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the servant of sin.” What vast numbers willingly bear this grievous yoke! One man has upon his soul the yoke of covetousness; another the yoke of prejudice; another the yoke of evil passions. The yoke of sin was seen upon the neck of Cain, Haman, Judas, and others. Have you upon you the yoke of Satan? Hearken to the voice of your rightful Lord: “Take my yoke upon you;" that is, Embrace my system of religion. This includes doctrines, commands, and promises, through the instrumentality of which Christ intends to establish his dominion in the earth. The seat of his spiritual kingdom is the human soul. The Prince of Peace reigns there by means of his Spirit and truth: “The kingdom of God is within you.” He cannot thus reign within us if his truth be rejected. Hence he says, “ Take my yoke ;” that is, Receive my instruction. Receive it into your understanding, and let it sink down into your soul, and it will exert a mighty influence over the centre of your being.

“Learn of me,” says Jesus. “ Take my yoke;" that is, the yoke of my doctrines. The Pharisees would impose upon you the yoke of their traditions, but receive them not. The doctrines I teach you are from heaven. They are words of life; they make wise unto salvation. Then sit at my feet, enter my school, let me be your teacher.

“Take my yoke,” the yoke of my commands. These are all reasonable, just, essential to your welfare. Then be wise, and submit to my government. Am I a Teacher ? Receive my instruc

tions. Am I a Saviour? Trust in my sacrifice. Am I a King ? Then obey my laws.

Christ has a right to impose his yoke upon you. He made you. He keeps you. He redeemed you. He enforces his right in his word, and by his ministers. He has given you the means of knowing what his yoke is. His system of religion is taught in his own word. He that doeth the truth cometh to this light. Submission to him ought to be the result of enlightened conviction, supreme love, firm faith in the justice of his claims. Jesus proposes to be your Master. Are you willing ? He desires you to take his yoke early: “They that seek me early shall find me.” And to find him is to find the Pearl of great price. He encourages you to submit to him. He reminds you of his humility and meekness : “For I am meek and lowly.” He is a kind Master, not harsh, oppressive, overbearing, like the Pharisees, but meek, mild, and gentle in his government. His life on earth displayed the purity of his character, the tenderness of his heart, his deep interest in our welfare. And he is the same true Friend, kind Master, and mighty Saviour now he is in heaven, His patience with his friends and foes shows what a gracious Ruler he is. Then let the supreme excellence of his character encourage you to enter into his service. He will treat you kindly. He will help your infirmities. He will forgive your sins. He will give you strength for each day. He will supply your wants. He is great in kindness as well as great in power.

say,“ Take my yoke.” They pointed all to one Master. They sought to crown him. “One is your Master, even Christ.” All true Christians delight to acknowledge his claims, to obey his will, to engage in his service. He requires us to avow before the church and the world that we have taken his yoke. He must be confessed before men. And the yoke, once taken, must never be thrown off again. His servants must be faithful until death, then they will receive a crown.

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His yoke is easy to a willing mind. His laws are holy, just, and good. Love to the Ruler makes his service pleasant. And his reward is great: “And ye shall find rest unto your souls.” The way of duty is the way to rest. His servants have a sweet rest arising from the approbation of conscience, a sense of his favour, pardoned sin, a renewed nature, communion with him, a good hope of heaven, and an interest in vast promises. They have a rest here which is a sweet foretaste of rest in Paradise.

The advantages of submission to Christ are manifold, great, and eternal. There is purity, safety, peace, dignity, meetness for glory. His eye sees all who take the yoke, and will see them all when he sits upon the throne of judgment. All who have taken the yoke will be on his right hand; all who have refused on his left. The eternal consequences will be momentous. Heaven or hell depends upon taking or refusing this yoke. The design of the Gospel is to bring us into subjection to Christ; and oh, glorious subjection! He is the King of kings. He will bless his servants for ever. They shall see his face. They shall live in his presence. They shall drink at the Fountain of living waters. All who take his yoke are members of the true church. They are heirs of glory. They are the redeemed of the Lord.

