Page images

to accommodate itself to weak brethren, and which regards with veneration the affections of nature; that love, which forbids men to judge harshly of others in the present life, much more to pronounce sentence of condemnation with respect to their condition in the life to come; that righteousness which respects the just claims of all mankind, and, judging of all by the rule which conscience supplies, admits no other moral distinctions between men, than such as are founded on their principles and conduct; that truth, or sincerity, which prevents the Christian from aiming even at the most laudable ends by corrupt and tortuous means. Peace, goodness, love, righteousness, truth these, My. Brethren, are the qualities which distinguish that-zeal which is indeed fitted to promote the Divine Glory; and may your zeal in the cause of the Gospel so unite these qualities, as to produce, such fruits as are the pledge of eternal felicity! Amen.



C. H. Bastard.


GENESIS, xi. 18—24.

And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should

be alone; I will make him an help meet for him. And out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air ; and brought them unto Adam, to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Allam called every living creature, that was the name thereof. And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him. And the Lord God caused å deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept : and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; and the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she

• This Sermon was delivered in the course of the weekly Congregations of the Church at Geneva, before which all the ministers are required to preach in rotation, and on which occasions it is customary to treat the principal historical subjects of the Old and New Testaments. Some of these Sermons de Congrégation are among the most brilliant efforts of the Genevese Pulpit; and among such the Editor cannot but be of opinion, that the reader will agree with him in placing the present discourse.

shall be called woman, because she was taken out of man. Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.

MAN occupies no more than a point in the immensity of the universe, yet no subject is beyond the reach of his restless thoughts; he seeks to explore all things; heaven and earth are alike open to his inquiries, nor in his daring pursuit of knowledge does he hesitate to enter the very abode of God himself. This peculiar activity, as might be expected, is especially displayed in regard to what more directly concerns himself. No sooner does his understanding unfold its powers, than he begins to regard himself with interest and reflection. What am I ? he anxiously asks, and where? By what means was it thạt I, and the world which I inhabit, began to exist? and what is my final destination? Notwithstanding all his sagacity, My Brethren, it must be acknowledged, that had man been left to his own inquiries on these important points, he would

« PreviousContinue »