxii. 50, to the end. 4. PRAYER. That we never believe ourselves to
be exempted from the possibility of the greatest sins. That we give the whole heart to God. That we be zealous to reprove sin in others, and watchful to restrain it in ourselves. That we ever remember the certainty of the approaching death of the body, and resolutely contend against every inordinate affection that may divide the heart with God. That we never forget the difference between the gifts and the graces of the Holy Spirit; but, putting on the whole armour of God, contend against all our spiritual enemies, till we rest in heaven.
3. Portion of SCRIPTURE. DEUTERONOMY
iv. 1-10. 32–36. vi. 449. vii. 6. ix. 4, 5.
x. 12–14. 21. xi. 22_25. 4. PRAYER. For the blessing of God upon the
empire of Great Britain. That as we possess the Bible, freedom, and the Church, and have experienced many and great political and national mercies, we may prove our gratitude to God by becoming the spiritual learen of the world in the latter days. That we promote national religious education at home. That we remember our own unworthiness. That we keep God's law; and that our Government and our Church, our nobles and our clergy, our merchants and our people, be all zealous for
the glory of God. 5. Note. On the extent of the dominions of
Israel in the reigns of David and Solomon.
SECTION 162.-p. 678.
SECTION 164.—p. 694.
1. Title. All the circumstances of a man's life
may be summed up under these five divisions :The knowledge he has acquired; the sins he las committed ; the sorrows he has suffered ; the mercies he has received; and the last hours he anticipates. Moses reminds the Israelites of all these at the end of their journeyings through the wilderness. Obedience to God's law being imperfect, cannot render the soul of man fit for heaven. Joshua, not Moses, is appointed to
lead the people into Canaan. 2. INTRODUCTION. 3. PORTION OF SCRIPTURE. DEUTERONOMY
i. 1-8. 19. ii. 1. 8. 14. 16–18. 24, 25. iii. 1,
2. 21, to the end. 4. Prayer. That we be enabled, both now, and
at the hour of death, when we look back on all the way which the Lord our God has led us through the wilderness of life, to remember that our knowledge has been blessed to the benefit of our souls. That we have repented of our sins, have been resigned to our sorrows, have been thankful for the mercies we have received, and are prepared to die. That we have no dependence on our own excellencies as the foundation of our hope of God's favour, but that God's mercy through Christ is the basis of our faith and hope.
1. TITLE. Idolatry is the alienation of the heart
from God. In addition to the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eye, and the pride of life, four great temptations entice and influence the heart :-false philosophy, pride of reasoning, morbid sentimentality, and inordinate affection, All these were condemned by the laws against idolatry in the altars, pillars, groves, and images of the heathen. God is to be honoured in that way alone which He Himself has commanded; and all sacrifices to Him are to be without known blemish. Obedience and duty are the
foundation of acceptable prayer. 2. INTRODUCTION. 3. PORTION OF SCRIPTURE, DEUTERONOMY
xii. 1-3. xiii. 1-11. xvi. 21, 22. xvii. l.
xxvi. 12, to the end. 4. PRAYER. That we be guided to God and to
heaven by the Revelation of God alone. That we never be perverted from the Faith by the Philosophy which corrupts the simplicity of the Truth, by the objections of pride and false reasoning, by the influence of kindred, or by the pretensions of the corrupt Church of Rome. That we give the heart, without wilful blemish, to God. And that we aspire to the best privileges of the Christian, by fulfilling our humble
duties, and offering our humblest prayers. 5. Notes. On the meaning of the word onis,
rendered “their pillars," by our translators. -On the meaning of the word en translated “a grove," Deut. xii. 3.
SECTION 163.-p. 686.
1. TITLE. God is unchangeable, and therefore
the spirit, the object, though not the letter, of His Law is also unchangeable. One object of that Law is to make nations as well as individuals, and the world as well as its separate nations, religious and united.
The summary of the Law of Moses. The observance of the Divine Law is a proof of national wisdom, and a pledge of national greatness. Past mercies are the reasons for the perfect love of God. Universal religious education solemnly commanded. Obedience the token of gratitude. Political influence the consequence of national religious obedience. Great Britain will preserve and extend her political influence, if she employs her power to the bonour of God and
the good of man. 2. INTRODUCTION.
SECTION 165.-p. 702. 1. TITLE. The history of the Holy Land and of
the family of Abraham is the key to unlock the wholé mystery of the Providence which governs the world.
Not only are general blessings promised to the obedience of the Jews, and general curses denounced against their disobedience, but the peculiar points of their history are foretold, the miseries of the sieges of Jerusalem by the Chaldæans and the Romans, and their present dispersion. The exile of the Jews from Judea was the consequence of their rejecting a spiritual Messiah. The sight of a Jew is an evidence of the past, the present, and
us and to our children for ever, that we may
ONOMY xxxi. 9-13. 24–29. 14, 15. 7, 8.
SECTION 166.-p. 717.
1. TITLE. The Covenant of accepted repentance
added to the Covenant of Sinai. The duty of
choice of man.
4. PRAYER. That no false theories of philosophy
withdraw us from the conviction of the presence
3. PORTION OF SCRIPTURE. DEUTERO-
daughter." The meaning of his being a gathered
figuration; and his present existence.
1. TITLE. Revelation and prophecy anticipated
history, philosophy, and experience. The in-
THE PRELATES OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH.
I. THE CHRISTIAN RELIGION, IN ITS PRIMITIVE FORM, IS THE CHIEF REMEDY
FOR ALL POLITICAL AND MORAL EVILS, AND ESPECIALLY FOR THE EVILS
II. THE BISHOPS OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH HAVE BEEN THE PRINCIPAL CAUSES
OF THE FAILURE OF THE SUCCESS OF CHRISTIANITY.
III. THE RESUMPTION OF THE APOSTOLIC OFFICE IS THE CHIEF REMEDY FOR
EPISCOPAL NEGLIGENCE ; AND AFFORDS THE BEST HOPE OF THE ACCOM-
1. The Sacred Volume which contains the revelation of God's will, and of
man's duty and destiny, is received by all professing Christians of every Church as the principal foundation of their common faith and hope. It predicts also the complete and final destruction of evil by means, which, however apparently diversified or fortuitous, constantly and undeviatingly tend to one point,—the transforming of the kingdoms
of this world into the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ. II. Our hope of the final and complete triumph of good over evil is founded
upon the solid and immovable basis of the written word of God, which testifies that the wickedness, and consequent misery, which degrades and afflicts mankind, can be removed by Christianity alone; the only source of holiness among individuals, morality among societies, and
peace among nations. III. Review of the present state of the Catholic Church throughout the world.
The high pretensions of the Clergy not borne out by the fruits of their ministrations. The word Church substituted by them for the word
Christ. IV. Theology a science capable of indefinite enlargement by an assiduous and
reverential study of the Word of God, which is its source and foundation. The impiety and arrogance of the papal interdiction of the general perusal, and study, of the whole Volume of Scripture.