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December 24, 1882.
THE KINGDOM OF PEACE, Isaiah 11 : 1-9.
Commit to memory verse 6. 1. And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem 5. And righteousness shall be the girdle of his of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his rocts: loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins 2. And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him.
6. The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit and the leopard shall lie down with the of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and kid , and the call and the young lion and of the fear of the LORD;
the fatling together; and a little child shall
lead them. 3. And shall make him of quick understanding in
7. And the cow and the bear shall feed; their the fear of the LORD: and he shall not judge after young ones shall lie down together: and the lion the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hear. shall eat straw like the ox. ing of his ears :
8. And the sucking child shall play on the hole of 4. But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, the asp, and the weaned child shall put his aand on and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth the cockatrice' den. and he shall emito the earth with the rod of his 9. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowthe wicked.
ledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea,
GOLDEN TEXT: “The earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the water
cover the sea."
Verse 1. A rod, a shoot, growing up out of the roots of a tree which has decayed or been cut down. The stem of Jesse; the stump of David's father. A branchJesus. Thus it was plainly foretold that Christ should come out of David's family, even though lowly for 500 years. 2. The Spirit of the Lord—the IIoly Spirit. 3. Not judge after sight of eyes, but judge rightly. 4. Smite the earth with rod of mouth-words of truth smite a guilty man like a rod. 5. Reins, the waist. 6-9. These beasts signify men; some savage as a wolf, others gentle as a lamb; but all who have Christ's Spirit become peaceful. A little child shall lead them—the
Christ-Child. And all who have His disposition can lead His people. A wolf and a hireling I will they not follow. They shall not hurt or destroy; Christianity begets a peaceful spirit, tends
to peace on earth, and will at last usher in a Millenium. That will be when the golden text has been fulfilled, at the second Coming of Christ.
CATECHISM. Ques. 52. What comfort is it to thee, that my sake, to the tribunal of God, and hath “Christ shall come again to judge the quick removed all curse from me, to come as Judge and the dead?''
from heaven; who shall cast all His and my Ans. That in all my sorrows and persecu- enemies into everlasting condemnation, but tions, with uplifted head I look for the very shall translate me, with all His chosen ones, sanie Person, who before offered Himself, forl to Himself into heavenly joys and glory.
QUESTIONS. Who uttered this prophecy? How long ago? 6-8. What is the disposition of the wolf! Who was Jesse? Who was his son? Had this What kind of men does it stand for? What of great king any sons who became kings ? the leopard? Of the lion? Are the lamb, the
1. Who is meant by the Rod and Branch ? kid and the fatling also savage? Is the heart Of what need was Jesus? Of what “house peaceable when Christ reigns within it? and lineage was Mary?".
9. What is Christ called in the Outline? 2-4. What spirit was in Jesus ? What text What is His kingdom called ? When will this did He take for His first sermon in the syna- peace be made perfect ? What must first take gogue ? (Luke 4: 18-21). Is He also Judge ? place? What little Child ,leads mankind ? How will he not judge ? How, then ? Will He What did He set in the midst as an example? be against “the poor and "the meek ?" (1st lesson of 3d quarter): Are you Christ's Whom will He smile? What is meant by rod child ? Do you "hurt and destroy ?” Do you of His mouth ?
seek peace ? 5. What shall be about him like a girdle? Is the word of the Lord beginning to cover What about His reins? Does this refer to His the earth? Are you helping to support heart?
Hosanna to the Royal Son.
Hark! what mean those holy voices ?
LESSON XIII. Dec. 24, 1882. time, as the one from which the longed
for Messiab was to come. Christmas Lesson.
Isaiah here foretells: (1) that the INTRODUCTION.-" This chapter is Messiah would come from Jesse, the connected with the preceding one as father of David. (2). He would be part of the same general prophecy. In born, not when the family was great, that the prophet bad described the in- rich, prosperous, and sitting upon the vasion of Sennacherib, and had given throne; but when it had fallen into the assurance that Jerusalem should be decay or had been hewn down. The safe, notwithstanding the threatened in- rod or branch (Christ) should grow out vasion. The general design of that of the stem, (trunk or stump) of Jesse ; prophecy was to console the people with like a root out of dry ground," instead the assurance of their deliverance from of coming out of a root by the waterimpending calamity. But it was a gen-courses. eral principle with the Hebrew prophets, Elsewhere the prophets speak of the and particularly with Isaiah, when any coming Christ as a Branch ; but always event tending to console the people, or as springing from the Kingly root of to excite the pation's gratitude occurred David. At other times He is spoken of to cast the eye forward to that great future as a Son. "Unto us a child is born, deliverance which they anticipated under unto us a Son is given. * * * And He the Messiah. The contemplation of shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, present objects dies away; the mind * * and the Prince of Peace.” fixes more intently on the glories of the Thus according to His human nature Messiah's reign ; the prophetic vision Jesus came out of Jesse and David; ranges over the beauties of His Person but according to His divine nature, He and the glories of His Kingdom, until is he Root out of which David sprang. the prophet seems to have forgotten the On Christ the Holy Spirit came and subject with which he commenced. This abode, in all His fullness of graces: the was perfectly natural. It was by an Spirit of wisdom, understanding, counsel, obvious law of association in the mind might, ond knowledge. When He by which the mention of deliverance in preached in the Synagogue at Nazareth any form, however humble, would sug- He announced: "the Spirit of the Lord gest that great deliverance on which the God is upon me, because He bath eye of every Jew would rest. It hence anointed me to preach," &c. follows that, wherever the prophet be- He is also the Judge of all men, who gins, he usually ends with a glowing exercises justice, shuns partiality, prodescription of the reign of the Messiah tects the poor and the meek and“ puts However far from tbis central object of down the mighty from their stats" of revealed religion he may commence, yet violence and fraud. there is a tendency everywhere to it in But instead of smiting with the sword, the prophetic writings; and the moment He smites with His word, which is that by any law of association this sharper than any two-edged sword.” object is suggested, or the eye catches a The rod of His mouth is His command, glimpse of it, the former objects sink decision, threatening. “Out of His out of view, and the Person and reign of mouth went a sharp two-edged sword.” the Messiah becomes the sole theme of the Rev. 1: 16). prophetic description."— Barnes.
