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x. 3, 19; xii. 7 ; xxvii. 23. They act as God's instruments, Ps. ciii. 20; Heb. i. 13, 14; and our adoration is due not to them, but only unto Him whom they worship, Rev. xix. 10; xxii. 9.
Angels appeared to Abraham, Lot, Jacob, Hagar, Balaam, Manoah, Elijah, David, the Old Prophet, Oman, Daniel, Zechariah, Joshua, Gideon, Gad, Joseph, Zacharias, the Shepherds, the Apostles, Mary, Christ, Cornelius.
It is a lovely morning in Syria. The day has just dawned, and the faithful shepherd is leading forth his flock to the green pastures. How gently be guides them along! How tenderly he carries in bis arms the little lambs who are too weak or too tired to walk! In the bag or scrip which haugs by his side his provisions and other necessaries are stored. In his hand be bears a long staff, with which he keeps the sheep in order, and numbers them when they return to the fold. King David, who was a shepherd-boy in his youth, alludes to this staff in his beautiful Psalm. Do you krow what Psalm I mean?
The shepherd in Syria goes before his flock. How beautifully this illustrates the care and compassion of our gentle Saviour, the Gocd and Great Shepherd, John x. 4. He does not drive them but guides them, by going first. They follow Him, by treadirg in that path which He has marked for them by his own footsteps. They imitate his example and strive to do his will.
The sheep in the East follow their shepherd with confidence and alacrity, for they know his voice, and gladly obey his call. A traveller once asserted to an Eastern shepherd that the sheep krew the dress of their master, not his voice. The shepherd denied this. To settle the point he and the traveller changed dresses, and went among the sheep. The traveller, in the shepherd's dress, called the sheep and tried to lead them; but they knew not his voice, and never moved. But when their shepherd called them, they knew his voice, though he was differently dressed, and they ran at once to him. A stranger will they not follow.
Hearken to your Saviour's voice. Listen to his gentle call, and follow only Him.
Sometimes the shepherd has to search for the sheep that have wandered from the rest, and to bring them back again ; and he frequently incurs great danger in trying to rescue them. Sheep, when they go astray, soon get bewildered, and will not, if left to themselves, retrace their steps. Have we not "all like sheep gone astray? we have turned every one to his own way." But Jesus came from heaven to seek and to save that which was lost. He knew that we should never of our own accord return to God, and therefore He came into our world and endured much toil and suffering, that He might win us back to holiness and peace. Has his love touched your hearts ? Remember it is of those who are young in years, or tender in religious feeling, that the beautiful text speaks, " He shall gather the lambs with his arms, and carry them in his bosom."
LINES Suggested on the Death of a young Lady, who" fell asleep in Jesus" after two Years' suffering.
“She is not dead but sleepeth,”
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