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plates the final consummation of the great mystery of Providence, as issuing in the establishment of universal order: in the suppression and punishment of vice; and in the unchangeable and permanent glory of a Redeemer's kingdom. The same hand which balances the .spheres, which conducts all the affairs of mm, which preserves harmony and prevents confusion, in both the natural and mural worlds, shall at length by another almighty fiat, " make all tilings new." Then "the adversaries of the Lord shall be broken to pieces: out of heaven shall he thunder upon them." "But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appeareth? for he is like a refiner's fire; and he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver." Chastisement shall, therefore, be preceded by righteous judgment, that every mouth may be stopped before God. "The Lord shall judge the ends of the earth." Now these words of the prophetic mother of Samuel, taken in connexion with the clearer and fuller display of a judgment to come, in the writings of the New Testament, clearly point out that glorious and divine person, in whose hallowed name the song terminates....God's Anointed. A woman was honored first to announce the Saviour of the world, under that description; and a succession of prophets henceforward hold it up to the eyes of succeedmg generations, as " all their salvation, and all their desire." Samuel, David, Isaiah, Daniel, Habakkuk, each in his day proclaims the approach of this King of glory, of whom all who were anointed with material oil, whether as priests, or prophets, or kings, were but a shadow; and in whose superior lustre they disappear, as the light of the stars is absorbed in the splendor of the sun. The prophetess celebrates Jehovah who " shali judge the ends of the earth," as that "Km<r" to whom all authority 1s committed, to whom all strength is given," as that " anointed" One, Messiah the prince, svhose "horn" should be finally " exalted," a.id befor» the brightness of whose coming, all disorder, iniquity and misery shall flee away; who shall first " judge the ends of the earth," and then reign forever and ever.
And this is thi' voice of this holy woman, near twelve hundred years before Messiah's day, in perfect unison with the tongue of Christ himself, and of the apostles of the Lord, alter his ascension into heaven, and the descent of the Holy Spirit. "The Father judgeth no man; but hath committed all judgment unto tbe Son: that all men should honor the S <n, even as they honor the Fatiier. He that honoreth not the Son, hon.ireili not the Father which hath sent him," John v. 2-2, 23. "God now commandeth all men every where to repent: because he hatli appointed a day il> the which he will judge the world in righteousness by tliat man whom he hath ordained; whereof he bath gtveu assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him horn the dead," Acts xvii. JO. 31. "The kingdoms of tins world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shali reign forever and ever," Rev. xi. 15. And such in every age, is the native expression of a soul alive to God, the natural aspiration of the spiritual and div mc life.
....Art thou, O man, through grace a partaker of it? You" shall know it by its fruits." As it mcreases, corruption dies. "It Christ be in you, the body is dtad, because of sin, but the spirit is lile because of righteousness," Rom. viii. lO.To be destitute of this life, m whatever state of perfection the intellectual life may be, is to be under the power of everlasting death, a death of trespasses and sins. But if its very first breathmgs are lelt, however feebly, it is a new creation begun, it is " Christ in you, the hope of glory." Attempts will be made to extmguish it, but m vain. Like its Author it is immortal. It may be oppressed, it may be suspended, it may at seasons, lie dormant, but it cannot expire. It doth not always make itself sensible to the eyes and ears of the wurldi lor the believer's " life is hid with Christ in God." But " when Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then ye shall also appear with him in glory," Col. iii. 4. "Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is," 1 John iii. 2.
HISTORY OF HANNAH,
THE MOTHER OF SAMUEL.
But Samuel viinistered before the Lord, being a child* girded with a linen ephod. Moreover his mother made him a little coal, and brought it to him from year to year, when she came up ivith her husband, to offer the yearly sacrifice. And Eli blessed Elkanah and his tci/e, and said, The Lord give thee seed oj tIiisr woman, for the loan which is lent to the Lord. And they went unto their otvn home. And the Lord visited Hannah, so that she conceived, and bare three sonsand two daughters. And the child Samuel grew before the Lord...A Samuel ii. 18....21.
HP HE character of most men is formed and fixed, before it is apprehended they have, or can have, any character at all. Many vainly and fatally imagine, that the few first ytars of life may be disposed of as you please: that a little neglect may easily be repaired, that a litt le irregularity may easily be rectified. This is saying in other words, " never regard the morning; sleep it, trifle it, riot it away; a little closer application at noon will recover the loss." "The spring returns, the flowers appear upon the earth, the time of the singing of birds is come. No matter; it is soon enough to think of the labors of spring. Sing with the birds, skip with the fawn, the diligence of a more advanced, more propitious season will bring every thing round; and the year shall be crowned with the horn of plenty." A single ray of reason is sufficient to detect and expose such absurdity; yet human conduct exhibits it, in almost universal prevalence. Infancy and childhood are vilely cast away; the morning is lost; the seed-time neglected...And what is the consequence? A life full of confusion, and an old age full of regret; a day of unnecessary toil, and a night of vexation ; a hurried summer, a meagre autumn, a comfurtless winter.
- It is the ordinance of Providence that the heaviest and most important part of education should devolve upon the mother. It begins before the child is born; her passions and habits affect the fruit of her womb. From her bosom the infant draws the precious juice of health and virtue, or the baleful poison of vice and disease. The fleeting period he passes under the shadow of her wing, is a season sacred to wisdom and piety. If the mother lead not her son to the hallowed spring, if she fail to disclose to his eager eye and panting heart the loveliness of goodness, the excellency of religion -r if she permit the luxuriant soil to be overrun with briars and thorns, in vain will she strive to redeem the lost opportunity, by restraints. and punishments, by precepts and masters, by schools and cglleges, in & more advanced stage of life. The good or the mischief is done by the time he comes out of her hands.
That Providence which has imposed this employment on the feebler sex as a task, has most graciously contrived to render it one of the highest and most exquisite of female comforts; as, in truth, all the impositions, na^, the very chastisements of Heaven are really blessings. Let the woman who has given suck, tell if she can, " how tender it is to love the babe that milks her." Ask that mother if there be any joy like the joy of hearing her child repeat the lessons which she taught him. Ask her, if she recollects or regards her pain and anguish; her anxious days and sleepless.