And yet all His power and influence
shall bring peace, and show that He is I. TAE PRINCE OF PEACE.
the King of Peace. David was the son of Jesse, the Beth- II. THE KINGDOM OF PEACE. Vs. 6-9. lehemite, and reigned as King of Israel The two leading ideas here are peace, 1000 years B. C. His descendants oc- and safety. If all animals could be so cupied the throne for about 400 years. changed, that the ferocious would not The greatest of them were Solomon, hurt the gentle, and the gentle would not Hezekiah, and Josiah. The last was fear the strong and savage, we would Zedekiah. For 600 years the family was have a type of the Messiah's reign. in humility, poverty, and obscurity; and When He was born the angels sang : yet faithfully preserved during all that “ Peace on earth, good will to men.
Jesus curbed all cruel passions of men, ence of the Spirit of the Lord, and built encouraged meekness and gentleness, up by His power. Verse 2. taught Jews to cease hating Gentiles,- 5. It is ruled in righteousness. Verses declared that there should be one fold. 2-5. in which all should dwell in peace and 6. It sets aside the standard of earth, security. “Under His gospel the mad and introduces the laws of heaven. passions of men have been subdued; 7. It transforms the dispositions of their wild, ferocious nature has been men, rendering the ferocious gentle, and changed ; their love of conquest and making society peaceable and safe. war and blood taken away;"' *** but 8. It is destined to overspread the the scene has not yet been fully realized, earth. Verse 9. and will not be until the gospel shall be everywhere “truly preached and truly followed”—when the waters of life,
WELL-DOING. peace, and love shall cover the earth.
“ When Paul, who had persecuted the saints, joined himself to them then the
Think the good,
And not the clever; wolf dwelt with the lamb” (M. Henry).
Thonghts are seeds The strongest men cannot rule over their
That grow; forever fellow-men; but a child can lead true Bearing richest fruit in life. Chrietians.
Such alone can make The Christ Child does it; and ministers
The thinker and teachers, who are in pocent and gen
Strong to conquer in the strife. tle as the child, have little trouble in
Love the good, leading their flocks. But you can lead
And not the clever, them, not drive them.
Noble men ! In my holy mountain, says God, this
The world can never peace shall fully prevail. Mount Zion Cease to praise the good they're done.
They alone the true was first meant; but the Church in gen
Who gather eral. “Peace be within thy walls."
Harvests which their deeds have won. In the heavenly Zion peace is never disturbed, but reigns eternally,
Do the good, “The knowledge of the Lord” is
And not the clever. spreading rapidly over the earth ; mis- Fill thy life sionaries seek entrance into all lands.
With true endeavor;
Strive to be the noblest man, And wherever men have a heart-know
Not wliat others do; ledge of God's word, they are disposed
But rather to peace, they hate war, treat prisoners Do the very best you can. kindly, lay aside brutal, cruel, and
- Independent. bloody games. We judge a nation's Chrisiianity by the peace, gentleness, and kindness that prevail, and by its
OUR BOOK TABLE. absence of bloodshed and cruelty.
Our hope is that this kingdom of THE CENTURY, Illustrated Monthly Magapeace may soon spread, until the Prince zine. November, 1882. of Peace shall reign as King of all
This number begins another volume of this
superb magazine. The Frontispiece is a pornations.
trait of Florence Nightingale, and further on
there is also a fine portrait of Henry James, THOUGHTS ON CHRIST'S KINGDOM.
jr., with a biographical sketch by W. D. 1. It is a Kingdom heralded by
, pro- Venice, Victor Hugo, the Beginning of a Na
Howells. There are also excellent articles on phets for centuries before its rising. tion, the Jury System, etc, with the usual alVerge 1.
lotment of serials. The Rev. Washington 2. It is of noble origin, from the Gladden contributes the beginning of The royal line of David.
Christian League of Connecticut,'' which of3. It arose in a time of depression or fers many practical ideas on Christian work. humiliation, when the house of David To lovers of ancient art the "Sculptures of
the Great Pergamon Altar," offers an abunhad become lowly and poor.
dant feast. The engravings are, as usual, of 4. It is a Kingdom under the influ- the highest order of excellence.