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the fire thus kindled that we read: “It shall ever life...... For my flesh is meat indeed, and

my be burning upon the altar; it shall never go out" blood is drink indeed......He that eateth me, even (Lev. vi. 13). And to mark that no fire of man's he shall live by me” (John vi. 54–57). Here kindling must thenceforth come upon God's altar, we have both the sacrifice and the appropriation. Nadab and Abihu were soon afterwards

“The meat-offering," says Ainsworth," figurel sumed by fire from the Lord, because they offered communion with God and participation in that strange fire before the Lord, which he commanded atonement whereby Christ becomes the bread of them not” (Lev. x. 1, 2).

life, of which, as a royal priesthood, the whole 2. The Meat-offering, which comes next (Lev. Church are made partakers. The oil signified

. ii.), seems to have been the constant and unfail- the grace and comfort of the Holy Ghost, whereby ing adjunct of the burnt-offering, and may be we serve God with gladness. The frankincense, said to have belonged to it. It went along with that sweet savour of Christ whereby we are it always, and without it the burnt-offering was acceptable to God. The salt, the perpetuity of in a sense incomplete. Thus we read again and God's covenant, and the incorruptibility of the again of “the burnt-offering, and his meat-offer- life now given. ing” (Num. xxviii., xxix., passim).

3. The Peace-offering (Lev. iii., vii.) follows: Apart from the meat-offering, the great sacri- for, “ being justified by faith, we have peace with fice was wanting—not indeed in power to atone, God through our Lord Jesus Christ ” (Rom. v. 1). but in actual result. Though in itself all-suffi- Of this offering, likewise, part was burned upon cient, it was yet inefficient, and failed of its pur- the altar, and part belonged to the priest and to pose. It was unavailing, because unappropriated. the worshipper. It was designed not to make For the meat-offering, as we conceive, figured peace, but to give expression to the peace already that act of faith on the part of the sinner without made and enjoyed. It was also a thank-offering. which the expiation of Christ can no more save And, because of the peculiar manner of its prethan bread can nourish without being eaten. sentation, was called sometimes a heave-offering,

The two offerings are thus correlative, and sometimes a wave-offering. exhibit different sides or aspects of the same Certain peculiarities of the ritual may be thing: the one representing atonement in its noticed, the meaning being too plain to admit relation to God, as satisfying the claims of divine of doubt or controversy. justice ; the other, in its relation to man, as (1.) The Lord's portion of the sacrifice was meeting the needs of his soul. In the one, we laid upon the burnt-offering : “Aaron's sons shall have the universal provision; in the other, the burn it on the altar upon the burnt-sacrifice" individual appropriation.

(Lev. iii. 5). This is to be carefully noted, for In itself the meat-offering was not a sacrifice, peace must have propitiation as its basis. Thus for there was no life taken nor blood shed. It resting on the burnt-offering, it pointed to the consisted of flour or unleavened cakes, with unity of the whole system of sacrifice. oil, frankincense, and salt, part being consumed (2.) The worshipper's portion might be eaten on the altar, and the remainder eaten by the anywhere-in the courts of the Lord, or at home; priests—this participation in the offering figuring alone, or with the family-peace with God being communion between God and man: at the same independent of place or circumstance. time a libation of wine was poured out. The (3.) Leaven, elsewhere strictly forbidden, is altar was thus the communion table of that day, tolerated here (Lev. vii. 13), for pardon and peace and the symbols--- bread and wine-were the do not imply perfect holiness. Nor is daily consame appointed afterwards by Christ himself in flict with indwelling sin inconsistent with the the ordinance of the Supper. They prefigured fullest sense of reconciliation. then what now they commemorate.

(4.) But no one living in circumstances of The gospel of the meat-offering is best un- defilement, or conscious of uncleanness resting folded in Christ's own words: “ Whoso eateth

upon him, might partake of this offering (Lev my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal | vii. 20, 21). And can he have peace who is living in sin, or whose conscience is unpurged by | insignia, to point to the power and sympathy of the blood of sprinkling?

