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A. They would be thrown out of employment, and would suffer, unless they could get some one to hire them.
Mrs. H. Suppose that the owner had acted on the principle that it was his duty to give away all that he earned, could be employ the men he now does ?
A. No, ma’am.
Mrs. H. Which he could not do, if he had given away his money as fast as he made it. By accumulating, he is able to carry on more business, and to give employment to more persons, and thus to do more good.
A. But does not your reasoning prove too much? Does it not teach that a man should never give away anything? a man keeps in his own hands, the more men he can employ.
Mrs. H. There is truth in your last remark, but we are commanded in the word of God to give liberally, as the Lord hath prospered us. We are to inquire how much it is our duty to give.
A. Mr. G. said, that if Christians would content themselves with the necessaries of life, and would give away the rest, the treasury of the Lord would be full.
Mrs. H. It would not be full for a very long time. Let us consider what would be the consequences of such a course. If Christians were to use those things only which are absolutely necessary to the preservation of life, there would be no demand for many articles, the making of which gives support to a great many families. Chairs, for example, are not absolutely necessary. Blocks of wood would answer for seats. Suppose no chairs were used, what would become of those who gain a livelihood by making and selling chairs ?
A. They would have to make and sell something else.
Mrs. H. But if the system supposed were generally introduced, the demand for all other things, as well as for chairs, would be at an end—that is to say, there would be no demand except for those things which are absolutely necessary for the support of life. There would be a demand for coarse cloth, corn, and potatoes, &c.,
but if everybody went to making coarse cloth and growing potatoes, what would become of the amount that would be made'
A. Nothing could be done with them.
Mrs. H. That is, they could not be sold; for there would be more than would be wanted. In such a state of things, only a few could find employment. All would be poor, and many would perish, or at least, would live in a state but a little removed from the condition of savages. It is plain, then, thạt such a course would not be wise, and is, therefore, not required of us.
A. Instead of promoting the cause of benevolence, it would render it bankrupt.
Mrs. H. It would, indeed, in a very short time.
A. But here is a difficulty. If it is not right to confine ourselves to the mere necessaries of life, is it right for us to indulge in luxuries? These give many employment. Is it right for us to drink wine and spirits, and indulge in various luxuries, because their manufacture enables many to gain a livelihood ? Mrs. H. By no means,
While we avoid one extreme, we must not fall into another. We are not to indulge in anything that is injurious to the souls and bodies of men. Intoxicating drinks come under this head, as do many other luxuries. The case is clear in regard to all such things. In regard to other things, it is not so easy to draw the line between lawful conveniences and comfort and luxuries. But is it not a difficult thing for each one to decide in regard to his own duty. Let him ask counsel of God; let him hold all his possessions as belonging to God; let him inquire, with an obedient spirit, daily, “ Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?" and he will not fail to find the path of duty.
A. Do you think there is any danger that people will do harm by denying themselves too much?
Mrs. H. Not the least. The danger lies altogether the other side. The love of self puts every one in danger of indulging himself too much-of expending that upon himself which he ought to give to the poor or to the cause of benevolence. Self-denial is a duty and a principle which we ought not to neglect. Still, we ought to understand just what is required of us ; otherwise our consciences may be perverted, and we may contract guilt, even when we are doing those things which may not in themselves be wrong.
THE TEMPTATION OF CHRIST.
LESSONS FOR MOTHERS OR MATERNAL ASSOCIATIONS.
HEN Jesus had grown up to be a man, and
was about to enter on the work for which he
al came into the world—to save sinful men he At ,
was led up of the Spirit into the wilderness, to be tempted of the devil. Jesus went into the desert by the influence of the Holy Spirit. The wilderness, or desert, was a lonely place, where there were no inhabitants but the wild beasts, or the fowls of the air. There Jesus went alone by himself, to pray and to think about God and heaven, and to prepare himself for his great work of saving sinful men. There he stayed and fasted forty days and forty nights. After he had been without food so long, he began to feel very hungry. Then Satan came to him, and instead of bringing him something to eat, he told him if he was the Son of God, to command that these stones be made bread. Jesus claimed to be the Son of God, and to possess all power. Satan told him, if he was the Son of God, and had such power, he could get food by commanding even the stones, which lay scattered around him, to become bread.
Why did he not do it? He could have done it, but he did not choose to do it. He knew this was not the will of God. Satan
tried to tempt him to sin, to draw him away from God. Jesus knew it, and he said to him, “ It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.”
This he said because he knew that God was able to give him food in his own way, or even to keep him alive without food, if he thought best. Having failed in this effort to tempt Jesus, Satan tried another
So the devil took him into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple. Then he said unto him, “If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down; for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.” Jerusalem was called the holy city, because the temple was there, and it was the place where the people went up to worship. Satan took our Saviour to the top of this temple or house of God, which was very high, and said to him, that if he was the Son of God, as he called himself, he could throw himself from this high place to the ground and not be hurt. But Jesus replied to him, “Get thee away, Satan, for it is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.”
Again, the third time, the devil tried to tempt him, by taking him up into an exceeding high mountain, and showing him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them : And he said unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. Then said Jesus again unto him, Get thee hence, Satan : for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. After the devil had tried these three times to tempt our Saviour to sin, and failed, he left him ; and then the angels came and ministered unto him, and comforted him.
From this history, we learn how to resist temptation. When our Saviour was hungry, rather than yield to the temptation of Satan, and use his power to work miracles, he trusted in God to provide his food, as he finally did, by sending his angels to minister unto him.
When the devil took him to the high pinnacle of the temple, and
tempted him, by telling him that he could throw himself down without injury, He remembered that God would keep his saints when he brought them into danger in his service, but not when they foolishly and wickedly threw themselves into danger.bo to Ari Again, when the devil showed Jesus all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them, and tried to tempt him by the promise to give him all this splendor, if he would bow down and worship him, Jesus told him that he must worship and serve God only. Had he listened to Satan, he could not have been the Saviour of the world, nor could he have interceded for us. When any of you are tempted, remember how many passages of Scripture there are exactly suited to your case. Turn to this word of God, and you will find that the blessed Saviour, who was tempted in all points as we are, and yet without sin, has left for us his precious words of promise, to meet and comfort us in all our hours of temptation and trial. Resist the devil as did our Saviour, and he will flee from you. thobias bus ilgari ya B oj galerid ad vom Rosaid WOTE H1109 au bani bolleo od
rit of ballos QUESTIONS. d to Some Where was Jesus led by the Spirit ? Ji Tol C o nsell
What is a wilderness, or desert ? boz) vil brou a 2 What did Jesus do in the wilderness ? uit did it My A
How long did he fast?listom dyid gaidugoza as Otais atid
How did he feel after he had fasted ? blow sila do autang br Who came to him?: 19lt gyeng I lliw 29stidt gaodt II A casid
What did he say to Jesus? S este bina mod u gideron ch Did Jesus command the stones to be made bread ? 101: hodina 98 Did he claim to be the Son of God? wodt tele yere mid boris
Why did not Jesus make the stones into bread ? 29 dit oondo bo How did Jesus answer Satan? by ons aloytra os noss boss
Did our Saviour know that God was able to keep him alive?
Did the devil succeed in tempting Jesus? avaid aialt mot 1. How many times did the devil try to tempt Jesus ? reivica Tro. 03 What did he do the second time?
O g zid ge bare eta -ai Where did Satan take him ? pluit od as booteid shivom
What was the name of the holy city ?