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THE REV. THOMAS CONNELLAN, - The Gospel Magazine

The Gospel Magazine.

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WELL·SPRINGS.

" Prove Me now."-MAL. iii. 10.

A VAST subject is summarized in this chapter, as given in the heading,

thus :-Ofthe messenger, majesty, and grace of Christ,. of the rebellion,

sacruege, and infidelity of the people. The promise of blessing to them

that fear God. The mind of Jehovah is upon His Messenger, "even

the Messenger of the Covenant," Who" shall sit as a refiner and purifier

of silver," and Who" shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them

as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the Lord an offering in

righteousness."

The unchangeable character of Jehovah is next spoken of, in the

6th verse: an assertion which is calculated to bring comfort to every

"worm Jacob." "For I am the Lord, I change not; therefore

ye sons of Jacob are not consumed." Then in the 7th and following

verses we read of Israel's wanderings, backslidings and revoltings,

how they have robbed God, and offered unto Him unacceptable

service. But here again we see how He gives love for hate, and turns

the curse into blessing. He rules over all and above all the affairs

of men, and controls everything for their ultimate good and His own

' glory.

Thus we view His hand that holds the universe; that guides the

lights of heaven, that moves the stars along; that holds the waters

in its hollow, and that easily taketh up the isles as a very little thing;­

it is this same God whose Voice speaks all the promises. By Him

are all things, and by Him all things created exist and are controlled.

Where" God meant it unto good," only good shall and must come

out of that in which we see only evil. Now for judgment. He will

show mercy for Israel's wanderings; He will gather them in spite of

their backslidings; He "will love them freely." They may have

robbed and withheld from Him, but like the God He is, passing by

transgression, and delighting to forgive and forget their sins, He will

open the very" windows of heaven and pour down such a blessing

that there shall not be room enough to receive it." Truly His Word

declares, " God 16veth a cheerful giver," and there is none like Him!

. " He givpth good measure, pressed down and running over; " not

grudgingly, nor of necessity; nor according to what a man asks,

for in our very asking how far short we fall; but freely (Rom. iii. 12),

for nought (2 Thess. iii. 8), and without a cause (John xv. 25) is how

He gives, and loves! "Ye have not because ye ask not" is a daily

truth in our experience. How slow we are to take Him at His word,

" Ask and it shil1 be given you." With the veryneed in us, we are, alas!

slow to supplicate the mercy-seat; such laggards in the race; such

doubters of faith's promise; knowing nothing as we ought, and

claiming nothing as we should. We forget His heart's delight is to

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