Him who bears upon his shoulders and in his (5.) The breast and the right shoulder of the breast the cares aud interests of his people. And victim were lifted up and waved as in triumph in the mystic gestures, we have the worshipper before the Lord (Lev. vii. 30-34). The parts of making his boast of a Saviour omnipotent and the sacrifice here made prominent remind us of compassionate, and calling on those around to the breastplate and shoulder-pieces of Aaron, unite with him. “Extol* the Lord with me, whereon were engraven the names of the twelve let us exalt his name together ; " such is the lantribes (Ex. xxviii. 9–29), and seem, like these guage of his acts.

BUYING OPPORTUNITIES.

BY THE REV. THEODORE L. CUYLER.

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T is agreed by Dean Alford and all the most and never sell until they have gone down. They com

accurate students of the Greek New Testa- plain of their“ bad luck ;” but it is always the luck of ment, that the text“ redeeming the time" loitering stupidity to be just a little way behind the

should be read "buying the opportunity." point where all the successes are won. The secret of sucThe word “redeem” has a rather theological sound to cess is to secure life's opportunities. Ten minutes of sharp the ordinary reader, and suggests Christ's ransom of our striking when the iron is hot, is worth days of tiresome souls. “ Time" is a word of indefinite extent. But hammering when it has grown cold. “opportunity” is a sharply-defined word. It describes There is a lesson for Christians in this. For Bible the very nick of time,-the golden moment for the doing religion is the highest conmon sense applied to the of a thing. It is that especial season most favourable service of God. “As we have therefore opportunity, let for the purpose. Therefore Paul— who was himself a us do good unto all men.” Paul practised as be wrote. minute man-urges his readers to “secure their oppor- There was a chance given him to restore a cripple at tunities.”

Lystra, and to direct a convicted sinner in the dungeon Onr Lord emphasized the supreme value of grasping of Philippi, and to put a plain truth into the ears of Felis, the present moment: “I must work the works of him and to speak the right word at the right time on the hill that sent me while it is day; for the night cometh, in of Mars. He did not let one of his chances slip. which no man can work." “Walk while ye have the M'Cheyne's success as a winner of souls--and Payson's light, lest darkness come upon you.” Mark, too, with too-depended much on their happy talent of buying what sharp precision the time for securing our salvation opportunities. Good Harlan Page, who is about the is presented in God's Word : “Now is the well-accepted model man among working American laymen, bal a time; behold, now is the day of salvation." Three fixed rule never to lose the opportunity to win a soul to times over is that tremendous alarm-bell rung by the Jesus. The wisest pastor is the one who knows how to hand of the Holy Spirit: To-day, if ye will hear his time his visits when sickness or sorrow require them voice, harden not your heart.” If we dig underneath most, and to speak the word in season when a hearer's the surface of several passages, we find the same idea heart is melted. Let every young minister write this lurking there. A “word fitly spoken” signifies a word sentence on the first page of his life-record, -The loss of opportunely spoken. In Leviticus we read of a “fit opportunities will be the loss of success in my ministry. man;" but it should be read—the man of opportunity. There is a solemn lesson for every unconverted reader

The men who have succeeded best, have been the men of ours in the truth we are enforcing. Friend, if you who grasped their opportunities. That martial bull- ever reach hell-for there is a hell-it will be because dog, Frederick the Great, defied nearly all Europe to you lost your opportunities for securing heaven. You conquer him for seven long years, simply by his intui- have thrown away many such already. There have been tions of the right moments, and his prompt use of them. times when God's Spirit of love strove with you most IIis most famous pupil- Napoleon—was a king of oppor- powerfully. You quenched the Spirit. You may tunities. He used to say, “There is a crisis in every this once too often. He that, being often reproved, har. battle,-a ten or fifteen minutes on which the fate of the deneth his heart, shall suddenly be cut off

, and that battle depends. To gain this is victory; to lose it is de- without remedy. When such tremendous interests are feat.” In nearly every battle of life there are pivot- at stake, delay may be death. occasions on which the greatest interests are depending. A sea-captain said that on a certain evening, just as The loss of them never can be retrieved. There are merchants wbo never buy until the wares have gone up,

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the dark was coming on, he hove in sight of the ill-fated dition too. Every sinner is. The voice of mercy hails steamer Central America carrying signals of distress. you. The life-boat of salvation waits to be sent off to He ran up near to her and inquired if they needed help. you. The trumpet-call to you is, “Now is the accepted Captain Herndon replied, “We are in a sinking con- time; now is the day of salvation.” The present is dition, but try and lie by us until morning.” “You had yours. You have not one inch of future in your hand. better send your passengers and men on board now.” Secure your opportunity, and you secure eternal life. The captain still replied, “ Lay by me till morning." | It is only a moment's work to accept Christ when you In two hours the lights of the Central America dis- are in earnest. But even that moment will never come appeared. In those two hours were crowded the last after the “ door is shut." opportunity to save the precious lives on board.

