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THE GOLDEN TEXT.

"Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.”- Josh. i. 9.

HELPS FOR ITS STUDY.

JOSHUA ENCOURAGED. Now after the death of Moses the servant of the Lord it came to pass, that the Lord spake unto Joshua the son of Nun, Moses' minister, saying,

Moses my servant is dead ; now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, thou, and all this people, unto the land which I do give to them, even to the children of Israel.

Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, that have I given unto you, as I said unto Moses.

From the wilderness and this Lebanon even unto the great river, the river Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites, and unto the great sea toward the going down of the sun, shall be your coast.

There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life : as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee : I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.

Be strong and of a good courage : for unto this people shalt thou divide for an inheritance the land, which I sware unto their fathers to give them.

Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper whithersoever thou goest.

This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth ; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein : for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.

Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage ; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed : for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.

Then Joshua commanded the officers of the people, saying,

Pass through the host, and command the people, saying, Prepare you victuals; for within three days ye shall pass over this Jordan, to go in to possess the land, which the Lord your God giveth you to possess it.

Joshua i. 1-11.

I. TO WHOM WERE THESE WORDS SAID?
To Joshua. Joshua a type of Christ. But Golden Text

suggests that we regard Joshua rather as a type of a

Christian, called to some arduous work for God.
Which of us has such a work ?
All have this work-to subclue sin in their heart and

life. Each has also his allotted place in Christ's army,

however humble, to do something for Him. 2. WHEN WERE THESE WORDS SAID ? At a new epoch. Epochs in history of Israel: Abraham

leaving Chaldæa ; Jacob going into Egypt; Crossing

Red Sea. Now another.
So is it now with us. New Year, New Course of Lessons,

New Book of Bible to study.
Is it a new leaf in our lives ?
God's promise in G. Text-"Is with thee whithersoever

thou goest.” Whithersoever-what? if Joshua went

back ? No; must go forward-then God with him. So with us. Go on in road to heaven-then God's

presence, “Lord, I will follow Thee whithersoever Thou goest."

Go forward, Christian soldier,

Beneath His banner true;
The Lord Himself thy Leader

Shall all thỹ foes subdue,"

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HUMILITY. During the reign of George III., there was a learned and a good man Lord Chief-Justice of the country-one of the highest and most honourable offices. This gentleman had a son about sixteen years of age, and one evening, as he was about retiring, he called him to his room, and said, “ My son, I want to tell you the secret of my success in life. I can give it to you in one word-humility. This is the secret of it all; because I never tried to push myself forward, and was always willing to take the place assigned to me, and do the best I could in it. And, my son, if you want to be successful, learn humility.

2. That fight with Amalek was forty years before this.

So he began to fight young. 3. Knew how to serve as well as how to fight. Exod.

xxiv. 13; xxxiii. 11. 4. Not afraid to stand alone. Numb. xiv. 6-10. 5. Whence this courage? A man of faith-believed

God's promises. Numb. xiv. 8. .JOSHUA A TYPE OF CHRIST :Joshua and Jesus same name: In Acts vii. 45, and

Heb. iv. 8, “Jesus means not Christ, but Joshua. Joshua completed what Moses began. So Jesus, John

i. 17; Gal. iii, 24.
Joshua the Leader and Captain. So Jesus, Isa. lv. 4;

Heb. ii. 10.
Joshua conquered Israel's enemies. So Jesus ours,

Heb. ii. 14; 1 Cor. xv. 25, 26, 57.
Joshua gave Israel the Promised Land, So Jesus to

us, John x, 28; xiv. 2 ; xvii. 24.

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THE GOLDEN PENNIES.

A CHILD'S RELIGION. A LITTLE boy, who had plenty of pennies, dropped one In a poor home a little time ago a father died of fever. into the missionary-box, laughing as he did so. He had He left as desolate a home as I had ever seen. On the no thought in his heart about Jesus, the heathen, or the burial night, his widow and children were seated by the missionary. His was a tin penny. It was as light as a fire; the only daughter, a child of ten years, looking with scrap of tin.

a wearied look into her mother's face, said, “Mother, how Another boy put a penny in, and as he did so, looked sore my head is !” Next day fever in her was also deround with a self-applauding gaze, as if he had done veloped, and, for the safety of the rest, she was ordered to some great thing. His was a brass penny. It was not the hospital. She was one of our Sabbath-school scholars. the gift of a “lowly heart,” but of a proud spirit.

Just before the twilight hour, the hospital van came to A third boy gave a penny, saying to himself, “I sup- take her. In times of trouble you often see among the pose I must, because all others do.” That was an iron poor a quiet strength which rises to heroism. When the penny. It was the gift of a cold, hard heart.

wheels of the van were heard at the door, the mother simply As a fourth boy dropped his penny in the box he shed said, “ Maggie, they have come for you now.” To prepare a tear, and his heart said, “Poor heathens ! I'm sorry they to go, the child at once raised her aching head from the are so poor, so ignorant, and so miserable.” That was pillow, with her artless, “Mother, you know I may not come

It was the gift of a heart full of pity. back to you again. Will the man wait till I sing my But there was one scholar who

gave

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penny hymn ?" And, with a quivering voice, she began withwith a throbbing heart, saying to himself, "For Thy sake,

“ Come, ing to me of heaven, O loving Jesus, I give this penny, hoping that the poor

When I'm about to die, heathen, whom Thou lovest, will believe in Thee, and

Sing songs of holy ecstasy become Thy disciples." That was a golden penny, because

To wast my soul on high." it was the gift of love.

