The Book Of Numbers - James Hastings - ebook

The Book Of Numbers ebook

James Hastings



Here is a gold mine for the preacher, the teacher and the father and mother in the home who have it in mind to inculcate sound teaching, based upon the Word of God, so that the boys and girls of the congregations, Sunday-Schools and households may be thoroughly rooted and grounded in the essentials of the Christian faith. There are many volumes in this series of short addresses and they cover the entire range of the Holy Scriptures, from Genesis to Revelation. The material gathered here is fresh and varied and there is just enough of it to furnish the groundwork of the preacher's sermon, the Sunday school teacher's talk and the parent's reading and comment. Contents: The Baby's Anthem. Lend Your Eyes. How To Be A Hero. Dumb Yet Speaking. Found Out. August Holidays.

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The Baby's Anthem.

Lend Your Eyes.

How To Be A Hero.

Dumb Yet Speaking.

Found Out.

August Holidays.

The Book Of Numbers, J. Hastings

Jazzybee Verlag Jürgen Beck

86450 Altenmünster, Germany

ISBN: 9783849622237

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The Lord bless thee, and keep thee :

The Lord make his face to shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee :

The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.— Num. vi. 24, 25, 26.

These are familiar words. You know them almost as well as "God save the King." They are like the National Anthem in this respect : they are a prayer for a blessing and — I should like to add — upon a king. You always sing them when a baby is brought to church to be christened. When you join in the familiar little anthem, does it ever dawn upon you that you are praying for very beautiful things to be given to your little brother or sister; and that not only the father and mother, but even you boys and girls, are taking on responsibilities for his or her training ?

The other day, I read a lovely story about a baby just like the one that is going to be baptized. A few weeks before he was born, his father, King Mordreth, was killed while hunting; his mother died when he was but a few hours old. She had one very venerable friend and teacher who was said to be the oldest and wisest man in the world. Early that day, she sent for him, and said, " My baby was born a king ; only you can help him ; take him away to the castle on the mountain crag before he hears the people quarrelling. If he is with you, he will learn what kings should know."

So the old man took the child, folded him in his long grey robe, and strode away through the city, over the plain to a high mountain. From there he could look out on the sea, the sky, and the spreading plains. Evening came, and the sky was lit by myriads of stars — the common world seemed quite far away. He laid the baby down on the soft carpet of scented moss. " The stars are very near," the old man said ; " waken, young king, and know they are your brothers. Your brother the wind is bringing to you the breath of your brothers the trees, you are at home." And the little royal Amor (for that was his name) opened his eyes, and when he saw the stars he smiled; although he was not a day old he threw up his small hands, and touched his forehead, as if saluting.

Little Amor lived alone with the Ancient One and a servant quite as old. But these two old people knew a secret that kept them young in spite of their years. They knew that they were the brothers of all things in the world, and that the man who never knows an angry thought can never know a foe.