“Take my yoke " is the command of Christ to us all. He claims to be Lord of us all. He speaks with authority. The apostles never used sueh language in reference to themselves. Peter, John, Paul, did not

THE OLD SAILOR'S REBUKE, A MERCHANT and ship-owner of New York stood at the entrance of his store, conversing with a gentleman on business. A pious sailor, belonging to one of his vessels, approached the store with the intention of entering it; but observing that the door was occupied, modestly stepped aside, not willing to interrupt the conversation.

As he stood waiting patiently an opportunity to pass into the store, he overheard profane allusions made to Christ, and turning to look, he perceived it was his employer who was speaking. Instantly he changed his position, and stood in front of the gentlemen with his head uncovered, and his hat under his arm,

and addressed his employer in the following language: “Sir, you will forgive me, if I speak a word to you?” The gentleman recognising in the sailor one of the crew of the vessel recently arrived, and supposing he might have something to communicate affecting his interests, kindly encouraged him to

speak. Without further hesitation, world. Have you ever heard that the sailor proceeded: “You won't pretty fable told by the Persian be offended then, with a poor ig- Saadi moralist? He took up in his norant sailor, if he tells you his hand a piece of scented clay, and feelings? The gentleman again said to it, “Oh, clay, whence hast assured him he had nothing to fear. thou thy perfume?” And the clay "Well, then, sir," said the honest- said, “I was once a piece of comhearted sailor with emotion, “will mon clay, but they laid me for a you be so kind as not to take the time in company with a rose, and I name of my blessed Jesus in vain ? drank in its fragrance, and have He is a good Saviour; he took my now become scented clay." Befeet from the pit and the miry clay, liever, thou too art nothing but a and established my going. Oh, sir, piece of common clay, but if thou don't, if you please, take the name liest with the Rose of Sharon-if of my Jesus in vain! He never did thou hast Jesus in thy company, any one harm, but is always doing thou wilt be a piece of scented clay, good.” The rebuke was not lost and wherever thou goest, thou wilt upon him for whom it was in- smell of him. I will know the tended; a tear suffused his eye, company thou keepest by the fragand he replied to his urgent request, rance thou hast. If thou hast lain “My good fellow, God helping me, I in beds of spices, thou wilt smell of never will again take the name of the myrrh, and the aloes. I will your Saviour in vain."

" Thank not believe thee a child of God, you, sir,” said this faithful witness unless thou hast the lineaments of for Christ, and putting on his hat, thy Father, nor will I think that he walked away to his work.

thou hast been with Jesus, unless I can perceive that thou hast learned

of him. Oh! if you would reform CHRIST IN US.

yourselves, and amend your livesThe Christian enters into a mysti- if you would curb sin, and restrain cal union with Christ, his Saviour, the hot-mouthed steeds of your lust and in virtue of that union formed -if you would overcome your and preserved by faith, grows into iniquities, and persevere in holiness, the Saviour's likeness, and over- here are the means : " Behold the comes the evil passions of his man;" look you there at Christ nature, and the temptations of the Jesus.

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Biblical Illustration.

EVILS OF DIVISION. “If a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand.-MARK Üi, 25.

“As the fire produced by rubbing of a family will destroy those from together two pieces of bamboo will whom they come.”

“Can the tiger burn and destroy that wood from and the deer exist together?" whence it came, so the contentions “Will serpents and frogs take

pleasure in each other's company?" In the wet monsoon, millions of frogs occupy the fields and gardens; and then the serpents have plenty of food. People in England would be surprised at the agility with which the latter catch the former. "What! do serpents and kites love each other?" The kite, called mallekanne, will carry off nearly any serpent in the East. This bird, when the wings are extended, measures six feet five inches; he seizes the serpent with his talons just behind the head, and then flies aloft and bills the head of the reptile till he has made a hole in it, which produces death; he then retires to a tree to enjoy his repast. So soon as the serpents hear the whining cry of the kite or eagle, they begin to make a hissing, clapping noise: this may be heard in old buildings or walls,

and to give a supper is far more common than to give a dinner. Those evening festivals have a very imposing effect. Surrounded with torches and lamps, amidst splendid dresses, jewels, processions, bowers, flowers, and music, a kind of enchantment takes hold of the feel. ings, and the mind becomes halfbewildered.