After a moment's pause she took up the chorus of How many of our readers give golden pennies ?-Spirit another favourite hymn with our scholars : of Missions.

“Here in the body pent,

Absent from Thee I roam,
Yet nightly pitch my moving tent

A day's march nearer home.”
THE LITTLE BLIND BOY.

And so they carried the ailing child that night, with A LITTLE blind boy was asked what forgiveness was. He

these joyous thoughts filling her young heart, to pitch her replied, “It is the odour that flowers breathe when

tent in the place where the journey from this to the trampled upon.” Did not this sweet youth, to whom the

eternal world is so short, and so often made. Oh, blessed world was dark, who could never more see the pleasant religion this of Jesus ! Blessed to the child of ten as well light of the sun, give the true idea of forgiveness ? It is

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THE PASSAGE OF THE JORDAN.

THE GOLDEN TEXT. AND Joshua rose early in the morning; and they removed

“When thou passest through the waters, from Shittim, and came to Jordan, he and all the children

I will be with thee; and through the rivers, of Israel, and lodged there before they passed over.

they shall not overflow thee.”—Isa. xliii. 2. And it came to pass after three days, that the officers went through the host;

HELPS FOR ITS STUDY. And they commanded the people, saying, When ye see the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God, and the

What does crossing the Jordan represent to us? priests the Levites bearing it, then ye shall remove from 1. Taking a decisive step forward in the Christian life (like your place, and go after it.

what is called “crossing the Rubicon”). Yet there shall be a space between you and it, about

There seemed to be great risk in Israel's crossing the two thousand cubits by measure : come not near unto it,

Jordan. Once across, no returning. No miracle that ye may know the way by which ye must go : for ye

promised to take them back. Yet the safest course,

for “I am with thee." have not passed this way heretofore. And Joshua said unto the people, Sanctify yourselves :

2. The Trials of life. for to morrow the Lord will do wonders among you.

No exemption from these for the Christian, Job xiv. ;

Heb. xii. 5, II. There are waters that must be And Joshua spake unto the priests, saying, Take up

passed through.” It is not, “I will take thee the ark of the covenant, and pass over before the people.

another way,” but “ When thou passest through, I And they took up the ark of the covenant, and went before

will be with thee." the people.

3. Death.

“Death, like a narrow stream, divides And it came to pass, when the people removed from

That heavenly land from ours." their tents, to pass over Jordan, and the priests bearing

Again, no exemption, Heb. ix. 27. But then, too, God the ark of the covenant before the people;

with us, Ps. xxiii. 4. And as they that bare the ark were come unto Jordan,

“If I still hold elosely to Him, and the feet of the priests that bare the ark were dipped

What hath He at last ? in the brim of the water, (for Jordan overfloweth all his

Sorrow vanquished, labour ended,

Fordan passed." banks all the time of harvest,) That the waters which came down from above stood

TOPICS FOR HOME Study. and rose up upon an heap very far from the city Adam, that

OTHER CROSSINGS OF THE JORDAN IN SCRIPTURE :is beside Zaretan: and those that came down toward the

Jacob, Gen. xxxii. 10; Beaten Ephraimites, Judges xii. sea of the plain, even the salt sea, failed, and were cut off:

5,6; Men of Jabesh Gilead, 1 Sam. xxxi. 11-13; David, and the people passed over right against Jericho.

2 Sam. xvii. 22, xix. 39 ; Elijah and Elisha, 2 Kings And the priests that bare the ark of the covenant of the

ii. 8, 14; Christ, Matt. xix. I ; John X. 40. Lord stood firm on dry ground in the midst of Jordan,

SCRIPTURE EXAMPLES OF THE PROMISE IN THE GOLDEN TEXT and all the Israelites passed over on dry ground, until all the people were passed clean over Jordan.

Joseph

Gen. xxxix. 21-23. Joshua iii, 1–6; 14–17.

David...

Ps. xlii. 5-8.
Jehoshaphat...

2 Chron. xx. 1-28.

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego Dan. iii. 25.
THE RIGHT IDEA OF PRAYER.

Daniel

Dan. vi. 16-23
St. Paul

2 Tim. iv. 16, 17, A LITTLE boy once heard a clergyman preach from the text, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall

“ ask the Father in My name, He will give it you.” After reading the text he stopped a minute, and asked his hear

A STRIKING QUESTION. ers to consider what it was they should like most, and then to ask for it in Jesus' name, trusting to His promise “MAMMA," said a little child, “my Sabbath-school teacher that it would be given to them. At the end of the ser- tells me that this world is only a place in which God lets vice the little boy asked his aunt if she had asked for us live awhile that we may prepare for a better world. anything. Then she asked him what he had asked God But, mother, I do not see anybody preparing. I see you to give him, and he said, " I thought first of one thing I preparing to go into the country, and Aunt Eliza is preshould like, and then another : but I did not know which paring to come here. But I do not see any one preparing would be best to ask, and so I said, “ Father, Thy will be to go there : why don't you try to get ready? You scarce done.'"

ever speak about going.”

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