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SAUL'S SIN AND DISTRESS.
GALATIANS vi. 7.
1 SAMUEL xxviii. 7, 8, 11, 12, 15, 16, 18. THEN said Saul unto his servants, Seek me a woman that hath a familiar spirit, that I may go to her, and enquire of her. And his servants said to him, Behold, there is a woman that hath a familiar spirit at En-dor.
And Saul disguised himself, and put on other raiment, and he went, and two men with him, and they came to the woman by night: and he said, I pray thee, divine unto me by the familiar spirit, and bring me him up, whom I shall name unto thee.
Then said the woman, Whom shall I bring up unto thee? And he said, Bring me up Samuel.
And when the woman saw Samuel, she cried with a loud voice : and the woman spake to Saul, saying, Why hast thou deceived me ? for thou art Saul.
And Samuel said to Saul, Why hast thou disquieted me, to bring me up? And Saul answered, I am sore distressed; for the Philistines make war against me, and God is departed from me, and answereth me no more, neither by prophets, nor by dreams: therefore I have called thee, that thou mayest make known unto me what I shall do.
Then said Samuel, Wherefore then dost thou ask of me, seeing the Lord is departed from thee, and is become thine enemy?
Because thou obeyedst not the voice of the Lord, nor executedst his fierce wrath upon Amalek, therefore hath the Lord done this thing unto thee this day.
THE GREAT INVITATION.
GOLD EN TEXT.
REVELATION xxii. 17.
REVELATION xxii. 8–14; 16, 17. AND I John saw these things, and heard them. And when I had heard and seen, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel which shewed me these things.
Then saith he unto me, See thou do it not: for I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book: worship God.
And he saith unto me, Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book : for the time is at hand.
He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.
And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.
I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.
Blessed are they that do His commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.
I Jesus have sent Mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.
And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come.
Come. And let him that is athirst come.
And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.
DESIRE OF ALL NATIONS.
GOLD EN TE X T.
HAGGAI ii. 6–9; 17-19; 23. For thus saith the Lord of hosts; Yet once, it is a little while, and I will shake the heavens, and the earth, and the sea, and the dry land ; and I will shake all nations, and the Desire of all nations shall come: and I will fill this house with glory, saith the Lord of hosts.
The silver is Mine, and the gold is Mine, saith the Lord of hosts.
The glory of this latter house shall be greater than of the former, saith the Lord of hosts: and in this place will I give peace, saith the Lord of hosts.
I smote you with blasting and with mildew and with hail in all the labours of your hands; yet ye turned not to Me, saith the Lord.
Consider now from this day and upward, from the four and twentieth day of the ninth month, even from the day that the foundation of the Lord's temple was laid, consider it.
Is the seed yet in the barn? yea, as yet the vine, and the fig tree, and the pomegranate, and the olive tree, hath not brought forth : from this day will I bless you.
In that day, saith the Lord of hosts, will I take thee, () Zerubbabel, My servant, the son of Shealtiel, saith the Lord, and will make thee as a signet : for I have chosen thee, saith the Lord of hosts.
REVIEW OF THE QUARTER'S
Christ both died, and rose, and revived, that He might be Lord
both of the dead and living.-Romans xiv. 9.
The Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners.—Mark xiv. 41.
I find in Him no fault at all.-John xviii. 38.
Blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed. John xx. 29.
He restoreth my soul.—Psalm xxiii. 3.
Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve Him day and night in His temple.-Revelation vii. 15.
Whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.Revelation xxii. 17.
Christ both died, and rose, and revived, that He might be Lord both of the dead and living.-Romans xiv. 9.
PUBLICATIONS OF THE SUNDAY SCHOOL UNION
BEARING ON THE UNIFORM LESSON.
And their connection with the International System. 1. That the Scholars may be examined in what they have been taught during the preceding three months, one afternoon in each quarter is set apart for a Review Lesson.
2. The Golden Text is designed to be a Motto or Key Text, embodying the leading truth, and therefore especially suited for learning by heart. Together with the Golden Text the scholar should be encouraged to learn3. The Lesson Verse for each Sunday morning and afternoon. It consists of four, six, or eight lines of poetry (mostly the verse of a hymn), teaching the great truth of the Lesson.
4. Notes on the Lessons are issued monthly (a month in advance). These provide, for each morning and afternoon, explanatory, expository, and practical observations on the appointed subjects, with brief Hints on the Infant Class Texts. 5. A Pocket Lesson Book is issued quarterly, containing for each Sunday morning and afternoon the Subject, Golden Text, and Lesson Verse, with, in connection with the Afternoon Lessons, a portion of Bible reading for every day in the week, such portion having a bearing on the next Sunday's Lesson.
6. Pictorial Lesson Papers-intended to be distributed to the Scholars a week in advance. They contain (for Afternoon) the Golden Text, Lesson Verse, Home Readings, Home Questions, Brief Explanations, and a Pictorial Illustration. They are designed to promote Bible Study at home.
7. The Advanced Lesson Leaflets for Senior Scholars and Bible Class. The great success of the Pictorial Lesson Papers for Junior Classes, together with the need felt by many Senior Class Teachers for a similar series adapted to the requirements of Elder Scholars, have led to the issue of a series especially designed to meet the case. These Leaflets are printed on tinted paper, and contain the Text of the Lessons, the References for Home Readings, the Golden Text and Lesson Verses, besides explanatory matter and questions thereupon.
8. Scripture Lesson Book for Elementary Classes, published quarterly. A selection from the reading portion for each Morning and Afternoon.
9. Scripture Texts for Infant Classes. Very Large Type. Monthly. Consisting of two Scripture Texts, chosen for each Sunday, always relating to the appointed subjects for the day.
10. The Teacher's Pocket Book and Sunday School Teacher's Diary ; valuable for Notes, Memoranda, and for the continuous gathering of daily anecdote and illustration-of Biblical and general information, &c. &c., all designed to aid the weekly preparation of teachers for the efficient instruction and training of their respective classes.
11. The Sunday School Teacher's Class Register, published annually, containing a Calendar, List of Scripture Lessons for the entire year, Ruled Pages for the Weekly Attendance of the Scholars, and of the cash received from them for Books, &c.; together with several useful Tables, Jewish Weights and Measures, Jewish Calendar, &c. The Smaller Class Register contains a List of Lessons and Ruled Pages for the Weekly Attendance of Scholars.
12. The International Daily Text Book for 1887. A handy little book for Teachers and Scholars, containing the Reference for Home Readings for each Day in the Year, a Daily Text for the Year, and each Sunday's Golden Text from the International Lessons.
13. The International Golden Text, issued quarterly, 13 in a packet, printed in very large type, for hanging on the walls of schools from week to week.