THE REV. THOMAS CONNELLAN, - The Gospel Magazine

THE REV. THOMAS CONNELLAN, - The Gospel Magazine

528 The Gospel Magazine.

my morsel myself alone, and the fatherless hath not eaten thereof."

"Love is the fulfilling of the law." Evidently the law of love was

deeply graven on the patriarch's heart, and brought forth fruit in his

actions towards the poor, the widow, and the fatherless, fruit of good

works, evidences of his faith and godliness, and absence of selfishness

as regards his morsel of the good things of this life, or of heavenly

dainties which he shared with the fatherless (" For from my youth

he was brought up with me as with a father, and I have guided her

from my mother's womb "). Let us imitate Job in merciful dispositions,

and take especial care, if indulged to eat "oiled bread,"

not to enjoy it alone, but share it with those who as yet know not

the blessedness of being "married to Christ," nor have learned to

cry, Abba, Father! "If I have seen any perish for want of clothing,

or any poor without covering: if his loins have not blessed me, and

if he were not warmed with the fleece of my sheep." How many

do we see around us without the spiritual covering for that naked

condition before God, and ready to perish, that we make no effort,

or seek grace to "Bring forth the best robe and put it on him!"

Surely the loins of him that is warmed with the fleece of the Lamb of

God that taketh away the sin of the world, will bless him that, instrumentally,

clothes with the garment of salvation!

" If I have lifted up my hand against the fatherless, when I saw

my help in the gate, then let mine arm fall from the shoulder-blade

and mine arm be broken from the bone. For destruction from God

was a terror to me, and by rea,son of His highness I could not endure."

" The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;" and Job gives

as a reason why he was kept from the commission of sin towards his

neighbour: the fear of God restrained from evil, constrained to good

in relative duties. Here is not only the negative side, but also the positive,

flowing from the principle of setting the Lord always before

him, rejoicing in His highness, exulting in the majestv of his God.

" If I have made gold my hope, or have said to the fine gold, Thou

art my confidence: if I rejoiced because my wealth was great and

because mine hand had -gotten much." "The love of money is the

root of all evil, which, while some coveted after, they have erred from

the faith and pierced themselves through with many sorrows." How

many fall into this temptation of making fine gold their confidence,

and glory" because mine hand had gotten much." For the most

part the Lord's people are poor in this world's goods, because He

chooseth their lot and knoweth the snares of wealth. That is a good

prayer of Agar's, "Give me neither poverty nor riches." "Godliness

with contentment is great gain." Not the man who has power and

means to gratify every desire is happy, but he who has the fewest

wants and all summed up in " One thing," and that one thing needful

-Christ-God his exceeding joy. "If I beheld the sun when it

shined, or the moon walking in brightness; and my heart hath been

secretly enticed, or my mouth hath kissed my hand; this also were

an iniquity to be punished by the judge: for I should have denied

the God that is above." Yet in spite of this Scripture; little children

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