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easy to see his heart was in the right place. Besides this, though I scarcely know whether it resulted from his natural disposition, or from habit, or from the intimate communion he enjoyed with God-he was an uncommonly kind and amiable man. It was almost impossible for any one to irritate him. Indeed, his good-nature and uniformly cheerful temper had passed into a proverb in the village. His class in the Sabbath-school consisted of some six or eight boys, the eldest of whom was not more than twelve years
of age. Among them all there was none more capable ofgetting his lessons well, and of making rapid progress in the study of the Bible, than George. But, for all that, he was the worst scholar in the class—the worst, I am sorry to say, in every respect. His lessons were not only badly learned, but he gave his teacher trouble in a great many other ways. Sometimes he would come into the class very late. Sometimes he took it into
. his head to stay away altogether for one Sabbath, when he might just as well have been present as not. Then he often grieved his teacher by his inattention and levity.
“Was George under good government at home ?" I hear some of you inquire. Why, yes, his parents were pretty faithful in the management of their children, I think; and, to tell the truth, George was not what might have been called a very bad, willful, headstrong boy. He was mischievous, frolicksome, thoughtless. He deserved a good deal of censure, no doubt; but he did not pass for a vicious boy, and perhaps he ought not to have passed for
Be that as it may, however, his mischief cost his teacher a great deal of pain. It seemed to that good man-and with some reason, I am sure that George's conduct was disrespectful toward him; and he grieved over it on that account. But there was one thought which grieved him still more. It
that his divine Master was dishonored and slighted by this pupil.
One Sabbath, after spending a longer time than' usual in his closet, praying that God would bless his labors in the Sabbathschool, and teach those dear children by his Holy Spirit, he met his class, and talked to them very affectionately and earnestly, of God, and Christ, and heaven. His heart was full. Tears rolled down his cheeks, as he spoke of the love of the Redeemer, and
urged his pupils to accept of him as their Saviour. Still George was not moved. He was as indifferent as ever. Why was it? Not because he was a hard-hearted boy-simply, I suppose, because he was thoughtless. Alas! what anguish this thoughtlessness cost him! At some remark which the teacher made, George interrupted him, and asked some frivolous question, which every one saw was only designed to make the boys laugh. This was not the first time George had done such a thing, and he deserved a severe reprimand for it. But his teacher simply said, “ George, I am afraid the time will come when you will look back upon
the hours spent in this Sabbath-school class with regret.”
These words seemed almost prophetic, but a day or two after they were uttered. Before this class met again, their teacher had gone to his eternal rest. While engaged in his labors as a carpenter, during the week, he fell from the roof of a house to the ground, and never spoke again.
Oh, how bitterly did George repent of his behavior in the Sabbathschool, when he heard of this painful event! For months, he could scarcely help thinking, almost all the time, of the disrespect he had shown that excellent man. Those thoughts robbed him of his peace, by day and by night. Years have gone by. George is now a man, and, as he humbly hopes, has been adopted into the family of God; but even now, as he told me but a day or two since, his bosom feels the keenest sorrow, when he thinks of the manner in which he treated that devoted teacher.
Dear children, there is a lesson in this story about George. I need not point it out to you. You see plainly enough what it is. Will you try and profit by it?
Why Don'T THEY GET READY !__"Mamma," said a little child to her mother, “my Sunday-school teacher tells me that this world is only a place, in which God lets us live a while, that we may prepare for a better world. But, mother, I do not see anybody preparing. I see you are preparing to go into the country, and Aunt Eliza is preparing to go with you! Why do not people try to get ready to go to another world ?”
This tabernacle was erected by Moses, at the command of Jehovah, in the Arabian desert, or wilderness. The Hebrew word from which the word tabernacle is derived, means a place of meeting. Hence the old-fashioned word meeting-house. Here Moses met Jehovah, and here Jehovah met his assenabled people, and bestowed upon them those peculiar manifestations of his glory, which in all succeeding ages he has delighted to exhibit toward the assemblies of his people, when they have met to worship Him.
This tabernacle was to be erected by the voluntary contributions of the Israelites. The tabernacle was so constructed that it was carried about with them in all their migrations, antil after the conquest of Canaan, when it remained more or less stationary in Palestine.
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After Moses had received the command of Jehovah, moned all the children of Israel together, and delivered his message. He laid before them the command of Jehovah, and called upon them to bring in their offerings unto the Lord, for the erection of the tabernacle. This offering was to come only from a
willing heart.” It was to consist of the most costly materials which could be procured among the children of Israel. And these various offerings were to be of such a nature as to come within the reach of the different ages, sexes, and conditions of the great congregation ; and yet the materials of which this tent was composed were so costly that some have doubted whether they could be furnished by such a nomadic race.
Immediately after receiving the command of Jehovah, from the mouth of Moses, the children of Israel set themselves at work, both men and women. The men brought their gold, their goods, and their valuable timber, &c. The women brought their “bracelets, and ear-rings, and rings, and tablets, all jewels of gold.” “And all the women that were wise-hearted did spin with their hands, and brought that which they had spun, both of blue, and of purple, and of scarlet, and of fine linen.” “The children of Israel brought a willing offering unto the Lord, every man and woman, whose heart made them willing to bring, for all manner of work which the Lord had commanded to be made, by the hand of Moses.” The following will give a general idea of this structure :
The entrance of the tabernacle was toward the east, and was closed by a splendid curtain of byssus, into which figures were woven. This curtain was supported by wooden columns, which were plated with gold. The interior of the tabernacle was divided into two rooms. The sanctuary was twenty cubits long, ten wide, and ten high. The holy of holies was ten cubits square and ten high, and was separated from the sanctuary by a curtain, into which the figures of cherubim were woven, and which was supported by four columns plated with gold. The tabernacle was surrounded by a court-yard, which was one hundred cubits long and fifty cubits wide, and was surrounded by columns, from which cotton curtains were suspended. The entrance was twenty cubits
wide, and was closed by a suspended curtain. In the holy of holies stood the ark of the covenant. In the sanctuary was placed on the north the table with the twelve loaves of shew-bread, together with cups, saucers, , &c.' Opposite to the table, toward the south, stood the golden candlestick with six branches.
In the middle, between the table and the golden candlestick, stood the altar of incense. In the court, under the open sky, stood the altar of burnt-offerings, and between this altar and the sanctuary was placed the brazen laver. The whole inside of the tabernacle was covered with costly tapestry.
Never was there a more costly or a more willing offering made unto the Lord. This tabernacle exceeded in costliness and splendor, in proportion to the slender means of that people, the magnificence of any temple of the present day, compared with the wealth of the surrounding population. The whole expense connected with this offering is estimated at about a million of dollars. And what appears to be remarkable, is, that Moses was directed by Jehovah to erect this magnificent tabernacle by the free-will offering of the people. There were to be no taxes, no compulsion ; and when it was finished there was no remaining debt, secured by a mortgage, on this house of God. Here the rich and the poor met together,
When Moses had finished the work then a cloud covered the tent of the congregation, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. And when the cloud was taken up from over the tabernacle, the children of Israel went on in all their journeys. But