“Of all sad words uttered by tongue or pen, Unconverted friend ! you are really in a sinking con

The saddest are these-it might have beer."

The Children's Treasury.

OLD ELI: A STORY OF ALSATIAN COMMON LIFE.

CHAPTER VII.-Continued.
ES, yes,” answered Eli enphatically; “I. to prevent it.-And what was thy will, dear Lord ?” he

should have obeyed God's voice in my continued after a pause, with folded hands and uplifted
beart, and not listened to the tempter eyes; “to save my soul for ever. And gloriously hast
and followed my own will.

And see

thou fulfilled it in me a poor sinner.—When I was in what came of it! I had escaped the hospital, certainly; the depths of my soul's agony the Lord came to me but then came the dear time. Then again I made once more, held out his hand to me, as he did to the wise plans, and thought I would take from the can sinking Peter on the Sea of Galilee, and said : “O thon of honour, little by little, only what we required for of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt ?' And as daily necessaries. But the tempter whispered again : often as Satan said 'It is too late,' the Lord answered, * If you do that, Eli, your money will soon be gone ; and, 'It is never too late as long as it is called to-day, only besides, people will wonder where the old lame carpen- repent and confess thy sin.' And when I came to the ter gets it all.' Yes, I thought to myself, they will call sincere resolution to confess it, and tell the young master me a deceiver ; and I am not that, at any rate. “Are all about it, whatever might happen, then the curse was you not, Eli ? Have you not kept back from God his removed, I had my Saviour once more, and in him rest due, and grieved the Holy Spirit, and been silent when for my soul and forgiveness of my sins.” le bade you speak, and tell the young master all about “And you did tell him ?” asked Swiss Anna. it? And when Joseph went away, and the landlady “To be sure I did, or the peace would not have lasted gave us warning, and you, dear friends, so lovingly long. God will not be mocked, Anna. Last year, in offered to receive us two old folks into your home, I the Easter week, when the pastor came to give me the longed so to tell you all, and relieve myself of the bur- holy communion, I confessed everything to him, and den that

grew heavier day by day; but Satan would not begged him to tell it in my name to the young master, let me, and mocked me, saying: 'It is too late now, and to the other gentlemen, which he was so good as old Eli. You have been a hypocrite too long. There to do.” is no forgiveness for you now!' And there was an end “ Thank God! only now can I really rejoice over the of all peace for me. I saw now that I had indeed been wonderful help,” said Mrs. Lindfelder, with a sigh of a hypocrite all the time. I took to myself all the Lord relief. said to the Pharisees; I despaired of finding mercy, and “And they let you keep the money ?” asked the father, I was driven out of my senses, and nearly killed by it." astonished.

"Poor Eli!” said Mrs. Lindfelder; “I saw that you “Yes, indeed, Mr. Lindfelder ; and told the pastor to were suffering much at that time, but was far from say to me that the money was mine; I bad earned it guessing the cause."

honestly, and I might do what I pleased with it; aud “Yes; and the worst of it was that I could not even the young master is still to continue my pension till my pray, for the wicked one was always mocking and tri- death. Yes, indeed ; it is all true, just as I tell you. umphing over me. I was his now, he said, and no one And then I consulted with the pastor, and determinel could save me! Oh, the miserable money, which had to leave the money where it was another year, and if been the cause of my disobedience! But what the Lord your Tony should lose in the conscription, to buy him wills, he brings to pass, in spite of all the devil can do off with it. But if he had won, I would have given it

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all to the pastor to be spent in helping Christian mis- now had been a silent but sympathizing listener, “to sions and works of charity, and in that way have restored bring my weekly tithe and put it in the can of honour. it to God, to whom it belongs. But now that God has It is a duty I have hitherto neglected, but the Lord has given me the opportunity of making some return to you spoken to me to-day, thrvugh Eli's mouth, and by his for all your love and kindness to me, I take it as a sign example.” that he has indeed forgiven my sin and blotted it out of “ You are one of us, Joseph,” said Mrs. Lindfelder his book. And now I have a request to you two young kindly, holding out her hand to him. “But with all people, which you must grant me if you wish that I this talk, we have never yet thanked our good Eli!" should die in peace.”

she exclaimed suddenly, and hastened to the old man's “What is it, Eli ?" exclaimed Tony and Josephine side. Her husband followed her, and taking each a in one breath.

hand—“The Lord will repay you, I cannot !" said the “Pay the debt to the Lord in my place; give him mother; and the father—"What you have done for us always the tenth of your earnings, and his blessing will to-day, Eli, I will never forget.” rest upon you."

