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carth, for it is not fit that he should live!” Who was it that vowed a solemu vow, that they would neither eat nor drink until they had taken away his life? They were not Romans, but Jews; they were his own kinsmen according to the flesh. And yet he declares that he has nothing to charge them with, notwithstanding their cruel treatment of him; a declaration which shews that their vile conduct was forgiven and forgotten, and that all their deadly animosity was buried in the oblivion of love.
Christian! seek to be like-minded. Pray to be baptized with the same spirit, for a nobler, lovelier one cannot be conceived. "Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: and be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath for: given you."
“Yea, I say unto you, Fear him.”—Luke xii. 5.
THE representations which are
given of God in His word are Fear. eminently calculated to produce, in every reflecting mind, a feeling of sacred awe. What is there declared of his infinite greatness is especially adapted to secure such a result. How striking for example, are the words of the prophet: “Who hath measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, and meted out heaven with a span, and comprehended the dust of the earth in a measure, and weighed the mountains in scales, and the hills in a balance ? " What a view of the Divine greatness is here presented! Let us think of the mass of waters contained in the caverns of the various oceans. How vast their depth, and how extended their length and breadth: Yet to God so insignificant are they, that He
measures the whole in the hollow of His hand. Let us think again of the heavens above, the sun, and moon, and stars; how amazing their dimensions, how immense their orbits ! But He measures with a span—almost the least of measures-all the boundless regions through which they sweep, in their majestic courses. Let us also think of the earth beneath, with its islands, its cloud-capped mountains, its trackless forests, its boundless plains; yet He comprehends the dust of the earth in a measure, and weighs the mountains in scales, and the hills in a balance. And as to the nations, with their teeming myriads of population, “ Behold the nations are as a drop of a bucket, and are counted as the small dust of the balance: behold, he taketh up the isles as a very little thing. Year all nations before him are as nothing and they are counted to him less than nothing, and vanity.”
How reasonable is it, then, that this glorious Being, whose greatness is unsearchable, should be regarded with feelings of the profoundest reverence ! “Who would not fear thee, O King of nations, for to thee doth it appertain ?" It is, indeed, His due, and as such He claims it from all His creatures. To have no fear of Him before our eyes, is at once the greatest injustice, and the most ineffable folly; and all who have the hardihood to lift up their puny arms in rebellion against Him, are engaged in a conflict, which, if persisted in, is sure to terminate in their utter destruction.
Reader ! think of His incomprehensible greatness and majesty. Think
. of Him as the High and Lofty One which inhabiteth eternity ; the heavens His throne, the earth His footstool, the light His garment, the clouds His chariot, the thunder His voice! Viewing Him thus it will be impossible for thee to treat Him with indifference, far less with scornful disdain. If thou art only brought in some measure to realize the fact that He is great, thou canst not fail to acknowledge that He is greatly to be feared, and to be had in reverence of all them that are about Him. And so with all the other attributes of His nature. Who can think of His power so mighty, so irresistible, a power that is able to crush us into atoms with infinitely greater ease than we can tread the crawling worm beneath our feet, and not fear? Who can think of His knowledge, nothing being hid from His omniscient glance, the darkness of midnight and the splendour of noon being altogether alike to Him, and not fear? Who can think, especially, of the terrors of His avenging justice, as when He proclaims from His exalted throne, “I kill, and I make alive, neither is there any that can deliver out of my hand : if I whet my glittering sword, and my hand take hold on judgment, I will render vengeance to mine enemies, and will reward them that hate me," and not fear? Our God is, verily, a consuming fire, and most becoming is it for us to re