THANKS FOR FOOD. “He took the seven loaves and gave

thanks."-MARK viii. 6. Before the Hindoos eat their food, they take a little in their fingers, and lift it to the height of the forehead, and, in thought, offer it to Siva; and in the same way they offer their rice and fruits to the gods, and then eat them.

The ceremony is called Siva-Purethe, that is, “ agreeable to Siva.” It is considered disgraceful not to attend to it, and only "low or vile people” neglect it. The sect of Vishnoo put a little of the food to the forehead as above, and meditate on Nariyanan, one of the names of their deity. In general, the people do not return thanks; but those of the Saiva sect, after having washed their hanås, repeat a mantheram or "prayer.”

WALKING TREES. "I see men as trees, walking.”-MARK

viii. 24. So said the blind man of Bethsaida to whom our Saviour imparted sight. To "see men as trees walking,” is a singular form of expression. Perhaps this man was not born blind; and therefore compared

to treęs moving about, of which his vision had still a distinct recollection. Was his allusion to the custom of the Eastern hunters, who tie branches to their bodies until they resemble a tree? by which artifice they can walk into the midst of a flock of wild animals or birds, and single out any that they please. The sportsman, having in the forest changed himself into the appearance of a tree, goes gently to the skirts; and so soon as he sees the game, he watches till their

ANOINTING WITH OIL, “They anointed with oil mauy that

were sick, and healed them.”-MARK vi. 13.

The people of the East give a decided preference to external applications; hence, when they are directed to "eat”

“ drink medicine, they ask: “Cannot we have something to apply outside ?” For almost every complaint a man will smear his body with bruised leaves, saffron, or ashes of certain woods, or with oils; and he professes to derive more benefit from them than from those medicines which are taken internally: at all events, he knows they cannot do him so much harm. It ought to be observed, that they do not attach any miraculous effects to their being “ anointed with oil.”

ORIENTAL SUPPERS. “Herod on his birthday made a supper

to his lords.”—MARK vi. 21. “They made him a supper.”_JOHN

xii. 2. "I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me." - Rev. iii. 20. The Orientals have nearly all their great feasts in the evening ;



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on till he is in the midst of them, when he is sure of his object. And this is a custom of great antiquity; for in the ScandaPurana there is the following question :-"Is it like the hunter,

who, to deceive and ensnare the birds that warble in the forest, ties shrubs about him?” When the Moormen have their festivals, they sometimes thus disguise themselves with branches to resemble trees. “I see men as trees, walking."

The Counsel Chamber.


MAXIMS FOR SUNDAY-SCHOOL TEACHERS. By the Author of " Sunday-school Notes and Sketches," Gems,&c. I. Be early. In other words, be make his way; but what can an punctual,—be in time. If, teachers, ignorant, lazy, ill-qualified preyou are not early in the school, ceptor accomplish ? where is your self-respect? where is III. Be decided. Think for youryour solicitude for the children en- selves,-have your opinions,trusted to your charge? where is press and maintain them, if you the beauty of your example? where have valid reasons for believing that is your intellectual and moral they are sound and good. In the power? where, indeed, is your con- school, dealing with children and sistency ? Further than this, where youth, do not be vacillating. Do is your sense of justice? Besides, not cherish unfixed sentiments. In if you are late and irregular, the matters of education have your children in your

schools will minds made up: mark out your imitate you, and soon do it. Your course, and steadily and boldly purirregularity will inevitably render

sue it.

An undecided teacher, them irregular also. You must whose opinions are always loose move with the punctuality and and floating, is worth nothing,precision of the well-regulated clock. indeed, he inflicts positive injury. Nothing must be out of order. If you want to do good—to have

II. Be well qualified. Determine influence--be decided. on this,—that you will understand IV. Be simple in your attire. what you teach; that you will have You cannot be too particular in well-informed minds; that your observing this direction. Children acquaintance with language shall and youth are very quick and be clear, correct, full; that your shrewd, and they soon notice the tact and ability in the great work of habits, the manners, and even the education shall be obvious to all. dress of their teachers. Beware, Aim at superior attainments, and then, of finery,—of undue expenlabour hard that they may be ac- siveness, or improper show with quired and unfolded. A well-quali- regard to your apparel. Be unified teacher will invariably command formly neat, female teachers, but espect, produce impression, and never gaudy. Remember that a


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