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found out to-day. I came home just in good time; my father saw me running in with the books under my arm, and suspected nothing. We must soon go again, and then we'll go to the pond, and sail in a boat. If we went tomorrow, our master would come to know what kept us two days from school.” The door opened, and his mother came in. “Well, my child," she said, " do you want anything? Are you warm enough?” “Yes, mother, but I should like a cup of water.” There was no water in the room, so his mother got a jug and went to the pump for some, and brought him a drink. When he had taken it, this kind mother said, “How did you get on at school to-day, my son ; did you say your lessons correctly ?". This question took Robert a little by surprise. Conscience began to trouble him again. “Yes, mother,” he said in a low voice, and lay down; his mother took the light and went away. Thus Robert sinned more and more, and ended the day with a lie. The hymn says, “He that does one fault at first, and lies to hide it, makes it two:" and the Bible says, - He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall find mercy,” Prov. xxviii. 13.
A SUNDAY-SCHOOL LESSON ON DEUT. VI.
Teacher. What is the meaning of the word Deuteronomy?
Jane. Second law, or the law repeated.
T. Yes; the book of Deuteronomy, as you told me last Sunday, contains the rules and directions which God gave by Moses to the Israelites, which were repeated to them a second time before they entered the promised land, Deut. i. 3. They were to keep these laws themselves, and teach them to their chil. dren. What did God say about Abraham P Gen. xviii. 19.
Betsy. “For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the Lord.”
1. There are many other texts about the in. struction of children. One that you all know is in Prov. xxii. 6.
Mary. “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”
T. When were the Israelites commanded to teach their children ?
M. When sitting and walking, when lying down and rising up, Deut. vi. 6, 7.
T. Some persons are not much at home; but all, even the most busy, may find such times as these. There were also more particular times when the things of God were spoken of; look at Exod. xii. 26, and Deut. xxxi. 12, 13. Some of the rules, for having them between the eyes, and about the gates, are not applicable to us now; but they mean that the words of God are never to be forgotten or neglected. There are directions of the same kind in Prov. ii. 3, and elsewhere. At the time of the Reformation, when the Bible began to be read in this country, before it was so cheap and so commonly used as it is now, texts of Scripture were often printed on boards, and hung up against the walls of churches, as they are in this school, instead of the pictures and images which had been used before. I have seen this done in two old churches where I have been, and the verses by the pulpits were particularly suit. able. One was Isaiah viii. 1, the other Luke xi. 28. Remember this last text, my dear girls, for it contains the mark by which you may always know the people of God--they hear
his word and keep it. The Israelites, you see, were warned not to forget the word of God, and some among them showed a fear of this, Josh. xxii. 27. Can any of you tell me how we are commanded to use the word of God?
Several girls turned to John v. 39, and read “ Search the Scriptures.'
T. We are told of the Bereans, who did so, Acts xvii. 11. If we do not regard the word of God, nothing else is likely to profit us, Luke xvi. 31. But the word of God is sent to all to the strong and the weak, to the young and the old. Who early knew the Scriptures ?
Timothy,” said Jane, and she read 2 Tim. iii. 15. Some of the other girls then referred to the history of little Samuel.
T. Can you tell me who was the young king that trembled when the word of God was read to him, because before his time it had been much neglected?
“That was Josiah," answered Emma, and she found 2 Kings xxii. 18, 19.
T. And now can you tell me why the wisest and best instructed may learn much from the word of God? What great example have they for using it? I do not suppose you know, so I must refer you to Matt. iv. There wo find that Jesus Christ, our blessed Lord and Saviour, when tempted by Satan, answered him by three texts, taken from this very book of Deuteronomy, as you may find, Jane, by the marginal references to your Bible, Deut. vi. 13, 16, and viii. 2. Therefore the wisest persons should be more ready to say, " What is written” in the Bible, than to put forth
words or opinions of their own. Look at Isa. viii. 20.
Lydia. “To the law and to the testimony : if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.”
T. Perhaps you have not noticed this text before, but it teaches us to compare everything we hear with the word of God. A little girl, younger and more ignorant than any of you, once asked me if Jesus took a Bible with him into the wilderness. I am afraid people do not carry their Bibles about with them so much as they might-to the house of God, and to other places sometimes-now our books are small and cheap. But, you know, when Jesus was on earth, books were not printed and bound neatly as they now are. They were great heavy rolls of parchment, so that I should think it would not be very possible to carry them everywhere. Only there is a way of having the Bible in the memory. Do you recollect what child once said to some one who took away his Bible to burn it ? He could not get it from the man, but he said
B. He said, “You cannot take away the twenty chapters I know by heart.”
T. I have also read of a poor blind girl, called Elizabeth, who lost her sight at the age of thirteen; but she had before that time committed to memory the whole Gospel by St. John, and a great many of the Psalms. I know too of another, who lost both sight and hearing, but was comforted by what she knew of the promises of God. You have heard the answer a boy once gave to some who asked him to play truant.