“Hush, hush, my good friends," said the old man; “I will, Eli, as God has helped me this day by your “if it comes to thanks, I have the oldest and the greathand,” answered Tony solemnly, shaking the old man's est debt to pay to you. But rather let us all together hand; while Josephine kissed him on the forehead, and offer our thanks to Him from whom cometh down every proniised with tears to do the same.

good and perfect gift. Bring me my Bible, Mrs. LindEli now drew out again his old leather bag. “There, felder; we will read the 103rd Psalm together, as we did take it, children; it is the very one my blessed godfather that night when I came out of the hospital. You regave me for the same purpose, and I have already put member, Anna, how you sought out the book from my into it the tenth of my pocket-money. Lay it in the old chest. The mark is there still that I put in the can of honour, and act more honestly towards God than day my old godfather died.” I have done. The old can itself will be a remembrance Mrs. Lindfelder brought the Bible, and old Eli read of your old friend."

the grand psalm with heart-felt expression. All lis“And I will polish it up now till it shines like silver," tened earnestly, and each heart said Amen to every cried Swiss Apna.

word; and then they sang together :“As much as you like, Anna; I have no objection

All praise and thanks to God most high,
God be praised ! the curse is removed, and now

The Father of all love !
I can go home in peace to my Father's house in beaven.

The God who doeth wondrously, And if want and trouble should come to you again, dear

My soul with richest solace fills, friends, let the can of honour remind you that the arm

The God who every sorrow stills, of the Lord is never too short to help. And if it remind

Give to our God the glory! you too of old Eli, and of his sin, you can say with con

“I sought him in my hour of need; fidence, he found mercy and grace in the sight of God.”

Lord God, now hear my prayer! “O Antony! shall we not also promise to lay our tenth

For death he gave me life indeed,

And comfort for despair ; in the can of honour ?" said Mrs. Lindfelder, taking her

For this my thanks shall endless be, husband's hand in both her own.

Oh, thank him, thank him too with mo;

Give to our God the glory! “The tenth, wife! that is a great deal in these dear tinies. We will hardly manage that."

“Ah, then, till life has reached its bound, “Well, well,” she answered, smiling, "we can but try;

My God, I'll worship thee;

The chorus of thy praise shall sound and till it please the Lord to send us better times, we

Far over land and sea; can meanwhile, at least, put in weekly our Protestant

Oh, soul and body, now rejoice,

My heart, send forth a joyful voice; penny."

Give to our God the glory!" “Well said, little mother. And accustom the boys and Lena to it too; good habits are precious things for children, and my old godfather in Herrnhut was right

CHAPTER VIII. when he said, What one learns in youth, one does not forget in old age.” “May I not put my penny too with the rest ?" asked

And was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom." Anna humbly.

“To be sure, Anna," answered Eli. “Don't be One beautiful afternoon in September, Swiss Anna and ashamed to give your mite, like the poor widow in the Josephine sat together under the apple-tree. The eyes gospel. The Lord is pleased with the smallest gift of both were red with weeping, and the busy hands rested which comes from a sincere heart; and in his service idly in their laps. “ Josephine,” asked Anna, with a deep even the poorest may find out by experience that it is sigh, “how long is it now since Tony went away ?". more blessed to give than to receive.”

“More than three years," answered the girl, sighing “And you must allow me too,” said Joseph, who till too.

The God who from above

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OLD ELI IS CALLED HOME,

LUKE xvi. 22.

On the ocean billows' crest,

“It can't be, Finy! It seems like yesterday since we out a ship at Havre were anxious to secure the services all sat here together on that Sunday evening, when of a skilled workman to superintend the building of a Joseph poured all the money out of Eli's can of honour. number of houses in the new city of Sacramento. Mr. You remember?

Reymann, when he heard of it, at once thought of Tony, “ Remember, Anna! I should be ungrateful indeed and spoke of it to him. According to the custom of the if I could forget that.”

country, Tony would have to go from home for a few years “And you say it is three years ago! How the time to get experience in all the branches of his trade before has passed!”

settling down, and he was too young yet to marry; so he " It was three years last Easter, Anna; and in the fol- caught eagerly at Mr. Reymann's suggestion, and on his lowing June Tony went away with the strange gentleman warm recommendation was at once engaged by the comto America."

pany on very advantageous terios. So Tony embarked “Where he was to build so many new houses in the at Havre, with a heavy heart indeed at the thonght of land where they say the gold grows. What do you call going so far from home, but full of hope, and accompanied it, again ?”

by the prayers and blessings of his dear ones. His “The land is called California, and the town Sacra- mother and Josephine gave him a Bible as a parting mento."

gift; and old Eli wrote in it with his trembling hand “What a profane name! But let them call it what the following verse :they like, Tony has earned plenty of money there, and

Jesus, go before and guide me, has helped us nobly with it. But I wish he would cone

Fearless I shall follow thee: home now. If he does not come soon he will not find

In the darkness light provide me, Eli here."

Helm and compass on the sea.

Though my bark should stagger sickly “It is three months now since we heard from him; he never was so long of writing before, and I have such fears

Say thou, “It is I;' and quickly

Solid land shall give me rest." about him sometimes, 0 Anpa, it is very hard to be parted by the wide ocean !”

And the precious Word of God, and the prayers of his “That's true, Finy, for the sea has no beams, as I have pious mother and bride, and the remembrance of his heard them say, and I do wish he were safe back again. dear home and the quiet peaceful life there, kept the I am very anxious about Eli ; did you hear how he spoke soul of our young friend like a guard of angels. In of parting this morning? You will see he will die very the far-off gold country, among wild, avaricious men, soon. If I were only as ready for death, I would like to where all wicked passions raged without restraint, there go with him. We have lived so long together, through Tony learned what a good thing it is to be contented. bright days and dark ones, that it seems as if the heart He no longer desired to be rich and great, but rather to would be torn out of my body when he goes. I never be righteous and God-fearing. And the Lord blessed the knew before how much I loved Eli, but now-now I labour of his hands ; he was able to help the dear ones know it!” she added, bursting into tears.

at home and save them from want, and at the same Josephine wept with her, and replied: “Ah, yes, it is time to lay by a little capital for his own use in the as if the light would go out of our house when old Eli | future. Neither did he forget the can of honour, and leaves us !"

his promise to old Eli, but gave faithfully the tenth part “Finy," called the boys, who were playing with Lena of his earnings to the Lord. At home it was always an in the garden—"Finy, here comes the postman! He occasion of thankfulness and rejoicing when Tony sent must have a letter from Tony !"

money, and the mother laid in the can of honour, which, Josephine sprang from her seat, and hastened to meet now kept bright as silver by Anna's busy hands, still stood the postman. Anna put on her spectacles and looked on its shelf over old Eli's bed, the sum specified by him eagerly after the girl till she saw her receive a letter for that purpose. And all followed Tony's good example; from the man, and go into the house with it, followed the children, Anna, even the father, put in their pennies by the inquisitive children. Then she said to herself : every week, but the mother and Josephine put in the “The letter cost nothing this time either, and Tony is tenth of all their earnings. And every ten weeks Josephi, the best lad in the world. And if the Lord would keep who also brought regularly his weekly contribution, him safe on the sea, and bring him home again, and if carried the money to the pastor, to be applied by him Eli did not need to die, then I would be quite happy!” to missions and works of charity; and old Eli's heart

While Josephine is reading her letter, we will look was glad. hack and see how it bas fared with our friends during When Tony had, at length, by the blessing of God, the past three years; and then enter Eli's chamber, where but not without hard work on his own part, successfully the old man, after much suffering, lies calmly awaiting completed the houses he had engaged to build in Sacrahis last hour.

mento, his longings for home grew stronger than ever, As we have eady heard from Josephine, Tony had and he ped now to settle down there and make his gone to California soon after the events narrated in our dear Finy his wife. But he was requested to undertake last chapter. A company of merchants who were fitting the building of a new street in New Orleans, and did so

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